News: Washington Guard combat engineers arrive in Canada for international training exercise
TRAIL, British Columbia - Soldiers from the Washington National Guard’s 204th Engineer Company arrived at the Royal Canadian Army armory here Saturday for the first day of the combined training exercise Kootenay Castor 2012.
The American combat engineers joined their counterparts from across Canada for a two week training exercise consisting of maritime, demolitions, and other tactical operations, as well as a “best sapper” competition.
“This is a great opportunity for the soldiers,” said Sgt. 1st Class Kevin Anderson, a native of Onalaska, Wash., and platoon sergeant for the 204th Engineer Company. “They’re looking forward to the combined training are excited to be here.”
The soldiers were separated from their respective home units and split into combined platoons. The soldiers will sleep, eat and train with their foreign counterparts for the remainder of the exercise.
“The idea was to build camaraderie amongst the troops to get a better understanding of how we both operate,” said Anderson.
“It’s a way of maximizing our capabilities while fostering camaraderie between the two units and the two countries,” said Canadian Army Cpt. Jason Kalincak, operations officer with the 39th Combat Engineer Regiment.
The soldiers will be spending the next two weeks learning and sharing the tricks of their trade through in-depth training, friendly competition and a 24-hour field training exercise.
“We’re very good at our way of doing things and when we work just as ourselves, we fall into a routine,” said Kalincak. “It gives a different perspective on tackling the same set of problems.”
Date Posted:08.23.2012 00:18
Location:TRAIL, BC, CA
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