Message from the Regimental Sergeant Major
Cdn Army CWO

As I write this first blog from the RSMs desk, I am reflecting on what has happened over the past year. Who would have thought as we collectively “took a knee” to help flatten the curve that we would still be dealing with this pandemic a year later.

The COVID 19 mitigation measures that have been put in place have caused us to adjust how we have conducted training, at times transitioning from one type to another with little advance notice.  But we are trained to adapt and overcome in challenging situations and we have risen to the challenge.

Last spring as the country was coming to grips on how to deal with the crisis, and with little understanding of what might be asked of them, we had 70 soldiers step up, set aside their careers or studies and volunteer to provide assistance to their communities.  That’s 35% of our strength.   A true example of our collective desire to support our fellow Canadians.

As the requirement for our support to the pandemic eased with local infrastructure being able to handle the situation again, we transitioned back to individual training that was paused mid March. We were able to get many of our soldiers qualified and prepared to return to in person training.  Unfortunately, when we returned to Training in the fall, we could not all train at once in the same space and we adapted again to a hybrid model of in person training and online training, staggered arrival and dispersal times, contact tracing reporting and one day Field Exercises.

This restricted model of training affected not only the way we conducted training and exercises but how we conducted our ceremonies. The April Service of Remembrance parade to the Regimental Church, the change of RSM appointment and the Remembrance Day Parade had to be changed to online virtual ceremonies. Our social media team, led by Capt Lau, have done great work on these ceremonies to bring them to the Regiment and the association members so we can remain connected.

As I said at the start, we have just passed the one year anniversary of our initial pause in all training because of the pandemic. Lessons learned from that proved how vital it is to maintain what individual training we can so we don’t lose any ground on training new recruits and future leaders.

I’m happy to report that we are looking to send 23 candidates on their DP1 infantry, and 6 candidates on their Primary Leadership Courses this summer.  Another 5 MCpls on their Rifle Section Commanders Course to qualify them to Sgt and we have one Sgt on their DP3B INF crse getting them closer to promotion to WO.  Our training plan of running internal pre-course preparatory training for our personnel heading for career courses is proving to be a successful model with great success rates of those attending courses.

There is a large backlog of personnel needing DP1 and PLQ courses in 4Div.  The focus of individual training this summer will be towards clearing this backlog.  That means there will be a large need for instructors as well.

For those heading on to courses this summer, keep your ears open and learn from the experience. For those who may be teaching on courses, remember you have the Regiments and the Army’s future in your capable hands. Guide them and nurture them and it will all be worth it.

Stay healthy, stay safe. Keep being positive, but test negative and we will all come through this together.

Chris Reesor, CD

Chief Warrant Officer

Regimental Sgt Major, 48th Highlanders of Canada

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ON EXERCISE URBAN FALCON 2022, Soldiers of the 48th Highlanders, had their urban ops skills put to the test as they practiced fighting through and clearing subway cars through a subway station with simmunition rounds. In their exercise scenario, their mission was to rescue and secure a hi-jacked train from a well trained enemy. They fought against a simulated enemy force of other infantry Master Corporal’s and Sergeants, who set traps and obstacles in their path to test how they would react. Attached to the regiment in this exercise were a small amount of medics and Intelligence personnel from @25fdamb as well as @2intcoy_2cierens, which enabled soldiers to practice intel gathering/handling as well as dealing with casualties in a realistic manner.

Video filmed by Capt Lau and Cpl Chung
Video edited by MCpl Clark

Voici ce qui s'est passé lors de l'exercice Urban Falcon 2022. Les soldats des 48th Highlanders ont vu leurs compétences en opérations urbaines mises à l'épreuve alors qu'ils s'entraînaient à combattre et à dégager les voitures de métro à travers une station de métro avec des balles de vaccination, dans un scénario où leur but était de sauver et de sécuriser un train détourné d'un ennemi bien entraîné. Ils se sont battus contre une force d'opposition de caporal-chef et de sergents, qui ont tendu des pièges et des obstacles sur leur passage. Au régiment dans cet exercice se trouvaient un petit nombre d'infirmiers et de personnel du renseignement de @25fdamb ainsi que de @2intcoy_2cierens, ce qui a permis aux soldats de pratiquer le rassemblement/manipulation de renseignements ainsi que de faire face aux victimes de manière réaliste.

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On March 5th and 6th, Soldiers of the 48th Highlanders, with members from @2intcoy_2cierens and @25fdamb, who augmented our soldiers as an opportunity to practice their trade skills under the Tactical-Control of an infantry platoon, run through their “prepare for battle” phase during their simulated mission on Exercise Urban Falcon 2022, in which the soldiers were put under the stress of fighting in close quarters, and learning to maneuver and communicate in an entirely new environment.

Video editing by MCpl Clark
Video filmed by Capt Lau and Cpl Chung

Les membres des 48th Highlanders, avec des membres de @2intcoy_2cierens et @25fdamb, qui ont augmenté nos soldats comme une occasion de pratiquer leurs compétences professionnelles sous le contrôle tactique d'un peloton d'infanterie, pratiquent la phase de « préparation à la bataille » au cours de leur mission simulée dans le cadre de l'exercice Urban

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