Defence Construction Canada has achieved yet another milestone in providing critical infrastructure to Canadian Armed Forces members deployed to Latvia under Operation Reassurance. In a ceremony at Camp Adazi on June 15, 2022, officials broke ground on a new multi‑million‑dollar project to improve roads with complete utilities, a military marshalling area and new Canadian and Spanish compounds.

The project adds to an already robust DCC presence in Latvia that began in 2017 under NATO’s Enhanced Forward Presence. DCC will provide and maintain critical infrastructure to the Camp such as new office and accommodation buildings, maintenance facilities, personnel support buildings, medical station and more. Although DCC is firmly planted in Latvia, the ground-breaking marked the first time senior management was there in person to witness how efficiently the organization has been able to spool up on behalf of its Client-Partners.

“It was an important milestone for DCC and our deployed team, an awesome and rare overseas event to attend,” says Imad Jaradat, DCC Team Leader, Deployed Operations who attended the ceremony, along with President and CEO Derrick Cheung, Canada's Ambassador to Latvia Kevin Rex, and the Latvian Mechanized Infantry Brigade Commander Col Sandris Gaugers. “I was very proud of my team.”

Jaradat says he was called into a meeting in December 2020 to explore options for expanding Areas E and S, and one year later contracts were awarded. “It was a very busy time for us these past six months working on new projects that were announced in January 2022, and we expect the pace to continue as Canada intends to send more troops to the Baltics,” Jaradat explains.

“This is what it means to be mission‑ready and we’re playing a big role in helping the Canadian Armed Forces achieve that readiness.”

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