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Royal Air Force celebrates 100th anniversary Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article

Government of Canada
The Royal Air Force came into being on April 1, 1918, with the amalgamation of the Royal Flying Corps and Royal Naval Air Service. The RAF is celebrating its 100th anniversary throughout this year, and the Royal Canadian Air Force will be celebrating its shared history of training, warfighting and mutual respect with the RAF.  READ MORE

La Royal Air Force célèbre son centenaire Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article

Gouvernement du Canada 
La Royal Air Force, née de la fusion du Royal Flying Corps et du Royal Naval Air Service, a vu le jour le 1er avril 1918. La RAF souligne donc cette année son centenaire et l’Aviation royale canadienne célèbre l’histoire qu’elle partage avec la RAF, tant sur le plan de l’entraînement que du combat et du respect. LIRE PLUS

16 Wing supports Humboldt Broncos Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article

Government of Canada 
As a result of the tragic and fatal bus crash on April 6, 2018, that robbed a nation of fifteen lives while injuring fourteen others, Canadian Armed Forces members at 16 Wing, located in Borden, ON, wanted to support the countless families across Canada and within this small Saskatchewan community in mourning their loss. Together as one team, the staff and students from the Royal Canadian Air Force’s largest training establishment donned their favourite hockey jerseys over their CADPAT [camouflage pattern] uniforms and held a moment of silence at 11 a.m. on April 10, 2018, for those touched by the Humboldt Broncos’ tragedy.  READ MORE

La 16e Escadre témoigne son soutien aux Broncos de Humboldt Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article

Gouvernement du Canada 
À la suite de la collision tragique du 6 avril 2018, qui a privé quinze jeunes de leur avenir et fait quatorze blessés, les militaires des Forces armées canadiennes à la 16e Escadre, située à Borden, en Ontario, souhaitaient aider les innombrables familles en deuil partout au Canada et dans la petite collectivité en Saskatchewan. Le personnel et les stagiaires du plus grand établissement d’instruction de l’Aviation royale canadienne ont tous revêtu leur chandail de hockey préféré par-dessus leur uniforme à camouflage, et ont observé un moment de silence à 11 h, le 10 avril 2018, afin de témoigner leur soutien à toutes les personnes touchées par la tragédie que vivent les Broncos de Humboldt. LIRE PLUS

51 Squadron welcomes new Honorary Colonel Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article

Government of Canada
On April 11, 2018, Honorary Colonel Thomas Hedican, of 51 Aerospace Control & Warning (Operational Training) Squadron, relinquished his appointment to Honorary Colonel Jacques Lacourse. “It is with heartfelt gratitude that the members of 51 AC&W (OT) Sqn thank Honorary Colonel Thomas Hedican for the years he spent as an integral member of the unit, and we extend an equally hearty welcome to Honorary Colonel Lacourse,” said Squadron Commanding Officer Major Brenda Tinsley, who presided over the ceremony, held in the Ayr Mess, Blue Room, at 22 Wing North Bay, ON.  READ MORE

Le 51e Escadron accueille un nouveau colonel honoraire Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article

Gouvernement du Canada 
Le 11 avril 2018, Thomas Hedican, colonel honoraire du 51e Escadron d’entraînement opérationnel de contrôle et d’alerte (Aérospatiale), a cédé son titre honorifique à Jacques Lacourse. « C’est en lui témoignant leur plus sincère gratitude que les militaires de l’escadron remercient le colonel honoraire Thomas Hedican des années qu’il a passées en tant que membre à part entière du personnel de l’unité, et ils accueillent tout aussi chaleureusement le colonel honoraire Lacourse », a dit la major Brenda Tinsley, commandante du 51e Escadron, qui a présidé la cérémonie tenue au salon bleu du mess Ayr de la 22e Escadre North Bay, en Ontario. LIRE PLUS

NATO Flying Training in Canada Program makes history Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article

Government of Canada 
The NATO Flying Training in Canada (NFTC) Program celebrated the largest graduating class of student pilots in its 18-year history on March 29, 2018, at 15 Wing Moose Jaw, SK. “I am extremely proud of 2 Canadian Forces Flying Training School (2 CFFTS) for its continued and whole-hearted commitment to training future pilots,” said Colonel Denis O’Reilly, Commander, 15 Wing. “This hallmark achievement was made possible by the dedication and professionalism of 2 CFFTS instructors, supported by 15 Wing and our industry partner, CAE.”  READ MORE

Le Programme d’entraînement en vol de l’OTAN franchit une étape historique Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article

Gouvernement du Canada 
Le 29 mars 2018, à la 15e Escadre Moose Jaw, en Saskatchewan, les responsables du Programme d’entraînement en vol de l’OTAN au Canada ont procédé à la collation des grades de la promotion la plus nombreuse des 18 ans d’existence du programme. « Je tire une immense fierté de la 2e École de pilotage des Forces canadiennes [2 EPFC] en raison de son dévouement complet et soutenu à la formation des futurs pilotes », a dit le colonel Denis O’Reilly, commandant de la 15e Escadre. « Cette réussite marquante est attribuable à la détermination et au professionnalisme des instructeurs de la 2 EPFC, qui ont l’appui de la 15e Escadre et de CAE, partenaire de l’Aviation royale canadienne dans le secteur privé. »  READ MORE

