Canadian Forces to conduct extensive military exercise in Stony Plain
Town welcomes army troops to town (March 4-6, 2011)
Members of the Canadian Forces will be in Stony Plain from March 4 to 6 to participate in an extensive military training exercise.
“The Town of Stony Plain is pleased and honoured that the Canadian Forces have chosen our community to conduct one of its training exercises,” says Ken Lemke, mayor of Stony Plain. “The Town supports our Canadian troops, and encourages our residents to show their support as well.”
The routine will be a full-scale scenario, staged as realistically as possible, for participating troops. Military exercises include establishing secure zones, providing soldiers’ training and accommodations facilities, accessing public areas and conducting public traffic stops.
Troop members will carry weapons ranging in size and power. Weapons, which will be loaded with blanks, may be fired; however, NO LIVE AMMUNITION will be used. Public safety will not be compromised.
Military vehicles will also be used.
While the Forces will set up occasional check points, there will be very little interference with the public. The R.C.M.P – Stony Plain Detachment are also be aware of this military exercise.
The Canadian Forces have conducted similar training sessions in other Alberta communities; for example: in 2009, Drumheller was the host community for these exercises.
Members of the military first approached the Town in June 2010 to discuss the possibility of the military performing an active training exercise in Stony Plain. A follow-up meeting between the organizers and Town administration to discuss the logistics of carrying these plans to fruition took place in August.
The military personnel, primarily consisting of reservists, will start arriving in town between approximately 2:00 and 5:00 pm on Fri. Mar. 4 to set up camp. The Forces will conduct the exercises for 24 hours per day, completing the routine around 2:00 p.m. on Sun., Mar. 6, when troops begin leaving the community. The contingent consists of approximately 40 members from Edmonton, 30 from Calgary and 30 from Medicine Hat.
The Town’s support of the military training demonstrates its commitment to developing and maintaining a community focused on creatively meeting the needs of residents through the promotion of equality, wellbeing, safety, citizen participation and involvement. Social Equity is one the four key elements of the Community Sustainability Plan, which governs how the Town conducts its business.
images courtesy of the Department of National Defence