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A Predator C Avenger drone for the RCAF
After years of delays the Canadian military is rebooting its attempt to buy a fleet of unmanned aerial vehicles for domestic and international missions. The contract for the Joint Unmanned Surveillance Targetting and Acquisition System (JUSTAS) is expected to be awarded in 2019. General Atomics, the U.S. company which builds the Predator drone, expects to bid on JUSTAS. Previously, it was just going to offer Canada a variant of the propeller-driven Predator.
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Veterans Ombudsman looking to recognize people who have helped veterans and their families
A call for nominations for the Veterans Ombudsman’s Commendation is now being circulated. Would you like to recognize someone for their outstanding contribution to the well-being of Veterans and their families? The Veterans Ombudsman’s Commendation is awarded to individuals, groups, businesses or associations that meet one of the following criteria.
Canada may adapt VH-71s for search and rescue
The Royal Canadian Air Force has started looking at a midlife upgrade for its search-and-rescue helicopter fleet that could see the former US presidential helicopters brought into service in Canada. Canada bought the nine presidential VH-71 helicopters from the U.S. in 2011 to be used for parts for its own AgustaWestland Cormorant search-and-rescue helicopters. But seven of the VH-71s are airworthy, and Canada is now exploring whether they could be modified to take on search-and-rescue roles.
Air Force training at 5 Wing Goose Bay wraps up
Royal Canadian Air Force members completed a two-week-long training exercise in Happy Valley-Goose Bay Friday. Since May 31, about 170 Armed Forces personnel have been at 5 Wing Goose Bay taking part in an exercise called Phoenix Warrior, with a focus on removing individuals from a hostile environment. Members from 2 Wing Bagotville, Que., and 8 Wing Trenton, ON were in the big land for the sessions.
Aviation museum to host WWII bombers
Winnipeg is about to welcome two new bombers, but they have nothing to do with football. The Royal Aviation Museum of Western Canada, at the corner of Ferry Road and Ellice Avenue, will soon welcome two Second World War allied bombers.
George Miller named to Canadian Aviation Hall of Fame
Longtime former Langley Airport manager George Miller has joined the ranks of many renowned aviators in Canada's Aviation Hall of Fame. Miller served 35 years in the Royal Canadian Air Force before taking on the position of Langley’s airport manager. He was recently inducted as a CAHF member at induction ceremonies held at Toronto's Pearson International Airport.
51st CBCS supports Arctic exercise
When the only active duty combat communications group in the Air Force gets ready to deploy a squadron known for its swift communications readiness, it's no small feat ensuring the right equipment gets to the right place at the right time. In fact, behind the scenes, it takes hours of detailed planning, packing and shipping.
Air Force ready to approach industry for enabling technologies in affordable attack drones
U.S. Air Force researchers are notifying industry of an upcoming project to develop many inexpensive, disposable unmanned attack drones for long-range, high-speed attack missions in remote regions. Officials of the Air Force Research Laboratory at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, are notifying industry of the upcoming Low-Cost Attritable Aircraft Technology project.
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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 email@example.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!"
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.
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.
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.
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) 291-3190
50 Minthorn Blvd., Suite 800, Thornhill, ON, L3T 7X8