In a training simulation, a Canadian patrol is attacked using an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) while passing through the village of Ertebat Shar during Exercise MAPLE GUARDIAN at the Fort Irwin National Training Center in California.
Task Force 1-10 comprised the 1st Battalion, 1 RCR BG, the Provincial Reconstruction Team, the Operational Mentor and Liaison Team, and the National Support Element.
Approximately 3,700 soldiers participated in the exercise, supporting elements from 2 CMBG and other units across Canada. Ex MAPLE GUARDIAN is a major military training event designed to confirm the readiness of TF 1-10, which will be deploying to Afghanistan in the spring of 2010. (Canadian Forces Image Number LK2010-002-039d/
By Sgt Lance Wade, Photojournalist with the 36 CBG Public Affairs)