Cold Lake welcomes new military arrivals

Welcome Event

Thomas Piche of Cold Lake First Nations provided historical context.
Photo: Jeff Gaye

Welcome Event 2

Members ask questions at the PSP booth.
Photo: Jeff Gaye

Jeff Gaye

4 Wing Commander Col Paul Doyle welcomed newly posted in members and their families to Cold Lake at the annual 4 Wing Welcome event last week.

The day-long session introduced members to the 4 Wing command team, gave them an overview of the greater Cold Lake community and showed them the various resources on the base that can make their time here easier.

Thomas Piche of Cold Lake First Nations gave the context of how the Cold Lake Air Weapons Range was established on traditional Dene Suline territory. He spoke about the local First Nations history and culture, its current enterprises and its relationship with 4 Wing.

Col Doyle gave an overview of 4 Wing’s role in the Canadian Armed Forces, its variety of capabilities and its mission set. He stressed the importance of 4 Wing’s relationship with the community. “We have woven ourselves into the fabric of the Lakeland,” he said.

Newly-arrived Wing Chief Warrant Officer Remi Nault, on “my first day on the job,” commented on how the area has changed since his last posting here between 1995 and 2000. “Like you, I have a lot to learn,” he said.

CWO Nault said he would support francophone members and their families as they adjust to life in Cold Lake.

Representatives from the various departments at MFRC and PSP gave informative presentations on the services each organization offers to military members and their families. Cold Lake mayor Craig Copeland provided a thorough overview of the city’s many strengths as well as some of its challenges.

Organizations and agencies that offer services to military members had information booths set up, and attendees took advantage of breaks in the program to acquaint themselves with what is available in Cold Lake.