Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made a surprise visit to 22 Wing at CFB North Bay this afternoon to eat and chat with military personnel stationed there.
Trudeau made a short speech but did not take reporter's questions after he was escorted to an outdoor patio at CFB North Bay on Wednesday where the family barbeque event took place.
He told them it was nice to see them in person.
"I am looking forward to sitting down and chatting with you to hear how things are going. I just really wanted to come by to say thank you," he said.
"It's been a rough couple of years but every step of the way the armed forces have been there."
The Prime Minister concluded his speech with a show of support for the NORAD facility.
In late June, Defence Minister Anita Anand announced that Canada will spend $4.9 billion over the next six years to modernize continental defence.
That long-awaited announcement on the NORAD upgrade was made at the Canadian military's principal air base at Trenton, Ontario on June 20.
"There was a big announcement we made that touches 22 Wing directly which is the NORAD modernization," he said.
"It has been decades since we stepped up in modernizing NORAD and I know the work you have done here and continue to do here is extremely integral to that and I want to thank you for all that."