Water insertion of member for first event of JIMMY CUP. (Submitted photo)
Member climbs communications tower for final event of JIMMY CUP. (Submitted photo)
2 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group Headquarters and Signal Squadron's Annual JIMMY CUP Competition
Posted on Thursday, July 7, 2016
It was a hot and sunny day - excellent weather for the second annual Jimmy Cup competition, hosted by 2 CMBG Headquarters & Signal Squadron (2 Sigs). On the morning of 16 June 2016, teams from 2 Sigs, 1st and 3rd Battalions of the Royal Canadian Regiment, 2 Canadian Engineer Regiment, and 2 Service Battalion met in this contest designed to challenge their soldier skills as well as their signals trade skills.
The competition ran along a timed route approximately 20km in length, through the Garrison Petawawa training area; in which multiple stands consisting of various challenging tasks were to be completed before teams could continue.
The first leg of the competition was a watery one. Just after first light, teams were inserted at the beginning of the course into the Ottawa River via inflatable boat, dropped into the water approximately 50 metres from shore. Upon reaching dry land, teams were given sets of precise map coordinates which led to a series of camouflaged containers hidden in the woods of the Garrison Petawawa training area. These contained further coordinates, which in turn lead waterlogged competitors to continue through the brush to the next point, where troops found their soldiering skills put to the test in a race to field-strip a machine gun, run a bayonet charge and compete in a pistol marksmanship range.
Several kilometers later, as the morning sun rose, members were required to set up encrypted radio communications under tight time constraints at the Army Communication and Information Systems Specialist (ACISS) Core stand, erect a hasty telephone wire road crossing as part of the Line Systems Technologist stand, and troubleshoot field-installed computer and network systems in the Information Systems Technologist segment.
The hot late morning sun began to be the true challenge on the dusty roads, as soldiers raced each other through the heat and humidity, finally exiting the training area nearly fifteen kilometers from the starting point. Members were challenged on their knowledge of Royal Canadian Signals Corps history at the bottom of the infamous RCD Hill - a wrong answer meant a team would carry a stretcher laden with full jerry cans of water to the top to simulate a casualty evacuation.
The eventual return to the 2 Sigs building was welcomed by competitors, but it was no respite. The unit’s Electronic-Optronic Technicians had set out the tools of their trade: steel-framed ruggedized power distribution boxes and lengths of wrist-thick cabling, to be meticulously coiled and placed within their storage trailers as per military standard.
Weary competitors were then called upon to set up radio systems inside a service vehicle and troubleshoot them when they failed, as designed by the local Communication Systems Technicians.
As a final challenge, a lone team member was called upon to scale the 120-foot radio tower inside the compound to call command to inform them their team’s tasks had been completed via a phone mounted to the top.
In the end, the team from 3rd Battalion of the Royal Canadian Regiment won the day with speed and excellence under stressful conditions. Major Gavin Hunt, Commanding Officer of 2 CMBG HQ & Signal Squadron, awarded the Jimmy Cup to the victors but congratulated all who came out to compete, citing the determination and esprit de corps shown by all.