Warm welcoming to 4 Wing Cold Lake

Col Moar speaks to the newcomers. Photo: Cliff Kenyon

Cliff Kenyon

Welcome to a bright future at 4 Wing Cold Lake.

That was the enthusiastic message given to newcomers by military, base and community leaders on September 5 during a meeting at the Military Family Resource Centre Society assembly hall.

Military members who recently arrived at the wing and the city, as a result of transfers, were invited to the welcoming to help familiarize them with their new home.

Wing Commander Col. Dave Moar told about 150 Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) members at the meeting that he “puts people first and through that we succeed in the mission.”

He said the top priority at 4 Wing is the defence of Canada and North America.

“We will drop everything we are doing to support NORAD,” he said. “It is my intention that everyone on the base understand the mission.”

Other priorities include maintaining high readiness, training and communication.

Moar said that the work force has been an issue at 4 Wing. For that reason, retaining CAF members is a priority to military leaders.

“This is a period of unprecedented manning challenges in a number of trades,” said Moar and to succeed he believes in “teamwork and out of the box thinking.”

He said if CAF members choose to be released after three or five years then “we have failed.”

He told newcomers that 4 Wing is entering a new era which will mean changes in the way the base operates in preparation of the arrival of a new generation of fighter jets.

CWO Rémi Nault, who has been in Cold Lake for three years, said he is still learning about what the city has to offer and suggested newcomers get involved by volunteering.

“If everyone gives just a little of their time it makes a stronger community,” said Nault. “The city has so much to offer, but if you don’t look for it, you won’t find it. Its up to you to ask the questions and take an interest in the community.”

Cold Lake Major Craig Copeland told the newcomers about “amazing” recreation opportunities in Cold Lake and also urged the newcomers to “get involved in the community and have a blast.”

“We (city council) are trying to make it so that you want to remain here,” he said.

Rob Larson, Deputy Personnel Support Programs (PSP) manager, outlined services provided on base by PSP such as fitness and recreation programs and said those efforts “play a critical role in readiness.”

Wing Welcome 2019

CWO Rémi Nault presenting to members of 4 Wing during the Wing Welcome at the MFRCS.
Photo: Avr Kastleen Strome, 4 Wing Imaging

Wing Welcome 2019

Cpl Samuel Montmagny discusses recreational programs available to 4 Wing members and family with PSP staff.
Photo: Avr Kastleen Strome, 4 Wing Imaging

Wing Welcome 2019

Craig Copeland, Mayor of Cold Lake, provides some knowledge about his job as Mayor, as well as insight on housing opportunities for members of 4 Wing.
Photo: Avr Kastleen Strome, 4 Wing Imaging