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									                                                  Serving the Army in the West                                   Hundreds of Izzy dolls are ready
                                                                                                                                Seniors knit dolls for Afghan kids
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                                                                                                                    Enjoy a Christmas concert

                                                                                                                                RCA Band to perform at Winspear
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   Vol. 12, No. 22
   NOV. 25, 2010                                                                                                            CRA Programming
                                                                                                                         Ski trips scheduled; Join the Army football team
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                                                                                                                                                                     DND PHOTO BY CPL KEITH WAZNY
Canadian and Afghan soldiers remember the fallen during a Remembrance Day ceremony on Nov. 11 at a forward operating base in Afghanistan. There was record attendance at Remembrance
services across Canada as people showed their respect for the fallen. For more on this story, turn to pages 12 and 13.
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                                                                                               Military Mom’s flag unfurled in B.C.
    authority of the Commander, 1 ASG. The Editor reserves the right to edit or                  GERRY BELLETT                                                                                     filling up, Bell said.
    reject any copy or advertising material.                                                    VANCOUVER SUN                                                                                          “I know what the flags will
       The Western Sentinel is independently published under contract by The                                                                                                                       mean to our sons and daugh-
    Edmonton Sun Publishing Company. The Edmonton Sun is authorized by the                 Reprinted with permission                                                                               ters. My son spent Christmas
    Commander of 1 ASG to provide advertising for The Western Sentinel.                                                                                                                            in Afghanistan last year. It can
       Contracts for advertising are between The Edmonton Sun and the party                 It ’s called the Militar y                                                                             be a lonely time for them, and
                                                                                         Mom’s Flag and when she                                                                                   to get a flag and the support
    providing the advertising.The Department of National Defence, the Canadian
                                                                                         unpacked it last week, Marilyn                                                                            from home is a real boost to
    Forces, 1 ASG, and the Commander of 1 ASG are not parties to such contracts          Bell burst into tears. But what                                                                           their morale,” she said.
    and have no liability with respect to the publication and distribution of The        Bell held in her hands was                                                                                    “It shows there is love and
    Western Sentinel, either by contract or otherwise.                                   more than a flag, it was a ban-                                                                           support for them while they
       The publication of advertisements in The Western Sentinel does not consti-        ner carrying the affections of                                                                            are away and we are so very
    tute an endorsement by the Department of National Defence or 1 ASG of our            numerous Canadians for the                                                                                proud of each and every one
    advertisers, their products or services. Any opinions in The Western Sentinel        troops in Afghanistan shown                                                                               of them.”
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    Defence, the Canadian Forces, 1 ASG, or the Commander of 1 ASG.                      and ribbons attached to it.       Marilyn Bell (centre) with two veterans from the Royal                  a consignment of donated
    Chairman, Editorial Board: Col Scott Kennedy, Commander 1 ASG.
                                                                                            When she took it out of the    Canadian Legion in Coquitlam with the Military Mom’s Flag               cookies, snacks from the Hero
                                                                                         box and saw the signatures of     which was sent to troops in Afghanistan to show support. The            to Hero program and T-shirts
    Managing Editor: Capt Glen Parent, (780) 973-4011 extension 4061, e-mail glen.       seven moms who, like herself,     flag contains numerous messages, ribbons and badges and                  being sent to the troops on                                                                 had a son or daughter who         was created by the mother of a soldier who lives in Ontario.            a military flight from the Air
    Editor: Grant Cree, (780) 973-4011 extension 4151, e-mail   was serving or had served in                                                                              Force base in Trenton, Ont.
                                                                                         Afghanistan, she was over-        Troops In Afghanistan web-         mom in Kamloops and now to               “A mom from Leamington,
    Advertising: Allison Ferradas, (780) 444-5463, fax (780) 468-0389.                   come.                             site, and a month ago a mom        Coquitlam, where Bell lives.         Ont. has a daughter in Afghan-
    Subscriptions and Distribution: Grant Cree, (780) 973-4011 extension 4151,              “I’ve never met any of those   in Whitby, Ont. came up with         “I’ve been making arrange-         istan and she’ll be receiving
    e-mail                                                      moms, but to see their words      the idea of creating a flag and    ments for people to sign it and      the flags and they’ll be sent to
                                                                                         on the flag was a very power-     sending it through her com-        attach pins and crests,” said        the forward bases,” Bell said.
                                Publication Dates                                        ful thing for me,” she said.      munity so the police, firefight-   Bell, who has taken it to fire-          However, a space is being
       The following is a list of our publication dates for the coming issues: Dec. 9       The idea for the flag, which   ers and emergency services         halls, police and emergency          left on the original flag for an
    Jan. 20 and Feb. 11, 2011. The deadline for submissions is 4 p.m. on Wednes-         will be sent to troops man-       people could sign it,” she said.   service stations.                    Ontario mom who e-mailed
    day the week prior to a publication date.                                            ning remote posts in Afghan-         When other people became          On Saturday the flag was           after the flag left Ontario and
                                                                                         istan, came from another          aware they wanted to sign it       taken to the George Derby            asked if she could sign it.
       Return undeliverable Canadian addresses to:
                                                                                         mom whose son served seven        too, she said.                     Care Centre in Burnaby, where            So the flag will be making
       Western Sentinel                                                                  months in Afghanistan with           Now the flag has made the       elderly veterans added their         a detour to her home before
       Edmonton Garrison                                                                 the Princess Patricia’s Cana-     rounds of the mothers’ com-        messages and tokens.                 making its way to Afghani-
       PO Box 10500, Edmonton, Alberta T5J 4J5                                           dian Light Infantry.              munities in Ontario, including       The response has been so           stan.
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                                                                                         through the Suppor t the          mons in Ottawa. It went to a       has been added and is quickly        2008,” Bell said.
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 Canadian Pacific – ties that bind
      LT SUSAN MAGILL             schools in Revelstoke, B.C.
     ARMY NEWS OFFICER               The ceremony did more
                                  than simply commemo-
   On Nov. 7, staff and guests    rate the final spike, it helped
of Canadian Pacific and           renew relationships that CP
Parks Canada gathered at          forged in the 1880s.
Craigellachie, B.C. to mark          “Canadian Pacific is
the 125th anniversary of the      renewing its longstand-
driving of the last spike to      ing relationship with one of
complete Canada’s trans-          Canada’s earliest Army reg-
continental railway.              iments, the Lord Strathco-
   O ver 400 guests gath-         na’s Horse (Royal Canadi-
ered in the small town of         ans),” said Mr. Green. “This
Craigellachie to witness the      could not be more fitting as
ceremony. They included           we share a common grand-
CF members, elected offi-         father, Donald Smith or Lord
cials, school children and        Strathcona, who drove the
descendents of witnesses of       last spike.”
the original event.                  Lord Strathcona funded
   “The significance of the       the completion of the rail-
last spike can be seen most       road after it stalled at
of all in the rise our great      Craigellachie due to a short-
nation,” said Dean Del Maes-      age of funds and equipment,
tro, Member of Parliament         and he hammered home the
for Peterborough and Chair        last spike in the CP railway.
of the All Party Rail Caucus.     He also used personal funds
“Many Canadians, including        to stand up the Strathconas
                                                                                                                                                                                     PHOTOS BY LT SUSAN MAGILL, ARMY NEWS
myself, can trace their family    for their service in the Boer
history in this country to the    War.                                  Canadian Pacific and Parks Canada officials re-enact the hammering in of the last spike during a ceremony on Nov. 7 in
work force that was recruited        C P R a i l o f t e n w o rk e d   Craigellachie B.C. to mark the 125th anniversary.
to build this railway.”           alongside the Canadian mil-
   To mark the occasion and       itary.                                families to deal with the dif-
strengthen old ties, Cana-           “During times of conflict          ficulties that arise from mil-
dian Pacific’s 16th Presi-        Canadian Pacific mechan-              itary duty. LCol Cadieu said,
dent and CEO, Fred Green,         ical shops and telegraph              “To date, this fund, sup-
announced a number of             services were pressed into            ported entirely by dona-
financial grants and dona-        service,” said Mr. Green. “We         tions such as these, has
tions. In recognition of fam-     developed a scheme to ferry           helped nearly 500 families
ilies of CF members serving       planes overseas, our ships            endure some of their great-
overseas today, Mr. Green         shuttled thousands of sol-            est challenges in their dark-
announced a contribution          diers and supplies to war.”           est moments.”
of $100,000 for the Military         LCol Trevor Cadieu, Com-              Grade 4 and 5 students
Families Fund.                    manding Officer of the Lord           from Arrow Heights Elemen-
   Additional grants included     Strathcona’s Horse (Royal             tary School in Revelstoke
$50,000 to a Revelstoke           Canadians) said, “I cannot            concluded the ceremony by
youth leadership program,         begin in a 30 second speech           singing Gordon Lightfoot’s
$100,000 to two native schol-     to convey the gratitude of                               .
                                                                        ‘Railway Trilogy’ After their
arship programs, $500,000         the men and women of the              performance, the audience
to the University of British      Canadian Forces for what              responded with a standing
Columbia, $1 million to the       Canadian Pacific has just             ovation. The federal govern-
Van Horne Institute at the        done for our families.”               ment announced that Nov. 7        The ceremonial train arrives at Craigellachie on Nov. 7 to mark the 125th anniversary of
University of Calgary and            The Military Families Fund         will henceforth be known as       hammering in the last the spike.
$30,000 for digital devices for   offers assistance to military         National Railway Day.

