News Release - Halifax Rifles named top Army Reserve unit in Atlantic Canada


LFAA-NR-13-003 - July 5, 2013

KENTVILLE, NS – Brigadier-General C.C. Thurrott, Commander of Land Force Atlantic Area (LFAA),
announced today the Halifax Rifles as the winners of the Oland Trophy for best Canadian Army Reserve unit
in Atlantic Canada in 2012 / 2013.

“It is my pleasure to present the Oland Trophy to the members of the Halifax Rifles today,” said BGen
Thurrott.  “This award represents the best our soldiers have to offer the Canadian Army and they should be
very proud of this accomplishment.”

Donated to the Canadian Army in 1980 by the late BGen, the Honourable Victor Oland, O.C., E.D., C.D.,
Nova Scotia’s 24th Lieutenant Governor, the Oland Trophy is awarded annually to the LFAA Reserve unit
that displays the greatest efficiency.  While it had been presented during the 1980s and early 1990s, the trophy
had languished in more recent years until it was resurrected in 2012 by BGen Thurrott.
A wide ranging and all-encompassing list of criteria is used to assess the effectiveness of each of LFAA’s 21
Reserve units.  These include:
•        The Individual Battle Test Standard (IBTS) proficiency - measures the soldiers’ abilities with the C7
rifle, First Aid, field craft and the Battle Fitness Test (BFT);
•        The parade strength - the number of part-time soldiers who parade on a regular basis;
•        Tasks - the unit’s ability to provide soldiers for a variety of Army tasks at various times throughout the
year;
•        Developmental Phase 1 production - refers to the unit’s ability to train soldiers in their basic training
respective of their trade in the Army; and
•        Logistics - measures the unit’s proficiency in managing various aspects of logistics support, such as
levels of vehicle maintenance and basic logistics courses that all soldiers need in order to do their job.
One of Atlantic Canada’s most storied Army Reserve units, the Halifax Rifles were re-activated in May 2009
by the Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence following a lengthy campaign by the
Minister, the Halifax Rifles Armoury Association and former members of the Regiment.

“This is the second year I have had the privilege to present the Oland Trophy to one of our units,” explained
BGen Thurrott, “It is a testament of the drive of the soldiers of our ‘youngest’ and one of our smallest Reserve
units.”

Founded in May 1860, soldiers of the Halifax Rifles participated in such campaigns as the North West
Rebellion of 1885 and both the First and Second World Wars.  In March 1965, as part of a restructuring of
the Canadian Army, the unit was placed on the Supplementary Order of Battle, meaning that the unit was
reduced to nil strength and effectively was disbanded.
Among the many Nova Scotians who filled the ranks of the regiment, two went on to become Canadian Prime
Ministers (Sir Robert Borden and Sir Charles Tupper) and four became Nova Scotia Premiers (Joseph Howe,
James W. Johnston, Sir Charles Tupper and Angus L. Macdonald).
“Returning the Halifax Rifles to service has provided the Canadian Army in Atlantic Canada with an
increased armoured reconnaissance capability and has enhanced our ability to conduct domestic operations
here at home and to provide support to our overseas missions,” stated BGen Thurrott.  “Winning the Oland
Trophy is just one more example of how the Halifax Rifles have proven they are more than up for these
arduous tasks.”