Following their return to Canada after a six-month deployment in Afghanistan, members of the Royal Canadian Air Force were invited to the American Airlines Center arena in Dallas, Texas, for a game between the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Dallas Stars.
The Royal Canadian Air Force members, stationed at 552 Air Control Wing at Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma, were invited to the game through the Canadian Consulate in Dallas, where they were honoured in a pre-game ceremony.
With Master Warrant Officer Paul Worthington and Captain David McNiff at his side, Major Kevin Ciesielski dropped the puck for Steve Ott of the Stars and Leafs defenceman Dion Phaneuf.
The Canadian Forces members at 552 Air Control Wing work in the United States under the command of the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) and fly the E-3 Sentry airborne warning and control system aircraft, commonly known as the AWACS.
Approximately 43 Canadian Forces members work at Tinker AFB, as a part of a Canadian NORAD effort that fulfills the maritime warning, aerospace warning, and aerospace control missions for both Canada and the United States.