The May 30 episode of Defence Team News highlights Exercise ARMOURED BISON 2018

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In this episode, we highlight:

  • Exercise ARMOURED BISON 2018;
  • new support for victims in the Military Justice System; and
  • the National Defence Workplace Charitable Campaign


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

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

Exercise ARMOURED BISON 2018 wrapped up earlier this month in Dundurn, Saskatchewan. Several armoured units from across 3rd Canadian Division gathered to conduct tactical battle training scenarios.

The exercise provided a great opportunity to benchmark reserve armoured soldier skills, and identify strengths and gaps to improve unit efforts. The exercise also saw units from across 38 Canadian Brigade Group provide support in various capacities. For live-fire support, the Artillery Tactical Group brought two 105mm C3 howitzers, along with 26 soldiers, to operate them.

The exercise included close to 190 Canadian Armed Forces personnel who participated in and supported these scenarios.

The Minister of National Defence recently introduced a Declaration of Victims’ Rights by tabling an Act to amend the National Defence Act.

This new legislation enhances the efficiency of the military justice system, recognizing the harmful impact that service offences have on victims, the Canadian Armed Forces, and society.

It ensures that victims of service offences are afforded enhanced rights to information, protection, participation, restitution, and to make a complaint should they feel that one of their rights under the Declaration has been infringed upon or denied.

The new legislation also incorporates sentencing considerations of Indigenous offenders. For more information, visit the related link.

Before we go, a new performance management cycle is underway for civilian employees. National Defence Workplace Charitable Campaign Champion, Chris Henderson, Assistant Deputy Minister (Public Affairs), is encouraging those who may want to help out with this year’s campaign to add it to their performance objectives. Training is provided and is an excellent opportunity to work with others in the department and gain new skills.

Canadian Armed Forces members can also include these opportunities in their Performance Development Review. Stay tuned for more information about this year’s campaign.

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

…for Defence Team News!

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