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Remembrance Day ceremonies remembered 2018

THE COURIER The decision was not made lightly to cancel the 4 Wing Cold Lake Remembrance Day ceremony. With the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and numbers rising in the region, the health and safety of 4 Wing members was at the forefront of the decision. Col Moar, Wing Commander stated, “Although there is no more important military day to recognize than Remembrance Day, we have decided that a mandatory, indoor parade is not consistent with prioritizing the health of our members.� Members were encouraged to take time to watch a ceremony on TV or streamed online to pay tribute to the fallen men and women that have served Canada. Please enjoy this small selection of photos from Remembrance Day ceremonies over the past few years. Lest We Forget.


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The 4 Wing band plays for the 4 Wing Cold Lake Defence Team and members of the Lakeland community at the Remembrance Day ceremony that was held at the Cold Lake Energy Centre on November 11, 2018.


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Col Dave Moar places a Wreath for the Royal Canadian Armed Forces during the Remembrance Day parade on November 11, 2019 at the Cold Lake Energy Centre.

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Lt (now Captain) Kathryn Poudrier, left, and Legion Branch 211 President Todd Rorke place a wreath at the Remembrance Day ceremony at the Cold Lake Energy Centre on November 11, 2017.

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Influential Women in Aviation at 4 Wing A strong work ethic and a good attitude JOY SMITH, REPORTER Capt Jaclyn Swain entered the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) in 2012 and her drive to always do better showed early in her career when she finished Basic Training as “Top Female Athlete” of her platoon. Swain credits a strong work ethic and a good attitude, her passion for aviation and a desire to keep learning as part of her formula for success so far. “I am very glad that I chose the CAF for my career. I feel challenged, secure, and I am constantly provided with the encouragement I need to push my career forward,” said Swain, who is the Chief Controller of the Military Aerodrome Control Unit (CCMACU) at 4 Wing Cold Lake. She is also qualified as a Flight Safety Officer, and is the Fatigue Risk Management System (FRMS) Officer at her Unit. Life as an Air Traffic Controller (ATC) has its challenges but Swain feels that women are natural multi-taskers and often have an excellent capacity for the chaotic world of ATC. Being a supervisor has its fair share of challenges as well, especially with a pandemic hovering in the background, “The hardest part of working as a supervisor in 2020 has been scheduling around special COVID restrictions, what the CAF called Op LASER. I had to essentially reimagine scheduling and training, as well as create sanitization and distancing protocols for the Control Tower that would keep people safe.” With 4 Wing

Squadrons not seeking warmer climates to train this excellent role model for women who aspire to excel in year, the Control tower is busier than ever, “Recently aviation! She is an amazing pilot and a woman with we have finished a period of challenging Night Flying, limitless courage and drive.” Swain also considers, and ‘Ex AUTUMN BLITZ’… This Ex saw heavy Honorary Colonel of 417 Squadron Kendra Kincade, traffic, operations 7 days a week and extended flying “An all-star Air Traffic Controller with Nav Canada, hours. Skilled control was required, as well as creative and an inspiring public figure.” management of Tower crews.” When asked about advice for women considering The challenges of ATC are not limited to directing a career in the CAF Swain remarked, “Some women arriving or departing aircraft and that is what led Swain may feel intimidated to join the military, but they to present a Briefing Note to the chain of command really shouldn’t. Women can do anything. I can speak suggesting different courses of action to improve the to a career in Aviation in particular, and with a strong Runway Incursion Device System (RIDS). “The note work ethic and a good attitude, anything can be concluded with my suggested system of mechanical achieved. Follow what interests you, follow your heart, flip RIDS, which would be present at all workstations work hard and don’t let anything stand in your way!” and would include all control positions involved in the transfer,” explained Swain. “This method would increase visibility of the system for scanning purposes, and the involvement of each member of the control transfer would help solidify the meaning of the transfer itself. I suggested that it would be best to use a system that can standardize RIDS across the RCAF, and 1 Canadian Air Division agreed. This will make it easier for controllers to correctly utilize the system, regardless of where they are posted and hopefully result in fewer runway incursions across the RCAF. Additionally, I proposed last year that we should implement a Runway Incursion System internally in Snow and Ice Control (SNIC) vehicles, as they are often working on the airfield for extended hours. This Submitted course of action was pursued, and is something that Capt Jaclyn Swain poses in front of a CT-156 we are now doing at 4 Wing Cold Lake as well.” Harvard II while suited up in her roller derby Swain takes her inspiration from women such uniform for a Moose Jaw RINK BOARD - 96” X 30”team called the (8’ X 2.5’) as Maj Alexia Hannam, who Swain describes as, “an Damebusters.

