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Changes in RCAF rank structure in 2014
Ottawa Citizen
Recently, I wrote an update about the proposal to introduce new ranks, based on the British and Commonwealth rank system, to the RCAF. "Recommendations for RCAF Rank and Insignia are currently being studied and will soon be proposed to the Chain of Command," the RCAF told Defence Watch. "No timeline has been set for a decision."
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Top general: Canada contemplating buying fleet of armed drones
Canada.com
As Canada moves to modernize its military, it plans to enter the new world of unmanned aircraft but still has not decided whether its fleet of drones should be weaponized, Gen. Tom Lawson, chief of the defence staff, says. In a speech at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, he indicated military leaders see no moral difference in the source of firepower, whether it comes from a rifle or a drone.
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Report: Slightly more benefits would flow from F-35 deal, if Canada signed on
Maclean's
Canada's aerospace industry could be in line for slightly more benefits than previously estimated, if the Harper government decides to buy the oft-maligned F-35. Documents tabled as Parliament adjourned for its Christmas break, project that businesses in this country could land as much as $9.9 billion in contracts to construct and sustain parts for the Lockheed Martin-built stealth fighter.
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Adam Runge named as pilot for the 2014 CF-18 demonstration team
Ottawa Citizen
The Royal Canadian Air Force is pleased to announce the appointment of Captain Adam "Manik" Runge as the pilot for the 2014 CF-18 Demonstration Team. Flying his specially painted CF-18 commemorating the 90th anniversary of the Royal Canadian Air Force, Captain Runge will dazzle audiences across North America throughout 2014. A native of Hanover, ON, Captain Runge's fascination with aviation began as a toddler and air shows had a major influence on him as a child. He's grateful to now return that favour.
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Canadian general builds alliances
DVIDS
With his distinct accent and the maple leaf on his left shoulder, there's one general among U.S. Army I Corps' leadership who definitely stands out in a crowd. Brig. Gen. Carl Turenne, I Corps' deputy commander for Sustainment calls the shots when it comes to sustainment, readiness and resiliency issues within the unit.
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Changes in RCAF rank structure in 2014
Ottawa Citizen
Recently, I wrote an update about the proposal to introduce new ranks, based on the British and Commonwealth rank system, to the RCAF. "Recommendations for RCAF Rank and Insignia are currently being studied and will soon be proposed to the Chain of Command," the RCAF told Defence Watch. "No timeline has been set for a decision."

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RCAF exercises expeditionary capability in multinational training
Digital Journal
The Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) will participate in Exercise SERPENTEX at Solenzara Air Force Base in France, to exercise its air expeditionary capability as well as to develop and increase professional bonds with NATO Allies.

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Search for missing plane, pilot continues
Simcoe County
Provincial police say they are still searching Georgian Bay for a missing plane and pilot from Owen Sound. A 1968 Cessna 182 being flown by 64-year-old Wilfred Oscar Burnside left Cornwall, ON, on the afternoon of Nov. 7.

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Cadets looking for a new home
Sherwood Park News
The 12 Edmonton Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron have flown the coop from Sherwood Park —but not by their own choice. The group had been meeting at the old F.R. Hawthorne school at the corner of Sherwood Park Freeway and Highway 216 as of two months ago. However, with plans of that building being torn down due to being condemned, the squadron has relocated to Jefferson Armouries in central Edmonton, which is a 20-kilometre drive from Sherwood Park.
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Canadians help make world a safer place
Toronto Sun
Not many people realize that a contingent of our service personnel have quietly finished serving their country at the very bottom of the South Pacific. In true Canadian fashion they went about their business with a minimum of fuss but maximum professionalism. Ten explosives experts of the Canadian military joined Operation Render Safe 2013 in the distant Solomon Islands alongside more than 200 combined service personnel from Australia, New Zealand, the U.S. and the Solomon Island Constabulary.
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Edmonton brothers revive interest in ex-military aircraft
Edmonton Journal
The Pratt and Whitney engine of our 600-horsepower 1952 hotrod Harvard roared as we tore down the runway at 170 km/h. Edmonton, Alta., pilot David Watson eased us gently into the air in what he said was the muscle car of private aviators. Watson was giving me a ride in his Harvard, an advanced trainer used by the Royal Canadian Air Force during the Second World War to train Canadian and Commonwealth Spitfire pilots.
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Chris Hadfield went through customs upon return from Space
CBC News
In a recent Q&A session on Reddit, the Canadian astronaut and social media superstar answered dozens of questions from fans pertaining to the 5 months he spent aboard the ISS and what he's been up to since his return in May 2013. His third Reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything) session this year, the conversation was as informative as it was entertaining — but one query and its reply stuck out more than anything else:
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The Canadian Military Flight Engineers Reunion
CMFEA
The Canadian Military Flight Engineers are holding a reunion 5-7 September 2014, at Comox, British Columbia. Registration forms are available on the Flight Engineers website at www.cmfea.ca or contact Jack Trent at (250) 338-1506 (trentj@shaw.ca)
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