Try to remember that thaw in December

Try to remember that thaw in December

January 9, 2018 at 2:09 pm

Averages & Extremes Pte Jennifer Fox As we head into the New Year and put the past years weather behind us, and our days starting to get longer again after the winter solstice, what does Mother Nature have in store for us? Average temperatures for January consist of mid-minuses to overnight lows dipping to -35 or colder. Let’s hope we don’t reach the record low of minus 48.3 set in 1954 – that is cold!Read More

A 409 Squadron CF-18 on the runway in Romania.
Photo: Sgt Daren Kraus

ATF – Romania deployment “a true victory,” commander says

January 9, 2018 at 2:06 pm

Jeff Gaye Canada’s Air Task Force (ATF) in Romania completed its four-month mission in support of Operation Reassurance and Block 45 of NATO enhanced air policing (EAP) on December 31. EAP is a peacetime collective defence mission that defends the alliance’s airspace. The members of ATF-Romania were mainly from 2 Air Expeditionary Wing, Bagotville, and 4 Wing Cold Lake. They were supported by personnel from other Canadian Armed Forces bases. In addition to the EAPRead More

Precision isn’t everything

Precision isn’t everything

January 9, 2018 at 2:04 pm

From the Editor’s Desk Jeff Gaye There is such a thing as military precision – I’ve actually seen it – but I think we save it for the most important occasions. The arrival of a dignitary does not qualify. I don’t know if I have ever been involved in a Guard of Honour that came off on schedule. You learn to just shrug and remember that flexibility is the key to air power. One timeRead More

Straighten yourselves out!

Straighten yourselves out!

January 9, 2018 at 2:01 pm

Jeff Gaye We can make all the resolutions we want, and even stick to them. But eventually we may realize the problem was never us – it’s everybody else! The Courier asked people what new year’s resolutions other people should make so the world can be a better place. To be honest we were looking for snark more than wisdom, but we ended up with a good mix. And there can be profound wisdom inRead More

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

Welcome home! 4 Wing members return from Romania

January 9, 2018 at 1:45 pm

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 trainedRead More

Overall champion: 1 Dental Unit
Photo: Jeff Gaye

1 Dental Unit Wins Decorating Challenge

December 19, 2017 at 4:05 pm

The Courier The Nightmare Before Christmas turned out to be a dream come true for 1 Dental Unit. 1 DU rode the spooky theme to victory in The Courier’s annual office decorating challenge. Costumes and a cake, tree decorations made from dental equipment, and an energetic team spirit carried the day. The three other finalists – 22 CF Health Svc Centre, Wing Accommodations and Wing Comptroller – all earned first-place votes from the panel ofRead More