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Honorary degree – 4459 Commodore (Retd) Edward Murray

The Royal Military College of Canada is very proud to announce that Commodore (Retd) Edward Murray will receive an Honorary degree – Doctor of Military Science at our 107th Convocation at 1400 hours on 18 November 2016. Read more

Doctorat honorifique – 4459 Commodore (Retd) Edward Murray

Le Collège militaire royal du Canada est très fier d’annoncer que le Commodore (Ret) Edward Murray se verra octroyer un doctorat honorifique en sciences militaires lors de notre 107e Collation des grades qui aura lieu le 18 novembre 2016 à 14 h 00.   En savoir plus

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  • Armoured Soldiers Travel to Brazil on Exchange during Exercise STEELE LEOPARDO 2016 / Plusieurs soldats des blindés se rendent au Brésil pour participer à un échange dans le cadre de l’édition 2016 de l’exercice STEELE LEOPARDO

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Selfless act gives second chance at life

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Lt. Cdr. Foote takes over command of 3 Intelligence Company

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Exercise Boosts 4 Wing’s NORAD Readiness

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Operation KOBOLD welcomes new commander / L’opération KOBOLD accueille un nouveau commandant

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Armoured Soldiers Travel to Brazil on Exchange during Exercise STEELE LEOPARDO 2016 / Plusieurs soldats des blindés se rendent au Brésil pour participer à un échange dans le cadre de l’édition 2016 de l’exercice STEELE LEOPARDO

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435 Sqn Kidnaps and Flies Elephant Across Country

by Martin Zeilig, Voxair Photojournalist

Article first appeared in VOXAIR 26 Oct 2016

The recent acquisition of another squadron’s mascot is merely in keeping with the tradition of stealing mas cots across the RCAF says 22149 Lieutenant-Colonel Kevin Kozak, Commanding Officer at 435 Squadron. Tusker, a glossy brass model of an Asian elephant on an oak pedestal, is the official mascot of 413 Squadron at CFB Greenwood, Nova Scotia. He now rests in a place of prominence in LCol Kozak’s third floor office in Hangar 16.

It all began after a CC-130 Hercules search and rescue aircraft commander, Captain Nick Heiler, was sent out to augment 413 Squadron in September. During the two week stay in Greenwood, Capt Heiler only flew twice and was unsatisfied with the accommodations. With so much time on his hands Capt Heiler decided to mount a plan to kidnap Tusker.“He sent it on our aircraft returning home,” LCol Kozak said. “He stole it from their display case and put it onboard our aircraft. He asked for their Service Department to provide him with a trolley and he just wheeled it out.”

In its place, Capt Heiler placed a 435 Sqn zapper (decal) on the now empty display case, so 413 Sqn would know who pulled off the caper. “This is retaliation for their having stolen our mascot last year,” LCol Kozak said. “They actually asked for bolt cutters form our service desk and they cut the chain. We weren’t too smart about it. They took it back to Greenwood.”

The 435 Sqn mascot is a chinthe, a leogryph (lion-like creature) that is often seen at the entrances of pagodas and temples in Burma and other South and Southeast Asian countries.

Around the chinthe’s neck is a royal chain necklace embellished with rectangular bronze plates that bear the names of various squadrons that have stolen the mascot over the years. 435 Sqn was formed in India back in 1944 and its first operations were in Burma while 413

Squadron was formed in Ceylon where wild Asian elephants are found.

Members of 435 Sqn have taken Tusker on a tour of Winnipeg and photographed it in front of prominent landmarks, some of which included the Legislative Building, the Pont Louis Riel, St. Boniface Cathedral, and the MTS Centre

A half-page advertisement for a found elephant will soon appear in the Aurora, the Canadian Forces newspaper at Greenwood. Terms for surrender of Tusker will be arranged following the publication of the ad.

This is not the first time that Tusker has been purloined. Another plaque is being created to commemorate the event.“In the end, this theft has been good for Sqn morale and the unit has rallied behind a great prank,” said LCol Kozak.