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Argo Exhibits at NGUSA

Thursday, September 4th, 2014

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Argo, the Canadian ATV company, exhibited at the recent NGAUS conference in Chicago, IL. It’s great to see these guys starting to focus on the military market. Their family of amphibious ATVs have applicability not just for DOMOPS missions such as flood/hurricane response that the National Guard is assigned, but given the ‘Shift to the Pacific’ their vehicles make a lot of sense for use as a tactical mobility platform in jungle and mountainous terrain given their extremely low ground pressure and amphibious capability. Pictured above is their XTI 8×8 vehicle equipped with rubber tracks for over-snow or debris field applications.

Millbrook Tactical Is Exclusive NEMO Shield Distributor in Canada

Thursday, January 30th, 2014

Great news for NEMO Shield. It’s a great product line and the folks at Millbrook Tactical are awesome.

Millbrook Tactical Inc. is excited to announce that we are now the exclusive dealer of Nemo Shield® products in Canada. We are very proud to add Nemo Shield® products to our top tier tactical gear lines.

NEMO began adapting its shelter technology for elite U.S. Special Operations Forces and launched its Shield™ product line. In the years since, many elite Warfighters have depended on NEMO tents, shelters, sleeping gear, weapons bags and other products, to take full advantage of what limited comfort and protection can be found on the battlefield. NEMO is intensely proud to serve the American and Canadian Warfighter as well as Law Enforcement, and aims to design, engineer, and manufacture the best equipment solutions possible.

The Nemo Shield® brand can be found online at millbrookcanada.ca

US4CES Camo Patterns Offered To Canadian SOF

Wednesday, December 11th, 2013

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According to HyperStealth Biotechnology Corp, the US4CES family of camouflage developed for the US Army’s Camouflage Improvement Effort is on display at the Logistik Unicorp booth # 216 at the Soldier Systems Showcase at the Ottawa Convention Centre today Dec. 10th and tomorrow Dec. 11th. US4CES transitional is not available for Canadian Regular Forces who do not require a transitional pattern but it is being offered for use by Canadian Special Operations Forces. All four camouflage patterns from the US4CES family are on display on their table.

For more information see:
Brigadier-General, Larry Lashkevich, OMM, CD, P.Log (Retired) at the Logistik Unicorp booth or Master Corporal, Matt Pitre, Canadian Special Forces (Retired) at the show.

Canadian Army Returns to Traditional Rank Insignia, Names and Badges

Wednesday, July 10th, 2013

According to the Ottawa Citizen, the Canadian Government is restoring the Canadian Army’s traditional unit designations as well as ranks and insignia. Just two years ago, the Canadians restored their traditional service names to Canadian Army, Royal Canadian Navy, and Royal Canadian Air Force from the the Land Forces Command, Maritime Command and Air Command that they adopted in 1968. I think is pretty cool news for the Canadian Army to return to its roots. After all, what is the military without tradition? Oh yeah, the US Air Force.

(below from the DND/CF backgrounder):

When the Government of Canada announced that it was reinstating the historical name of the Canadian Army in August 2011, it restored an important part of the Canadian Army’s heritage. The restoration of traditions related to the historical identity of the Canadian Army appropriately reflects the re-designation of the institution.

The proposed changes include the re-introduction of divisional nomenclature and patches for the current Land Force Areas; traditional rank insignia for officers; corps shoulder titles following the restoration of traditional titles to a number of Canadian Army corps in April 2013; and the Canadian Army’s secondary badge. Further, the Minister of National Defence announced the intention to restore the historical Army rank names for non-commissioned members.

Divisional Nomenclature and Patches

Land Force Areas will be renamed as divisions and Canadian Army personnel will wear appropriate division patches. Formations will be renamed as follows:

Land Force Quebec Area will be referred to as “2nd Canadian Division”;
Land Force Western Area will be referred to as “3rd Canadian Division”;
Land Force Central Area will be referred to as “4th Canadian Division”;
Land Force Atlantic Area will be referred to as “5th Canadian Division”; and
Land Force Doctrine and Training System will be referred to as “Canadian Army Doctrine and Training Centre”.

There will be no change to 1st Canadian Division Headquarters.

Corps Shoulder Titles

Following the restoration of the Canadian Army’s corps in April 2013, corps metal and cloth shoulder titles will be produced.

