Canadian, U.S. military leaders agree on framework to retool Norad

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August 16, 2019    
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Canadian, U.S. military leaders agree on framework to retool Norad Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article

CBC News 
Military leaders from the U.S. and Canada have come to an agreement on the nuts and bolts retooling of Norad, CBC News has learned. It is a milestone that could end up pitting the next government in Ottawa against both the Trump administration and perhaps even northern Indigenous communities at home.  READ MORE

Most grounded C-130s OK’d to fly again Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article

Air Force Times 
The Air Force has inspected, and cleared to fly again, most of the 123 C-130 Hercules that were grounded last week due to concerns about potential cracking in a crucial wing joint. Air Mobility Command has returned 74 C-130s to service as of Aug. 9, AMC spokeswoman Alexandra Soika said on Monday. Just one of those grounded C-130s has been found to have a defect so far, she said.  READ MORE

The Sea King to fly again Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article

Government of Canada
You can’t keep a good aircraft down! Following the retirement of the Sea King helicopter last December 2018, the Department of National Defence and Public Services and Procurement Canada have been working on the divestment of the venerable aircraft. While nine will be displayed publicly and one will be kept as a training aid, some of the aircraft were identified for future sale.  READ MORE

Le Sea King volera à nouveau Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article

Gouvernement du Canada 
Vous ne pouvez pas garder un bon appareil cloué au sol ! À la suite du retrait de l’hélicoptère Sea King en décembre 2018, le ministère de la Défense nationale et le ministère des Services publics et Approvisionnements Canada ont travaillé au dessaisissement de cet appareil vénérable. Bien que neuf appareils seront exposés publiquement et qu’un servira à des fins de formation, certains appareils avaient été identifiés en vue d’une vente future. LIRE PLUS

Dieppe profile of courage: Stirling David Banks Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article

Government of Canada 
Stirling David Banks was born on April 7, 1923, in Popular Grove, Prince Edward Island. His life would end 19 short years later, lost during Operation Jubilee, the disastrous raid on Dieppe in France. The third of eight children, David began his education in the one-room local schoolhouse before he moved on to Prince of Wales College in Charlottetown. A few days after his 18th birthday, on April 10, 1941, he enlisted in the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF).  READ MORE

Profil du courage—Dieppe : Stirling David Banks Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article

Gouvernement du Canada 
Stirling David Banks est né le 7 avril 1923, à Popular Grove (Île-du‑Prince‑Édouard). Sa vie allait prendre fin 19 courtes années plus tard, au cours de l’opération Jubilee, le désastreux raid de Dieppe en France. David est le troisième d’une famille de huit enfants. Il commence ses études dans la petite école locale d’une seule pièce avant d’aller fréquenter le Collège Prince of Wales à Charlottetown. Quelques jours après son 18e anniversaire, soit le 10 avril 1941, il s’enrôle dans l’Aviation royale de Canada (ARC). LIRE PLUS

In the skies above: Dieppe, August 19, 1942 Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article

Government of Canada 
Some had slept. Probably the veterans — those fighter pilots and bomber crews who knew what it was like the night before a “big show.” Others, new to the idea of going into combat, likely tossed and turned, thinking of the thousand and one details that had been briefed the day before — or trying not to think at all, lest their thoughts stray to the unthinkable.  READ MORE

Un combat dans le ciel : Dieppe, le 19 août 1942 Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article

Gouvernement du Canada 
Certains ont dormi, probablement ces pilotes de chasse et ces membres d’équipages de bombardiers aguerris qui savent à quoi s’attendre la veille d’un « grand déploiement ». Ceux qui vont faire leurs premières armes n’ont probablement pas réussi à fermer l’œil de la nuit, repensant aux mille et un détails dont il a été question la veille ou essayant d’éviter d’avoir des pensées, de peur qu’elles ne les amènent vers l’impensable. LIRE PLUS

US and Canadian military aircraft intercept 2 Russian bombers north of Alaska coast Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article

ABC News 
U.S. and Canadian fighter aircraft recently intercepted two Russian Tu-95 Bear H bombers over the Beaufort Sea north of the Alaskan and Canadian coast, according to North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD). The bombers had entered the Alaskan and Canadian Air Defense Identification Zones (ADIZ), which extends 200 miles off the coast, but they did not cross into U.S. or Canadian sovereign airspace. It’s believed to be the fifth Russian intercept by the U.S. this year.  READ MORE


See how you can change a life Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article


Dear Friend,

The RAF Benevolent Fund has today launched a major new campaign in its centenary year. We are urging the public to help us repay the debt we all owe to our RAF veterans and their families who are in need of help. In particular, we need to reach out to the National Service and World War Two veterans, before it’s too late. They put on the uniform of our country when we needed them to, the least we can do is be there for them when they themselves need our help.  READ MORE

50th Anniversary Updates Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article

Snowbirds Alumni Association 
Dear Alumni – Honoraries – Associates.
We are pleased to pass along that the 50th Anniversary planning is proceeding nicely on many fronts. Still a lot of work to be done! At this time we are happy to send along some of the local hotels that will be offering blocked rooms and/or discounts for the Reunion — scheduled for 15-18 October 2020. More hotels/motels to follow as we proceed. 

CANSEC 2019 Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article

CANSEC is North America’s largest tri-lateral defence event. As the event has evolved over its 20 year history, CANSEC has been established as the platform for defence and security companies operating in Canada to come together with key decision-makers from military and government, both national and international. Held annually in Ottawa since 1998, CANSEC 2019 will once again showcase leading-edge technology, products and services for land-based, naval, aerospace and joint forces military units.  READ MORE

Air Cadet League 2019 Campaign Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article

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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