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Battle of the Atlantic to be remembered during ceremony
Inside Ottawa Valley
Join the Almonte branch, Branch 240, of the Royal Canadian Legion as they honour the Battle of the Atlantic that occurred during the Second World War.
The annual event is a tribute to the many Canadians who lost their lives during the 2,075-day-long battle that lasted from 1939 to 1945. Hundreds of members of the Royal Canadian Navy, the Royal Canadian Air Force and the Canadian Merchant Navy died while keeping the shipping lanes open between Europe and North America.
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Canadian airmen work, train with Air Force through military exchange program
U.S. Air Force
Throughout history, countries have relied on each other and their militaries to succeed, and with one program, service members from separate nations are able to work together to learn more about another nation's military.
The military exchange program gives a service member in the U.S. Air Force and the Royal Canadian Air Force an opportunity to work for the other nation for three years at a time to learn their systems and methods.
The intent of the program is to create a better understanding and cooperation between allied militaries to provide a better functioning relationship.
Canada's Iraq task force gets new commander
Following a ceremony at Camp Canada in Kuwait, Brigadier-General Lise Bourgon assumed command of Joint Task Force-Iraq (JTF-I) from Brigadier-General Dan Constable, the Canadian Forces announced. As Commander of JTF-I, Brigadier-General Bourgon will command approximately 600 Canadian Armed Forces personnel deployed on Operation IMPACT — Canada's military contribution to the multi-national coalition against the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. JTF-I includes Air Task Force-Iraq as well as planning teams and liaison officers working alongside counterparts.
Canada restarts attempt to buy drones
After years of delays, the Canadian military is rebooting its attempt to buy a fleet of UAVs for domestic and international missions.
But it already appears that the U.S.-built Predator could have the inside track on the project worth about $1.5 billion, according to industry sources.
Royal Canadian Air Force Brig. Gen. Phil Garbutt told industry representatives in Ottawa recently that the plan is to have the first aircraft available for operations in 2021.
Photos: U.S. and Canadian troops take part in Maple Resolve 2015
Approximately 6,750 military personnel from the Canadian Army, the Royal Canadian Air Force, the United States and the United Kingdom are taking part in the largest Canadian Army exercise of the year at the Canadian Manoeuvre Training Centre at Wainwright, AB.
An AED, just in case
Peninsula News Review
A Sidney organization has purchased a new Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) for any "what if" scenarios.
The Army, Navy and Air Force Veterans in Canada Unit 302 becomes the latest location of the potentially life-saving device. A busy, active place, the ANAVETS unit felt it was important to have an AED on site, not only to serve their clients but the general public as well.
Parents' wartime letters inspire new book
Like any son or daughter, Joanne Culley has always been aware of her parents' love for each other.
Still, the discovery, and subsequent reading, of the more than 600 wartime letters exchanged between Harry Culley and his then-fiancée Helen Reeder opened her eyes to a whole new side of that love while providing a unique, and very personal, glimpse of the Second World War as experienced on both sides of the Atlantic.
U.S. Air Force fighter jets to have lasers by 2022: New weaponry to be used in combat
International Business Times
A scene from your favorite science fiction film may just become the new normal for the United States Air Force over the next seven years. By 2022, the Air Force's entire fleet of fighter jets could be equipped with new laser weaponry technology designed to be used in combat, according to multiple news reports.
A laser boasting more than 100 kilowatts of fire power would significantly enhance a fighter jet's ability to render its target all but useless, but all the positives of this technological advance do come with some negatives.
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Lt. Col. Maryse Carmichael, CD, RCAF (ret'd), first female Snowbird Pilot and Commander, guest speaker at Canada's Aviation Hall of Fame 42nd Induction Ceremony
Canada's Aviation Hall of Fame
Lt. Col. Maryse Carmichael, CD, RCAF (ret'd) will be the guest speaker at the 42nd annual induction ceremony of Canada's Aviation Hall of Fame. The former RCAF pilot was the first woman chosen to be part of the Snowbirds demonstration flight team, and later became the Commanding Officer of the squadron.
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. 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.
