NORAD celebrates Canada 150

News Article / July 19, 2017

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By Lieutenant(N) Marco Chouinard

NORAD Headquarters

Canada’s 150th anniversary was celebrated by more than 250 local Canadians and Americans on July 1, 2017, in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The Canada Day event, held at historic Penrose House and hosted by NORAD (North American Air Defense Command) deputy commander Lieutenant-General Pierre St-Amand, a member of the Royal Canadian Air Force, has been a custom in the area for decades.

Each year, the NORAD deputy commander, who is also the top Canadian military officer serving in the United States, hosts the event for 150 Canadian Armed Forces personnel, their families, and U.S. military partners, and members of the local community, as a way of thanking them  for their continued friendship and support. The Consul General of Canada in Denver, Stéphane Lessard, was this year’s guest of honour.

The theme for this year’s event was “Canada 150”, in celebration of the 150th anniversary of Canadian Confederation. Although Canada and the US are proud of what makes us unique, there is much that we share and have in common. Since the signing of the NORAD Agreement 59 years ago, members of the Canadian Armed Forces in Colorado Springs have partnered with Americans in the defence of both our nations, and could not have done it without the enduring support of the local community.

Elected officials, business leaders, and retirees from the local Colorado Springs community attended the festivities. Lieutenant-General St-Amand told the guests that it was an honour and privilege to share this very special day, marking Canada 150th anniversary, with Canada’s closest friend and ally, who shares the same values, hopes and dreams. "Canadians have been in Colorado Springs for 59 years as part of NORAD, have been welcomed in the community and have received excellent support," he said. "Today's event not only reinforces the common bond between our two great nations, but our link to the local community as well."

The venue displayed posters highlighting the rich heritage and history of Canada’s 150 years of Confederation. Historically, Canada and the U.S. have been each other’s largest trading partners; we work together to ensure the efficiency and security of our shared border; and we collaborate on all aspects of our arctic spaces.

“The United States is Canada’s truest friend, partner and ally,” said Mr. Lessard. “It is a relationship that is best exemplified right here at NORAD, where our men and women in uniform stand shoulder to shoulder to protect North America. It is truly an honor to be representing Canada in these beautiful Rocky Mountains during our nation’s 150th anniversary.”

NORAD is the bi-national Canadian and American command that provides aerospace warning, aerospace control and maritime warning for Canada and the United States. The command has three subordinate regional headquarters: the Alaskan NORAD Region at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska; the Canadian NORAD Region at Canadian Forces Base Winnipeg, Manitoba; and the Continental NORAD Region at Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida.

Tyndall Air Force Base

The Canadian Detachment at Tyndall Air Force Base, in Florida, celebrated the 150th anniversary of Canada's Confederation with a bi-national barbeque. The festive celebration, held June 30, 2017, at Bonita Bay on the base, was attended by Canadian and United States military personnel and families.

Lieutenant-Colonel Brian Murray, commanding officer of the Canadian Detachment at Tyndall,  welcomed the attendees to the festivities with Brigadier General Daniel Orcutt, vice commander of 1st Air Force (Air Force North), and Lieutenant General Scott Williams, commander of Continental NORAD Region/First Air Force.

Lieutenant Colonel Patrick McDonnell, Air Force NORTH deputy director A1, cut the 150th anniversary cake with Lieutenant-Colonel Murray. The day was rounded out by a rousing volleyball tournament, pitting Canadians against their U.S. counterparts. Canada won the best-of-three tournament.

Canadian Armed Forces Lieutenant(N) Marco Chouinard is with NORAD and USNORTHCOM Public Affairs in Colorado Springs, Colorado, US.

Detachment Celebrates Canada 150

by Lieutenant N.J. Saulnier

On July 1st 2017, members of the Canadian Detachment of NORAD’s Eastern Air Defense Sector in Rome, New York, didn’t let the rain dampen their spirits as well as their clothes.

The small unit of 15 military personnel, their families, and invited guests celebrated Canada 150 wearing lots of red and white in the Beaver Den Mess. Despite the weather, the attendees enjoyed freshly cooked hamburgers, hotdogs, salads, and a Canada 150-themed cake!

Happy 150th Anniversary, Canada!

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