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Air-Forceca-Ico Question for Mods and / or those who run the board.

September 26, 2014, 11:53:52 by shadreamer
Howdy,

I did a bit of research for a novel here a while back and to show my appreciation, I would like to offer complementary copies to the board and / or it's members for assisting me.  The novel came out in July and is doing very well.

Before I posted anything specific, I just wanted to see how you wanted to handle this (or not). If you don't want me doing this, I'll certainly respect your wishes.

I can send copies to the board mods or owner to hand out, or you can run a draw and I can mail paperbacks (or email ebooks) direct to the winners. Alternately, I can offer them to the people who responded to my thread.

To be clear, I'm not looking for any sort of endorsement or advertising. These will be gifts, pure and simple. If paperback, I can offer up to six copies. For ebooks, we can discuss.

Feel free to send me an email to my addy if you prefer.

Regardless of the decision, thank you for providing this forum.  :)

Cheers.
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xx Domestic Terrorism-Public Attacks on CAF Personnel

October 20, 2014, 17:09:50 by RoyalDrew
Potential terror attack in St-Jean-sur-Richelieu on Canadian Forces members, more to follow.

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Driver runs over two Canadian soldiers outside Montreal, police shoot and kill driver after high-speed chase

Postmedia News | October 20, 2014 | Last Updated: Oct 20 4:04 PM ET
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A man in his 30s was shot dead by police south of Montreal on Monday morning after two Canadian soldiers were hit by a car. Police say the man fled the scene of the accident when police arrived, was involved in a chase, lost control of his car and flipped it, got out of the car and ran at police with a knife.

It began just before noon, when the soldiers were hit in the parking lot of a strip mall in St-Jean-sur-Richelieu and the suspect sped off. The regional police followed him and he lost control at an intersection.

When police caught up, the suspect climbed out of his car, a knife in his hand, and ran at them. Police opened fire and he died.
Because the local St-Jean-sur-Richelieu police were involved in a fatality, another police force, in this case the Sûrété du Québec, has taken over the investigation.

Courtesy of The National Post
http://news.nationalpost.com/2014/10/20/driver-runs-over-two-canadian-soldiers-outside-montreal-police-shoot-and-kill-driver-after-high-speed-chase/

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xx 20 million lawsuit/PTSD

October 19, 2014, 00:58:31 by Sheep Dog AT
http://thechronicleherald.ca/novascotia/1244589-soldier-in-ptsd-case-confined-after-halifax-military-court-ruling

2 thoughts
He was never diagnosed
Even if he was, it doesn't mean he can break the law
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xx Governor General presents 63 Canadian honours at the Citadelle of Québec

October 15, 2014, 14:15:12 by Eye In The Sky
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Governor General presents 63 Canadian honours at the Citadelle of Québec

News Article / October 15, 2014

Governor General and Commander-in-Chief of Canada David Johnston presided over two presentation ceremonies of Canadian honours on October 3, 2014, at the residence of the Governor General at La Citadelle of Québec.

“The 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War and the 75th anniversary of the beginning of the Second World War are both occasions for solemn reflection and remembrance,” said the Governor General.

“Therefore, in addition to recognizing your achievements today, let us take this opportunity to remember the enormous sacrifices of those who served Canada in the two world wars. And let us commit to working together as a nation and with the world to prevent such terrible conflicts from ever happening again.”

During the morning ceremony, Governor General Johnston presented several honours, including 22 Decorations for Bravery, two Meritorious Service Decorations (Civil Division), a first Bar to the Emergency Medical Services Exemplary Service Medal; a Fire Services Exemplary Service Medal; a Peace Officer Exemplary Service Medal; two Governor General’s Northern Medals; a Governor General’s Academic Medal; and two Governor General’s Caring Canadian Awards.

During the afternoon ceremony, he presented two Decorations for Bravery and 29 Meritorious Service Decorations (Military Division) to members of the Canadian Armed Forces and allied forces whose specific achievements brought honour to the Canadian Armed Forces and to Canada.

The Governor General noted that 2014 marks the 30th anniversary of the Meritorious Service Cross (Military Division).

“The medals and decorations being presented today are among the highest honours that can be awarded to Canadians and to members of the Canadian Armed Forces. You serve with so many dedicated and deserving servicemen and women, but today we honour you for your extraordinary accomplishments,” he continued.

“With these medals and decorations, your responsibility among your comrades and colleagues is now even greater. Never underestimate the power of your example to inspire others,” said the Governor General. “I know that each of you also seeks a better world, where justice and equality prevail.

“These honours are a testament to your courage, ingenuity and quiet determination, and they also extend to your families and loved ones, who in their own way have accepted the demands of service. And so it is with great admiration that I offer my thanks and congratulations to each of you for your service and valour.”

