As 2013 arrived here on the sunny west coast, the arrival of the New Year was marked by the inaugural gathering of a newly formed regional branch of the Regiment’s Association that has recently found its legs out on the best coast in Victoria BC.
On 6 June 2013, the Armour School held a tree planting ceremony where a Red Maple tree was planted in memory of Cpl Jamie Steeves, who passed away on 31 May 2012, after a courageous battle with cancer.
This day is only made possible by extremely generous donations made yearly to the Regiment and is an event that expresses the Regiment’s appreciation to the families of our soldiers.
Old Jack Frost has come by again and delivered us another crisp December, the kind that Canadians cringe at when the weatherman tells us the bad news. Even with the freezing temperature, on the Seventh of December the Regimental Family came together
he Canadian Division Support Group Base Edmonton Taekwondo team is without a doubt the best Taekwondo team in the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF). The team traveled to the CAF Taekwondo Nationals in Toronto, 15 – 17 November 2013...
Held in November 2013, the Canadian Patrol Concentration (CPC) was run by the Canadian Manoeuvre Training Centre (CMTC) with the intent to test the individual and section level dismounted patrolling and reconnaissance skills of teams from across the Army.
On 17 September 2013, Prince of Wales (B) Squadron deployed to the Wainwright training area to commence Ex STEELE SABRE, and eventually Ex HADES RAM and the Combat Team Commanders Course.
With the two week Thanksgiving break over after re-deploying from Exercise (Ex) STEELE SABRE, A Squadron (Sqn) was once again ready to roll to action rumbling tanks all over the Wainwright training area.
Strathconas played a key role in No Stone Left Alone (NSLA) ceremonies this year which occurred across Edmonton in over fourteen different cemeteries.
In October 2012 I got the order to head over to the Strathcona Mounted Troop (SMT) for a change of pace, so I said my goodbyes to my fellow Recce soldiers and brothers from the Tank Squadrons.
The sun shining across the cenotaph was a strange contrast to the cold temperature and sombre atmosphere on Remembrance Day this year. Soldiers from Lord Strathcona’s Horse (Royal Canadians) attended Remembrance Day ceremonies across Alberta.
Oddly the weather in Kabul during autumn is not all that different from the weather in Wainwright during the annual STEELE SABRE Fall exercise.
On behalf of all the Strathconas on Task Force 2-13, Afghanistan, I offer our sincerest gratitude to the Strathcona Ladies for their excellent “Taste of Home” packages which, thanks to CWO Bill Crabb, found their way to us quickly and in good shape.
On the morning of July 30th, 2013, the Strathcona Mounted Troop (SMT) departed the Stables at Edmonton Garrison to begin their longest road trip of the season. Our first stop was in Vernon, BC, where we stayed the night at the Vernon Army Cadet Camp (VACC
On September 17th, 2013, the Strathcona Mounted Troop (SMT) was invited to the Northern Alberta Jubilee auditorium to help celebrate opening night of the Broadway performance of “War Horse”.
The weather cooperated and months of sunshine were broken on this day by high winds and light rain, which added to the experience. Mrs. Lisa Hopkin noted that "I've waited 27 years for an opportunity like this."
On Saturday, September 14th, 2013, members of A Squadron, Lord Strathcona’s Horse (Royal Canadians), and Force on Force Tactical held a charity Air Soft event, named Operation VALOUR, at Grunts Paintball Field just north of Morinville, AB.
Exercise MOUNTAIN MAN 2013 is an extremely challenging competition for the “soldiers of the West”. The race consists of a 32km ruck run, 3.2km canoe portage, 10km paddle down the North Saskatchewan River, and a 5.6km sprint to the finish line.
It was against this backdrop that Sherwood Park honoured Lord Strathcona’s Horse (Royal Canadians) with the Freedom of Strathcona County on Saturday, 24 August 2013.
With 81 participants destined to Canmore, AB, Exercise Thundering Ram 2013, a 1 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group motorcycle adventure, kicked off on the morning of 26 August.
On Friday August 16, 2013, the Regiment once again held the Commanding Officer’s (CO’s) Challenge, a test of physical and mental stamina intermixed with military and field-craft tests.
On 30 June 13, four soldiers from B Squadron dared to call themselves Spartans. It was on this day that Edmonton held its first ever Spartan Sprint Race.
At around 2000 hours on Thursday, 20 June 2013, the Vanguard Company of the Immediate Reaction Unit (IRU) received the call to deploy forward and be prepared to assist with emergency operations for the floods occurring in Southern Alberta.