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Saskatchewan Service Pin presented to WWII Engineer
CMEA
Maj Steve Lane, CD (Ret'd), President of Tisdale Legion Branch No. 50 recently presented a Saskatchewan Lieutenant-Governor Service Pin to Oscar Carlson, one of the first Sapper recipients.

The Lieutenant Governor of Saskatchewan recently announced the availability of a military service pin for members who lived in Saskatchewan. Eligibility includes current and retired members of the Canadian Armed Forces (Regular, Primary and Secondary Reserves, including Canadian Rangers).

Oscar served with the RCE in WWII — landing in France with 2nd Corps Engineers 10 days after D-Day. Most of his service was during the Battle of the Scheldt.

Oscar will be 95 this August and is a highly respected man in the small community of Fosston, where he has been very active despite his advanced years.
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Afghanistan Commemoration Parade
CMEA
As most of you are likely aware, a National Day of Honour was celebrated on May 9, 2014, to commemorate the strength and the sacrifices made by members of the CAF in Afghanistan. Unfortunately, the majority of 2 CMBG was deployed on exercise in Wainwright, AB at that time and was unable to join in the event. For that reason, 2 CMBG Petawawa will be hosting its own commemoration parade to be held on June 21, 2014, dress DEU 1A. It is the Comd's intent to ensure that all members that deployed on Op ATHENA and Op ARCHER over the years (either with 2 CER or another organisation out of 2 CMBG) have an opportunity to attend. This includes personnel that have since released from the CAF. The formal invitation and poster for the parade are enclosed.

Unfortunately, there is no funding provided for the event; nevertheless, this offers a good opportunity for all members to reconnect and be recognized. They would also be welcome to participate in the free event being hosted by a local businessman. Please pass on this info to any retired members that you remain in contact with and the unit will do our best to assist as much as possible. Should you have any question about the event, RSVPs can be sent as per the attached invite or to Ron Oggelsby (Ronald.oggelsby@forces.gc.ca), CO's Admin assistant: 613 687 5511, extension 7034.

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RCAF wins engineering award for environmental excellence
Royal Canadian Air Force
A team of Royal Canadian Air Force engineers based at 1 Canadian Air Division Headquarters in Winnipeg and personnel from Stantec Consulting have won an award for environmental excellence for their work at Canadian Forces Station Alert, on the northern tip of Ellesmere Island in Nunavut.
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Packed up and brought home: Repatriating material from Afghanistan
National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces
The final soldiers deployed to Afghanistan as part of Operation ATTENTION returned to Canada on March 18, 2014, but what about the materials that they used while they were there? The sheer magnitude of logistical planning that went into the transportation of materials to and from Afghanistan during the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) military mission in Afghanistan over the past 12 years is astounding.
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The Afghanistan Memorial Vigil offers an opportunity for reflection
National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces
The Canadian Armed Forces' (CAF) 12-year mission in Afghanistan recently ended. It assisted in making the country more secure, better governed and more stable, but it did not come without sacrifice. While serving their country with honour, 161 Canadians — 158 CAF personnel, a diplomat, a Department of National Defence contractor and a journalist — lost their lives in Afghanistan. In addition, 43 United States Armed Forces members sacrificed their lives while serving under Canadian command during operations in Afghanistan.
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DARPA project allows soldiers to scale walls like Spider-Man
Digital Journal
Fans of Spider-Man may be pleased to discover that technology is about to catch up with their favourite wall-climbing hero. Using the structure of a gecko's toe as a blueprint, scientists at the Draper Laboratory in Cambridge, MA set to work on the Z-Man Program for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). Its goal is to enable soldiers to scale walls like Spider-Man.

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Sapper Kenneth Pratt WWII Veteran awarded French Legion of Honour
CMEA
The Canadian Military Engineers are pleased to advise that the Government of France has awarded the National Order of the Legion of Honour to Sapper Kenneth Pratt, a WWII Royal Canadian Engineer veteran and a participant in the Battle of the Liberation of France. Some background on this honour is found here.

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The future of the Army Reserves
National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces
Brigadier-General Kelly Woiden, Director General Land Reserve talks about maintaining a sustainable Reserve Force while achieving a work-life balance for reservists. The Canadian Army Reserves are an essential component of the total Army force representing the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) in communities across Canada.

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The growing gap between defence ends and means
CDA Institute
The Conference of Defence Associations Institute is pleased to release Vimy Paper 19: The Growing Gap Between Defence Ends and Means: The Disconnect between the Canada First Defence Strategy and the Current Defence Budget by David Perry, Senior Security and Defence Analyst of the CDA Institute.
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2014 HMCS/CFB Cornwallis Reunion
CMEA
The Annapolis Basin Conference Centre is pleased to announce the 2014 HMCS/CFB Cornwallis Reunion — August 22-25, 2014.

The Cornwallis Reunion is open to all who served and trained in Cornwallis between 1942-1994. We welcome all members of the military, all former members of HMCS Acadia and all civilian employees who assisted in the upkeep and operation of the base.

We look forward to welcoming guests to our facility to reminisce and enjoy camaraderie among friends and fellow veterans.

Please see the reunion flyer and the reunion brochure for further information.

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Valcartier Base celebrates its 100th anniversary with an open house
Ottawa Citizen
Colonel Hercule Gosselin, Valcartier Base Commander invites the public to come and meet military members and civilian employees and discover their environment during the Open House of the 100th anniversary of the Valcartier Base, held Saturday, June 14th, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. In case of rain, the event will be postponed to Sunday, June 15th.
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5 Cape Bretoners receiving medal for D-Day service and bravery
Cape Breton Post
Joseph Meagher may have many memories from his service in the Second World War, but the one he'll never forget was the day word came the war had ended. "It's always a good feeling to know you're going home," he said quietly during an interview at Taigh Na Mara, where he now lives. Meagher was a sergeant with the Queen's Own Rifles of Canada, an infantry regiment of the Canadian Army.
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PTSD: The latest neuro-imaging technology could mean a breakthrough for Canada's military
The Globe and Mail
Almost a century ago, soldiers returned from the First World War as changed men. They had obvious but sometimes invisible injuries: depression, flashbacks, recurrent memories, emotional and physical distress. The term coined for this phenomenon — shell shock — applied in physical and psychological cases, and while medical researchers endeavoured to understand the condition, it was seen by some as merely lack of character.
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Harper Government should recognize 'solemn obligation' to disabled military personnel
Ottawa Citizen
Lee Berthiaume of the Citizen is reporting that "the federal Conservative government is being asked to recognize Canada's 'solemn obligation' to those military personnel disabled or killed in the line of duty." It's the most significant recommendation made by the Commons' veterans affairs committee recently as it released a highly-anticipated report on the services and benefits offered modern-day vets such as those who served in Afghanistan.
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Saskatchewan soldier MIA for 70 years on his way home for burial
CBC News
An elaborate military ceremony in France recently marks the beginning of Private First Class Lawrence S. Gordon's journey back to Canada for a proper burial. For 70 years, PFC Gordon was officially listed as missing in action and presumed dead. It took persistent sleuthing by his family and volunteer researchers to reveal that Gordon had been mistakenly buried in a German war grave.
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Report: Single-engine F-35 jets too risky for military
CTV News
A new report released by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives argues that the controversial F-35 fighter jets, which would replace the air force's aging CF-18 fleet, are too dangerous to be used by the Canadian military. The report, titled One Dead Pilot, was released recently. It suggests that the single-engine F-35 poses too many risks, and could fail over the ocean or the remote Arctic.
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