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News Article / September 8, 2014

By Captain Nicola LaMarre

“Jaws” is often seen skulking in the bushes, wielding signs and a megaphone, and putting the finishing touches on casualties – all before breakfast.

Sergeant Steve Jaworski (“Jaws”, as he is commonly known) is a senior instructor and second-in-command of the 51 Aerospace Control and Warning (Operational Training) Squadron’s Readiness Training Flight at 22 Wing North Bay, Ontario.

He is the only qualified instructor for all the courses that the flight offers: maps, compass, communications, first Aid, weapons, and chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear warfare. His uniqueness springs from his reputation as the wing stunt man, actor (bad guy for hire), and make-up artist (casualty simulator).

He recently worked as a bad guy with military and civilian law enforcement personnel during a four-hour hostage-taking exercise. This kind of training allows law enforcement personnel to develop timely, coordinated responses.

“One of the benefits to having Jaws as a trusted agent—a subject matter expert privy to all exercise information—is his unique ability to ‘tap our defenses’,” said United States Air Force officer Major Bradley Rothwell. “He has intimate knowledge of the base and can provide challenging opportunities for training to defence team members wing-wide.”

Sergeant Jaworski also works as a liaison between wing operations and exercise training, and civilian first-responders. He provides subject matter for scenario development and execution, and is involved in many aspects of the base’s training.

“He is uniquely qualified and well-respected across military emergency disaster response teams,” said Major Christopher Horner, the commanding officer of the squadron. “His expertise enables him to talk the talk. He also provides much-needed continuity over the years, helping to forge a strong professional relationship between the base and the city.”

In addition to his military work, Sergeant Jaworski is a captain with the Phelps Volunteer Fire Department. He is also a volunteer first aid instructor for St. John’s Ambulance and West Nipissing Fire Department, where he is the lead instructor, a volunteer ambulance driver and a search and rescue downed aircraft survival instructor.

Sergeant Jaworski’s first tour in North Bay was from 1991 to 2000, in the underground complex. He enrolled in the Regular Force again in 2003 and retired in 2006. He enrolled as a reservist that same year.

22 Wing North Bay takes pride in the calibre of the personnel that make up its Air Reserve Flight, and Sergeant Jaworski embodies the breadth and depth of knowledge and skill that are such valued commodities in the Canadian Armed Forces.

Canadian Armed Forces members come and go at 22 Wing. Jaws remains a constant.


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