Canadian Armed Forces successfully completed three-year mission in Poland

A soldier runs through a forest at it fills with pink and yellow smoke.
September 25, 2015. Corporal Jonathan Desbiens-Fauteux, 6R22eR, runs as smoke fills the forest, while peeling back from an ambush during Exercise SILVER ARROW at Adazi Military Training Area in Kadaga, Latvia on September 25, 2015 during Operation REASSURANCE. (Photo: Corporal Nathan Moulton, Land Task Force Imagery, OP REASSURANCE)

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By Major Nicole Meszaros, Land Task Force Poland Public Affairs

After more than three years, the Land Task Force (LTF) in Poland has concluded its successful mission. LTF Poland is part of Operation REASSURANCE. Over1000 soldiers have taken part in more than 35 exercises which improved how Canadians, NATO allies, and partner nations work together.

“Canada is a strong supporter of NATO and is committed to doing its part as a member of the Alliance,” said Lieutenant-General Stephen Bowes, Commander Canadian Joint Operations Command. “Over the last three years, the Land Task Force in Poland has demonstrated Canada’s commitment to security and stability in Central and Eastern Europe, and that commitment continues through our many activities under Operation REASSURANCE.”

The 3rd Battalion, Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry (PPCLI) had the privilege of being the first and last unit to form the LTF. Soldiers from Royal 22e Regiment, Royal Canadian Regiment, 1st Battalion PPCLI, and other members of the Canadian Army proudly took up the mantle.

“The diverse and challenging exercises the Land Task Force rotations have participated in have been some of the most valuable training opportunities for the Canadian Army and NATO Allies to date,” said Major Spencer Sharpe, Officer Commanding Charlie Company, 3 PPCLI. “As members of the Canadian Army, we have had unique chances to practice combat skills with allies and partner nations, and integrate lessons learned in preparation for our next mission.”

“The younger members of the Canadian Armed Forces who have not experienced a combat mission, such as Afghanistan, benefited from this experience,” said Master Warrant Officer Clayton Schoepp, Sergeant-Major, Charlie Company 3 PPCLI. “They have learned to work with soldiers from other nations, observed how they do things, and we are producing the future generation of leadership for the infantry corps. These soldiers will take an enormous amount of practical experience against a near peer force back to their home unit.”

The positive relations between Canada and Poland, the host nation of the LTF, were reflected during a military parade that took place at the Drawsko Pomorskie Training Area on August 17, 2017.

“The Polish military leaders placed a high level of importance on marking the Canadian departure. The parade today reflected the mutual respect between our nations,” said Major Michael Brooks, Commander LTF Poland. “I would like to thank the Polish Land Forces for hosting us these three years as they have enabled our stay to be successful. The support of the local Polish people have made us Canadians feel at home here in Eastern Europe.”

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