Members of 2 Service Battalion, based at Canadian Forces Base Petawawa, Ontario, didn’t have to wait long at the airport in Cochrane, Ontario, for the arrival of the CC-130J Hercules on Tuesday, February 12, 2013.
Ahead of schedule and arriving from off-loading cargo in Moosenee, Ontario, the massive four-engine, fixed-wing turboprop aircraft from 436 Transport Squadron, located at 8 Wing Trenton, Ontario, landed in the swirling, freshly-fallen snow.
Captain Jillian Paré, movements platoon officer, and Master Corporal Natalie Watt and Corporal Angela Elson, both traffic technicians from CFB Petawawa, raced to the now quiet aircraft to off-load cargo in preparation for Exercise Trillium Response 13.
“It’s amazing!” exclaimed Capt Paré, who has been a member of the Regular Force for 11 years. “This is my first exercise. It’s hands on; it means getting your hands dirty and the biggest part is learning.”
Corporal Brian Brewster, a Royal Canadian Air Force crewmember from 436 Squadron, assisted the members of 2 Service Battalion in true joint operations fashion.
“I’ve been everywhere in Canada,” he said. “You name the place and our crew has been there. It’s been an exciting couple of years.”
Considered to be the “workhorse” of the transport fleet, the CC-130J Hercules lives up to 436 Squadron’s motto: Onus Portamus – “We Carry the Load”.
Approximately 1,500 Canadian Army soldiers (Regular and Reserve Force), Royal Canadian Air Force personnel, and Canadian Rangers from across Ontario are in the vicinity of Cochrane, Fraserdale and Moosonee, Ontario, from February 8 to 26, as part of the exercise.
The exercise is designed to increase the operational readiness by providing a realistic and challenging scenario for Canadian Armed Forces personnel to enhance their knowledge and skills in a remote area during winter months.
The Royal Canadian Air Force is supporting the exercise by providing airlift of troops and equipment as well as aerial surveillance. The aircraft and crews are from squadrons located in Ontario, Manitoba and Nova Scotia.