Canadian Detachment History: Part 4 of 4

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  • By Capt Eric Emanuele, RCAF

This week we recognize the partnership of the United States Air Force and the Canadian Detachment at Tinker Air Force Base. Throughout the 40 years of Canadian presence in Oklahoma, lasting bonds between the Detachment and community have been forged from being truly integrated into the community.  From assisting and donating to those most affected by yearly tornadoes, to being an official part of memorials and raising money for local causes.

Besides flying, one of the best ways for Canadians to raise morale and money is though ice hockey games.  From 2006 to 2011 the University of Oklahoma played the Canadian Detachment in a charity event, raising money for various local causes including cancer research and the Children's Hospital.  Beginning in 2009, the CAN/US Cup hockey game has been a staple as the Canadian Detachment plays against the best USAF players Tinker AFB has to offer.  This year's edition of the game takes place on May 3rd at 12:30 p.m. at Blazers Ice Center, with the tailgate beginning at 11:30 a.m. as the Canadians attempt to hold on to the trophy for the third year in a row.