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Force of last resort: How the CAF respond to natural disasters
National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces
When natural disasters occur in Canada, the initial response is the responsibility of the provincial and territorial governments. If the scale of the crisis overwhelms local authorities, the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) may be tasked to support the relief effort. On June 20, 2013, thousands of residents in Southern Alberta were forced to leave their homes after torrential rain and widespread flooding occurred in the province. The provincial authorities had the lead in organizing the response efforts, but the CAF were tasked to support hard-hit communities such as Canmore, High River, Calgary and Medicine Hat during Operation LENTUS 13-01.
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Hill 70: A crucial step to Canadian independence
CMEA
The Conference of Defence Associations magazine ON TRACK summer edition is now available. Many very interesting articles are contained in this edition, including the crucial role that Lt Gen Currie's resistance to a bad order turned the Canadian Corps into a national Army and hastened Canadian independence. Also read about the centenary of the 1st Canadian Division, a proposed remembrance tour of Italy in 2014, and Canadian defence activity in our Arctic region over the years, plus much more.
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3 MPs reflect on their Canadian citizenship experience
CTV News
Canada Day often holds a special meaning for people who emigrated to the country — sometimes under difficult circumstances — and MPs are no exception. You've heard of the rugged Dos Equis beer guy, "The Most Interesting Man in the World?" MP Corneliu Chisu could easily be in the running for Most Interesting Man in the Commons. Born in Transylvania, son of anti-Nazi freedom fighter. Member of the Romanian national fencing team as a student. Former Italian diplomat. Former honorary Moldovan diplomat. Served in Afghanistan for the Canadian Forces. And on it goes.
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Port Moody WWI soldier honoured with living history event
Tri-City News
The Port Moody Station Museum celebrated Canada Day with events honouring Canada Day. The McKnight Trench living history experience took place recently on the museum's grounds off Murray Street.
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U.S. to stop acquiring anti-personnel mines, plans to join Ottawa Convention
Ottawa Citizen
The Obama administration announced recently that the United States will no longer produce or acquire anti-personnel land mines and plans to join an international treaty banning their use. National Security Council spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden said the announcement was made by U.S. officials at a conference in Maputo, Mozambique, to review the 15-year-old Ottawa Convention, which prohibits the use, stockpiling, production and transfer of the mines.
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Canada Day photo exhibit: Images of Afghanistan
Ottawa Citizen
Canada Day visitors to Parliament Hill had a chance to see Canada's military mission Afghanistan through the eyes of our armed forces personnel. Over the course of the mission's last 100 days, they tweeted one picture a day until the end of the mission on March 31, 2014.

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New infrastructure at Canadian Forces Station St. John's
Government of Canada
Built during World War II, the American Base at Pleasantville was closed during the early 1960s and its ownership was transferred to the Canadian federal and provincial governments. Public Works and Government Services became the custodian of the land and numerous buildings housing various federal government departments.

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Canadian Forces' return to old-style ranks, insignia costs millions
Huffington Post
At a time of federal belt-tightening, the Conservative government's return to World War II-era ranks and insignia will require new dress uniforms for Canadian soldiers and naval officers at a cost of $4.5 million. Defence Department figures show the bulk of that cost — $3.1 million — will go to buy new jackets for the dark green dress uniforms army officers wear to formal events and on parades.

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WWI trench maps
Think Defence
The National Library of Scotland has released an interactive mapping tool showing WWI trench maps. As well as clickable maps, they are available as georeferenced overlays, making it possible to compare the maps to each other and to modern satellite and map images.
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Report: Military needs to improve mental health care
Kelowna Daily Courier
The Canadian Forces have made great strides in dealing with combat injuries, but must do more to help soldiers and their families deal with mental health issues, a Commons committee reported recently. The all-party defence committee said the military should conduct rigorous mental health screening of recruits and train soldiers to assess their own mental health.
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Beneath the beach ball dome
Montreal Gazette
To the tourists who frolic in the crystal blue surf of this picturesque, white-sand beach, the Fort Walton Beach Holiday Inn Resort looks like, well, a Holiday Inn with a large beach-ball statue on top. But to military officials, it is known as Eglin Air Force Range Test Site A5. The combination resort hotel and military test site opened in late May in an unusual partnership between the military and private business in a time of tighter military budgets.
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Crew from 17 Wing Winnipeg assists in search for Downed aircraft
ChrisD.ca
A CT-142 training aircraft from 17 Wing Winnipeg assisted in a search and rescue mission for a downed plane near Sioux Lookout, ON recently. RCAF students from 402 Squadron were flying with their aircraft commander when they were asked by the Joint Rescue Coordination Centre in Trenton, ON, to locate an emergency locator transmitter detected by commercial traffic in their vicinity.
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CAE wins series of contracts in military aviation sector
The Globe and Mail
Flight simulator manufacturer CAE has won a series of contracts in the military aviation sector valued at about $110 million. Montreal-based CAE said recently that the contracts are for a range of training systems and services for defence customers in several different countries. The deals include development and support of the T-6C ground-based training system for the Royal New Zealand Air Force.
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U.S. Army researches the future of 3-D printing
U.S. Army
One day, soldiers will get critical repair parts at the point of need through innovative, reliable 3-D printing systems. This vision of the future will lift the logistics burden and lighten the load to provide more capabilities at less cost, according to Army researchers.
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