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Article / April 1, 2015

By Capt M.J. Feiner, Sup Coy, 1 Svc Bn

1 Service Battalion (Svc Bn) conducted its second annual Mountainous Patrol Competition, Exercise GHOST RIDER in McBride, BC from February 17-20 to develop cohesion and competitive spirit while also refreshing basic winter warfare skills and navigation. The exercise ended with a friendly and a competitive hockey game against the local team to raise money for the local food bank.

Seven section sized teams competed in the competition:

  • one from Transport and Supply Companies,
  • two from Admin Company (Coy) and Maintenance Coy, and
  • a team comprised of Junior Officers drawn from throughout the Battalion. 

The first day of the exercise was used as work-up training to review skills which would be applied during the competition.  For this training, the teams were rotated through a series of stands:

  • tent set-up,
  • survival skills,
  • 522 operation, DAGR,
  • rappel and
  • first aid.

Over the next two days, the teams were required to complete a course through a set of waypoints while completing several stands. Stands included a simulated mass casualty scenario, a rappel and a radio operation challenge.

In order to win, the teams would have to have the fastest overall time, including any penalties from the stands. Teams departed from the start point two at a time in five minute intervals, leading to much changing of position over the course of the race.

Supply Company was able to maintain a quick pace over the two days and managed to score well on the stands, resulting in a first place finish, for the second year in a row. They were awarded with congratulations by the unit CO and RSM and bragging rights within the battalion.

The exercise ended with a series of two hockey games between 1 Svc Bn members and the citizens of McBride and Robson Valley. The first game was a friendly exhibition match, with 1 Svc Bn getting edged out in the third period with a score of 8-9. The second game was a blow out for the local team, with a final score of 1-8. Though the battalion team made a valiant effort, after a day and a half of patrolling they were no match for the opposition. The event raised $354 and two tri-walls of food for the local food bank.

The overall exercise provided a unique training opportunity for the unit that is fast becoming an annual tradition for both the battalion and McBride. The exercise was a success that balanced training, team-building, and fun. 1 Svc Bn will be definitely back again for another patrol competition and hopefully a win in next year’s hockey game!

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