|Last updated at
9:33 AM on 14/06/08 |
Piloting legacy continues at 15 Wing
||Maj. Marty Tate (retired)
proudly pins the wings on the uniform of his son,
Lt. Philip Tate, during a 15 Wing graduation
ceremony on Friday. Marty was himself awarded pilot
wings at the Moose Jaw base in 1977. Carter Haydu
The Moose Jaw Times Herald
As far as Father’s Day
gifts go, inviting your retired pilot father, or
grandfather, to pin your Air Force graduation wings on
your military uniform is a nice one.
That’s exactly what happened during the wings graduation
ceremony of phase three training at 15 Wing Moose Jaw on
wings on 24-year-old Lt. Phillip Tate was his dad,
retired Canadian Forces Maj. Marty Tate, who earned his
pilot wings in Moose Jaw 31 years prior.
Tate senior also helped establish 15 Wing as a NATO
training facility while posted to the National Defence
Headquarters as the directorate of air requirements in
The fact his dad helped
establish the flight school he graduated from this week
made the experience even more special for Tate junior.
“He built my future . . . This base is (largely) thanks
to him,” Phillip said, adding it was fitting his father,
who went to the same base three decades prior and
eventually helped ensure the base’s future could be at
this graduation before Father’s Day weekend.
“To be honest, it meant a lot.”
Marty was equally thrilled to pin those wings on his
He said Phillip has wanted to fly
since watching jets take off when he was eight months
“It’s been a lifelong dream,”
he said, adding his son is independent and hardworking
and a source of pride for his father.
While Phillip received wings from
his father Friday, classmate Lt. Will Livingston
received his from his grandfather, retired flight
officer Walter Knott.
in the air force from 1954 to 1959, training NATO pilots
at AFB Penhold, after which time he became a chartered
accountant and eventually worked for the CBC.
Knott said it was a wonderful present in advance of
Father’s Day to be able to pin pilot wings on his
grandson, half a century after his own air force career.
“It was just marvellous. We’ve had a wonderful family
and a wonderful life with (Livingston),” he said, adding
it’s nice to see someone in the family follow in his
Livingston, 25, said
having his grandfather pin his wings made the
accomplishment of his training that much more special.
Even though it’s Father’s Day
weekend, Livingston felt he was the one being honoured.
“I think it was a good gift for me.”
In total, four pilots graduated to the next phase of
training in Cold Lake, Alta., on Friday, including
Phillip, Will, Lt. Andrew Ostrowski and 2nd-Lt. Andras
Gottschall (from Hungary).
Lt.-Col. Neil McDermid, from the Canadian Forces College
served as reviewing officer.
Ostrowski received the City of Moose Jaw Award, which is
handed out to the graduate with the highest proficiency
Remembering the Moose
After graduating from the
Royal Military College of Canada in 1976, retired Maj.
Marty Tate was posted to Moose Jaw’s air base, where he
received his pilot wings and served as an instructor
During his son’s 15
Wing graduation ceremony on Friday, Tate was thrilled to
be back in the Friendly City, reminiscing about his
previous life as a Moose Javian.
“My wife and I had a ball,” he said.
Aside from their son’s graduation
ceremony, Tate said he’s also using this time in Moose
Jaw to stroll down memory lane.
“We went to see the first house we lived in,” he said,
adding he would also be visiting his second Moose Jaw