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Photo by Peter Mallett, Lookout Newspaper

HMCS Regina returns home

Peter Mallett, Staff Writer ~ The crew of HMCS Regina returned to Esquimalt after a six-and-a-half month deployment in the Asia-Pacific and Middle East regions. A large gathering of family, friends and military personnel waved, cheered and flashed homemade signs, flags, banners and balloons as Regina came alongside C2 Jetty in Dockyard on Aug. 19 after […]

MS Jeffrey Haines of HMCS Regina 
presents a cheque for $9,412 to representatives from Canadian Tire’s charity Jumpstart on Aug. 19 in Dockyard. MS Haines raised the money by performing hundreds of haircuts during his ship’s six-and-a-half month deployment.

Ship barbershop gives Jumpstart a boost

Peter Mallett, Staff Writer ~ After a lengthy deployment, HMCS Regina sailors disembarking off the ship last week were some of the most well-groomed sailors in the Royal Canadian Navy. Their expertly cropped crew cuts and neatly trimmed bangs were the work of Master Seaman Jeffrey Haines in his makeshift barbershop ‘Greasy Clippers’.  For the past […]

Members of the Pineda and Scott family move groceries into their hotel room in Langford. Photo by Peter Mallett, Lookout Newspaper

Fire displaces veteran family

Peter Mallett, Staff Writer ~ Two military veterans and their families were displaced last week when a fire gutted their Langford home. The six-bedroom, three-story house located on Bear Mountain is owned by Master Corporal (Retired) Elder Pineda, a veteran who did two tours in Afghanistan, and his wife Catherine, a paediatric nurse at Victoria General […]

After being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2017, Lt(N) Dale Molenaar used an exercise routine to regain strength and confidence. Photo by Ryan Melanson, Trident Staff

Using exercise as medicine

Ryan Melanson, Trident Newspaper ~ After being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2017 and suffering his first relapse from the neurological disease, Lt(N) Dale Molenaar found himself in poor health. His symptoms started with numbness in his arms and legs, and progressed to include balance and vision issues. His diagnosis was closely followed by nine months […]

CPO1 Janet Graham-Smith at Albert Head CTC on Vancouver Island. Photo by Captain Peter Fuerbringer, Public Affairs Officer, Albert Head CTC

An empowering Chief

Captain Peter Fuerbringer, AHCTC Public Affairs Officer ~ CPO1 Janet Graham-Smith is almost embarrassed at the intimation that she’s a trailblazer of sorts, but after an hour listening to her remarkable life’s story, there really isn’t another way to describe her. Her ability to set big goals and simply stick with it until she succeeds is […]

Amendments to the tattoo policy

Amendments to the tattoo policy

Courtesy Maple Leaf ~ The Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) has issued direction and guidance in an update to the current tattoo policy for military members. The tattoo policy was updated to reflect the more mainstream acceptance by society for body art. The updated policy expands the eligibility of suitable applicants interested in joining the military. […]

Cpl Alex Millham of CFB Comox poses with Military Police National Motorcycle Relay mascot and social media sensation Ordinary Cadet Moira Stone during this year’s ride.

Military motorcyclists support blind fund relay

Peter Mallett, Staff Writer ~ Motorcyclists across Canada are revving their engines and rocking down the highway this week in the final stages of a coast-to-coast motorcycle relay ride to benefit blind children. With bright blue skies overhead, the 11th annual Military Police National Motorcycle Relay had their grand send-off from Work Point in Victoria on […]

Junior Canadian Ranger Wilbert Shisheesh of Lac Seul, Ont., offers Commander of the National Cadet and Junior Canadian Rangers Support Group, Brigadier-General Dave Cochrane some blackberries during the permaculture workshop held on Aug. 14 at Ruckle Provincial Park on Saltspring Island. Photo by SLt Natasha Tersigni

Junior Ranger Program inspires tomorrow’s leaders

Peter Mallett, Staff Writer ~ A select group of Junior Canadian Rangers from across the country converged on Salt Spring Island last week for outdoor adventure geared to enhance leadership skills. Western Canada’s 4th Canadian Ranger Patrol Group held this year’s annual National Leaders Enhance Training Session (NLETS) in the scenic Gulf Islands. The event hosted […]

Badge 1 (left): The Naval Boarding Party Basic Qualification badge is a silver shield bordered by gold trim three centimetres in height. A stylized naval compass is centred on the shield in the background with a gold fouled anchor centred on top of the compass. Badge 2 (right): The NTOQ badge is a black shield encased in gold trim three centimetres in height. A gold trident is centred in the background with a red maple leaf centred on the staff of the trident. Photos by DND

New badge for Naval Boarding Party graduates

Peter Mallett, Staff Writer ~ The latest candidates of the Naval Boarding Party (NBP) Basic course at Naval Fleet School (Pacific) graduated Aug. 15 at a ceremony in Work Point. They were the first in the Royal Canadian Navy to receive the new Specialist Skill Badges for the NBP qualification. The new NBP badge is one […]

Minister of Indigenous Services Seamus O’Regan inspects members of the Raven program during their graduation ceremony. Photo by MARPAC Imaging Services

Raven’s remarkable recruits

A/SLt Michelle Scott, MARPAC Public Affairs ~ It was a day that will long be marked in the memory of the 40 graduating members of the Raven program. In a parade that included Minister of Indigenous Services Seamus O’Regan as Reviewing officer, the ordinary seamans received their basic military qualification at Work Point on Aug. 13. […]