 New opportunities for Infantry Privates, Corporals
       KATHLEEN SHORE             in the CF.                            gible Infantry soldiers into      Qualification training or         the occupations in which                 providing new challenges
                                     The facts are simple: The          occupations available to          to Privates and Corporals         they are interested. The                 and opportunities. Partici-
   OTTAWA – As a result of        Infantry occupation has too           them within the CF.               already DP 1 (QL3) Infantry       BPSO will submit a letter to             pating members will also
staffing decisions to sup-        many Privates and Corpo-                 The SVOTP will increase        qualified. To apply, eligible     D Mil C 7-3 Ottawa with your             develop marketable skills
port operations in Afghan-        rals and to address the over-         retention of Infantry sol-        members must be referred          preferences and eligibility              and experience for future
istan, the Infantry is cur-       age, a Special Voluntary              diers within the broader CF,      by their unit Command-            criteria. Available occupa-              civilian careers.
rently over preferred capac-      Occupational Transfer Pro-            restore effective staffing lev-   ing Officer to the local Base     tions will be in accordance                 Further information
ity despite the annual Vol-       gramme (SVOTP) is being               els within the Infantry and       Personnel Selection Officer       with the Monthly Reassign-               on the SVOTP is availa-
untary Occupational Trans-        offered to provide these sol-         help occupations that are         (BPSO) who will provide           ment List, which is held by              ble through CANFORGEN
fer Programme (VOTP). This        diers with an opportunity             under strength and in need        counselling on the occupa-        the BPSO.                                202/10 or through your local
has created a new opportu-        to change occupations on a            of personnel.                     tions available for transfer.        E l i g i b l e m e m b e r s a re    chain of command. This pro-
nity for Infantry Privates and    voluntary basis. The intent              The program is open to            The BPSO conducts              encouraged to participate in             gram will only be available
Corporals to embark on an         is to streamline the occupa-          Infantry Privates who are         assessments with regard to        this program as it can extend            for as long as the Occupa-
exciting and different career     tional transfer process of eli-       awaiting Infantr y Basic          the eligibility of soldiers for   their career in the CF while             tion Advisor authorizes it.
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  National Safe Driving Week
      MCPL JASON METCALF               safely. They can be, among            they’re servicing? One colli-      second nature, we can work
     MSE SAFETY SUPERVISOR             other things, traffic and road        sion can absolutely snowball.      together in reducing the high
       1 SERVICE BATTALION             conditions. A driver must take           There are some excellent        number of preventable col-
    TRANSPORTATION COMPANY             all these things into consider-       accident prevention tips we        lisions each year, lower our
                                       ation as there are a lot of costs     can use ALL the time, even         costs, improve our vehicle
   Every year more than 200            when a driver hits something          with our own vehicles, RV’s,       serviceability rates, and elimi-
vehicle collisions are caused          with their vehicle.                   boat trailers and so on:           nate the problems with losing
by drivers misjudging the                 The vehicle is no longer           1. Always know the dimen-          our vehicles.
clearance between their vehi-          usable, so that’s one asset              sions of your vehicle, and          Dec. 5-12 is Safe Driving
cle and another fixed or mov-          down. There’s the cost of                take into account anything      Week. The CFB/ASU Edmon-
ing object. There are a vari-          repairs, not only to the vehicle         sticking up, i.e. antennas,     ton MSE Safety Section puts
ety of reasons for this, practi-       but to whatever the vehicle hit          vents, etc.                     together a few incentives to
cally all of which should have         — buildings, poles, other fixed       2. Know how your vehicle           mark this annual campaign.
been taken into account by             obstacles, other parked vehi-            handles, especially when        You’ll notice that the PSP elec-                                                                                           PHOTO COURTESY OF WWW.SXC.HU
the driver.                            cles, the list goes on.                  turning right or left, and      tronic message board and the                               National Safe Driving Week begins Dec. 5 at CFB Edmonton,
   This year’s Safe Driving               Drivers may be required to            where your trailer rides.       safety board located in front                              and the Transport Safety Section will reward drivers with
Week theme is “Misjudging              undergo remedial training to          3. Use your mirrors. They are      of the Fire Hall will be assist-                           handy vehicle safety items to mark this annual campaign.
clearance”  .                          refresh them on safe vehicle             there for a reason, and be      ing in getting this year’s “Mis-
   Does anyone remember the            operating practices. And then            aware of your blind spots       judging Clearance” theme to                               4. Have your lights on, no                                  of defensive driving in the
Defensive Driving Course def-          there’s the cost when a DND              your mirrors won’t show         all garrison members.                                       matter the weather or time                                Edmonton Garrison area.
inition of a preventable colli-        vehicle hits a third party.              you.                                MSE Safety will be conduct-                             of day.5. Avoid distractions,                                Remember that DND vehi-
sion? It is one in which the              The costs to the Crown can         4. Use a ground guide when         ing random roadside vehicle                                 such as cellphones, and                                   cles and DND drivers stand
driver failed to do everything         rise dramatically. Who loses             operating in tight quarters,    spot checks and safety patrols                              other wireless devices.                                   out whenever and wherever
reasonable to prevent it. What         that money when they have to             even when moving for-           where we will follow a driver                               S a f e t y i t e m s av a i l a b l e                    they are travelling in Canada.
is the definition of defensive         pay from their budget? What              ward.                           for a short period, observ-                               include emergency shovels,                                     Our aim in MSE Safety is
driving? In part, “Driving to          if the vehicle is unique and          5. If no one is available, do a    ing their driving techniques.                             snow brushes for cleaning                                   for every driver to operate in
prevent collisions in spite of         a specific task, i.e. a Zoom-            walk-around so you know         You may be pulled over and                                windows, emergency elec-                                    a safe, courteous and profes-
the conditions around you…”            Boom, a piece of heavy equip-            where obstacles are.            awarded a vehicle safety item                             tronic warning devices, car                                 sional manner, thereby pre-
   What constitutes everything         ment, or a CQ’s three-ton?            6. Always watch for road haz-      if you:                                                   care kits, booster cables, or                               senting a positive image for
reasonable? What are these             They lose big-time as now                ards, such as tight construc-   1. Have valid DND 404’s.                                  emergency first aid kits.                                   the Canadian Forces.
conditions?                            they can’t complete task-                tion areas, and how high        2. Have seat belts fastened                                 This opportunity will be                                     Good luck and safe driving
   These conditions are eve-           ings without that equipment.             overhead obstacles are.             securely and properly.                                open to all military and civil-                             everyone.
rything that affects a driver’s        And what about the people,               If all drivers practice these   3. Use proper signalling tech-                            ian drivers who display
ability to operate a vehicle           sections, platoons, or units          all the time and make them             niques and etiquette.                                 and practice the principles

