As another holiday season approaches, my wife Linda and I would like to extend our very best wishes of the season to all.
This year has seen 2 Canadian Air Division reach steady state during a busy year of operations such as in Afghanistan, Haiti, the Olympics, G8 as well as the on-going transformational efforts. Through it all, the incredible energy, professionalism and enthusiasm of our personnel has been obvious to even casual observers. Training and education is fundamental to our success as an Air Force, to the CF and to our nation and you are the ones who make it happen daily.
Much has happened within 2 Canadian Air Division as we all focus together on our goal to become a more connected, learning-driven organization. Our small Headquarters structure lends itself perfectly to responding to the needs of our schools and operational training units and serves as an example for other similar organizations. A new Lessons Learned Program will allow you to contribute and access vital information quickly. At 16 Wing Borden this year, the change of command at the Air Command Academy, for the first time, involved the change of that responsibility from a commissioned officer to a Chief Warrant Officer.
With new initiatives in Simulation, exciting technologies in information sharing, and on-line collaboration, we are now just beginning to scratch the surface of a future that is filled with great possibilities and enormous potential.
For now though, we hope that you will take time to enjoy a rest from a busy pace and make the most of any opportunity to get together with family, friends and loved ones, many of whom we ask so much of throughout the year. Best wishes for now and the coming year.
Brigadier-General Rick Pitre
Commander 2 Canadian Air Division