RCAF Association News
Jul. 3, 2015

RCAF Cormorant helicopter used for medical evacuation of injured U.S. Coast Guard crew member
Ottawa Citizen
The Joint Rescue Coordination Centre (JRCC) tasked a Royal Canadian Air Force CH-149 Cormorant helicopter and a CC-115 Buffalo aircraft from 442 Transport and Rescue Squadron, based at 19 Wing Comox, to conduct a medical evacuation of an injured crew member on board United States Coast Guard Cutter Healy recently, according to a news release issued by the Canadian Forces.More

Chinook helicopter complex at Garrison Petawawa named after First World War flying ace
Ottawa Citizen
The complex that houses the RCAF's Chinooks and related infrastructure at Garrison Petawawa will be named in honour of Major Andrew McKeever, a First World War flying ace from Ontario. McKeever was awarded the Military Cross for his total of 17 confirmed aerial victories on the Western front in support of the allies in the First World War, according to the Canadian Forces news release.More

Air Force Museum hosts visit from VIPs
Cold Lake Sun
The Cold Lake Air Force Museum held a VIP appreciation event on June 24 to highlight some of the museum’s recent projects. Mayor Craig Copeland and officers from 4 Wing attended.More

Lt-Gen. Pierre St-Amand takes over as NORAD Deputy Commander
Ottawa Citizen
Lieutenant-General Pierre St-Amand officially assumed the duties as NORAD Deputy Commander today from Lt.-Gen Alain Parent during a Canada Day ceremony held in Colorado Springs, NORAD stated in a news release. The Change of Office ceremony was presided over by General Tom Lawson, Chief of the Defence Staff and Admiral Bill Gortney, Commander of NORAD and U.S. Northern Command, the release noted.More

Kijiji launches special ad designation to help veterans find jobs
Global News
Many Canadian military vets say one of the biggest struggles they encounter when returning to civilian life is finding a good job. Their skills, they're often told, are not transferable. David Blasman had his last release from the military in April and since then, he says he can't find a job.More

Canadians celebrate Canada Day across country
CTV News
Soggy, gloomy weather in parts of Eastern Canada didn’t stop thousands from celebrating the country's 148th birthday on Wednesday. In Ottawa, a sea of red and white brought some colour to an otherwise grey day on Parliament Hill, where an estimated 34,000 people braved the rain and cold to attend Canada Day festivities that included live musical performances and speeches by Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Governor General David Johnston.More

#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!"More

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.More

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.More

2016 #1 Air Division Cruise Reunion

There is going to be a 2016 #1 Air Division Cruise Reunion, open to all who served in Europe from 1950 to 1991.

You can access the information at our webpage.

You can contact Gary Arnold, retired military, at 604-226-6894 or 1-800-661-3770.

You may also contact Christine Eden.More

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)


John T. Stemple, M.A.

P.O. Box 3893
Winter Haven, FL 33885

Telephone: (863) 291-3190More