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RCAF humble heroes in Kingston fire rescue
Canoe.ca
As heroes go, Canada's 424 Tiger Squadron were already legendary for being as brave as they come. They've now added another chapter to their already incredible story, which includes action in the English Channel in the Second World War. This time, their battle was trying to save a man from the top of a crane as a fire burned below.
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SAR Techs receive medals of bravery
Ottawa Citizen
In a ceremony at Rideau Hall in Ottawa, ON, Governor General David Johnston presented Medals of Bravery to two members of the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF). Search and rescue technicians (SAR Techs) Sergeant Stéphane Clavette, from 442 Transport and Rescue Squadron at 19 Wing Comox, British Columbia, and Sergeant Michael Cox, from 413 Search and Rescue Squadron at 14 Wing Greenwood, Nova Scotia, were honoured for a search and rescue mission off the coast of Halifax, Nova Scotia.
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Local veterans help the Sally Ann
The StarPhoenix
I always look forward to hearing from Reg Harrison as we work our way through Sporting Christmas each year. Reg experienced some awfully tense moments, to put it mildly, during his days with the Royal Canadian Air Force during the Second World War. His courageous contributions aren't forgotten. Every year, he sends a donation to Sporting Christmas, our annual effort to help the Salvation Army with its Christmas hamper program.
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Chris Hadfield to MC airport terminal opening
Fort McMurray Today
Astronaut Chris Hadfield has been announced as the MC for the invite-only airport terminal opening gala. Hadfield flew CF-18s in the Royal Canadian Air Force before becoming the first Canadian to walk in space. He received worldwide attention during his six-month stay on board the International Space Station between December 2012 and May 2013. Hadfield was in command of the space station, and devoted much of his free time posting photographs of the Earth onto social media sites and filming educational videos.
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Nathan M. Greenfield: Germany's Canadian prisoners
National Post
On the night of Oct. 8, 1942, the ripping sound of the Schmeisser submachine-gun bolts being pulled back seemed but the stuff of another post-Dieppe nightmare. Then, through the pre-dawn darkness, came the guttural "Raus! Raus!" of armed guards slamming open barracks' doors. Private Stan Darch's fear that he and his comrades had survived the cauldron of Dieppe only to be massacred on a cool German night seemed all too true when they heard that the Germans were taking "reprisals on the Dieppe force."
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RCAF humble heroes in Kingston fire rescue
Canoe.ca
As heroes go, Canada's 424 Tiger Squadron were already legendary for being as brave as they come. They've now added another chapter to their already incredible story, which includes action in the English Channel in the Second World War. This time, their battle was trying to save a man from the top of a crane as a fire burned below.

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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.

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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.

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AHS Montreal/Ottawa Chapter Event
AHS
Do not miss the next event of the Montreal-Ottawa Chapter of the AHS that will take place at Concordia University on Wednesday January 08th at 6:30pm and also at Carleton University on Thursday January 09th at 7:00pm. The Chapter is very pleased to announce the 33-year old AHS Sikorsky Human-Powered Helicopter Prize Winners Mr. Cameron Robertson et Mr. Todd Reichert (AeroVelo's Atlas Team); who will make a presentation on the subject of "Doing More with Less: Human Flight on the Power of a Cordless Drill." Details are included in the attachments. Please reply ASAP as spaces are very limited. Register with Alberto Hoyle (ahoyle@bh.com).
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UTC chairman gives Cyclone update
Vertical Magazine
Despite ongoing uncertainty about Sikorsky Aircraft's schedule for supplying fully-compliant CH-148 Cyclone maritime helicopters to the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF), the chairman of Sikorsky's parent company, United Technologies, remains cautiously confident about the program. A couple of minutes into Louis Chenevert's presentation to investors and analysts in New York, anticipating questions about the Cyclones, he opted to "take this head on" by showing a PowerPoint image of one Cyclone taking off and two others taxiing at 12 Wing Shearwater, N.S. Shearwater will be the primary base for the Cyclone, operated by 406 Maritime Operational Training Squadron and 423 Maritime Helicopter Squadron.
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Canadian disaster assistance team DART being pulled out of the Philippines
Global News
Canada's disaster-relief effort in the Philippines is winding up, with the military hoping to get most of its people home for Christmas. The announcement signals the end of a successful, politically safe mission that one defence observer says could be repeated for other humanitarian crises in the run-up to the next federal election in 2015.
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