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75th Anniversary

End of the Second World War Courier News Remembers 2020 This year marks the 75th anniversary of the end of WWII. For the month of November, the Courier News will feature events that Canadians were involved in that helped with the war efforts. We honour, recognize and remember all those who served in WWII.

Did You Know? The British Commonwealth Air Training Plan (BCATP) One of Canada’s most distinctive contributions to the war effort was the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan. Under an agreement signed in December 1939, Canada provided training facilities for airmen from all parts of the Commonwealth. Far away from actual fighting, and with excellent flying conditions, Canada was ideally suited to such a program. She also possessed a great deal of the necessary expertise and facilities. A large number of Canadians trained during the First World War were still active airmen and the opening up of the vast northland had created others. This was a gigantic undertaking. An army of experts had to be assembled, airfields developed, and equipment, including airplanes, procured. Training began in the spring of 1940. By the end of 1943 more than 3,000 students were graduating each month. By the end of the war the BCATP had produced 131,553 aircrew including pilots, wireless operators, air gunners and navigators. Of these more than 55 per cent were Canadians.

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Flight Lieutenant W.H. Pentland, of No. 417 Squadron, Royal Canadian Air Force, awaiting start up in his Supermarine Spitfire Mark VC (s/n BR195 ‘AN-T’) at Goubrine, Tunisia, in May 1943. Other aircraft of the squadron are lined up alongside.

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Instructor and student with North American Harvard II aircraft of No.2 Service Flying Training School (S.F.T.S.) (Royal Canadian Airforce Schools and Training Units), R.C.A.F., Uplands, Ontario, Canada. July 1941.

The War in the Air Canadian achievements in the air during the Second World War were remarkable. The smallest of Canada’s three services in 1939, with insufficient manpower and inadequate equipment, the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) expanded by Hometo Hardware 1945 the fourth largest air Display 5.05Allied x 3.88in force of the powers. RCAF Cold Lake Courier units took part in every major Remembrance Day 2020 air operation overseas, from the Print Ready Proof Battle of Britain to the bombing of Germany and, in addition,

played an important role in air training and in the protection of shipping and transportation. They flew every kind of aircraft there was from the workhorse Dakota to the Mosquito, Halifax, Liberator, Lancaster and the glamorous Spitfire. In all, more than 232,500 men and 17,000 women served in the RCAF both in home defence and farther afield. They flew into the German industrial heartland, with the Desert Air Force in the

Middle East, on coastal patrol from Ceylon, over the Burma Road, the Norwegian fiords, and out over the Atlantic on U-boat patrol. In addition, thousands of Canadians served with the RAF overseas. Canadian air personnel were involved in three major areas of service during the war: the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan; the theatre of war overseas; and the Home War Establishment.

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A group of pilots of No. 1 Squadron RCAF (renamed No. 401 Squadron in 1941) gather round one of their Hawker Hurricanes at Prestwick, Scotland, 30 October 1940. The Squadron Commanding Officer, Squadron Leader E. A. McNab, stands fifth from the right, wearing a forage cap.

