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International Women’s Day 2021

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Honorary Colonel Darlene Gates

4 Wing Honorary Colonel and President and CEO of Exxon Alaska CAPT RACHEL BROSSEAU, WING PUBLIC AFFAIRS OFFICER The first official International Women’s Day was recognized on March 19, 1911 and was celebrated in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland. Since then the day has grown and been recognized in countries throughout the world. International Women’s Day (IWD) is now celebrated every year on March 8. It’s a day to recognize the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women and also to recognize the work that still needs to be done to

Honorary Colonel Kristin Long

Canadian Forces School of Survival and Honorary Colonel J’lyn Nye Aeromedical Training (CFSSAT) and Boeing 408 Tactical Helicopter Squadron and Author, 737 Captain for WestJet and Chair of Girls in News Anchor, and Talk Show Host Aviation Submitted

achieve equality. The 2021 UN Women theme is: “Women in Leadership: Achieving an equal future in a COVID-19 world.” The Defence Women’s Advisory Organization (DWAO) is hosting a virtual evening event on March 8 with three exceptional Honorary Colonels in leadership positions. The panel members include Honorary Colonel Darlene Gates, 4 Wing Honorary Colonel and President and CEO of Exxon Alaska, Honorary Colonel J’lyn Nye, 408 Tactical Helicopter Squadron and Author, News Anchor, and Talk Show Host, and Honorary Colonel Kristin Long, Canadian Forces School of Survival

and Aeromedical Training (CFSSAT) and Boeing 737 Captain for WestJet and Chair of Girls in Aviation. As leaders, these Royal Canadian Air Force Honorary Colonels will share their experiences on how they have been able to thrive in their respective industries and provide insight and advice to our viewers. This event is available to all members and spouses of the Canadian Armed Forces and civilian Department of National Defence employees. Join us on March 8 on Microsoft Teams at 6:00 p.m. (MST) For registration please email: Victoria.pearce@ forces.gc.ca.

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March is Nutrition Month LISA FISHER, HEALTH PROMOTION SPECIALIST It is time for one of our favourite campaigns of the year – Nutrition Month! March has been designated nationally by the Dietitians of Canada as Nutrition Month. This year’s theme is “Good for You: Dietitians Help You Find Your Healthy”. We know that what is “good for you” or “healthy for you” can change based on a variety of factors including culture, traditions, preferences, nutritional needs, cooking skills, and medical concerns. Instead of trying to stick within a very restrictive box, we need to have the ability to follow a healthy eating pattern that works for us and our unique needs. Healthy eating looks different for everyone. Although we recommend following Canada’s Food guide in that we want to incorporate plenty of vegetables and fruit, as well as whole grains and protein-based foods in our eating patterns, the exact specifics of what those foods are may be different between individuals. For example, our culture and tradition impact the way that we see food and what food we feel is important to include or exclude from our diet. The new Food Guide, which was released by Health Canada in 2019, is much more inclusive and well-rounded than the previous version. Instead of focusing on the number of servings of food groups to consume (which was

overwhelming, to say the least!), it helps us understand what healthy food can look like and the importance of healthy habits, including sharing food with others, learning new skills and cooking more often, and using ingredients that we like and are available to us. Canada is a diverse place, and the military community is a representation of that diversity. The inclusion of culture and food traditions within our healthy eating patterns is important so that we can celebrate these practices and share this with others. Canada’s Food Guide

