The annual Militia
Concentrations (MILCONs) have been replaced in recent years with
various formation level exercises; SAVAGE BEAR was a 41 Brigade
exercise run in years past. In 2003 and 2004, Land Force Western
Area conducted Exercise ACTIVE EDGE in which reserve force
soldiers experienced working with armoured vehicles such as the
Leopard C2 main battle tank and the LAV III armoured personnel
Exercise ACTIVE EDGE -
Photos by Private
Summer concentrations tend to be at least a week in length
which sometimes limits the level of participation by Reserve
soldiers; this year's Calgary Highlanders contingent was small but
Private O'Shea, Private Dalidowicz, Private Hansen, Private
on top of a LAV III.
Private Hartley inside a wet improvised
Private Ledarney pointing his rifle out the side of an HLVW during
a tactical move.
Private O'Shea with two Leopard C2 Tanks in the distance.