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Minnesota National Guard
Canadian and US Soldiers team up for Ex BISON WARRIOR

DUNDURN, SK " Approximately 400 Soldiers from 38 Canadian Brigade Group (38 CBG) and 34th Infantry Division of the Minnesota National Guard took part in Exercise BISON WARRIOR at Canadian Forces (CF) Detachment Dundurn, SK 25-30 April

For the Soldiers of Charlie Troop 2nd Squadron, 194th Armored Reconnaissance the ranges were the highlight of the exercise

During the firing of the personal weapons test three (PWT 3) Soldiers have to run from one firing point to the next, firing from different positions, something the National Guard Soldiers had never done before

Through the week of training Canadian and US Soldiers took part in a variety of ranges or stands This included pairs, section, and platoon level dry and live ranges within a contemporary operating environment context, Fighting in Built up Area (FIBUA), Improvised Explosive Device, convoy escort, pistol and shot gun ranges

"It was pretty good, I'm infantry they're armoured," said Master Warrant Officer Robert Morris, as a composite section of Fort Garry Horse (FGH) and Saskatchewan Dragoons (Sask D) took part in a dry section attack

"They're well motivated, [have] good drive and it showed with the troops actions during the attack"

The goal of Exercise BISON WARRIOR was to challenge the Soldiers, junior leaders and platoon/troop commanders in select tasks linked to the contemporary operating environment

Though the training was mainly for the infantry and armoured reconnaissance units within 38 CBG members of the Combat Service Support Tactical Group (CSS TG) were able to take part in the training

"My first time for FIBUA," said 2Lt Vitaliy Churirov

"I'm looking forward to it," said Corporal Andrew Wigg as he attached a Multiple Integrated Laser Equipment System to his C7 rifle (MILES) "It's a new experience"

For the infantry, the Platoon Live fire range was the culmination of the week's events For the armoured reconnaissance Soldiers of the FGH and the Sask D, Ex BISON WARRIOR was a lead-in to mounted live GWagon training during Ex RAPID CANNON

By Cpl Bill Gomm, photojournalist, 38 Canadian Brigade Group HQ PA

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