Best in her class

News Article / June 16, 2017

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From 433 Tactical Fighter Squadron

Aviator Mélodie Drouin made history at 10 Field Technical Training Squadron (10 FTTS) Detachment, located in Bagotville, Quebec, on October 20, 2016.  

She became the first woman to receive the “First in Class” certificate, which is awarded at the end of air weapons technician training. This honour is awarded to the student who receives the best results on the final evaluation.

Captain Pierre Maltais, the commander of 10 FTTS, Bagotville Detachment, emphasized the new technician’s professional and personal qualities. "Aviator Drouin distinguished herself by her academic achievements, but also by her leadership skills, her communication skills and her sense of initiative,” he said. “We are very pleased to have been able to contribute to her training; she has earned this honour.”

The CF-18 weapons technician course has been held in Bagotville since 2008 and the number of women enrolled remains relatively low. Only about one in ten candidates is a woman, with a similar rate at the training centre in Cold Lake.

"We are very proud of Aviator Drouin. She is the first woman achieve this certificate in Bagotville. We have done some research and, although I cannot say for sure, she may be the first woman in Canada to do so,” added Captain Maltais

Following her graduation, Aviator Mélodie Drouin was assigned to 433 Tactical Fighter Squadron at 3 Wing Bagotville to begin her career.

Bravo Zulu, Aviator Drouin!

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