HT-17.001 June 8, 2017
Training for the Nijmegen March One Step at a Time
By Captain Nicholas Kaempffer
Base Gagetown, NB – Day in, day out, Bombardier Dakota Don Williams is training with a team of Gunners from The Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery School (RCAS), who will depart in July to the Netherlands to partake within the annual Nijmegen March. With a gruelling 730 kilometres of preparatory training required to ensure participants can complete the four day, 160 kilometre event while carrying 10 kilograms, Bombardier Williams is working hard with his peers to condition themselves for this prestigious annual occurrence. Once the workup training is complete, Bombardier Williams and the RCAS team will join the the 200+ member contingent from across the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF), who will conduct the 40 kilometre daily marches.
Hailing from Terrace, BC and a proud member of the Tahltan First Nation, Bombardier Williams is currently employed as a Light Armour Vehicle driver within W Battery’s Artillery Tactics Group. Starting his career as an Artilleryman in the CAF in 2011, Bombardier Williams has enjoyed a challenging career as a member of The Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery. The Nijmegen March will mark the second time he has travelled internationally with the CAF, as he completed an exchange with the New Zealand Defence Force in 2012. Rightfully proud of his Aboriginal heritage, Bombardier Williams has worked closely with First Nation youths as a mentor with the Canadian Forces Aboriginal Entry Program, where he was embedded during a three week experience designed to provide insight and awareness into the rewarding careers offered by the CAF. Speaking about his career thus far with the CAF, Bombardier Williams stated that: “as an Observation Post Detachment Member, every day is a challenge, as we need to be physically fit, tactically sound, and technically proficient – there really is no job like it. I am really looking forward to representing Canada and my First Nation during the annual Nijmegen March, which will be an amazing experience. I am committed to continuing a constructive engagement with fellow Aboriginal Canadians as a member of the CAF, as I know that the values of my community and that of the military are so closely linked.”
The International Four Days Marches Nijmegen in the Netherlands is celebrating 101 years of tradition in 2017. With over 50 000 civilians as well as military participants from over 50 nations converging to test their physical and mental mettle, the CAF has proudly participated since 1952.
Photo credit 1: Captain Victoria Pynn
Photo credit 2: Anonymous
– 30 –
For more information:
Captain Ian McIntyre, CTC Public Affairs Officer
Tel: (506) 422-3143
Email: [email protected]