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Corporal Gorden Boivin suffered terrible injuries in a rocket-propelled grenade attack while serving in Afghanistan in 2008. Though he still has metal fragments in his body as a reminder, counselling has helped him overcome depression and addiction brought on by the trauma. Photo by Stephen J. Thorne/Legion Magazine

Photo exhibit reveals the effects of war and survival

Steven Fouchard, Army Public Affairs ~ A new photography exhibit at the Canadian War Museum features haunting portraits of wounded Afghanistan veterans. The photographer, Stephen Thorne, says they show Canada at its best. The exhibit, entitled The Wounded, consists of 18 large-format black-and-white photos by Thorne, an award-winning photojournalist and writer. It was originally commissioned by […]

Tom Campbell proves never too old to join Navy

Tom Campbell proves never too old to join Navy

SLt M.X. Déry, MARPAC PA ~ Last Wednesday, as the evening sky settled over CFB Esquimalt, Tom Campbell powered off his computer, gave his bare office in the Naden Athletic Centre a quick once over, strolled down the hall, and exited the glass doors. It was his final moment as a Personnel Support Programs (PSP) employee. […]

Catriona Murray of Boxed Arrangements.

Deployment boxes offer long-distance love, support

Peter Mallett, Staff Writer ~ A Victoria entrepreneur has launched a new product line for military families wanting to send a care package to a loved one deployed on a Canadian warship. Catriona Murray runs Boxed Arrangements, a small gift giving company that mails boxes brimming with thoughtfully chosen treats. She introduced her newest product, Deployment […]

Just before departing on a day sail in HMCS Edmonton as part of International Women’s Day, Jennifer Gervès-Keen, Nicole Schaaf, LCdr Kristina Gray, Lt(N) Cass van Benthem Jutting, and HCapt(N) Mandy Farmer struck a pose to demonstrate this year’s theme of Better the Balance, Better the World. Photo by SLt M.X. Déry

International Women’s Day

SLt M.X. Déry, MARPAC Public Affairs Office ~ Maritime Forces Pacific celebrated International Women’s Day (IWD) last Friday with a day sail aboard HMCS Edmonton for influential female community members, including Jennifer Gervès Keen, keynote speaker at the Chiefs and Petty Officers’ mess celebration event. Edmonton’s commanding officer, LCdr Kristina Gray, and Honorary Captain(Navy) Mandy Farmer […]

Photo by Corporal Stuart Evans, Borden Imaging Services

Calgary set for Cyclone helicopter training

Peter Mallett, Staff Writer ~ The crew of HMCS Calgary have returned to home waters after a month-long deployment to Southern California; however, they won’t be coming alongside right away. This week they will be in the Strait of Juan de Fuca near Constance Bank training with a CH-148 Cyclone helicopter. Halifax-class frigates are required to […]

Inspector Baltej Dhillon

Social justice trailblazer sharing experience with base

Peter Mallett, Staff Writer ~ An RCMP officer who is best known for successfully challenging the Mounties’ dress code to include turbans has an upcoming speaking engagement at the base. Inspector Baltej Dhillon will discuss his career and life experience battling intolerance and racism at a public forum hosted by the Defence Visible Minority Action Group […]

AB (Retired) Allan “Dinger” Bell, a survivor of the 1969 HMCS Kootenay explosion, was presented the Wound Stripe on by VAdm Ron Lloyd, Commander Royal Canadian Navy. Photo by AB John Iglesias, FIS

HMCS Kootenay survivor receives Wound Stripe 49 years after engine room explosion

Ryan Melanson, Trident Newspaper ~ Nearly 50 years after being badly injured at sea as a result of the 1969 HMCS Kootenay explosion, a member of that ship’s company has been recognized for his sacrifice in service to his country. AB (Retired) Allan “Dinger” Bell was awarded the Wound Stripe by VAdm Ron Lloyd, Commander Royal […]

Police dispatcher battles terminal cancer

Police dispatcher battles terminal cancer

Peter Mallett, Staff Writer ~ Members from Military Police Unit Esquimalt (MPU) are rallying support around a long-serving employee following his terminal cancer diagnosis. Since 1997, MPU dispatcher Phil Meredith has been that friendly smiling face behind the front desk at the Naden guard house who greeted visitors when they arrived. To 911 callers and MPs […]

Former sailor sets course for business success

Former sailor sets course for business success

Peter Mallett, Staff Writer ~ A former sailor turned entrepreneur says the navy’s love of all things brass is helping him carve out a niche market for his metal and woodworking shop in Edmonton, Alberta. Leading Seaman (Retired) Will Steed once served on warships of the Royal Canadian Navy as a Naval Weapons Technician from 1989 […]

Farewell to Canada’s last Dambuster

Farewell to Canada’s last Dambuster

RCAF Public Affairs ~ Canada’s last Dambuster has slipped the surly bonds of earth. Sgt (Retired) Frederick Edwin Sutherland died Monday, Jan. 21, 2019, at the age of 95. He was the last living Canadian who participated in the famed Dambusters Raid on the night of May 16, 1943. The raid was carried out by […]