Several members of the Royal Canadian Air Force were honoured during the ceremonies, including the following (the ranks given in the citations are those held by the individuals at the time of the event for which the honour was awarded):

STAR OF COURAGE
•Master Corporal Shawn Gregory Bretschneider, Sudbury, Ontario and Gander, Newfoundland and Labrador
•Sergeant Janick Joseph Benoit Gilbert, Baie-Comeau, Quebec
•Master Corporal Marco A. Journeyman, Montréal, Quebec, and Trenton, Ontario
•Master Corporal Maxime Bernard Lahaye-Lemay, Trois-Rivières, Quebec, and Trenton, Ontario
•Sergeant Daniel Villeneuve, Chicoutimi, Quebec, and Gander, Newfoundland and Labrador

On October 27, 2011, search and rescue (SAR) technicians Shawn Bretschneider, Janick Gilbert, Marco Journeyman, Maxime Lahaye-Lemay and Daniel Villeneuve braved severe weather conditions to rescue two hunters stranded on the Arctic Ocean, near Igloolik, Nunavut. A team of three SAR techs parachuted down into seven-metre-high waves, but was soon separated in the huge swells. Five hours later, the second team of two SAR techs was lowered from a helicopter and, struggling in the same harsh conditions, succeeded in locating everyone and hoisting them into a helicopter. Sadly, Sergeant Gilbert did not survive.

The decoration awarded to the late Sergeant Gilbert was presented to his wife, Ms Mélisa Lesquir.

MEDAL OF BRAVERY
•Master Corporal Robert James Featherstone, Greenwood, Nova Scotia, and Kingston, Ontario
•Sergeant Norman Ewen Penny, St. Peter’s, Nova Scotia, and Happy Valley-Goose Bay, Newfoundland and Labrador

On March 27, 2012, Sergeant Norman Penny and Master Corporal Robert Featherstone rescued three people stranded at sea during a storm, south of Cape Sable Island, Nova Scotia. In spite of the challenging weather conditions, they managed to execute three successful hoist recoveries from a helicopter and retrieve all the victims from their damaged sailboat.

MERITORIOUS SERVICE MEDAL (MILITARY DIVISION)
•Lieutenant-Colonel Joseph Christian Guy Leblanc, Joliette, Quebec
•Corporal Clinton Jeffrey Lewis, Hamilton, Ontario
•Warrant Officer Michael David Mar, Truro, Nova Scotia
•Captain Trevor Mark Pellerin, Halifax, Nova Scotia

On March 27, 2012, despite gale force winds, 120-metre altitude ceilings, snow squalls, and five- to eight-metre waves, the crew of Rescue 908 was involved in a perilous night mission to recover survivors from the S/V Tabasco II, foundering in the stormy North Atlantic south of Nova Scotia. First officer Lieutenant-Colonel Leblanc took charge of all flight functions, including aircraft navigation and survivor spotting, allowing his aircraft commander to concentrate on managing crew resources while flying in the abysmal conditions. Aircraft commander Captain Pellerin placed the helicopter in a 20-metre hover in order for his crew to investigate the life raft and subsequently moved the aircraft to the sailboat to effect the rescue.

Flight engineer Corporal Lewis, previously injured during hoist operations, identified an unconventional method to keep the helicopter in position over the vessel, which proved instrumental in the safe completion of the mission. As replacement flight engineer following Corporal Lewis’ injury, Warrant Officer Mar immediately stepped in to operate the safe hoist by placing the SAR technicians on board the raft and sailing vessel, and safely recovering five persons, all while battling gale-force winds. The crew of Rescue 908 demonstrated exemplary team work, bringing great honour to themselves and to the Canadian Armed Forces.

Colonel Joseph Albert Paul Pierre St-Cyr, Montréal, Quebec

From July 2012 to July 2013, Colonel St-Cyr was posted to the position of chief of staff of the military contingent of the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti. His leadership allowed the team at the multinational headquarters to become cohesive; the team proved effective on countless occasions during national disasters and in support of election planning. Colonel St-Cyr’s influence also exceeded his military role and contributed greatly to the progress of several important initiatives.

This is the second Meritorious Service Medal awarded to Colonel St-Cyr.

Brigadier-General Todd Nelson Balfe, Chatham, New Brunswick

Brigadier-General Balfe was deployed to Kabul, Afghanistan, as the deputy to the chief of staff of communications for the International Security Assistance Force from May 2013 to March 2014. Utilizing detailed media analysis, and optimizing personnel and resources, he greatly improved the information flow to his commanders, which provided them with a more in-depth understanding of Afghan culture. He also initiated the gender cross-functional assessment team, which promoted a gender advocacy strategy for the country. With his cultural sensitivity and professional acumen, Brigadier-General Balfe brought great credit to the Canadian Armed Forces and to Canada.

Colonel Paul Timothy Goddard, Winnipeg, Manitoba

From July 2010 to April 2013, Colonel Goddard was the main architect of the NATO Flying Training Centre program delivery recovery. This program had been on the brink of collapse, with no hope of delivering the anticipated results. Colonel Goddard guided his staff with exemplary corporate and leadership skills, as well as a firm commitment to the renewal of the program. Their efforts resulted in a 35 per cent increase in productivity through more efficient training and through the synchronization of ground, simulation and flying elements.

