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Canadian fighter jets made a rare bombing run on Islamic State forces in Syria recently, only the fifth time in almost a year that such targets have been attacked.
The raid also came as the Liberal government prepares to outline to Canadians the timeline by which it will withdraw the six fighter jets from the mission and increase the number of training troops for Iraqi security forces.
The 79 Canadians who inhabit the northernmost community on Earth last saw daylight on Oct. 14 at 12:30 p.m. The sun will next crest the horizon here at 10:41 a.m. on Feb. 28. When it does, Canada's "frozen chosen" will hold a party to celebrate its return.
The Cold War never ended at Alert, the Canadian Forces' remotest outpost. It abuts the Arctic Ocean atop Ellesmere Island, closer to Moscow than to Ottawa and further from the capital than Halifax is from Vancouver. And since it opened in 1956, the top-secret military installation has developed a near-mystical reputation within the Forces.
In these new photos released by Combat Camera, a CC-150T Polaris aircraft provides air-to-air refueling to a Royal Air Force Tornado fighter jet over Iraq during Operation IMPACT. The Polaris pilots are shown getting ready for their mission.
The Chief of the Defence Staff, General Jonathan Vance, recently released the Canadian Armed Forces' (CAF) first progress report on addressing inappropriate sexual behaviour.
It has been almost six months since Vance announced Operation Honour, the CAF's mission to eliminate harmful and inappropriate sexual behaviour in the organization. The report outlines the progress achieved by the CAF in implementing the Operation Honour directives, as well as the 10 recommendations of the External Review Authority, former Supreme Court Justice Marie Deschamps.
The Barrie Examiner
In a patriotic streak of red and white against a clear blue sky, Canada's Snowbirds announced their attendance as guests of honour at the Canadian Forces Base Borden Centennial 2016 Air Show.
As one in a series of events highlighting CFB Borden's 100-year celebration, two pilots landed in a single Tutor at the Lake Simcoe Regional Airport recently to finalize their plans for one of their 62 performances this summer.
A crew from the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) recently made history with the first all RCAF crew landing the Sikorsky CH-148 Cyclone on the back of one of the Royal Canadian Navy's modernized frigates, Her Majesty's Canadian Ship Halifax. Pilots from 12 Wing Shearwater were conducting deck qualification training in advance of going to sea for further operational testing and evaluation.
Lapsing in and out of consciousness as his parachute drifted downwards, airman Ed Beaton miraculously survived the crash of his Halifax Bomber over France in the Second World War.
Seven decades later, fate delivered another surprise for the Regina man's family. The helmet he likely wore when the plane was shot down, claiming five of the seven-man crew, has also come home. The helmet journeyed from France to Ottawa, where Beaton's son Gerald, taking a flight from Regina, went to pick it up recently and bring it back home.
Officials from 4 Wing Cold Lake attended an MD of Bonnyville council meeting to seek financial support for the upcoming air show.
Wing Commander Col. Eric Kenny recently made a presentation to council, outlining the base's plans for a revamped air show. The two-day 2016 Cold Lake Air Show is planned for this summer, but Kenny's hopes are to transform it into a biennial event that benefits not only 4 Wing and the City of Cold Lake, AB, but the entire region.
Air Cadet League of Canada
As part of our anniversary celebration, we have been reaching out to past Cadets to share with us where being an Air Cadet has taken them. Celebrate 75 years of Cadets in Canada by sharing your "Cadet Story."
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
For further information, contact Gary Arnold — firstname.lastname@example.org
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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