Army Rank Names

The historical rank names for non-commissioned members, which have long been used informally, are being considered for formalization, at which point they would change as follows:

Privates of the Royal Canadian Armoured Corps will be referred to as “Trooper”;
Privates and corporals of the Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery will be referred to as “Gunner” and “Bombardier” respectively;
Privates of the Corps of Royal Canadian Engineers will be referred to as “Sapper”;
Privates of the Royal Canadian Corps of Signals will be addressed as “Signaller”;
Some Privates of the Royal Canadian Infantry Corps will be referred to as “Fusilier,” “Rifleman” or “Guardsman”, depending on their type of unit; and
Privates of the Corps of Royal Canadian Electrical and Mechanical Engineers will be referred to as “Craftsman”.

In addition, the second lieutenants and warrant officers in Guards regiments will be addressed as “Ensign” and “Colour Sergeant”, respectively.

Traditional Insignia for Officers

In line with the formalization of historical rank names for non-commissioned members, the traditional army officer rank insignia – with the stars, or “pips,” and crowns – are being restored. This ranking system is more than a hundred years old and continues to be used by armies the world over. Historically, the variations of the stars and crown were used to delineate rank so that officers could recognize each other on the battlefield. Canadian Army colonels and general officers will also wear the traditional gorget patches.

Canadian Army Secondary Badge

The new Canadian Army secondary badge is based on the historical Canadian Army badge used during and after the Second World War. It features the crossed swords, overlaid by three maple leaves conjoined on one stem. A crown is placed atop the maple leaves. The secondary badge will be displayed on the Canadian Army ensign and pocket badge.

Forces Focus – RCAF SAR Tech

Monday, July 8th, 2013

Last Friday, 6 new Search and Rescue Technicians graduated from an intensive 11 month program at the Canadian Forces School of Search and Rescue, based at 19 Wing Comox in British Columbia. They join the ranks of about 160 SAR Techs who are trained in advanced trauma life-support, land and sea survival, and specialized rescue techniques, including Arctic rescue, parachuting, diving, mountain-climbing and rappelling. Although assigned to the Royal Canadian Air Force they can tryout from any of the country’s service components.

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Unlike the US Air Force’s Guardian Angel Weapon System consisting of Pararescuemen (PJ), Combat Rescue Officers (CRO) and SERE Instructors, the SAR Tech’s primary focus is not Combat Search and Rescue. Their SAR area of responsibility includes over 15 million square kilometres of land and sea and encompasses the world’s longest coastline and SAR Techs as well as the skilled aircrews they work with respond to more than 8,000 incidents annually that average over 1,200 lives saved and assistance to over 20,000 persons.

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Congratulations to the graduates! According to the DND only about 1 in 3 candidates is accepted into training.

Master Corporal Jérôme Bourget, from Lévis, Quebec.
Master Corporal Anthony Bullen, from Boxey, Newfoundland and Labrador.
Master Corporal Jeff Elliott, from Victoria, British Columbia.
Master Corporal Chris Martin, from Pictou, Nova Scotia.
Master Corporal Brent Nolasco, from Peterborough, Ontario.
Master Corporal Oliver Willich, from Kincardine, Ontario.

All Photos – DND

Happy Canada Day!

Monday, July 1st, 2013

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Thanks to Arc’teryx LEAF for reminding me.

TYR Tactical – Coming Through The Night

Friday, June 21st, 2013

TYR Tactical drives straight through to Canada to help celebrate Millbrook Tactical’s 1st Anniversary.

Forces Focus – CANSOFCOM

Friday, May 17th, 2013

Panacis raises $1.8M for Soldier Battery Pack

Saturday, April 27th, 2013

Ottawa-based Panacis Inc. is expanding its local presence to go full-steam ahead with commercialization of its new military battery system following financial contributions from investors and taxpayers.

“The FedDev Ontario investment supports engineering and marketing development activities, which are both essential to the successful launch of the Soldier Sharepack product into international markets,” stated Panacis CEO Janet Mason.

After raising a funding round of $1.2 million from members of the Capital Angel Network, Panacis attracted $613,457 from the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario, known as FedDev Ontario, through its program that matches 50 per cent of investor contributions.

The funding will be used to fund the Soldier Sharepack, a wearable energy storage system that garners additional battery power from a user’s movement and renewable sources such as solar.

Panacis also plans to hire up to 15 additional full-time employees in Ottawa to scale up its manufacturing capabilities, according to the release.

www.panacis.com

First Batch of Deceptex Uniforms Shipping

Wednesday, March 6th, 2013

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The initial batch of custom camouflage Deceptex uniforms is ready for shipment. Manufactured by the Canadian company TacWear, these uniforms use a light weight (6.50 oz./yd2) 70/30 Polyester/Cotton Twill with 15%-18% woven-in stretch and are laid out similar to the new Enhanced Combat Uniform cut being adopted for Canadian Forces.

www.hyperstealth.com/deceptex