Communication reserves hone their skills at weekend training

The 725 Communication Squadron of Glace Bay conducted training exercises near Blue Mountain, just outside Marion Bridge this weekend. Shown on the radio at the command centre is Cpl. Kevin Moules of Whitney Pier.

Published on October 23rd, 2010

MARION BRIDGE — Down a rocky, remote road just outside Marion Bridge, a camouflage tent is propped alongside green painted military vehicles.

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Cape Breton Post , Cape Breton , Glace Bay

Despite the middle-of-nowhere location, this wasn’t a top secret operation in the wilds of Cape Breton. The 725 Communication Squadron of Glace Bay chose the locale to sharpen their skills during a training session over the weekend.

“The squadron’s job is to provide communication support to the army, whether that’s by different types of radio like VHF and NHF, landlines, some units have a little bit of satellite capability, like satellite phones or a satellite dish that can do data links,” said commanding officer, Maj. Andrew Morrison, as his troops dined on a lunch of re-hydrated rations inside their makeshift base of operations near Blue Mountain.

A total of 21 soldiers took part in the exercises. The weekend began Friday night at around 11:30 p.m. where the reserves were tasked with setting up the command centre tent tactically by moonlight. They completed their mission at around 3 a.m. Saturday morning and were up again at 7 a.m. to start their training.

*For more, see Monday’s Cape Breton Post

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