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Press Release | July 26, 2016

Canadian Army Troops will take part in U.S. Army exercise in Alaska

National Defence / Canadian Armed Forces

July 22, 2016  –  

July 22, 2016 – Edmonton, Alberta – National Defence / Canadian Armed Forces

Over 100 members from the 1st Battalion, Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry (1 PPCLI) will take part in Exercise ARCTIC ANVIL at Fort Greely and Fort Wainwright training areas in Alaska, from July 23 to August 3, 2016.

Exercise ARCTIC ANVIL is a joint, multi-national effort and will consist of live-fire and force-on-force training. By participating in the exercise, 1 PPCLI aims to enhance the Canadian Army’s interoperability with the United States Army.

Participation in ARCTIC ANVIL contributes to the operational readiness of the Canadian Armed Forces, allowing the CAF to meet the likely tasks that the Government of Canada will assign.


“Exercise ARCTIC ANVIL represents a tremendous opportunity for Canadian soldiers to hone their skills with one of our closest friends and allies. This training will stand us in good stead for any deployment — domestic or international — in defence of Canada and Canadian interests.”

- Colonel William Fletcher, Commander 1 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group

Quick Facts

The Canadian Army welcomes opportunities to regularly train with its closest allies to enhance cooperation and expand interoperability between forces.

As of July 2016, 1 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group (1 CMBG) has been the Canadian Army’s High Readiness Brigade, and is ready to respond to emergencies and situations as directed by the Government of Canada.

The 1stBattalion of Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry (1 PPCLI), part of 1 CMBG, is a combat unit equipped with light armoured vehicles. The battalion maintains a high degree of operational readiness and agility, and is primed to deploy for a broad spectrum of operations in the proud tradition of the regiment.

Exercise ARCTIC ANVIL will prepare and confirm the U.S. 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team for its rotation at the National Training Center at Fort Irwin, California, in early 2017, where they will focus on finalizing readiness capabilities. This exercise will include approximately 8,000 participants from U.S. Army Alaska, Alaska National Guard, Iowa National Guard, and the U.S. Air Force.