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From the left: Rear-Admiral Gilles Couturier, Vice-Admiral Ron Lloyd, and Rear-Admiral Art McDonald sign Change of Command Certificates. Photo by Leading Seaman David Gariépy

Change of Leadership for Maritime Forces Pacific

Rachel Lallouz, Staff Writer ~ A crowd of military personnel and invited guests took their seats at A Jetty on Friday morning, July 22, to witness the change of command between Cape Breton native Rear-Admiral Art McDonald and Rear-Admiral Gilles Couturier. Following an inspection of the Guard of Honour, the two Admirals signed the certificates […]

Detail of the statue unveiled to commemorate Company Sergeant-Major Francis Pegahmagabow’s contribution to the Canadian Armed Forces. Photo by MCpl Precious Carandang

Statue of First Nations WWI Hero unveiled

Capt Jonathan Link, 4th Canadian Division Public Affairs ~ One hundred years after earning his first of three medals in the Great War, a life-sized bronze statue of Company Sergeant-Major (CSM) Francis Pegahmagabow was un-veiled at a ceremony in Parry Sound, Ontario, on June 21st, 2016, National Aboriginal Day. The event, attended by Lieutenant-General Marquis […]

CPO1 Mikaela MacMullin, HMCS Quadra. Photos by Rachel Lallouz, Lookout

Cadet takes on role of Coxswain at HMCS Quadra

Rachel Lallouz, Staff Writer ~ Eighteen-year-old Chief Petty Officer First Class Mikaela MacMullin will have more responsibility than most teenagers this summer as the newly-appointed Coxswain of HMCS Quadra, Cadet Training Centre, based in Comox. From June 29 until August 22, CPO1 MacMullin will oversee eight chiefs assisting her to manage 158 staff cadets and […]

Students enjoy lunch at Raven Culture Camp in Nanoose Bay. Photos by Rachel Lallouz

RAVEN program’s Culture Camp brings together First Nations youth

Rachel Lallouz, Staff Writer ~ The RAVEN program’s Culture Camp Opening Ceremony took place on June 11 in Nanoose Bay, B.C., to mark the beginning of a three-and-a-half-day camp where the 29 RAVEN participants learned about a variety of Aboriginal spiritual practices and beliefs in a military-structured setting. The students gathered in a semi-circle in […]

Dan Ouellette, group leader of Quality Engineering Test  Establishment, Measurement Sciences in Ottawa, demonstrates the movement of an articulating arm Coordinate Measurement Machine, which is used for both contact (tactile probing/scanning with a stylus), and non-contact scanning using a laser accessory at the recent Open House. Photo by DND

An inside look at Quality Engineering Test Establishment

DND ~ The Quality Engineering Test Establishment (QETE) ensures the materials and equipment provided to the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) meets the stringent requirements needed to meet the demands of the operational environment. Accident and failure investigation, test and evaluation, acting as the program and technical authority for the CAF calibration, Emission Security and Radio […]

HMCS Fredericton arrives home in Halifax on July 5 after a six-month deployment on Operation Reassurance. Photo by DND

HMCS Fredericton completes successful deployment

Royal Canadian Navy News ~ The crew of HMCS Fredericton arrived home in Halifax on July 5, reuniting with family and friends after a six-month deployment to the Mediterranean and Black Seas on Operation Reassurance. “Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship Fredericton has completed an outstanding NATO-led maritime Reassurance mission far from home and to the highest […]

Canadian Ranger Master Corporal Adam Glover, of Gillam Patrol in Manitoba, pulls back on the bolt of his Lee Enfield .303 rifle during marksmanship training at Heals Range in Victoria, BC. Photo by Capt Chris Poulton, Public Affairs

Ranger Patrol

Peter Mallett, Staff Writer ~ They are the eyes and ears of remote Canada and a vital part of the Canadian Armed Forces’ (CAF) domestic operations, but most people still don’t know they exist. With that in mind, the newly appointed commanding officer of the 4th Canadian Ranger Patrol Group (4 CRPG), Lt.-Col Russ Meades, […]

LS Thibault poses with Major Steve Burgess, Senior Combatives Instructor/Tournament Director, at the Garrison Petawawa Combatives Grappling Championships which raised $2,500 to date for the Soldier On program. Photo courtesy of LS Thibault

Leading Seaman wins gold at annual grappling championship

Sonya Chwyl, MARPAC Public Affairs ~ When Leading Seaman Lee Thibault learned that no one from the Pacific Navy had ever competed in the Canadian Armed Forces’ only grappling tournament, he knew he needed to represent the West Coast. With seventeen years of wrestling experience, LS Thibault is no stranger to combat sports and always […]

From left to right, SLt Leblanc, MCpl Edwards and PO2 Nilsson from MPU Esquimalt; Lt(N) Joiner; and Capt Harris of Canadian Forces National Investigation Service Pacific Region participate in the Victoria Law Enforcement Torch Run.

Military Police lace up for Special Olympics athletes

Sgt B.L. Oxford and SLt A.K. Leblanc, Military Police Unit Esquimalt ~ On June 18, members of Canadian Forces National Investigation Service Pacific region and Military Police Unit Esquimalt participated in the 2016 Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) for Special Olympics in Victoria, BC. The run consisted of a five-kilometre route along the Galloping Goose […]

16 new officer cadets were enrolled at a ceremony at Royal Roads University in Victoria. From left to right: Back: OCdt Benjamin Jacobs, OCdt Aaron Fenney, NCdt Paul Brinkschulte, OCdt Konnor Belbeck. Middle: OCdt Seamus Maguire, OCdt James Beasley, OCdt Sean Midgley, OCdt Anthony Shen, OCdt Robert Hunter, NCdt Tylis Sliwinski, OCdt Everett Watson. Front: PO1 Robert Brown, CWO Claude Dallaire, OCdt Nathan Torrie, NCdt Cael Halvorsen, OCdt Jake Schuszter, OCdt Thomas Boulter, OCdt Tavin Shamess, Col Timothy Bishop, Maj Adam Thomson. Photo by MCpl Brent Kenny

New officer cadets join the Regular Officer Training Plan

Cpl Rebecca Major, CF Recruiting Group ~ On June 23, the Canadian Forces Recruiting Centre (CFRC) Detachment Victoria welcomed 16 new officer cadets into the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) at the Regular Officer Training Plan (ROTP) enrolment ceremony at Royal Roads University. On June 24, CFRC Vancouver followed suit and enrolled 47 new officer cadets […]