Happy holidays from 1 Canadian Air Division/Canadian NORAD Region

News Article / December 19, 2017

1 Canadian Air Division (1 CAD) is organized and equipped to provide operationally ready forces for rapid deployment and employment, operating a diverse fleet of aircraft and providing an array of command, control, communications and intelligence systems in support of our nation’s defence priorities at home and abroad. The commander of 1 CAD serves also as commander of the Canadian NORAD Region (CANR) and as the Joint Force Air Component commander for the Canadian Joint Operations Command.

The commander and chief warrant officer 1 CAD/CANR, headquartered in Winnipeg, Manitoba, recently sent holiday greetings to 1 CAD/CANR personnel who are located across the country and deployed internationally. Here is the text of that message.

From Major-General Christian Drouin and Chief Warrant Officer Jacques Boucher

A famous contemporary Canadian once said: “Family isn’t an important thing – it’s everything.”

We are quickly closing in on the end of 2017, and we are all looking forward to spending time with friends and loved ones. While the importance of family is ever-present in our minds – your families as well as our own – the words of Michael J. Fox seem to ring truest during the holiday season.

Each of us defines family in our own way and, whatever family means to you, they are the ones who stand by us as we serve Canada. Often it means staying home while we deploy domestically and around the world, which our men and women did plenty of in 2017. Overseas, this included our ongoing commitments to Operation Impact (including the addition of a tactical airlift detachment) and deploying contingents of CF-188 Hornets under Operation Reassurance to both Iceland and Romania.

Here at home, many of our members spent their summer in British Columbia as they joined the fight against wildfires. We also had aircraft and people supporting local authorities in the wake of significant flooding in Québec and Labrador, and evacuating northern communities in the face of forest fires in Manitoba. Further south, we supported relief efforts in the Caribbean after hurricanes ravaged the region.

It was an eventful year for us in other ways. Our nation celebrated the 150th anniversary of Confederation, and Royal Canadian Air Force aircraft were visible in Canada Day flybys at events from coast to coast. The RCAF also received new Colours from the governor general in Toronto.

All of this was on top of our daily responsibilities, such as transport, search and rescue, and staying ready to defend North America under NORAD. In short, we’ve been busy, because no matter what is going on in the wider world, the RCAF is always operational. And we are very much aware that it is only because of you, and the support of your families, that any of this is possible.

As we look forward to a busy 2018, which will include celebrating a 60-year commitment by Canada and the United States to the aerospace defence of North America through NORAD, we need our entire 1 CAD/CANR family to be at their best. This past year, physical fitness sessions were incorporated into our weekly headquarters routine, an initiative now dubbed “fitness in formation”. We are now challenging all of you to do the same. Your individual health and fitness is important to us, but it is also critical to our collective ability to be at our absolute best as we deliver air power across the globe.

We wish you all the best for the holiday season and look forward to working with all of you on what promises to be an exciting 2018!

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