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Tag: History – The story of the CAF

Army Officers’ Mess unveils portrait of first woman Colonel, promoted in 1944

– Ottawa, Ontario — When Major Edie Knight walked into the National Capital Region (NCR) Army Officers’ Mess (AOM) in Ottawa in mid-2015, she noticed one thing: of all the portraits in the mess, none were of women who had served Canada in the Canadian Armed Forces. The only portraits of women were the ones of Queen Elizabeth and Princess Patricia.

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Canadians at the vanguard of the Italian Campaign

– Ottawa, Ontario — The fight to liberate Italy was the longest of Canada’s many Second World War campaigns and, while our troops would play an invaluable part in its eventual success, they would find themselves deployed elsewhere before its conclusion.

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Aerospace Engineering Test Establishment change of command and 50th anniversary

– By Captain Sarah Rogers, AETE Unit members and guests gathered as Major-General Alexander Patch presided over the change of command parade between Colonel Michael Barker and Col Eric Grandmont at the Aerospace Engineering Test Establishment (AETE) on May 25. Col Barker served as the Commanding Officer AETE for three years and is now headed to …

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“Valour of the highest order” – Pilot Officer Andrew Mynarski, VC

– National Defence/Directorate of History and Heritage Andrew Charles Mynarski was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba on October 14, 1916. He joined the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) in 1941. On the night of  June 12 to 13, 1944, Pilot Officer Mynarski was the mid-upper gunner in an Avro Lancaster bomber of 419 Squadron, RCAF, during an …

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Operation Overlord: D-Day Remembered

– News Article / June 6, 2017 To see more images, click on the photograph under “Image Gallery”. Royal Canadian Air Force The largest military invasion in history took place on June 6, 73 years ago. The D-Day assault was a huge and complex undertaking – a multinational, combined operation involving hundreds of thousands of sailors, soldiers …

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Canadians step up on D-Day

– By Steven Fouchard, Army Public Affairs Canada’s military history is filled with courage and sacrifice. Since Confederation, two million Canadian sailors, soldiers, airmen and airwomen of many backgrounds have served Canada with distinction overseas. More than 100,000 of them have made the ultimate sacrifice. To help commemorate that heritage and mark Canada’s 150th year as …

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Looking back at 2017: A holiday message

– The following is commander of the Royal Canadian Air Force’s 2017 holiday message to the airmen and the airwomen of the RCAF as well as the extended RCAF family. From Lieutenant-General Michael Hood  As 2017 draws to a close, Chief Warrant Officer Gérard Poitras and I are pleased to offer you our best wishes at …

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