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Veteran’s poem recalls liberation of Europe PETER MALLETT, STAFF WRITER There are two things that help Second World War veteran Fred Andrews remember his military service: a carefully preserved poppy and the poetry he wrote. The 99-year-old is one of a dwindling population of veterans from that war. His caregivers at Roberta Place Retirement Lodge long-term care facility in Barrie, ON, say his memory is fading. His poetry helps him remember, says Anita Crane, his Life Enrichment Coordinator. She is helping Andrews share his story, but says his “incredible poetry” speaks for itself. Until recently, he was a prolific writer of prose with one of his five books of poems drawing praise from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Three quarters of a century ago Andrews, a young man from Trinity Bay, Newfoundland, joined the Dominion’s 59th Heavy Artillery Regiment. The largely unheralded regiment played a key role in the Battle of Normandy and helped liberate France, Belgium, and the Netherlands from German occupation. His favourite poem The Trail of 59th Newfoundland Heavy Regiment took many years to write and recounts his regiment’s trek across Europe. “I think of all of his prized possessions he is most proud of this poem,” said Crane. “He wrote that poem over the course of a few years.” The 1,354 word poem employs a heroic quatrain to recount the regiment, their training, and eventual movement and battles in Europe. Although poetic, his words offer a rare first-hand account of the 59th Regiment. When pressed for details about what he saw during the D-Day landings and his regiment’s role in the battle for the City of Caen, Crane says Andrews often falls silent. “He doesn’t like to get into too many details about what he actually saw in the war and the carnage he must have seen,” says Crane. “This is completely understandable because of the lives lost in his own regiment; many men like him have done their best to block this from their memory.” Preserved Poppy A fragile, faded red poppy is carefully held inside a cracker wrapper

from his rations, and pressed in a book. perspective and humour to the room.” It was plucked from Flanders Field But there haven’t been too many in Belgium during a fierce firefight visits this year due to COVID. On Nov. between the Germans and the 59th 11, there wasn’t a large Remembrance Regiment. Day gathering of residents at Roberta “It just looked so red and so beautiful Place. Instead, a public address and peaceful as we were loading guns announcement alerted residents to and firing at the enemy, so it just observe the moment of silence; TVs came to my mind to pick it,” Andrews were tuned to the live coverage from once told the Toronto Star during an the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. interview in 2010. Residents were broken into five He mailed the poppy to his mother cohorts due to the pandemic. Each while he was in Europe. For many years cohort was permitted to gather for what he thought it had been lost until 1980 the Lodge called a Memorial Social. following his mother’s death when it It enabled residents to gather at their was discovered pressed inside a bible. nearby nurse’s station with veterans Andrews keeps his poppy in a safe having an opportunity to wear their place, but often pulls it out to remember medals and tell their stories about his days with the 59th Regiment and military service. those who never made it home, says The importance of Andrews’ Crane. military service and some of the other After the war he met his wife residents isn’t lost on Crane or other Elizabeth. They both enrolled at staff members at Roberta Place. Memorial University in St. John’s and “I think we owe a huge debt of earned teaching degrees. The two gratitude to these individuals who were married for 51 years and raised fought for our freedom and he is one twin daughters. Crane says Fred and of them,” says Crane. “For someone like Elizabeth were inseparable until her Fred who saw so much destruction and death in 2005. death, to be able to come home from the He continued to write poetry in the war and establish a sense of normality years following her passing. and dedicate his life to teaching is really While living in Roberta Place he something remarkable.” met volunteer Barbara Brown who To read some of Fred Andrew’s poem, founded The Steel visit https://storage.googleapis.com/ Spirit, which hosts galleries of wzukusers/user-25091114/documents/ artwork created entirely by military, first acb774abde894dc1a7a4dc73c148041f/ responders, and hospital practitioners. October-2020-1%20Fred%20Article.pdf Brown, a military wife and former The Steel Spirit is always paramedic, created the forum to accepting new artists; contact recognize and give back to those that serve their community and country. After learning of his talent as a poet, she invited him to be part of an upcoming art gallery showing in town. While he could not attend the exhibit, his daughters attended the gallery reception where his poem on the 59th Regiment was prominently displayed. Since then, his poem has continued to be on display with The Steel Spirit at more gallery locations. One of the greatest things about having him join the circle of Steel Spirit artists is how admired he is by the other artists, says Brown. “It’s the absolute wisdom he carries in his presence with them. On a few occasions over the last two years, the other artists have come with me to the nursing home to meet and talk with Fred. He is so humbled by being part of it all and yet brings such immediate

