1 Dec – CF-18 Hornet takes off from Mihail Kogalniceanu Air Base in Romania, to return to Canada during Operation Reassurance. (Photo: Cpl Eric Chaput)
5 Jan – Members of the Royal Canadian Artillery conduct a live-fire exercise as part of Operation Reassurance at Camp Adazi, Latvia. (Canadian Armed Forces Photo)
Jan 2 – Members of the Canadian Armed Forces conduct a live-fire exercise as part of Operation REASSURANCE at Camp Adazi, Latvia. (CAF Photo)
7 Dec – Cpl Marc-Antoine Renaud of the 1st Battalion, Royal 22e Régiment (1 R22eR), fires behind barricades during the Sharpshooter course exam at the Valcartier shooting range. (CAF Photo: Cpl Simon Morin)
Dec 2022 – CF-18 Hornet takes off from Mihail Kogalniceanu (MK) Air Base in Romania, to return to Canada during Operation Reassurance. (CAF Photo: Cpl Eric Chaput)
Nov 2022 - Dive team from HMCS Winnipeg conducts jumps from the CH-148 Cyclone helicopter to keep personnel trained and ready during Operation PROJECTION in the Pacific Ocean. (CAF photo: S1 Melissa Gonzalez)
3 Nov – Canadian Armed Forces members from 1 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group (CMBG) conduct a Level 5 live fire range during Exercise PATRICIA WOLVERINE at 3rd Canadian Division Support Base Detachment Wainwright training area. (Photo: Cpl Djalma Vuong-De Ramos)
20 Oct – Sailor First Class Daniel Dion-Jean listens to radio communications in a Bison ambulance during Exercise STARLIGHT CHAOS, which is led by 5 Field Ambulance, in the training areas of 2nd Canadian Division Support Base Valcartier, Quebec. (Photo: Cpl Simon Morin)
3 Nov – Candidates on the Helicopter Underslung Operations course (HUSO) given by 3 Battalion, Royal 22e Régiment, conduct exercise with a CH-146 Griffon helicopter from 430 Tactical Helicopter Squadron, in the training areas of 2nd Canadian Division Support Base Valcartier, Quebec. (Photo: Cpl Marc-André Leclerc)
15 Nov – Sapper Han Chi Zhang, a member of 5 Canadian Combat Engineer Regiment, climbs aboard a zodiac during helo-casting training on Hayes Lake, at 2nd Canadian Division Support Base Valcartier, Quebec. (Photo: Cpl Sébastien Lauzier-Labarre)
23 Nov – Heavy Urban Search and Rescue (HUSAR) teams practice breaching in confined spaces to save casualties during Exercise RUBBLE GUNNER at the USAR Training Facility, Work Point, CFB Esquimalt. (CAF Photo: MS Valerie LeClair)
22 Oct –  Soldiers from 1st Regiment, Royal Canadian Horse Artillery conduct a fire mission at 3rd Canadian Division Support Base Detachment Wainwright training area. (Photo: Cpl Djalma Vuong-De Ramos)
9 Nov - Pte David Garceau, a member of 5e Groupe-brigade mécanisé du Canada, monitors his angles of fire during Exercise LION INTRÉPIDE, in the training areas of 2nd Canadian Division Support Base, in Quebec City. (Photo: Cpl Sébastien Lauzier-Labarre)
Royal Canadian Air Force CC-177 Globemaster on tarmac during Operation Renaissance. (Photo: MCpl Louis Brunet)
Jan 22   (JAMES FRYER)   (FrontLine)

Will the issue of heavy armour support for Ukraine unite or divide the allies? Will Germany's post-WW2-guilt overpower its modern leadership role in global stability? Is a willing coalition of European neighbours enough to stiffen the German spine?

Jan 15   (JAMES PARKER)

Canada has announced that the Lockheed Martin F-35 has been chosen to replace the aged CF-18s. New kit as major as this should go a long way to boosting recruitment of pilots, aircrew, and aviation technicians. It's time to quickly capitalize on this new recruitment tool.

Jan 12   (LGen Michel Maisonneuve and Dr Danic Parenteau)

Action on the Arbour Report is likely to begin soon, LGen Michel Maisonneuve and Dr Danic Parenteau provide suggestions for consideration by the different committees engaged in these changes. Read on for clarification, and more details, pursuant to comments received after publishing (Oct 2022) their five general recommendations for any review of the Canadian Military Colleges. 

Jan 10   (DND News)

Canada's Minister of National Defence, Anita Anand, announced the purchase of a National Advanced Surface-to-Air Missile System (NASAMS) and associated munitions from the United States to donate to Ukraine. Valued at approximately $406 million, this donation is part of the $500 million in military aid that the Prime Minister promised to Ukraine in November 2022. It is the first Canadian donation of an air defence system to Ukraine.

Jan 26

Speculation ended today when Defence Minister Anita Anand confirmed that four of the Canadian Army’s 82 “combat ready” main battle tanks will be sent to Ukraine “in the coming weeks” to support an expected spring counter-offensive against a renewed push in Russia’s brutal invasion. Training by Canadian Army personnel will take place in an unspecified “third country.” 

