Posts Tagged ‘Camp Shaheen’
- Afghanistan (1) Canadian team takes over training in northern Afghanistan camp (via U.S. military Info-Machine). I look forward to this level of detail from the CF’s Info-Machine.
- Afghanistan (2) “…. If Canada is serious about reconstructing Afghanistan, then let’s canvass the Afghan-Canadian diaspora for qualified trades persons and teachers so they can establish a vocational training program in their home country. Surely a legion of plumbers, carpenters and electricians would be far more beneficial to Afghanistan’s future than an equal number of partially trained, foreign-funded military recruits.”
- A Middle Eastern logistics company (one that’s had its share of issues in the past) appears to be in hot water again, in part, because of reportedly being in the running to offer support to the Canadian Forces in Kuwait.
- VAC no longer covering some travel for counseling, treatment? “Former members of the Canadian military who are struggling with mental health problems say they’re being denied benefits from Veterans Affairs to cover travel costs to their psychologists and other medical professionals. Two veterans said they’ve received notice from the department that their travel coverage to psychologists and psychiatrists would end last summer, leaving them on the hook for the payments if they wanted to continue seeing them. Steve Bird said he was told in June that Veterans Affairs would no longer pay costs associated with his regular trips from his home in southeastern Saskatchewan to Saskatoon to see a team of health-care providers. Instead, he said the department wanted him to find a psychiatrist and psychologist in Regina, which is about two hours closer ….”
- Not just happening in Saskatchewan, either. “A Nova Scotia military veteran dealing with numerous mental-health issues says he’s being left in the cold after Veterans Affairs Canada stopped financing his travel costs to seek treatment. For six years, Craig Pottie of Truro, N.S., had been travelling to Halifax — roughly 45 minutes away — every few weeks to receive counselling and treatment for anxiety and panic issues, as well as post-traumatic stress disorder, that surfaced following eight years of service in the Canadian Forces. The 45-year-old Pottie said that, starting in July, costs to get to and from his Halifax appointments — which had been covered by Veterans Affairs — were no longer being covered and that years of progress for his issues are lost ….”
- On cuts and CF transformation: “Lt.-Gen. Andrew Leslie’s vaunted report on restructuring and streamlining the Canadian military (mainly the army, it seems) is apparently causing shock waves among those who’ve read it. Leslie is now retired, and can speak more freely. He’s quoted in Maclean’s as saying the “tail,” or administrative staff in Ottawa’s defence headquarters, has grown like Topsy and “we’ve got almost as many people in Ottawa as we have in the regular-force deployable army.” One is tempted to ask, “what else is new?” ….”
- Critics want CF recruiting to be done in shabby hovels, then? “It’s a good time to be in Canada’s military. Despite the nation’s promise to wind down its decade-long military role in Afghanistan, Canadian Forces recruiters are hard at work, hoping to draw a new generation of youngsters in. And, it seems no expense is to be spared. In a time of government cut-backs, and promises of more of the same to follow, Lt. David Utzinger, commander of the Canadian Forces Recruiting Detachment in my town, outlined last week progress being made on the nearly one million dollar renovation of his Fort Street recruiting centre. News Group reporter, Erin McCracken informs the reno, budgeted at $928,000 is expected to be ready for business in time for Halloween, noting the leased space will be expanded more than 35% to approximately 7,000 square feet ….”