McGOWAN, Stewart (Stu) Edwin OStJ, CD BGen Retired
With great sadness the McGowan family announces the unexpected death of Stu while in Lima, Peru. Paddy and Stu were on a glorious cruise through the Panama Canal. His last days were spent enjoying the seas in a magnificent ship, lying in the sun on the pool deck with a rum and coke in hand. Stu was born in the Town of Mount Royal, Quebec, the son of Muriel (Muffet) Stewart and Edwin Archibald (Mac) McGowan. He graduated from Victoria High School in 1955 and Royal Military College in 1960…/more
408 Returns Home From The Phillipines
News release from the CF:
EDMONTON – Members of Edmonton-based 408 Tactical Helicopter Squadron (THS) have begun returning home from their mission in the Philippines just in time for the holidays. The first 408 THS personnel arrived this
morning where they were greeted by family, friends, squadron members and VIPs. Additional members of the Squadron will be returning to Edmonton over the next several days via Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) CC-177 Globemaster III transports.
On 10 November 2013, the Government of Canada deployed the Interdepartmental Strategic Support Team (ISST) to the Philippines aboard a RCAF CC-144 Challenger aircraft to help assess the needs of the affected population and identify areas for potential support. Within 24 – hours of this initial deployment, additional RCAF aircraft and the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) had been mobilized and were enroute to the region…/more
Supplies reach Phillipines
By Jerome Lessard, The Intelligencer
ILOILO, PHILIPPINES - Aviation technician with 408 Tactical Helicopter Squadron in Edmonton, Mast. Cpl. Erik Estrada, received what he asked for when Canadian Forces air-bridge flight ‘CFC 4009′ touched the ground
here Friday afternoon.
Helicopter parts to maintain three CH-146 Griffon choppers used to reach hardly-hit areas in the typhoon-ravaged country, that was.
Estrada arrived at Iloilo Airport Nov. 19, two days after a pair of army-painted choppers left 8 Wing/CFB Trenton on a C-17 Globemaster from 429 Transport Squadron.
The airport located in the extreme south of Panay Island is Canada’s hub for everything aid and material delivery since the Canadian Forces (CF) took on Operation Renaissance 13-1 about three weeks ago…/more