High ranking officer dies in training accident at CFB Wainwright in Alberta.

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LCol BobbittWainwright: Lt.-Col. Dan Bobbitt, Commanding Officer of the 2nd Regiment, Royal Canadian Horse Artillery (2 RCHA), based in Garrison Petawawa, Ont. Died in a training accident when the light armoured vehicle he was in rolled over. Four other soldiers were injured in the incident.

Approximately 4 500 Canadian Armed Forces members are taking part in the largest Canadian military exercise of the year, Exercise MAPLE RESOLVE 2014 (EX MR14) at Garrison Wainwright, Alberta from May 5 to June 1.

Also participating in the exercise are units from the United States Army, United States Marine Corps, and a British Infantry Company, bringing the total number of troops to nearly 5 000 and making this year’s exercise the largest Exercise MAPLE RESOLVE ever held.

EX MR14 provides the arena for Army soldiers to sharpen their skills within a realistic, complex and challenging operating environment. Troops respond to conventional and asymmetric threats in a joint, integrated and multinational environment. The end goal of the exercise is to test and confirm the readiness of participating Army units to deploy anywhere in the world at any time.

Lieutenant-Colonel Dan Bobbitt  joined the Canadian Forces Reserves in 1988, enrolling as a Private in the West Nova Scotia Regiment and serving two years as a rifleman and later Platoon Commander.  In 1990 he transferred to the Regular Force as an Artillery Officer.  Over his twenty three years of service he has worked in a variety of command, staff and instructor positions.

He has served seven years in the 2nd Regiment, Royal Canadian Horse Artillery, starting as a Troop Commander and subsequently Gun Position Officer, Forward Observer, Battery Captain and finally Battery Commander.  Other postings have included the Royal Canadian Artillery School, 2nd Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group Headquarters, Canada Command and the Chief of Programme.