The Canadian Airborne Forces Association (CAFA) / Association des Forces Aéroportées du Canada (AFAC) has launched new website at http://www.canadianairborneforces.ca/

CAFA is the umbrella organization for all airborne associations within the Canadian Airborne Brotherhood. Head over to their website for information on joining, events and links to other Airborne sites.

1st Annual Airborne Memorial

The Airborne Regiment Association of Canada invites you to attend the 1st Annual Airborne Memorial Parade and Dinner, to be held at CFB Petawawa, Saturday the 2nd – Sunday the 3rd June 2007. The event commences with a Dinner at the Reichwald WOs’ & Sgts’ Mess, on CFB Petawawa on the evening of the 2nd of June and our guest speaker will be LGen (Ret’d) Kent Foster, CMM, CD. On the following day, the 3rd of June, there will be a Memorial Parade at the Wall of Wings, Canadian Airborne Forces Museum.

The event marks the occasion of the 1st Annual Airborne Memorial Parade and Dinner, all former and current paratroopers are invited to pay their respects and give tribute to all paras (from 1 Can Para Bn, FSSF and to the present time) so that we never forget those who have died while serving as Canadian paratroopers. All airborne members, family and friends are encouraged to attend this special event.

DINNER RESERVATIONS: For the evening of 2 June must be paid prior to 24 May 2007. IMPORTANT: If you have confirmed your attendance prior to 24 May 2007 and do not attend you will still be expected to pay for your meals. Cost: $25.00 / per person tax and gratuity included.

Contact information for the event and dinner reservations: Marlene at (819) 568-6669, Fax: (819) 568-1074, e-mail: airbornekitshop@sympatico.ca

New Unit Photo

I have uploaded a new unit photo of Echo Company, 2 Cdo, 1969.

Somalia Photos

Noonan from 1 Cdo sent me 30 photos from Somalia that I have finally uploaded to the gallery. Head over and check them out.

I also added an FSF Calling card to the badges and insignia section.

Mother Goose is organizing an Airborne get together for June 30th in Essa, Ontario. If you are interested in attending, check out this post on the forums for more information including a map on how to get there. It sounds like it will be a great day, so plan to attend if you can!

UPDATE: The date is June 30th, not July 1st as was originally posted.

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Conway is organizing a meet and greet for Commando.org members on 2 Feb 07 at 10am in Hamilton, Ontario. Expect camaraderie and stories. T-shirts for the event are available if ordered before Friday 12 Jan at 9 am. See the forums for the design and more information.

If you would like to attend, contact Conway by email at k9aid (at) yahoo.ca or via PM in the forums.

Meet at 10am at

The Holland Liberation Canteen
Canadian Warplane Heritage
9280 Airport Road
Mount Hope, Ontario L0R 1W0

Help Light the Flame of Hope

With Christmas fast approaching, what better time to introduce you to a new project in support of our military families. As you all know, military wives and mothers have always kept the home fires burning. More than ever in recent times, military families are called upon to be strong in the face of constant stresses and worries. To acknowledge the unfailing supportive role our Canadian military spouses play is this ever-challenging lifestyle, Dianne Collier has formed a committee made up of representatives of various groups within Petawawa to fundraise and erect a granite, eternal flame monument at CFB Petawawa. This project has been approved by the Base Commander, and they are busy getting the word out about this much-anticipated project.

To learn more about how you can participate in this project, and what the project is all about, please visit their web site, The Camouflage Rose and click on Help Light The Flame of Hope page to reach the Eternal Flame pages.

Happy Birthday WO Hubley

Warrant Officer Robert R Hubley will be celebrating his 70th birthday on November 27th. He served with the Regiment in Kingston from 1995 to 1958 and then with Airborne HQ and Signal Squadron in Edmonton from 1973 to 1977. During his 27 years of service he did 7 UN tours.

On behalf of everyone at this site and the Airborne Brotherhood, I would like to wish WO Hubley a Happy Birthday.

Fair winds and light landings…

Between 4-11 November, the St. Catharines Museum will be exhibiting the originals of the only two Victoria Cross medals connected to the Niagara region. The two Victoria Crosses, the highest award for bravery in the British Empire, were both awarded during the First World War – one to LCpl Fred Fisher who was born in St. Catharines and joined the Royal Highland Regiment of Canada (Black Watch) in Montreal; the other to Lt (later Col) Graham Thomson Lyall, a local resident who enlisted in the 19th Lincoln Regiment, now The Lincoln and Welland Regiment.

Server Crash

The server crashed hard yesterday and I spent most of the night scavenging parts from other computers to get it running again. Everything seems to be working again except for some minor style problems in the photo albums, but expect some short downtime in the coming weeks as I move to a more reliable server. I have a new machine nearly built for the server, it is just a matter of moving everything over when I get a chance.

In other news, I have received numerous emails and pictures recently. I appologize to everyone for not getting back to you sooner, but I do have everthing stored away and ready to post to the site as soon as a get a few spare cycles.

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