About Mark Vokey

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• Home­town — Spa­niard’s Bay; • Fam­ily — son of Keith and Al­ida (Lidy) Vokey; has two brothers, Keith and Frans; his wife, Christina (Fur­long), is from Bay Bulls. They have two boys, Owen (7) and Jack (6); • Date of birth — July 25, 1977; • Ed­u­ca­tion — grad­u­ate of As­cen­sion Col­le­giate (1995), Bay Roberts; joined the Cana­dian Forces in 1995 as a re­servist while at­tend­ing Me­mo­rial Univer­sity; signed on full­time with the Forces in 1999. • Oc­cu­pa­tion — search and res­cue tech­ni­cian with 413 Trans­port/Res­cue Squadron, 14 Wing Green­wood, Royal Cana­dian Air Force; • Re­sides — Green­wood, Nova Sco­tia; • A man of stature — Mark stands five-feet, eight inches (1.77 me­tres) tall and weighs 160 pounds (72.6 kilo­grams); • Mil­i­tary ser­vice — as a mem­ber of the army’s Royal Cana­dian Reg­i­ment, based in Petawawa, Ont., Mark served two tours in Afghanistan (six months in 2003-04, and five months in ‘05), pri­mar­ily as a front­line re­con­nais­sance spe­cial­ist. He also spent a year in Bos­nia (2001). Five years ago, Mark tran­si­tioned from the army to the air force. Af­ter four years as a mem­ber of 103 Search and Res­cue Squadron in Gan­der, Mark trans­ferred to 413 Squadron this past sum­mer. Mark reached the rank of sergeant in the army, and now serves as a mas­ter/corporal. • Some no­ta­bles — was cap­tain of the As­cen­sion Astros male hockey team; first non-city res­i­dent to cap­tain the Celtics ju­nior hockey team in St. John’s league; was twice a mem­ber of a team that cap­tured the pro­vin­cial ju­nior hockey cham­pi­onship (Veitch Me­mo­rial Tro­phy); named top grad­u­ate fol­low­ing com­ple­tion of his search and res­cue tech­ni­cian train­ing; named sol­dier-of-the year at Gar­ri­son Petawawa (for­merly CFB Petawawa) in 2002.

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Mas­ter Cpl. Mark Vokey, orig­i­nally from Spa­niard’s Bay, is a search and res­cue tech­ni­cian with the Royal Cana­dian Air Force.

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