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         Unsung hero
        CPL BILL GOMM             lot easier because you don’t        mony which occurred at the
      PHOTOJOURNALIST             have to worry about the home        Regina Inn and Conference
    38 CBG PUBLIC AFFAIRS         front.”                             Centre.
                                     Sgt Wagman received the             “Presenting this award
  REGINA — “I would like to       Unsung Hero award on Oct.           means a lot to me because of
thank my family, they make it     22 during the Reserve Force         my military background,” said
easy to go, not because they      Honorary Colonels confer-           Mr. Huyghebaert. “I think over
are bad but because they are      ence in Regina. The Honour-         the numbers of years that the
so accepting,” said Sgt Robbie    able D.F. (Yogi) Huyghebaert,       military are gaining a lot more
Wagman of the Royal Regina        Saskatchewan Minister of            recognition in the eyes of the
Rifles. “When you have a good     Corrections Public Safety and       Canadian public. I know in
wife like Stacey, and if you’re   the Provincial Military Liai-       my early days in the military
doing a mission, it makes it a    son, presided over the cere-        there were times when you
                                                                      didn’t even feel like wearing
                                                                      your uniform downtown.”
                                                                         The Unsung Hero award
                                                                      was created by James Cav-
                                                                      anaugh of Morristown, New
                                                                      Jersey. He wanted to hon-          The Honourable D.F. (Yogi) Huyghebaert presents Sgt Robert Wagman with a watch specially
                                                                      our one Unsung Hero from           designed to honour American and Canadian Unsung Heroes during the Reserve Force
                                                                      every state and territory in the   Honorary Colonels conference on Oct. 22 in Regina.
                                                                      United States and every prov-
                                                                      ince and territory in Canada.
                                                                      The award consists of a watch
                                                                      or an oil painting.
                                                                         “Sgt Wagman is an Unsung
                                                                      Hero in the purest sense,” said
                                                                      Mr. Huyghebaert. “He is a
                                                                      model Reserve part time sol-
                                                                      dier in that he unselfishly has
                                                                      served his country for 18 years
                                                                      taking time from his civilian
                                                                      commitments to deploy on
                                                                      five overseas operations and
                                                                      attend numerous military
                                                                      courses as a student and as an
                                                                         When he is not working
                                                                      with the military, Sgt Wagman
                                                                      is employed as a Provincial
                                                                      Corrections Officer.
                                                                         “I would just like to say I’m
                                                                      honoured,” said Sgt Wagman.
                                                                      “The hero on the award is
                                            PHOTOS BY CPL BILL GOMM
                                                                      really humbling. The [soldiers
                                                                      who fell] in Afghanistan and
The Unsung Hero watch that was presented to Sgt Wagman in             the [soldiers] who come back
a ceremony on Oct. 22 in Regina.                                      injured are the heroes.”           Reserve Force Honorary Colonels gather at a conference on Oct. 22 in Regina.
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         Rangers teach survival skills
     CAPT WRIGHT ERUEBI                 Before the exercise, the          The forest near Windy
   PUBLIC AFFAIRS OFFICER           troops spent two days at           Point, B.C. is known for its
  LAND FORCE WESTERN AREA           Windy Point, B.C. which is         wildlife. Deer, caribou, foxes
                                    near MacKenzie. They learned       and bear roam freely, and
   Twenty-three soldiers from       practical survival techniques      each soldier was expected to
Land Force Western Area             taught by veteran Canadian         live off the land.
(LFWA) recently participated        Rangers including paramedic           MCpl Andy Belicka of
in a three-day survival exer-       Greg Laureta who was also          Kamploops-based the Rocky
cise near Prince George, B.C.       the medic on site.                 Mountain Rangers reflected
The training was conducted              Ranger Bill Bradley, an        on his first night in the wilder-
Oct. 27 to 30 by members of         expert in survival food and        ness.
4 Canadian Ranger Patrol            water-collection techniques,          “We learned we could have
Group (4 CRPG) which is             is also the Second-in-Com-         made our hoochie [impro-
headquartered in Victoria.          mand of the Queen Charlotte        vised shelter] a little better,
   The soldiers were grouped        Island Patrol.                     but we did okay,” he said.
into two-person teams, and              “The soldiers were eager to       MWO Tony Fozzard, the
each pair was located several       learn and determined to make       Sergeant-Major for the B.C.
kilometres apart in the wilder-     it through, which was good to      Ranger Detachment said,
ness near MacKenzie, B.C. It        see,” said Bradley, who is from    “We wanted this exercise to
was a test of resourcefulness,      Massett, B.C.                      be challenging but realis-
perseverance and endurance.             Eleven Rangers taught the      tic for both our instructing
Each team was issued a shot-        troops a variety of wilder-        Rangers and the soldiers who
gun, two axes, two bottles of       ness survival techniques. For      came to learn and I believe we
water, one ration and basic         example, the soldiers learned      achieved both handsomely.”
first aid accessories.              how to build a survival shel-         Canadian Rangers are citi-
   “We wanted the soldiers          ter, burn firewood efficiently,    zens from a variety of back-
to experience the challenges        and use specific foliage to sig-   grounds. They volunteer for
they could face if, say, the air-   nal search and rescue aircraft.    basic military training and
craft they were travelling in       The soldiers received tips on      serve as the eyes and ears
crashed and suddenly they           how to trap and skin wildlife,     of the CF in Canada’s vast
had to survive without help         gather water without roam-         wilderness and long coast-
for three nights in a harsh         ing, and food preservation         lines. Field exercises such as
environment under austere           techniques. They also learned      this one contribute to effec-                                                                 PHOTOS BY CAPT WRIGHT ERUEBI, LFWA PUBLIC AFFAIRS
conditions,” said Capt Russ         what berries make good tea         tive operations involving the       Ranger Josh Mercanti of the MacKenzie Patrol discusses wilderness shelter construction with
Meades, the Deputy Com-             and what mushrooms to              Rangers and CF members.             soldiers from Land Force Western Area during a field exercise conducted Oct. 27 to 30 near
manding Officer of 4 CRPG.          avoid.                                                                 Prince George, B.C.

                                                                                                                           Operation Grey Cup
                                                                                                                 GREG J. BURNS BPR             the LRT entrance. Our plan        ing action for the military by
                                                                                                                MARKETING MANAGER              is to transform the parkade       creating our own Support our
                                                                                                               EDMONTON CITY CENTRE            into one of the must-be-there     Troops campaign.
                                                                                                                                               venue events of the year.
                                                                                                              Edmonton City Centre             Come experience the game                  Underground
                                                                                                           invites all CF members and          in Edmonton’s largest indoor         This bash is like no other.
                                                                                                           their families to join us at Sup-   Grey Cup party. There will        It is the only event in Can-
                                                                                                           port our Troops: Operation          be large screen TVs, refresh-     ada held in an underground
                                                                                                           Grey Cup on Nov. 28 between         ments, food and entertain-        parkade. Hip and urban are
                                                                                                           2 and 9 p.m. at Edmonton City       ment.                             just some of the themes that
                                                                                                           Centre.                                Edmonton City Centre is        are planned for this year’s
                                                                                                                                               the only regional downtown        event.
                                                                                                                  Show support                 shopping centre. We are work-        It’s anticipated that the lim-
                                                                                                             Our goal is to show support       ing to add to the downtown        ited amount of tickets for Sup-
                                                                                                           for the men and women who           experience.                       port our Troops: Operation
                                                                                                           serve in the military.                 This fits into our mandate     Grey Cup at Edmonton City
                                                                                                             The event will occur in the       of making downtown more           Centre will sell out fast. Tick-
Ranger Bill Bradley of the Queen Charlotte Patrol teaches soldiers how to trap squirrels and               City Centre underground             vibrant and more supportive       ets are available at Ticketmas-
bigger animals during a field exercise conducted Oct. 27 to 30 near Prince George, B.C.                     parkade, lower level, near          of our community. We’re tak-      ter.
8     WESTERN SENTINEL                                                                                                                                                           n THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 25, 2010

                   Izzy dolls for Afghanistan
         GRANT CREE                  In May 2010, several res-            them something like that,             ble-take when they saw
    THE WESTERN SENTINEL          i d e nt s o f P l e a s a nt v i e w   but it makes a huge differ-           their older siblings were
                                  and Mountwood retire-                   ence to those children.”              getting these dolls. The look
   On Nov. 10, more than          ment homes in Edmon-                      Maj Muralt recalled his             in their faces said, ‘I hope
200 senior citizens pre-          ton decided they would do               favourite Izzy doll story             there’s some of those left
sented 725 Izzy dolls to the      something to make a differ-             from when he served in                when it’s my turn.’”
CF for distribution to chil-      ence for children in Afghan-            Afghanistan in 2006. He was              Maj Muralt noted the
dren in Afghanistan. Maj          istan.                                  part of a team of soldiers            experience provided joy for
D av e Mu ra l t, t h e L a n d      “Folks across the country            who did a medical outreach            the military members who
Force Western Area Public         make them according to a                north of Kandahar City.               handed out the dolls.
Affairs Officer, accepted the     certain pattern and require-              “A fellow brought his 15               “The reaction of those
donation on behalf of the         ments,” said Maj Muralt.                kids, and as they were being          kids made all the difference.
CF from residents of Pleas-       “One of the requirements is             checked by the doctor and             Kids are the same the world
antview retirement home in        that each doll must fit into            dentist, the other broth-             over.”
Edmonton.                         the pocket on your CADPAT               ers and sisters were given               For more information on
   The first Izzy dolls were      pants, it can’t have anything           Izzy dolls. The younger kids          the Izzy dolls, visit www.
a pattern which originated        sharp in it.                            looked over and did a dou-  
in 1994 by Carol Isfeld, the         They’ve been a fantas-
mother of MCpl Mark Isfeld        tic hit around the world.
who served as a combat            We have given out bushel
engineer in Croatia. Mrs.         baskets of these dolls in
Isfeld saw images of the war      Afghanistan.”
torn country, and realized           Maj Mu ra l t , w h o h a s
the children didn’t have toys     served two tours in Afghan-
or other items to give them       istan, recalled that hand-
comfort. She crocheted the        ing out Izzy dolls was a real
dolls for CF soldiers to give     bright point for him and
to children who they met          other soldiers.
while on duty overseas.              “For a lot of those kids,
   MCpl Isfeld was killed in      that’s the only toy they will
1994 while clearing mines         ever have,” explained Maj
in Croatia. Despite that,         Muralt. “That’s one of the                                                                                                               PHOTO BY GRANT CREE, THE WESTERN SENTINEL
Mrs. Isfeld continued knit-       things which is very diffi-
ting the Izzy dolls, which        cult for us to understand,                                                                                    Each Izzy doll must be made to a certain pattern and specific
have since become some-           because we come from a                  This man brought his 15 children to a CF medical clinic north         requirements. For example, they must fit into a pant pocket on
thing of a Canadian institu-      very rich country. It’s a very          of Kandahar City, and his children loved the Izzy dolls.              a CADPAT uniform.
tion.                             little thing for us to give

Residents and staff from Pleasantview retirement home in Edmonton with some of the Izzy                         Some of the 725 Izzy dolls knitted by residents of Pleasantview and Mountwood retirement
dolls they made for children in Afghanistan.                                                                    homes in Edmonton. The residents donated the dolls to the CF on Nov. 10 because they wanted
                                                                                                                to help make a difference for children in Afghanistan.

