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June 17, 2009
Looking Out

A soldier peers from a tower with a gun handy to see who—or what might be arriving at Camp Nathan Smith on June 10, named after Canada’s first casualty in Afghanistan. The Canadian Forces Base is south west of Wainwright on June 10 as the military gets ready for another wave of trained Canadian soldiers to be sent overseas this year. The training area borders the north boundary of the M.D. of Provost and there are still some hopes by the Department of National Defence to expand the training centre southward into this M.D. by acquiring up to 29 sections of land. Story on the Afghan training in this week's paper and video at provostnews.ca ©Provost News Photo.

More Canadians Train for Battle, Re-Building in Afghanistan
Canadian Armed Forces recently completed training at the Camp Wainwright base as they prepare to send another wave of soldiers for a tour in Afghanistan later this year.

Exercise Maple Guardian wrapped up at Canadian Forces Base Wainwright which saw more than just soldiers participating.

To ensure Afghanistan can be a self-sustaining country once Canadian troops have pulled out, Afghans need to be educated on what to do once the Canadians have left—which is scheduled for sometime in 2011—which means more civilians were in the mix this time around.

It’s all about preparing for action in Kandahar Province —be it on the battlefield with guns, or through dialogue with Afghans.

The training near Wainwright is considered by personnel at the base to be second to none, in addition to exposing the soldiers to situations they can expect to see once they reach Kandahar Province, Afghanistan. Practicing with the same equipment as used in battle is not unusual for the military, but including civilians and actors in the training gave this particular exercise a new face.

Camp Nathan Smith at CFB Wainwright is an imitation of the real base (by the same name in Afghanistan). It’s named after the first Canadian soldier who died in Afghanistan and that’s where the nearly 400 civilians practice interacting with Afghans.

Jess Dutton, political director of the provincial reconstruction team at Camp Nathan Smith says “You can’t differentiate between the civilian and military activity in Afghanistan. After the success of this exercise, I’d be surprised if we didn’t involve civilians again.”

Complete story and photos in June 17 edition of The Provost News.
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‘Brutal’ Drought Hits Farmers, Ranchers
Lack of rain across the land has prompted M.D. 52 councillors to proclaim a state of drought.

Administrator Tyler Lawrason told The Provost News that the unanimous declaration was made by council on June 11 at a special emergency meeting.

Full story in June 17 edition of The Provost News.
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PPS Team Wins Marg McCuaig-Boyd Trophy and 1A Girls’
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Street Spokesman
This week we ask : "What Will Your Main Concern be When You Are Sent to Afghanistan?"
. . . and we heard answers from Master Corporal John Rocheleau, Private Tyler Mitchell, Master Seaman Felix Gelinas, Capt. Dr. Jamie Thibodeau and Capt. Jason Quilliam. Check out the June 17 edition of The Provost News for their answers.
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