Family Support is Everything: Enrollment at 443 Maritime Helicopter Squadron

Magazine Article / March 11, 2021 / Project number: RCAF-Excelsior-Winter-2021-02A

By Sergeant Richard Jomha, 443 Maritime Helicopter Squadron

With rare sunlight slanting through the windows of the squadron’s mess on 15 January, 2021, Commanding Officer Lieutenant-Colonel Ryan Sexsmith welcomed the newest member, Aviator Ervin Quintos, to the 443 Maritime Helicopter Squadron (443 (MH) Sqn) family. This welcome represented the culmination of a concerted effort from the 12 Wing Air Reserve team to adapt to recruiting under the current social distancing protocols.

With some help from the Information Technology section, Avr Quintos’ family was able to participate via a laptop, as LCol Sexsmith formalized the entry of this new Aviation Systems Technician (AVN Tech) into the RCAF and the squadron. In his address, LCol Sexsmith emphasized the importance of family support to a successful military career and invited the family to take an active interest in Avr Quintos’ progress.

Avr Quintos holds a diploma in Aircraft Maintenance Engineering from the British Columbia Institute of Technology, enabling him to join as a semi-skilled recruit. He will only need to complete the Basic Military Qualification course, followed by common core training at the Canadian Forces School of Aerospace Technology and Engineering in Borden, Ontario, before returning to 443 (MH) Sqn as an apprentice AVN Tech. Avr Quintos has been interested in a career in the RCAF since his days at 759 Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron in Burnaby, British Columbia. Attending air shows and witnessing military jets flybys solidified this desire.

Sgt Lovitt expects to be able to build off of this success and enroll several more reservists at 443 (MH) Sqn in 2021.

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