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the nutritional value of foods across the financial spectrum, and support those who may be experiencing difficulty. There may also be people who have never been taught how to meal plan, make a budget, or how to properly prepare and store food. That lack of knowledge and skills can be huge barriers to encouraging healthy eating in a way that is viable financially. This March, the Health Promotion Department is working to provide you with the information and opportunities to learn and practice your skills. We are unable to provide in-person programming, and so we encourage you to check out 4 Wing Connection on Facebook and @4winghealthpromotion on Instagram as we provide you with virtual programming. Highlights of our campaign include a Fast Food Takedown with weekly recipes for healthier takes on popular fast food items (a chance snapshot is currently available in 31 to win a prize included!), highlights languages, including nine Indigenous of diverse recipes from the Nutrition languages, making it more accessible to Month e-book, an A-Z of diverse healthy Canada’s diverse population. foods, and promotion of national Personal circumstances can also nutritional programming from Health affect our food choices. Physical and Promotion Teams across Canada. intellectual disabilities can prove to be Follow us today! For more information, barriers in understanding information contact 4WGHealthPromotion@forces. surrounding food or utilizing skills gc.ca such as cooking. Financial uncertainty References or difficulties, as well as the cost of food Dietitians of Canada. (2021). Nutrition within our local community, can also Month 2021. https://www.dietitians.ca/ impact the food that we purchase and, Advocacy/Nutrition-Month/Nutritiontherefore, consume. We need to discuss Month-2021

Norlight Skating Club Seeking Volunteers Volunteers can often be the glue that holds a community together. There are several opportunities to give back here at 4 Wing that can be tailored to your personal skills and interests. Currently, the Norlight Skating Club is seeking new executive board members to fulfil their policy requirements. These positions are immensely beneficial to the community, allow the club to thrive, and only require a minimal time commitment. The executive board provides leadership and guides the direction of the club with support from the 4 Wing PSP Community Recreation Department. Some of the basic responsibilities of the executive include: meeting regularly to discuss club decisions, creating and maintaining an approved budget, and ensuring knowledge of NPFAO and Rec council procedures. If you have administrative or accounting skills, and you are willing to provide assistance to the Norlight Skating Club, please email norlightskating@gmail.com. Your commitment to our community is greatly appreciated!

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Canadian Armed Forces commence military operation in Canada’s North FEBRUARY 26, 2021 – OTTAWA – NATIONAL DEFENCE / CANADIAN ARMED FORCES This week, approximately 150 Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) personnel will take part in Operation NANOOK-NUNALIVUT 2021, in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories. From February 27 to March 7, 2021, CAF members will conduct a series of activities in Canada’s Arctic to improve domain awareness and demonstrate the CAF’s ability to rapidly project forces throughout the North. The Operation also provides opportunities for the CAF to work collaboratively with other government departments and agencies, as well as local, territorial and Indigenous governments. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Operation NANOOK-NUNALIVUT 2021 will include a smaller task force than in previous years, with no international participation. All deployed CAF personnel will adhere to strict Territorial and Department of National Defence COVID-19 health protection measures, and activities are being carefully planned to mitigate potential risk of exposure to COVID-19 by military members and the local population.

“In the Canadian Arctic and the North, as in the rest of the country, defence, security, and safety are part of the essential requirements for the maintenance and development of healthy communities and a sustainable environment. Despite the challenges of operating in a COVID-19 environment, the CAF remains committed to enhancing our capacity to conduct operations in the Arctic and the North, and enhancing our ability to respond to a variety of situations in the region.” Lieutenant-General Christopher Coates, Commander, Canadian Joint Operations Command

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Quick Facts • Commanded by Joint Task Force (North), all activities and phases of Operation NANOOKNUNALIVUT 2021 are executed by Task Force elements, based in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, and operating in the surrounding area. • The Operation NANOOK-NUNALIVUT Task Force comprises Regular and Reserve Force personnel from the following units: o 1st Canadian Ranger Patrol Group members from the Wiilideh Patrol; o Primary Reserve units under 37 Canadian Brigade Group, based in Atlantic Canada; o Canadian Army Combat Divers from 4 Engineer Support Regiment, based in New Brunswick; o Royal Canadian Navy Fleet Diving Unit Atlantic and Pacific divers, from Nova Scotia and British Columbia; o Joint Task Force Support Component; and o The Royal Canadian Air Force. • To address concerns around COVID-19, this iteration of Operation NANOOK-NUNALIVUT is being hosted in Yellowknife, N.W.T., and deployed CAF personnel will stay in military accommodations or on the land away from the local community. • Op NANOOK-NUNALIVUT 2021 activities include: o Ice diving and underwater maneuvers; o Landing of CAF aircrafts on austere landing sites; o Long range patrols using Light Over-Snow Vehicles; and o Dismounted patrols.

