On Saturday November 19, 2016 the CO and
RSM presented Cpl Janzen a Command Team Coin for his
leadership in organizing the unit's Tough Mudder team (see
here for more info) and for the high standard of
professionalism demonstrated during collective training over
the summer of 2016.
Corporal Janzen (centre) receives a challenge coin from the Command Team - at left, Regimental Sergeant Major C. Tucker, at right the Commanding Officer, Lieutenant-Colonel K. Clapperton.
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Veterans Week 2016
Warrant Officer D. de Guzman-Tucker of 41 Canadian Brigade Group supplies the following:
On 21 September 2016, Corporal A. Hardiment was presented a Calgary Highlanders Command Team Coin for demonstrating a high level of dedication by attending both Exercise GOLDEN COYOTE and Exercise COUGAR CONQUEROR over the summer and filling leadership roles within his platoon.
"Tough Mudder" is an annual event begun in 2010. Currently running in locations across six countries, the event is a 10-12 mile mud and obstacle course designed to test physical strength, stamina, and mental grit. According to the official website: "With no podiums, winners, or clocks to race against, it’s not about how fast you can cross the finish line. Rather, it’s a challenge that emphasizes teamwork, camaraderie, and accomplishing something almost as tough as you are." This year a team of Calgary Highlanders accepted the challenge. To read the full article, click here.
On Friday, June 24, 2016, the Regiment was informed of the passing of Private William (Bill) George Green, who served with The Calgary Highlanders in the Second World War. A funeral service for family will be held in High River on Wednesday, June 29 with a public service to follow.
Funeral Date: Wednesday, 29 June 16
Location: Snodgrass Funeral Home
Address: 301 Macleod Trail, High River
Private Service: 11:00hrs
Public Service: 13:30hrs
On Wednesday 25 May 2016 the Commanding Officer, Lieutenant-Colonel Clapperton, led the unit on the much anticipated annual CO's Run. This year's route took the unit along six kilometres of the scenic Bow River pathway. The run was interrupted every kilometre to allow for callisthenic training which included push-ups, sit-ups, flutter-kicks and (everyone's favorite) burpees. Many thanks to all that attended.
On 4 March 2016, the Commanding Officer and Regimental Sergeant Major visited the home of Second World War veteran George Morasch and his wife Fern. With them was Lieutenant-Colonel Mike Vernon, who continued his series of veteran interviews. The video he shot can be seen on the videos page.
George Morasch, and his wife Fern, along with Lieutenant-Colonel Kyle Clapperton and Regimental Sergeant Major Chris Tucker.
LCol Vernon reports: "On 4 March I interviewed Cpl George Morasch about his experiences with the regiment (in the Second World War). He took part in the attack on Hill 67 then was evacuated to a field hospital in Bayeux. He never really explained what happened to him (i.e., no physical wound) , except to say he couldn’t stop coughing after the battle. He never returned to the front lines after that. Somebody found out he could type and he was made a clerk, finishing the war as a Highlander still but attached to the North Shore (New Brunswick) Regiment in Holland."
In April 1945 the 2nd Canadian Infantry Division, including The Calgary Highlanders, liberated the city of Groningen from the Germans and Dutch Nazis. The battle there was the largest instance of urban fighting the Canadian Army participated in during the Second World War. As part of the commemorations of the battle for the 70th anniversary of the liberation, Dutch soldiers of a local reserve unit began paying tribute to Canadian soldiers that fell during the battle. The story can be found at this link.
Check Points and Check-Ins: The Calgary Highlanders search vehicles and build relationships on Exercise SPLIT GRIZZLY.
Soldier skills and section drills are the building blocks of a successful infantry platoon just as maintaining a strong relationship with the community is the foundation of a successful army reserve unit. Over the weekend of April 13-15, 2016 "A" Company, The Calgary Highlanders, deployed to Rocky Mountain Cadet Camp, to build soldier skills while also using this as an opportunity to connect with the community.
