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Ombudsman Visits 4 Wing Cold Lake

We are pleased to be travelling to 4 Wing Cold Lake during the week of May 14th as part of our ongoing effort to reach out to the members of Canada's Defence community where they live and work.

Cold Lake is the largest fighter base in Canada, and an international centre of excellence for tactical fighter operations, leading-edge technology, and deployable combat support. The men and women of Cold Lake have contributed immensely to the missions in Afghanistan and Libya and can be proud of their contribution towards stability in those countries.They have also contributed to countless other domestic and international operations, but this high operational tempo has been challenging and has taken a toll.

During our visit to 4 Wing, we will meet with military members from various ranks and occupations, their families, caregivers and civilian employees to talk about the issues affecting them and to offer our assistance should they have any problems or concerns related to National Defence or the Canadian Forces.

Our visit will begin on Tuesday with a meeting with the Wing Commander followed by a meeting with the Wing chaplains. In the afternoon we are hosting a town hall with Junior Non-Commissioned Members after which we will be meeting with the Wing medical staff.

On Wednesday we will hold two town hall meetings, one with Senior Non-Commissioned Members and one with Officers from all units at Cold Lake. We will also be meeting with mental health staff and social workers, staff of the Integrated Personnel Support Centre and, later that day; we will be hosting a pizza dinner with the spouses and families of military members.

On Thursday we will host our last town hall with civilian employees at the Wing and we will also spend time with the staff from the Military Family Resource Centre, who play such an important role in assisting and supporting Canadian Forces members and their families.

We look forward to our time in Cold Lake and, in particular, to meeting with the families of our Canadian Forces personnel, who sacrifice so much for their loved ones and their country. Ensuring their fair treatment and overall well-being is a key priority for me and our office.

I invite anyone who has a concern with the way in which they have been treated by the Department or the Canadian Forces to speak to us while we are visiting.

Pierre Daigle

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