Major Mohamed-Ali Laaouan, Montréal, Quebec

From July 2011 to April 2012, Major Laaouan did a remarkable job as the officer in charge of the Joint Rescue Coordination Centre in Halifax during a period of significant changes when the operational rhythm was very fast-paced. He ensured the transfer of tasks from the Maritime Rescue Sub-Centre in Newfoundland and Labrador to his organization while maintaining exceptional search and rescue coverage. Major Laaouan’s leadership and work ethic were essential to the success of this complex undertaking.

Lieutenant-Colonel Sean Patrick Lewis, Trenton, Ontario

As a senior advisor to the Afghan Border Police from June 2012 to July 2013, Lieutenant-Colonel Lewis played an essential role in Canada’s Contribution to the NATO Training Mission. He mentored the police force’s senior commanders and helped them move the nascent organization toward assuming its full security responsibilities. Lieutenant-Colonel Lewis’ leadership and knowledge contributed to enhancing the capabilities of the Afghan Border Police.

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xx Untrained BMQ Candidate Alleges Abuse by Directing Staff Sergeant

October 15, 2014, 05:30:06 by RedcapCrusader
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Military veteran alleges abuse by drill sergeant

By Shirlee Engel 
Global National Ottawa Correspondent   
Global News

James Robichaud went from promising military recruit to injured veteran before he could even complete basic training.

The former Canadian Forces private alleges the abuse he endured at the hands of a drill sergeant was so traumatizing, it left him with long term physical and mental injuries, and sabotaged his budding career.

Nearly five years later, he is on 17 different medications and said he still has nightmares.

“Everybody was scared of him. He was very aggressive,” Robichaud told Global News from his home in Trenton, Ont. “We knew we would be in hell when he was in charge of us.”

Robichaud joined the army in 2009, at age 43, after working in the lumber business. He was looking forward to a second career as an intelligence officer, but that all came to an end when he arrived for training at CFB Saint Jean, in Quebec.

He believes the drill sergeant had it in for him right from the start – when he made recruits do push-ups on their knuckles on gravel.

“At one point there was a rock that went into my hand and it was bleeding and I was making noises and I was grunting,” Robichaud said. “He grabbed me and he hit me on the shoulders. I went flat on my belly and he grabbed me by the shoulders and said stop whining like a little girl.”

Robichaud said it escalated from there. When he ripped his Achilles tendon in a fall on black ice, he alleges the drill sergeant made him run the course despite a doctor’s order to stay off his feet.

“I tried to run and I fell again. He told me if I didn’t run he would kill me 21 ways with his hands. And I believed him,” said Robichaud. “He said each time you fall I’m going to have people behind you and each time you do it I’m going to put a charge in your file for disobedience.”

He said he was initially denied medical care or a wheelchair. He complained to chain of command, only to be threatened by his superior yet again.

“He stated that he could do whatever to us and nobody would believe us.”

Robichaud’s physical injuries were so severe, he could not complete the training course and meet the requirements to begin his career as a soldier. His dream was shattered for good when he was medically discharged in 2012.

Veterans Affairs Canada covers his expenses – a recognition his injuries were caused in the military.

“I feel cheated. I feel he took away my career. He took away my health,” says the retired private.

The Department of National Defence refused to discuss Robichaud’s allegations, but did confirm military police conducted an investigation and recommended charges. The Director of Military Prosecutions has yet to decide whether charges will actually be laid so the drill sergeant could face a court martial.

Robichaud’s lawyer Michel Drapeau said the investigation only began after he took on the case in 2012 and wrote a letter to the vice-chief of defence. He still can’t get any answers from the military.

“We as Canadians need to know when a young person goes in and is recruited in the forces he is treated with not only dignity but also safety,” Drapeau said “And when this fails because somebody gets out of hand, the military will take that and do something. Particularly, when they’ve been warned and given evidence – un-contradicted so far – that he has suffered violence at the hands of this superior officer.”

Global News has learned the drill sergeant has since been reassigned to CFB Petawawa. He didn’t respond to an interview request through his commanding officer.

Robichaud’s allegations haven’t been proven, but he said he won’t rest until his alleged abuser is punished. He won’t let his own sons join the military because he’s concerned about the message his story sends to young recruits who may be too afraid to complain.

“I don’t believe in the Canadian system anymore… That that kid could be exposed to same bad dream that I was.”

© Shaw Media, 2014

recceguy - I had to edit the title as there was so much wrong with the original
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icon12 Bomb Threat at Veterans Affairs Office in Ottawa

October 01, 2014, 14:08:29 by George Wallace
Breaking news:  A bomb threat has been made to the Veterans Affairs office in Ottawa.

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Man in custody, taken to hospital after threat to blow up Veterans Affairs offices
BY MEGHAN HURLEY
THE OTTAWA CITIZEN
October 1, 2014

A 48-year-old man has been taken to the hospital after authorities received a 911 call that a man claiming to have C4 explosives has threatened to blow up the offices of Veteran Affairs Canada.

Police were called to the Billings Bridge-area high-rise office building at 11:50 a.m. after they were told that a man started to walk around the office on Riverside Drive with a duffle bag, threatening to blow up the office.

Police say they did not evacuate the officer tower that houses Veterans Affairs Canada.

A man was taken into custody at about 12:30 p.m.

mhurley@ottawacitizen.com

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