The July 3 episode of Defence Team News highlights Exercise MAPLE FLAG

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

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

Improved access to mental health services for military families were announced by the Associate Minister of National Defence and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Veterans Affairs, Sherry Romanado.

As part of our commitment to military families, I’m pleased to announce we have fully completed another important Strong, Secure, Engaged commitment. New and enhanced mental health services and programs for military families have been introduced and implemented nationally and internationally.

By means of the Family Information Line, we have created a new virtual consultation service that provides access to qualified personnel at any time, wherever and whenever you need. This highly practical virtual service enables you to book confidential sessions over the telephone or via videoconference. In addition to this service, we now offer specialized online resources if you need further information.

We understand how moving abroad can be stressful. We also know that points of service for families of military members in Europe are an excellent resource for families who live abroad and who may be experiencing difficulties.

You can contact the 24/7 Family Information Line at 1-800-866-4546.

The Royal Canadian Air Force’s largest and most complex international training event of the year, Exercise MAPLE FLAG, recently took place in Cold Lake, Alberta. Nearly 1,200 Canadian Armed Forces members participated or played supporting roles, along with 540 personnel from allied nations.

The exercise was an opportunity for participants to train in an operational environment. It also offered Royal Canadian Air Force elements the opportunity to ‘Fly in Formation’ with their Canadian and international counterparts. The exercise included operations in areas such as command and control, air-to-air and air-to-surface tactics and weapons employment.

The exercise owes much of its success to the existence of the Cold Lake Air Weapons Range, which features a multitude of targets and an impressive volume of airspace that provides an unrestricted training environment.

That’s it for us. Thank you so much for watching and we’ll see you next time…

…for Defence Team News!

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