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Globe of Unity marks RCAF’s 93rd anniversary

Globe of Unity unveiled at roundabout of RCAF and Hamilton roads in Trenton. – Photo by Master Corporal Mathieu St-Amour, 8 Wing Imaging © 2017 DND-MDN Canada

The ‘Globe of Unity’ was unveiled at the roundabout of RCAF and Hamilton roads in Trenton on Saturday, marking the Royal Canadian Air Force’s 93rd anniversary.

Globe of Unity at roundabout of RCAF and Hamilton roads in Trenton. – 8 Wing/CFB Trenton photo

The “Globe of Unity” represents the connection between the men and women of 8 Wing and the world, as the RCAF is an integral part of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) global operations. It also represents strong community bonds 8 Wing has with the greater Quinte area.

8 Wing Commander Colin Keiver, along with Jim Harrison, Mayor of Quinte West, and Darcy Elder, Wing Chief Warrant Officer attended with leadership, design and construction team members from 8 Air Maintenance Squadron (AMS) and the Aerospace Telecommunications and Engineering Support Squadron (ATESS).

“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,” said Col. Keiver. “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.”

“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 symbolize the mutual support and ties that connect 8 Wing with the great citizens of the City of Quinte West,” said Elder.

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. 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.

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