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CH-148 Cyclone helicopter
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Helicopter? What helicopter?

If you were near Chester Area Middle School on August 28, you might have had a little surprise when a CH-148 Cyclone landed on the field adjacent to the school.

This is a response from the Canadian Armed Forces, "12 Wing Shearwater conducted a local training mission in the Chester and Mahone Bay region on Wednesday, August 28, that included a Depart-With-Dignity-like event for a member of the Canadian Armed Forces with a terminal illness. Due to the recent circumstances of his condition, the member and his family have been unable to attend the retirement events they would have previously been able to attend. In order to ensure that he and his family understood that they will not be forgotten by the Maritime Helicopter community, 12 Wing arranged to bring those events to them. 12 Wing presented the member and his family with small gifts on behalf of the Wing and Squadrons in which he served, and took him and his immediate family on a short familiarization flight in and around the Chester area. These style items and events are commonplace in the RCAF family.

The intent of the Depart With Dignity (DWD) program is to formalize the retirement process and to ensure that all Canadian Armed Forces members and families are given the appropriate recognition upon completion of their military service."

We thank the RCAF for their response and recognize their thoughtfulness and duty to members.

Please be assured that local authorities were notified and Squadron personnel were on hand to ensure the safety of onlookers.

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