Cold Lake welcomes new military arrivals

Cpl J.W.S. Houck
CWO addresses the audience with his opening remarks at the Wing Commander’s Welcome ceremony for newly arriving members of the base team at the Military Family Resource Centre.

The Courier

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.

Elder Janvier of Cold Lake First Nations gave the context of how the Cold Lake Air Weapons Range was established on traditional Dene Suline territory. He also spoke about the local First Nations history and culture.

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.

The acting Wing Chief Warrant Officer Brian Donovan said there are a lot of recreation opportunities in the area if you go out and look for them.

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.