"We are here to make sure that the ARCG, as part of the Canadian Army, can respond to the needs of Canadians in the North when they need us."
Although all members of the ARCG are winter warfare and snowmobile qualified, for some this may be their first opportunity to test these skills in extreme conditions.
Well prepared, the ARCG set out in three separate patrols.
"Keep your feet dry," advised Sergeant Bill Roppel, a member of The Grey and Simcoe Foresters, who has participated in many winter and arctic exercises with the ARCG. There are many tiny bits of wisdom to accumulate on coping with the cold--and not just relative to a soldier's well-being.