If 2nd Troop, B Squadron proved anything on Exercise MAPLE RESOLVE 15, it was that the perfect killer has no friends, only targets.
For 3rd Troop, B Squadron, Exercise MAPLE RESOLVE started with four days in a squadron harbour, where you lie awake listening to UAVs and contemplating a choice; you can either battle your way through thorns to get enough privacy to use the bathroom.
Glenn “Donut Santa” Olund, leatherworker, saddle maker, historical enthusiast, and collector came to visit the Strathcona Mounted Troop on Monday, 16 March 2015.
With the race for the Prince of Wales Trophy down to the wire, the final Command Team challenge of the year was run by Headquarters Squadron. It would be the last chance to gain the points needed to win the coveted Prince of Wales trophy.
The pitched whining of air tools, the labour intensive work of removing and replacing armour, and the rumble of the ARV moving on a daily basis have been the norm since the commencement of Op STEELE TORQUE.
A Squadron, Lord Strathcona’s Horse (Royal Canadians), recently finished running both the Tracked Light Armoured Vehicle (TLAV) and Leopard 2 Driver courses that ran from 18 February – 16 March 2015.
Upon arriving at CFB Edmonton on 7 December 2014, there was a lot of excitement amongst the candidates destined for our DP1 course. We had been looking forward to getting our DP1 started so that we could contribute in the way that we had signed up to do.
During my career I have attended several military functions and dinners, all with high degrees of pageantry and class, however nothing could have prepared me for the spectacle that is the Army Ball.
Over the course of three days during morning PT, the officers of LdSH(RC) engaged in a new form of personal unarmed combat that was a first exposure for many. Lead by Captain Kim and his assistant instructor Sgt Cimon, we earned the basics of Taekwondo.
Going from squadron-level operations to being employed at the 1st Canadian Division HQ in Kingston, ON for almost three years has presented many training and operational opportunities.
Having finished PLQ-Armoured, I find myself looking back at my experiences on course. My serial had 39 candidates, 7 of which were Strathconas, so I knew that I had to pick up my game...
Normally the thought of coming into work at 0300 hrs on a Saturday would give anybody the blahs. But this Saturday was different, this Saturday brought something else; it brought a promise, the promise of freedom.
On Friday, 13 March 2015, B Squadron, Lord Strathcona's Horse (Royal Canadians) took part in Exercise SUPER SLAM, which was a Fighting in Built Up Area exercise using Simulations (plastic paint filled Bullets).
Exercise STEELE BEASTS 2015 was an opportunity for the soldiers of Recce Squadron, to train as part of a combined Canadian / American combat team made up of units from 1 Division of the United States Cavalry and Canadian soldiers from LdSH(RC).
In August of 2014 RHQ began the initial planning of Ex STEELE BEASTS, a “Synthetic Environment” (read: virtual reality) exercise using the U.S. Army’s Close Combat Tactical Trainer (CCTT).
On 6 February 2015, B Squadron gathered for promotions and a presentation on the Korean War. Tpr Matthew Bond, Tpr Carter Dillon, Tpr Justin Champagne, and Tpr Michael McNeil were promoted.
It was a frigid morning on Thursday, 12 February 2015. Each Squadron in the Regiment was forming up in their respective hangars. They were preparing for the announcement of who would step up and compete in the latest Command Team Challenge.