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Final note on a four-decade career

Final note on a four-decade career

Peter Mallett, Staff Writer ~ After 41 years hitting all the right notes, the Naden Band musician Petty Officer Second Class Michael Savich will pack up his tuba at the end of the month and call it a career. The band’s longest serving Canadian Armed Forces member, who has also played bassoon, euphonium, bass guitar […]

Wearing their uniforms, participants in this year's Wounded Warrior Run B.C. gather at Jim Pattison Subaru in Colwood to kick-off the fundraising campaign. Photo by John W. Penner, John's Photography

Pounding the pavement to raise PTSD awareness

Peter Mallett, Staff Writer ~ With each stride they take, the participants in this year’s Wounded Warrior Run B.C. know they are changing the attitudes surrounding mental illness and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). On Feb. 20, a team of seven military and civilian athletes will begin their seven-day, 700 kilometre relay run covering the length […]

Formation Chief CPO1 Gilles Gregoire (centre) is set to drop the puck in the ceremonial opening faceoff of the first annual Weapons Engineering Trade Hockey Challenge at Wurtele Arena, Feb. 10. The game brought members of the trade together on the ice for an afternoon of esprit de corps. Photo by CPO2 Maxime Michel

Weapons engineering technicians hit their mark on the ice

Peter Mallett, Staff Writer ~ Team White defeated Team Black in the Weapons Engineering Technicians Hockey Challenge game Feb. 10, but the game’s organizer says the final score was of little importance. Even though Master Seaman Aaron Butler played on the winning team and organized the first annual game, the HMCS Ottawa Weapons Tech says […]

U.S. Army diver First Lieutenant Josh Voorhees prepares for a search and recovery procedure during Exercise Roguish Buoy 2017 at the Albert Head Training Centre.

Exercise Roguish Buoy: Underwater training

Peter Mallett, Staff Writer ~ Military divers from seven NATO countries have converged in the waters off Albert Head for Exercise Roguish Buoy 2017 as part of a month-long collaborative effort to share knowledge and skills. Approximately 100 army divers from Canada, the United States, Belgium, the Netherlands, France and Germany are making the residences […]

Photo by Cpl Stuart MacNeil, MARPAC Imaging Services

Opening of the BC Legislature

A ceremonial Guard of Honour comprised of 100 members from Maritime Forces Pacific (MARPAC) were on parade during the opening of the 6th Session of the 40th Parliament of the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia, Wednesday Feb. 14. Also participating was the Naden Band of the Royal Canadian Navy and an artillery saluting battery from […]

Maritime Forces Pacific leadership and DND civilian employees in D100 show their support for anti-bullying by donning the symbolic pink shirt.

National Anti-Bullying Day

The last Wednesday of February is known as Anti-Bullying or Pink Shirt day in Canada. The original event was organized at a Nova Scotia high school following the bullying of a student who wore a pink shirt during the first day of school. Wearing pink on this day symbolizes a stand against bullying. On Wednesday, […]

Rear-Admiral Art McDonald, Commander Maritime Forces Pacific (MARPAC), presents a $385,000 cheque to Eileen Dooley of HealthPartners Canada and United Way of Greater Victoria CEO, Patricia Jelinski at the MARPAC Health and Wellness Expo at the Naden Athletic Centre, Feb. 16.

Base promotes health and wellness

Peter Mallett, Staff Writer ~ Over 120 business and community organizations converged on the Naden Athletic Centre Feb. 16 for the 2017 MARPAC Health and Wellness Expo. The annual expo attracts approximately 1,000 military and DND civilian employees. This year’s event saw representation from local non- profits and businesses representing health and wellness, recreation, sports, […]

Navy command badge re-designed

Navy command badge re-designed

Darlene Blakeley, Editor Crowsnest Magazine ~ The Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) has adopted a redesigned command badge that better reflects both the current RCN makeup and its traditional identity. The original badge was adopted in 1968 with the stand-up of Maritime Command after unification. It has been out of date since 2011 when the historic […]

LS Gray (left) and LS Yance (right) show off naval boarding party equipment to visitors in the hangar.

Family and friends climb aboard HMCS Winnipeg

LS Brendan Gibson, HMCS Winnipeg ~ HMCS Winnipeg’s ship’s company entertained family members during a day sail to Constance Bank on Friday, Feb. 3. Friends and relatives arrived at 9 a.m. and received a safety brief while the crew prepared for the departure. Guests particularly enjoyed observing preparations from the bridge. Winnipeg began the sail […]

University of Victoria engineering students Alex McKay (left) and Nicholas Saar developed pre-fire plans for CFB Esquimalt Fire Rescue. During their four- month work study project they developed PDF maps of high traffic buildings at the base in an effort to help first responders quickly identfy the features in the buidlings they are entering.

Fire department benefits from co-op student hires

Peter Mallett, Staff Writer ~ Two engineering students from the University of Victoria are being hailed for their co-op placement project of designing new pre-fire plans for CFB Esquimalt Fire Rescue. During a four-month work study term, which started September 2016 and ended December 2016, Alex McKay and Nicholas Saar mapped in detail 146 of the […]