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Tight budget reduces air force's time in the sky
The Leader-Post
Federal budget cuts have been quietly clipping the wings of the Canadian military, with the air force's fighter jets, search-and-rescue helicopters and other aircraft spending more time on the ground in an attempt to save money. The belt-tightening, combined with increasing fuel, utility and training costs, has also made it more difficult for the Royal Canadian Air Force to pay for such essentials as removing snow from runways, and has forced it to cut back on preventive aircraft maintenance.
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Mark Salesse: RCAF avalanche victim's body recovered
CBC News
The body of an RCAF member, missing after being caught in an avalanche, has been located in Banff National Park, his mother tells CBC News. The family of Sgt. Mark Salesse, 44, a native of Bathurst, N.B., were told that his body had been found buried beneath 2.7 metres of snow. "The door bell rang, and the three military people were there and I thought, 'oh my god they found him, they found him,'" said Liz Quinn, Salesse's mother from her home in Moncton, N.B.
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Military: Canada's Iraq mission has cost $122 million
Toronto Star
Canada's air and ground mission battling Islamic State extremists in Iraq has cost $122 million so far, new figures show. Defence Minister Jason Kenney recently overturned weeks of silence by the Defence Department on the issue and revealed the price tag of the mission to date. "We think these costs are entirely reasonable given the importance of this mission," Kenney said in a statement.
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Canadian troops return fire against ISIS militants again
Portage Daily Graphic
Canadian troops were forced to return fire on ISIS fighters in Iraq. In a technical briefing for the press, Navy Capt. Paul Forget declined to provide details on the exchange, but said Canadian Forces "had to return fire in self defence after coming under fire from (ISIS) fighters." Canadians have conducted 14 air strikes recently, hitting ISIS fighting positions, heavy equipment, buildings, vehicles and storage facilities, Forget said.
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3 Saskatchewan lakes named to honour fallen soldiers
Global News
Three lakes in northern Saskatchewan have been named after soldiers from the Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry who died in Afghanistan. The geomemorial recognizes the sacrifices of individuals who were born or spent time in Saskatchewan and who gave their lives in service.

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Cyclone helicopters delivered to the RCAF?
Ottawa Citizen
I had a Defence Watch reader inform me that four Cyclone maritime helicopters had been delivered to the RCAF at 12 Wing Shearwater. Phone calls were made to NDHQ, but it turns out that is not the complete story. As has happened before, there are indeed Cyclones in Canada for training.

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RCAF commander to retire in military shake-up
Metro News
A number of changes are in the works for military brass, including the retirement of the head of the air force and the promotion of the first women to run the personnel branch. The country's top military commander, Gen. Tom Lawson, has announced a series of promotions and new postings, many of which take effect throughout the coming months.

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RCAF P-51 Mustang alive and well in Palm Springs
Ottawa Citizen
Last year, I visited the Palm Springs Air Museum in Palm Springs, CA. They have quite a collection of aircraft — well worth the visit. Warbird News is now reporting the museum has just celebrated the return of its P-51D Mustang, 44-74908. It has returned after restoration work. The Mustang rolled off the production line on July 8, 1945; too late to see combat in the Second World War, Warbird News writes.
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The latest in Lancaster bomber-ware
Hamilton Spectator
Are you struggling to come up with a gift idea for the bomber buff in your life? The Canadian Warplane Heritage museum recently took to eBay with a couple of Lancaster tour collectibles — a flight suit and a diecast model of the aircraft. Both items are signed by the Lancaster crew that made the trip to and from the U.K. to take part in a series of air shows with the only other airworthy Lancaster in the world.
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Veterans face delays up to 2 years for severance pay
The Chronicle Herald
Part-time soldiers who've left the military now face longer waits — some almost two years — for severance pay in a moribund system National Defence had promised to fix. Former military ombudsman Pierre Daigle investigated a series of complaints when reservists, unlike their full-time counterparts, were waiting a year, sometimes longer, to receive the mandatory pay-outs after shedding their uniforms.
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Wounded Warriors Canada donates to Alberta PTSD horse therapy program
Edmonton Sun
Armed forces members coping with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and Operation Stress Injuries are healing with help from horses. Wounded Warriors Canada is donating $170,000 to Can Praxis, an Alberta-based equine program that supports ill and injured Canadian Armed Forces members, veterans and their families. The Can Praxis program, based out of Rocky Mountain House, helps improve interpersonal communication and reduces conflict in relationships.
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Second World War Tribute Request
Veterans Affairs Canada
To mark the 75th anniversary of Canada's engagement in the Second World War, beginning Sept. 10, 2014, living Canadian Veterans of the Second World War may request a special commemorative lapel pin and certificate of recognition.
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National Volunteer Week 2015 theme: 'Volunteers are part of the ripple effect'
Volunteer Canada
A volunteer action is like a stone thrown in a lake: its effect has a direct impact. At the same time, like ripples, volunteer efforts reach out far and wide to improve communities. Undeniably, volunteers rock.

National Volunteer Week is a time to recognize, celebrate and thank Canada's 13.3 million volunteers. NVW 2015 takes place April 12-18. It marks the 12th consecutive year we've delivered the NVW campaign in partnership with Investors Group, Canada's corporate leader in volunteer recognition.

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Museum Expansion Gala
Bomber Command Museum of Canada
Saturday, May 9, 2015
5:30 pm to 10:00 pm (MDT)
Nanton, AB

Please have a look at our expansion plans, plan on attending our Museum Expansion Gala, and support the project by bidding on some fantastic items such as a two-hour flight in an L39 Albatros Jet!

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UPDATED: Canada's Aviation Hall of Fame to induct 4 new members and honour a Belt of Orion recipient
Canada's Aviation Hall of Fame
Canada's Aviation Hall of Fame (CAHF) will induct four new members at its 42nd annual gala dinner and ceremony to be held Thursday, June 4, 2015, at the Skyservice hangar in Toronto, ON, at the Toronto Pearson International Airport. (Please note the new location.) The annual black-tie event is a highlight in Canadian aviation celebration and draws attendance from across Canada.

The new members are:
Arthur Roy Brown, DSC: WWI pilot and combat leader
James Stuart "Jim" McBride: aviation entrepreneur
George Miller, CD: leader of the Snowbirds aerobatic team, 1973
Owen Bartley "O.B." Philp C.M., DFC, CD: a military pilot and driving spirit behind the formation of Canada's Aerial Demonstration Squadron — the Snowbirds.
AeroVelo Inc. — Belt of Orion Award for Excellence.

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RCAF Airwomen's 12th Reunion
RCAF Airwomen
June 5-7, 2015
The Coast High Country Inn
4051 4th Avenue, Whitehorse, Yukon Y1A 1H1

Hello ladies,
Your 12th Reunion Committee is hard at work finalizing plans for our reunion at The Coast High Country Inn in Whitehorse, YK.

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1 Air Division (Europe) Reunion 2015!
1 Air Div Reunion 2015 Committee
Registration is now open for the 1 Air Division (Europe) Reunion 2015 at the beautiful Tigh-Na-Mara Resort in Parksville, B.C., on Oct. 30-31, 2015!

Come and celebrate with us at a destination reunion on Vancouver Island! Former 1 Air Division personnel and their children are welcome.

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