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options for high or low flow water and dispersed or straight stream flow. One of the most noticeable changes to the truck is the futuristic

body design. Aesthetic aside, this new design offers better visibility with the large windows and streamlined frontend.

Red 11 is a welcome addition to the 4 Wing Fire Department that will make day to day operations more efficient and effective.

Last month, the 4 Wing Fire Department received and put into service a new Crash Response Vehicle— more affectionately known as “Red 11.” Red 11 has some new capabilities and features from its predecessor. It is a larger truck with increased horse power and still maintains a capacity of 6000L; meaning it can hold up to 6000L of water. Firefighters use three different types of agent: water, foam, and dry chemical. There is a low and high flow setting. On high each turret can release 2800L/min of agent. However, one of the new features is an interlock system where only one turret can be on high at a time, thereby ensuring the truck isn’t drained of agent in one minute— conserving agent is key! Private Connie Valin Another new feature is the 4 Wing Fire Hall Gold Crew (back row) Mcpl (Master Corporal) Joshua Dewar, Cpl (Corporal) Daniel Despres, redesigned pistol grip. The WO (Warrant Officer) Brian Marchand, Lt (lieutenant) Frasier Philips. controls now face the firefighters to (front row) Master Warrant Officer Garrett Powers, Cpl Brayden Cliff, Aviator Matthew Noad and Cpl Jade Le make it easier to see the selection Bel. Proudly presents their new crash truck Red 11. February 19 2021 at 4 Wing Cold Lake, AB.

This Week from the 4 Wing Chaplain’s Office

Padre Megan Jones




The 4 Wing Chaplain’s office is asking for your help with a clothing drive to support the Dr. Margaret Savage Crisis Centre (DMSCC). It’s simple, just drop off any used women’s clothing, shoes, handbags and accessories to the Chaplain’s office (Bldg 115) by March 5th, 2021. The DMSCC is a local emergency shelter for women and children fleeing from intimate partner abuse. It provides a 24/7 crisis line and community outreach support services for men, women and children. This fundraising initiative is in partnership with Ella’s Closet and Orbiting Trends. 100% of proceeds raised from this drive will benefit local community initiatives.

The 4 Wing Chaplain’s office is woefully in need of revamping. So the chaplains are calling on the talented artists and photographers in our 4 Wing community. We would love to display your art and creations in our office space. Anyone is welcome to submit a wall piece. There is no age limit and no set theme. You will also have a chance to win an Amazon gift card. So bring your inspiration and creativity. Please drop off your submissions to the Chaplain’s office (Bldg 115) by 16 April 2021. For more information please contact Padre Megan Jones at local 8167 or at megan.jones@forces.gc.ca.

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Virtual Honours and Awards at 4 Wing Order of Military Merit Created in 1972, the Order of Military merit was established to recognize members of the Canadian Armed Forces who have demonstrated dedication and devotion beyond the call of duty. It is the second highest order administered by the Governor in Council on behalf of the Canadian Monarch. Recipients in Order:

Avr Kastleen Strome

Major Horch



Master Warrant Officer Von Shilling

Master Warrant Officer Trudell

Canadian Forces Decoration The Canadian Forces Decoration is awarded to Officers and NCMs of the Canadian Armed Forces who have completed 12 years of service. The decoration is awarded to all ranks, who have a good conduct record. A clasp is awarded for every subsequent period of 10 years of qualifying service. The Canadian Forces Decoration 1st Clasp is awarded to:

