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People Paid to Kill You & You're Paid to Kill Them

People Paid to Kill You & You're Paid to Kill Them

Mr. Hawn explains why the time he was stationed with North Atlantic Treaty Organization in West Germany was not "peacekeeping".

What’s a Starfighter?

What’s a Starfighter?

Mr. Hawn describes the Starfighter CF104, the plane he flew while stationed in West Germany.

Fleeting Fear

Fleeting Fear

Mr. Hawn explains how fear was a fleeting emotion during missions, describing how time would pass exponentially faster the more scared you became.

Fat, Dumb, and Happy in Hostile Territory

Fat, Dumb, and Happy in Hostile Territory

Mr. Hawn recalls accidentally flying into East German airspace while stationed in West Germany, and explains the repercussions that followed.

Rules of Engagement

Rules of Engagement

Mr. Hawn explains what rules of engagement are, using his experience in West Germany as an example. He then describes an instance that occurred in Kosovo (which he was not involved in) where the rules of engagement caused a mission to be halted.

The Squadron is a Family

The Squadron is a Family

Mr. Hawn explains how the entire squadron, including the civilian families of those enlisted, is a family. He describes his role in the family while commanding officer of 416 Squadron, and explains how civilian families are taken care of while their loved ones are sent away on a mission.

Peacemaking, Not Peacekeeping

Peacemaking, Not Peacekeeping

Mr. Hawn differentiates between the terms 'peacekeeping' and 'peacemaking', using Canada's role in Afghanistan as an example.

You Lose Friends in the Military

You Lose Friends in the Military

Mr. Hawn remembers losing friends in the service, and as Commanding Officer at Cold Lake, having to present the flag from the coffin of a dead airmen to his widow.

The Importance of Remembrance Day

The Importance of Remembrance Day

Mr. Hawn speaks to the importance of Remembrance Day in helping the Canadian public in commemorating and honour sacrifices that have been and continue to be made on our behalf.

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