MP Gallant visits troops in Norway
Photo courtesy Corporal Stuart MacNeil, DND Member of Parliament Cheryl Gallant shakes hands with Major Dave Fearon, Officer Commanding Foxtrot Company. of The 1st Battalion, The Royal Canadian Regiment, during Exercise Cold Response in Aursfjordbotn, Norway on the 20th of March 2012. Approximately 800 soldiers from the 1st Battalion, The Royal Canadian Regiment Battalion Group from Petawawa , Ontario , deployed on Exercise Cold Response 2012 in northern Norway
NORWAY - Local Member of Parliament Cheryl Gallant, recently travelled to Norway to visit the soldiers of 2 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group (2 CMBG) as they participated in the multinational Exercise COLD RESPONSE.
"Having our national leaders visit with our soldiers is an important element in their understanding of what the Canadian Army does on behalf of Canadians," said Colonel Simon Hetherington, Commander, 2 CMBG.
"It also lets our soldiers know that their work is recognized and appreciated," he added.
Mrs. Gallant, a member of the Standing Committee on National Defence and the Member of Parliament for Renfrew-Nipissing-Pembroke, is a frequent visitor to CFB Petawawa. This visit with the soldiers was unique in both the location and the international scope of the exercise.
In addition to demonstrating what they had been doing in Norway, some of the soldiers presented Mrs. Gallant with a Canadian Forces ration pack which they had cooked themselves for her lunch.
"It was a great opportunity to have Mrs. Gallant here in Norway," said Captain John Summerfield of the 1st Battalion The Royal Canadian Regiment, "Our soldiers appreciated being able to demonstrate the type of training they are currently engaged in," he added.
Approximately 160 soldiers, primarily from the 1st Battalion of The Royal Canadian Regiment made up the Canadian contingent of the Norwegian-invitational exercise that comprised 15 nations and 16,000 personnel.