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Terra Firma Deployed Family Network

When you join a Family Network, you’ll receive important email updates on a deployment, information on social activities and get the opportunity to connect with others going through the same experience.

Terra Firma Deployed network is for those on deployment and for those experiencing a work-related separation due to a course.

Family Network Representative: VACANT
Email – Courses & Deployments:Family Network Rep
Family Information Form:EnglishFrench (PDF)
Deployment Support Book (Ships, Helicopters, MCDVs):EnglishFrench (PDF)

Letter to Families - January 8, 2020

I am reaching out to you this evening, as I recognize that many families we support through deployment, have a loved one deployed overseas in the Middle East. There is so much news on television and social media right now that we wanted to give you resources to the most current information.

Please know that at this volatile time, the Esquimalt Military Family Resource Centre is here to support you and your family, in addition to many other CAF partners.  I want to ensure you have the following contact information to keep for future reference.

Sandra Pinard
Deployment Coordinator
Esquimalt MFRC

Esquimalt MFRC General Information Line
This is also how you may access a Base Padre after business hours.

Family Information Line
Confidential 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, bilingual emotional support, referrals, and information for military families and loved ones.

CF Member Assistance Program (CFMAP)
Confidential 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, bilingual counselling services for CAF members and families.

Information, whether accurate or speculated can spread on social media very quickly, and if you are of the mindset of wanting to follow the news as it occurs, please ensure that you are referencing reliable and up-to-date news sources.  In addition to National and Local news sites that you trust, other resources available to you, as it relates specifically to the operations overseas, are:

Facebook sites:

  • Canadian Armed Forces Operations
  • Canadian Armed Forces
  • JTF – Impact ./ foi – impact (public information specific to Operation Impact)
  • Esquimalt MFRC and Terra Firma Deployed (we will share public information when it becomes available to us)

Twitter sites:

I know that you have already seen General Vance’s letter that was released yesterday and shared by news media, social media, but I wanted to include it in this email for those who possibly have not read it in full or seen it at all.

On January 7, 2020, the Chief of the Defence Staff, General Jonathan Vance, published a letter through social media addressed to families of military personnel. The letter provided an update on Canada’s missions in the Middle East and the status of Canadian Armed Forces personnel deployed in the region.

Here is the text of the letter:

A letter from General Jonathan Vance, CDS, to Canadians about our deployed personnel in the Middle East

To our Families,

The news coming out of the Middle East is alarming for many of you, as such I thought it best to communicate with you directly to provide an update on Canada’s missions in the region, and more importantly, the status and well-being of your family and friends deployed in Iraq and Kuwait and elsewhere in the Region.

First and foremost, let me assure you that all necessary force protection measures that can be taken have been taken. The safety and security of Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) personnel is my priority, as it is the priority of my senior leadership. Force protection measures continue to be considered, reassessed, and modified as required on a daily basis.

In response to the events of late, the CAF, working in collaboration with our international partners, has temporarily paused our efforts in Iraq that fall under Operation IMPACT, and the NATO Mission Iraq (NMI). The situation in Iraq is complex and it is best to pause our work there in order to fully concentrate our attention and efforts towards the safety and security of our personnel while the situation develops.

We have approximately 800 military members in the region, about 500 in Iraq, some of them are deployed on Operation IMPACT, and some with NMI – two separate missions. Over the coming days, and as a result of Coalition and NATO planning, some of our people will be moved temporarily from Iraq to Kuwait. Simply put, we are doing this to ensure their safety and security. This also holds true of NMI.‎ While this adjustment of our posture is underway, planned HLTA (leave) and rotation of people in and out of their tours will be interrupted.

Despite the operational pause in Iraq, our mission in the Middle East carries-on with multiple other operations in the region. Naturally, the work we are doing on these missions, and the future of operations in Iraq, remain conditional on maintaining a sufficiently secure and productive ‎operational environment.

Over the coming days and weeks we, the leadership of the Canadian Armed Forces, will communicate with you again, and as often as necessary, to ensure that you are well informed about the status of your CAF loved-ones. Thank you for your continued support to those deployed in the service of Canada.

Yours Sincerely,

J.H Vance
Chief of the Defence Staff

NTOG Briefing

Naval Tactical Operation Group briefing from November of 2019:

Operation Readiness Conference

Your one-stop shop for everything deployment related plus great prizes and a free lunch!

Postal Information for OP UNIFIER

Operation UNIFIER is Canada’s contribution to support Ukrainian forces through capacity building, in coordination with the United States and other countries providing similar training assistance. There are some specific mailing instructions for that deployment:

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