Watch the January 15 episode of Defence Team News!

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In this episode, we highlight:

  • BGen MacIsaac’s end of tour on Op IMPACT; and
  • new mandatory training courses for Phoenix


(SV) Welcome back to Defence Team News. I’m Shelley Van Hoof. Here are the headlines at Defence.

Brigadier-General Dan MacIsaac recently ended his tour as Commander of Joint Task Force-Iraq on Operation IMPACT, the Canadian Armed Forces’ support to the Global Coalition against Daesh in Iraq and Syria.

Major Lena Angell recently spoke with Brigadier-General MacIsaac about the future of the operation and some key accomplishments during his tour.

(LA) Good evening, General. What is your overall assessment of the work that has been accomplished here during your tour?

(BGen MacIsaac) Over the last 10 months that I’ve been here, the people of JTF-I have done some outstanding work, as has the Coalition. Through this period, over 7.5 million people have been freed and liberated from Daesh and an area’s been cleared of Daesh that is equivalent to the size of Ontario. The people here work very well as a team and contributed greatly to the Coalition.

(LA) How do you see the operation evolving?

(BGen MacIsaac) So Daesh does not have the direct influence over populations or territory that it had before. It doesn’t have the direct ability to generate the revenues it did before to fund its battles. But Daesh is still out there. What we’re doing now is we’re keeping a particular eye as to where Daesh fighters may have gone. We’re conducting surveillance on other operations to ensure they don’t have the ability to develop safe havens to reconstitute.

(LA) Can you tell me a little bit about what’s been accomplished with the ET fleet (the Explosive Team)?

(BGen MacIsaac) So the Explosive Training Threat team has been in place since August, when the lead elements of the team came in. As true partners, the leaders of that team have spent some time assessing and helping the Iraqi school assess their needs. We’re working also on a series of programs of instruction or course models that we develop and the team has approved by NATO so that the training we provide nests in with other training.

(SV) All Defence Team employees who are paid through Phoenix need to take a set of new, mandatory training courses.

Unlike previous Phoenix courses, the new HR-to-Pay Stabilization training is tailored to the way the pay process works at DND, so you get the right instructions for our pay process. The courses explain what employees need to do to help make sure you’re paid properly, step-by-step. If you’re a manager, human resources or compensation practitioner, there are additional courses that break down your role in helping ensure employees are paid correctly and on time.

The courses are available on the Defence Learning Network now, and must be completed by February 16, 2018.

That’s it for this episode. Thank you so much for watching. See you next time…for Defence Team News!

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