Avr Brock Curtis


Lieutenant-Colonel Gibeau

Major Michon

4 Wing Wing Commander’s Leadership Award

Canadian Forces Decoration

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Sgt Paul Hoy, CD From August 2019 to January 2020, Sgt Hoy was deployed to Romania as ATF-Int Flt WO. Through outstanding leadership, professionalism, and dedication, he integrated multiple intelligence capabilities into a cohesive team that contributed to evolving Fighter Intelligence Force Generation and Force Employment Requirements. Sgt Hoy’s expertise in tactical fighter Operations and Russian Air Tactics, techniques, and procedures expedited the provision of timely, relevant intelligence support that greatly enhanced situational awareness and operational effectiveness.

Cpl Gillian Paige Lavoie Le 24 Novembre 2017, à Cold Lake, Alberta, Caporal Lavoie a assisté des premiers intervenants qui portaient secours a une femme en déstresse, enfermée dans sa voiture. Une fois que la dame a été extraite du véhicule, on lui a demandé d’administrer les premiers soins en ouvrant les voies respiratoires de la victime tout en s’assurant qu’elles n’étaient pas obstruées. Par la suite, elle a aidé à couvrir la femme de manteaux et de couvertures et est restée avec elle jusqu’à l’arrivée des services d’urgence. Le professionnalisme et la campassion démontrés par Caporal Lavoie ont fait grand honneur aux Forces Armée Canadiennes.

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Capt. S. Rickert, call sign; “Wreckit” Capt. Stan Rickert is awarded the Wing Commander’s Leadership Award for his exceptional involvement at both 4 Wing and the Cold Lake Municipality. As a volunteer Firefighter and instructor, he provided the Cold Lake FD with an unprecedented amount of training that bolstered the city’s fire and rescue preparedness. Furthermore, his commitment to coaching and assisting with the CLMH league amplified the city’s rich sports and recreation program. Moreover, Capt Rickert provided an immense amount of leadership to Op REASSURANCE, where he was the Senior Air Weapons Controller to the ATF.

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CJOC Commendation


Captain J.V. Bowering, CD As the Communications and Information Systems Officer with ATF Romania, from September 2019 to January 2020. Capt Bowering demonstrated stalwart professionalism, leadership, and innovation. He rectified communication network deficiencies by championing projects to enhance Command and Control system capability for both the ATF and Romanian partners. Capt. Bowering’s inspiring drive and commitment further solidified Canada’s commitment to North Atlantic Treaty Organization Assurance and deterrence measures and reflected the Canadian Joint Operations Command in a highly positive manner.

Avr Kastleen Strome

Corporal B.C.H. Wong Cpl Wong was deployed to the Sinai from June to October 2020 as a Flight Follower in support of ATF El Gorah. He assumed the duties of the Flight Follower Sergeant, a key position that was left vacant for a prolonged period while COVID-19 travel restrictions impeded personnel deployments. Demonstrating outstanding professionalism, initiative, and reliability, he stepped up to perform in this critical role, far exceeding the scope of responsibilities normally accorded to his rank. Cpl Wong’s drive, enthusiasm, and dedication ensured exceptional flight following services were provided to the Task Force, bringing great credit to himself and the Canadian Joint Operations Command.


Captain L.M.M.G. Lorette Capt Lorette was deployed to Constanta from March 2019 to January 2020 as Deputy Commander, ATF-Romania. Drawing on his 16 years as a pilot in the Belgian Air Force, he expertly coupled his vast knowledge and experience with unwavering dedication to drive understanding and force preparation. Once in theatre, his efforts were fully realised when initial operational capability was declared six days in advance, and the task force received near flawless NATO Certification Team operational assessment, enabling full operational capability. Throughout this vital deployment, Capt Lorette’s stalwart determination, professionalism, and enthusiasm positively enhanced mission performance, and increased reliability, trust, and respect amongst Canada’s Allies.

