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"An officer and a gentleman."
That's how a Calgary father of two was remembered recently as family, friends and colleagues gathered to say goodbye to Jeff Bird — one of two Mount Royal University flight instructors killed recently when their plane crashed northwest of Calgary.
Speaking to a capacity crowd at Bella Concert Hall on the MRU campus, Bird's former commanding officer Lt.-Col. Chris Morrison remembered the retired Royal Canadian Air Force captain as both a passionate pilot and devoted friend.
GFLR, one of Air Mobility Command's largest rotational exercises, is an opportunity for U.S. forces to collaborate with coalition forces. In this iteration, the RCAF participated with two C-130Js and approximately 70 personnel.
"Developing aircrews and all support personnel to operate more effectively with our allies is one of the things we look forward to when we participate in GFLR," said RCAF Maj. Gerald Fraser, 436th Transport Squadron deputy commanding officer.
About 600 soldiers from the 5th Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group based in Valcartier, QC, are taking part in Castor Boreal, a winter warfare training exercise held at 5 Wing Goose Bay.
According to a press release from the Armed Forces, during the training the troops test their ability to defend a strategic site. The exercise will also include joint operations with the Canadian Rangers and officers of the Polish army.
MCpl Jesse Sorensen was recently awarded the Air Force Commendation Medal from the United States Air Force (USAF) for meritorious service from April 1, 2011, to July 9, 2016. Sorensen is currently serving in the Combined Air Operations Centre at 1 Canadian Air Division in Winnipeg, MB.
The commendation was presented by BGen Chad Manske, the deputy commander of the Canadian North American Aerospace Defense Region, and deputy commander of the Combined/Joint Force Air Component commander at 1 Canadian Air Division.
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Gen. Lori J. Robinson, commander of the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD), visited 22 Wing/Canadian Forces Base North Bay, recently.
Robinson was greeted by an honour guard followed by a VIP lunch with the command team and honorary colonels. She spent the day touring the grounds of the base while making a visit to the Sergeant David L. Pitcher Building, home to the NORAD Canadian Air Defence Sector (CADS) operations.
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Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) personnel took part in exercises Combat Archer and Combat Hammer from Jan. 10 to Feb. 10.
This was the first time the 401st Tactical Fighter Squadron deployed a detachment of personnel since fall 2015. The 401st TFS is from Cold Lake, AB, and brought about 120 personnel.
The training provided members of the CF-18 Hornet squadron with a rare opportunity to employ live air-to-air and air-to-ground weapons systems in a permissive and controlled environment.
Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan says he doesn't agree with the loss of a tax break for a number of military personnel serving in Kuwait, and that's why he's asked the chief of defence staff to review the matter.
During a recent media teleconference from Brussels, Sajjan said he's "not in agreement" with the current outcome of the tax exemption calculations.
"That's why I've asked the chief of defence staff to work with the other departments to review this and look at the guidelines, look at the changes that we need to make, because we need to make sure that we look after the troops," he said.
We are requesting your support for The Sky's No Limit — Girls Fly Too! 2017 FREE community event on March 11-12, 2017 at the Abbotsford International Airport. This the world's largest outreach event to inspire gender and cultural diversity in Aviation, Aerospace, Marine and Defence. Held annually during the week of International Women's Day, our EPIC events are family-friendly and change lives!
The event attracts thousands of participants from the Lower Mainland/Fraser Valley as well as other locations in British Columbia and Washington State. Free flights are offered to female first time fliers of all ages to draw them to the airport and pique their interest in further exploring the ground displays. All participants — male and female — are encouraged to try their hand at the many interactive Aviation, Aerospace, Marine and Defence activities. Civilian and non-civilian agencies and VIP's will be on hand with aircraft and ground support/tactical vehicles to explore.
Volunteers are needed for The Sky's No Limit — Girls Fly Too! You can volunteer for a few hours, two days, or more if you'd like to help before and after the event. There are lots of interesting and fun volunteer opportunities available. For more information and to register as a volunteer, check us out at www.girlsfly2.ca. Volunteers of any gender, age, skill and physical abilities are welcome — we will work with you to find a position that you'll enjoy.
This exciting event is being held March 11-12 in Abbotsford, B.C., and we knew you would want your members and friends to know about it. Feel free to share the exciting news about this non-profit free event, we hope you get the opportunity to come and visit us during The Sky's No Limit — Girls Fly Too!
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RCAF Airwomen's 13th Reunion will be held in Moncton, NB, from June 2-4, 2017. For more information, contact:
911-800 Chieftain St.
Woodstock, ON, N4T 1T8
Please visit this website for more information: http://www.rcafairwomen.ca/Reunion_13_Letter.php
Attention all ex- and currently-serving members of 442 Transport and Rescue Sqn/ 121 KU/ 442 Auxiliary Fighter Sqn/ Number 14 Fighter Sqn. We will be celebrating 75 years of service to Canada with a squadron reunion. The 75th Reunion celebrations will take place from June 2-4, 2017, in Comox B.C. For more information or interest, please contact Capt. Corey McPhee at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow us on Facebook at 442 Squadron 75th Anniversary (@442Sqn75th) as more details become available.
Calling all Thunderbirds home to the nest!! This year, we're celebrating our 75th anniversary and are hoping to have the flock come home to help us remember our history and heritage. Please mark Oct. 20-22 in your calendar and join us for a huge party. If you have humorous stories or anecdotes to share, please send them to the following address:
MWO Christine Krueger
426 Sqn 8 Wing/CFB Trenton
PO Box 1000, Stn Forces
Astra, ON, Canada K0K 3W0
50 Minthorn Blvd.Suite 800, Thornhill, Ontario L3T 7X8