Monday, 3 October 2011

Wheat Kings Experience CFB Shilo

The Brandon Wheat Kings got to experience a day of soldiering on Monday as they were hosted by the Second Battalion, Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry at CFB Shilo, about 30 kilometres East of Brandon.

"This is the second year in a row we've been able to do this," said Lt.-Col. Michael Wright, Commanding Officer of 2PPCLI, "The military and the Wheat Kings are two organizations where fitness, dedication and teamwork are very important, and we're both pretty big members of the Western Manitoba community."

Corbin Boes

The team got to try a number of military activities including the light arms simulator, light armoured vehicle (LAV) simulator, and having 'supper in the field' with the Battalion.

The players who were 'brave' enough also had a chance to come down the 33-foot high Rappel Tower.

"This is definitely one of the better experiences of the trip here," said goaltender Corbin Boes, "For the guys that had a little bit of a fear of heights, it wasn't their favourite thing but for those of us a little more adventurous, it was good."

The experience at CFB Shilo is also seen as an opportunity to develop team camaraderies and learn more about their military neighbours.

"It's a good experience. It gives us a chance to blend with the community, it's a good experience for them as well," added Boes, "It's also good for team bonding."

"This is something the Canadian Forces has been doing quite a bit recently," said Wright, "It's also exciting for our guys because there's no shortage of Wheat King season ticket holders amongst the Battalion."

Note: I shot this with my digital camera, so the quality may not be great.

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