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Ellon soldier involved in major military exercise in Highlands

Ellon reservist Michael Stewart, left, with Corporal McCubbin of the 48th Highlanders of Canada during the joint military exercise in the Highlands.

Ellon reservist Michael Stewart, left, with Corporal McCubbin of the 48th Highlanders of Canada during the joint military exercise in the Highlands.

AN ELLON Army reservist has been taking part in a joint training exercise with Canadian and American troops in the Highlands.

Private Michael Stewart, 22, is from 7th Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland (7 SCOTS).

Around 50 soldiers from the 48th Highlanders of Canada, and the 48th Infantry Brigade Combat Team from the United States took part in Exercise Highland Spirit.

The military training exercise was aimed at strengthening the partnership between the troops and honing their military skills.

Private Stewart said: “The aim of the exercise was to expose troops to their counterparts from allied nations in order to give them training experience for operations and to increase their understanding and awareness of training procedures.”

The exercise took place on the Wyvis Training Area, near Evanton in Easter Ross.

It was designed to test the soldiers’ skills on the challenging rough terrain of the Highlands.

The 48th Highlanders of Canada are based in Toronto, while the US infantry unit is garrisoned in Macon, Georgia.

 

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