Army tents for refugees

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Army tents for refugees

by Stephen J. Thorne

While Haitian and other refugees flee the United States in fear of its new government policies on immigration, Canadians do what Canadians do best: they help. Canadian soldiers were out last week erecting a tent village near the U.S. border to accommodate waves of asylum seekers crossing into Quebec.

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Escape of the Dieppe raiders

by Hugh A. Halliday

The disastrous Dieppe Raid of Aug. 19, 1942, is most commonly remembered by a grim statistic—the greatest one-day losses sustained by the Canadian Army during the Second World War. There was ample heroism on the beaches. Less well known are the heroics displayed by a small group of men who were captured by the Germans that day but managed to escape.

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August 19, 1942

Canada suffers more than 3,000 casualties in
the disastrous raid on Dieppe, France.

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Lockheed Martin offers F-35 to Canada as ‘interim’ fighter jet

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Lockheed Martin offers F-35 to Canada as ‘interim’ fighter jet Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article

National Post 
Lockheed Martin has offered the Liberal government the F-35 as an “interim” fighter aircraft, a move sure to turn up the heat on rival U.S. aerospace firm Boeing still embroiled in a trade dispute with Canada. Last year, the Liberals announced a proposal to buy 18 interim fighter jets from Boeing to deal with a capability gap facing the Royal Canadian Air Force. But that multibillion dollar plan to acquire Super Hornet jets has been thrown into limbo after Boeing filed a trade complaint in the U.S. against Bombardier of Quebec.  READ MORE

Questions about fighter replacement loom large as Boeing benefits plan arrives Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article

CBC News 
A proposal outlining the industrial benefits Boeing is prepared to deliver to Canadian companies in exchange for a sole-source interim fighter jet contract has landed on desks at Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada. The pitch is being made even though the Liberal government has suspended discussions with the U.S. aerospace giant over a separate trade complaint and is reviewing the military purchase, which Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan has claimed is urgent.  READ MORE

While Americans fight the Taliban, Putin is making headway in Afghanistan Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article

The RAND Blog
When the Soviet Union withdrew its army from Afghanistan in 1989, its defeat seemed complete and irreversible. Most Afghans bitterly repudiated the attempt to impose communist rule by force. An Afghan communist officer who fought with the Russians told me that his side lost because they could not overcome their image as atheist infidels. Today, however, Russia is seeking to remake its image by exploiting Afghan disappointment with the dismal results of the post-9/11 intervention by the U.S. and its allies.  READ MORE

Stealth necessary but not sufficient: Add EW, intel, tactics Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article

Breaking Defense 
Stealth was sold as something close to magic when it first appeared. And, as usually happens when extraordinary claims are made, the blowback was intense. Skeptics pointed to its vulnerability to large-scale, land-based radars, to the fact it wasn’t invisible to the naked eye, to the costs and difficulties of maintaining the expensive coatings, and the staggering overall cost of some of the aircraft (see B-2).  READ MORE

Historic International Bomber Command Centre in Lincoln, England, to open early next year Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article

The Lincolnite 
The new International Bomber Command Centre in Lincoln is set to be open to the public in January. Based off Canwick Hill, work began at the site in 2014 and the £10 million centre will open four years later, providing an invaluable resource on Bomber Command for visitors and locals.  READ MORE

 UPCOMING EVENTS

Sea King Retirement Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article

Sea King Retirement Committee
After more than 50 years of service, the Sea King will be retired December 2018 at 443MH Victoria. Advance planning is underway. Visit www.skr18.ca for updates.

Golden Hawks 50th Anniversary Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article

Airforce Association 
The Government of New Brunswick is showing their tremendous support of the Golden Hawks by providing $15,000 towards our Appreciation event and another $9,000 towards our Golden Hawk exhibit! In addition, the city of Quinte West (Trenton), Ontario is going to be a Gold Sponsor, providing $7,500 to help our efforts.  READ MORE

Birchall Leadership Awards Banquet Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article

e-Veritas
On Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017, in collaboration with the Royal Military College, the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum is honoured to present the Birchall Leadership Award to Colonel (Retired) Chris Hadfield, OC, OOnt, MSC, CD. Colonel Hadfield was the first Canadian to walk in space. A Royal Military College graduate, an engineer, and former Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) fighter pilot, Colonel Hadfield has flown two space shuttle missions and served as Commander of the International Space Station.

For more information about the Birchall Leadership Awards Banquet: http://everitas.rmcclub.ca/birchall-leadership-award-dinner-28-oct/

AIAC Summit Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article

Aerospace Industries Association of Canada
The Aerospace Industries Association of Canada event brings together Canadian and international companies of all sizes, government, and academia for two days in the nation’s capital. More than 1,200 participants — primarily C-suite executives and government officials — are expected to attend.  READ MORE

426 Training and Transport Squadron 75th Anniversary Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article

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
christine.krueger@forces.gc.ca

‘I wouldn’t be here if I hadn’t been an Air Cadet’ Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article

Air Cadet League of Canada 
Were you an Air Cadet? The Air Cadet League wants to know where being an Air Cadet has taken you; join the Air Cadet Alumni and share your “Cadet Story” with us.  READ MORE

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Could Canada return to Afghanistan?

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Could Canada return to Afghanistan?

by Stephen J. Thorne

Most Canadians would agree that after 13 years of war, Canada sacrificed enough blood and treasure in Afghanistan. The problem is, the longest war in Canadian history was, apparently, not long enough. As Canada and its allies celebrate a tentative victory over ISIS in Iraq, the radical group that grew out of al-Qaida is rearing its ugly head in Afghanistan as never before.

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Heroes and villains | Radley-Walters and Wittmann

by Mark Zuehlke

Germany’s top tank ace, Michael Wittmann, was likely killed by a
Canadian tank squadron commanded by Major Sydney Radley-Walters.

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August 12, 1944

The start of a week of success for the Royal Canadian Navy in the
Bay of Biscay, with nine German ships and U-boats sunk.

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John McCrae

Canadian poet, physician, author, artist and soldier during World War I, and a surgeon during the Second Battle of Ypres, in Belgium.

McCrae is best known for writing the famous war memorial poem “In Flanders Fields.”

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Nellie McClung

Canadian feminist, politician, author, and social activist. With the war on, McClung argued that women were doing men’s work and should the same rights, espeacially the right to vote.

On January 28, 1916 Manitoba women became the first in the country to vote, largely the result of McClung’s efforts.

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Winston Churchill

As Prime Minister of the United Kingdom during the Second World War, Churchill led Britain and inspired the Allied Forces to victory over Nazi Germany.

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Gender identity not an issue with Canada’s armed forces

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Gender identity not an issue
with Canada’s armed forces

by Stephen J. Thorne

On July 26, Republican President Donald Trump declared transgender people personae non gratae in the U.S. military, reversing a decision
made under his Democratic predecessor, Barak Obama.

Within hours, the Canadian Armed Forces made its
position clear in a tweet: “We welcome Cdns of
all sexual orientations and gender identities. Join us!”

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Assault on Hill 70

by Serge Durflinger

The fight for Hill 70 in August 1917 was a large-scale and shockingly grisly battle, considered an epic Canadian victory by contemporaries. Yet, a century later, the battle has been largely forgotten. The men of the famed Canadian Corps who fought in the bloody engagement at Hill 70 deserve better.

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August 3, 1961

Tommy Douglas is elected the first leader of the
National Democratic Party at its founding convention.

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