1 CAD Commander’s Commendation 4 Air Movements Section (4 AMS) 4 Air Movements Section (4 AMS) demonstrated exceptional professionalism and determination from July to September 2019, facilitating the movement of 922 passengers, 417 939 lbs of freight, and 59 991 lbs of baggage in support of ATF-ROMANIA, Op REASSURANCE-12, Op NANOOK, Op NORTHERN DENIAL, Op IMPACT, Ex MAPLE RESOLVE, and the Cadet Summer Program. Their flexibility, personal self-sacrifice, and unwavering dedication to the mission was tremendous and a key factor in the successful deployment of 4 Wing’s primary expeditionary operations. Private Connie Valin

Sergent M.L.C. Hardy Depuis son arrivée à l’escadron 419 en Septembre 2018, le sergent Hardy a fait preuve d’un dévouement exceptionnel. Agissant en tant que commis chef, d’officier de logistique et de sous-officier sénior d’escadron, elle a travaillé au-delà des exigences de son unité afin d’assurer un support administratif supérieur et grandement requis aux membres de son escadron. Ses efforts ainsi que son leadership ont grandement contribué au succès de la mission tout en supportant la 1re Division Aérienne du Canada avec brio.


Master Corporal C. Grant On 25 November 2018 during a deployed exercise in the USA, a subordinate in distress approached MCpl Grant. Immediately recognizing the seriousness of the situation, he took action to ensure that the member was safe, secure, and was not left alone. MCpl Grant contacted the unit Padre and Squadron CWO to seek help as soon as possible, then remained with the member providing support until a watch schedule could be implemented. An example of compassion and professionalism, MCpl Grant’s immediate actions saved a fellow member’s life.


CJOC Individual Achievement Minister of National Defence Award + Coin Letter of Appreciation and Coin


Lieutenant-Colonel D.L. Brown, CD From March to May 2020, LCol Brown demonstrated exceptional leadership and dedication as a member of the Canadian Joint Operations Command J4 Contracts organization during Op LASER. Her extensive knowledge and expertise in contracting was a force multiplier in identifying policy and procedure gaps. Moreover, she provided solid contracting guidance and recommendations from the strategic to tactical level. LCol Brown’s remarkable management of complex contracting files enabled critical Canadian Armed Forces support to Long Term Care Facilities in Ontario and Quebec.

Cpl Justin Roy, 4 Wing Imaging

Private Connie Valin

Padre H. Rittenhouse On March 3, 2020 Padre Rittenhouse was one of several CAF members who provided urgent care to a member in distress at Canadian Forces Base Wainwright. Thanks to their quick action the member was treated quickly and recovered. Major Rittenhouse was presented with the Minister of National Defence coin in recognition of his extraordinary actions.

Capt. Zeiler Capt. Zeiler has been a member of the CAF CISM Swim/Lifesaving Team since joining the CAF. During three individual Lifesaving events at the CISM Worlds in September 2019. Capt Zeiler was the top Male Canadian performer, as well as winning every race he entered at the CAF Swim Nationals. He placed 2nd in the 100m Rescue Medley at the 2019 Canadian Pool Lifesaving Championship (CPLC). This National event hosts the best lifesaving athletes in Canada, so it goes without saying that Capt. Zeiler is not only the top CAF Male CISM Lifesaving Athlete, but one of the top competitors in Canada.

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56. Rules over 58. More fervid 60. Sweet drink 62. Cry loudly 63. A friendly nation DOWN 1. A title of respect in India 2. His and __ 3. Employee stock ownership plan 4. A type of bond (abbr.) 5. Acting as if you are 6. Affirmative 7. Not caps 8. Type of medication 9. Monetary unit 10. Private school in New York 12. Small stream 13. A person of wealth 16. Exclude 17. Someone who vouches for you 20. Vegetable part 22. Gov’t lawyer 25. Term to address a woman 26. Swiss river 27. About senator 29. __ Paulo, city 31. Native American tribe

