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  • Volume 51 Number 22 www.couriernews.ca June 5, 2018

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    International participants arriving for Exercise Maple Flag 51

    MAPLE FLAG PUBLIC AFFAIRS/ THE COURIER

    International military personnel have begun arriving in Cold Lake for the annual Maple Flag fighter exercise.

    Exercise Maple Flag 51 will take place between June 11 and 22. Aircrew, ground crews and support personnel from across Canada and around the world will train together over the Cold Lake Air Weapons Range.

    This year’s exercise will bring together more than 1,500 Canadian Armed Forces personnel in participant or supporting roles, along with hundreds of personnel from allied nations. At least nine types of aircraft will be involved.

    Exercise Maple Flag 51 is an opportunity for participants to train in an operational environment. The exercise will include operations in command and control; air-to-air and air-to-surface tactics and weapons employment; and large-scale air-to-air refuelling.

    The RCAF will participate with CF-18 Hornet fighters, and CC-130T Hercules and CC-150T Polaris air-to- air refuellers.

    International aircraft will include: • Belgian Air Component

    (BAC) F-16AM Fighting Falcon fighter aircraft

    • North Atlantic Treaty

    Organization (NATO) Airborne Early Warning and Control Force (NAEW&CF) E-3A AWACS

    • Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) F/A-18A Hornet fighter aircraft

    • Top Aces Alpha Jet advanced trainer aircraft

    • United States Navy (USN)

    E/A-18G Growler electronic warfare aircraft

    • United States Air Force (USAF) B-52 Stratofortress strategic bomber aircraft

    The United States Marine Corps will participate as ground control intercept controllers.

    Exercise Maple Flag owes much of its success to the existence of the Cold Lake Air Weapons Range, which has multiple targets suitable for both inert and live ordnance and an impressive volume of airspace that provides an unrestricted training environment.

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    The Belgian Air Component will participate with their F-16 fighters.

  • Page 2 The Courier News & Publishing Tuesday, June 5, 2018

    401 Squadron visits St Paul Legion branch for joint centennial celebration

    Jeff Gaye

    FROM THE EDITOR’S DESK

    The worms of spring

    Goodness knows I try to live with nature. I go out of my way to appreciate every little creature and its place in our wonderful complex ecology.

    But these caterpillars, rather than worming their way into my heart, have crawled onto my last nerve.

    When I first came to Cold Lake 1990, the town was just emerging from an infestation on a scale last seen in the Book of Exodus. Someone told me the bugs’ life cycle brings them back every seven years.

    That was fine with me, because I knew I would posted out before that (and here I am, 28 years later).

    It turns out they don’t come back that regularly, but once they start it can take seven years for them to reach their peak.

    This worm storm has been gathering for a few years, so I hope they’ve peaked. We wait all through a long winter to see green leafy trees, so it’s demoralizing to see bare branches in June. I’ve got caterpillars by the thousands in my shrubs and trees, in my flower beds, on my

    house, even on the poor family dog. They will soon spin their cocoons

    and, by nature’s miracle, will emerge transformed into beautiful grey- brown moths. The moths only live about five days, but they don’t leave this mortal coil before laying a few billion eggs — next year’s caterpillars.

    Anyway, this year’s caterpillar invasion is almost done, and in a couple of weeks we’ll be so busy happily swatting mosquitoes and horseflies, we’ll hardly remember it.

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    If you find a typo or a spelling error in The Courier, report it to editor@couriernews.ca. We’ll buy a coffee (or equivalent) at the CANEX Tim Hortons kiosk for the first person to report the error. If you’re the first to find a mistake in a headline, we’ll buy you a lunch at The Daily Goods!

    Error reports (if any) from each Tuesday edition will be accepted until Friday of that week. Happy hunting!

    Cpl Manuela Berger, Wing Imaging

    98-year-old World War 2 veteran William Zarowny, left, and Cpl Patrick Lemieux of 401 Tactical Fighter Squadron admire the gift presented to the Legion at the conclusion of the Affiliation Ceremony between 401 Squadron and Royal Canadian Legion Branch 100 on May 25.THE COURIER STAFF

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  • Tuesday, June 5, 2018 The Courier News & Publishing Page 3

    NEWS

    EDF manages danger from explosive threats JEFF GAYE

    Explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) has always been important. Explosive weapons are meant to be deadly, and the ability to render them safe — whether they are enemy or “friendly” weapons

    — saves lives. In modern warfare, home-made

    explosives (the Improvised Explosive Device, or IED) have gained in importance as insurgents have taken the place of uniformed combatants, and roadways and public squares have become the new battlefield.

    4 Wing has its own Explosives Disposal Flight, a group of highly- skilled technicians whose mandate is to keep on top of trends in explosives technology, to respond to suspected threats and to render explosive weapons safe.

    They also train other volunteers, members of the wing-wide augmentee team, as EOD and IED operators.

    The EDF’s technicians are drawn from the Air Weapons Technician trade. “These techs, by the time they’re done training, are a really odd mix of dangerous goods handlers, scene controllers, interrogation agents, X-ray operators/identifiers, and chemists; they’re mechanically inclined and can engineer explosives to achieve an effect. All these skills come into play,” said Capt Angela Dey, 4 EDF Commander.

    Capt Dey’s deputy commander (who cannot be identified for security reasons) says there is a definite

    personality type that fits well with the EDF’s work. “When we’re selected, especially for the IED side of things,