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Cadet Warrant Officer Carter Smith of the 2422 Nanaimo Army Cadets walks with his father, RCMP Constable and army reservist Mark Smith, at the drop zone in Trenton, Ont. Photo courtesy Capt Sharon Low

Father and son bond at 1,250 feet

Peter Mallett, Staff Writer ~ A Vancouver Island army cadet had a huge surprise when he travelled to Ontario to complete his basic parachute qualification course. Cadet Warrant Officer Carter Smith of the 2422 Nanaimo Army Cadets was one of 50 army cadets from across the country who had gathered inside a hangar at CFB Trenton […]

A sign at building N20 marks the offices and archives of the CFB Esquimalt Naval and Military Museum. The building was recently designated as an Historic Place by the Province of British Columbia. Between 1973 and 1984, the red brick building was used as a French-language school and previously served as a residence for admirals and base commanders in the early portion of the 20th century. Photo by Peter Mallett, Lookout

‘Little Red School House’ named to historic sites list

Peter Mallett, Staff Writer ~ The red-bricked office building for the CFB Esquimalt Naval and Military Museum has been designated a Historic Place by the Province of British Columbia. Naden building number 20 currently houses the archives for the base museum, but 35 years ago it served a much different purpose. Between 1973 and 1984, Cabin […]

Rogers Hometown Hockey supports MFRC tutor program

Rogers Hometown Hockey supports MFRC tutor program

Peter Mallett, Staff Writer ~ Military parents in need of a tutor for their child need only look as far as the Esquimalt Military Family Resource Centre (MFRC). In collaboration with Rogers Hometown Hockey, the MFRC now offers Community Education Grants for tutoring children 12 years old and older during the upcoming school year. Application forms […]

Capt(N) Sam Sader, Base Commander, and Matt Waterman, Navy League of Canada President, present Deborah Walker with a National Presidents’ Appreciation Award during a ceremony at the Wardroom, Aug. 23. Photo by Peter Mallett, Lookout

Nurse’s quick action earns recognition

Peter Mallett, Staff Writer ~ A nurse from the base hospital has been recognized by the Navy League of Canada for her quick thinking in providing emergency medical assistance to a Canadian Armed Forces member. Deborah Walker, a Primary Care nurse with Canadian Forces Health Services Pacific’s Integrated Health Team 3, was recognized for her off-duty […]

Photo by SLt Yeojin Kim, HMCS Calgary

HMCS Calgary showcases the Royal Canadian Navy

SLt M.X. Déry, MARPAC PA Office ~ High speed turns, fighting fires, the Royal Canadian Navy mascot Sonar, a Cyclone buzzing past and ice cream, could you ask for more? HMCS Calgary pulled all the stops last weekend to show girls and women from Achieve Anything Foundation’s Operation This is You, and a host of VIPs […]

File photo from 2018.

Don’t miss this military extravaganza!

Peter Mallett, Staff Writer ~ You’ve seen them sailing off the Dallas Road waterfront. You’ve read about their deployments and successful operations. Now, in two weeks’ time, you can go inside a Royal Canadian Navy warship, submarine, and training vessel at CFB Esquimalt’s largest outreach event of the year – Defence on the Dock. This glimpse […]

Vice-Admiral Haydn Edmundson, Acting Commander, Military Personnel Command, with the Special Service Medal he struck during a recent tour of the Royal Canadian Mint.

Mint tour showcases medal production

Courtesy Maple Leaf ~ Vice-Admiral (VAdm) Haydn Edmundson, Acting Commander Military Personnel Command (A/CMPC), accepted an opportunity to put his own stamp on things at the Royal Canadian Mint. After receiving precise instructions, the newly minted Vice-Admiral activated the hydraulic press and produced a Special Service Medal. This “striking” performance took place during a recent […]

Leading Seaman Desi Cozier

Warrior Games athlete pays it forward

Peter Mallett, Staff Writer ~ Following what he describes as an “unforgettable” Warrior Games experience, a Royal Canadian Navy Combat Systems Engineer is helping others with a generous act of chivalry. Leading Seaman Desi Cozier has come to the assistance of the Gallant Knights Charity Sports Association, a newly created non-profit to help injured veterans and […]

Members of the Naden Grappling Club pose for a group photo during a recent training session at the Naden Athletic Centre.

Navy grapplers training for competition

Peter Mallett, Staff Writer ~ Two navy grapplers are readying members of the newly formed Naden Grappling Team for national competition. MS Lee Thibault, a four-time national military combatives grappling champion and Greco-Roman wrestler, and OS Connor Sher, a Brazilian jiu-jitsu player and bronze medalist at this year’s national championships in Petawawa, are training military members […]

Left: National Order of the Legion of Honour - France. Right: Ambassador for Peace Medal – Republic of Korea

Peace Medal for Korean War Veterans

Dear Editor, I would like to inform your readers about two very special medals that are available for our veterans. These are the National Order of the Legion of Honour from France and the Ambassador for Peace Medal from the Republic of Korea. Our veterans of the Second World War and the Korean War have […]