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Cafba News - Jul 2005
A Publication of the Canadian Air Force Brats Association
Where Being A Brat Is A Good Thing!
www.cafba.ca email: webmaster@cafba.ca
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In This Issue:

  1. Welcome Back
  2. Today's Quote - Yesterday's Saying
  3. Get Your Free Gift
  4. Cafba Website Updates
    • The Main Page!
    • Happy Birthday!
    • Newsletter Signups
    • Cafba Memberships
    • Your Opinion Counts!
    • Trivia
    • Upcoming Reunions
    • Airshows
    • Cafba Website Navigation
    • Base Updates
    • Base Recollections
    • A CAFBA Recommended Site
    • Confessions of A BRAT!
  5. Make A Brat Laugh
  6. What the BRAT's Are Saying!
  7. The List of Brat Sites
  • Welcome Back

  • Welcome to this Jul 2005 10th edition of the Cafba News!

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    Where to begin!

    This is your newsletter - If you have a comment - let's hear it!


    "How about we hear from someone who is a brat and in the military now...talking about the changes for their children they are bringing up in todays brat world."

    Proposed by Dora on the newsgroup. We think it is an excellent suggestion.

    In fact we thought so much of Dora's suggestion that we are offering to put together "A Brat's Tribute To The Vets". We propose to produce an electronic version of your stories, thoughts and memories about your military parents and what their actions in service have meant to you and your children

    2005 is the year of the veteran.

    Who is going to keep the memory alive when all the vets have passed on.

    I believe we brats should. But not necessarily from the war's point of view.

    How about what it is like being the child of a military person. Someone who fought and died for the way of life that we celebrate today.

    How does it affect you? How has it changed you? How is your life different from your parents?

    Were you told stories about your military family members that either didn't make it back or did but weren't the same after their ordeal.

    How about sharing those stories?

    let's compile "A Brat's Salute to The Vets." I'll take on the job of compiling an electronic collection of the stories into a pdf format book.

    Your stories need not be long in nature. Just a glimpse into who your military hero was and something that reminds you of how they changed your life by serving their Country! What he/she means to you today.

    "We have inherited a view of the world that is somehow different because we were raised in military homes or around military folk"....Kath Moors as posted on the can.military-brats newsgroup. Jun 23, 2:18 pm"

    Let's share that different world with everyone, out of respect for those who served in the military and who have given us the life we cherish today!

    Looking forward to hearing those stories. Send them to me at alan@cafba.ca

    Each participating member will receive a free copy of this production.

    Today's quotation:

    "Just Do It!"

    Yesterday's saying:

    "Be careful what you ask for; you may get it." Unknown

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    Cafba Website Updates

  • The Main Page!

    After loosing the server and all of the 5 years of bulletin board postings, we are almost back to normal! Look for the new Phorum that can be accessed from the main page on the left hand side navigation bar under "Click Here - Enter My Forum!

    The main entry page at www.cafba.ca should be where all your searches of the cafba web site start.

    It will always contain the latest polls ( get your vote in!); a place to subscribe to the newsletter; the most up to date links to the rest of the site; as well as a cartoon or joke to put a smile on your face.

    It will occasionally have some comment and of course it will always have links to our sponsors, as it is they that help keep the site free!

    So start all of your visits to the cafba web site here www.cafba.ca

  • Cafba Celebrations

    • Happy Birthday Canada
    • 01 Jul 2005 tenth Cafba Newsletter issued

    • Birthdays in Jul - Happy Birthday Y'All
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      Birthdate Last Name First Name
      01-Jul Linklater Miles
      01-Jul Michaud Paul
      01-Jul Smith Marc
      04-Jul Cahoon Donna
      05-Jul Mason Clara (Claire)
      06-Jul Gerow Ken
      07-Jul Swain Ed
      08-Jul MacLeod Doreen - Happy B'day Sis!
      08-Jul Kenning Roderick
      09-Jul Bacon Barbara
      09-Jul Christensen Barbara
      09-Jul Mosher Sara
      10-Jul Finnigan Irene
      11-Jul Campbell Georgina (Gina)
      11-Jul Quigley Patrick
      11-Jul Doiron Kathy
      12-Jul St Pierre Marc
      14-Jul Tosky Danniel
      15-Jul Ackeral Graham
      15-Jul MacKinnon Tim
      17-Jul Rideout John
      17-Jul Oliver Fran
      21-Jul Eckley William
      23-Jul Jackson Scott
      23-Jul Whiston Iain
      24-Jul Ward John
      24-Jul Port Dannie
      24-Jul Walton Juanita
      26-Jul Parent Josee
      27-Jul Lamb Paula

