Canadian Army Soldiers Assemble in Gagetown for Exercise MAROON RAIDER

News Release / August 16, 2018

August 17, 2018 – Ottawa – National Defence / Canadian Armed Forces

Approximately 1 100 Canadian Army soldiers from across Atlantic Canada will be participating in Exercise MAROON RAIDER at 5th Canadian Division Support Base Gagetown from August 17 to 26, 2018.

Exercise MAROON RAIDER is a challenging week-long field training exercise involving soldiers from the Regular Force and the Primary Reserve, as well as members of the United States Army National Guard. Training includes day and night live-fire activities, combat manoeuvers, tactical fighting vehicle movements, combined arms team training and battlefield tactics.

This annual confirmation exercise enables Canadian Army soldiers to maintain a high level of readiness so that they are able to respond to diverse challenges both at home and abroad in support of Government of Canada initiatives. 

During Exercise MAROON RAIDER, soldiers will experience a variety of training focused on developing the adaptable leadership skills necessary to respond to any domestic and expeditionary operation. 


“Exercise MAROON RAIDER is a fast-paced, challenging exercise that is a vital part of 5th Canadian Division’s annual training program and it demonstrates that our troops are Strong, Proud, Ready for any challenges and how we are Strong, Secure, Engaged as an organization. Exercise MAROON RAIDER is the culmination of the Full Time Summer Employment program that employed hundreds of our part-time soldiers as part of keeping Canada’s Army strong by the Strengthening the Army Reserve initiative.”

Brigadier-General Derek Macaulay, Commander, 5th Canadian Division

Quick Facts

  • Exercise MAROON RAIDER is designed to provide hundreds of soldiers with an opportunity to consolidate individual and team training as well as leadership skills acquired during the Canadian Army’s Full-Time Summer Employment initiative in a live-fire defensive scenario.
  • Cooperative training opportunities with like-minded allies such as the United States Army National Guard enhances mutual understanding, force readiness and interoperability.
  • Approximately 1 100 soldiers from across Atlantic Canada will participate in Exercise MAROON RAIDER, a large concentration of which are from Army Reserve units.
  • A contingent of soldiers from the 126th Brigade Support Battalion from the Massachusetts Army National Guard will participate. 

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Captain Jamie Tobin
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