By Corporal Natasha Tersigni, 38 Canadian Brigade Group Public Affairs
Winnipeg, Manitoba – Regardless of the military trade they choose, everyone who joins the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) is a soldier first.
Trading her trombone for a snowmobile, Corporal Samantha Rohringer, a musician with the Regimental Band of the Royal Winnipeg Rifles, learned this lesson firsthand when she was deployed to the Arctic in March for Operation NUNALIVUT 2018.
When Cpl Rohringer joined the Winnipeg Army Reserve band in March 2012, she found the challenge, adventure and employment that she was looking for as a university music student.
After completing her basic training in Winnipeg and musician qualifications at Canadian Forces Base Borden, Cpl Rohringer participated in different opportunities that her unit was able to offer her, including performing with the Band of the Ceremonial Guard in Ottawa, participating in the 2016 Fortissimo performance on Parliament Hill, travelling to London, England to perform with the Honourable Artillery Company Band, and starting the 2295 Royal Winnipeg Rifles Cadet Corps Band.
With a solid foundation in her musician trade, Cpl Rohringer started exploring initiatives and activities with which she could get involved in other aspects of the Reserve, including working as a clerk in her unit’s orderly room, participating in infantry exercises and preparing for the Primary Leadership Qualification course.
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