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A roadmap to a stronger military
National Post
Canada today is a secure and prosperous nation, but security conditions have been deteriorating. A militant and violent Islamist terror is rampant throughout the Middle East without an agreed strategy to contain it, claiming over 100,000 lives, displacing more than 10 million, and causing a migration crisis of global dimensions. Russia and China have coerced neighbours and taken unilateral action over disputed areas — with the laws and institutions the world has counted on to maintain the peace for 70 years standing by helplessly.
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Companies rally behind the F-35
Ottawa Citizen
This statement on the F-35 program was released by Canadian firms involved in the program: "The Canadian JSF Industry Group represents companies from coast to coast employing thousands of Canadians in the aerospace industry. It was formed to support a fact based environment in which an understanding of Canadian industrial involvement on the F-35 program could be achieved through objective assessment."
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Canadian military ponders integrated force with U.S. to respond to hotspots
CBC News
The Canadian military has been working on a plan to create with the United States a bi-national integrated military force to deploy to hot spots around the world. The so-called Canada-U.S. Integrated Forces would be the result of an agreement between the two countries under which air, sea, land and special operations forces would be jointly deployed under unified command, outside Canada.
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Snowbird CT-114 Tutor being added to Royal Aviation Collection
The aircraft made famous by the Snowbirds is being added to the collection at the Royal Aviation Museum of Western Canada. The CT-114 Tutor was designed as the first jet trainer for the Royal Canadian Air Force. It was first produced at Canadair's Montreal plant in 1963, later accounting for 190 Tutors to be dedicated to service in the RCAF.
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WWII monument dream becomes reality in Chilliwack
Langley Times
When Royal Air Force Sgt. David Langlands left to serve in the Second World War, his friends and family were understandably concerned. They would miss the man who was studying Morse code to become an RAF radio operator, and who helped others plant Victory Gardens in his community. They worried for him, but not for long. "We were all relieved to find out he was posted to Canada, for training purposes," recalls Derek Watson. "Safe haven."
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U.S. regulators approve Lockheed-Sikorsky deal
U.S. regulators found no violation of anti-trust laws in Lockheed Martin's plans to buy Sikorsky Aircraft, according to a company SEC filing. Lockheed Martin, a global security manufacturer, presented its plans to acquire Sikorsky this summer. The waiting period for the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's pre-notification program expired recently. The commission had no further questions.
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U.S. Navy's F-35 test to include new helmet, full weapons load
The U.S. Navy's next round of carrier testing of the Lockheed Martin F-35C stealth fighter jet will include new helmets and jets fully loaded with internal weapons, a company official told Reuters. During the tests, two F-35s will also test the Joint Precision Approach and Landing System, an all-weather, GPS-guided landing system being designed by Raytheon, Lockheed's F-35 program manager, Lorraine Martin, said in an interview.
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Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

    Royal Canadian Air Force monument unveiled in west Edmonton neighbourhood of Griesbach (Edmonton Sun)
The F-35 is now unaffordable thanks to the low Canadian dollar (National Post)
Indiana Jones-looking adventurer uncovers lost WWII planes for the Pentagon (Toronto Sun)
Team Spartan using delay to refine its FWSAR proposal (Skies Magazine)
DND to spend up to $500 million upgrading CF-18 fighter fleet to extend life by 5 years (Hill Times Online)
Air Show Atlantic 2015 impressed fans, and will return in the next few years (Summerside Journal Pioneer)

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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.

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2015 Canadian Aerospace Summit: The Official Program is now available
Aerospace Industries Association of Canada
The CAS2015 Organizing Committee is proud to announce that program for the 2015 Canadian Aerospace Summit is now available! Held under the theme The Sky is the Limit, conference presentations will provide Canadian and international perspectives on the future of the industry. Featuring speakers from companies of all sizes and sectors, the program is sure to provide you with new insights and opportunities to grow your business.

Full program details


Early-bird registration deadline is Oct. 16. Don't miss out on the opportunity to save about 15 per cent on the standard rates.

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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 Jan. 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

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2016 #1 Air Division Cruise Reunion

A Reunion cruise has been set up, to reunite former serving members, civilian staff and dependents who had the great fortune to be part of #1 Air Division in Europe.

The cruise will be aboard the Holland America ship, MS Nieuw Amsterdam — a highly-rated and new ship in their fleet. We will depart from Ft. Lauderdale, FL on April 10, 2016 — sailing through the Panama Canal on her way to Vancouver, B.C. The cruise length is 20 nights. The ports of call will be:

Cartagena, Columbia
Cruising Panama Canal
Puerto Caldera, Costa Rica
Corinto, Nicaragua
Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala
Puerto Chiapas, Mexico
Huatulco, Mexico
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
San Diego, California
Victoria, B.C.
Seattle, Washington
Vancouver, B.C.

As with all Panama Canal cruises — the ship will book up quickly — so the recommendation is to book soon to avoid disappointment. Already a core group are booked and ready to enjoy the companionship, the memories, wonderful weather, the ports and all the great amenities of life aboard a beautiful ship.

Visit our website!

Or, see us and join us on Facebook — #1 Air Division (Europe) Reunion — 2016

For further information, contact Gary Arnold —

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