RCAF Airwomen's 12th Reunion
June 5-7, 2015
The Coast High Country Inn
4051 4th Avenue, Whitehorse, Yukon Y1A 1H1
Your 12th Reunion Committee is hard at work finalizing plans for our reunion at The Coast High Country Inn in Whitehorse, YK.
CAHS 52nd National Convention and Annual General Meeting
Canadian Aviation Historical Society
June 17-21, 2015
We look forward to seeing many of you at the Canadian Aviation Historical Society's 52nd National Convention and Annual General Meeting in Hamilton, Ontario on June 17-21, 2015 at the Courtyard Marriott Hotel. The CAHS Convention page has been updated with the registration form, schedule, revised time for AGM, and more! Click the link for more information about the convention.
#3 Wing RCAF Zweibrucken Germany, Brats Reunion
3 Wing Zweibrucken Brats
A reunion for all Brats of military personnel stationed to 3 Wing Zweibrucken, Germany during 1953 to 1969. The reunion will be held in Comox, B.C. on the weekend of September 11th, 2015.
Registrations are now open and information is available on the reunion website and Facebook page or contact the committee directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Come and reunite with long lost Brat friends or make new ones at the reunion. Once a Brat, always a Brat... and we'd love to "See You in September!"
5th Annual Memorial Golf Tournament
Canadian Heroes Foundation
The Canadian Heroes Foundation, together with American Heroes Racing, are proud to announce that our annual memorial golf tournament will be taking place on...
September 17, 2015
At John Daly's first Signature golf course: Thundering Waters Golf Club
Niagara Falls, ON
This year, we will be playing in memory of two Fallen Heroes: a Canadian soldier and an American soldier, both of whom served their countries while abroad.
440 Squadron Reunion
A gala reunion of former 440 Squadron members will be held in Ottawa from Oct. 1-4 this year. Although the gathering will be hosted by the aircrew veterans of the CF-100 era in Bagotville and Zweibruecken (1953-1962), squadron members from other eras and their guests are welcome to join in the festivities, which will include a special event at the Canadian War Museum, an Octoberfest evening, golf, tours, a closing dinner and a farewell brunch.
Planning is in the early stages, but already many of the old gang have indicated that they will be attending. Registration forms will be available soon.
For further information, please contact Reunion Chairman Paul Manson at email@example.com.
1 Air Division (Europe) Reunion 2015!
1 Air Division 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.
2016 #1 Air Division Cruise Reunion
There is going to be a 2016 #1 Air Division Cruise Reunion, open to all who served in Europe from 1950 to 1991.
You can access the information at our webpage.
You can contact Gary Arnold, retired military, at 604-226-6894 or 1-800-661-3770.
You may also contact Christine Eden.
RCAF memorial event: January 2016
It is my hope that fellow RCAF Association members in the Clearwater and Tampa, FL, areas can join us on January 11th, 2016, to honour those Floridians who volunteered with the RCAF and RAF during the Second World War. The Royal Canadian Legion Post 144 plans to host the event during their meeting at the American Legion Post 7 facility in Clearwater, FL. Canadian Forces personnel from around Florida will attend. Karl Kjarsgaard, who is a Board Member of Bomber Command Museum of Canada and the Director of Halifax 57 Rescue (Canada), will be speaking and displaying Bomber Command Museum's transportable memorial. We will also have representatives or members of the Civil Air Patrol (U.S. Air Force Auxiliary) and Florida Aviation Historical Society. Hopefully, RAF, USAF and other officials will agree to attend. The building's occupancy capacity is 225 persons. The two plaques that will be dedicated can be seen here and here. Note that Halifax 57 Rescue (Canada) donated the aluminum for the RCAF crest. The metal was obtained from a downed Halifax bomber. I will update everyone again once additional details become known. Mr. Dann Oliver (RCL Post 144 & RCL Eastern Division, U.S.A.) and I are planning and coordinating.
The following links provide additional information:
The Royal Canadian Legion Post 144
American Legion Post 7
Bomber Command Museum of Canada
Halifax 57 Rescue (Canada)
John T. Stemple, M.A.
P.O. Box 3893
Winter Haven, FL 33885
Telephone: (863) 291-3190
50 Minthorn Blvd., Suite 800, Thornhill, ON, L3T 7X8