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xx BattlePro Online (Alpha)

May 31, 2016, 18:59:53 by Mike Bobbitt

Just finished work on the first round of BattlePro online, which includes most of the app in a mobile friendly web format:

It's still early stages, so feedback is welcome!

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xx Police probe death of woman at CFB Trenton 22 Jun 2016

June 22, 2016, 10:19:57 by jollyjacktar
Sad news from Trenton.

The Canadian Press
 Published Wednesday, June 22, 2016 12:14AM EDT 

TRENTON, Ont. - Ontario Province Police and military police are investigating the death of a 32-year-old woman at Canadian Forces Base Trenton in eastern Ontario.

The OPP says military police contacted them Tuesday after discovering the body of Jasmine Reid of Trenton in her residence at the sprawling air base.

Police say the investigation is in the early stages and have not released any details about the death, including whether Reid was a member of the military.

A post-mortem has been scheduled for Wednesday at the Ottawa Hospital.

The Quinte West OPP Crime Unit and the Canadian Forces National Investigation Service continue the investigation.
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xx Sgt. Ken Power, veteran and heroic rescuer, has brook named in his honour

June 19, 2016, 02:56:25 by Eye In The Sky
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Sgt. Ken Power, veteran and heroic rescuer, has brook named in his honour

Power was honoured twice by governor general for 2 separate harrowing rescues

A late Cape Breton veteran who was the hero of two separate dramatic rescues during his life is being remembered with a scene far more placid: a Nova Scotia brook named in his honour.

The Ken Power Brook about 55 km west of Sydney is named after Sgt. Kenneth James Power, a Royal Canadian Air Force search and rescue technician who died in 2014 at age 59.

About 40 people including family members and MLA Michel Samson gathered for a ceremony marking the name change, which included a flyover by a CC-130 Hercules aircraft. The previously unnamed brook flows between Munroe Lake and Lake Uist.

Power, born in New Waterford, N.S., was a 35-year veteran of the Royal Canadian Air Force.

'Conspicuous courage'

"He served 25 years as an operational search and rescue technician on bases from Gander, N.L., to Comox, B.C., logging more than 8,200 flying hours during his career," the province said in a news release.

In 1998, Power was presented the Star of Courage, which is awarded for "acts of conspicuous courage in circumstances of great peril."

The website for the office of the governor general says that on Sept. 24, 1996, Power and Master Cpl. Gregory Allan Smit rescued four sailors from a sailboat in danger of capsizing in heavy seas in the Atlantic off Sable Island.

Raging sea

The vessel's wildly gyrating mast made a typical rescue impossible, so the two men "were lowered into the raging sea from a hovering rescue helicopter and battled six-metre waves to swim to the vessel." Battling exhaustion and swallowing "a large amount" of water, Power rescued two of the men.

Power was honoured again in 2001, this time with the Medal of Bravery, for another rescue.

Power and Master Cpl. Sylvain Joseph Roger Trudel jumped at night from a Hercules aircraft to rescue two men whose Cessna floatplane had crashed into a deep and narrow valley north of Havre St-Pierre, Que.

"Equipped with night vision goggles, the search and rescue technicians located the plane upside down on the shore of a small wooded island surrounded by 600-metre cliffs," the citation says. "Fearing for the victims' lives and with the Labrador rescue helicopter some five hours away, [Power and Trudel] elected to effect a risky flare-illuminated parachute descent into the rugged and mountainous terrain."

'Great pride'

They landed a short distance from the crash site and cared for the injured survivors until the rescue helicopter arrived.

The idea to name the brook came from Power's brother, Ray Stapleton, who applied for the change under a provincial program that names geographical features after Nova Scotians.

"My brother wasn't one to speak about his heroic exploits or the tremendous burden placed on him and his family," Stapleton said in a statement. "We are here to honour his memory and the contribution he made to his country. We, his family, take great pride in having this brook named in his honour."

RIP  :cdn:

Anyone with SAR jump experience care to detail how difficult a night jump into a ravine using flares as illumination might be?  Because it sounds pretty crazy to me.
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xx SPLIT: MM in RCL to counter Whither the Royal Canadian Legion? Or RCL Withers?

June 09, 2016, 19:41:40 by Vetstime
However I once held a leadership, I now hold one . . . on this site and therefore should not ignore situations as they develop but try and address them.

A leader ship position on an online forum lol that's got to be half a joke brother.

In the old days they'd ***** at each other over the table of knowledge in the corner of the club room and as wobbly pops went down range said "discussions" would become less polite. These days same thing done from behind a keyboard or smart phone.

Why not bring back that sense of exclusivity to the legion and make it 'smoke' friendly, appealing to all the vets having to medicate with medical MJ??  You'll see attendance spike among younger vets.

I've been sadly watching this now longer than I wanted to here and elsewhere. Name calling and empire building are only the surface. I've seen Vets set up multiple fake accounts on social media, to reinforce their point of opinion and/or support their attacks on others, and admitted same.

LOL and you take offence?  That's a loop hole of social media, adapt, you're not morally superior, you're just gullible and conformist.

Armyca-Ico Join Team Rubicon Canada - Disaster Response Verterans Service Organization

June 06, 2016, 13:10:52 by robfrancis09
Dear friends,
All of you have been watching the wildfires and wondering how you can help. I recently joined a veteran service organization called Team Rubicon and we need more veterans and first responders to help the residents of Ft McMurray. See this article about TR helping in Alberta.
If you are a veteran, first responder, emergency management professional or a civilian who simply wants to give back with Team Rubicon (or know of someone who may want to join), please 'like' the Team Rubicon Canada Facebook page here:, and send them a direct message that you would like to join the team. They will be in touch quickly with instructions on how to deploy.

Rob Francis
Retiring Naval officer
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