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Serving Justin Trudeau

What a great memory and fantastic way to end my last mission!

It was with my utmost pride and pleasure to personally serve Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his wife Sophie Trudeau as their personal Flight Steward for a V.V.I.P. flight that took off from Anchorage, Alaska to Tokyo, Japan and back.

They were both very kind-hearted, well-mannered and down to earth people, which made my job on-board that much more enjoyable!

I worked on several of his flights, including his first international flight as the newly appointed PM; but this was the first time I worked in his stateroom, providing V.V.I.P. service.

To top it off, as this was my last flight after 4 years of flying with my unit, he signed my “Flying Log Book”, which keeps track of all my flights, missions and flying hours. It’s signed “For Jordan, With my Best, Justin”. I finished off 4 years of flying with 1214.9 hours spent in the air, which is equivalent to spending roughly 50.5 days non-stop in the air! I landed in a total of 35 countries in 5/7 continents!

Thanks for all the good times, guys!

Now onto new and exciting adventures! Where I go next, nobody knows

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Towering Trees of Love

I’m taking it back a few years…

This photo was taken in Cathedral Grove, MacMillan Park on Vancouver Island, British Columbia. You’ll find it on the way to Tofino, but in between Port Alberni and Parksville.

It didn’t matter how much we tried or how wide our hugs were, this tree was never going to feel a full-embraced hug. That’s okay though, because these Douglas Firs have been receiving some loving hugs for the last 800 or so years of their life. That’s right, at LEAST 800 years that these trees have been around. Some of them might have even been longer! There’s no way to explain the feeling of these trees and this forest… It’s magical, but at the same time, you feel like you’re such a small part of the world. Just another ant!

If you plan to stop in Tofino, make sure you don’t miss your stop to take a hike at Cathedral Grove!

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Brad and I showing this monstrous Douglas Fir some love.

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Lviv, Ukraine

A quick two day trip in historical and beautiful Lviv, Ukraine.

I decided to give this blog post a new spin; I decided to record random events from my short trip on my GoPro, compile them together, edit it up a bit then voila! I’ve got a travel-themed video post from Lviv, Ukraine!

If you enjoyed this, please leave a like and comment on the video! If you want to see more of this in the future, let me know!

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Final Flight

Today is a special day… It marks two different but important events for me.

First off, last night officially marked my last flight with 437 (T) Sqn. I had a few fun days in Lviv, Ukraine, but it was surreal to think that this was the last mission I was to be part of with this true family of a Squadron. The last 4 years has swept by like a vicious hurricane, but I can confidently say that my time at the Squadron was the best 4 years of my life. Four years with travel to over 30 countries in 5 out of 7 continents all around the world. I not only traveled, but traveled in style and pride on the Royal Canadian Air Force’s CC-150 A-310 Airbus aircraft, flying over 1,200 hours in the air in total, which amounts up to 50 days of my life spent in the air. Now that I’m leaving off to a new adventure, I can speak about the utmost pride and pleasure that I had while serving multiple dignitaries on our Airbus; personally serving Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his wife Sophie, Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Governor General David Johnston, Royal Family members Prince Charles and Camilla from the UK, while they flew to high-class events, meetings and summits around the world. I would also like to mention that is was an absolute honor to care for over 100 WWII Veterans that we flew to the Netherlands for the “Liberation of the Netherlands” battle they fought in, to drive out the Nazis and liberate the country. I also had the awesome experience of flying several famous Canadian athletes, singers, comedians, and stars, including Arlene Dickinson from “Dragon’s Den” to locations across Europe and Kuwait to entertain our hard-working and deployed troops who were away from their families.
Again, working at 437 (T) Sqn was a big part of my life, a place my heart holds close to and I will truly miss it and the people who I flew with; but I know all good things have to come to an end at some point. It’s time to move onto new and exciting adventures, a whole new world awaits me; and all of it, undiscovered with limitless opportunities. I look forward to this new chapter in my life and I have many to thank for helping me reach my goals – so, in saying that: Thank You!

Secondly, today also marks 7 proud years of full-time service with the Canadian Forces. Undeniably, it was the best decision I’ve ever made in my life and I look forward to the next 20 (at minimum).

Here’s a video of my wet-down (make sure to play it in 1080p HD quality for the best experience).
On the final leg of every member’s last flight with the Squadron, an informal congratulatory ceremony called a “wet-down” is held at the entrance of the plane. The member walks down the stairs to then be soaked head-to-toe with bone-chilling water. I took part in many of these events, but it was strange to feel that it was my turn this time around. Thank you to everyone who took their personal time to show up for the wet down, it really meant a lot to me!

Thank you 437 (T) Squadron for the best years of my life!

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Memorable Memories

Wow, what a memory of a photo!

