Saturday, April 1, 8 Wing Commander Colin Keiver along with the Mayor of Quinte West, Jim Harrison and Wing Chief Warrant Officer Darcy Elder officially unveiled the “Globe of Unity”.
The leadership, design and construction team members from 8 Air Maintenance Squadron (AMS) and the Aerospace Telecommunications and Engineering Support Squadron (ATESS) gathered at the roundabout of RCAF and Hamilton road to witness the unveiling of the “Globe of Unity”, while marking the Royal Canadian Air Force’s (RCAF) 93rd anniversary.
The “Globe of Unity” represents the connection between the men and women of 8 Wing and the entire world, as the RCAF is an integral part of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) global operations. It also represents the strong community bonds that 8 Wing has with the Greater Quinte area.
“Today marks the 93rd birthday of the Royal Canadian Air Force, commemorating the exceptional men and women in blue who have served and continue to serve our nation in war and peace. Today, at 8 Wing, we operate globally with our Air Mobility fleets and serve Canadians every single day of the year with our Search and Rescue capability and our RCAF will continue to thrive because of the members in uniform and the support from our community.”
8 Wing Commander, Colonel Colin Keiver
“We are very proud to work with 8 Wing Trenton and are committed to supporting their endeavours in Quinte West and throughout the world.”
Mayor of the City of Quinte West, Jim Harrison,
“What the amazing technicians’ of 8 Air Maintenance Squadron (8 AMS) have come up with is what we will call the “Globe of Unity” in which the globe symbolizes the global operations 8 Wing is engaged daily. The inner RCAF and roundel represent the broader RCAF institution and, most importantly, the hands’ cradling the globe symbolizes the mutual support and ties that connect 8 Wing with the great citizens of the City of Quinte West.”
8 Wing Chief Warrant Officer, Darcy Elder
· The Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) celebrates its 93rd anniversary on April 1, 2017.
· The “Globe of Unity” weighs between 1,200 and 1,500 pounds and took 2,500 work-hours to construct.
· The globe was constructed under the guidance of Sergeant Donald Graham, aircraft structures technicians (ACS) refinishing shop supervisor at 8 AMS, Corporal (Cpl.) Yves Laliberté, ACS – welder, and Cpl. John Esch, ACS – metal worker.
· Major Caden Stiles, Structural Engineer, produced the drawings and ensure the safety and material standards were respected.
· The roundels were cut at the Aerospace & Telecommunications Engineering Support Squadron (ATESS) using a water-jet machine. Welding was completed by both ATESS and Construction Engineering Squadron.