Nature (Human and Otherwise) in Afghanistan Vol IIIMonday, June 29, 2009
23 Jun 09 marked exactly three months of C Sqn being in theatre. Over the last three months I have been employed as the Squadron Duty Officer at Fob Ma’Sum Ghar, and as such I have seen and done things that I would never have thought possible;
Tous le monde s'attend a executer des tache hors du commun en afganistan, des chose que nous ne ferions normalement pas au Canada.
B SQUADRON’S THIRD ROAD TO WAR...A Note from the Officer CommandingMonday, June 29, 2009
B Squadron commenced its third iteration of its Road to War in January of this year. For those of you not completely current with Army jargon...
Exercise MAPLE GUARDIAN 0901 – A Sr NCO’s PerspectiveThursday, June 25, 2009
Transferring from Exercise DESERT RAM (Ex DR) 0901 with three troops to Exercise MAPLE GUARDIAN (Ex MG) 0901 with one troop was an eye opener to say the least.
B Squadron Leopard 2A6M Conversion Training Part IIMonday, June 22, 2009
29 May 09 marked the beginning of B Squadron’s second group of personnel destined for Leopard 2A6M training in Germany: the land of Beiren, schnitzel, automobiles, and the premier tank in the world, the Leopard 2A6M..
Ex Maple Guardian 0901, TF 3-09Monday, June 22, 2009
On 22 May 09, the last major exercise for TF 3-09, Ex MAPLE GUARDIAN 0901, launched off. Many soldiers of B Squadron were anxious to find out how this Ex would unravel with 1 and 2 Troops in Germany for the Leopard 2 conversion course...
In the Midst of Change Monday, June 22, 2009
After a successful road move back to Edmonton, followed by a well deserved week of leave, the soldiers of Recce Squadron were ready to return to garrison duties after completing Ex DESERT RAM.
Downtime at the FOB Friday, June 19, 2009
With the stress of being overseas and away from family and friends there are tonnes of things to do to keep our bodies busy and minds distracted. There is a small library of books that range from Science fiction to even romance novels???
Kandahar Air Field (KAF)Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Life in KAF is one of routine and schedule much like as if one were an inmate in a prison. Never being a resident of one of those establishments but having the privilege to have watched enough movies to have somewhat of an idea...
Nature (Human and Otherwise) in Afghanistan VOL IIWednesday, June 17, 2009
This is the second in what is a weekly series, by Captain Graham (Barf) Kallos on the unique and somewhat strange creatures that we have encountered while in Afghanistan.
A Change of Pace.Monday, June 15, 2009
One of the things that become very apparent once you get to Afghanistan is that the days tend to run together....
Renewed SustainmentFriday, June 12, 2009
Since Lord Strathcona’s Horse (Royal Canadians) was identified as the lead unit for tank squadron deployments to Afghanistan, Headquarters Squadron has not deployed to the field as a sub-unit in support of the Regiment.
Life in the Echelon – Same old, same old…Friday, June 12, 2009
So it’s now roughly our 12th week in Afghanistan and time has been flying by for C Squadron. The tank troops are really busy, rolling out on QRF tasks and different operations, throughout our theatre of operations, while keeping up on their ....
Nature (Human and Otherwise) in AfghanistanWednesday, June 10, 2009
In every human being, there remains primal piece of wet-ware wired directly into our autonomous response system. Scholars believe that the hind-brain is one of the last vestiges of our cave-dwelling fore-bearers’ ancient brain....
Exercise DESERT RAM – Phase II: B Sqn TF 3-09 Road to War:Wednesday, June 10, 2009
With the completion of Phase I: Ex STEELE BAYONET, all the necessary training was completed including individual, crew and troop level, both dry and live fire. This gave us the basis for success in Phase II: Ex DESERT RAM.
Ex DESERT RAM Wednesday, June 10, 2009
B Sqn began its odyssey to Suffield as part of Ex DESERT RAM on the sixth of April. The exercise is part of the Road to War, which will prepare soldiers of TF 3-09
Regimental Headquarters in the FieldTuesday, June 9, 2009
RHQ, as always, has been instrumental in keeping the operational tempo of LdSH(RC) moving. These past five weeks had been different for me as I had not been in the field since returning from Afghanistan....
Fun in the sunFriday, June 5, 2009
With two months down, our biggest challenge, still, is getting use to the heat. It just keeps getting hotter, contrary to the weather reports...
1 Troop Professional Development PlanFriday, June 5, 2009
Once again 1st Troop Recce Squadron is taking on a new and exciting tasking. Upon returning from Exercise Desert Ram, 1st Troop Recce has now been tasked to recondition and care for 15 end connectors that will eventually become part of the troop family.
OC C Sqn Update May 2009 Monday, June 1, 2009
Well, we are two plus months into the tour, I know it is hard to believe but it is true. We have settled into an unpredictable routine of maintenance, operations, operations, and maintenance and it is non-stop which certainly helps the ....
Feeling GoodFriday, May 29, 2009
There we were, standing on the HLS waiting for the helicopter that never seemed to come. One person at a time would say, “Oh I think I can hear the chopper coming!”...
MND, CLS, and Trafficking?Thursday, May 28, 2009
The last few weeks have been eventful for C Squadron as it continues its adventure in the sand. For many soldiers the two month mark is where the strangeness of a foreign land....
Recce Squadron in Ex DESERT RAMMonday, May 25, 2009
On the Monday after spring break, role call was taken. Everyone had made it back from their journeys, to head out once again to CFB Suffield for Ex DESERT RAM.
1st Troop C Squadron Update Friday, May 22, 2009
With over a month since the last update and article, 1st Troop has been busy completing numerous tasks both inside and outside of the FOB (Forward Operating Base) and contributing to the overall security and stability of the area. ...
Afghanistan – It’s not all dust and desert.Friday, May 22, 2009
I have been asked to talk a little bit about some of our experiences here in Afghanistan so far. I would like to tell you a little bit about the landscape and environment around our Base.
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