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                                                                    PHOTO COURTESY OF MAJ RÉGIS BELLEMARE
The CF chess team at the 2010 NATO Chess Championship which occurred Oct. 18 to 22 in
Koege, Denmark. The players are (left to right) Cpl Frédéric Langelier (3 R22R), Cpl Stephen
Stone (L Edm R), Jelani Ghiacy (Atco Frontec), Maj Régis Bellemare (1 Svc Bn), MCpl Brian
Murray (Joint Signals Regiment) and MCpl Rodney Goodall (2 Svc Bn).

        One week
        in Koege
   MAJ RÉGIS BELLEMARE           opened with an impres-
   1 SERVICE BATTALION           sive parade in Koege’s har-     NAMAO CENTRE
                                 bour with all players and
   Between Oct. 18 and
                                                                                  e besi Sobey’s
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                                 the Danish Guard Hus-

                                                                  Warm her
22, NATO players met in          sars, a mounted ceremo-
Koege, Denmark, for the          nial guard.
21st NATO Chess Champi-             The tournament hall

                                                                 heart today!
onship. This annual event        was in an historical thea-
is open to military per-         tre in Koege. Players had
sonnel and DND civilian          to play seven games from

employees who work with          the Monday to the Friday.
NATO countries. Played           Some games lasted up to

                                                                        ROSES FROM
under the rules of the           five hours. The week cul-
International Chess Fed-         minated with a closing cer-

eration, the championship        emony and banquet on
is very competitive. How-
ever, it’s also an excellent
way to build friendships
                                 Oct. 22.
                                    As expected, Germany
                                 held the title, but Can-
among NATO members               ada did very well. Canada
who may serve alongside
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                     Red Friday in Wainwright
      CAPT RITA RICHTER            nation.                            Solider On Fund.                  Solider On Fund.                 the Quota Club, and the Eco-   munity members. Rosenau
          ADJUTANT                    In conjunction with Red            The Red Friday event was          Twenty-five organizations     nomic Development Board.       Transport donated tickets
     CFB/ASU WAINWRIGHT            Friday, the second annual          highly successful, illustrat-     worked together to donate           Other volunteers were       to the Edmonton Oil Kings
                                   Community Pancake Break-           ing a clear appreciation of the   food or money to support         from the Wainwright Cham-      which were given as a door
   The Wainwright Economic         fast also occurred at the Wain-    CF and a vast amount of com-      the event, and over 30 volun-    ber of Commerce, the Alberta   prize.
Development Board and the          wright Communiplex. Pro-           munity spirit and coopera-        teers assisted. The volunteers   Employment and Immigration       Thank you to all volunteers,
Town of Wainwright hosted          ceeds from the breakfast will      tion. Nearly 600 people, mili-    were from a variety of groups    Program, On Your Own Travel    organizations and businesses
Red Friday on Nov. 5 to show       be donated to the Soldier On       tary and civilian, enjoyed the    including the Wainwright         Agency, the Wainwright Mili-   who pulled together for such
their appreciation to CF mem-      Fund which provides finan-         pancake and sausage break-        Fire Department, the Town of     tary Family Resource Centre,   an important event.
bers during Veterans’ Week.        cial grants to injured or ill CF   fast, and raised $1,496 for the   Wainwright, the Rotary Club,     and other appreciative com-
The community was encour-          personnel or former CF
aged to wear red to demon-         personnel. Soldiers in
strate the gratitude and admi-     uniform were invited
ration for what the troops         to eat for free but many
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  Fields                                                                                  PHOTO BY AARON PATON                                            PHOTO BY CHRIS THOMBS
                                               The Military Museums in Calgary hosted its Remembrance            Soldiers stand guard during Remembrance Day services at
                                               Day Service to a crowd of approximately 12,000 people which       the City of Edmonton cenotaph.
                                               was estimated to be the largest ceremony in western Canada.

            LCOL JOHN MCCRAE, MD (1872-1918)
                 CANADIAN ARMY DOCTOR

     In Flanders Fields the poppies blow
     Between the crosses, row on row,
     That mark our place; and in the sky
     The larks, still bravely singing, fly
     Scarce heard amid the guns below.
     We are the Dead. Short days ago
     We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
     Loved, and were loved, and now we lie
     In Flanders Fields.
     Take up our quarrel with the foe:
     To you from failing hands we throw
     The Torch; be yours to hold it high.
     If ye break faith with us who die
     We shall not sleep, though poppies grow                                                                                                                 PHOTO BY JOE ZASADA
     In Flanders Fields.                       Soldiers from 3 PPCLI, cadets, and members of the Beaumont Fire Department gather following Remembrance Day services in
                                               Beaumont, Alta.
n THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 25, 2010                                                                                                                           WESTERN SENTINEL               13

                                                        Canada Remembers
                                                              GRANT CREE               The Military Museums in Cal-     terdome in Edmonton, and         ment for Calgary Southeast,
                                                         THE WESTERN SENTINEL          gary hosted its Remembrance      9,000 attended a ceremony        delivered a Remembrance
                                                                                       Day Service to a crowd of        in Saskatoon’s Credit Union      Day message on behalf of the
                                                        Remembrance Day cere-          approximately 12,000 people,     Centre.                          Government of Canada. WO
                                                     monies occurred on Nov. 11        and it was estimated to be the      The Honourable Jason Ken-     Patrick Tower, SMV, spoke to
                                                     in communities across the         largest ceremony in western      ney, Minister of Citizenship,    the crowd about sacrifice.
                                                     nation as Canadians paused        Canada. Approximately 5,000      Immigration and Multicultur-        Tom D ou c e tte, E xe cu -
                                                     to show respect for the fallen.   spectators were at the But-      alism and Member of Parlia-      tive Director of The Military
                                                                                                                                                         Museums, was the master of
                                                                                                                                                         ceremonies, and Reverend
                                                                                                                                                         Eric Haffenden was the Serv-
                                                                                                                                                         ice Chaplain.
                                                                                                                                                            “ We t h a n k t h e p u b l i c
                                                                                                                                                         for joining us at The Mili-
                                                                                                                                                         tary Museums for this year’s
                                                                                                                                                         Remembrance Day Service,”
                                                                                                                                                         Doucette said. “Clearly the
                                                                                                                                                         Museum is one of many ven-
                                                                                                                                                         ues that will recognize this
                                                                                                                                                         solemn occasion throughout
                                                                                                                                                         the city.”
                                                                                                                                                            Canadian military members
                                                                                                                                                         in Afghanistan also took time
                                                                                                                                                         to remember the sacrifices of
                                                                                                                                                         those who came before them
                                                                                                                                                         and the comrades they have
                                                                                                                                                         lost in Afghanistan.
                                                                                                                                                            Operation Athena is Cana-
                                                                                                                                                         da’s participation in NATO’s
                                                                                                                                                         International Security Assist-
      PHOTO BY CPL SHILO ADAMSON, CF COMBAT CAMERA                                                                                                       ance Force mission in Afghan-
                                                                                                                                                         istan. Focused on Kandahar
Above: An Air Force member stands guard at a                                                                                                             Province in southern Afghan-
cenotaph in Ottawa during Remembrance Day                                                                                                                istan since the fall of 2005, the
services.                                                                                                                                                mission has one over-arching
                                                                                                                                                         objective - to leave Afghani-
                                                                                                     Above: Members of the Joint Task Force              stan to Afghans, in a country
                                                                                                     Afghanistan Air Wing salute during                  that is better governed, more
                                                                                                     Remembrance Day ceremonies.                         peaceful and more secure.
14      WESTERN SENTINEL                                                                                                                                                                                                    n THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 25, 2010

