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Canadians Posted South

Canadians Posted South

Mr. Johnston recalls how he became posted on an American base as part of a joint Canadian/American force. He also comments on the differences in Canadian and US military equipment.

Airborne Warning and Control Squadron

Airborne Warning and Control Squadron

Mr. Johnston describes AWACS, covering some of it’s history and use in different countries, and some of it’s technical and mechanical uniqueness.

Respect Towards Saudi Culture

Respect Towards Saudi Culture

Mr. Johnston recalls his memories of Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. He describes the customs and social intricacies they were expected to respect and follow, and how they were much more extreme for servicewomen.

Saudi Royalty and a Goat Grab

Saudi Royalty and a Goat Grab

Mr. Johnston describes how the Saudi locals made the Canadians feel welcome, and being invited to a traditional buffet by a Saudi Prince.

AWACS Mission Crew Commander

AWACS Mission Crew Commander

Mr. Johnston recounts his duties as an AWACS Mission Crew Commander in the Gulf War.

Preparations before Shipping Out

Preparations before Shipping Out

Mr. Johnston recalls the extremely high level of pre-conflict preparations he went through with the Americans before being deployed to the Gulf as part of a joint AWACS force.

Provide Comfort and Northern Watch Missions

Provide Comfort and Northern Watch Missions

Mr. Johnston describes the difference between Provide Comfort and Northern Watch missions which he participated in during the Gulf War.

Looking Back

Looking Back

Mr. Johnston looks back on his service, reflecting on how daily life as a retiree is so different from his time in the service, and how much he was away from home.

Message to Youth: It’s Our Canada

Message to Youth: It’s Our Canada

Mr. Johnston delivers a message to youth, passing on his belief that we as Canadians are responsible for defending the safety of our nation, and the freedoms for which it stands, in whatever way necessary.

Remembrance Day

Remembrance Day

Having recently experienced his first Remembrance Day as a retired servicemen and Veteran, Mr. Johnston recalls being impressed by the spirit of remembrance displayed by youth.

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