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The Royal Canadian Air Force is asking the defence industry for new costing data as it builds the business case for a long range, long endurance unmanned aircraft system.
Public Services and Procurement Canada recently issued a request for information on the Joint Unmanned Surveillance Targeting and Acquisition System project, a program that has been in development for over a decade.
The Trudeau cabinet is expected to "very soon" debate the size and scope of the country's reorganized mission against the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant, but precisely how much latitude those military trainers will get is going to be one of the most divisive elements of the discussion.
Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan will, at the same time, present cabinet with a timetable for ending the bombing campaign and bringing the country's contingent of CF-18 jet-fighters home from Iraq, according to several defence sources.
Canada's growing numbers of ill and injured soldiers are being failed by an understaffed, overburdened system in desperate need of an immediate and radical overhaul, says military Ombudsman Gary Walbourne.
In an exclusive interview with the Citizen, Walbourne praised a new, rapidly prepared and "brutally honest" report into the Joint Personnel Support Unit ordered by Chief of Defence Staff Jonathan Vance, but says its conclusions are merely an acknowledgment of what critics of the unit have been saying for at least three years.
The Royal Canadian Air Force began intermediate test flights in Havasu, CO, recently, and the city will host its pilots until the end of the month.
Lake Havasu City Municipal Airport manager Steve Johnston received a phone call in the fall, when RCAF officers announced that Havasu would be one of five airports to be considered for test flights in the U.S. Pilots met secretly with members of the Convention and Visitors Bureau, and CVB representatives gave them a tour of the city.
People walking along Kelowna's waterfront recently were treated to a special air show, courtesy of the Royal Canadian Air Force.
The 422 Transport and Rescue Squadron from Comox was training above Okanagan Lake for almost an hour, practicing hoist lifts via a CH-149 Cormorant helicopter.
The primary role of 442 Transport and Rescue Squadron is to provide aviation resources in support of the Joint Rescue Co-ordination Centre in Victoria. A team from the 442 Squadron flew to Penticton from Comox for training, as the Okanagan is part of the squadron's response region.
Flin Flon Reminder
When it comes to one of its most anticipated fundraisers in years, the Rotary Club of Flin Flon is ready for take-off.
The club will host the Rotary Air Show this summer at the Flin Flon Municipal Airport.
Featured are the Canadian Forces Snowbirds and the CF-18 demonstration team. Total flight time between pilots will be about one hour, 10 minutes.
The Rotary Club will direct proceeds from the event to the new Flin Flon General Hospital emergency department, a project for which private-sector fundraiser is required.
A Sarnia man has created a website as a tribute to his pilot dad, who defied the odds by surviving 43 harrowing bombing missions over Germany and Italy in the Second World War.
"I used to tell him he's a refugee from the law of averages," Tom Dunn said of his late father.
Indeed, Sean Hugh Dunn would seem an unlikely war hero. He grew up in comfort in Washington, D.C., and left to attend a prestigious university in a luxury car during the height of the Great Depression, his son said.
Military veterans looking for work will now have a new tool to help them transition out of the military.
It's a guide aimed at career counsellors to teach vets how to pump up their resumes. Five thousand members leave the military every year in Canada. But finding work with skills as a sniper or a combat engineer isn't easy, unless you know how to "sell" those skills.
A reunion cruise has been set up, to reunite former serving members, civilian staff and dependents who had the great fortune to be part of #1 Air Division in Europe.
The cruise will be aboard the Holland America ship, MS Nieuw Amsterdam — a highly-rated and new ship in their fleet. We will depart from Ft. Lauderdale, FL on April 10, 2016 — sailing through the Panama Canal on her way to Vancouver, B.C. The cruise length is 20 nights. The ports of call will be:
Cruising Panama Canal
Puerto Caldera, Costa Rica
Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala
Puerto Chiapas, Mexico
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
San Diego, California
As with all Panama Canal cruises — the ship will book up quickly — so the recommendation is to book soon to avoid disappointment. Already a core group are booked and ready to enjoy the companionship, the memories, wonderful weather, the ports and all the great amenities of life aboard a beautiful ship.
Visit our website!
Or, see us and join us on Facebook — #1 Air Division (Europe) Reunion — 2016
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The Toronto Garrison Officers' Ball 2016 will be held on Saturday, April 2nd, 2016, at the Allstream Centre, Exhibition Place, Toronto. This annual event is the highlight of the Garrison's social season and it may be of interest to the membership of the RCAF Association. Subscription pricing ranges from $125.00 to $175.00 per person, and based on previous years, we sell out quickly. Please visit www.torontogarrisonball.ca for additional information.
On 5 May 1941, No. 406 Squadron RCAF was created at RAF Acklington. Now, 75 years later, the unit is still operational as part of the CH-124 Sea King community. To celebrate 406's long-standing and diverse history, a multi-day event will be held from Friday May 13th — Saturday May 14th, 2016, for all past and present members!
May 28, 2016 — Squadron Open House & Mixed Mess Dinner
May 29, 2016 — Brunch followed by a choice of several activities: Golf day in the Fredericton area, day trip to St. Andrews (including whale watching trip), or day trip to St. John.
More information will be added as details are finalized, but initial information is to help those travelling from afar. Please feel free to share with any former Wolf Pack members!
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408 Goose Squadron Association
Come out and celebrate the 75th anniversary of 408 Squadron!
The 408 Goose Squadron Association is proud to celebrate the 75th Anniversary and Reunion of the formation of 408 Squadron on the weekend of June 24-26, 2016. Register now for the early-bird rate!
Click here to view the event poster.
Click here to learn more about the event.
The New Brunswick Aviation Museum is hosting a reunion from July 8-10, 2016 to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the opening of Royal Canadian Air Force Station/Canadian Forces Base Chatham. The reunion is open to anyone who ever worked or trained there from 1941 until 1996, including former military and civilian personnel and their families. The reunion is also open to anyone who served at St. Margaret's or Tracadie Air Range.
Sabre Pilots Association of the Air Division Squadrons
Sept. 15-18, 2016
Delta City Centre Hotel, Ottawa
The Ottawa members of SPAADS look forward to, again, welcoming our fellow members as our guests to join us in your nation's capital for the 2016 reunion. Our SPAADS 2016 website has just been activated. Here you will find information helpful for you to register for the reunion, make your hotel reservations, and assist you with your stay here in Ottawa.
Halifax International Security Forum
The Halifax International Security Forum announced recently that the 8th Halifax International Security Forum will take place from Nov. 18-20, 2016 in Halifax, N.S.
The annual Forum brings together democratic security leaders from more than 60 countries to address the most pressing international security challenges.
"As local communities deal with the consequences of global security threats, I am proud that Halifax provides an important venue for people with shared values to come together and build strategies for working more closely together," said Peter Van Praagh, President of the Halifax International Security Forum.
Invitations to the Nov. 18-20, 2016 Forum will be issued in the spring.
For more information about the Halifax International Security Forum, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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