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A group of Canadian Armed Forces personnel hold up a Canadian flag after participating in an Army Run at Union III military installation in Baghdad. Photo credit DND

Baghdad army run supports Soldier On and camaraderie

Peter Mallett, Staff Writer ~ A group of Canadian soldiers stationed at Union III military base in Baghdad have raised over $1,000 from a five-kilometre charity run for the non-profit Soldier On. The 12 Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) personnel were part of a larger group of 110 runners from 15 coalition nations who work at the […]

Meteorologist MCpl Dan Jacklin monitors special equipment to help him prepare a weather forecast on board HMCS Ottawa. Photo by Leading Seaman Victoria Ioganov, MARPAC Imaging Services

Met Tech keeps one eye on the weather, the other on the horizon

Captain Jenn Jackson, HMCS Ottawa PAO ~ Most meteorologists have the luxury of forecasting the weather in the vicinity of an airport or city where they live. The weather patterns come to the location, do their business, and move on to the next location. Such is not the case for Master Corporal Dan Jacklin, one of […]

Photo by Leading Seaman Victoria Ioganov, MARPAC Imaging Services

Keep fit and sail on – a fitness instructor’s deployment

Captain Jenn Jackson, HMCS Ottawa PAO ~ When Tianna Smith applied for a job as a Personnel Support Programs (PSP) Fitness Instructor at CFB Esquimalt two years ago, she had no idea where that would take her. “I had just finished my kinesiology degree at the University of Victoria and saw the job listing. I thought […]

Heidi Maier, Canadian Forces Sailing Association (CFSA) Junior Sailor, competes during the Canadian Optimist Championship in Ottawa. Photo by Christian Bonin/

Junior sailor plots course for success

Peter Mallett, Staff Writer ~ Heidi Maier, 13, says she has been swept away by the power of sailing. The Grade 8 student has found competitive success harnessing the wind, and a healthy activity, during her eight years with the Canadian Forces Sailing Association (CFSA) Junior Program. “When I first tried the sport I was in […]

Victoria’s Edward Vaughan receives his French Legion of Honour Medal from France's Consul General for western Canada Phillipe Sutter at Veterans Memorial Lodge at Broadmead on Sept. 29. Photo courtesy Shannon Donnelly, Broadmead Care

Lancaster bomber pilot awarded Legion of Honour

Peter Mallett, Staff Writer ~ A Second World War veteran who piloted a Lancaster bomber on multiple missions in western Europe has been awarded France’s highest military decoration. Victoria’s Edward Vaughan, 96, was inducted into the French Legion of Honour by Phillipe Sutter, France’s Consul General for western Canada in a ceremony at Veterans Memorial Lodge […]

Thirty military police took part in the parade for the Sept. 29 event that honoured fallen officers. Photo by LS Mike Goluboff, MARPAC Imaging Services

Military Police honour fallen officers

Peter Mallett, Staff Writer ~ A contingent of 30 Military Police from across British Columbia, led by Major Roland Russell, paid tribute to fallen colleagues in the annual B.C. Law Enforcement Memorial on Sept. 29 in Victoria. The annual ceremony honours the lives and contributions of every law enforcement member in the province who died in […]

HMCS Moncton returns to its homeport of Halifax after a refit that includes a Second World War Admiralty commemorative paint scheme to honour the 75th Anniversary of the end of the Battle of the Atlantic. The pattern is a form of ship camouflage from the Second World War era. Photo by Mona Ghiz, MARLANT PA

Warships bedazzle in Second World War paint pattern

SLt M.X. Déry, MARPAC PA Office ~ For the next year it will be easy to distinguish HMCS Regina from the other West Coast frigates as it has a new paint job. The Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) decided to paint Regina in a Second World War Admiralty commemorative paint scheme to honour the 75th anniversary of […]

Capt(N) Darren Garnier speaks to members of Royal United Services Institute of Nova Scotia about his time in command of Combined Task Force 150. Photo by Mona Ghiz, MARLANT PA

CTF Command, deployment reflection

Ryan Melanson, Trident Newspaper ~ Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) is a 33-nation naval partnership that has worked to promote security and stability in the Middle East since 2002. While the coalition has had success combating terrorism, piracy, and other wrongdoing, the working relationship between countries isn’t always simple. The coalition is non-binding, meaning no nation can […]

Sailors practice refueling at sea during the opening days of the exercise. Photo: MARLANT PA

Cutlass Fury 19 rides out hurricane

Ryan Melanson, Trident Newspaper ~ Communities across Nova Scotia were impacted when the destructive post-tropical storm Dorian made landfall Sept. 7, and the Canadian Armed Forces community was no exception. The storm came at a particularly inopportune time for Maritime Forces Atlantic, with NATO partners from seven nations arriving just days ahead of Exercise Cutlass Fury, […]

A Base Logistics employee and LS Darryl Forry of HMCS Regina deploy a containment boom from F Jetty during a spill response training exercise on Sept. 18 in Esquimalt Harbour.

Fuel spill response put to the test

Peter Mallett, Staff Writer ~ A coordinated effort by civilian and military personnel at the base resulted in the successful execution of the first annual exercise of the Colwood Fuel Facility (CFF) Environmental Emergency (E2) Plan required under federal legislation. Port Operations and Emergency Services Branch (POESB) led the day-long training and exercise held on Sept.18. […]