Photo by Corporal Andre Maillet, 4 Wing Imaging

It takes great people to deliver operational excellence

August 15, 2017 at 4:27 pm

Wing Commander’s Message / Message du commandant de l’escadre Col Paul Doyle, MSM, CD We are experiencing a beautiful summer in Cold Lake, and the Acting Wing Chief Warrant Officer and I would like to invite everyone to take advantage of the wonderful things the region has to offer. We would also like to welcome all our new members and their families to Cold Lake. As we enter the month of August, we are closerRead More

Peter Bregg, photographer, captures a group shot of CWO Rob Brassington, Col Paul Doyle, Steven Dengler, Bob Dengler and 2Lt Camille Dolphin. Third pilot Rob MacDuff is not pictured.
MCpl HJL MacRae, Wing Imaging

“A stupid idea”: father and son circle the globe by helicopter

August 15, 2017 at 2:14 pm

Jeff Gaye All kinds of military aircraft come and go from CFB Cold Lake. But last Wednesday a civilian helicopter, on an impressive mission, stopped in for a visit. The Canada 150 Global Odyssey is the first Canadian project to circumnavigate the globe by helicopter, and probably the first father-and-son team from anywhere to take on the project. Bob Dengler and his son Steven left Ottawa on July 1, and flew to Canada’s arctic, acrossRead More

The old log cabin clubhouse (above), built in 1966, was replaced by today’s combined golf and curling facility in 2004.
Photo: Jeff Gaye

Vision, pride and sweat equity built The Jewel of the North

August 8, 2017 at 1:03 pm

Jeff Gaye In 1957 – sixty years ago – a committee of RCAF personnel looked at several acres of swamp, brush, forest and meadow attached to RCAF Station Cold Lake and envisioned a rudimentary, but playable, golf course. Palm Springs Golf Course opened that year with just three holes and sand putting greens. Membership was five dollars per year for military members, $15.00 for civilians. Year by year, bit by bit, the course was improvedRead More

Are electronics an aid to prayer, or a distraction?

Are electronics an aid to prayer, or a distraction?

August 8, 2017 at 12:56 pm

Chaplain’s Corner Padre Marcin Rosinski Prayer on a smartphone? If we invented such a device why would God not want us to use it to pray, to develop our spirituality and to keep in touch? It is easy to download high quality applications that help in prayer and in our spiritual lives. We have become dependent on our electronics. Even young children are glued to their smartphones and other devices. Traditional newspapers have to competeRead More

Photo: CFMWS

DFIT is now used to help Canadian astronauts reach the stars

August 8, 2017 at 12:38 pm

CFMWS In June 2016, when the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) launched the fourth astronaut recruitment campaign in Canada’s history, DFIT was responsible for the design and conduct of the physical aspects of the selection process. DFIT is Personnel Support Programs (PSP’s) Directorate of Fitness and Health. The DFIT team designed the various physical fitness tests, training sessions, realistic-job-preview scenarios and physical assessments that the candidates were subjected to during two selection periods: February 2017 inRead More

Stay sober to stay safe on the water

August 8, 2017 at 12:31 pm

Canadian Safe Boating Council Drinking and boating accounts for approximately 40 per cent of boating-related fatalities on Canadian waterways. To raise awareness and reduce alcohol related deaths, the Canadian Safe Boating Council (CSBC) is launching year five of “Operation Dry Water,” an initiative to discourage this dangerous practice. With the summer boating season in high gear, this is the perfect time to remind Canadian boaters about the risks of drinking and boating. Combined with sun,Read More