From BGen (Ret’d) Kennedy and the Public Information Steering Committee (PISC)
For widest distribution, please.
“Much information is now available on the social media sites developed or being used for dissemination of anniversary-related
materials. The info is largely generated by Grant Cree (our TwittererSupremo), Karen Storwick and others in the Anniversary Office
Twitter. Flickr. Facebook. You can easily monitor the Regiment’s 100th Anniversary activities on
these social media sites to keep in the loop with regular updates. When you follow Twitter, you will have hourly event
coverage throughout the Edmonton and Ottawa Commemorations and every day of the Memorial Baton Relay. If you have not joined
Twitter yet - it is free and easy, and when you first sign up you will be asked to include several sites to follow - include the
one below for the 100th. Please re-tweet to all your friends. When you visit Flickr you see the fabulous online photo and
video gallery. As well, Facebook enables you to connect with thousands of friends you haven’t seen in years, and
much info circulates there - please repost info on your own Facebook sites. By re-tweeting, liking and re-posting, you will help
reach all Canadians.
Websites. Visit the Regiment’s website (ppcli.com) – at the bottom right corner you’ll see the social
media symbols - you can click on them. Or click on the “100th Anniversary” tab for commemoration details.
For your convenience, here’s the direct PPCLI social media links:
Blogspot. In addition to these, there is a new blogspot at
. This will provide articles and other information of a less immediate nature. When you first visit the
site, you can add your e-mail address for automatic notification of new posts at the upper right hand corner. It will then
take you through a simple and short registration page.
Please disseminate widely, and feel free to cut and paste the main content of this message to web sites you administer or can
Airborne Gunner Book
I'd like to ask you to contribute to a book on Airborne Gunners, Just a few
lines/paragraphs would suffice - as little or as much as you'd like. Good times, bad times, funny incidents, funny people, photos,
We are writing a book on the history of Airborne Gunners. Canadian Gunners have
been an integral part of Canadian airborne forces since the early days of the Second World War.They have served as paratroopers in
Italy,France, and Germany during that conflict and in a variety of airborne units since. These include a series of parachute
batteries: "B" Light Battery, "Z" Battery Para, 1st Airborne Battery RCA, "E" Battery (Para) 2
RCHA,Airborne Air Defence Sections, Parachute Maintenance Depots. Jump Schools, Skyhawks,SAR, Special Forces and now airborne
troops (81 mm Mortars) and airborne FOO parties. More recently Airborne Gunners may be found in Regular Force and Reserve
Regiments, supporting Airborne Jump Companies.There is currently no publication that adequately describes this proud and rich
history of paratroopers in the Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery. It is a history and record of service that should be
documented and shared with the RCA Family, the Army, and all Canadians.
The book will be highly illustrated with photographs and include several
anecdotes. It will be a book that folks will be proud to have on their coffee table, much like the books on the Black Watch, the
one on the Nova Scotia Tattoo, and the most recent publication by the PPCLI. It will probably have ten to twelve chapters in
chronological order, six of which are in the final draft form at this time.
We have Brian Reid, Lt Col (Ret'd), a paratrooper, as the author, and Brian (Reid
BA of the RCA) has written several wonderful military historical books - two favourites being "No Holding Back" (the
closing of the Falise Gap), and "Named by the Enemy: The History of the Winnipeg Rifles." Ike Kennedy will advise and
support us with Bob Lockhart helping with photo issues.
Project management and oversight is by a strong steering committee of Airborne
Gunner Officers and Sr NCOs, and our target period for publication in spring 2016.
We are seeking input from Airborne Gunners and also all who served alongside the
Gunners. We'd appreciate anecdotes, observations, humourous stories, photographs and impressions. Our aim is to tell the story of
the Airborne Gunners as seen by themselves and by others who served with them.
Your stories and input would be invaluable. A few paragraphs would be wonderful -
and we will integrate your input into the narrative.
I look forward to hearing from you. (Please, include both of the email addys,
below, in your email.)
CTV News Broadcast
- GoFundMe Donations
I received this very sad news from the grandfather of Alyssa who lost both arms and also both legs to a rare infection. The
grandfather is a well known AB soldier. His name is MWO (Ret) Phil Sippley who served with AB HQ & Sigs QM from 73 to 76, AB
School and with the Sky Hawks 82 to 86. Attached find the link with video
It is a heart breaking story.
Any one that can help the poor little girl for a better life in the future, it will be appreciated. Donations can be made on
line. I have already made a personal donation on the GoFundMe page....
Fair winds and soft landings,
CTV National News: A rare complication
) 9-year-old girl loses arms, legs after severe strep throat infection
An outpouring of generosity helps a young girl who lost her arms and legs to a rare infection. Amanda Debison report