Season’s greetings from 2 Canadian Air Division

News Article / December 21, 2017

2 Canadian Air Division (2 CAD), headquartered in Winnipeg, Manitoba, is the training authority for the Royal Canadian Air Force and ensures continuity throughout the RCAF training continuum. Specifically, 2 CAD provides oversight of RCAF individual education and training (including ab-initio training for most RCAF occupations), oversight of core RCAF developmental courses, and support to overall RCAF training management. 

The commander, along with the chief warrant officer, of 2 CAD recently sent holiday greetings to 2 CAD personnel. Here is the text of that message.

From Brigadier-General Dave Cochrane and Chief Warrant Officer Pierrot Jetté

The Christmas season is upon us once again and, as we get ready to celebrate with our family and friends, we should pause to reflect on 2017 and everything we have accomplished.

As Canada marked 150 years as a nation, Chief Warrant Officer Pierrot Jetté, 2 Canadian Air Division’s chief warrant officer, and I are proud of the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) and 2 Canadian Air Division (2 CAD) units that participated in the celebrations with Canadians across the country. With the Strong, Secure, Engaged Defence policy coming out this year, we see strong commitments regarding the RCAF, specifically for initiatives that directly involve 2 CAD units, including the Future Aircrew Training (FACT) project and the future personnel growth of the RCAF.

In addition, as part of the celebrations of the 100th anniversary of the Royal Flying Corps Canada, we honoured all of the men and women who have served and made sacrifices in Canada’s Air Force during a rededication ceremony of the RCAF Cairn at 16 Wing Borden. 16 Wing also received national attention for their role in the ceremony that saw His Excellency, the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General and Commander-in-Chief of Canada, present the RCAF with its new Colours in Toronto. It was a memorable event with key participation by 16 Wing and great support from 15 Wing and 17 Wing.

2017 marks a year of growth for the 2 CAD family. Under the RCAF commander’s “rebalance initiative”, 17 Wing joined the 2 CAD ranks, thus better aligning our resources to prepare the RCAF to meet future challenges. Bringing the schools in Winnipeg under the command of 17 Wing will enhance communication and ensure an institutional structure that is increasingly flexible and agile.

While the 15 Wing flying training units worked diligently to increase pilot production safely and effectively, they transitioned 419 Tactical Fighter Training Squadron to 4 Wing Cold Lake, Alberta, and welcomed the Canadian Forces Snowbirds, 431 Air Demonstration Squadron, to their chain of command. Together, the 15 Wing team proudly brought the RCAF story to Canadians across the country through their support to airshows, flypasts and static displays.

Throughout the year, our 2 CAD headquarters and our units performed great work in aircrew selection, the production of ab-initio graduates, and quality control of RCAF training courses, spanning a wide variety of RCAF classifications. Together, we made great advances in officer and non-commissioned member professional development. Personnel have been extremely busy focusing on revamping training related orders, implementing the on-line training catalogue and calendar, and hosting the first National Flying Training Conference in many years. We also took the necessary steps to stand up a dedicated “basic training list” management section to provide ab-initio students with meaningful opportunities for employment while awaiting occupation training.   

Our members have put a lot of hard work into overseeing, and coordinating many RCAF courses, including the common Primary Leadership Qualification Course, the streamlining of the Air Force Officer Development Program and the fine-tuning of the demanding, six-week, residential Airpower Operations Course. 

We would like to extend our personal thanks to everyone within 2 CAD for all of your hard work this year. It is because of your hard work that 2 CAD is recognized as a leader in RCAF training and education, and stands out as providing some of the best training and most innovative AirPower-mindedness in the world. We should be very proud of our accomplishments. The 2 CAD team is truly making a difference for the RCAF!

After all of your hard work over this year, take some well-deserved time over the holidays to relax, re-charge, and connect with loved ones. Take time to remember those who are away from loved ones and those who are no longer with us. Stay safe, take care of yourselves, and enjoy the cherished moments the holiday season offers.

Wishing you and your loved ones happiness over the holidays, and the all the best for 2018.

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