4 Wing contributes to fight against Daesh

News Article / June 11, 2019

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By Major Jean-Baptiste Michon

In September 2014, a global coalition was formed to fight Daesh, a terrorist organization which advocates radical interpretations of Islam. The stated goal of Daesh is to create a world-wide Islamic caliphate, and it has pursued that goal through extreme violence, particularly in Iraq and Syria.

Under Operation Impact, 4 Wing Cold Lake, Alberta, is contributing to the coalition. Thirty-eight wing members with construction engineering, imagery, maintenance, logistics, transport, administration, intelligence, communications, and command and control skills and competencies are currently deployed on Operation Impact. 4 Wing is also staffing most of the operations and mission support elements that coordinate aircraft support and harmonize Royal Canadian Air Force and Canadian Armed Forces efforts with the needs of the coalition.

The military campaign in Iraq and Syria has been effective.

Daesh has lost the territory it once occupied and more than 7.7 million people have been liberated from its occupation. Daesh remains a threat, however, and Canada and our coalition partners continue to work hand-in-hand with regional security partners to prevent the resurgence of Daesh and to increase stability in the region.

Operation Impact has evolved to focus on defeating Daesh by strengthening the security forces in Iraq, Jordan and Lebanon. The Canadian Armed Forces presence in the Middle East is helping to set the conditions for the long-term success of these regional partners by enabling their ability to effectively plan and conduct operations.

Under Operation Impact, 4 Wing Cold Lake contributed to the coalition between 2014 and 2016 by deploying CF-188 Hornet fighter detachments to conduct airstrike operations in Iraq and Syria.

The men and women of 4 Wing Cold Lake are proud to serve a Canada that is strong at home, secure in North America, and engaged in the world.


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Airborne Electronic Sensor Operators use advanced electronic sensor systems to operate airborne sensors onboard long-range patrol aircraft, maritime helicopters and unmanned aerial vehicles.

They are responsible for detecting and tracking submarines, providing support for search and rescue operations/medical evacuations, and assisting other government departments and agencies in the collection of evidence and counter-narcotics patrols.

Their primary technical functions are to:

         - Operate radar, electrooptic/Infrared systems, magnetic anomaly detection, and electronic warfare equipment
         -  Take airborne photography
         - Load and arm airborne weapons, and search stores systems
         - Operate the helicopter-mounted machine gun system
         -  Operate unmanned aerial vehicle electronic sensor systems
         - Communicate with internal and external agencies; both civilian and Allied forces
         - Collect evidence


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