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.”