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Military members past and present, following health and safety protocols, gathered at the B.C. Aviation Museum for a ceremony to commemorate the 100th anniversary of first trans-Canada flight. Photo by CFB Esquimalt Base Public Affairs

Monumental flight marked 100 years later

Peter MallettStaff Writer–– A small ceremony at Victoria International Airport on Oct. 21 marked a monumental moment in Canadian aviation history. The commemorative event at the B.C. Aviation Museum was the final event celebrating the 100th anniversary of the first trans-Canada flight. The historical flight involved a group of military aviators completing a 10-day journey […]

Meet Base Administration's Gail Whitcroft

Meet Base Administration’s Gail Whitcroft

2Lt Jamie Boparai Base Administration–– Gail Whitcroft isn’t just your first point of contact at the Base Personnel Selection Office (BPSO). As the Administrative Assistant to the unit, she is the one that ensures your file ends up in the right hands. One example that showcases her dedication to the military member was during active […]

Double awards for HMCS Radisson

Double awards for HMCS Radisson

A/SLt Amélie BergeronUPAR HMCS Radisson–– The Commodore’s Cup and the Sailor of the Year Trophy have been awarded to the same naval reserve division of the Royal Canadian Navy – HMCS Radisson. The Commodore’s Cup was introduced in 2016 to recognize the Naval Reserve Division that demonstrated the best overall performance and contributed most to […]

Mastering the cranes - new training for new lifting gear

Mastering the cranes – new training for new lifting gear

Peter MallettStaff Writer–– Operating a crane of any sort requires in-depth training followed by industry certifications. So, with the recent delivery of two mobile Liebherr 70-tonne cranes, and another one on its way, driver operators at Transport Electrical Mechanical Engineering (TEME) have to be schooled before getting behind the controls. Nine level 6 machine driver […]

Painting - creative therapy for soldier

Painting – creative therapy for soldier

Peter MallettStaff Writer–– Artist Fred Trainor says each brush stroke he applies to a canvass offers him a path to healing. The 58-year-old Ottawa Valley resident, and currently serving Warrant Officer, was deployed to war-torn Afghanistan in 2005 and again in 2007. Those deployments led to an operational stress injury that remains to this day. […]

De-Centralized Basic Military Qualification (BMQ) Courses

De-Centralized Basic Military Qualification (BMQ) Courses

Anna MuseliusNPTG–– Naval Personnel and Training Group (NPTG) planners, Training Development Centres, Fleet Schools, and instructors on both coasts have been busy this fall conducting Basic Military Qualification (BMQ) courses to Regular Force naval recruits. The goal is to safely train the navy’s newest sailors through a COVID-19 persistent environment. BMQs are normally run through […]

Immunization program kicks off

Immunization program kicks off

Peter MallettStaff Writer–– This year’s battle against seasonal flu has commenced at the base with vaccine clinics underway for military members. To kick off flu shot season, senior leadership rolled up their sleeves and took the shot last week from a Canadian Forces Health Services Centre (Pacific) member. “I am getting my flu shot because […]

To move and float: The ingenuity of HMCS Winnipeg's MSE department

To move and float: The ingenuity of HMCS Winnipeg’s MSE department

Captain Chelsea DubeauHMCS Winnipeg–– It’s a Sunday morning in HMCS Winnipeg, one of the best days of the week. The ship is in transit, deployed on Operation Projection, and best of all there will be ice cream later. “Marine Systems Engineering Officer speaking,” starts the pipe. “For the information of the ship’s company, showers remain […]

Base Administration's MCpl Kim Draper

Base Administration’s MCpl Kim Draper

2Lt Jamie Boparai Base Administration–– To find Master Corporal Kim Draper, one has to take the stairwell into the basement of Nelles Block. With a team of two military and two civilian members, she manages Nelles Block Stores, a supply warehouse that supports the residents and employees that live and work in the accommodations building. […]

Mission complete for Tour de Rock riders

Mission complete for Tour de Rock riders

Peter MallettStaff Writer–– Tour de Rock rider Cpl Michael Smith says he was taken aback by donor generosity in this year’s fundraiser for children with cancer. The 29-year-old works in the Court Section of CFB Esquimalt’s Military Police Unit. He was part of a 19-person police and first-responder cycling team that pedaled a combined distance […]