Korean War vets remember
        SARA CUMMING                         “What was it like in the                        someone reported his age to      stayed until December 1951.
          SHILO STAG                       war?” a child in the audience                     the authorities, and he was         “You could smell the coun-
                                           wanted to know.                                   given an honourable release      try 30 miles out to sea,” he
   The two veterans sat silently             “ H e l l ,” D a v i d W h i t e ,              because of his age.              said. “The whole country
as a music video of Terry                  another member of the KVA,                           Later, he rejoined the Army   was saturated with human
Kelly’s “A Pittance of Time”               quickly answered.                                 and was posted to Calgary.       manure.”
played. The audience, a group                “Rough,” Ewasiuk said.                          He saw photos of men par-           “That’s how they grew their
of Grade 5 students from For-                During the Second World                         achuting out of planes, and      rice,” White added.
rest Elementary School, was                War, Ewasiuk, who was from                        decided that was what he            Aboard a train to Seoul,
quiet as the video played.                 Sandy Lake, Man., lied about                      wanted to do. His regiment,      Ewasiuk discovered more evi-
However, once it was turned                his age and joined the Cana-                      1 PPCLI, went officially air-    dence of poverty.
off, their attention turned to             dian Army in 1944 at age 16.                      borne on Jan. 1, 1949. By Feb-      “I went to the washroom,
the two gentlemen who were                 He trained in Shilo during                        ruary Ewasiuk was on the         and the washroom was a hole
standing in front of them.                 the summer of 1944, then                          basic parachutist course, and    in the floor (of the train),”
   Peter Ewasiuk, President                deployed to England on the                        two months later, he earned      Ewasiuk recalled.
of Unit 17 of the Korea Vet-               New Amsterdam, a ship that                        his wings.                           “They had nothing,” he
erans Association (KVA) told               carried 5,500 troops.                                Soon he got the news that     said. “I’d never seen such
the schoolchildren that they                 After enduring long waits                       he was going to Korea.           poverty and starvation in all
are the future of our country.             for food and avoiding sea-                           “I didn’t even know where     my life. Even if I had to do it all
He added that he would fight               sickness for the entire jour-                     it was,” Ewasiuk said. “I had    over again, I would do it,” said
in the war over and over again             ney, Ewasiuk had an unpleas-                      no idea.”                        Ewasiuk.
in order to protect their rights           ant surprise. Shortly after they                     He soon found out. Ewasiuk       “We’re very proud of serv-
and freedoms.                              arrived at their destination,                     deployed in June 1950 and        ing in the Forces to protect
                                                                                                                              you people,” White said to the                                                                PHOTO BY SARA CUMMING, SHILO STAG
                                                                                                                              schoolchildren. “To go some-
                                                                                                                              place and protect what you            Korean War veterans Peter Ewasiuk (left) and David White
     Defenders help War Amps kids                                                                                             have here, it’s worth every
                                                                                                                                                                    speak with Grade 5 students from Forrest Elementary School
                                                                                                                                                                    on Nov. 8.

                                            Chapter 19 and Club Presi-                      prosthetic since she was five
          BRUCE PEEVER                      dent Lawless Barnes says he                     months old.
           SHILO STAG                       and his fellow bikers have one                     “I thank you so much for
                                            goal - to help child amputees.                  this donation. You veterans,
   Members of the Defenders                    “A s c l u b m e m b e r s w e               and those on active serv-
 Motorcycle Club have been                  donate money from every                         ice, have done so much for
 active locally only one year,              ride we make. We also had                       amputees. CHAMPS hon-
 but already are ‘champs’ to                a poker run in June which                       ours vets and vets honour
 area child amputees. At its                raised significant funds. All                   CHAMPS,” said Auriat.
 monthly meeting on Nov. 2                  money raised by us, except                         She also mentioned the
 the club presented a $700                  for operating expenses, goes                    Operation Legacy project,
                                                                                                                                                                                          ittle in Forest Ridge
                                                                                                                                                                         Gain a Lot For L
 cheque to the War Amps                     to help CHAMP,” said Barnes.                    in which War Amp Child
 CHAMP Child Amputee Pro-                      In accepting the donation,                   Amputees made 20 hours of
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Computers simulate
 battlefield moves
          Exercise allows staff to experience large scale
               manoeuvres in a cost-effective way
         BRUCE PEEVER                    tary staff,” Robinson said. “The     out of our tax dollars. When
          SHILO STAG                     computer generates scenar-           you look at the cost of firing
                                         ios using individual soldiers        one 105mm round of about
   Getting more bang for a               or platoons, and adds in artil-      $500 compared to this, it’s
real buck is among the ben-              lery.”                               huge savings,” he noted.
efits of virtual reality training           “Our client, in this case 1          Using an analogy from
now underway at CFB Shilo.               RCHA, tells us what they want        the Second World War, LCol
It also doesn’t hurt that the            to achieve, what scenario they       Young told of a Brigadier Gen-
computer-generated scenario              want and we build it to their        eral who called in a 668-gun
looks a lot like ‘Call of Duty’ ,        specs. All our civilian trainers     attack firing 3,000 rounds at
giving that video-gaming feel            are ex military so they know         one German installation. That
to some serious training exer-           the principles and doctrine,”        kind of fire power would be
cises.                                   said Robinson.                       next to impossible to replicate
   A two-week long compu-                                                     anywhere in 2010 except on a
ter exercise was recently held
at the LFWA Simulation Cen-
                                           “This is a very cost               computer screen.
                                                                                 “Today, it would be hard to
tre. During the first week of              effective way to be                group together 600 big guns,
November, members of 1                                                        but with this process we can
RCHA trained with the simula-               training military                 tactically attack with artillery.                                                                               PHOTO BY BRUCE PEEVER, SHILO STAG
tors while the following week,                    staff”                      Our junior ranks don’t get to            Soldiers participate in a computer assisted exercise at a simulation centre in CFB Shilo.
it was 2 PPCLI’s turn. Later,                                                 do that normally,” he said.
computer assisted training                  – Ross Robinson, Calian              Because it is computer gen-
will head to LFWA Headquar-                      Technologies                 erated, the exercise can easily
                                                                                                                         Stock up for
ters in Edmonton. It will all be                                              be repeated if the desired end
part of a major exercise called             Overseeing both armies            result is not achieved. Redo-
Winged Warrior in 2011.                  in a separate room is Cal-           ing the operation is far easier
   Ross Robinson, a contrac-             ian contractor Dan O’Keefe.          inside the Simulation Centre
tor with Calian Technologies,            He can track movements of            than it is out on the field. To
is overseeing the computer-              both armies instantaneously          that end, LCol Young notes the
assisted training. He notes this         — opposing armies don’t see          computer training is a com-                                                         Purchase a total of 12 bottles of
training involves conventional
warfare with tanks, armoured
                                         each other until it’s too late. At
                                         any time he could fire if either
                                                                              plement to actual field train-
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vehicles and air power.
   Inside the Simulation Cen-
                                         of the two sides comes within
                                                                                 “Right now most don’t
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tre, a large open area has sol-
diers training with civilian
                                            “We don’t judge right from
                                         wrong in the movements,
                                                                              understand tactical firing,
                                                                              but later this month they will
                                                                                                                                                                                         at the till
teachers, radioing in enemy              that’s up to the commanding          be doing it for real,” said LCol
movements and locations. In a            officers. But it is an amazing       Young. “This is all about prac-
separate room are headquar-              tool. If you don’t get it right      tise and lots of our people are
ters staff who issue orders.             you can do it over and over,”        learning and achieving a level                                                                             OPEN
Some take on the role of ‘good           O’Keefe said.                        of competency. You get the
guys’ with others chart the                 LCol Tim Young, the Com-          raw basics here and then later                                                        Sun - Wed 10 am - 11 pm • Thurs - Sat 10 am - 1 am
moves of the ‘bad guys’. In
another room are civilian staff
                                         manding Officer of 1 RCHA,
                                         said computer-assisted train-
                                                                              in the field you add the intan-
                                                                              gibles to make the training
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  Suffield wins Communities in Bloom
          NICOLE BURT              “I am pleased with the win-     forum, and I am proud CFB            CFB Petawawa to Base Com-                                                                                year CFB Suffield will be                lence and allow other bases to
     PUBLIC AFFAIRS OFFICER     ning results,” said LCol Rod-      Suffield can be part of that rec-    mander CFB Suffield. Next                                                                                placed in the Circle of Excel-           compete for top spot.
         CFB SUFFIELD           ney Keller, the Base Com-          ognition.”
                                mander at                             LCol Keller encourages
   CFB SUFFIELD, Alta - Cele-      CFB Suffield. “But Commu-       bases not already involved
brating hard work and dedica-   nities in Bloom is about more      to consider participating
tion to making the community    than flowers - it is an opportu-   next year, and begin working
a warm and inviting place to    nity to recognize sustainment      toward the ideals of the pro-
work and live. That describes   and community. It is encour-       gram.
the Communities in Bloom        aging to have green spaces,           CFB Suffield received spe-
competition which CFB Suff-     tidiness, and environmental        cial mention for having Can-
ield won.                       action recognized in a national    ada’s Largest Natural Green
                                                                   Parade Square. At nearly one-
                                                                   half hectare in size, a special
                                                                   marigold floral display in the
                                                                   form of a large yellow ribbon
                                                                   pays tribute to our deployed
                                                                   troops. The awards presenta-
                                                                   tions were held in Halifax on
                                                                   Oct. 30 at the Dalhousie Uni-
                                                                   versity Arts Centre.
                                                                      LCol Keller accepted the
                                                                   awards. CWO Blake Budd and
                                                                   Dean Flamminio, the Chair
                                                                   for CFB Suffield Communi-
                                                                   ties in Bloom, were also on
                                                                   stage in front of a large crowd
                                                                   of attendees from Canada and
                                                                   around the world.                                                                                                                                                                          PHOTOS COURTESY OF NICOLE BURT
                                                                      “With resources being what
                                                                   they are the past few years, we      LCol Rodney Keller (right)the Base Commander of CFB Suffield, and his team after winning the
                                                                   have had to be creative in find-     National Award at the CF Communities in Bloom competition on Oct. 30 in Halifax.
                                                                   ing ways to encourage new
                                                                   Communities in Bloom ini-
                                                                   tiatives,” said Mr. Flamminio.
                                                                   “Initiatives like an Eco Coffee
                                                                   Break and a flower pot contest
                                                                   this past summer have been
                                                                   great ways to get the greater
                                                                   base community involved. I’ve
                                                                   seen renewed ownership by
                                                                   the staff, they take care of their
                                                                   own areas, we just assist with
                                                                   our expertise. Our focus with
                                                                   CFB Suffield Communities in
                                                                   Bloom is managing resources
                                                                   at hand with sustainability
                                                                   and innovation.”
                                                                      CFB Suffield brought home
                                                                   the National Award and the
                                                                   Director General Environment
Heather Koehler, the Co-Chair of the CFB Suffield                  (DGE) award for top honours.
Communities in Bloom program, with the National Award              The DGE award was handed
trophy.                                                            over from Base Commander

