Adapting to new surroundings and a unique role on Operation Artemis

A man wearing a ball cap and a disruptive pattern uniform (desert) with the sleeves rolled up and a flag and crest on them, stands with his arms crossed.
Major Anthony Stuckless, from 443 Maritime Helicopter Squadron, has been serving as N35 Air Officer on Operation Artemis, Canada’s participation in Combined Task Force (CTF) 150. PHOTO: Submitted

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In July 2018, 443 Maritime Helicopter Squadron, part of 12 Wing Shearwater, Nova Scotia, but based in Esquimalt, British Columbia, received a tasking request for an air officer on Operation Artemis. Since retiring from the Regular Force in August 2016 and joining the Royal Canadian Air Force Reserve, I had been looking to deploy at least once more before retiring from the Reserve Force. When the Operation Artemis request came in, I asked to be considered and was accepted for the position. Many pre-deployment evolutions and one full-time contract later, I was in Halifax, Nova Scotia, for three weeks of mission workup. Read the rest of the article . . .

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