3 generations mark RCAF service at annual mess dinner Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article

Government of Canada 
When 14 Wing Greenwood, Nova Scotia, held its annual Royal Canadian Air Force mess dinner on March 28, 2018, the event was a very special occasion for a multi-generation service family. Warrant Officer (retired) Erle Dolsen, 95, was a special guest at the dinner. Warrant Officer Dolsen was the bandmaster at the base for 10 years, and played an integral role in the early years of the base’s Lake Pleasant Campground. He served for 32 years, retiring in 1975, and continues to be known as a musician, playing “The Last Post” at hundreds of school and community services and memorials every year since 1962.  READ MORE

3 générations célèbrent leur service dans l’ARC lors d’un dîner militaire annuel Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article

Gouvernement du Canada 
Lorsque la 14e Escadre Greenwood, en Nouvelle-Écosse, a tenu son dîner militaire annuel de l’Aviation royale canadienne le 28 mars 2018, une famille de militaires depuis des générations y a vécu un moment très spécial. L’adjudant (à la retraite) Erle Dolsen, âgé de 95 ans, était l’invité d’honneur de ce dîner. L’adjudant Dolsen, chef de musique de la base pendant 10 ans, a joué un rôle essentiel au cours des premières années du camping de la base à Lake Pleasant. Militaire pendant 32 ans, il a pris sa retraite en 1975, mais est resté musicien, jouant la « Dernière sonnerie » dans des centaines d’écoles et de services communautaires et commémoratifs tous les ans depuis 1962. LIRE PLUS

RCAF school renamed in honour of Wing Commander William Barker, VC Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article

Government of Canada 
In a ceremony held April 12, 2018, at the Royal Aviation Museum of Western Canada in Winnipeg, the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) renamed the Canadian Forces School of Aerospace Studies after the most decorated war hero in the history of Canada, the British Empire and the Commonwealth of Nations: Wing Commander William G. Barker, VC, DSO and Bar, MC and two Bars.  READ MORE

Une école de l’ARC rebaptisée en l’honneur du lieutenant-colonel d’aviation William Barker, VC Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article

Gouvernement du Canada 
Le 12 avril 2018, à l’occasion d’une cérémonie au Royal Aviation Museum of Western Canada, à Winnipeg, l’Aviation royale canadienne a rebaptisé l’École d’études aérospatiales des Forces canadiennes en l’honneur du héros de guerre le plus décoré de l’histoire du Canada, de l’Empire britannique et du Commonwealth britannique des nations, à savoir le lieutenant-colonel William G. Barker, VC, DSO assortie d’une barrette et MC assortie de deux barrettes. LIRE PLUS

Companies to meet with federal officials on new RCAF aircrew training project Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article

Ottawa Citizen
Public Services and Procurement Canada will hold a Future Aircrew Training industry day on May 2 in Ottawa. Companies are required to sign up for the meeting by April 27. The government will eventually renew its existing aircrew training services. Future aircrew training services will include classroom instruction, simulator and flight training, as well as numerous on-site support activities. The future program will include delivery of pilot training, as well as aircrew training for air combat systems officers and airborne electronic sensor operators currently being performed in-house by the Royal Canadian Air Force.  READ MORE

 UPCOMING EVENTS

Biennial General Meeting Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article

RCAF
Notice is hereby given, as required by the Constitution and By-Laws, that the 2nd Biennial General Meeting of the RCAF Association will be held in Calgary, Alberta, 12 to 14 October 2018, with convention headquarters located at the Hotel Arts as described below.  READ MORE

100th anniversary of the Royal Air Force now includes a third airshow — the Shuttleworth Collection’s ‘military pageant’ Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article

Ian Allan Travel 
On Aug. 17, 1917, South African General Jan Smuts presented a report to the British government’s War Council setting out his ideas on the future of air power. The report was duly approved and led to the formation of the world’s first air force being born on the April 1, 1918. The Royal Air Force (RAF) was formed by the amalgamation of the squadrons and military personnel of the British Army’s “Royal Flying Corps” (RFC) with the Royal Navy’s “Royal Naval Air Service” (RNAS).  READ MORE

Air Cadet League 2018 Campaign Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article

RCAF 
Envisioned as Canada’s premier and world class youth development movement, the Air Cadet program seeks to encourage and enhance the development of well-adjusted, civic minded youth in undertaking leadership roles in a great Canada and a better world. The Air Cadet League of Canada’s mission is to promote Canadian youth to develop an interest in aviation and aerospace and to provide opportunities to engage in enriching program elements such as physical education, music and public speaking. Since 1941, the Air Cadet League of Canada has supported the Royal Canadian Air Cadets, both financially and through the efforts of our dedicated volunteers, to ensure that Canada’s Supporting Air Cadets makes a difference in the lives of young people. Let’s work together to make sure that every Cadet has the opportunities — donate today!  READ MORE

‘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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