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Canada’s first pararescue women
Military History, Military Milestones, Uncategorized

Canada’s first pararescue women

It 1951, the Royal Canadian Air Force decided to include medical personnel in pararescue units. The training course that followed included two doctors, nine medical assistants and five nursing sisters—Canada’s first pararescue women, nicknamed the Parabelles. They took an 11-week wilderness survival course, then gruelling parachute training; one nurse was forced to drop out after breaking her leg. “We were treated the same as the boys. We were close. You would eat, sleep, work with them 24 hours a day,” trainee Marjory Fulton said in a 2009 article for the Contact newspaper. “My harness was a little large for me—I slipped out of it and found myself hanging upside down by one leg.” At first, they even wore men’s equipment and flight suits. Pilot Officer Grace MacEachern was th...
Canadian trainer watches efforts pay dividends in Ukraine
Defence Today, Front Lines

Canadian trainer watches efforts pay dividends in Ukraine

  Corporal Brian Tite, a Canadian signals specialist, served two tours training Ukrainian soldiers in the kind of technologies that are now contributing to their stout defence against invading forces from Russia. The International Peacekeeping and Security Centre near the western city of Lviv was his home and office for more than a year in 2019 and 2021. It was destroyed March 13 by Russian cruise missiles; 35 people were killed and 134 wounded. “It’s very sad because we probably knew some friends who were still working there,” Tite said in an interview with Legion Magazine. “We hope everybody’s OK over there but, yes, the base we were working on…was hit.” Defence Minister Anita Anand described the withdrawal as a “temporary measure.” Ottawa pulled about 260 Canadian troops...

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