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Eric Watts, a natural leader

When Eric Victor Watts enlisted in the RCAF on May 10, 1939, technically, he should not have been allowed to join. Nevertheless, he proved to be a natural leader.
February 19, 2020

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Canada, US team up to test extreme cold weather airfield repair solutions

The ability to share and test various runway repair techniques in a cold-weather environment will increase mission readiness capabilities while reducing repair time and costs.
February 18, 2020

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A message from Lieutenant-General Al Meinzinger, Commander RCAF, and Chief Warrant Officer Denis Gaudreault, RCAF Chief Warrant Officer

A posting can be both exciting and daunting for everyone involved, and information can be hard to find, which is why the RCAF has implemented the Family Sponsor Program.
February 17, 2020

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Recruits of Choice

The excellence of Black Canadians recruited to the RCAF during and after the Second World War—even before Blacks were officially allowed to join the Air Force—is reflected in their achievements during and following their military service.
February 13, 2020

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Lieutenant-Governor Lincoln Alexander was one of the first Black Canadians to serve in RCAF

In celebration of Black History Month, we look at the life of Lincoln Alexander – Ontario’s first Black lieutenant governor and one of the first Black Canadians to serve in the RCAF.
February 11, 2020

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Henry J. Langdon: An RCAF, industry and union pioneer

Henry Langdon enlisted in the RCAF in 1939, even though regulations did not permit the enlistment of Blacks. Working in predominantly white environments in the RCAF, Air Canada and in his union, he was highly respected for his abilities his efforts to improve race relations.
February 7, 2020

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Team Canada announced for Invictus Games 2020

The names of the 32 CAF serving members and veterans who will represent Canada at the 2020 Invictus Games, to be held May 9th to 16th in The Hague, Netherlands, were announced on February 5.
February 6, 2020

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Track and field for Masters Athletes #2

This is the second in a series of articles covering all aspects of Masters athletes’ training and nutrition for track and field events.
February 6, 2020

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Regulation? What regulation?

During the early years of the Second World War, Black Canadians were, for the most part, barred from joining the Royal Canadian Air Force. But it’s clear that some recruiting officers deliberately ignored the regulation.
February 5, 2020

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Third Arctic Air Power Seminar welcomes international attendees

Members of the Canadian Armed Forces and the US Department of Defense, and other partners, met at 5 Wing Goose Bay, Labrador, in late January 2020 to explore the challenges of operating in extreme cold weather conditions.
February 4, 2020

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