Canadian soldiers from 2nd Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group (2 CMBG) rehearse operations over a map model alongside other allied nations during Joint Warfighting Assessment 2019 (JWA 19) at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington, USA on April 28, 2019. (Photo credit: Captain Fernando Pinheiro, 2 Canadian Engineer Regiment)
Army Soldiers observe a demonstration of equipment being tested during the Joint Warfighting Assessment 19, May 7, 2019. YAKIMA TRAINING CENTER, Wash.-U.S. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Audrey Ward, 982nd Combat Camera Company (Airborne))
Military personnel from Petawawa deployed on Joint Warfighting Assessment in Tacoma
By Captain Connor Severin and
Lieutenant Alexander Edwards
Posted on Thursday May 30, 2019
Recently members from across 2nd Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group (2 CMBG) deployed to Tacoma, Washington from 12 April to 12 May 2019 to participate in Joint Warfighting Assessment, an annual multinational exercise hosted by the US Army Joint Modernization Command.
This exercise saw formations from Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States, with observers from France and Singapore, working together under an American division.
The scenario that was observed during exercise was that a foreign power had invaded a friendly nation in 2028 in order to secure their natural resources; a scenario that is likely to occur in the future due to a growing scarcity of natural resources.
The intent of the exercise was to test command and control systems that are going to be fielded in the future and to increase inter-operability between the nations.
This complex but realistic scenario gave the Canadian contingent an opportunity to re-engage with the Five-Eyes community and further develop existing procedures and practices.
It also allowed 2 CMBG and the other nations to develop new practices concerning new equipment and capabilities that are likely to be available in the future.
Exercises such as these are an invaluable opportunity to the Canadian Army to strengthen relations with our allies and prepare for the future of warfare.
As 2 CMBG prepares to enter the Road to High Readiness prior to a deployment period, the Brigade further developed deployable command, control and communications networks and systems during the exercise.
Part of 2 CMBG’s focus for the exercise was to ensure that our systems were compatible with those of our allies, which increased our ability to coordinate and support each other throughout the mission.
In this, 2 CMBG experienced a lot of success and is better prepared to deploy its soldiers overseas to any operation or region where they are needed.
Ultimately, this exercise was a resounding success for the Canadian brigade and our multi-national partners. Relationships were re-affirmed on a personal and professional level, new lessons were learned, and 2 CMBG came away much better for the experience.
Finally, the soldiers of 2 CMBG were able to enjoy everything that the area had to offer, such as exploring the cities of Seattle, Tacoma and Portland, as well as hiking in Mount Rainier National Park.