|Base Transport Cold Lake, Alberta|
My message told me I was going to work at Base Supply. I shipped my meagre possessions out to Cold Lake and discovered that I was to take the Service Flight, a CF Boeing 707 from Trenton to Cold Edmonton, via Winnipeg (as I recall anyway). Getting off at the Air Movement Unit in Edmonton (we travelled in uniform back then, by the way), I looked for the way to get to Cold Lake. Luckily, at the check-in counter there was a sign for Cold Lake and/ or Calgary passengers to report in. I discovered that those of us without our own ground transportation (*raises hand in the air*, that was me) were to be transported to their home base on the Inter-base Bus Service (IBBS). So, baggage was offloaded and picked up by the passengers and those of us heading off to Cold Lake boarded our bus and away we went. The trip was a few hours, with a stop in Smoky Lake for a drink and snacks. I had my first experience with Old Dutch potato chips there (yummy). We arrived in Cold Lake around 10 pm and the first thing I noticed was that it was still light out.
Because everything was closed for the night, we single folks, who were just arriving to start work there, were dropped off at the Transient barracks. Officers reported to the Duty Officer and received keys to a room in transient quarters and then we were expected to report in next morning. Due to the time change, 2 hours difference from Ontario, I woke up around 2 or 3 in the morning and once again noticed that it was already beginning to get light. (Yup, that was summer in Cold Lake).
Anyway, next day began my in clearance routine, where the first thing I discovered was that I would not be working in Supply but instead was to report to Base Transport. Hmmmm, I wondered, what do they do in Base Transport. I found the place and reported in. The Base Transportation Officer (B Tn O) of the time was Maj Peter Vetra, but he was in Edmonton for the summer, providing transportation support to some major activity taking place there. I want to say the Commonwealth Games, but they didn't take place until a couple of years later, so, honestly, I have no idea what. But, the Acting B Tn O was a grizzled Capt by the name of Price Carson. I discovered that I would be taking over his normal job, that of Mobile Support Equipment Officer (MSEO) (okie dokie, still have no idea what this meant) and that another new Officer Cadet coming in, Maude Pellissier, would be taking over as Base Traffic Officer as that officer was being posted out to Edmonton that summer. (ah.. now I remember, yes it was the Commonwealth games, because I went down to Edmonton later on and stayed with the Crichtons and attended the Games with Karen Crichton.). I think so anyway.
|My room, overlooking the Officer's Mess|
|My fancy book case|
|Tpt course (I'm in the back row, 3 from right)|
|The Flight Line|
|Some visiting aircraft|
|Fun - Run|
|The Transport hockey team (front row, 1st from right) (I do sometimes smile)|
|WRD in Medley, Alberta. :0)|
|I haven't looked like that for awhile.|
|Going away party from the Kiwi Club|
More to follow.