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EMC News - The decision Capt. Gareth Carter made more than 20 years ago to join the Canadian military was done with the intent of making the most of his potential in the service of his country. This dedication has recently been recognized by the Canadian government. When Lt.-General Alain Parent, North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) deputy commander visited the Canadian servicemen and women at the Oklahoma base Dec. 6 he came with 13 medals in tow - three of which were meant for Capt. Carter. For the past few years the Smiths Falls native has worked with a small group of Canadians as an aerospace control officer in that U.S. state. These individuals are responsible for the aerospace surveillance, warning and control of airborne objects in Canadian airspace. “It’s an honour to fly with the unit,” Capt. Carter said, adding the honour extends to his ability to serve Canada as a whole. Capt. Carter’s service has taken him out of the safety of North America to places like Kandahar, Afghanistan and the Gulf of Mexico. The General Service Medal - SouthWest Asia - recognizes his 2008 mission to Kandahar and his part in Operation Enduring Freedom. This medal recognizes individuals who provide direct support in the presence of an armed enemy. The second is an operational service medal known as Expedition and acknowledges his overseas efforts in Operation Caribbe in the Gulf of Mexico. Here, Capt. Carter provided support for a counter narcotic operation. When speaking with the Record News in a recent telephone interview, Capt. Carter noted the medals and acknowledgement aren’t why he performs his duties – he does it because it is how he wants to serve his country. That being said, he is grateful for the recognition and accepts it on behalf of his wife and children. “When I get the medals it doesn’t just recognize the operation I was supporting, it also recognizes my family,” Capt. Carter said.
On Dec. 6, 2012 Lt.-General Alain Parent, North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) deputy commander (left) greets Capt. Gareth Carter and his wife, Christina at the military base in Oklahoma where they are stationed. Capt. Carter received two service medals and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for his service to Canada over the last 23 years. Inset, are the medals received. No medal does this better than the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee medal he received Dec. 6. The jubilee medal is given to subjects of the commonwealth who exemplify the Queen’s volunteer spirit and dedication. The jubilee medal marks Queen Elizabeth’s 60th year as head of the English monarchy and is a fitting tribute to this Canadian military family though no one in the family knows who submitted their names for the honour. “It was kind of a surprise to me,” Capt. Carter added. “It was nice to see.” When Carter is sent abroad on his support missions he can be gone for four-to-seven months at a time leaving his wife to hold down the fort at home. He thanks the military for its re-integration programs that are available on base to help families come together after such a prolonged period
of absence. “It’s hard to let go,” Capt. Carter said. This is true both for the military member who has worked for months in tense situations and family members who have assumed re-
sponsibility around the house. The entire family (while not all in uniform) serves Canada in a variety of ways and Capt. Carter is pleased he could share his medals with his family. Capt. Carter began his
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EMC News - The record setting snowfall looked a lot nicer once it stopped last week, as these scenes around the area show. Above, a farm in Rideau Lakes Township is hidden among the pines, to the right, a back road scene from the Delta area, and above, these picnic tables at the EMC office were dwarfed in the banks of the white stuff. There is nothing but sunny skies with some periods of cloud through the weekend in the Smiths Falls area according to the Weather Network.
OPP caution winter motorists Drivers - please adjust your driving habits. Allow extra time travelling to and from destinations in winter and donâ€™t forget to slow down. Travel below the posted limit in winder driving conditions. Leave ample space between vehicles. Always assume road conditions will be slippery in winter. If your vehicle breaks down never stop on the roadway. If possible, park your vehicle well off the roadway and stay
in it until rescuers arrive. In a winter storm, vehicles do provide some shelter, especially if you have equipped your car with a proper survival kit. Travelling even short distances in a winter storm can be extremely dangerous due to the possibility of hypothermia and disorientation. It is recommended that stranded motorists stay with their vehicle until rescuers arrive. Use a cell phone to call for help and try to give an ac-
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