RCA perform Public Duties in UK for first time
For the first time in 94 years, the Royal Canadian Air Force sent a contingent to the United Kingdom to perform Puyblic Duties for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
More than 120 members of the Royal Canadian Air Force from across Canada participated in the deployment, including the RCAF Band. It was the first time that a Canadian contingent from a branch other than the army participated in the honorary service in the United Kingdom for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. The contingent was under the command of Major Véronique Gagné and included members from each of the 14 RCAF squadrons. Major Véronique Gagné is a native of Alma, LacSaint- Jean, who also served for several years in Bagotville. She was supported by Master Warrant Officer Dipen Mistry, a member of 2 Wing Bagotville. The contingent was named the Queen's Guard; well named as they will perform the services of honor, entrusted with guarding the sovereign and the official royal residences in the United Kingdom, in support of the civil authorities. Honorary services include Buckingham Palace, St James Palace, Windsor Castle and the Tower of London. Canadians also exercised freedom of residence in the city of Folkestone on July 4th, and participated in the International Aviation Day at Yeovilton Naval Air Station on July 7th and the Royal International Air Tattoo from July 13th-