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                                                                                                              The Royal Canadian Artillery Band

                                                                                                          A Christmas Wish
                                                             PHOTOS BY GRANT CREE, THE WESTERN SENTINEL
The Royal Canadian Artillery Band performs at the Band’s 2009 Christmas Concert. The Band’s
2010 concert is on the evening of Dec. 9 at the Winspear Centre in Edmonton.

  Enjoy an RCA                                                                                                  2010
                                                                                                           5th Annual Christmas Concert
Christmas concert                                                                                          In Support of the Troops and Make-A-Wish Northern Alberta
                                  acclaimed vocalists Chris-
                                  tian Mena and Kelly Alanna.
                                                                   tion that grants the wishes of
                                                                   children with life-threatening
                                                                                                          7:00 pm, Thursday, 9 December, 2010
            BAND                  The evening will be hosted by    illnesses. All proceeds from

   The Royal Canadian Artil-
                                  Master of Ceremonies, Rob
                                  Christie from Capital FM. “A
                                                                   ticket sales will support this
                                                                   important cause.                              at the Winspear Centre
lery (RCA) Band will bring the    Christmas Wish 2010” aspires        Since the inception of “A
spirit of Christmas to the Win-   to be entertaining for the       Christmas Wish” in 2006,                                          Featuring...
spear Centre as it presents its   whole family and will include    audiences have grown each
5th Annual Christmas Con-
cert on Dec. 9 at 7 p.m. “A
                                  a sing-a-long of your favour-
                                  ite carols.
                                                                   year as has money raised
                                                                   for Make-A-Wish Northern
                                                                                                                         The Richard Eaton Singers
Christmas Wish 2010” prom-
ises to be an entertaining
                                     The night will also include
                                  powerful renditions of four
                                                                   Alberta. Last year, an enthusi-
                                                                   astic audience of almost 1,200
                                                                                                             Guest Vocalists - Kelly Alanna and Christian Mena
concert which will feature a
diverse selection of reper-
                                  traditional carols performed
                                  by the Richard Eaton Singers,
                                                                   helped raise over $6,000 for
                                                                                                          and Rob Christie from Capital FM - Master of Ceremonies
toire that will capture the joy   the RCA Band brass and Jer-         Tickets are $10 for adults
of the season. The RCA Band       emy Spurgeon on the spec-        and $5 for children and can                           All proceeds from ticket sales go to
will be joined by the Richard     tacular Davis Concert Organ.     be purchased from the Win-
Eaton Singers, Edmonton’s            The RCA Band is proud to      spear Box Office by calling
premiere Symphonic chorus         present this annual event as     (780) 428-1414 or 1-800-563-
directed by Dr. Leonard Rat-      a salute to our troops and as    5081.
zlaff.                            a fundraiser for Make-A-Wish        Fo r m o re i n f o r m a t i o n
   Two special guests will        Northern Alberta. Make-A-        please visit:
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                                                                                                              $10 for Adults and $5 for Children*
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                                           Laferriere’s legacy
                            Craftsman Jean Hugues Levesque is following in his grandfather’s footsteps
           ASPEN GAINER            Sherman tank.”                     My mom is scared if I go over-      for Levesque. It’s obvious he
                                      Craftsman Levesque stud-        seas, like every mom, but it is     has a great deal of pride in his
   In 2007, Craftsman Jean         ied mechanics at a civil-          a risk [in service to] Canada.”     trade, pride in the Strathconas
 Hugues Levesque enrolled in       ian school, and at age 20             And Levesque’s whole fam-        and in the CF.
 the CF to follow in the foot-     began working as a civilian        ily understands that risk—his          He works hard and earns
 steps of his grandfather, Luc-    mechanic.                          wife is also in the Forces, as      the respect of his fellow sol-
 ien Laferriere, and to carry on      When he enrolled in the CF,     was her father before her.          diers, and he also takes pleas-
 his legacy of service to Can-     there was no question what            But Craftsman Levesque           ure in being able to fix their
 ada. Laferrierre, a vehicle       his trade would be. His other      and his family don’t have to        problems.
 technician by trade, served in    grandfather, now 93, was an        face the rigours of military life      “ Yo u ’ r e t h e p e r s o n t o
 the Korean War in 1952 and        aviation technician in the Sec-    on their own. The Strathco-         repair his mount—it’s like the
 1953.                             ond World War, so he carries a     nas are a cohesive group with       horse—so you fix it and he
   Craftsman L evesque is          lot of history and family pride    a great deal of pride in their      goes away happy. You see it
 a vehicle technician with         on his shoulders.                  unit history. They are a close      on his face,” added Levesque.
 the Lord Strathcona’s Horse          As the father of a five-        brotherhood and take care              With this kind of job sat-
 (Royal Canadians). He             month old baby, Levesque           of their own as if they were        isfaction, it’s no wonder that
 jumped at the chance to work      doesn’t get to return to his       blood.                              Craftsman Levesque plans to
 with the tank squadrons at        native Montreal very often,           “The military is not a job—      continue his trade for another
 CFB Edmonton.                     but you can tell that his fam-     it’s a vocation,” Levesque          twenty-five years. He is an
   “I’m very happy to have a       ily is always in his heart and     pointed out.                        asset and a source of hon-
 chance to work on the tanks,”     his mother and father are             “They take care of you. They     our to his own family and to
 he said. “Maybe it’s not the      happy to come to Edmonton          take care of your family when       the family he has found in the
 same machine my grandfa-          to visit their new granddaugh-     you are away, and families          Strathconas.
 ther worked on, but it’s the      ter. When asked if his family is   speak with other families. It’s        His grandfather would be
 same mechanism. He proba-         proud of his military service,     not like civilian work.”            proud.
 bly would have worked on the      Levesque said, “Absolutely.           Craftsman is a perfect word
                                                                                                                                                                                                  PHOTO SUPPLIED
                                     “The military is not a job—it’s a vocation.”                                                                 Craftsman Jean Hugues Levesque works on the engine of
                                                                                                                                                  a Leopard C2 Main Battle Tank that belongs to the Lord
                                                  Craftsman Jean Hugues Levesque                                                                  Strathcona’s Horse (Royal Canadians) armoured regiment.

