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Day: February 19, 2020

How to beat the bomber
Military Milestones

How to beat the bomber

Ten years ago on Feb. 19, an improvised explosive device was found under a major road in Afghanistan. The device was placed about 10 metres down a small culvert—out of reach of equipment, impossible to shield. A robot couldn’t finish the job. There was nothing for it but to send in someone—a volunteer—to defuse the nasty thing. Corporal Dale Kurdziel put up his hand. He had only been in the country a few months, on his first tour to Afghanistan, working with the counter-IED task force. The culvert was tight—too small for a man wearing protective equipment. Before going in, Kurziel had to take off his bomb suit. It was impossible to crawl inside. The opening was only wide as his shoulders, tall as his boots, he said later in an interview with the Ottawa Citizen. He had to propel...
Art exhibition reflects a changing environment and the military’s evolving role
Front Lines

Art exhibition reflects a changing environment and the military’s evolving role

A new exhibition of works by artists “commissioned” by the Defence Department reflects Canada’s changing environment and the evolving roles of the country’s military in the wake of an intense 13 years fighting a war in Afghanistan. Six civilian artists made up the eighth group to participate in the non-paying Canadian Forces Artists Program since 2001. A selection of their work—22 photographs, three videos, and a drawing—is on display in the Canadian War Museum’s Exhibition Hall until May 18. In what could be interpreted as a commentary on the current state of the forces’ overseas operations, for the first time in its 18-year history, none of the program participants left Canadian soil during their 2016-2018 tenure. (Canada pulled out of Afghanistan in 2014, its Iraq training mission...

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