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Exercise Riley Gladius ~ 24/26 Feb 2012
Ex Riley Gladius took place the weekend of 24 - 26 February at the old and abandoned Sanatorium along the Mountain brow in west Hamilton. Surrounded by medical and residential neighbourhoods, the urban operations training attracted considerable attention, not the least from the media (including The Weather Network!). Afghanistan once again confirmed the need for an army capable of full-spectrum operations across any terrain, including cities and towns. The RHLI was fortunate to gain access the Sanatorium property, with multiple large buildings, wooded terrain and open space to confirm their knowledge of urban ops.
The soldiers staged out of our historic John Foote, VC, CD Armouries, using it in effect as their patrol base. Using vehicles to get to the Sanatorium site (saves time and boot leather!), the soldiers put in two solid days of operations under mild winter conditions, learning the complex room and building-clearing skills needed for the modern warrior.
With the scenario of rescuing captive aid workers guiding the training, the Rileys slammed into the building and using a well-choreographed skill set, moved quickly from room to room, floor to floor, eliminating opposition, evacuating casualties and finally making the rescue.
The RHLI headed south to Indiana over the March Break, taking part in 31 Canadian Brigade Group's Exercise Arrowhead Storm, which featured urban operations as a key training objective. The Rileys ? well, thanks to training like Ex Riley Gladius, they were "Semper Paratus" ? Always Ready!