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        Student media and the artillery
        CPL BILL GOMM                                                                                                                                                 of the journalism students,          gunners or privates.”
      PHOTOJOURNALIST                                                                                                                                                 was assigned to B Battery.              All CF members receive
    38 CBG PUBLIC AFFAIRS                                                                                                                                             She spent the next two days          media awareness train-
                                                                                                                                                                      with Sgt McCauley’s howitzer         ing throughout their career.
   SHILO, Man. — “Every-                                                                                                                                              crew.                                Embedding student journal-
body always says support                                                                                                                                                 “It’s been really awesome,”       ists is one way to test the effec-
your troops,” said Sgt Murray                                                                                                                                         said Ms. Gainer. “This has           tiveness of the training.
McCauley of 1 Royal Canadian                                                                                                                                          been way beyond anything                “I have done media train-
Horse Artillery (1 RCHA). “But                                                                                                                                        I could possibly have imag-          i n g ,” s a i d M B d r A d a m
we really need to get out there                                                                                                                                       ined.”                               Wienenga from 1 RCHA after
and let them know exactly                                                                                                                                                “I learned basically what         being interviewed by Ms.
what we do. What each trade                                                                                                                                           it’s like to be in the military.     Gainer. “My regiment does a
does.”                                                                                                                                                                I know it’s not even close to        pretty good job of keeping us
   In mid-September, 1 RCHA                                                                                                                                           really being in the military, but    up to date with that. I thought
deployed to the Shilo train-                                                                                                                                          I got to spend a day out here,       it went pretty good, she asked
ing area for Exercise Limber                                                                                                                                          living the life, jumping in and      some pretty good questions. I
Gunner. During the exercise,                                                                                                                                          out of the truck at a moment’s       was prepared with the answers
two student journalists from                                                                                                                                          notice and eating from a flying      for the most part.”
Edmonton were embedded as                                                                                                                                             kitchen.”                               Lt(N) Graham will contin-
media for two days. The stu-                                                                                                                                             During his tour of Afghan-        ueing this project by involv-
dents were guided by Lt(N)                                                                                                                                            istan in 2006, Sgt McCauley          ing students in other exercises
Melanie Graham, the Public                                                                                                                                            worked with embedded media           such as Maple Guardian.
Affairs Officer for 1 Canadian                                                                                                                                        so he was accustomed to hav-            “My ultimate goal is to do
Mechanized Brigade Group.                                                                                                              PHOTO BY CPL BILL GOMM         ing journalists in the area.         a real connection between
   “It’s a Brigade driven pro-           Student journalists Kim Collins-Lauber (left) and Aspen Gainer (centre) interview Cpl Homer                                  However, for the other mem-          some of the youth in Canada
gram right now,” said Lt(N)              Sayer from the 1 Royal Canadian Horse Artillery maintenance section.                                                         bers of his gun crew, it was a       who are studying journalism,
Graham. “We are basically                                                                                                                                             something new experience.            multimedia, broadcasting
testing out the process and              Canada — whether they are                  with flak jackets, tactical vests,     cle to their assigned loca-                   “It should be a good expe-        and the military,” said Lt(N)
coming out with both an                  Land, Sea or Air — to work                 helmets and ballistic eye-             tion. One student rode in a                rience for them,” said Sgt           Graham.
administrative and opera-                with journalism and multi-                 wear. After a tour of 1 RCHA,          G-Wagon, and the other trav-               McCauley. “It’s good for them           “So that there is a better
tional process that can be sus-          media students.”                           they were each assigned a              elled in the back of a dust cov-           to get to understand how we          appreciation of the role the
tained and standardized to                 When the students arrived                gun battery to cover and then          ered 10-tonne truck.                       have to deal with media right        military plays in defining Can-
make it easier for units across          in Shilo, they were issued                 departed in a military vehi-              Aspen Gainer, who was one               from the beginning, right from       ada.”


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Sacrament of the Sick: By appointment                                                                   two children under the age         ince of Alberta and can com-      being an approved Family
Programs/Classes                                        Emergency Chaplain (during silent hours)        of two years or three children     plete Early Learning and          Day Home, call Janna Stirling
  Children’s Liturgy during Mass                        through Base Operator, (780) 973-4011 – ask     under the age of three years       Childcare practicums in their     Gilchrist at (780) 973-4011
  Catholic Women’s League — Second Tues-                for Emergency Chaplain                          can be in the home at the          homes.                            ext. 6314.

                                                                                                                                                                               Donate a toy
                                                                                                                                                                               to help make a
                                                                                                                                                                               Christmas come
                                                                                                                                                                               true for all kids
                                                                                                                                                                               in the Edmonton
                                                                                                                                                                               and local area.

     Special offer to all military members                                                                                                                                     Donated
                                                                                                                                                                               toys will be
      Military Members renting at any Boardwalk Rental                                                                                                                         delivered to
      Communities property in Edmonton, St. Albert or                                                                                                                          Santa
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                                                                                                                                                                               Collection boxes will
      Offer available to military members only on new 6 or 12 month leases, restrictions apply. Offer
      subject to change/cancellation without notice.
                                                                                                                   Toys can be dropped in designated                           appear on the base
                                                                                                                    boxes at the following locations:                          November 15 and
                                                                                                                        1 CMBG HQ, 1 PPCLI, 3 PPCLI, LdSH,                     will be removed
                                                                                                                                                                               December 12th
                                                                                                                         1 CER, 1 HQ and Sigs, 1 ASG HQ,
                                                                                                                     1 Svc Bn/Main Building, 1 Svc Bn/Supply                   Questions to

                                                                                                                      Coy, 1 Field Amb, 408 Sqn, MFRC, Gym                     Lt Shawna Rogers at
                                                                                                                                                                               (780) 973-4011 ext. 4182
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     Ready for Army football?
        ALEX MOTUZAS              and civilian football players       in the Army and it’s here to       information contact:
   MILITARY FITNESS CENTRE        and coaches. Our goal is to         stay. However, we need your           President : Cpl Mike But-
        CFB EDMONTON              have a base team comprised          help to make sure the pro-         ler –
                                  entirely of military players        gram is successful.      
   Lancaster Park Legion is a     and coaches.                          Our football team plays full        Vice President: Cpl Mack
second year men’s amateur           To achieve that goal, we          contact Canadian rules foot-       Reid –
football team in the Alberta      are inviting all military per-      ball in the Alberta Football
Football League. The team         sonnel with football expe-          League. We are looking for            Fitness and Sports Director:
is in the process of changing     rience (or those wishing to         players, coaches, trainers and     Alex Motuzas – alex.motu-
its name to the CFB Edmon-        learn) to contact us for more       many other team positions for
ton Army football team. This      information.                        the 2011 season.                                                                                              PHOTO COURTESY OF WWW.SXC.HU
team is comprised of military       Football is now finally back        Are you ready? For more                                              The CFB Edmonton Army football team is recruiting new

          CRA ski trips                                                  CRA Youth                                BREANNE LAMBERT

                                                                                                             CRA offers active games
                                                                                                                                             homework and have noth-
                                                                                                                                             ing to do, come by with your
                                                                                                                                             friends and enjoy yourself.
                                                                                                                                                                               ules of activities are availa-
                                                                                                                                                                               ble at the Edmonton Garri-
                                                                                                                                                                               son Military Fitness Centre

   Ski or snowboard Alber-
                                     CRA members 13+ years
                                  - $84 / Non-CRA members
                                                                          Program                         and sports for children aged 6
                                                                                                          to 12. Our fall 2010 programs
                                                                                                          had several participants and
                                                                                                                                                Drop-in programs start
                                                                                                                                             again the week of Jan. 3, 2011.
                                                                                                                                             Some of the energetic games
                                                                                                                                                                               front desk or online at www.
                                                                                                                                                                               Please contact the CRA Rec-
ta’s magnificent Rockies by
joining CRA for a day at Mar-
                                     CRA members 6 to 12 years
                                  - $47.25 / Non-CRA members              offerings                       were very entertaining and
                                                                                                          fun. If you’re finished all your
                                                                                                                                             include dodgeball, soccer,
                                                                                                                                             and snowshoeing. Sched-
                                                                                                                                                                               reation Coordinator at (780)
                                                                                                                                                                               973-4011 ext. 4618.
mot Basin in Jasper. Trips will   $57.75

                                                                       Computer classes                                                                Winter guide
take place on Jan. 8, Feb. 12        CRA members under 6
and Mar. 12. The DND bus          years - $21 / Non-CRA mem-
will depart from the Edmon-       bers $31.50 (for bus only)
ton Garrison Military Fitness        The registration deadline
Centre at 4 a.m. and return by    is one week before the trip                 LISA CARVER                puter courses instructed by                 STACI LATTIMER            for your submissions, it was a
10:30 p.m.                        date. Please register soon so            EDMONTON GARRISON             CIRRUS Computer Solutions.                                            difficult decision and we hope
   A minimum of 20 passen-        we can make final arrange-               COMMUNITY LIBRARY             Class sizes are small, ensuring        The Edmonton Garri-            the popularity of the cover
gers are required for each        ments with the ski hill. Par-                                          individual attention. Sign up       son CRA 2011 Community            contest continues to grow for
trip for the event to be con-     ticipants are to provide their          Do you need to brush up on     for one or all seven.               Guide has a new, fresh look       the spring guide.
ducted. Seats are limited, so     own equipment or arrange            your computer skills before           Participants will receive        with many new programs                Registration for all CRA pro-
register early. Prices include    for rentals at the ski hill. Call   returning to the workforce?        instruction packages with each      and information about what’s      grams begins on Dec. 6 for
a full-day lift pass and trans-   (780) 973-4011 ext. 4571 for            Tr ying to stick to your       course and a binder if regis-       happening at CFB Edmon-           CRA members (another bene-
portation. The prices are:        more information.                   household budget, but always       tered for the whole set. Bet-       ton from January to March         fit of having CRA membership)
                                                                      lose those scribbled-on scraps     ter yet, we’ve planned these        2011. The Guide is easy to read   and Dec. 10 for all others.
                                                                      of paper? Does your seven year     courses around the MFRC’s           with a colour-coded index to          Register for a program:
                                                                      old know more about comput-        casual care timings so you can      assist you in finding programs    1. In person at the Edmonton