    For those people whose names do not appear but who are also celebrating a B'Day this month, We wish you a Happy Birthday as well. We have only been asking for this data for a short time and not everyone wants it known. If you want yours added, send me a note.

  • Newsletter signups
  • This is the 10th edition of the cafba newsletter and we think it is the best yet!

    Thanks to all of the new subscribers. If you have signed up but don't receive notification about the newsletter, perhaps you didn't confirm your email address at the time of subscribing. You will receive a confirmation email that must be replied to before your subscription is complete.

    Please share this copy with your friends. If they would like their own copy delivered to their inbox send them here.

    More and more mail servers are blocking attachments to emails or are scanning for known s*p*a*m words. We have experienced delivery problems to AOL, specifically and some free email address sites such as hotmail, netscape or yahoo.

    So to avoid these delivery problems you will only receive a text message to let you know the newsletter has been published and where to find it.

    Previous newsletter editions can be found here.

  • Cafba Memberships
  • Loads of new names have been added to the database in recent months. We also have several yet to be included. As of publication of this newsletter we have over 11,080 names in the database. Are you registered? Go here and register your details now so you can be included in the website.

    We still have a backlog of registrations that I am endeavouring to get to. Unfortunately, just not enough spare time anymore. Please be patient.

    A listing of the latest new members can be found here: http://grahamlange.homelinux.com/cafba/members/newest/newest.html.

  • Your Opinion Counts!
  • June Poll results:

    The Jun 2005 poll, found on the main page of the cafba site, asked the question:

  • What is most important to You?

  • Thanks to everyone who cast their vote. Here are the results of the June poll.

    • Total of 8 votes were cast. We are disappointed in the number of votes cast and hope that the subject matter is not what deterred you from voting!
      • family 6 of 8 votes for 75%
      • Friends 0 of 8 votes for 0%
      • Money 0 of 8 votes for 0%
      • Your Job 0 of 8 votes for 0%
      • Love 2 of 8 votes for 25%
      • Total Votes: 8

    A new poll was started as of 01 Jul 2005.

    Here is the new poll question: Are you better off than your parents were?

    Get your vote in. Go to www.cafba.ca and cast your vote from the navaigation bar on the left side of the page.

    Have a question you would like surveyed? Email us with your question.

    If you haven't voted yet, please do so - your opinion counts!

    Watch for our next poll starting in Aug 2005.

  • Trivia
  • Does the newsgroup need livening up? Should we have a trivia contest for July and August? Go to the newsgroup and let us know.

    Have you checked out the past trivia contest answers on the cafba website? Answers to the questions can be found at http://grahamlange.homelinux.com/cafba/trivia/trivia.htm

    Do you have a good trivia question? Send it in and we will use it in future contests.

  • Newsletter Trivia Question

  • This edition's trivia question:

    How many television commercials did Elvis Presley make and which one was his most famous? When was it made?

    Answer in the next newsletter

    Answer to last newsletter's trivia question:

    Who was the only US President to be ever granted a patent and what was it for?

    Abraham Lincoln, who invented a hydraulic device for lifting ships over shoals, was the only US president ever granted a patent.

  • Upcoming Airshows
  • Been to an Air Show yet? Take any pictures you care to share?

    Check out upcoming airshows from the cafba website at http://grahamlange.homelinux.com/cafba/airshows/airshows.htm

    What do you remember the most about attending an air show when you were young? Check out these shows, they will bring back all those great memories.

