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8 Wing training on County’s Millennium Trail

Members representing the 8 Wing CFB Trenton Aircraft Salvage and Recovery team were participating in a training exercise on the Millennium Trail, Thursday.

During a quick stop in Bloomfield, Sgt. Petey Danger, supervisor of ATESS Aircraft Recovery and Salvage, said the team – with members from several units and squadrons from 8 Wing – was travelling from Consecon to Picton. ATESS (Aerospace and Telecommunications Engineering Support Squadron) provides specialized engineering, training and production services in support of worldwide air force operations.

“The exercise helps the team get familiar with the area and their equipment,” he noted. “Training helps us prepare, and to operate equipment in its capacity for use in the recovery of disabled aircraft and in accessing remote sites.”

Danger noted it was a fringe benefit to meet people using the trail along the way, and at their brief stops, to talk about 8 Wing, its different units and squadrons and how they represent the country, and communities.

On Aug. 2, a Canadian Army Advanced Warfare Centre Pathfinder Training Exercise is to be held on the northern section of the Millennium Trail. Pathfinder trainees from CFB Trenton will move along the western 20 kilometres of the Millennium Trail, starting at the Murray Canal and heading eastward. The trainees are to be carrying rucksacks and unloaded rifles. The group is to be escorted by two all-terrain vehicles.

8 Wing Trenton is the hub of Canada’s air mobility forces – from delivering supplies to the high Arctic (Canadian Forces Station (CFS) Alert) to airlifting troops and equipment worldwide. It is also responsible for search and rescue in central Canada and home to the famous Skyhawks with the Canadian Parachute Centre.

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