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The coming war with Russia
Ottawa Citizen
Before he retired, the head of Canada's air force provided a blunt assessment of what might emerge from the current military mission to Ukraine. "We pray that our ongoing NATO mission isn't accompanied by the escalation of deadly force and the shedding of blood," Lt.-Gen. Yvan Blondin wrote in the magazine RCAF Today. "We have everything to lose and nothing to gain through a showdown with our former Eastern Bloc foes."
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Members of Canadian Forces get help launching businesses
Global News
After serving in the Canadian Forces for years, some people opt to chase a different dream. The transition to civilian life can be challenging, but a group in Regina aims to help military members launch their own businesses. Erin Copeland got into the Canadian Air Force to become a pilot. She signed a 13-year contract to serve our country. In the end, she chose to become a logistics officer, working in human resources.
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Video: Steve Bruce takes to P.E.I. skies with the Snowbirds
CBC News
The CBC's Steve Bruce dons a flight suit and is strapped in for a ride with Canada's elite flying team, the Snowbirds.
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North Saanich owner restores Canso to flying order
Peninsula News Review
Pat Phillips and his team along with Bob Dyck of North Saanich have been working hard to restore a PBY-5A Canso aircraft, cleaning, sanding and painting it to make it look like it is new again. The 70-year-old aircraft has been up and away at air shows around the Island and looks the same as it did back in its prime in 1945. "It's fun to work on it, it's like working in a museum in there, it hasn't changed since 1944," said Phillips, the president of The Catalina Preservation Society.
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CVEDS highlights quest for Fixed Wing Training Centre
Comox Valley Echo
The proponents leading the quest to get the training centre component of the Fixed Wing Search and Rescue Project established at 19 Wing Comox, capitalized on the recent Vancouver Island Aerospace Association Innovation forum to make their intentions known. Fred Bigelow, a former base commander who is helping the Comox Valley Economic Development Society, relayed their goals to a myriad of guests from different innovative companies that included the Italian aeronautics firm Alenia Aermacchi, who is one of the major bidders for the Fixed Wing Project.
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Gander's carrier pigeons
Gander Beacon
History has lots of tales about the pigeon delivering vital messages in time of peace and war. It was war that caused the RCAF Station in Gander to enlist a "squadron" of carrier homing pigeons in 1943. The aim was to train the birds to carry messages from the military base to locations where telephone lines did not exist and where radio transmissions weren't possible or desirable.
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Hundreds flock to local airport for family fun day
Waterloo Region Record
It's not everyday you get to sit inside a real vintage warplane. The Region of Waterloo International Airport opened up its doors to the public recently for their aviation fun day. The free event gives people a chance to get a behind-the-scenes glimpse of what goes on at an airport. Hundreds of families flocked to the sprawling space where hobby aircraft, vintage wartime jets and helicopters were on display for a closer look.
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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!"

Final registration date — August 31, 2015

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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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