    Know of a show that is not listed? Let me know so we can add it to the next newsletter

  • Upcoming Reunions
  • There are lots of reunions this summer with more planned for future years. If you know of one not listed please let me know so we can include it in the next newsletter

    The Sept 2006 cruise reunion planned by the Canadian Starfighter Association sounds like a boatload of fun and a great way to combine your annual vacation and reunion of old friends at the same time. The most exciting part of our package is the introduction of the cruise for charity incentive offered to us by the Sears Travel Service. For every person booked Sears Travel will donate back to the Canadian Starfighter Association for community projects. Now that is a great fundraiser for a worthwhile charity.

    Upcoming Events and Reunions

    Mail us and let us know of any reunions you are aware of. We will post them here as well as link to any web pages.

    • new7th - 10th July 2005 There will be a P.C.I. reunion in Portage la Prairie,MB. in the first week of July,2005.As the C.F.B. base at Southport had no highschool all the base brats went to P.C.I. The reunion is for anyone whosoever went to the school. The website is www.pcireunion.ca.

    • new15-July 2005 Closure Party

      433 ETAC, proud descendants of 433 Porcupine squadron from Skipton-on-Swales, will retire its colors on the 15th of July during a ceremony at 3 Wing, Canadian Forces Base Bagotville, Québec, Canada. Parade will be held on the tarmac in front of Hangar 7 at 09:45 (local).

      An all-inclusive (officiers, NCO's, spouses, former members, well-wishers) party shall be held in the evening. See attached publicity.

      Cost for the evening $10 for members of the squadron and their spouse $15 for guests and former squadron members

      Reservations and tickets available through :

      Corporal Patrick Savoie patricksavoie@videotron.ca Ph: 418-677-1185 Avionics Technician 433 ETAC, 3 Wing Bagotville

    • newJuly 15, 2005. Chatham New Brunswick. There will be a high school reunion for James M. Hill High School class of 1980. This would include dependants who lived either at CFB Chatham or CFS St. Margarets. Inquiries should be directed to jmhclassof1980@yahoo.ca
      Dr. Greg MacDiarmid
      UW 1988
      Miramichi, New Brunswick CANADA
      Tel: (506) 627-0250 Fax: (506) 627-0251
      E-mail: duffie@nbnet.nb.ca Web: www.mirop.ca

    • newAugust 06/07 2005 Cold Lake/Grand Centre/Medley get together for everybody and anybody from the area from 1965 to 1985. We have over 175 ex-Cold Lakers already and it will be held In Edmonton. The contact is Mike Oliver at pmrj@shaw.ca
    • A reunion for all 4 Wingers who attended 4 Wing Senior High in the 1960 to 1970 decade is in the works! Information on the event can be found at: http://members.rogers.com/4winghigh/index.htm Ph:519-421-1612
    • newSummer 2005 A reunion is being planned in Shilo summer 2005. Watch for details to be posted here later, or contact SugarShack55 (bandj@mazinaw.on.ca)

    • 07-10 July 2005 PineTree Radar Line Personnel: a gathering and reunion of all ranks and all trades of US and Canadian military and civilian personnel and their families in the joint cities of Sault Ste Marie, Ontario and Michigan.

    • 29-31 Jul 2005 Base Borden Collegiate Institute Reunion for all students who attended from 1967-1971. More information is available on the classmates website www.classmates.com

    • September 1-5, 2005 Marville Airbase 50 th birthay celebrations. For more information, you can contact Ms Taous LAFRAD 10 Résidence Canadienne Block B Rue du Québec B 54260 Longuyon France tlafrad@ausy.fr Phone : 011+333663347642 or Pierre BAAR Rue de la Station 22 B6762 St Mard Belgique Pierre.baar@cec.eu.int Phone : 011+3263578850 See http://www.50ans1wingmarville.com/indexeng.php for more details.
    • newBrats from Ramstein Air Base in the early 60s are planning a reunion in the summer of 2006. More infor to follow as I get it.