Jan 26

Defence Minister Anita Anand has just announced that, within the next few weeks, Canada will begin to supply Ukraine with four Leopard 2 battle tanks, training and sustainment.

Jan 24   (Ottawa Citizen)

The Public Service Alliance of Canada announced today that strike votes by the 120,000 employees it represents in four bargaining units will begin in February. “We need to hold the line on fair wages that will prevent . . . falling further behind as the cost of living increases,” said PSAC National President Chris Aylward. The monetary goal is annual 4.5 per cent salary increases over three years; the government has offered 8.5 per cent compounded over four years

Jan 24   (Defense News)

Nearly six years after announcing a joint maritime patrol aircraft project with Germany, France is looking at domestic options after Germany bought some Boeing P-8 Poseidons from the U.S. Navy as an interim solution. It has awarded 18-month contracts to Airbus Defence & Space and Dassault Aviation to examine potential replacements for its current decades-old MPA fleet.

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Jan 22   – 

Will the issue of heavy armour support for Ukraine unite or divide the allies? Will Germany's post-WW2-guilt overpower its modern leadership role in global stability? Is a willing coalition of European neighbours enough to stiffen the German spine?

Jan 15   – 

Canada has announced that the Lockheed Martin F-35 has been chosen to replace the aged CF-18s. New kit as major as this should go a long way to boosting recruitment of pilots, aircrew, and aviation technicians. It's time to quickly capitalize on this new recruitment tool.

Jan 12

Action on the Arbour Report is likely to begin soon, LGen Michel Maisonneuve and Dr Danic Parenteau provide suggestions for consideration by the different committees engaged in these changes. Read on for clarification, and more details, pursuant to comments received after publishing (Oct 2022) their five general recommendations for any review of the Canadian Military Colleges. 

Jan 10   – 

This procurement has been politically turbulent for both Liberal and Conservative governments over the years, but Canada has finally announced it will begin taking deliveries of its first 16 F-35 Lightning II fighters in 2026 despite protesters who call for vulnerability in the name of peace.

24-26 April 2023
Rotterdam, The Netherlands
9-11 May 2023
Rostock, Germany
18-20 April 2023
Vancouver Convention Centre
31 May - 1 June 2023
EY Centre, Ottawa, ON
19-25 June 2023
Le Bourget, Paris
TBD July/Aug 2023
St John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador
TBD August 2022
Western Canada
23 March 2016
Both the Pension Act and the New Veterans Charter produce undesirable outcomes resulting in inadequate support for veterans and their families, says Veterans Ombudsman Guy Parent.
23 March 2016
Commenting on yesterday’s budget, Veterans Ombudsman Guy Parent said: “This was the Government’s first opportunity to put its mandate on the books, and I believe that it is off to a promising start for Veterans and their families.”
22 March 2016
From Cuba today, President Obama asserted "This is yet another reminder that the world must unite. We must be together, regardless of nationality or race or faith, in fighting against the scourge of terrorism. We can, and will, defeat those who threaten the security of people all around the world."
21 March 2016
The Honourable Harjit Sajjan, Minister of National Defence, and Vice-Admiral Mark Norman, Commander Royal Canadian Navy and National Defence Champion for Visible Minorities, today issued statements on the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.
18 March 2016
Do you know someone who should be recognized for their efforts on behalf of veterans? The Veterans Ombudsman is now accepting nominations for the 2016 Veterans Ombudsman Commendation.
17 March 2016
Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan wrapped up a successful visit to Ukraine, Poland, and Germany today, where he met Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) personnel deployed in the region as part of Operations UNIFIER and REASSURANCE and held bilateral meetings with his counterparts.
11 March 2016
Approximately 300 Canadian Army Reservists from 31 Canadian Brigade Group will practice their combat skills at the Muscatatuck Urban Training Center and Camp Atterbury Joint Maneuver Training Center in Butlerville, Indiana, as part of Exercise ARROWHEAD LIGHTNING from March 12 to 19, 2016.
10 March 2016
About 150 members of 5 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group, based at Valcartier, Quebec, have commenced training with the French Army in three different exercises to share their knowledge and skill.
8 March 2016
Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan today made a statement, on the occasion of International Women's Day, to honour the outstanding service of women in the Canadian Armed Forces and at the Department of National Defence.
7 March 2016
Soldiers from 5th Canadian Division’s Arctic Response Company Group deployed over the weekend to Goose Bay, Newfoundland and Labrador, to hone their skills in winter survival and enhance their combat skills in an extreme cold weather environment on Exercise STALWART GOOSE.
7 March 2016
The CAF has officially marked the transitioning of the Air Task Force-Iraq mission during a parade in Kuwait. Lieutenant-General Michael Hood, RCAF Commander, presided over the parade, which commemorated the contributions of all CAF members who have deployed to conduct and support air operations since the beginning of Operation IMPACT.
1 March 2016
Brigadier-General Stéphane Lafaut, Commander 2nd Canadian Division and Joint Task Force (East), yesterday presented the third clasp to the Canadian Forces’ Decoration to eight Canadian Rangers from Nunavik, each of whom have 42 years of dedicated service.

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