Female soldier airlifted to hospital in Edmonton after injuries at CFB Wainwright
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Female soldier airlifted to hospital in Edmonton after injuries at CFB Wainwright

CFB Wainwright — A female Canadian soldier was airlifted from Wainwright to an Edmonton area hospital Wednesday morning after being injured during Exercise Maple Resolve.

Details of the woman’s injuries have not been released but she is listed in stable condition and officials are still gathering information about circumstances surrounding the case.

Colonel Peter Scott, commander at the Canadian Manoeuvre Training Centre in Wainwright, said officials continue to monitor the soldier’s condition but right now “she is doing quite well.” She has been able to speak to family herself.

“Unfortunately it is a dangerous business that we’re in and … unfortunately, some incidents or accidents occur,” said Scott.


Maple Resolve, a two-week operation that started Sunday about 200 kilometres southwest of Edmonton, is Canada’s largest annual military training exercise.

The case comes just weeks after Sgt. Robert Dynerowicz of the Royal Canadian Dragoons died and three others were injured during training at the base. The light armoured vehicle they were in crashed during an exercise called Rugged Bear, a live-fire event for the Canadian Army’s Road to High Readiness training program.

Maple Resolve readies troops for missions around the globe

About 5,000 personnel from Canada and four other nations — including soldiers from the Australian Army, British Army, New Zealand Defense Force, and United States Army — are partaking in Exercise Maple Resolve 2017, intended to confirm the high readiness of Task Force Tomahawk soldiers based out of Petawawa, Ont. The training will certify Task Force Tomahawk’s ability to operate anywhere in the world in order to deliver decisive land and air power as directed by the Government of Canada, says the Department of National Defence. Task Force Tomahawk is to assume its responsibilities as the Canadian Army’s high readiness brigade on July 1, 2017. It will be ready for missions in Latvia, Iraq, Ukraine, and anywhere else the Government of Canada may require Canadian Army soldiers in 2017 / 2018.

The exercise involves a large air contingent including members from the Royal Canadian Air Force and United States Army National Guard. Some of the aircraft include: Canadian CH-147F Chinook and CH-146 Griffon helicopters, a King Air B200, a CC-130J Hercules transport aircraft and CF-18 Hornets. American aviation assets include UH-60 Black Hawk, UH-72 Lakota and CH-47 Chinook helicopters, and Unmanned Aerial Systems.

Maple Resolve is the final component of the Canadian Army’s Road to High Readiness (RTHR) training program designed to prepare soldiers for domestic or expeditionary deployments. The Department of Defence states that the goal of the training is to generate a competent, confident and integrated army brigade that can provide scalable, mission-tailored, and responsive forces for full-spectrum operations.

jgraney@postmedia.com

source : Calgary SUN
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