Some members of the 22 Wing at CFB North Bay are taking part in a memorable experience overseas.
Sergeant Michael Jaworski, Corporal Karey Barr, Corporal Phuong Hutchings, and Corporal Asitha Jayasundera, are part of a contingent of more than 120 members of the RCAF from across Canada to undertake United Kingdom public duties.
This group will be the first non-infantry contingent from Canada to undertake UK Public Duties for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, and is the first time the RCAF has undertaken this honour in its 94-year history.
While Sgt Jaworski and Cpl Jayasundera’s duties will be to mount guard at the Tower of London, Cpl Barr will be mounting guard at Buckingham Palace and Cpl Hutchings will be doing the same at St. James’s palace. Forming the 2018 RCAF UK Public Duties Contingent, each member was specifically selected based on their merit.
“I am proud to be here, proud to serve. For Queen and country,” said Sergeant Jaworski, 21 Aerospace Control and Warning Squadron, 22 Wing/CFB North Bay.
“I am looking forward to train and perform duties with our brother and sisters in arms from the U.K. and to explore the local culture,” added Corporal Barr, 51 Aerospace Control and Warning (Operational Training) Squadron, 22 Wing/CFB North Bay.
In addition to guarding the official royal residences within the London District, the RCAF Public Duties 2018 contingent will participate in ceremonial events supporting the RAF centenary during the June/July 2018 period, where possible.
The RAF will be celebrating its 100th Anniversary throughout the year, but its main celebrations took place in London on Tuesday.