    • July 6th - 8th / 2006 AFCENT (Brunsumm Holland)Winnipeg, MB, Canada 2006 AFCENT reunion. A Reunion for former personnel and their families and former teachers who have been stationed in AFCENT Holland from 1967 on. AFCENT (Brunsumm Holland) was home to a smaller group of Canadian Military personnel and their families. Our home base for the weekend is the Clarion Suites Hotel Winnipeg.If you know of anyone or if you can help in any way in our search for these people, please email me or drop by our web site at www.afcent.ca and leave us a message. Check out our great photos page. What a difference looking at the clothes of then from today. Dave Thompson - afcent@sympatico.ca
    • August 4th - 7th, 2006 Canadian Overseas Brats Reunion Association COBRA III - Calgary 2006 This reunion is for all "Brats" that lived Overseas. More information can be found at http://www.geocities.com/dixiea2004/index.html

    • new13 September 2006 ALL personnel and their dependants, military or civilian, who served on Starfighter bases during the 1961-1983 Starfighter years. An Alaska Cruise Reunion will depart from and return to Vancouver B.C. Click here for more information http://www3.telus.net/csacruise07/ or check out some additional information on the cafba web site at /cafba/events/starfighter/Starfighter.htm or contact Armin Karcher armincanada@aol.com or Jurgen Koenig, koenig.ZW@t-online.de for further details. We have negotiated a great payment plan with Sears Travel that allows you to book now with no payments due until after your return from the trip. Sears will also make a financial donation for each attendee to a non-profit trust fund to be used to support community project of your choice. See you on the boat!

    • newSeptember 15-17, 2006 for 1 Air Division HQ, Metz France. If you were a dependent or a teacher in Metz at anytime, join us in Vancouver, BC for a trip down nostalgia lane while renewing old friends and acqaintances. Website for more info http://www.metzbrats.ca or contact Ron Bauman at rbauman@telus.net for more information. Registration begins 15 Sep 2005.

    • newSeptember 15-17, 2006 To those of you that were ever at the #3(F)Wing,RCAF,Zweibrucken,Germany. There is a reunion planned for the "50th" anniversary of the Peter Cunningham Memorial Arena on the 3rd week-end in September of 06. There is a bistro also in the arena,called the "Flyers Bistro" as well there is a hudge German gasthaus along side the arena. Just thought that you'd be pleased to know..........Hank Siemens, RCAF ret.

    If you are on one of the upcoming reunion committees and want your reunion profiled, how about sending in some information about the event being planned? How many are you expecting? Where is the farthest BRAT coming from? What social events are planned? What accommodation has been arranged? Where can we register to attend? Is there a web site that we can refer to?

    If you have attended a reunion recently, why not let the other members know how it was. What were your experiences? Would you go back and do it again? Did you reunite with some old school chums? Was it all you expected it to be? Want to share some of your pictures? Write me with the details and we'll include them in the next newsletter.

    For additional details on any of these reunions, check out the reunions page: http://grahamlange.homelinux.com/cafba/events/upcoming.htm on the cafba website!

    If your reunion isn't listed, email me and we'll put it in the next newsletter as well as adding it to our site.

  • Cafba Website Navigation
  • Did you know!

    We have a new navigation bar down the left side of the main cafba page at www.cafba.ca

    We have corrected many of the "Neighbours" links this month making it quicker to find those lost friends

    If you want to view some of the devastation caused by recent flooding in Alberta take a look at http://www.cafba.ca/flood/flood2005.html You can send us your heat in exchange for some water. We seem to have an excess.

    Did you miss out on the previous newsletters?

    They are now archived at http://grahamlange.homelinux.com/cafba/newsletter/newsletters.html

    Do you need a text only version of the newsletter?

    Do you have a suggestion on how we can improve the site? Please let us know!

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  • Base Updates
  • Have you seen the new base pictures yet?

    Many thanks to all who have contributed. check out the pictures at http://grahamlange.homelinux.com/cafba/bases/basepics.html

    I know that lots of people have been exploring their past recently and have made visits to the bases where we used to live.

    Not all of us have the luxury of being able to travel back to our past but we all wonder what it is like today!

    Why not share your visit for all to read by writing a review for the cafba news. Let us know what has changed, how you felt, share some memories or even pictures

  • Base Recollections:

    What can you remember? Send in your recollections for the next newsletter.

