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Extreme weather tests 4 Air Defence Regiment
CFB Suffield, AB — Mother Nature challenges troops, missile equipment during Exercise POTENT KNIGHT.
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10-0825 Ex POTENT KNIGHTSgt Kathrine Greer-Hulme
Soldiers from 4 Air Defence Regiment along with their equipment were put to the test during Exercise POTENT KNIGHT. Sgt Kathrine Greer-Hulme
I was on site to cover the exercise.Sgt Katherine Greer-Hulme
Every year for the past 19 years, soldiers from 4 Air Defence Regiment travel to the training area at CFB Suffield, in Alberta, for their annual live fire exercise. WO Tom Drake
It’s an annual exercise that we use to conduct testing of our operators to ensure that they have the ability to conduct a live engagement in the case that we ever deploy and have to engage aerial targets or ground targets. Sgt Katherine Greer-Hulme
At first, the exercise was like all those in the past, but Mother Nature was about to take a turn for the worst.Cpl Steven Reynolds
We got snow and the cables started freezing to the ground, so it caused a lot more work for the fighting troop personnel to keep the camp running, as well as for the maintainers. I needed to coordinate with them on a daily basis cause the heaters just couldn’t take it, they were just shutting off. The fuel was a big issue out here, it caused a lot of grief and a lot of problems, but we finally pulled through and everything was up and running as per it should.Sgt Katherine Greer-Hulme
The support trades were kept extremely busy ensuring that everything ran smoothly and the Ammo techs from CFB Suffield were also employed whenever a missile did not fire properly down range.Sgt Darryl Gould
Some of the trials and tribulations with the cold is things, tape doesn’t stick and other things, but we have managed to overcome those.LCol Yvan Audet
What we have accomplished here in eight days is outstanding. I mean, that was never done before. Firing 297 missiles under extreme weather conditions was extremely difficult on the equipment. And my soldiers, either gunners, supply techs, maintainers, cooks, I mean we all provided 200 percent and we succeeded. I am so proud. Sgt Greer-Hulme
Even though weather impacted Potent Knight, all objectives were successfully met and 4 Air Defence Soldiers can be proud of their accomplishment. In the training area at CFB Suffield, for Army News, I’m Sgt Katherine Greer-Hulme.
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