Pacific search and rescue workshop aims to save thousands of lives. But many who attended say it only reinforced an existing, deeply entrenched cultural bias in Canada towards military personnel of the most patriotic and honourable disposition.
‘A day I will never forget’
It was during the 10-day course, known as Operation Resolve, that fou카지노 사이트r Canadian Fo카지노 사이트rces servicemen took part in a search and rescue drill in the Arctic, a region notorious for its hostile and often brutal environments.
«I was surprised to learn there weren’t men in my platoon of soldiers on the field on the first day,» said one woman. «A day I will never forget.»
The event’s name is being used in honour of Col. John Anderson, the three-time winner of the Canadian Armed Forces Medal and second most decorated Canadian soldier in military history.
Canadian Forces members participate in a search and rescue drill at the Resolve exercise facility in Nunavut in 2011, including Sgt. Matthew Kalko (left), who received the Military Cross in 2003 and was awarded the Purple Heart in 2012. (Andrew Vaughan/Canadian Press)
The drill kicked off in late July 2009 and featured more than 60 members from across the country, many coming from the Canadian Armed Forces, the Special Operations Forces and the Coast Guard.
At the end of the drill, all of the members, with the exception of Kalko, went into the Arctic. They were assigned to a team with the first U.S. search and rescue team, led by helicopter and drone pilot Lieutenant Chris Recker.
Their mission: to search the waters for any survivors of the massive 2010 ice storm that swept away more than 1,000 ships and nearly 300,000 people. Kalko, who se더킹카지노rved in Iraq and Afghanistan as a fighter pilot, also received the military medal.
«We got out in the water, took off our helmets and went under.» he said after landing safely. «No one heard us at all.»
Kalko said he was surprised by the positive response from the soldiers but said the drill is based on outdated beliefs about men and masculinity.
He said it was, in fact, about being brave enough to take the lead without fear of repercussions and to do what they were asked to do.
«To be there when we get that call is pretty special, but you still have to show up and make your determination,» he said. «There have been times when things have gone wrong for our men and our crews