Best in Her Class
Aviator Mélodie Drouin made history at Bagotville’s 10 Field Technical Training Squadron ( 10 FTTS) Detachment on October 20th.
She became the first woman to receive the First in Class Certificate, which is awarded at the end of weapons technician training. This honour is awarded to the student who receives the best results on his/ her final evaluation. "Aviator Drouin distinguished herself by her academic achievements, but also by her leadership skills, her communication skills and her sense of initiative. We are very pleased to have been able to contribute to her training; she has earned these honors," said Captain Pierre Maltais, commander of 10 FTTS, Bagotville Detachment. The CF- 18 weapons technician course has been held in Bagotville since 2008 and the number of women enrolled remains relatively low. In fact, barely one in ten candidates is a woman, with a similar rate at the training centre in Cold Lake. Following her graduation, Aviator Mélodie Drouin was assigned to 433 Squadron to begin her career, which already appears quite promising.