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December 11, 2009 11:49 ET

New Honorary Colonel Eager to Promote 429 Squadron

TRENTON, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Dec. 11, 2009) - Major General (Ret'd) H.C. (Skip) Armstrong is the new Honorary Colonel of 429 Squadron, 8 Wing/CFB Trenton. In a ceremony held Friday morning, General Armstrong took over the role from his good friend, Major-General (Ret'd) Marc Terreau.

General Armstrong says he is looking forward to promoting the good work being done at 429 Squadron. He is currently Chairman of the Board, SolaCom Technologies and Chairman of the Board of Governors, Southern Alberta Canadian Corps of Commissionaires. He is also a former Commanding Officer of 429 Squadron.

"For me, it is indeed an unexpected privilege to put on an air force uniform again," General Armstrong said. "I am eager to learn in greater detail what the squadron is doing and to better understand their challenges so I can promote them in the community."

In his role as honorary colonel of 429 Squadron, General Armstrong will be a fundamental link between the squadron and the Canadian public. And it won't just be in Ontario communities.

429 Squadron, home to the impressive CC-177 Globemaster III, is based in Ontario at 8 Wing CFB Trenton. Two years ago, the squadron renewed its historic ties with southern Alberta when it was adopted by the City of Lethbridge.

The outgoing Honorary Colonel, General Terreau, said General Armstrong has some wonderful experiences ahead, especially when it comes to telling Canadians about the great work being done by the military.

"I was always energized when talking with technicians and air crew," General Terreau said. "It's been far more than I ever expected. It was an honour and a privilege."

429 "Bison" Squadron formed overseas during WW II, but it soon "belonged" to the city of Lethbridge. Adopted by Lethbridge in 1944, the city took the unit into its heart, sending care packages of razor blades, cigarettes, socks and mittens and following its wartime exploits through the local newspaper.

429 "Bison" Squadron disbanded after the war, and reformed in St. Hubert, Quebec in 1967 as 429 Tactical Transport Squadron flying the CC-115 Buffalo. It was renamed 429 Transport Squadron in 1981, and moved to 8 Wing CFB Trenton in 1990 flying the CC-130 Hercules until 2005, when, once again, it was disbanded. However, in 2007, the squadron reformed to fly the CC-177 Globemaster III.

In 2008, the City of Lethbridge invited the squadron to Remembrance Day ceremonies that year to renew its tie with the city. 429 Squadron was also granted "Freedom of the Skies" over Lethbridge.

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