Canadian trainer watches efforts pay dividends in Ukraine

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Canadian trainer watches efforts pay dividends in Ukraine

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Canadian trainer watches efforts pay dividends in Ukraine

STORY BY STEPHEN J. THORNE

Corporal Brian Tite, a Canadian signals specialist, served two tours training Ukrainian soldiers in the kind of technologies that are now contributing to their stout defence against invading forces from Russia.

The International Peacekeeping and Security Centre near the western city of Lviv was his home and office for more than a year in 2019 and 2021. It was destroyed March 13 by Russian cruise missiles; 35 people were killed and 134 wounded.

 

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Canada’s first pararescue women

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Canada’s first pararescue women

STORY BY SHARON ADAMS

It 1951, the Royal Canadian Air Force decided to include medical personnel in pararescue units.

The training course that followed included two doctors, nine medical assistants and five nursing sisters—Canada’s first pararescue women, nicknamed the Parabelles.

 

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