Welcome home! 4 Wing members return from Romania


Photo: Jeff Gaye


Members of 4 Wing’s leadership teams came out to welcome personnel returning from Romania.
Photo: Jeff Gaye

Jeff Gaye

Cold Lake personnel have begun returning home after a four-month Operation Reassurance deployment to Romania.

A CC-177 Globemaster II aircraft brought the first group of 30 home on Monday. The rest will be arriving over the course of the week.

The members were deployed as part of Air Task Force (ATF) – Romania. With four 409 Squadron Hornets and approximately 135 personnel from across Canada, they conducted enhanced air policing missions and trained with Romanian and other NATO counterparts.

LCol Mark Hickey, who commanded ATF – Romania said he was “exceptionally proud” of the work the contingent performed overseas.

“It was excellent,” he said. “At the same time, it’s good to be home. I’m proud of our team, and I’m so proud of the support we got from our families and everyone in Cold Lake while we were away.”

4 Wing Commander Col Paul Doyle and Wing Chief Warrant Officer Remi Nault were among those on hand to greet the returning personnel. Col Doyle said the ATF-Romania deployment adds to the body of experience 4 Wing personnel bring to deployed operations.

“I believe this deployment to Romania has set a new standard for us. I am proud of how everyone represented Canada, and it speaks to the professionalism of our defence team,” he said.

Col Doyle said the support deployed members receive from the home front is “fantastic.”

“Families and the resources at home are force enablers,” he said. “Because of them, we are able to concentrate on our duties and get the job done.”