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As you know, RCAF delivers RCAF Association News direct to your inbox each Friday, briefing you on the latest industry news that impacts your practice. But we know you are busy and may have missed an important article or two. To that end, here's your monthly recap of the top five stories your peers accessed this month. For more articles, or to see what's trending now, visit the RCAF Association News portal. To unsubscribe from this monthly recap, click here.


Matt Gurney: Symbolic military gestures only mean so much
National Post
As a relatively rare Canadian journalist with an active interest in security and defence issues, my editors came to me asking what I thought about the decision to bring back some traditional ranks, titles and uniform patches to the Canadian Army. The announcement, made by Defence Minister Peter MacKay in Halifax, is part of the Conservative government's continuing efforts to make Canada's military history a much greater part of our national life.
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Royal Canadian Air Force could be next to go retro
Toronto Sun
The Royal Canadian Air Force is next in line to go retro on its rank titles, the Defence Minister confirmed. A day after announcing the Army would revert its uniforms, symbols and ranking system back to original British Army and Commonwealth designations, Peter MacKay told reporters the same would next be applied to the Air Force.
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Meet the RCAF's newest search and rescue technicians
Royal Canadian Air Foce
Carrying on a proud and unique tradition among graduation ceremonies in the Canadian Armed Forces, the Royal Canadian Air Force's six newest search and rescue (SAR) technicians parachuted into 19 Wing Comox, B.C., for their graduation ceremony. The graduation ceremony marked the end of 11 months of intense training.
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RCAF pilot assigned to protect skies over Washington
Ottawa Citizen
It seems unbelievable that a small-town kid from Clinton, ON, would end up being the first Royal Canadian Air Force pilot assigned to protect the skies over Washington, D.C. But for Jeffery M. Powell, a 13-year RCAF aviator, that is exactly what has happened.
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Canada gets first of 15 new Chinook helicopters
Defense News
The Royal Canadian Air Force received its first of 15 new Chinook helicopters. The aircraft's features include a modernized airframe with a long-range fuel system, upgraded electrical system, fully integrated Common Avionics Architecture System cockpit, and Digital Automatic Flight Control System. The aircraft also has improved survivability features including a Directional Infrared Countermeasures system.
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  CANEX - What's In It For You?
CANEX, Established in 1968, is a retail operation made up of a number of stores and services, designed specifically to meet the needs of the military community. In many ways, CANEX goes beyond the normal retail requirements in order to ensure the military community reaps extra benefit from the operation.
 


 

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