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Canadian Forces tactical radar deal with Thales fails — RCAF trying to figure out next steps
Ottawa Citizen
The RCAF and federal government aren't sure how to proceed with replacing the air force's TPS-70 tactical radars. The radars were bought in 1990 and delivered the next year. They are obviously old and take a lot of work to keep operating. That is why they needed to be replaced. But CBC reported that the RCAF/DND's project to replace the radars has been derailed.
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General Jonathan Vance on stopping sexual abuse, our biggest threats and his plans for the Forces
National Post
General Jonathan Vance recently took over as Canada's chief of defence staff, just after the release of a scathing report detailing problems with sexual harassment in the military. One of Canada's most decorated soldiers, Vance served two combat tours in Afghanistan, was a senior NATO commander in Europe, and before taking on his new post, was responsible for all Canadian military operations in Canada and overseas.
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Video: Change of command at 17 Wing
AM 680 CJOB
Eighteen years after he was first posted in Winnipeg, Colonel Andrew Cook is back, this time as the new commander. Col. Cook takes over the reins from Colonel Joël Roy, who is taking a position with 1 Canadian Air Division in Winnipeg after two years in charge of 17 Wing. "I felt and continue to feel extremely honoured to have served as your wing commander," Col. Roy told the members of 17 Wing during the change of command ceremony.
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Creech Airmen showcase RPA at Canadian air show
U.S Air Force
The MQ-1 Predator made its debut in Canada among 30,000 Alberta locals in Lethbridge recently. It's the second time it was showcased at an international air show. Fifteen Airmen from Creech Air Force Base participated in the 2015 Lethbridge International Air Show and educated the civilian population on the Predator's capabilities. "We brought the MQ-1 Predator and members from different career fields like maintenance, intelligence, sensor operators and pilots so we could educate the public in every facet of the mission," said 2nd Lt. Joel, the 11th Reconnaissance Squadron chief of intelligence.
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'Do their bit': Last pilot from iconic Second World War 'Dambusters' raid passes away
National Post
With the death of Les Munro, an icon of Royal Air Force history, and of aviation itself, has been lost. As I got to know him, I found that this last surviving pilot of the Dambusters raid was like most of the men of his wartime generation, a private man, and simply couldn't understand why people were interested in his life and career. This understated attitude is part of the reason that he deserved our unbending admiration. But there was more to it than that.
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Air show set to soar
Comox Valley Echo
There's an air of excitement on the horizon in the Comox Valley. The 2015 Comox Air Show is set to take off soon. It will feature the popular Canadian Forces Snowbirds, the CF-18 Demonstration Team, and the Skyhawks Parachute Team. Organizers are expecting around 15,000 spectators. To make it enjoyable and memorable to all, measures have been taken to get things flowing smoothly.
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Report details toll of U.S.-led air strikes
The Globe and Mail
U.S.-led air strikes targeting the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria have likely killed at least 459 civilians over the past year, a report by an independent monitoring group said recently. The report by Airwars, a project aimed at tracking the international air strikes targeting the extremists, said it believed 57 specific strikes killed civilians and caused 48 suspected "friendly fire" deaths. It said the strikes have killed more than 15,000 Islamic State militants.
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F-35 helmet will give pilot tactical information faster
Air Force Times
The F-35 Lightning II is one of the most advanced aircraft ever built. But the technological innovation isn't just in the plane itself; it's inside the cockpit, too. The helmets pilots wear include an advanced heads-up display and the ability to see "through" the floor of the fighter. The helmet, built by Rockwell Collins, costs about $400,000, and every F-35 pilot gets his own personalized model.
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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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