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WISEN member (left) Asheley MacLellan of CFB Esquimalt’s Outreach Team and WISEN founder Natallia Gagné, a human resources assistant with Base Administration’s National Student Hiring team are joined by National Student Hiring Team Lead Roxana Kendall at the Base Commander’s Office on Feb. 21. Photo by Peter Mallett, Lookout

Network group connects Indigenous students

Peter Mallett, Staff Writer ~ A support group that connects Indigenous students currently working for Canada’s public service with future job opportunities has been launched by two employees at CFB Esquimalt. The Western Indigenous Student Network (WISEN) is the brain child of Natallia Gagné, a 21-year-old human resources assistant who works for Base Administration’s National Student […]

Support Our Troops accepting national scholarship applications

Support Our Troops accepting national scholarship applications

CFMWS ~ The Scholarship Program is entering its fifth year; it was launched to address the increasing need for scholarship opportunities for military family members. The goal is to assist more youth in military families to pursue their continuing post-secondary education. In 2018, more than $75,000 was awarded to military family members through 45 scholarships […]

Naden Drill Shed coming to an end

Naden Drill Shed coming to an end

LCdr Mike Erwin, Contributor ~ After 78 event-filled years, the Naden Drill Shed (Building N75) is going out of service in May as the first of many steps in a far-reaching infrastructure renewal program. The Drill Shed, being centrally located and of a distinctive design, has long been an iconic landmark at the base. It was […]

Michael Cain

Former sailor rises above addiction

Peter Mallett, Staff Writer ~ A former sailor of the Royal Canadian Navy who beat his drug and alcohol addiction says he will never forget the fateful life-saving call he received from Veterans Affairs Canada. Former Ordinary Seaman Michael Cain was sitting in his mom’s View Royal home on Oct. 29, 2014, during an alcohol and […]

Photo by LS Pascale Masse-Lefebvre, HMCS Edmonton

HMCS Edmonton gives back to community

SLt Nathaniel Sukhdeo, HMCS Edmonton ~ Giving back to the community and supporting the less fortunate are values held close to the heart of many sailors. HMCS Edmonton’s Charity Bake Sale in support of SCPA Treat Week was just another example of how sailors are driven to find ways to give back at home, and abroad. […]

USS Zumwalt arrives in CFB Esquimalt. Photo by Peter Mallett, Lookout

Futuristic USN vessel visits Victoria

Peter Mallett, Staff Writer ~ The United States Navy’s newest, largest, and most expensive destroyer ever built pulled into Esquimalt Harbour last week as part of its first voyage to a foreign country. It was hard not to notice the massive 16,000 tonne, futuristic 610-foot-long guided-missile destroyer as it pulled alongside A-Jetty guided by a Queen’s […]

Samples of unit identifiers embroidered on the necks of T-shirts. Personnel at wings, squadrons and tactical units will soon be able to wear blue t-shirts with an embroidered logo at the neck—or, on Fridays, their own squadron coloured T-shirt.

Wear your Air Force pride on your sleeve

RCAF Public Affairs ~ The rules governing Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) personnel wearing badges or insignia on their operational uniforms are about to change. An upcoming amendment to the Canadian Air Division Orders (CADO) on operational dress will allow aviators who wear flight suits and Enhanced Combat Uniforms (ECUs)/CADPAT to add certain optional Velcro-backed […]

Capt Chris Dare poses in his climbing gear.

A daring summit

Peter Mallett, Staff Writer ~ Captain Chris Dare is trading his dentist’s drill for a mountaineer’s axe. The 35-year-old army dentist who works at the Dockyard dental clinic is set to ascend 8,850 metres to the top of Mount Everest. If successful, the accomplished outdoorsman’s latest expedition will bring to fruition a nine-year journey to hike […]

LS Robbie McDougall of Base Foods showcases his special cod fillet meal in the kitchen at Nelles Block. Photo by Peter Mallett, Lookout

New recruit warms up to signing bonus

Peter Mallett, Staff Writer ~ A cook with formal culinary arts training says a career with Canada’s military is providing him a permanent port of stability from the topsy-turvy restaurant industry. Leading Seaman Robbie McDougall, 39, is a certified Red-Seal chef with an impressive list of credentials. He has close to 20 years of experience cooking […]

Sailor endeavours to create a positive workplace

Sailor endeavours to create a positive workplace

SLt M.X. Déry, MARPAC PA Office ~ LS Danielle Dewitt has joined a troop of volunteers across the country dedicated to creating a welcoming and inclusive workplace for everyone, including members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, two–spirit, intersex, and questioning (LGBTQ2) community. She recently completed Positive Space training at the base to become an ambassador […]