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The Cold Lake Marlins make a splash

January 9, 2018 at 2:15 pm

Alicia Keith The Cold Lake Marlins Swim Club had 28 swimmers turn out for their first splash meet of the 2017 – 2018 season at the Col JJ Parr Sports Centre. The goal of the splash meet is for swimmers to have fun while reinforcing their required competitive swimming skills. The meet is an opportunity for new and returning swimmers to experience a swim meet atmosphere in their home town. It also helps foster teamRead More

LCdr Melanie Espina, medical officer with 2 Field Ambulance, Petawawa and member of the CAF’s Disaster Assistance Response Team, examines a baby during Operation Renaissance in Sara, Philippines. 
Photo: MCpl Marc-Andre Gaudreault, Canadian Forces Combat Camera

CAF launches medical training competition

January 9, 2018 at 2:13 pm

The Maple Leaf The competition for a September 2018 start in a Canadian medical school within the Military Medical Training Plan (MMTP) has begun with the recent release of CANFORGEN 174/17. The MMTP is a competitive in-service selection plan that provides CAF members with the opportunity to receive a fully subsidized medical education at one of Canada’s 17 medical schools. The program subsidizes four years of medical school and a two-year family medicine residency program.Read More

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