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Good plan but what about Suffield? Wuth the British pulling a lot of kit out, we could utilize their facilities that are emptyI've been thinking and came up with Shilo. No, really. Hear me out.
Back in the 70s and 80s the Germans did all their training there for a full battle group so there are five adequate battle runs which can be used regularly for training. I expect the Leo 2 has different range templates from the Leo 1 but I expect that there are munitions which would fit within the existing ones there.
1 RCHA had a service/training facility built to handle a dozen M109s and other tracks which now holds just eight M777s. I expect with a bit of reshuffling on base, a squadron of Leos would be easily accommodated. There are a few additional storage facilities that are underutilized if you're looking for a place to hide away a few dozen more tanks in storage.
2PPCLI is there with a Mech battalion making it possible to do combined arms training in house and conduct such things as combat team commanders courses. 1 RCHA is there and has the FOOs and guns to support that as well.
There are plenty of PMQs.
There are two relatively close reserve units to work with. The FGH in Winnipeg and the SaskD's in Moose Jaw. Brandon Airport can easily handle Hercs so other reserve armoured squadrons could be easily flown in for something as simple as a weekend, especially from southern Ontario. There's a solid highway and rail line structure out of there. (There simply are no large population centres anywhere that have any suitable ranges. One needs a different solution such as stationary and non-tracked tank trainers with fly-in exercises and a permanent training facility. Shilo is considerably less busy that Gagetown - maybe the CAS should move its tank cell to Shilo)
Yup. I still think that.
Deterrence is of value when you have a large enough force deployed so that you merit your own national military map symbol on the NATO Orbat. Use Shilo as the main combined arms training facility and Europe for annual flyover exercises. - Make it a mech brigade with a Type 44 regiment for Europe and a 14-tank training squadron (plus spares ) in Shilo with 1 CMBG as the primary agency for flyover training and force generation - hell make Europe an extension of 1 CMBG. Give 1 CMBG in Canada just enough of everything to be able to run courses but do its exercises in Europe. While I'm dreaming, make 38 Svc Bn in Winnipeg a Heavy Equipment Transport company and an adjunct of 1 Svc Bn so stuff can occasionally be moved to Suffield or Wainwright for exercises.
Man, its easy to come up with plans.