Exercise COMMON GROUND II 2019: Preparing strong, proud, and combat ready leaders for tomorrow’s Canadian Army in Gagetown

News Release / December 4, 2019 / Project number: 19-0318

November 26, 2019 – Gagetown (NB) – National Defence / Canadian Armed Forces

Hundreds of soldiers have arrived at 5th Canadian Division Support Base Gagetown (NB) from across Canada to participate in Exercise COMMON GROUND II 2019 from November 12-26.

Hosted by the Combat Training Centre’s Tactics School, Exercise COMMON GROUND II 2019 is the Army’s largest individual training event. It represents a culmination of progressive, intensive, and realistic training to ensure the Army continually enhances its warfighting capabilities and lethality. This exercise is supported by Canadian Armed Forces personnel from across Canada, including elements of 5 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group from Valcartier (Quebec).

Exercise COMMON GROUND II 2019 is vital to the Army’s mandate to produces a strong, proud and increasingly lethal force for future operations. It exposes our members to the doctrine and inherent strengths of the Combined Arms Team within a Battle Group’s context, including the enabling-capabilities of its various components.

Quotes

“The training found on Exercise COMMON GROUND II 2019 exemplifies the Army’s ability to employ adaptive, fast moving, and independent combat groupings such as the Combined Arms Team to win in combat. We train our soldiers and officers to quickly assess situations, leverage the resources and assets at their disposal, implement a plan to achieve victory, and then manoeuvre to do it again.”

- Colonel Cayle Oberwarth, Commander, Combat Training Centre

“The greatest resource in the Army continues to be its people, as each of us collectively contribute to the goals of protecting Canada, and promoting our country’s interests abroad. The progressive and realistic training found on Exercise COMMON GROUND II 2019 enables us to produce the highest calibre of soldiers.”

- Lieutenant-Colonel Christian Caron, Commanding Officer, Tactics School

Quick Facts

  • The main component of Exercise COMMON GROUND II 2019 is the Tactic School’s Combat Team Commander’s Course. The goal of the Combat Team Commander Course is to prepare new and future sub-unit army commanders to lead a Combined Arms Team within a contemporary operating environment.
  • The Army, with the support of the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF), has brought together roughly 1000 personnel and equipment from all over Canada to produce a realistic tactical field training environment for course candidates on Exercise COMMON GROUND II 2019. Support units and staff from Gagetown include:
    • The Tactics School (Combat Training Centre);
    • The Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery School (Combat Training Centre);
    • The Royal Canadian Armoured Corps School (Combat Training Centre);
    • The Canadian Forces School of Military Engineering (Combat Training Centre);
    • The Infantry School (Combat Training Centre);
    • C Squadron, Royal Canadian Dragoons;
    • 4 Engineer Support Regiment (5th Canadian Division);
    • 5 Signals Squadron (5th Canadian Division);
    • Combat Training Centre Headquarters;
    • 1 Wing (RCAF) (Kingston, ON);
    • 403 Helicopter Operational Training Squadron (RCAF); and
    • 5th Canadian Division Support Base Gagetown.
  • Exercise COMMON GROUND II 2019 will also be supported by 2nd Canadian Division units from Valcartier (Quebec), including elements of 5 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group’s 2nd Battalion Royal 22nd Regiment Battle Group. These include contingents from:
    • 2nd Battalion Royal 22nd Regiment;
    • 5th Artillery Regiment (RCA);
    • 5 Combat Engineer Regiment;
    • 5 Field Ambulance; and
    • 5 Service Battalion.

Related Products

Media Advisory Exercise COMMON GROUND II 2019
Backgrounder Exercise COMMON GROUND II 2019

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Contact

Captain Mike MacNeill
Public Affairs Officer
Combat Training Centre
5th Canadian Division Support Base Gagetown
Email: michael.macneill@forces.gc.ca
Mobile: 506-422-2000, Ext. 3887

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