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Could the CF be back at ‘er in Manitoba for flooding again soon? “The City of Winnipeg has 1.5 million sandbags ready as part of its plan for what may be the area’s worst flood since 1997. Randy Hull, the emergency preparedness co-ordinator, said Friday that the most recent flood forecast issued by the province required no change in plans. Hull said Winnipeg is much better prepared than it was prior to the 1997 flood ….”
Timothy James Wilson, 1975-2006, R.I.P. “ A southern Afghanistan field base named after a slain Canadian soldier will soon be getting a new Afghan title, but a ceremony on Friday ensured Master Cpl. Timothy Wilson’s presence at the facility will live on . The service at Forward Operating Base Wilson was called to unveil a new memorial plaque that will hang beside the site’s helicopter landing zone. The idea to dedicate the area to Wilson came from his mother, Jane, who wrote a letter to the base leaders earlier this year ….”
Taliban Propaganda Watch: Attacks alleged across RC South, and a “you gotta admit we’re still winning” statement for the Afghan new year.
F-35 Tug o’ War (1) – Lookit all the information & fact sheets the CF has out on the F-35.
F-35 Tug o’ War (2) – “ . Pentagon officials Thursday ordered General Electric and Rolls-Royce to stop work on an alternative engine for the F-35, a move that congressional critics said won’t be the last word on the subject. And Canada’s Parliament is expected to vote today on a no-confidence motion that would topple the government of Prime Minister Stephen Harper and force new elections, in part because opponents say the administration has not been honest about the cost of buying F-35s ….” The first taste of war for the F-35 joint strike fighter is years ahead, if ever, but the Lockheed Martin-developed-and-built jet is engulfed in political combat
“ The ceremony was presided over by Lieutenant-General Peter Devlin, Commander of Canada’s Army. “The tradition of Honorary Colonels within the Canadian Army dates back to the 13th Battalion of Infantry in 1895. In today’s context, having influential Canadians in that capacity enhances the Army as a collective. Honorary Colonel Goldring has been a staunch supporter of the Army and Canadian soldiers,” said Lieutenant-General Peter Devlin, Chief of the Land Staff. “I am very pleased that he will continue to be associated with us as the first ever Honorary Colonel of the Army. This new position will only compliment our already formidable Honorary Colonel network in maintaining the strongest possible links between the Army and Canadian citizens …. “ Mr. Blake C. Goldring, Chairman and CEO of AGF Management Limited, was formally recognized as the Honorary Colonel of the Army at a ceremony (Saturday) at the Canadian Forces College in Toronto.