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Walk this way JOY SMITH, REPORTER We all know that exercise is one of the recommended ways to lose weight but it’s not often that exercise becomes a way to do your civic duty. Maj Kris Hjalmarson began walking as part of his weight loss plan. “At the height of my walking I was

doing about 25,000 steps a day in order to lose weight and I was using a weight management application on my phone to count calories as well.” Hjalmarson was inspired to get moving by the dramatic weight loss by a colleague in his unit. “It took about six months to lose 40 pounds but it was over the winter and spring time so I was extremely Submitted


Maj Hjalmarson took to walking to help with his weight loss. Here he is participating in the PSP Summer Active Challenge, which involved walking/running/cycling various routes throughout the summer.

Who checks on you?


very once in a while, it hits the news: the story of a door that almost never opens, the neighbours don’t know the person who lives behind it, and after a long while someone finally has cause to go inside, only to discover that the person who lives there has passed away… and nobody knew. It’s a scary prospect, to think that a person could die that alone. Yet, the flow of the current in our society points to the reality that this is not going to get less common – it’s going to get more common as we live more disconnected lives. The truth is for many of us, social distancing was a thing long before COVID. As the internet has become something that most find to be a necessity, and more and more of us have acclimatized to having a personal high speed access point to the majority of human knowledge at our fingertips, the priority of firstperson meet-ups has been slipping for some time. More and more, it’s normal to go long periods without in-person social time. But I’m not really talking about just visiting, or being present with others. Though those are worthy topics of discussion. I’m talking about having someone or some few people in your life who are more than acquaintances. More than work buddies or drinking buddies. Someone who cares about you. Someone who cares about your well-being. Someone who not only accepts you, but cares enough to want you to be your best self. Enough to spend the limited time they have in life on you. See, there is no question that for most of us, being well, or even getting better requires another. Someone invested, someone who is willing to make sure things aren’t

slipping… or hopefully things keep moving forward. If you’re working out, it’s easier with a buddy holding you accountable. If you’re looking to make a lifestyle change with regard to eating less, or drinking less, or gaming less, having a partner to check in with or to check in with you makes the going so much easier and the chances of attaining your goals go through the roof. All of these things are attached to specific goals. But your whole life is bigger than that. “Life coaches” have become a recent phenomenon… why not look at forming “life partners”? Marriage is a thing that I am convinced was always meant to help provide one kind of channel for this idea.. amongst other things. It is lamentable that for so many, marriage is no guarantee of permanence, or of life partnership in the sense of investing in each other. Family too can be a means to build a relationship with someone who is invested in you, and you in them, but it is no guarantee. More is needed. My encouragement to you this week is this: ask yourself, do you have a life partner? Don’t brush this off if you are married, or have a good sized extended family. Ask yourself if that person or those people really qualify. Do they know they are that to you? If not, take a step, grab a coffee with that someone, and talk about life. Talk about making a commitment to each other. Talk about what checking in looks like. What you want to be called out on. You may find people care more than you think, and can be so much more than what they are now. Relationships can go so much deeper when this is real for you both. And if you’ve been running solo and kind of like it that way, or are

Maj Hjalmarson standing in front of a new pedestrian crosswalk sign that he requested to be installed by the Tri City Mall area and 61 Avenue. This will help the many pedestrians that walk that area have a way to safely cross the street.

