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Army reservists set to train in Stratford park Thursday night

20 reservists with the 4th Battalion in Stratford are holding their latest basic training exercise at Lower Queen's Park on Thursday.

4th Battalion wants to let people know they'll see weapons and reserves in full army fatigue

Local Army Reserve soldiers from Stratford's Sierra Company, 4th Battalion The Royal Canadian Regiment conduct infantry section training at Upper Queen's Park in Stratford on Oct. 8. The group will return to the park Thursday for further training. (Submitted by Lieutenant (Navy) Andrew McLaughlin, 31 Canadian Brigade Group/Department of National Defence 2020.)

Members of the Royal Canadian Regiment in Stratford will be conducting a training session Thursday night at Lower Queen's Park.

The military exercises will see about 20 army reserve soldiers with the 4th Battalion in full gear taking part in drills dressed in the fatigues and using unloaded weapons.

2nd Lieutenant Cameron Brice-Elion, Platoon Commander for Army Reserve Soldiers of the 4th Battalion says the instruction is not specific to COVID-19 training.

"Since COVID started we've had a lot of troops on Operation LASER, which was the support unit for all of Ontario," said Brice-Elion.

"We've done a lot of COVID-based training in the last several months. So as a result, we haven't done a lot of infantry based training. We just want to get back to the soldiering skills which everyone needs to know."

The regiment said all soldiers taking part in the training will wear masks and physically distance where possible under health and safety rules.

The army reserves are planning other exercises in Waterloo region and Guelph.

Second Lt. Cameron Brice-Elion participates in infantry section training near the Stratford Festival Oct. 8. (Submitted by Photos: Lieutenant (Navy) Andrew McLaughlin, 31 Canadian Brigade Group/Department of National Defence 2020.)

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