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Government of Canada announces improvements to Canada's Search and Rescue system
Government of Canada
Defence Minister Jason Kenney and Steven Blaney, Canada's Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, recently announced a series of measures that will help strengthen the SAR system, including investment in a satellite system to improve detection of activated emergency beacons.
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Canada's reactivated CF-18 'Rams' squadron takes flight
Flightglobal
Canada's newly reborn CF-18 fighter squadron conducted its first operational fight since reactivating recently. The Royal Canadian Air Force announced on Facebook that the 401 Tactical Fighter Squadron based at Cold Lake, AB, took to the skies recently, marking the unit's first operational flight since disbanding in 1996.
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The next threat — flying improvised explosive devices
Ottawa Citizen
The crash landing of a hobbyist's quadcopter on the grounds of the White House this past winter has sparked fears that a low-tech enemy like the Islamic State could harness such a device to deliver a bomb — and that explosive ordnance disposal techs would have to confront it. "I personally believe that the unmanned platform is going to be one of the most important weapons of our age," Navy Capt. Vincent Martinez, commander of the Naval Surface Warfare Center EOD Technology Division, said.
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Vintage warbird arrives in Penticton
Infotel
Penticton and South Okanagan residents have an opportunity to get up close to a vintage war machine. A Commemorative Air Force Arizona Wing Aviation Museum aircrew arrived in the recently, with the museum’s "Sentimental Journey," the museum’s fully restored B-17. The plane will be in Penticton for tours and flights.
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Georgetown woman, 95, recalls her time in RCAF as war raged
TheIFP.ca
The year was 1941. As the Second World War raged on, Canadian women were making history as they broke free from their traditional roles in the home and headed to the armed and air forces to proudly serve their country. While that was more than seven decades ago, Georgetown resident Joan Scannell remembers this time like it was yesterday. The spry 95-year-old old was amongst the small yet groundbreaking group of ladies who comprised the first squadron of the Royal Canadian Air Force, Women's Division.
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Bushplane Museum like home to senior volunteers
Sault Star
At 90 years old, Jim Scotland is still at work. "There are so many stories here," said Jim Scotland, founding member of the Canadian Bushplane Heritage Centre and WWII air force veteran. "I worked for the (Department of) Lands and Forests, or MNR as it's known as now, for almost 40 years and I was in this building," Scotland said referring to the CBHC site.
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Air Force leaders: Directed energy could increase warfighters' options
Air Force Times
Directed energy technology could vastly increase the options that war fighters have available to them, Air Force leaders said recently, arguing it's a desperately needed update to defense capabilities. "We have about the same weapons we had on 9/11 for our air defense," said Lt. Gen. William Etter, commander of the Continental U.S. North American Aerospace Defense Command Region, charged with protecting the U.S. homeland.
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F-35 set to make its debut
CNN
The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter is set to make its debut, and one of the nation's top Marines says if recent tests are any indication, things won't go well for the "bad guys." The fighter jet has been in development for nearly 15 years and is touted as the most advanced weapons system of the modern era, combining stealth capabilities, supersonic speed, extreme agility and state of the art sensor fusion technology.
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#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 3wingbrats@gmail.com.

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!"

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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.

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Snowbirds 45th Anniversary Reunion
431 Air Demonstration Squadron/Snowbirds Alumni Association
Registration is now open for the Snowbirds 45th Anniversary Reunion to be held in Moose Jaw from Oct. 8-11, 2015. Team Alumni, Honourary Snowbirds and Associate Members of the Snowbirds Alumni Association may register here. All details pertaining to the reunion, including cost, hotels and travel arrangements are available online. Former team members are also requested to send their contact details to the Snowbirds Alumni Association at snowbirdsalumni@gmail.com.
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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.

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2016 #1 Air Division Cruise Reunion

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:

Cartagena, Columbia
Cruising Panama Canal
Puerto Caldera, Costa Rica
Corinto, Nicaragua
Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala
Puerto Chiapas, Mexico
Huatulco, Mexico
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
San Diego, California
Victoria, B.C.
Seattle, Washington
Vancouver, B.C.

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 — garnold@cruiseshipcenters.com

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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)

Sincerely,

John T. Stemple, M.A.
Photojournalist

P.O. Box 3893
Winter Haven, FL 33885

Telephone: (863) 291-3190

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