A beautiful Friday, First Day of Spring afternoon saw me driving north and east across the rolling Amish-infested farmlands towards CFB Borden to complete my TOC (Training Officers Course). On my first courses we were quartered in the 'Mods' attached to the Officer's Mess, which had the air of a college dorm and made it easy to go for a collegial drink or three after dinner.
Now however, the Waterloo Officer's Mess is caught up in the wave of building activity across base as many of the old structures are replaced by new ones. So RCIS (Regional Cadet Instructor School) students are now housed in two much older buildings.
|Bldg O-123, home for the weekend my room is upper right from the door, with the light on|
|Bed, wooden x1, mattress, lumpy, hard x1|
|Hanger 3, RCIS Central|
Yes hangers. CFB Borden is the birth place of the RCAF and there is still an operational helicopter wing based there and some schools, such as CFSATE, the Canadian Forces School of Areospace Technology and Engineering. The air field is now grassed in and the Air Cadets do gliding. Because of the RCAF connection there are some great Cold Warriors on display.
|CT-133 Silver Star|
|Avro CF-100 Canuck|
|Old Ferret armoured car and 2 1/2 ton truck out behind a RCEME workshop. Somebody's off-time special project?|
|Firefly guarding a construction site|
CFB Borden being the birthplace of the Canadian Armoured Corps and the presence of the Worthington Tank Museum explains many of the tank artifacts. Apparently the Wirbelwind they have is one of two left in the world.
But before I left the base I did get a picture of my favourite exhibit.
The course was quite useful professionally, and now that it is done I can think about other things like Hotlead this weekend or maybe painting a little bit. It is unfortunate that the course came during some heavy overtime requirements at work and the ramp up to Hotlead, so I entered the course in a bad frame of mind, but I managed to overcome that and conquer the technical albatross of the Cadet Unit Training Plan that has been plaguing me for the last two years. But I never did get outside during last week's nice weather to prime anything. It's cold again this week, so priming will have to wait.