proud of myself.” Almost a year later, Hjalmarson has maintained his weight loss but admits that keeping the weight off over the winter season will be a challenge especially with COVID-19 restrictions on fitness facilities. “I know I’m going have to find some clever and unique ways to continue to get in my steps.” Many of Hjalmarson’s 25,000 steps a day were achieved by walks in his neighbourhood. “Walking around my neighbourhood, I noticed that there were several areas that were high traffic and many pedestrians but no pedestrian crossways.” Not happy with that, Hjalmarson contacted the City of Cold Lake to ask them to put in some pedestrian crossways behind Tri-City Mall area along 61 Avenue. Approximately three weeks after Hjalmarson contacted the City of Cold Lake a new pedestrian crosswalk was installed on 61 Avenue. “I was very impressed with the timely response from the City of Cold Lake,” commented Hjalmarson. “I have seen many people use that crosswalk; I use it almost every day.” That’s the way to flex your municipal muscle.

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CAPRICORN - December 22 - January 19 Of course you may want to get everything correct on the first attempt, Capricorn. But that does not always happen. Keep trying because practice makes perfect. AQUARIUS - January 20 - February 18 You may be feeling a little blue, Aquarius. Make a few minor changes to shake things up. A little change may be all you need to get over the blues. PISCES - February 19 - March 20 Increased pressures at work may strain your nerves a bit, Pisces. Time with your spouse, children and/or friends can help. ARIES - March 21 - April 19 Aries, creative energies may be high this week. You will have to find a way to channel them into something productive at work. Many ideas will come your way. TAURUS - April 20 - May 20 Emotionally you should be feeling quite well this week, Taurus. It could be a perfect time for spending moments with a sweetheart or relaxing with the kids. GEMINI - May 21 - June 21 The week ahead certainly will not be boring, Gemini. The adventurous side of you wants to take some risks and try something that is normally off-limits. Move ahead slowly. CANCER - June 22 - July 22 It is important to let others have their moments to shine, Cancer. This week, give others their due time, and do not interrupt when someone is offering his or her opinion. LEO - July 23 - August 22 Leo, at some point this week you may find yourself involved in a project that has piqued your interest for some time. As long as it doesn’t consume all of your energy, it can be productive. VIRGO - August 23 - September 22 Use extra care with your words, Virgo. Some people may not pick up on your sense of humor. There’s a possibility that people may take things personally. LIBRA - September 23 - October 22 Libra, this week you may find yourself in the perfect position to meet the right person. This person can be a love interest or a new friend. Invite him or her in with open arms. SCORPIO - October 23 - November 21 The planets may activate your subconscious mind which could play out in your dreams. Try to pay attention to your dreams this week and log the important details. SAGITTARIUS - November 22 - December 21 Restlessness might be consuming you, Sagittarius. You may be tempted to get outside more often or plan a getaway, but unfortunately tasks at home and at work dominate.

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417 Sqn Med Tech—from trainee to trainer LT RACHEL BROSSEAU, PUBLIC AFFAIRS OFFICER

