The start of the year is always
a challenging time for the Regiment as bold plans are conceived, new soldiers greeted,
returning soldiers are welcomed back, and our greatest asset - the troops - are organized
into sections, platoons and companies for the new training year.
As "B" Company - the training subunit of the
Regiment - lectured troops on the essentials of winter kit, "A" Company got down
to the nitty gritty of infantry training with a rucksack march. The Calgary
Highlanders hope to increase their profile in the community this year; hard to imagine the
public not noticing an armed rifle company crossing the 10th Street Bridge in Marching
|The Right Way, The Wrong
Way, and the Highlander Way...
right, Sergeant Chris Tucker inspects an item of kit belonging to a soldier in his
Kit inspections are more than just ritual;
soldiers new to the Regiment have to learn how best to pack the many items of essential
equipment they have into the lightest and most compact load possible. This newly
joined Private (distinguished by the gold cap badge) will have much to learn in the coming
Infantry soldiers in training can expect to
have to carry loads ranging anywhere from 20 pounds in the most basic form of fighting
order to much greater weights when in marching order or when training with support weapons
like medium machineguns or anti-tank weapons.
In order to accomplish its missions as a
light infantry unit, the Regiment must have soldiers able to move these heavy loads
quickly over long distances.
|Sergeant Calvert (above, left)
and Sergeant Chisholm (with drill cane in hand in photo at right) watch as their soldiers
pack and adjust their loads for the rucksack march.
|"Fighting Order" consists in its most basic form
of the "web gear" (as shown at right), helmet and weapon. Private
Darlington's Field Message Pad is shown beside the tool if his trade - the C7A1 assault
rifle. The Regiment is still equipped with the 1982 Pattern equipment, with pouches
for ammunition, grenades, water bottle, rations, rain gear and other necessary survival
items to sustain a soldier in battle for 24 to 48 hours.
|The red and white flag insignia has recently replaced the
older subdued green flags, which had replaced the CANADA title in the 1990s. This
will be the first training year in which the Calgary Highlanders will be completely
equipped with the new CADPAT (Canadian Disrupt Pattern) camouflage uniforms.
Sergeant Dodd (far right) looks on as final orders are given before the rucksack march.
Corporal X, at far right, offers Lieutenant
Colonel Lee Villiger, Commanding Officer of The Calgary Highlanders, assistance with
adjusting his pack.
Major Tom Manley, Deputy Commanding Officer of The Calgary
Highlanders, and the CO, Lieutenant Colonel Lee Villiger, examine "A" Company's
equipment prior to the march.
Colonel Villiger was instrumental, soon after taking command of the battalion, in
having the unit lines of the Armouries painted in Regimental colours, as can be seen in
The River Path - "A" Company on the march in downtown Calgary
Master Corporal Rob Jackson (second from front) and Corporal
X crossing the 10th Street Bridge.
Although Corporal Jamie Moreau (at left) may appear fatigued in
this photo, no doubt he is simply
poised to offer one of his astute observations(!)
Sergeant Tucker with a section of newly qualified soldiers in
Lieutenant Palmer, second from front, seems quite happy to be
keep up to the OC of "A" Company, Major Vernon, in the lead.
Mewata Armouries - and Home Sweet Home.
A post-exercise stretch for the men of "A" Company. The Calgary
Highlanders continue to share the Armouries with the King's Own Calgary Regiment (RCAC).
Upon seeing our unit lines so resplendent in the regimental colours, our dear
sister regiment couldn't resist doing likewise.