Watch the May 3 episode of Defence Team News!

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In this episode, we highlight:

  • the Kosovo Security Force Best Soldier Competition; and
  • new Leopard 2 Armoured Engineer Vehicles

Transcript

Welcome back to Defence Team News, I’m Shelley Van Hoof.

And I’m Lt(N) Jeff Lura. Here are the headlines at Defence.

Soldiers from Mike Company, 3rd Battalion, of The Royal Canadian Regiment, competed in the Kosovo Security Force Best Soldier Competition at the end of April.

The competition was a grueling test of mental and physical toughness, as small teams of troops from Allied countries completed a mix of physical exertion activities and soldier skills.

Leading up to the competition, we spoke with Private Peter Romanko to learn more.

The actual competition is broken down into 48 hours of a lot of basic soldier skills to assess each person through their own individual abilities, such as: an obstacle course, there’s another shoot there as well, another first aid stand, and a whole bunch of variety of basic soldiering skills.

This is my first time working with European NATO countries. We’ve done a couple of exercises in the past with the Americans, but it’ll be our first time in this kind of competitive atmosphere.

New Leopard 2 Armoured Engineer Vehicles will be used in the field for the first time on this year’s exercise MAPLE RESOLVE later this month.

As part of the Force Mobility Enhancement project, the Canadian Army began receiving 18 of these new and improved vehicles late last fall. They will provide critical support to the Army’s Leopard 2 main battle tanks, Light Armoured Vehicles, Tactical Armoured Patrol Vehicles and future fleets.

The delivery of these vehicles also supports the long-term investment in the Canadian Army as outlined in Canada’s Defence Policy, Strong, Secure, Engaged.

Before we go, please note the Public Service Performance Management web application is now available in electronic format for civilian employees, managers, and military managers.

Stay tuned for help with registration and training using the web application in an upcoming episode.

That’s it for us. Thank you so much for watching. See you next time…

… for Defence Team News!

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