National Day of Honour: Veteran reflects on service in Afghanistan


Sgt. Barb Pelletier talks about the National Day of Honour and what it means to her at Edmonton Garrison on May 8, 2014. Photograph by: Greg Southam, Edmonton Journal

Photograph by: Greg Southam, Edmonton Journal

Name: Barb Pelletier

Rank: Sergeant

Hometown: Trenton, Ont.

Afghanistan dates: December 2008 – May 2009; March 2011 – August 2011


EDMONTON – An avionics technician with 12 years in the Canadian military learned some valuable lessons during her two tours in Afghanistan.

“Canada is a very great country to live for, to live in, and to fight for,” said Sgt. Barb Pelletier, 43.

Since completing her military schooling in Kingston and Borden, Ont., Pelletier has been posted to Canadian Forces Base Greenwood in Nova Scotia, in Borden with 400 Squadron, and at one time worked on Blackhawk helicopters for the U.S. National Guard.

She is now with Edmonton’s 408 Squadron, where she has been since 2012…/more


408 Squadron’s Last Casualties of WW2 and The Final Flight of EQ-U Lancaster Mk X KB993

18 May 1945

3.WO2 Cameron (right) and his crew in front of a Halifax VII.  While the crew is not named, it is suspected that these are the members of the Clifford Crew during their Heavy Bomber Conversion. Most crews stayed paired throughout training and deployment

WO2 Cameron (right) and his crew in front of a Halifax VII.

The war in Europe had ended 10 days before and life at 408 Squadron was good.  With only 4 weeks remaining until the Squadron redeployed to Canada, the wartime alert levels had been stood down and daily operations took on a training and maintenance role.  While the air war against Germany was over, 408 Squadron was one of eight squadrons selected for redeployment to the Pacific Theater of Operations…/more


McGOWAN, Stewart (Stu) Edwin OStJ, CD BGen Retired

9095509341_64077f353b_nWith 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




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