As the inspection was given for the 3 Canadian Forces Flying Training School's graduation ceremony, the Star Wars theme played last night for the May 4th commemoration. Reviewing officer Colonel Denis O'Reilly spoke at the event with Star Wars references throughout his speech, ending with, "May the fourth be with you."

Capt. William PollockAmong the graduates was Captain William Pollock who won the City of Portage la Prairie award, acknowledging the ties between the civilian community and military personnel of Southport. It recognizes aspects of excellence in pilot training held at this installation through the years. The highest degree of professionalism and officer-like qualities in the graduating class receives this distinction.

"I was born in Cebu City, Philippines," says Pollock. "My family and I moved to Canada when I was four. My dad was Canadian and my mom was Filipino. I grew up with aviation in my life, because my dad was a pilot in the RCAF, specifically a fighter pilot. He took me up flying and I just fell in love with flying at a very young age."

Honorary Colonel Andrew Fletcher was also present, and shares his local background.

Honorary Colonel Andrew G. Fletcher"I grew up in Westbourne, Manitoba, and came to Portage and worked with Campbell Soup from '65 to '77," says Fletcher. "And I was fairly involved in the community. I think that's one of the reasons I was asked to be honorary colonel. It is indeed an honour. The name fits in that sense."

He actually started his role as honorary colonel on December 5th, but the actual investiture took place last week.

Pollock receiving the City of Portage la Prairie Award by City Councillor Liz Driedger