Canadian Air Defence Sector has the watch
By Captain Leah Pierce
During a 22 Wing North Bay, Ontario, town hall on May 25, 2018, Colonel Mark Roberts, 22 Wing commander, explained why he wanted to gather everyone from the wing into Club 100, at the wing’s Ayr Mess.
It was for cake, he said.
In fact, the full reason for the town hall had occurred weeks earlier, during a North American Aerospace Defense Command honours and awards ceremony held at NORAD Headquarters in Colorado Springs, Colorado. At the spring NORAD Commander’s Conference, Major-General Christian Drouin, commander of 1 Canadian Air Division, accepted the NORAD Partridge-Slemon Award on behalf of the members of 22 Wing/Canadian Forces Base North Bay, the home of the Canadian Air Defence Sector (CADS).
Later, in a surprise presentation on May 17, 2018, in Winnipeg, Colonel Roberts, Major Brenda Tinsley, 51 Aerospace Control & Warning (Operational Training) Squadron commanding officer, and Master Warrant Officer Cathryn Bertrand, 21 Aerospace Control & Warning Operations Master Warrant Officer, were presented with the Partridge-Slemon Award by Major-General Drouin and Chief Warrant Officer Jacques Boucher, 1 Canadian Air Division Chief Warrant Officer.
While the citation heavily underlines the significant achievements made by members of CADS, Colonel Roberts reminded everyone during the town hall that it was the strong bond between operators and those in the support trades that made the award possible. “As the 22 Wing and Canadian Forces Base North Bay commander,” he said, “I was proud to accept this award on behalf of the some 500 Canadian and American personnel who enable the NORAD mission at 22 Wing.
“In keeping with the ‘Strong, Secure, Engaged’ defence strategy, professional operators and technicians employed within the Canadian Air Defence Sector preserve Canada’s sovereignty while defending North America. This is a bi-national team effort, and a large part of our success stems from the remarkable support of the Wing Administration and Technical Services team. It is a total 22 Wing/CFB North Bay effort, which is why I was so very proud to receive this award on your behalf.”
Colonel Roberts anticipates that personnel newly posted to 22 Wing this summer will be exposed to the highest standard of excellence in the Canadian Armed Forces and NORAD, as 22 Wing continues to receive accolades in areas ranging from health and wellness to new training capabilities at 51 Aerospace Control & Warning (Operational Training) Squadron.
The NORAD Partridge-Slemon Award
The Partridge-Slemon Award is given annually to recognize the outstanding directorate, region, sector, Air Force Space Command warning unit, or other unit working in support of NORAD. It is fitting that, in 2018, the year marking the 60th anniversary of NORAD, this award recognizes the strong and successful partnership between the United States and Canada. The award is named after General Earle E. Partridge, the first commander-in-chief of NORAD, and Air Marshal C. Roy Slemon, NORAD’s first deputy commander-in-chief and a member of the Royal Canadian Air Force.
The Canadian Air Defence Sector distinguished itself by exceptionally meritorious service from 1 January 2017 to 31 December 2017. During this period, the Canadian Air Defence Sector directed command and control of a four million square mile area of responsibility, intercepted two Russian bomber aircraft, tracked 29 000 aircraft and led 22 in-flight emergencies, which saved 3800 lives and assured North American Aerospace Defence Command air sovereignty. Additionally, the Canadian Air Defence Sector spearheaded three ground-breaking VIGILANT SHIELD tactical level exercises, which 228 training objectives, trained 153 operators, and secured crew combat ready status. In order to strengthen its air control capabilities, the Canadian Air Defence Sector planned and executed a six hour air patrol over the Ottawa National Capital Region during the 150 year anniversary of Canada Day, which safeguarded 100 000 spectators. Finally, the Canadian Air Defence Sector built and executed a robust 150 event exercise plan that resulted in a North American Aerospace Defense Command Mission Ready status. By their exemplary performance of duty, the members of the Canadian Air Defence Sector brought great credit to themselves and the North American Aerospace Defense Command.
11 May 2018
LORI J. ROBINSON
North American Aerospace Defense Command
Captain Pierce is a public affairs officer at 22 Wing.
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