DVIDS – News – Visual media teams share their experiences during an all-hazards exercise


Exercise Arctic Eagle-Patriot 22 is a homeland security and emergency response exercise operating throughout Alaska, hosted by the Alaska National Guard.

Large-scale exercises such as the AEP22 allow participants to explore capabilities in the context of national integration and to exchange ideas and experiences in a controlled environment.

While the spotlight tends to focus on the performance of units carrying out rescues, providing first aid and clearing the area of ​​hazardous materials, smaller, more specialized units can take advantage of an opportunity that otherwise would not be available.

“This is my first opportunity to work with you here and in this kind of environment,” said Lt. Joffray Provencher, Public Affairs and Operations Officer, Canadian Forces Combat Camera. “It’s also a kind of practice for us. We have the luxury if we miss a shot or if we miss something. Tomorrow is another shot, another opportunity to be better at what we do.”

During AEP22, participants received instruction in their skilled craft, ran through the script, and then came together to perform at full speed for several days.

“It’s a lot of practice, a lot of things that always come back and everyone has to go through that practice,” said the cap. Hugo Montpetit, Imagery Technician, Canadian Forces Combat Camera, said. “It’s fun to see that the formation works perfectly between the two countries. It’s very appreciated to see this part of the operation.”

The Canadian Combat Camera unit performs a mission similar to that of the US Army public affairs teams.

“The combat camera is the unit that deploys and gets out there to get footage to show the Canadian public what we’re doing,” said Cpl. Hugo Montpetit, Imagery Technician, Canadian Forces Combat Camera, said. “We do a lot of missions and exercises overseas, working with other armies. Right now it’s the United States, but it could be any country.”

Military-to-military cooperation is not uncommon in large-scale exercises such as AEP22. Programs like the National Guard Bureau’s State Partnership Program have successfully built relationships for more than 25 years, and it now includes 85 partnerships with 93 nations around the world.

Through the SPP, the National Guard conducts military-to-military engagements, including large-scale exercises, in support of defense security objectives. While leveraging whole-of-society relationships and capabilities to facilitate broader interagency and corollary engagements spanning military, governmental, economic and social spheres.

“Just to see how you work, there are a lot of takeaways that we could incorporate in the future,” Provencher said. “Now I know how you work with the National Guard here in this environment… Just a different approach, and it gives you a different perspective.”

While exploring capabilities, units gain an understanding of each other’s operational objectives to develop best practices. Additionally, lessons learned help adapt to future scenarios.

Montpetit said seeing how other military forces and photographers do their jobs is enough to help his teammates learn and improve at what they do because they now see a different perspective.

“It’s a weird job we’re in in the military,” Provencher said. “There is an art, an approach that is necessary for your work but also a structure, rules, a chain of command. There is a gray area between being in the army and being an artistic person, and seeing how you balance it’s super interesting.”

Date taken: 03.04.2022
Date posted: 03.04.2022 17:46
Story ID: 415828

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