Major Erik Weigelin, Helicopter Air Detachment Commander, HMCS Ville de Québec
Hi. I’m Major Erik Weigelin, the helicopter air detachment commander embarked in HMCS Ville de Quebec. We’re on Operation REASSURANCE and right now, we’re taking part in Exercise TRIDENT JUNCTURE in Trondheim, Norway. Right now, we’re inside a CH-148 Cyclone and I’m about to take the 60 seconds challenge. I have a helmet full of questions. So, first question.
- Favourite emoji?
Is there an emoji for… I don’t use emojis… This one?
- One item you can’t do without.
Well, I hate to say it, but unfortunately, it’s become my iPad because it seems my whole life is on there now from contacts to emails of home to videos to watch when I’m away.
- How do you maintain your mental health?
Well, onboard ship, one of the things you have to do is you’ve gotta find some time for yourself. Take a mental break from work, get away from the desk and you know workout, get some exercise. Just tune out for a little bit. It usually involves the iPad and watching something.
- If you won the lottery, what’s the first thing you would do?
Buy a bigger iPad.
- What’s the most interesting part about Operation REASSURANCE?
Well, it’s definitely been the interactions we’ve had with other nations, both allied and definitely some of the interactions we’ve had with some of the other nations that aren’t involved. But being out here, being part of a reassuring presence for the nations that have issues going on. It’s definitely been very interesting and satisfying.