Members of the Canadian Army Reserve will practice convoy drills and assault boat operations in the townships of St. Jacobs and Woolwich on Thursday evening.
Locals can see military vehicles traveling on area highways and local roads, and there will be inflatable boats with reservists on board on the Conestogo River in the St. Jacobs area.
Reservists from the 31st Combat Engineer Regiment, known as the Elgins, who have units in St. Thomas and Waterloo, will be seen in inflatable boats on the Conestoga River between 7 p.m. and 10 p.m.
Sergio Suarez, a squadron commander in the regiment, said 25 reservists from the Waterloo location will be part of Thursday night’s training session.
“We’re going to be able to use our boats. It’s an inflatable boat that can carry eight to 12 soldiers,” Suarez said.
“The idea behind Thursday’s maritime activity is to just put the boats on the water to get their feet wet and their hands dirty. And above all to give our soldiers the ability to use these boats because it is brand new for the equipment we have. “
Suarez says the training is part of an ongoing effort to maintain and further develop the skills of reservists to prepare for any national response such as the flooding in the Ottawa area in 2019.
National Defense says Reservists will not carry personal weapons or ammunition.
The latest training is part of a number of exercises underway in Waterloo Region and Wellington County.
The entire Waterloo and St. Thomas squadron are scheduled to be in the Meaford area this weekend for what Suarez describes as “a more intense exercise that we will use to confirm the skills … of our soldiers for their time. away from the field and away from the field. to work as a team in person. “