The June 28 episode of Defence Team News highlights Exercise TRADEWINDS

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Welcome back to Defence Team News, I’m Lt(N) Jeff Lura.

And I’m Shelley Van Hoof. Here are the headlines at Defence.

Exercise TRADEWINDS, involving the United States and a group of countries known as the Caribbean Community, or CARICOM, recently wrapped up its 34th iteration.

Defence Team News’s own Patricia Sztompka was on location to learn more.

Hello, I’m here with Lieutenant-Colonel Andreola. Can you tell us what the objective of Exercise TRADEWINDS is?

Sure, Exercise TRADEWINDS is a U.S.-led multinational, marine interdiction, ground-security, interagency exercise involving partnering nations, with a primary focus on strengthening the safety and security in the Caribbean region.

What is your role specific to the exercise and what are your main duties?

My role in Exercise TRADEWINDS is to mentor the CARICOM Task Force Commander. I also provide assistance in the delivery of the operational planning program to the CARICOM Task Force.

What are the other partner nations involved?

Some of the other partner nations involved in the exercise, to name a few, are the Bahamas, Barbados, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, St. Kitts and Nevis, and Guyana.

…I had the privilege of attending a walk-around with the CARICOM Task Force Commander the other day. He was extremely pleased with the delivery of the program. More specifically, he stated that Canada’s involvement in this exercise – the dedication and professionalism of the soldiers – was outstanding.

Thank you for joining us.

Thank you.

In a joint military-civilian effort to promote diversity, inclusion and a respectful work environment, the Defence Team recently announced the Positive Space program.

The Positive Space program is a volunteer and peer-based support group for Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual, Transgender and non-LGBT community members, allowing them to create networks and seek information and assistance from Positive Space ambassadors on LGBT questions.

Ambassadors are responsible for providing a welcoming and inclusive atmosphere for everyone, discussing LGBT matters in a positive manner, and referring any LGBT questions to an appropriate contact person or resource.

Ambassadors receive two-day classroom training, leading to a national qualification. This train-the-trainer approach allows ambassadors to share information about the program within their respective units. The program is a commitment that was made in Canada’s Defence Policy, Strong, Secure, Engaged. See the related links for more information about this training.

Before we go, Happy Canada Day to all Defence Team members celebrating across the country this weekend…

…and to those deployed around the world. That’s it for us. Thank you so much for watching. We’ll see you next time…

…for Defence Team News!

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