    Do you have a fond memory of your base? Send it in and let others share in those memories!

    Tom Straub has done it again! He visited Edmonton, Namao and Griesbach, you can see his latest addition of pictures at http://community.webshots.com/user/bigut/3 Thanks Tom for bringing back the memories!

  • A Cafba Recommended website
  • This is not a military related web site! It has nothing to do with war, guns, fighting or being related to the military in any fashion!

    It is all about life and the birth of the next generation!

    Check it out at
    and watch the progress of two of Mother nature's newest participants.

    Make sure you click on "next page" at the bottom of each page. There are 5 pages in total.

    Are you interested in listing your site on the cafba web site? Simply email us the link to your site and provide a brief description of its contents and why you made it.

    You could be our next cafba recommended web site!

    To have your site profiled in this newsletter, contact the webmaster@cafba.ca

  • A Cafba Recommended Book!

  • vets0001 (151K) Written by Brian Jones from Newmarket, Ontario, this book is dedicated "to all the men and women that took up arms in all countries of the World during the great war of 1914-1918 and the many conflicts that followed."

    "These short stories are fictionalized by the author based on human and historical accounts of true facts." The book is 42 pages in length and sells for $7.00 CAD

    If you are interested in purchasing a copy contact the author at brian.jones6@sympatico.ca Be sure to tell him where you heard about the book!

  • Found on the Cafba Bulletin Board
    • A one time huge reunion (a Guiness World Record Attempt?) PLEASE SIGN UP IF INTERESTED IN A BIG REUNION FOR ALL AIRFORCE BRATS
    • Anyone know Doug Noel & Arthur Durack (derhek) not sure of spelling. Children Bill& Debbie Noel, Allen & Sonja Durack Last known Trenton Ont.
    • Where are: "the ole poetto and the Lido and Dacula's and the MLH, and the Devil's Saddle and the Maze, and the Salt Flats"
    • Check out Tom Straub's pictures of the old Edmonton bases at http://community.webshots.com/user/bigut/3 way to go Tom. We need more like you!
    • Check out the new bulletin board that can be reached from the main web page under "My Phorum - Click Here" on the left hand navigation bar. Let's hear what is on your mind.

  • Found on the can.military-brats newsgroup
    • Upside down stamps and what message do they convey?
    • CPP applications now being included with birthday cards! Are we getting that old already?
    • Gagetown-Agent Purple-weird Brats? Are these all related?
    • Rasta CAN sing karaoke without rum!

    Confessions of a BRAT!

    Do you have a true confession that you would like to share?

    Email us the story and we will include it in a future newsletter!

    Previous true confessions can be found here!

    Until next time! Be Good! But remember you are still a BRAT!

    Make A BRAT Laugh!

    Have a Joke to share? Send it in webmaster@cafba.ca

    A BRAT's Quote!
    Seen on the can.military-brats newsgroup:

    "At 51, I have lost my fear of coming last - All I have to do is show up and have a good time, and que sera sera."

    Find out why by logging onto the newsgroup.

    A BRAT's Hall of Fame!

    Every group or organization has its Hall of Fame!

    Why not Bratdom?

    There are lots of Brats's who have achieved recognition in their community through competition or just plain participation.

    We proudly present cafba's first member to The Brat's Hall of Fame!

    Doug Thomas for: Winning his class - the 40+ Masters class - in Adventure racing. This is "an interesting little sport combining 10 k kayaking, 18 k mountainbiking and then a 5 k run at the end."

    Find out more on how he won, by logging onto the newsgroup. Do you know someone who should be next month's hall of famer? send us your nominations!

  • Other Brat Sites
  • There are lots of sites dedicated to Bratdom. Cafba is just one of many!

    This issue we welcome back to Bratdom the former site started by Susan Minaker and now maintained by Marc Fournier. Known as the Canadian Military Brat List, it is designed as a virtual home for all brats of all services. It is password protected (I've already forgotten mine) and has the potential of being one of the top sites for Canadian Brats. Make sure you check it out.

    The following is a list of known brat related sites

    This list is as accurate as I know at this time! If your site is missing, or you find a broken link, please let me know.

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