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News Article / April 11, 2018

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By Chief Warrant Officer Necole Belanger

As a result of the tragic and fatal bus crash on April 6, 2018, that robbed a nation of fifteen lives while injuring fourteen others, Canadian Armed Forces members at 16 Wing, located in Borden, Ontario, wanted to support the countless families across Canada and within this small Saskatchewan community in mourning their loss. 

Together as one team, the staff and students from the Royal Canadian Air Force’s largest training establishment donned their favourite hockey jerseys over their CADPAT [camouflage pattern] uniforms and held a moment of silence at 11 a.m. on April 10, 2018, for those touched by the Humboldt Broncos’ tragedy. 

Drawn from small towns and communities across our country such as Humboldt, members of the Canadian Armed Forces have long used hockey and other sports to build teamwork and camaraderie as well as a sense of family, community and belonging. When such a grave tragedy strikes, families and friends of these small communities band together to support one another and, today, no matter how far from Saskatchewan we live, our thoughts remain in that small town and our hearts with those who mourn across this nation.

In memory of those we’ve lost and in hopes of helping to support those in need, the 16 Wing personnel raised $1,508, which was quickly forwarded on to the Humboldt Broncos charity, along with a photograph of the men and women at the wing sporting their hockey jerseys in support, as well as a letter of condolence signed by the commander of 16 Wing, Colonel Andrew Fleming.

Chief Warrant Officer Belanger is the wing chief warrant officer at 16 Wing.

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