The training on Exercise SPLIT GRIZZLY focused on the conduct of vehicle check points. A vehicle check point is a task performed to control the flow of personnel and vehicles in to or out of an area. Within the vehicle check point there are a number of tasks that soldiers perform such as cut-offs, search teams, and a quick reaction force. Each of these tasks tests a different soldier skillset while also challenging leaders within the platoon. As many of the soldiers of "A" Company had never performed vehicle check points initially the training focused on occupation and simple scenarios with compliant participants to reinforce soldier skills and solidify platoon drills. A cadre of soldier and non-commissioned officers contributed their experience for tour to Bosnia or Afghanistan to aid the training and add realism to scenarios. As the weekend progressed the scenarios became more complex and called on soldiers to use an appropriate escalation of force, react to enemy ambushes, establish casualty and detainee collection points, and integrate with a quick reaction force. The exercise culminated on Sunday with the establishment of a snap vehicle check point which brought all the skills and drills together in a platoon context.
Exercise SPLIT GRIZZLY also allowed "A" Company an opportunity to build relationships. On Saturday afternoon "A" Company hosted Rachel Moore, the recently appointed Alberta Chair of the Canadian Forces Liaison Council. While visiting the training Ms. Moore had an opportunity to speak with soldiers and see how they train. This provides important context in to enable the Canadian Forces Liaison Council to advocate for soldiers. Exercise SPLIT GRIZZLY also provided "A" Company an opportunity to recognize Rob and Bonny for Hidden Trails Adventures for their assistance during a casualty evacuation on Exercise ROAMING GRIZZLY in March. Finally, after training was complete on Sunday "A" Company had the privilege to connect with two cadet units who were also training in the area. The cadets from Royal Canadian Sea Cadet Corps ‘344’ Victoria and Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron ‘604’ Moose visited with soldiers from "A" Company to learn about the army reserve and see a variety of equipment and weapons carried by infantry soldiers.
All the soldiers who participated on Exercise SPLIT GRIZZLY should be proud of the development of their skills and also the professionalism and commitment they displayed while connecting with the community.
Vehicle approaches a Calgary Highlanders checkpoint on Exercise SPLIT GRIZZLY, April 2016.
On the weekend of 11-13 March 2016 soldiers of The Calgary Highlanders travelled to Rocky Mountain cadet camp for Exercise ROAMING GRIZZLY, their first collective field training exercise of the year. After drawing weapons at Mewata Armouries, we set off for the cadet camp. Upon arriving we set up a CP and went to ground. In the morning we had a chance to practice battle procedure, which is often overlooked on weekend exercises due to the time crunch. At 1000hrs the four sections set off and conducted reconnaissance patrols and manned 24-hour Observation Posts (OPs). After a short rucksack march my section stopped and sent out half our section to reconnoiter an Objective Rendezvous (ORV). After finding a couple possible ORVs we returned to grab the rest of our section and set up our ORV. My section was tasked with watching an intersection and parking lot that had quite a lot of civilian activity. After setting up a three-man OP the rest of our section left to find a secondary location for our OP, just in case we were compromised. After our patrol we returned to our OP and started the routine required to maintain 24 hour operations. Our section’s routine consisted of 2 hour shifts during the day, and hour long shifts after the sun went down. In addition to observing our named area of interest, the troops in the ORV ate, slept, watched the radio, and made coffee to pass the time. After a long night of watching and waiting our OP was contacted by the ‘enemy forces’ and we collapsed and returned to the CP.
The exercise was a good training opportunity for new and experienced troops alike and offered opportunities to practice field craft and other essential infantry skills. Unlike many weekend exercises that are loaded with many different training elements this exercise gave troops a chance to focus on one element, and do it well.
February 3 - 27th The Calgary Highlanders hosted the
first ever weekend Close Quarter Combat Basic (CQCB)
course at Mewata Armouries and the 3rd Canadian
Division Training Centre in Wainwright.
The training was intense but extremely valuable and
candidates benefited not only from learning how to
apply these techniques but also experiencing what it
is like to be on the receiving end. Throughout the
course all candidates experience what it is like
being slammed on the ground, pressure pointed into
total submission (including those unpleasant knee
strikes to the peroneal nerve), and choked nearly
The Regimental Association has passed on the news of the loss of a Second World War veteran.
The official obituary can be found at:
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