Exercise UNIFIED RESOLVE: 1 CMBG Prepares for High Readiness

Article / February 22, 2016

By: Lt Derek Reid, 3 Cdn Div Public Affairs

1 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group (1 CMBG) completed a key step in the Road to High Readiness during Exercise UNIFIED RESOLVE at Edmonton Garrison from February 8 to 12, 2016.

The Computer Assisted Exercise was designed to test the command and control capabilities of 1 CMBG as it progresses along the Road to High Readiness in preparation for potential national or expeditionary deployments. This flagship training regime culminates with the Canadian Army's largest training exercise, Exercise MAPLE RESOLVE, which will take place at the Canadian Manoeuvre Training Centre in Wainwright, Alberta, in the spring of 2016.

 “Exercise UNIFIED RESOLVE is critical primarily for the leadership of this brigade,”  said Brigadier-General Trevor Cadieu, Commander 1 CMBG.  “It allows us to stress test some of our planning and procedures without needing to pull 4,000 troops into the field, away from their families and other duties.” 

In the fictional exercise scenario, 1 CMBG deployed as part of a multinational coalition to bring security and stability to the oppressed Caribbean country of West Isle. The scenario, which will be effectively “un-paused” for Exercise MAPLE RESOLVE, challenged the soldiers of 1 CMBG in a joint, integrated, and whole-of-government environment. This year’s UNIFIED RESOLVE put an increased emphasis on the whole-of-government aspect, with two civilian Policy Advisors embedded in the brigade headquarters to advise the Brigade Commander on the wider political and governmental considerations surrounding the battle.

The end result of MAPLE RESOLVE and the Road to High Readiness is the declaration that 1 CMBG is operationally ready to take over from 5 CMBG as the high readiness brigade from July 2016 to July 2017. Two standing missions that 1 CMBG may be asked to force generate members for are Op UNIFIER in the Ukraine and Op REASSURANCE in Eastern Europe.

“We don’t know yet exactly where our members will deploy in the coming year, be it domestically or internationally,” said BGen Cadieu.  “But the one thing we do know is we will be ready for whatever comes.” 

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