2018 Year in Review

The Courier

January

• 4 Wing members return from Romania

• Demo Jet Honours 60 years of NORAD
• 401 Squadron deploy for Exercise Sandy Fleece
• Olympic bobsleigh team unveils RCAF-inspired design, Cold Lake members in attendance
• Aerobatic superstars Rob Holland and Pete McLeod confirmed for Cold Lake Air Show

February

• Logisticians across the Canadian Armed Forces celebrated the 50th birthday of the Logistics Branch
• Cold Lake wins the Prairie Region curling championship
• Intersection Volleyball league raises $435 for Soldier On

• Eight new fighter pilots graduate from FPC 59
• Cold Lake’s Oldtimers and Men’s hockey teams both return from Prairie Regionals with silver medals.
• City, MD and 4 Wing partner up for fantastic Snow Fever

• 1 CER conducts winter warfare training at 4 Wing

March

• The Medal of Bravery awarded to MCpl Alisha St. George of 10 FTTS by Governor General Julie Payette at Rideau Hall

• 98-year-old RCAF vet gets surprise visit from members of 419 Tactical Fighter (Training) Squadron

• Cold Lake Men win Volleyball gold

• Cpl Adrian Locke of 409 Squadron placed first in the Men’s Open Equipped 105 kg Class and won the “Best Male Equipped Lifter” at the Canadian Powerlifting Union National Championships
• Cold Lake hosts CE hockey tournament
• AETE’s Maj Catherine Blais is Canada’s first female military test pilot
• 10 FTTS and 4 CES take the Snowfest trophy

April

• Demo Jet unveiled
• April designated month of the military child
• Base personnel wear jerseys to support Humbolt

• Mess Dinner marks 94th anniversary of RCAF
• Northwest Region Cadets learn about CAF during 4 Wing visit
• 784 Wing of the RCAF Association raises $3,760 in support of Valour Place

May

• Cold Lake Air Force Museum gets a Golf Ball

• 4 Wing MFRC to provide $25 per day Daycare
• LGen Al Meinzinger, assumes command of the RCAF
• CAF approves Rugby as official military sport
• Former SK Roughrider visits Cold Lake
• 417 Sqn rescues 3 men from remote Saskatchewan location

• MSE safety is patrolling during Safe Driving week
• David Lawrence recognized for 15 years of service to MFRCS

June

• International participants arrive for Ex Maple Flag 51
• 401 Sqn visits St Paul Legion
• Cold Lake runners make strong showing at CAF National Running Championship
• F-22 Raptors team checks out Cold Lake Air Show site.

• 4 Wing helps flight buff’s wish come true
• Bench dedicated to the memory of MWO JH Smith
• 419 Sqn visits home away from home
• Maj Greg Owens takes over 10FTTS
• Feedback from the participants and the observers of Ex Maple Flag 51 has been “extremely positive”
• Weekend SAR call sends 417 Sqn on 1500 mile round trip all the way to Arviat, Nunavut.

July

• TEME personnel test their skills
• IPSC opens new offices
• Eight pilots graduate from FPC 60
• Cadets arrive for Summer Training
• Maj Kynaston take Commander of 42 Radar
• Members from 4 Wing part of Queen’s Guard
• Cold Lake Air Show Ready to Roar

• LCol Seane Doell takes over 4 OSS
• LCol Kirsten Dubreuil returns to 4 MSS
• LCol Pilon takes Command of 1AMS
• Cold Lake Air Show takes weather in stride, delivers thrills
• Ajaz Quraishi HCol for 4 CES (photo pg 3)
• Conflict and Complaints Management Service opens

August

• LCol Kettles takes command of 410 Sqn
• Families remember Capt Wally Niemi and Capt Hollis Tucker
• Major changes to military justice system
• Former RCAF pilots inducted into Aviation Hall of Fame
• 4 Wing Golfers do well at Nationals

• Community Registration

September

• Another great year for the Green Thumb awards
• CANEX celebrates 50 years

October

• MFRC hosts welcome dinner
• Food, fun and a nice walk 4 Wing enjoys Oktoberfest

• Look, listen and learn, its fire Prevention week
• Bay Doors open, annual TEME winterization event helps 4 Wing members stay safe this winter
• Time for your Flu shots

• You’re in for a scare! Cold Lake Haunt returns with Terrors of London theme
• MFRC wins top non-profit business of the year
• ASAA sees a 10% increase in student population
• RCAF sweeps national sports award

November

• We are Grateful, Cold Lake commemorates the centennial of the Armistice

• Diwali at 4 Wing

• Dropping In, 417 Combat Support Squadron visits with students in Fort McMurray
• Moosemen remember, members from 419 Tactical Fighter Training Squadron visited Kamloops B.C. during Veterans’ Week 2018

December

• Tis the Season, 4 Wing Defence Team members celebrate Christmas season in Cold Lake
• Storytime with Santa! Children from all over Cold Lake got the chance to spend some quality time with Santa
• 4 Wing welcomed its new Wing Honorary Colonel, Darlene M. Gates
• Ex Maple Flag postponed
• Santa’s 4 Wing Helpers