I have received more information on the 40th Anniversary Reunion in Edmonton on 19-21 June, 2008. Download the PDF with information on the reunion here. This document includes dates, activities and contact details.

The Canadian Airborne Regiment Association (ARAC) is also planning a reunion most likely in the Petawawa area around the same time. Dates are being coordinated as to not conflict, so keep your calendars open and save your money for flights.

40th Anniversary Airborne Coin

To celebrate the upcoming 40th anniversary of the creation of the Canadian Airborne Regiment on the 8th of April 1968, the Airborne Association has released a special commemorative challenge coin. Each coin has a registration number with the Canadian Airborne Regiment hat badge on one side and the ExCoelis on the other. Click on the image to see a larger image showing both sides of the coin.

The coins are $20 each, plus shipping and handling. If you would like to order a coin, please download an order form, fill it out and send it in to the kitshop.

The 40th Anniversary Commemorative coin is a serialized coin from 001 to 300. The kitshop does not have blanks in which to engrave the same number that a person had on his original Canadian Airborne Regiment challenge coin. Commemorative items have their own serialized sequence of numbers. The numbering of the commemorative coins work on the same principle as prints or other limited edition items.

The Airborne Kitshop is run by the Airborne Regiment Association and has no affiliation with this site. Offers by the kitshop and the Association are only posted here to get the word out to as many people as possible.

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The amount of spam that I have been getting on the website’s email address has increased to hundreds per day, so I have decided to retire the contact (at) commando.org email address. Anyone who has contacted me in the past has my real email address and that will continue to work. For others, simply go to the Contact page for the site and send your message using our online form.

Forum members can also contact me by sending a Private Message to Rob on the forums, but I tend to check those less often than the emails that are sent through the contact form.

These changes should reduce the amount of spam in my inbox and allow me to spend more time responding to queries instead of sorting through spam.

VeteransOfCanada.ca

VETERANSOFCANADA.CA is now up to 1500 members and they are in talks with GM to come on board as a sponsor. The mission of VETERANSOFCANADA.CA is to raise awareness, promote patriotism and encourage a commitment to support our heroes by forming partnerships with the business community nationwide.

It is free to join for active, released and retired members of the Canadian Forces, Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Canadian Coast Guard, Canada Border Services, Canadian Correctional Service, local Police Officers, Firefighters.

The Canadian Airborne Forces Association will be hosting a St. Michael’s Day Dinner & Weekend in Niagara Falls, N.Y., 21-23 September. There will be a Meet & Greet Friday night, the dinner on Saturday and an optional catered breakfast on Saturday & Sunday morning. The cost for the dinner is $50 USD. Breakfast is $6.50 USD per day.

If you would like to attend, please send in the registration form. The cutoff for registration is the 1st of September.

The Airborne Regiment Association is offering a special commemorative jump knife to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the creation of the Canadian Airborne Regiment on the 8th of April 1968.

Each knife has a registration number with a Pegasus symbol on one side of the blade and the Canadian parachute wings on the other. You will have the choice of having a sheath with either the Canadian Airborne Regiment logo or the Pegasus logo.

These knives are the high quality Grohmann Canadian Army knives that have been used by the CAF since 1964. Each knife will come with a certificate of authenticity from the Airborne Regiment Association of Canada.

I lost my knife on a jump and never got another, so I am looking forward to ordering mine. To get one, check out the page at the Kit Shop then fill out the order form.  The knives are going for $75 each plus tax and shipping. That is a great price. I checked online for a replacement recently and they were over $90.

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FAQ Page Added

We get tons of emails for the site and it gets hard to answer them all at times. Many of the emails are the same questions, so to make things a bit easier, I have added a Frequently Asked Questions page to the site. If you can think of any questions that should be added, please feel free to submit them.

The Airborne Social Club of Edmonton will be hosting the 40th anniversary reunion (Western) of the Canadian Airborne Regiment during the period of 19-21 June 2008. The theme of the reunion will be

‘AIRBORNE FORTY YEARS LATER’

The Regiment has always enjoyed a special relationship with the city of Edmonton therefore, it would be befitting to once again relive and highlight those early years and at the same time honoring the full four decades that has passed since the formation of one of Canada’s finest Regiments.

Since the Regiment was removed from the order of battle under sensitive circumstances in 1995, it is incumbent on all of us to stay focused on the positive contributions that the Regiment made during its active years, especially, while it was garrisoned in Edmonton from 1968 to 1976. It was here that the Regiment was the proud recipient of its first Freedom of the City honors in 1976.

The members of the Airborne Social Club are hard at work to make this event an unforgettable venue. As the theme indicates the emphasis will be to celebrate the 40 years that have passed since the formation of the Regiment. Most if not all of the “originals” have passed or knocking on the doors of sixty years of life in the fast lane so come on out and enjoy the camaraderie of the AIRBORNE FAMILY.

It is understood that the Canadian Airborne Regiment Association (ARAC) is also planning a reunion most likely in the Petawawa area around the same time. Having a reunion in two locales will only enhance the celebration in that those who wish to take in both may do so. Those who cannot travel the great distances from the East to West may attend in their half of the country. Dates have been coordinated with ARAC to eliminate any conflict of dates.

Early details of the program are as follows:

19 June 2008

  • Pre-registration and happy hour

20 June 2008

  • Registration
  • Sky Hawk demonstration
  • Meet and Greet
  • BBQ
  • Evening entertainment and dance

21 June 20008

  • Mass Para Drop
  • Formal Parade
  • Dinner
  • Entertainment and Dance

We are looking forward to host all past members of the Regiment, members who were in support roles, current members of the regular force parachute companies, past and current members of the Canadian Parachute Centre and aircrews who provided airlift during the past forty years.

Six Fallen Brothers

Today, our thoughts and our prayers go out to the families, friends and comrades of six more of our brothers who died in combat in Afghanistan yesterday. They, along with their interpreter, were killed when their vehicle struck a roadside bomb in the Panjwaii district about 20km southwest of Kandahar.

The explosion happened as the soldiers were returning from a forward operations base after conducting a cordon and search operation of an Afghan village in a joint operation with the Afghan National Army.

Two names are being withheld at the request of the families. The other four are;

  • Capt. Jefferson Francis, 37, RCHA
  • Capt. Matthew Dawe, 27, PPCLI
  • Cpl. Jordan Anderson, 25, PPCLI
  • Cpl. Cole Bartsch, 23, PPCLI
  • Pte. Lane Watkins, 20, PPCLI
  • MCpl. Colin Bason, 28, Royal Westminster Regiment.

These latest casualties bring the toll to 66 Canadian soldiers and one diplomat killed in Afghanistan since the beginning of the mission in 2002. All of these brave soldiers have our respect, gratitude and support.

 Update: The names of the remaining two soldiers have been released and added to the list above.

New Site Design

If you’ve been here before, you’ll quickly notice that I have radically redesigned the site. It used to be that the site was created using MoveableType, but the install was outdated and it wasn’t very easy to upgrade. I use WordPress for most of my other sites and it makes it so much easier to maintain the site and keep it up to date.

You may have noticed the lack of updates recently. I have been working hard in the background to redesign the site and move everything over to the new system. I hope that this makes the site easier to read and a little bit more pleasing to the eye. It definitely makes it much easier for me to update most of the pages, so hopefully I can now catch up on the site updates in my inbox and keep the site fresh in the future.

I hope you like the new site. You may notice a few pages here and there that still don’t fit in with the new design. I am reworking the pages as I get time and as soon as I am done, I will start putting up more new content.

Another great thing you will notice is that I have re-enabled commenting on posts and even on some pages, so tell the world what you think!

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