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Sachem & Glanbrook Gazette
The country's top military commander came out strongly in favour of acquiring armed drones for future operations in a bold statement recently that is likely to make the Liberal government uncomfortable.
Gen. Jonathan Vance, in an appearance before the Senate defence and security committee, said he has raised the priority for the air force's drone program, which has been in the planning stages and proceeding in fits and starts for more than a decade.
The upcoming federal budget is not expected to commit to a broad increase in military spending, say several defence sources.
In fact, newly tabled fiscal planning documents suggest overall spending on the military could to shrink by almost $400 million in the coming year.
During the election campaign, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau promised to maintain the former Conservative government's defence spending levels and increase funding in 2017, as laid out in last year's federal budget.
Royal Canadian Air Force CF-18s could fly low over Terrace this summer, should a local request be granted.
The appearance would coincide with the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 13's 2016 Riverboat Days parade.
"To add excitement and variety to the 20l6 (Riverboat Days) program, a request has been made for Royal Canadian Air Force participation," wrote Riverboat Days president Susan Bostock in a letter to Terrace city council.
Cold Lake Sun
Veterans across the country gathered to commemorate the battles they fought to liberate Kuwait 25 years ago.
From Esquimalt, B.C., to Halifax, and at bases in Trenton, Petawawa, Bagotville, Valcartier and Cold Lake, men and women who fought in the Persian Gulf War gathered to mark the silver anniversary of the ceasefire that marked the end of Canada's first major international conflict since the Korean war.
Not all F/A-18 pilots have heard of Leslie Shook, but every Hornet pilot knows her voice. The Boeing employee is the voice of the "oral alert," a series of pre-recorded commands that help a pilot avoid his or her imminent demise.
Shook is now retiring from the company, which put together a nice tribute video to her.
The Canadian Forces are transporting a decommissioned CF-18 fighter aircraft from CFB Bagotville, QC, to Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado, according to the U.S. military. The aircraft left recently and is being moved by road. It is expected to arrive shortly in Colorado.
Canada has donated the CF-18 fighter to the United States Air Force Heritage Program.
The Vancouver Sun
"I drove for 20 seconds with my car on cruise control at 100 kilometres per hour with my eyes closed," recalls retired Lt.- Col. Rob Martin. "I wanted to end my life. I felt like a failure."
That's how bad it got for Martin, who has post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), a war-related injury from his time serving in Afghanistan with the Canadian Armed Forces.
"Mentally, I was a wreck. I was the deputy commander... and I couldn't put two sentences together," he says.
A new jet designed to train fighter pilots is turning heads with its unique look. The SR-10 jet trainer has forward-swept wings, making the plane more maneuverable in flight.
Developed by the Russian KB SAT design bureau, the SR-10 has its wings pointed forward at a 10-degree angle. According to UPI, the manufacturer claims this gives the plane better stability at slower speeds and "enhanced takeoff and landing performance."
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.
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 — email@example.com
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!
407 Long Range Patrol Squadron
407 Long Range Patrol Squadron will be holding a 75th Anniversary Reunion, from June 17-19, 2016, in Comox, B.C. All current and former "Demons," and friends of the Squadron, past and present, are invited to attend. Further details are available at www.407reunion.com. Deadline for registration is May 15, 2016. Any questions may be directed to the Reunion Committee at firstname.lastname@example.org. To Hold on High!
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!
*Note: RSVPing for this event on Facebook does not constitute an official RSVP to the organizing committee.*
Please email email@example.com to officially RSVP.
A lot has changed, but a lot has stayed the same.
The 75-year heritage — and future — of four Royal Canadian Air Force Squadrons will be showcased at a June 23-26 gathering at 14 Wing Greenwood, Nova Scotia; along with 50 years' worth of VP International history. Organizers expect up to 600 guests to attend anniversary events over the week, all highlighting the strong relationships within the Canadian aviation community, and with international partners.
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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