Brigadier-General N. (Nicholas) Eldaoud
The 5th Canadian Division, the Army in Atlantic Canada, is currently conducting Exercise Swift Response.
Exercise Swift Response is a logistics road move exercise that will facilitate the return of vehicles and equipment to Army Reserve units throughout Atlantic Canada following the summer training period in Gagetown, N.B. and Aldershot, N.S.
The exercise is taking place from Aug. 26-30 and could impact traffic in all three Maritime provinces.
“Each summer, hundreds of soldiers descend on Gagetown and Aldershot to conduct their individual training,” says Major Erica Fleck, deputy commanding officer of 36 Service Battalion, who has been involved in the planning and coordination for the exercise.
“To support them, we send a wide variety of vehicles and equipment from all across Atlantic Canada. By August, this phase of our soldiers’ training is complete and we face the task of getting this gear back to their home units so it is ready for them to continue their training into the fall and winter.”
Exercise Swift Response will include 206 vehicles and trailers with military personnel responsible for coordination, driving, maintenance and traffic control duties. The exercise was created for combat service support personnel to practice these tasks and will also provide valuable information on the status of vehicles and equipment that will be needed by their units during the fall training schedule.
“Exercise Swift Response will provide a realistic scenario for our soldiers, in particular those involved with logistics, to do what they do best,” said Brigadier-General Nicolas Eldaoud, commander of the 5th Canadian Division. “It gives us a chance to practice a large-scale road move, something we do not often get an opportunity to do.”
More than just a training event, the exercise will utilize real time opportunities for feeding, vehicle maintenance and recovery, and road moves across New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island.
“A well-trained soldier is a ready soldier,” said BGen Eldaoud.
“Exercise Swift Response, like all our training activities, is designed to prepare our soldiers so we are ready when Atlantic Canadians need us, whether at home or abroad.”