By Major Angela King-Sweigart
Thirty Canadian Air Force reservists, as well as active duty United States airmen, assisted in renovating a building at Fort Indiantown Gap, Pennsylvania, a National Guard training site, for their two-week training in May 2016.
The team was comprised of vertical engineers from 14 Construction Engineering Squadron, a Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) reserve unit headquartered in Bridgewater, Nova Scotia, as well as personnel from other units. The Canadians brought a variety of skilled tradespeople with them, including plumbers, HVAC technicians, electricians and construction technicians.
The RCAF reservists came from throughout Canada, said Warrant Officer Blane Reynolds, a from 192 Construction Engineering Flight Aldergrove in British Columbia. “For some of the troops this was their first time out of the country,” he said. “We have troops here from coast to coast.”
The program the Canadians came to train with their American counterparts is called the Deployment for Training Program. These exercises are intended to enhance the readiness of military engineers for both Canada and the U.S., and to improve interaction between U.S. and Canadian forces engineers who operate together in support of deployed operations.
Canadian Armed Forces have been participating in training exercises like these at Fort Indiantown Gap for more than 20 years. The experience has proved beneficial for both Canadian and American troops.
“Everyone has been very welcoming,”…