CORNWALL, Ontario - A soldier from Cornwall, one of the newest to don a uniform for his country, is enjoying a new life on the front lines.
Well, it's almost the front lines.
Pvt. Christopher Obermoser, 24, fresh out of the Canadian equivalent of boot camp, is taking part in Exercise Stalwart Guardian in Welland, Ont.
The exercise, an annual summertime event for reservists, augments training for troops, both new and seasoned, and has included live-fire components as well as simulated fighting in built-up areas.
Obermoser said he's looking forward to the experience, following an intensive seven-week infantry training course in Meaford, Ont.
“I feel good that my course is over. I am very happy to have passed, as it was a difficult, but enjoyable experience” he said.
Obermoser is an apprentice truck mechanic in Cornwall when he isn't marching with fellow troops or training for field work.
Obermoser joined with other members of the 4th Canadian Division, an army formation that includes the majority of Ontario.
The goal of Stalwart Guardian is to provide a challenging battlefield experience, and allow soldiers to build on their skills and remain prepared to assist Canadians when and where military help is needed.