I was elated to know that I was going to be around to take this photo with my Squadron. It’s been a few years since we had the last Squadron photo and it won’t be long before I’m off onto my next posting. At least I have this valuable portrait to hold onto and display with pride to my family and friends.

The two planes we are positioned in front of are CC-150 A-310 Airbus aircrafts that are modified to military standards. We just had one publicly displayed at the Quinte International Airshow that just took place on the 25 and 26th of June, 2016 in Trenton, Ontario, Canada – along with several other aircraft from Canada and abroad. Notably, I really enjoyed watching the historic Lancaster and P51 Mustangs fly over head, something that you definitely don’t see everyday.

Aside from that, I’m proud to say that I’ve finally earned a few notable awards! First off, without getting into any specific details, I’ve earned my first medal from a mission I took part in several years ago. I also earned my 1,000 hours flying certificate (I actually have about 1,200 hours now). The important thing to note here is that each hour is an actual hour in the air and not hours spent on the ground in a foreign destination.

437 Sqn group photo

437 Squadron photo taken on the flight line located on 8 Wing Canadian Forces Base (CFB) Trenton, Ontario on June 03, 2016. Images by: Cpl Rob Stanley, 8 Wing Imaging

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Potw #1: Flattop Mountain, Anchorage, Alaska

Climbing Flattop Mountain - Anchorage, Alaska.

Climbing Flattop Mountain – Anchorage, Alaska.

Here we go, this is the first “Photo of the Week” (Potw) Enjoy!

Flattop Mountain Trail, Anchorage, Alaska; initially, the path was well marked, but not for long. Eventually, you are creating your own path to the 3,510ft high summit. I am by no means, any climbing/hiking expert, but if I were to rate the difficulty level of this hike when comparing to other hikes I have done, I would say it would be moderate. To some experienced hikers out there, you may say that I scored that a level too high – I guess you just have to try it out and judge for yourself. As we escalated the mountain, the temperature naturally decreased and the wind became quite the power horse. It was actually quite intimidating at first; vision was blinded with a constant snow squall and I thought I was going to be blown off the ledge, there was nothing to hold on to.
As far as equipment and clothing goes, you don’t need anything other than a set of warm, layered clothing, maybe a daypack and potentially a set of trekking poles if that’s your style. Definitely protect your face from the harsh, power-slapping wind. Provided the weather is working with you, the hike itself shouldn’t take any longer than just a few hours to reach the summit and scale back down to the base.
Flattop Mountain belongs to a mountain range called the “Chugach Mountains” and is the most climbed mountain in the state of Alaska.
Overall, I had an awesome time on this hike; generally, I was never a fanatic about hiking to begin with, but now, my mentality is slowly changing with many new hiking experiences around the world and more practical, protective and comfortable clothing to complete the hike in.

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Defrosting a Human in Winnipeg, Canada

Just arrived in Winnipeg (Winterpeg is more appropriate), Manitoba, Canada for a quick en-route stop to drop off some passengers and pick some up.
The province of Manitoba pretty much develops into a frozen wasteland throughout their long Winter months; you can’t survive for long out there without the proper gear and warm shelter. Most families and friends are grouping around a cozy fireplace while other are defrosting in Winnipeg’s newest outdoor spa, called “Thermëa”. While I can’t say exactly what the “Thermëa” spa experience is like, I can tell you what you’ll most likely expect as I have been to another spa called “La Nordik” in Chelsea, Quebec which is owned by the same company. I went to “La Nordik” countless times and they never cease to impress and relax me… Outdoor waterfalls (both cold and hot), steam rooms that smell like eucalyptus, relaxation rooms, professional-therapeutic massages, Swedish-style saunas, outdoor bonfires, heavily-salted and mineralized pools to replicate the Dead Sea, gourmet restaurant and so, so much more… So what are you waiting for? If you’re suffering the winter blues or simply just being frozen alive, come to Quebec or Winnipeg and defrost yourself in luxury while you still have the chance!

Thermëa Spa - Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

Thermëa Spa – Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

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Snow Capital of Canada!

I just landed in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, which is the capital of Canada. Okay, may-be not the *snow* capital of our hockey-loving country, but there’s plenty of snow here… Enough for you to make all the snow angels you’ve always dreamed of! Eh? Time to take off to “Winterpeg” soon, where hell itself should be frozen over! Gonna be fun!

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Challenge Yourself…

Challenge yourself to the things that scare you in life; more often than none they will bring you the most exciting, rewarding and memorable experiences.
This quote strongly relates to many of my own experiences.

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Yellowknife, NWT, Canada

It’s dark, quiet and a frigid -30°C here in Yellowknife – Canada’s Northern frontier. Unfortunately it’s just a quick stop in to pick up some passengers, so I don’t have time to check out anything.
I heard that the Northern Lights are absolutely breathtaking here… I’ve never seen them myself, but can’t wait until the day that I do!

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