Mayor Al McDonald
Mayor Al McDonald, Colonel Conrad Namiesniowski, 22 Wing Commander, and Lieutenant-Colonel Christopher Johnson, Commander, Detachment 2, First Air Force, along with military personnel, City Hall staff, and citizens of the community participated in a flag-raising ceremony at City Hall recognizing 60 years of service of the United States Air Force (USAF) in North Bay.
In his remarks, Mayor Al McDonald was most appreciative of the service from the USAF to our community and to our country. “The United States Air Force has been a part of our community for 60 years,” stated Al McDonald. “Today we honoured and thanked them for their valuable contribution to the city of North Bay and to Canada.”
Members of Detachment 2, First Air Force CFB North Bay are responsible for providing operational resources in support of aerospace surveillance and control, attack warning and assessment, counter-drug operations and damage-limiting operations in defence of North America. As well, they contribute to the provision of centralized control of aerospace resources for all of Canada and identify 100 percent of aircraft movements into Canada. Concurrently, the members work along side members of the Canadian Forces at 22 Wing to ensure bi-national forces are trained, equipped, and prepared for the air sovereignty mission of Canada as well as carry out national policies as directed.
Support members assigned to the Detachment 2, First Air Force CFB North Bay Orderly Room provide section administration, finance, personnel, transportation, medical and a host of other required support functions to United States personnel and their families assigned to North Bay.
Lieutenant-Colonel Johnson thanked the city of North Bay and 22 Wing for being outstanding hosts to his unit. “The United States has only one bi-national military arrangement of its kind in the world and it is with Canada,” stated Colonel Johnson. “Over the last 60 years, Canada has earned the right to operationally direct USAF forces in order to conduct our mutual air sovereignty mission. The next 60 years will prove just how strong our trust is with Canada as well as to the city of North Bay.”