May 24, 2019 – Ottawa – Department of National Defence / Canadian Forces
More than 5,000 soldiers from Australia, Canada, France, the United Kingdom and the United States completed Exercise MAPLE RESOLVE 19 which began on May 8th in Wainwright, Alberta.
This comprehensive and complex Canadian Army training event, designed and developed by the Wainwright-based Canadian Manoeuvre Training Centre, saw personnel from 1 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group (1 CMBG) prepare to assume the duties of the high-readiness brigade in support of the Canadian Army’s operational commitments, and Canada’s defence policy, Strong, Secure, Engaged.
“Throughout 3rd Canadian Division’s Road To High Readiness, 1 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group trained tactically and realistically in austere environments while making deliberate investments in our readiness, resilience and growth. Exercise MAPLE RESOLVE 19 mobilized our entire formation and challenged our combined arms teams in dynamic force-on-force scenarios using instrumented simulation. 1 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group remains ever strong, proud and ready to respond to domestic contingencies in support of Canadians.”
Colonel Bob Ritchie, Commander, 1 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group
“The Canadian Manoeuvre Training Centre designs and executes collective training exercises year-round to prepare forces for the challenges and complexities of the contemporary operating environment. Exercise MAPLE RESOLVE 19 was the venue for our soldiers to maintain their warfighting skills, conduct full-spectrum operations, and integrate with key partners and allied forces.
Incorporating lessons learned from across the Canadian Army enables us to effectively train soldiers to respond appropriately and decisively.”
Colonel Pete Huet, Commander, Canadian Manoeuvre Training Centre
Exercise MAPLE RESOLVE challenges soldiers in an environment that closely models modern conflict, complete with simulated villages populated with professional actors, simulated media and social media environments
Canadian Army soldiers serving with 1 CMBG, based in Edmonton, Alberta, and Shilo, Manitoba, trained with elements of the Royal Canadian Air Force, the British Army, the French Army and United States forces from the Army, National Guard, Army Reserve, and the Marine Corps.
Allied and partner participation involved over 600 soldiers from the U.S. military, approximately 150 soldiers from the British Army, 40 soldiers from the French Army, and two Observer Controller Trainers from the Australian Army.
3rd Canadian Division will be responsible for High Readiness from July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2020. The Road to High Readiness training program prepares Canadian Army soldiers to react at short notice to support international and domestic commitments. Ex MAPLE RESOLVE 19 is a key component of this training program.
Participating personnel used a wide variety of tactics, weapons, simulation technology, armoured fighting vehicles, and aircraft to hone their skills within a realistic, evolving and challenging operating environment.
The Canadian Manoeuvre Training Centre provides realistic and dynamic training. The Centre’s weapons effects simulation technology, purpose-built urban infrastructure, role-playing civilians and resident opposing force contribute to the Canadian Army’s readiness to conduct domestic and international operations in a variety of environments.