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Operation Homecoming
CFB Chilliwack Historical Society
The two heavy monuments were returned to All Sappers Memorial Park on March 4th. The Bell Tent Monument (23,000 pounds) reminds us that the original tented camp in April 1942 was built of Bell Tents and the other (33,000 pounds) was built to celebrate CFB Chilliwack's 50-year existence here (1942–1992).

Commencing at 7:00 am, a small group gathered in very cold but clear weather, waiting for the sun to clear Promontory Hill to load the monuments. The Eagle West company from Abbotsford arrived with their 280-ton crane and three flatbeds. Eagle West's appraisal for the job was $8,250 and they reduced it to $5,000 because they knew the Chilliwack Foundation had given a $5,000 Grant for the move. Members from 192 Construction Engineer Flight had prepared the holes and now provided man-power to position and level and vibrate the new cement binder. A big word of thanks goes out to Mike Boughner, whose coordination of materials and knowledge kept things running smoothly. The City of Chilliwack provided us the corner space to situate the monuments and donated two flag persons, cones and more for safety and security.

The CFB Chilliwack Historical Society is now raising money to cover the cost of the materials, gravel and five cubic yards of cement. They are halfway there — so if you can help...

Please make cheques payable to: "CFBCHS" and mail to:

6760 School Lane
Chilliwack, B.C. V2R 2C9

Donations of $20 or more will receive a tax deductible receipt from CFBCHS just prior to 2015's tax return.


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Wounded Warriors Weekend
Wounded Warriors Weekend Foundation
Chilliwack will host the annual Wounded Warriors Weekend from July 31st to August 3rd.

Fundraising will enable the committee to sponsor those coming to the event, provide meals and accommodations. The weekend will be filled with sponsors, fun, relaxing, social and recreational events — Chilliwack is pulling out all the stops.

Many Chilliwack area sponsors are helping, sponsors from across Canada are also asked to contribute (see the package here).

If you are interesting in volunteering for this event, please click here to access the sign-up form.

Donors: You are welcome to send a cheque to:

Wounded Warriors Weekend
9727 Heather Street, Chilliwack, B.C.
V2P 5M5

Please make the cheque out to Wounded Warriors Weekend Foundation.

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Avoiding winter property damage: Some tips for members
TD Meloche Monnex
As any Canadian knows, ice, snow and wind can be hard on your home or property. But there are steps home owners can take to guard against the potential damage winter can cause. Keep in mind that your insurance policy is not a maintenance policy. It won't cover you if the damage to your home could have been prevented by proper maintenance. Be proactive and take steps to protect your home in the winter. It can save you in the long run.
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 In the Media

Government of Canada announces enhanced lifetime support for injured Veterans and their families
Government of Canada
The Honourable Erin O'Toole, Minister of Veterans Affairs, unveiled a proposed new financial benefit recently aimed at providing financial stability to Veterans who are moderately to severely disabled and their families. The Minister was joined by Veterans' groups, members of the Canadian Armed Forces and the Veterans Ombudsman, Guy Parent.
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ISIS spreading to Afghanistan, Pakistan, CSIS director warns
CBC News
ISIS is spreading to Libya, Afghanistan and Pakistan, the head of Canada's spy agency warned at the Senate defence committee recently. At the same time, Michel Coulombe, the head of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service, urged senators not to forget longer-running foes like al-Qaeda as Canada turns its focus to the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.
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Fallen soldier Sgt. Andrew Doiron returns home
Toronto Sun
In a somber and emotional repatriation service, the body of Sgt. Andrew Joseph Doiron returned home recently. His flag-draped casket was carried off a C-17 Globemaster by eight pallbearers, members of the Canadian Special Operations Forces Command. A guard of honour stood at attention as the casket was carried to a waiting hearse. Doiron's family members and dignitaries stood opposite, under the wing tip of the aircraft.
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Labrador winters harsh, but ideal winter training conditions for soldiers
CBC News
While some people may consider the average winter in Labrador a bit harsh, conditions are ideal for the military to conduct its Arctic training for soldiers. More than 270 members of the Canadian Armed Forces from Atlantic Canada are in Happy Valley-Goose Bay to learn combat and survival skills, in what the military calls Arctic Winter Warfare.

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Need to change the culture? 6508 John Adams became the go-to guy
Danny McLeod could spot a hockey player a mile away. Even, John Adams discovered one day, if that hockey player was on a running track. McLeod, then the athletic director and hockey coach at Royal Military College, happened to be on campus one summer day, where some young soldiers from the Maritimes were participating in a track meet.

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Using a M113 armoured vehicle as an IED
Ottawa Citizen
Insurgents have used a variety of ways to "deliver" improvised explosive devices against targets. In Iraq, IEDs were sometimes hidden inside dead animals on the sides of roads. In Afghanistan they were strapped onto donkeys. And of course in both wars, IEDs could be outfitted in cars and motorcycles.

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Canadian special forces soldiers to train Kurdish fighters to retake Mosul
The Globe and Mail
Canadian special forces soldiers are providing military training to Kurdish peshmerga fighters in northern Iraq with the expectation that the Kurds will participate in the planned retaking of Mosul, sources say. The recent death of a Canadian soldier in Iraq has placed this country's six-month-old training mission there under greater scrutiny, particularly as the Harper government appears to be preparing to ask the Commons to vote on an extension of Canada's military deployment to fight Islamic State extremists.
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Second wave of living veterans honoured
Brantford Expositor
The importance of honouring our Second World War veterans now came home at a recent ceremony where two veterans who were to be recognized died just weeks before the event. In the second local ceremony to honour living veterans of the war, about 25 men and one woman were able to attend. Another 34 names, including those who are housebound or ill, were on a list of honourees.
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D-Day veteran Ernest Cote remembered as a man of ethics and humility
The Chronicle Herald
One of Canada's better known D-Day veterans and diplomats, who lived an extraordinary life at the centre of some of the country's most important 20th Century events, was remembered recently as an "old school gentleman" with a streak of avant garde. Ernest Cote died recently at the age of 101. His daughter, Denyse Cote, described him belonging to the generation of men who were always impeccably dressed and gracious, someone who enjoyed a glass of sherry or a late evening brandy.
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Army warfighter experiment highlights new technologies
Three Army technologies were in play at the recently-conducted Army Expeditionary Warfighter Experiment, or AEWE, on Fort Benning, GA. "AEWE is live, prototype experimentation campaign," said Harry J. Lubin, chief of the experimentation branch, Maneuver Center of Excellence. This year, 66 industry and military technologies participated in AEWE."
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