Saturday, February 20, 2010

CFB Trenton Military Appreciation Day

Military Appreciation Day set for Saturday in Trenton

Rally designed to show community support for troops

Feb 19, 2010 - 12:24 PM

By Moya Dillon

TRENTON -- After the shocking arrest of CFB Trenton Commander Russ Williams on Feb. 7, Quinte West Mayor John Williams has been flooded with calls asking how people can show their support for the military.

"After everything that's happened, people are calling wanting to know how they can express their support for our military," Mayor Williams said. "The analogy we're using is 'neighbours supporting neighbours', because if you're a neighbour and something tragic happened in their life, you'd go and knock on their door and make sure they were OK."

In Trenton's case, the neighbour is CFB Trenton, and the tragedy is the recent arrest of Col. Williams on charges of murder in the deaths of Belleville's Jessica Lloyd and Brighton's Marie-France Comeau, a corporal in 437 Squadron at 8 Wing.

Mayor Williams and members of Quinte West council are encouraging everyone to attend Military Appreciation Day, which will be held Saturday, Feb. 20. Attendants are asked to bring flags or homemade signs and meet at 10 a.m. at Bain Park, which is located at the corner of County Rd. 2 and RCAF Road....(here)

New commander takes over CFB Trenton

Last Updated: Friday, February 19, 2010 | 4:22 PM ET

Col. David Cochrane said he is 'extremely excited' to become the  commander of 8 Wing.

Col. David Cochrane said he is 'extremely excited' to become the commander of 8 Wing. (CBC)Col. David Cochrane officially became the new commander of Canadian Forces Base Trenton Friday, replacing Col. Russell Williams, who is in jail charged with the murder of two eastern Ontario women.

"I am proud and privileged to take command of 8 Wing Trenton today," Cochrane said during Friday's change-of-command ceremony.

"I'm extremely excited ... fully realizing the enormous responsibilities and work that [lie] ahead."

He said he recognizes it is a difficult time for the forces and for the local community. He thanked the community for its support and said he looks forward to continuing to build a close relationship with it.

He urged military members to continue to be proud of their contributions to Canada and the world.

"We must turn the page and move forward.".

Cochrane entered an airplane hangar filled with rows of troops in blue uniforms around 10 a.m. ET, preceded by his wife, Sherri, 12-year-old daughter Lindsay and 13-year-old son Jamie.

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