The Enhanced Forward Presence RCD Battle Group (eFP RCD BG) participated in Exercise CHARGING WOLVERINE (CW) in the Petawawa Training Area from 2 to 13 November 2020. This exercise was the culmination of collective work-up training the Battle Group conducted in preparation to deploy on OP REASSURANCE in early 2021.

Ex CW left the early preparation stages when the lead mounting unit, the Royal Canadian Dragoons (RCD), accepted members from 1 RCR, 2 SVC BN, 12 ASIC, 2 RCHA, 2 Fd Amb, 2 MP Det, and numerous reserve units from around the country to form the BG on 23 October 20.

VIPER Company is the combat service and support element of the Battle Group whose primary role is ensuring the BG is equipped with required ammo, food, water, fuel, vehicles and personnel to sustain itself for 24 hours. It is comprised organically of a Transport Troop, Maintenance Troop and Logistical Support Troop and attachments such as the Unit Medical Station and Military Police sections. 

The Unit Medical Station (UMS) supplied by 2 Fd Amb and attached to VIPER Coy, successfully triaged and treated multiple exercise casualties as part of a mass casualty scenario. This positively tested VIPER’s command posts ability to receive large reports over the radio, react, notify the UMS in a timely manner and assemble a team to assist medics in exercise casualty movement. Attention to time is critical when dealing with medical scenarios, exercise and real, and this training helped identify ways VIPER Coy’s hide posture could better streamline reacting to incoming medical casualties.

Simultaneously, the Company Sergeant Major’s fast pack adopted multiple ambulance exchange points (AXP) and equipment collection points (ECP) one tactical bound behind the forward line of troops. The fast pack is an adaptable grouping of support vehicles, usually related to maintenance, ambulance and supplies, able to detach from their organic troops quickly to provide support to front line troops. In this case it was comprised of an armoured ambulance and maintenance recovery team able to assist with vehicle breakdowns and back loading of exercise casualties.

Transport platoon replenished the BG’s stores through the sustainment cycle of nightly delivery and commodity points.  During nightly Delivery points transport troop must still remain vigilant against potential enemy threats and were successful in reacting to threats and still getting supplies pushed forward. As part of the sustainment cycle, once transport troop delivers supplies forward they then must return to a higher echelon deliver point in order to replenish their stocks and holdings.

On 13 Nov all the training culminated for VIPER Coy and the RCD BG had shown their fighting spirit overcoming many obstacles and having formed a solid team. This training that took place outside of Petawawa, was also the ground on which they proved themselves capable of deploying to Latvia.

The eFP RCD BG will deploy in early 2021 and will be working with other NATO countries such as Albania, Slovakia, Spain, and Poland in Latvia come this January to increase international cooperation and fulfil NATO commitments.

MWO Keith and MCpl Hall arrive early and serve a hot meal to C/S 8 in their hide during Ex CHARGING WOLVERINE as part of their daily resupply routine. A hot meal goes a long way to keeping moral high when in the field.
Ex CHARGING WOLVERINE from the CSS COY perspective
EX CHARGING WOLVERINE FROM THE CSS COY PERSPECTIVE
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The Enhanced Forward Presence RCD Battle Group (eFP RCD BG) participated in Exercise CHARGING WOLVERINE (CW) in the Petawawa Training Area from 2 to 13 November 2020. This exercise was the culmination of collective work-up training the Battle Group conducted in preparation to deploy on OP REASSURANCE in early 2021.

Ex CW left the early preparation stages when the lead mounting unit, the Royal Canadian Dragoons (RCD), accepted members from 1 RCR, 2 SVC BN, 12 ASIC, 2 RCHA, 2 Fd Amb, 2 MP Det, and numerous reserve units from around the country to form the BG on 23 October 20.

VIPER Company is the combat service and support element of the Battle Group whose primary role is ensuring the BG is equipped with required ammo, food, water, fuel, vehicles and personnel to sustain itself for 24 hours. It is comprised organically of a Transport Troop, Maintenance Troop and Logistical Support Troop and attachments such as the Unit Medical Station and Military Police sections.

The Unit Medical Station (UMS) supplied by 2 Fd Amb and attached to VIPER Coy, successfully triaged and treated multiple exercise casualties as part of a mass casualty scenario. This positively tested VIPER’s command posts ability to receive large reports over the radio, react, notify the UMS in a timely manner and assemble a team to assist medics in exercise casualty movement. Attention to time is critical when dealing with medical scenarios, exercise and real, and this training helped identify ways VIPER Coy’s hide posture could better streamline reacting to incoming medical casualties.

Simultaneously, the Company Sergeant Major’s fast pack adopted multiple ambulance exchange points (AXP) and equipment collection points (ECP) one tactical bound behind the forward line of troops. The fast pack is an adaptable grouping of support vehicles, usually related to maintenance, ambulance and supplies, able to detach from their organic troops quickly to provide support to front line troops. In this case it was comprised of an armoured ambulance and maintenance recovery team able to assist with vehicle breakdowns and back loading of exercise casualties.

Transport platoon replenished the BG’s stores through the sustainment cycle of nightly delivery and commodity points.  During nightly Delivery points transport troop must still remain vigilant against potential enemy threats and were successful in reacting to threats and still getting supplies pushed forward. As part of the sustainment cycle, once transport troop delivers supplies forward they then must return to a higher echelon deliver point in order to replenish their stocks and holdings.

On 13 Nov all the training culminated for VIPER Coy and the RCD BG had shown their fighting spirit overcoming many obstacles and having formed a solid team. This training that took place outside of Petawawa, was also the ground on which they proved themselves capable of deploying to Latvia.

The eFP RCD BG will deploy in early 2021 and will be working with other NATO countries such as Albania, Slovakia, Spain, and Poland in Latvia come this January to increase international cooperation and fulfil NATO commitments.