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MWO (Ret’d) Bart Armstrong with British Columbia Lieutenant Governor Judith Guichon during a presentation of the Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers at Government House, Jan. 5. Photo: Don Craig, Government House

Historian receives prestigious Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers

Peter Mallett, Staff Writer ~ MWO (Ret’d) Bart Armstrong was among 30 people from Vancouver Island and the Lower Mainland to be presented the Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers. Recipients were honoured in a Jan. 5 ceremony at Government House with LGov Judith Guichon presiding. The medal recognizes exceptional achievement by Canadian volunteers in a wide […]

Capt(N) Steve Waddell and CPO1 Gino Spinelli joined CANEX staff Tracy Horner and Sara Johnson, and Health Promotion’s Allie Jones in handing out healthy food choices to patrons of Naden’s CANEX outlet Jan. 11. The food items are now labelled with “Benefit” identifiers as part of a new healthy food program at the retail store. Photo: Peter Mallett, Lookout Newspaper

Labelling program at CANEX highlights healthy choices

Peter Mallett, Staff Writer ~ A new food labelling initiative designed to assist Canadian Armed Forces personnel in making healthier food choices when shopping at CANEX stores across the country has been launched. Canada’s military store teamed up with the Health Promotion wing of Personnel Support Programs (PSP) for the kickoff off its BeneFit program; […]

Canadians must register online no later than Feb. 28 to attend France ceremony. Stock photo

Mandatory registration for France Vimy 100 ceremony

Veterans Affairs Canada ~ Canadians planning to travel to France to attend the Government of Canada commemorative ceremony marking the 100th anniversary of the First World War and the Battle of Vimy Ridge on April 9, at Canadian National Vimy Memorial must register online by Feb. 28.  Safety and security are paramount to this ceremony, […]

PTSD: Beyond Trauma will air on the public broadcaster’s documentary program on Jan. 19 at 8 p.m.

New documentary on PTSD goes beyond the trauma

Peter Mallett, Staff Writer ~ A new documentary focusing on the impact of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) outside of military circles will make its world broadcast premier on CBC’s The Nature of Things this week. PTSD: Beyond Trauma will air on the public broadcaster’s documentary program on Jan. 19 at 8 p.m. The film is […]

Barge Master Shawn Taylor says he and his crew are proud of the work they do aboard North America’s only remaining operational steam powered crane barge, YD 250.

Full Steam Ahead – No retirement in site for oldest crane barge

Peter Mallett, Staff Writer ~ One of the oldest steam-powered crane barges in Canada resides at CFB Esquimalt, and this year it celebrates 60 years of service. YD 250 is part of the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) Auxiliary Fleet on the west coast, and while many barges of its kind have been converted to diesel […]

Bravo Zulu

Bravo Zulu

BZ to all award and promotion recipients! View photos (PDF)

Author LS David McColl.
Photo by Corporal (Cpl) Mélani Girard, CFSU(O) Imaging Services

Sailor captures frontline hardships in first novel

Sara Keddy, Aurora Newspaper ~ A First World War battlefield is the backdrop to a historical fiction book written by Leading Seaman David McColl, an intelligence operator at Canadian Forces Intelligence and Command headquarters in Ottawa. The “Shadow of Vimy” follows Thomas Kirby, a lieutenant in the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry, as he pursues […]

Recruiting drive for Urban SAR

Recruiting drive for Urban SAR

To all personnel that were planning on attending the CFB Esquimalt USAR team recruiting lecture initially slated for Dec. 9, 2016, due to uncooperative weather, the base was forced to close on that day. Therefore, this lecture has been rescheduled for Jan. 16 10 a.m. to noon. CF Fleet School Esquimalt (Naden, Bldg 92) in […]

Apprentice Millwright Mark Gauvin works on a project in the Hydraulics Shop in Dockyard. The 27-year-old says he owes much of his success to his job placement at Dockyard’s Fleet Maintenance Facility which he says has greatly enhanced his skill set. Photo credit FMF

Apprentice engineers a skills win

Peter Mallett, Staff Writer ~ When Fleet Maintenance Facility (FMF) apprentice millwright Mark Gauvin looks back on 2016 he’ll fondly recall it as the year he travelled to his hometown and received national recognition for his trade skills. Gauvin, who is studying for his ticket with the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) through a […]

Left to right: HMCS Regina's winning entry in this year's Formation Christmas Tree Competition is displayed at the Fleet Club. HMCS Ottawa won an honourable mention for dressing up their Christmas tree like an Ottawa Senator’s hockey player. The Dental Unit Detachment’s entry is displayed at the Chief and Petty Officer’s Mess. Formation Safety and Environment’s winning entry in the Best Charlie Brown Tree category.

And the decorating gurus are…

Once again esprit de corps was evident through the creative decorating of 21 Christmas trees distributed among each of the messes (Pacific Fleet Club, Chiefs and Petty Officers’ Mess, and Wardroom) and at Naden (Nelles Block and MPU(E) Esquimalt). Innovation and fun competition among units continues to be most evident across the Formation! Participating units […]