34. ‘Titanic’ actor 36. Campaign for students’ rights (abbr.) 37. Capital of Senegal 38. Slang for military leader 40. Football’s big game 43. Women who threw themselves on funeral pyres 45. Equally 48. Forest animal

50. Heavy stoves 51. Releasing hormone (abbr.) 53. Song 54. Type of pickle 55. Offer in return for money 57. Soviet Socialist Republic 58. Burns wood (abbr.) 59. Beloved singer Charles 61. Three-toed slot

CAPRICORN - December 22 - January 19 Capricorn, no matter how much time you want to devote to your personal goals, you just may find that other activities require much more attention than you anticipated. AQUARIUS - January 20 - February 18 Aquarius, don’t be surprised if you have your patience tested a bit this week, especially at the workplace. You’ll find a way to come out shining, however. PISCES - February 19 - March 20 Take a big, deep breath and focus on all the good things in your life, Pisces. This will help you ride out any rough spots that crop up. ARIES - March 21 - April 19 Expect to be in high demand this week, Aries. You have the time and energy to give to others, so make the most of each chance to lend someone a helping hand. TAURUS - April 20 - May 20 Now is a good time to focus on your relationships, Taurus. There may be a close friend who can use a little more attention from a confidante and you can fill that role. GEMINI - May 21 - June 21 There is work to be done, Gemini. If your work space is a tad chaotic, then hunker down somewhere less hectic. This can provide the right environment for focus. CANCER - June 22 - July 22 Cancer, make a habit of finding the silver lining to any situation. This shift in attitude can bring more positivity and sunshine into your life, particularly when you need it most. LEO - July 23 - August 22 Shift your focus to your home life, Leo. Find various ways to make things more pleasant at home so it can be the respite that it should be. VIRGO - August 23 - September 22 You are usually better at focusing on the tasks at hand than most other astrological signs, Virgo. Don’t be hard on yourself if you get a tad distracted in the next few days. LIBRA - September 23 - October 22 Get a firm grasp on your finances this week, Libra. Start browsing your bank accounts so you have a better idea of your spending. This way you can better plan for the future. SCORPIO - October 23 - November 21 Normally you are very good at keeping your emotions in check, Scorpio. However, letting others see what’s beneath the surface can be beneficial to you in the weeks to come. SAGITTARIUS - November 22 - December 21 Take your foot off of the accelerator, Sagittarius. You don’t have to race to the finish line; enjoy the scenery for a change. Stop as many times as you can along the way.

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Army Run or Navy Bikes? You decide JOY SMITH, REPORTER Throughout the year, the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) challenges their members to get out, get involved, help support a worthy cause and have some fun doing it. This year the Canada Army Run and the Navy Bike Ride invite everyone to do just that. With COVID-19 still keeping everyone at least six feet apart, Canada Army Run and the Navy Bike Ride invites participants to take part in their virtual challenges. Below is a bit of information about both events. Canada Army Run Canada Army Run is about Canadians and the CAF – Air Force, Army, and Navy – joining together in the spirit of camaraderie and community. It’s a chance for the troops to extend the military esprit de corps to Canadians and to thank them for their support. And, it’s an opportunity for Canadians to say thanks to the men and women who serve them in so many ways at home and abroad. This will be the second virtual Canada Army Run; registered participants can complete the virtual race any time between September 10 to September 19, 2021. You can run at any location, at your pace, outside or on a treadmill. Participants are encouraged to complete the race in a safe and fun manner. Since 2008, through race proceeds and the fundraising efforts of participants, Canada Army Run has contributed over $4 million to Support Our Troops and Soldier On to care for our CAF community, their families and the ill and injured. This includes providing financial assistance to promote family resiliency and to support the recovery, rehabilitation, and reintegration of members with a physical and/or mental illness or injury. When participants register, a Fundraising Page is automatically created, so you are ready to go. All you need to do is personalize it! Add a photo if you like, set a fundraising goal and add a message. Then, invite your friends, family, colleagues and neighbours to pledge you. For serious runners, your virtual race can be recorded by using the ASICS Runkeeper

