409 Christmas message

Members of 409 Tactical Fighter Squadron and the Royal Australian Air Force pose for a group photo on the last day of Exercise MAPLE FLAG 51, June 22, 2018 outside of 3 Hangar, 4 Wing, Cold Lake, Alberta.
Photo: OS Erica Seymour, 4 Wing Imaging

As Christmas fast approaches, CWO George and I would like to take this opportunity to wish our warmest holiday greetings to you and your family. It seems like only a short while ago that many of our Nighthawks spent Christmas of 2017 with our new friends in in Romania, supporting our NATO commitment to Operation REASSURANCE. Although a great honour to serve on deployed operations, it still pleases me greatly that most of us will be closer to home for this year’s holiday

When summarizing the year that was 2018, it should be no surprise to you when I say that it was another busy and outstanding year for the Nighthawks. Overall, the Squadron has shown an unwavering commitment to carrying out its vital missions, despite the many challenges that we face day to day. As your Commanding Officer, it fills me with great pride to see the outstanding work you all complete. You may not always think about it, but your actions are a major contribution to the safety and security of our nation and its allies – a fact that should fill you with great pride and a feeling of satisfaction in your chosen life of service.

In closing, for those of you who are away from your family during these holidays, whether on duty here at home or on deployed operations, my continued gratitude for your dedication and sacrifice. You remain an inspiration to us all, and please know that if asked, Canadians will say they are proud of you for standing guard. Also, thank you for your dedication, commitment, and professionalism every day. These qualities are what allowed the Nighthawks to be so successful over the past year. They are also the reason that I am absolutely confident that we will rise to meet whatever challenges lie ahead in 2019 – the first being our deployment to Combat Archer at Eglin Air Force Base at the start of February.

Once again, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year and remember – Media Nox Meridies Noster. NIGHTHAWKS!!!

LCol Mark Hickey,Commanding Officer 409 TFS
CWO Terry George SCWO 409 TFS