The students put their training to the test during numerous different medical scenarios in more challenging environments under the watchful In 2018 the Search and Rescue Technicians eye of their instructors. (SAR Tech) at Combat Support Squadrons (CSS) S1 Cleveland remarks that one of the most were centralized to the various search and important things he learned was “…to become rescue and transport and rescue squadrons in self-sufficient in everything we do as we are Canada. In their place, the Medical Technician trained and work as solo operators.” Even trade put out the request for volunteers to though he is a solo operator, S1 Cleveland complete specialized training to become CSS emphasized that search and rescue really is a medical technicians (Med Tech). Sailor First team effort. “The SAR aircraft captain and I Class (S1) Andrew Cleveland, currently at 417 work on mission planning while the other pilot CSS, was one of the first generation Med Techs and flight engineer (FE) go start the helicopter. to volunteer to take on this new and exciting The FE is the Med Tech’s right hand man, he challenge. performs safety checks on us, he has control of When asked why he wanted to volunteer for the hoist to get the Med Tech where we need to this new role he responded, “I was looking for a go and assist in patient care in the back. I have challenge and the position had pretty big boots trained pilots and FE’s on additional medical to fill by replacing SAR techs at the CSS in a training so when I do ask for their help they are different capacity. Being a part of something a little more comfortable in doing what I ask. new within the CAF is such a unique experience Don’t forget maintenance those guys are work and you get to help shape the future of this horses keeping us serviceable and assisting us specialty.” by towing the aircraft, helping pack the aircraft, And so the journey to become a CSS Med and picking up meals if we need it.” Tech began in May 2018 for S1 Cleveland. S1 Cleveland explains, “A good example is Going from working on the ground to the arctic mission last year called out for two working out of a helicopter supporting search people injured and ended up being six. Luckily, and rescue missions required the Med Techs we were able to land at the area and immediately to learn some different skills and capabilities. I got out and started to assess the patients. Once During the next 15 months, S1 Cleveland they shut down the helicopter the two pilots underwent extensive training from SAR came to the area I was to help me with whatever technicians covering many different topics I needed to accomplish the mission while the FE including the basics of search and rescue stayed behind and reconfigured the helicopter operations, medical scenarios in a variety of to accommodate the amount of people we were environments, and essential survival skills. bringing.” The Med Techs spent a lot of time in the S1 Cleveland has now been in the role for air being taught how to conduct different search over a year and said some of his highlights patterns. Every situation is unique and can have been “Seeing the smiles on people’s faces require a different type of search pattern in when we help out with events such as book order to develop the best rescue plan. Once the drives, tours, familiarity flights, and also being rescue plan is determined it is then necessary there for someone on what might be their worst to get on the ground and out of the CH-146 day (also a challenge). Every mission, every Griffon which can require being hoisted down training flight is always different and I’m always from the helicopter. The Med Techs were learning something new. On the other hand taught different hoisting skills for themselves, there are many challenges to the job including: equipment, and how to bring up a patient. The not having that experienced SAR technician double up as shown in the photo below, is one on the flight to provide the direct feedback technique that is deployed when the patient can on how you performed. The unknown, you be safely brought up and doesn’t require the use don’t know where you’ll find the person, if you of a rescue sled. find them, what’s wrong with them, what the Navigation skills by GPS as well as map and environment is like, and what the actual compass were another portion of the training. situation involves. Sometimes where the Med Tech is dropped of There are currently three CSS Med Techs at ends up being a different location from where 417 CSS squadron (there are 11 in all of Canada) they will be picked up, requiring them to navigate and are the only fully qualified Combat Support to the new location. Strong navigational skills Squadron. Now S1 Cleveland is teaching are important, as things look very different on the next generation of CSS Med Techs. He the ground than from the bird’s eye view of teaches all of the same things he went through the helicopter. Survival techniques were also during training and passes on some of his own taught above and beyond what is provided on experience. He also assists them in developing basic survival courses, “as there is the potential their critical thinking and decision-making we may be left behind in austere environment skills. The unique thing with S1 Cleveland is that should the aircraft or hoist have a mechanical he is able to continue coaching and mentoring issue. We need to be able to not only provide the new members when they are operational on care to our patient but also ensure our safety squadron so there is still someone on squadron using a survival pattern,” explains S1 Cleveland. to support them in their new role.

Private Connie Valin, 4 Wing Imaging

Medical Technician, Sailor First class Andrew Cleveland patiently waits for the CF-146 Search and Rescue helicopter to take off to continue the training outside of 4 Wing Cold Lake on October 6, 2020.

Private Connie Valin, 4 Wing Imaging

Medical Technician, Sailor First class Andrew Cleveland gets hoisted up as part of the training, outside of 4 Wing Cold Lake on October 6, 2020.

Private Connie Valin, 4 Wing Imaging

Private Connie Valin, 4 Wing Imaging

Medical Technician, Sailor First class Andrew Cleveland hangs on to Lieutenant Rachel Brousseau while hoisting her up as part of the rescue training, outside of 4 Wing Cold Lake on October 6, 2020.

Flight Engineer Corporal Alain McGraw hoists up the rescue basket in the CF-146 helicopter and continues training, outside of 4 Wing Cold Lake on October 6, 2020.

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