App or input your manual time on the Race Roster Results Page. Go to armyrun.ca for instructions on linking the app. ALL race kits will be mailed to the address indicated in your registration. There are no in-person collection options available. Right now, they are offering an early bird rate to register until March 31, 2021, so be sure to register soon. Navy Bike Ride Together we ride, together we make waves. Following the success of the 2020 Battle of the Atlantic virtual challenge, the Navy Bike Ride is back with the 2021 Harry DeWolf virtual challenge. Get ready to ride as event planners target 30,000 cumulative rides. Cyclists riding indoors or outdoors, all while respecting the rules of social distancing, chart a course for HMCS Harry DeWolf’s inaugural deployment through Canada’s North and North America! The 2021 virtual Navy Bike Ride will take place from June 12, 2021 through to August 29, 2021. Cyclists of all ages will be able to participate in this free virtual event with the goal to log 30,000 rides over the course of the summer. The connection between the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) and cycling may not be an obvious one. Cycling has long been a tradition as it can be difficult for a sailor stay in shape when they’re deployed onboard a ship for months at a time. Very few warships have a large enough space to dedicate to a gym, however a stationary bicycle is compact enough to squeeze into tight spots all over the ship. Many sailors rely on cycling to remain in fighting shape. Many sailors in the Royal Canadian Navy are avid cyclists and dedicated athletes. As we keep our naval ships in fighting shape, our sailors must also focus on their own physical fitness. The Navy Bike Ride is an opportunity to highlight that commitment to health and wellness. Funds raised by the participants of the Navy Bike Ride support two organizations dedicated to the well-being of the RCN’s current and former sailors and their families – the Royal Canadian Naval Benevolent Fund and Support our Troops. Head to navybikeride.ca to sign up now!

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Canada Army Run is about Canadians and the Canadian Armed Forces joining together in the spirit of camaraderie and community.

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The Military Family Resource Centre Society (MFRCS) accepts a cheque for $5000 from Lakeland Credit Union (LCU) in support of their Welcome Bags. Welcome Bags are presented to newcomers posted to 4 Wing, and contain information about 4 Wing, the MFRCS, and the local area. Standing left to right: Judith Chance, MFRCS Fund Development Manager, Wing Commander, Col Dave Moar, Floyd Perras, MFRCS Executive Director, Kelly McGiffin, LCU President, William Akoto, LCU Manager, Brand Experience, and WCWO Lee Darling.

The 4 Wing PSP Community Recreation department has been creatively finding ways to support the 4 Wing community in their pursuit of recreational activities. We have monthly Take & Make packages with all supplies required, plus instruction cards, and step-by-step video guides posted to our YouTube channel PSP – 4 Wing Cold Lake. In addition, we are encouraging active movement and outdoor fun through our social media pages and virtual programming. March is all about St. Patrick’s Day, and with themed play dough, shamrock canvas painting, and clover design art there’s something for the whole family to enjoy. Register on Book King for this $10 package and pick up through Sports Stores (by appointment, 780840-8000 extension 8193) starting Monday, 1 March 2021. April we are hoping to begin offering some in person programming, with a spring scavenger hunt planned with fun hints to locations all around 4 Wing, and fantastic prizes at each stop. We are also prepared for possible continued restrictions with our virtual spring break, which will offer active play, crafts, and boredom busters every day during spring break through our social media pages. We will have Take & Make packages to coincide with some of our crafts as well to streamline the process. To encourage our community to enjoy the outdoors, we have a park passport event, which will take place all month, can be completed by any age group, and even has some prize incentives. Follow our social media for details on any upcoming programs or events. Facebook: 4 Wing Connection, Instagram: 4 Wing Recreation, and YouTube: PSP – 4 Wing Cold Lake

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