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Here are the names of Canadian Army, Navy and Air Force units receiving the "Afghanistan" Theatre Honour
Ottawa Citizen
Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced that eligible units of the Royal Canadian Navy, the Canadian Army, Royal Canadian Air Force and the Canadian Special Operations Forces that participated in the South-West Asia theatre of conflict have been bestowed with the "Arabian Sea" or the "Afghanistan" Theatre Honour.
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Governor General at 14 Wing Greenwood for installation of new standard
Kings County
David Johnston, Governor General and Commander-in-Chief of Canada, was in Greenwood. Johnston was at 14 Wing Greenwood to take part in the presentation and consecration of a new standard for 405 squadron. He also addressed Canadian Armed Forces members. Formed in 1941, 405 Eagle Squadron was the Royal Canadian Air Force's first bomber squadron.
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Canadian Army and RCAF taking part in RIMPAC 2014
Ottawa Citizen
RIMPAC 14 is the 24th exercise in the series. It will take place between 26 June and 1 August 2014 in the Hawaiian and Southern California area. The exercise will involve 47 ships, six submarines, more than 200 aircraft and roughly 25,000 personnel from 23 nations, including: Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Colombia, France, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, People’s Republic of China, Peru, the Republic of Korea, the Republic of the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Tonga, the United Kingdom and the United States.
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Here are the names of Canadian Army, Navy and Air Force units receiving the "Afghanistan" Theatre Honour
Ottawa Citizen
Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced that eligible units of the Royal Canadian Navy, the Canadian Army, Royal Canadian Air Force and the Canadian Special Operations Forces that participated in the South-West Asia theatre of conflict have been bestowed with the "Arabian Sea" or the "Afghanistan" Theatre Honour.

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Canada to let private companies decide where search-and-rescue aircraft are based
Leader-Post
It will be up to aerospace firms vying to supply Canada with new search-and-rescue aircraft to decide where such planes are to be located — a process that raises questions about private companies deciding the country's defence policy and where military staff are located.

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Critics wonder what air force is giving up in new Cyclone deal
The Chronicle Herald
The New Democratic opposition and a defence expert say they want to know what sort of compromises the air force might have to swallow in order to accept its long-delayed maritime helicopters. A series of government and defence sources revealed that public works had struck an agreement with the U.S. manufacturer of the CH-148 Cyclone helicopters to amend the purchase contract.

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Snowbirds, grounded
National Post
Canadians may soon have to say goodbye to the Snowbirds, our iconic military aerobatics team. The highly skilled pilots who perform at air shows and national ceremonies could be grounded within a year or so, because successive governments have failed to replace the Snowbirds' half-century-old CT-114 Tutor jet aircraft. Safety is paramount in formation flying. At speeds exceeding 500 kilometres per hour, the slightest mechanical issue can lead to catastrophic collision.
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Seat on Hamilton's Avro Lancaster fetches $79,100
Hamilton Spectator
Matthew Munson is over the moon about flying in Hamilton's Avro Lancaster. The 34-year-old businessman from Henley-on-Thames in England is so excited, he isn't the least bit deterred about paying a whopping $79,100 for the transatlantic privilege. "It's a helluva lot of money," admits Munson, who owns a company that deals in everything from information technology to farm machinery.
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70th anniversary of the founding of the RCAF's first three squadrons dedicated to air transport operations
RCAF
The National Air Force Museum of Canada's Ad Astra stone programme has proven very successful both at raising funds for the museum and providing a modest but poignant means of recognizing those who have served, or are serving, with Canada's Air Force. As the programme was implemented in 1995, five decades after the end of the Second World War , it is unsurprising that those most deserving of recognition — those who gave their lives during the war…are least represented amongst the over 10,500 stones in the RCAF Memorial Air Park.
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D-Day Commemorations - 70th anniversary events
RCAF
For more information on the incredible commemorative events taking place in Conneaut, OH, on the shores of Lake Erie, to mark the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings, please click the read more button below.
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Only 15 days to CANSEC 2014!
CANSEC
The Honourable Robert Nicholson, Minister of National Defence, has confirmed his attendance at CANSEC 2014 as our keynote speaker for the day one luncheon. Minister Nicholson will be speaking to audience of more than 800 delegates. Other featured speakers include Lieutenant-General Guy Thibeault, Vice Chief of the Defence Staff, at the day one breakfast event, and the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Public Works and Government Services, at the day two luncheon.
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A Bomber Command Museum of Canada Bulletin
Bomber Command Museum
Join us at the Bomber Command Museum as we commemorate the Victoria Cross flight of the only Albertan awarded VC during World War Two.
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AHS International 70th Annual Forum & Technology Display
AHS
AHS International will hold its Forum in Montréal on May, the 20th, the 21st and the 22nd 2014 at The Palais des Congrès de Montréal. This year’s theme is “Celebrating International Cooperation in Vertical Flight Technology,” considers the productive partnerships between industry, academia and governments around the world that are advancing the state of the art of vertical flight. "For seven decades, the AHS International Annual Forum and Technology Display has brought together representatives from industry, academia and governments around the world to tackle the toughest challenges in vertical flight," said Mike Hirschberg, AHS International Executive Director.
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RCAF St-Hubert Reunion
RCAF
The bi-annual Junior Ranks Reunion is held for those who were stationed at RCAF Station St. Hubert - including but not limited to those who worked with the 401 & 438 Reserve Sqn’s, 104 KU, 426 Sqn, ADCHQ, and all other units. Today St. Hubert has so much less activity that we hold our reunion at RCAF Base Trenton. Our 9th bi-annual reunion will be held in the WOs' & SGTs' Mess at 8 Wing Trenton, Ontario between June 20th – 22nd, 2014.
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75th anniversary of the Harvard in Canada
RCAF
2014 marks the 75th anniversary of the Harvard in Canada. The Harvard Mark II saw service with the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan from 1939 to 1945. The Harvard Mark IV saw service as an advanced trainer during the 1950s and 60s. The Canadian Harvard Aircraft Association invites anyone who flew, trained with or serviced this magnificent aircraft to join us on the weekend of 20-22 June, 2014 as we celebrate 75 years of the Harvard with “The Gathering of Harvards and Heroes”. We have invited all currently flying Harvard aircraft to join us at the Tillsonburg airport, and we will have presentations, aircraft flying, contests and a banquet on the Saturday night. On Sunday we will attempt to put into the air the largest formation of Harvards since they were in service. More information for accommodations, program of events and participating aircraft can be found at our website and on Facebook. This will be a wonderful opportunity to see, touch and even fly in these historic aircraft. Please join us as we continue the legend.
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