City council approves air show sponsorship

September 19, 2017 at 1:06 pm

Jeff Gaye The City of Cold Lake has signed on as a partner for the 2018 Cold Lake Air Show. Council voted last week to approve $125,000 to cover the costs of civilian performers at the air show, which will take place at CFB Cold Lake July 21 and 22, 2018. The air show runs once every two years. The city covered the performers’ fees for the 2016 air show at a cost of $75,000.Read More

After ten weeks in BC, 417 Squadron is coming home.
Photo: Cpl Dominic Duchesne-Beaulieu

BC lifts state of emergency, 417 Squadron comes home

September 19, 2017 at 1:04 pm

Jeff Gaye With the province of British Columbia lifting its state of emergency last Friday, members of 417 Squadron have finally come home to Cold Lake. The squadron deployed July 9 on Operation Lentus, the name given to Canadian Armed Forces domestic support for areas affected by natural disasters. They had been helping the province deal with its unprecedented season of wildfires. Their CH-146 Griffon helicopters returned Sunday, with some personnel and equipment returning byRead More

Battle of Britain holds special significance in England

Battle of Britain holds special significance in England

September 19, 2017 at 1:00 pm

From the Editor’s Desk Jeff Gaye The Battle of Britain still has a hold on the hearts of the British people, and with good reason – in the autumn of 1940, the Royal Air Force was all that stood between them and an expected Nazi invasion. I recently visited the county of Kent, in southern England. It was obvious that the Battle of Britain is still at the front of the nation’s consciousness. Fortifications andRead More

Luke Grasby takes the lead in the Pull-the-Pumper challenge.
Photo: Jeff Gaye

Terry Fox event raises more than $10,000

September 19, 2017 at 12:58 pm

Jeff Gaye Participants at 4 Wing’s annual Terry Fox Works day pulled in more than $10,000 for cancer research, and had a great time doing it. In addition to the competitive events like the Pull-the-Pumper challenge (won by 401 Squadron) and the Tug-o’-War (won by W LE), members lined up to have their heads shaved to raise funds and awareness for the cause. WO Pat Schwindt raised approximately $1,000 for having her luxurious long hairRead More

Col Doyle remembered the ground crew and support personnel behind the Allied victory in the Battle of Britain.
Photo: Jeff Gaye

Battle of Britain: “The Few” had the help of many

September 19, 2017 at 12:55 pm

Jeff Gaye Cold Lake gathered at the cenotaph on Sunday to mark the 77th anniversary of the Battle of Britain. The battle was the first to be decided by air power, and was a pivotal moment in the Second World War. The Royal Air Force, with participants from other nations including Canada, managed to repel Luftwaffe efforts to weaken Britain’s defences. Had they not, Hitler was prepared to launch an invasion of the island. TheRead More

Sgt Barnett – Special Service Medal with NATO Bar
Photo: Submitted

401 Squadron members receive medals

September 12, 2017 at 5:10 pm