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14 Wing flips the switch for barracks wifi
« on: March 21, 2018, 12:59:10 »
The article hasn't come out yet but I've heard through the grapevine (and now FB) that wifi is available in the shacks in Greenwood. 

Seems like a small thing, but for the folks on course for 7-9 months, not paying $100 per month getting gouged by Eastlink for dial-up download speeds helps.

https://www.facebook.com/TheAuroraNews/posts/869528503252597?pnref=story
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Re: 14 Wing flips the switch for barracks wifi
« Reply #1 on: March 21, 2018, 13:31:58 »
The article hasn't come out yet but I've heard through the grapevine (and now FB) that wifi is available in the shacks in Greenwood. 

Seems like a small thing, but for the folks on course for 7-9 months, not paying $100 per month getting gouged by Eastlink for dial-up download speeds helps.

https://www.facebook.com/TheAuroraNews/posts/869528503252597?pnref=story

Bravo, Greenwood.   :nod:

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Re: 14 Wing flips the switch for barracks wifi
« Reply #2 on: March 21, 2018, 14:51:46 »
Hopefully this spreads to other bases across Canada.
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Re: 14 Wing flips the switch for barracks wifi
« Reply #3 on: March 21, 2018, 19:00:43 »
It's part of the modern day, and not having Wifi now is comparable to shacks not having the "tie-line" or pay phones back 20 years ago.  I can do pretty much anything that is important these days on my iPhone;  pay bills, emails, schedules, keep in touch with my real CO, read Ebooks.

Facetime and Skype keep families 'closer' together when they are apart.  Greenwood is 'semi-isolated' for people on TD or AP there without a vehicle, with the nearest 'center' being New Minas/Wolfville area and that is 30min down the 101.  Doing a course on the DLN?  Not in the Wing SQs you weren't!   8)
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Re: 14 Wing flips the switch for barracks wifi
« Reply #4 on: March 21, 2018, 19:32:00 »
This should’ve happen 10 years ago. It surprise me it took so long. It’s all part of the morale welfare. When I stayed in the US accommodations, they always had wifi available for their troops.
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Re: 14 Wing flips the switch for barracks wifi
« Reply #5 on: March 21, 2018, 21:55:03 »
I don't know, .maybe I'm missing something but I've had connectivity in transient quarters I've been through ever since around 2009?  Initially it was hardwired but in the last 5 years or so it's been all wireless.  Or is this just a big thing because Greenwood's about the only place that hasn't had it? :dunno:

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Re: 14 Wing flips the switch for barracks wifi
« Reply #6 on: March 21, 2018, 22:00:45 »
I don't know, .maybe I'm missing something but I've had connectivity in transient quarters I've been through ever since around 2009?  Initially it was hardwired but in the last 5 years or so it's been all wireless.  Or is this just a big thing because Greenwood's about the only place that hasn't had it? :dunno:

I can’t speak for many locations, but when I was in Edmonton, barracks didn’t have wifi, but transient quarters did. Maybe it’s changed now, but there was definitely no wifi while I was in barracks, which was a bit of a downer at times.

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Re: 14 Wing flips the switch for barracks wifi
« Reply #7 on: March 21, 2018, 22:14:27 »
While this is good news...I was just reading some of the comments on the article.  "welcome to 2002" kind of made me chuckle. 

And ya, good on the Col Adamson for realizing this is a morale issue and taking steps to get it done.
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Re: 14 Wing flips the switch for barracks wifi
« Reply #8 on: March 22, 2018, 01:51:10 »
I can’t speak for many locations, but when I was in Edmonton, barracks didn’t have wifi, but transient quarters did. Maybe it’s changed now, but there was definitely no wifi while I was in barracks, which was a bit of a downer at times.

Greenwood had neither until now.
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Re: 14 Wing flips the switch for barracks wifi
« Reply #9 on: March 22, 2018, 05:39:54 »
Greenwood had both in BB3, which was torn down to make room for the new hospital.   

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Re: 14 Wing flips the switch for barracks wifi
« Reply #10 on: March 22, 2018, 06:02:08 »
The CAF needs a radical rethink of quarters. We need a single simple site for bookings, and not every base its own odd method.  I would favour contracting it out - get a hotel management group to run it & even do the construction.
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Re: 14 Wing flips the switch for barracks wifi
« Reply #11 on: March 22, 2018, 07:07:46 »
The CAF needs a radical rethink of quarters. We need a single simple site for bookings, and not every base its own odd method.  I would favour contracting it out - get a hotel management group to run it & even do the construction.

Maybe allowing members to collect some type of travel reward points for going on TD to places like Meaford, Dundurn, Aldershot etc. would make it easier to fill Reserve Summer Training instructor billets.
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Re: 14 Wing flips the switch for barracks wifi
« Reply #12 on: March 22, 2018, 07:14:52 »
The CAF needs a radical rethink of quarters. We need a single simple site for bookings, and not every base its own odd method. I would favour contracting it out - get a hotel management group to run it & even do the construction.

Why not give the steward trade their job back ?  Minus the CE part or course :)
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Re: 14 Wing flips the switch for barracks wifi
« Reply #13 on: March 22, 2018, 21:16:13 »
The CAF needs a radical rethink of quarters. We need a single simple site for bookings, and not every base its own odd method.  I would favour contracting it out - get a hotel management group to run it & even do the construction.
A lot of bases have already contracted this out, at least during silent hours.  To the Commissionaires.   :facepalm:

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Re: 14 Wing flips the switch for barracks wifi
« Reply #14 on: March 22, 2018, 21:19:48 »
Why not give the steward trade their job back ?  Minus the CE part or course :)

If it's a static garrison function, unless it doubles as necessary ship to shore billets, we need to get over our uniform fetish.  With a finite number of members authorized for the CAF, we have to optimize the use of every position.
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Re: 14 Wing flips the switch for barracks wifi
« Reply #15 on: March 23, 2018, 10:34:47 »
A lot of bases have already contracted this out, at least during silent hours.  To the Commissionaires.   :facepalm:

Borden is the worst example of this.  Is their a slower and more unreasonable clear in & out process ?

If it's a static garrison function, unless it doubles as necessary ship to shore billets, we need to get over our uniform fetish.  With a finite number of members authorized for the CAF, we have to optimize the use of every position.

I can read between those lines lol
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