The July 5 episode of Defence Team News highlights Exercise VERITAS THUNDER

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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.

An awards ceremony recognizing NATO’s Military Members of the Year recently took place in Naples, Italy.

Canadian Sergeant Marc Hall was recognized as part of the SACEUR Recognition Award and Allied Command Operations Military Member of the Year Programme.

The programme is designed to recognize superior performance, professional excellence, and significant contributions to the mission of Allied Command Operations organizations. Sergeant Hall was recognized for standing out among his peers and for his willingness to tackle any issue. He was presented with a unique plaque and a letter of commendation during the ceremony.

Well, I’m obviously very honoured and humbled to receive this kind of recognition. I think it’s probably more to do with Canada’s great reputation within NATO, and hopefully I’ve contributed to that in some way.

Exercise VERITAS Thunder 2018 recently took place at the Connaught Range Primary Training Centre in Ottawa. Held by the Defence Public Affairs Learning Centre, this was the final exercise for candidates of this year’s Basic Public Affairs Officers’ Course.

The exercise scenario required candidates to deploy to the fictitious country of South Amber, as part of Operation GEMSTONE.

Simulating an operational environment in which Public Affairs Officers, Imagery Technicians and operators work together to develop recommended courses of action and produce various products, this exercise was the final evaluation phase of an intensive three-month course for the candidates.

Before we go, the Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo recently wrapped up this week. The week-long event honoured the CAF, RCMP and other first responders. This year’s theme, “Heroes and Legends”, commemorated the end of the First World War, the Battle of the Atlantic, and Women in Service.

The Canadian Armed Forces contribution to the event included approximately 135 musicians representing a variety of units and all three elements.

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

…for Defence Team News!

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