   Pool maintenance                                                   ers and the Internet than you?
                                                                      Have you ever needed a file or
                                                                      an email, only to discover that
                                                                      it’s gone forever?
                                                                                                         focus on learning while your
                                                                                                         kids are taken care of. Please
                                                                                                         contact the MFRC at (780)
                                                                                                         973-4011 ext. 6300 to coordi-
                                                                                                                                             whether you’re looking for
                                                                                                                                             children’s programs, events or
                                                                                                                                             community contacts.
                                                                                                                                                We would like to congratu-
                                                                                                                                                                                   Garrison Military Fitness
                                                                                                                                                                               2. By calling the CRA Facility
                                                                                                                                                                                   & Customer Service Desk at
   The Edmonton Garrison Military Fitness Centre Aquatic                  If you answered “yes” to any   nate childcare needs. Pick up       late our “cover winners” - Capt       (780) 973-4011 ext 4392
 Facility will be closed starting Nov. 29 for annual mainte-          of these questions, we have the    a copy of CFB Edmonton’s            Dave Shaw who took first place    3. Online at www.bk.cfpsa.
 nance. Barring any unforeseen issues, the pool will reopen           solution for you. On Wednes-       Winter Community Guide or           and won a new Kata DC-437             com/edmontonpub
 for Christmas Holiday swim hours Dec. 27 to 30 from 1 to             day mornings in February and       go online at www.cfcommuni-         digital camera case, Jennifer          (requires client account,
 3:30 p.m.                                                            March 2011, the Edmonton  to view compu-         Gaudet who placed a close             contact the Facility & Cus-
                                                                      Garrison Community Library         ter course descriptions, times      second, and Lt Conner Vena-           tomer Service Desk to create
                                                                      will offer seven different com-    and fees.                           bles in third place. Thank you        an account in your name)

CRA Aquatic                                                CFB Edmonton                                                                                            Energy
                                                          Community Guide
 Programs                                                                                                                                                          Ti p
            JADE BENNETT                                                                         Winter 2011
   Edmonton Garrison Community                                                                     (January - March)
& Recreation Association offers a                                                                Programs ~ Services ~ Events
variety of swimming lessons through                                                                Serving our military and
                                                                                                   surrounding community.
the Red Cross Program. Our win-
ter session of lessons will start in
January. We are offering a variety of
classes such as Red Cross Preschool,                                                                                             Cold Weather and Cars
Red Cross Swim Kids, CRA Youth                                                                                                   • If your car’s engine is warm, it will require less fuel to start.
Learn to Swim, Red Cross Adult,                                                                                                    Use a block heater on cold mornings.
Junior Lifeguard, Bronze Medallion/
Cross, and Master Swim.                                                                                                          • Remember, a vehicle only needs to be plugged in for three hours
   Please note that if you are a CRA                                                                                               before starting, even on the coldest day.
member, registration opens Dec. 6.                                                                                               • Use an outdoor timer or power saver chord and save up to $13
General registration begins Dec. 11.                                                                                               a month in the winter.
To register, call (780) 973-4011 ext.
4392.                                                                                                                            Visit for more information.
n THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 25, 2010                                                                                                                                                 WESTERN SENTINEL               23

                    Your home is your castle
                                    day or early evening until early    you have a weapon and you
                                    morning. Once you open the          know how to use it then use
                                    door, this is where Hell begins,    it if you think you must. If you
                                    once they gain entry, they will     do fight you must fight with
                                    be very forceful and violent,       extreme prejudice because if
                                    and you will be hit and most        you lose, your family loses to.
                                    likely tied up. This is what we
                                    call the “Shock of Capture”
                                    when we teach our soldiers
                                    Combat Survival. The whole
     Billy                          house will be awakened and
     Bolen                          there will be mass confusion.
                                       By having a plan in place
     SURVIVAL                       there may be a chance that
                                    some family members might
   Your home has always been        escape. You have to tell them            Dolly
associated with safety. When        not to be the heroes - if they
you were a young child and          can get out during that first few        Bolen
you got frightened you always       minutes of chaos, they must              SURVIVAL
ran home. As adults we like to      escape. It’s better for them to
come home from all the stress       get away and go for help than           There are many tips on how
at work, put our feet up, and       stay and try to help. If no one     you can make your home
feel safe and secure in our cas-    knows that your family is in        secure, and these tips are easy
tle. If you are like me and enjoy   trouble, who will come to your      enough for the whole family
watching the news, you may          rescue?                             to follow. The first tip is you
start to wonder “How safe is           According to a Statistics        should always lock the door
my castle? Do I need to have a      Canada crime reporting sur-         even when you are at home.
moat around my home?”               vey, about half of home inva-       You would be surprised how
   There have been a few high       sion incidents involved a           many people leave their door
profile cases of home inva-         weapon being used in the inci-      unlocked when they are home
sions in the past few weeks.        dents compared to 60 per cent       until they go to bed. Teach
They include a man being            of all other types of robberies.    your children never to open
beaten with bats and pipes in       The most common weapons             or answer the door until you
Calgary, and a brutal attack        used in home invasions and          know who is at the door.
that left one lady dead and her     other types of robberies were           Having a clear view around
husband shot in Ontario.            knives or some kind of other        the perimeter of your home
   The definition of home inva-     cutting instruments. In 47 per      will make you a harder target.
sion is a break and enter of        cent of home invasion inci-         Proper lighting on the outside
occupied residential premises       dents, the victim reported sus-     is a great security measure -
with forced confinement,            taining some kind of physical       most bad guys like to work in
assault or battery of occupants.    injuries. The survey also found     the dark. It does not matter if
Home invasion is a forceful         that the elderly were targeted      you use motion sensor lights
attack on you and your family       more frequently.                    or just normal outside lights
and is not just a robbery. Most        How do you lessen your           just ensure that they can’t be                                                                                       PHOTO BY CHRIS THOMBS
robbers will wait until you are     chances of getting attacked at      broken easily.
not at home and then break          your home? Most criminals               Having a cell phone in your     Simple precautions can prevent you and your family from becoming victims of a home
into your home.                     don’t want to get caught and        upstairs bedroom or in your         invasion.
   Cr iminals who commit            like most predators will only       family/TV room is smart, just
these crimes in most case do        go after the weak.                  in case your land line gets cut.
not act alone. There will always       So you may live in a castle,     Know exactly who to call in         picious people around your         the handy man or woman             will do something instead of
be a few of them. There are a       but you have to make it appear      case of an emergency whether        area, call the police. They will   shows up, you already knew         looking like a deer in the head
few methods that these invad-       to be not worth the effort. If      it is 911 or your local police.     most likely do a drive by and      they were coming over and          lights. Every second counts
ers use to gain entry into your     you drive around your neigh-        Different areas may have dif-       see what’s happening. This will    you check their IDs. There are     and what you do in the first
home. Some may look inno-           bourhood obser ve homes             ferent numbers to call and it is    scare most criminals away.         other things you may want          few seconds when Hell breaks
cent enough and knock on            though the eyes of a bad guy.       in your best interests to know        Some homes come with a           to do when you have work-          lose can be the difference
your door asking for assistance     Look for homes that have more       what number to call before you      safe room/panic room. These        ers come to your home. Eve-        between and happy ending or
(car broke down, need to use        than one flashy new vehicle         have to call in an emergency.       rooms could be a closet that       ryone will always look around      a sad one.
phone, have a parcel you need       and that just stand out more.       Teach your kids the number          has reinforced walls and a steel   your home so hide anything            Bolens’ Survival developed
to sign) and because most of        The more expensive your             to call and practice calling, but   door with a lock on the inside.    that you think is valuable, like   a set of 106 Common Sense
us are caring people we let         home looks the more attention       make sure they know not to          These are not a bad idea and       expensive paintings or jewel-      Security Cards, which provide
them in.                            it will draw from the criminals.    make crank calls to 911, use it     are cheap to make.                 lery boxes.                        information so your business,
   If you feel that this person        Most robberies will take         only in emergencies.                  If you are going to construct       Remember, all it takes is       family, friends and you will
is okay still tell them you have    only a few minutes to less              For people who live in apart-   one of these rooms, do it right    for one worker to tell a friend    feel safe and secure no matter
phoned the police to assist         than thirty. On the other hand      ment buildings or gated com-        and ensure that once you are       about something you have           where you are.
them and then you could open        home invasion does and can          munities where there is an          in it will be very difficult to    and they tell a friend and so         Our cards are available at
the door if you feel safe. Any      last for hours. The longer the      intercom at the front door, you     impossible for the bad guys to     on, next thing you know you        the PPCLI Kit Shop located at
bad guys would most likely          invaders are in your home,          should take special care when       get in.                            get robbed.                        1 PPCLI at Edmonton Garri-
run after you told them you         the greater chance they may         it comes to whom you buzz in.         You should also have a cell         The best defence in any         son, 2 PPCLI Kit Shop located
called the police. Other meth-      commit other acts of violence           The neighbourhood watch         phone on a charge there at all     emergency is to have a plan,       in Shilo, Man., and Supply
ods to get into your home are       toward your family.                 program is a very good way to       times so you can call for help.    and practice the plan.             Sergeant in West Edmonton
more direct and they just kick         To fight or not will always      get to know each other and it is    Do not use your land line for         If you have discussed this      Mall. If you would like to con-
in the door.                        be your choice, no one can tell     proven that a close-knit com-       this.                              plan with your family mem-         tact Billy or Dolly Bolen about
   In most cases these attacks      you what to do because every        munity has less crime and is          If you have some work to         bers and something similar         Bolen’s Survival, contact rang-
will happen later during the        situation will be different. If     a harder target. If you see sus-    be done in your home and           happens then you most likely
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