CMPA Director of History & Heritage LCol (Ret'd) Paul Thobo-Carlsen presents a cheque to NAFMC Curator Laura Imrie while NAFMC Executive Director Kevin Windsor and CMPA Veterans' Membership Rep Maj (Ret'd) Wayne Kendall look on.
On 8 July 2019, the CMPA presented a $5000 cheque to the National Air Force Museum of Canada (Trenton ON) to assist in building a permanent exhibit to explain the important role played by Air Force Police and Military Police in securing the nuclear weapons used by Canada’s air force during the Cold War. This money, combined with other private and corporate donations, will be used to create and maintain a high quality display at this publicly accessible museum.
Phase 1 of the exhibit, planned for completion in the next 12 months, will focus on the sentry dog program at Canada’s air bases in Germany (1963 to 1972) and will feature an AFP sentry dog/handler display (full size mannequins and backdrop depicting a nuclear-armed CF-104 fighter-bomber in an alert area), along with accompanying storyboards and artifact display cases.
Phase 2, to commence once the museum’s new expansion annex is completed in approximately 3-4 years, will see the display moved to the planned Cold War section and enlarged to showcase the various roles played by AFPs and MPs in securing other RCAF/CAF nuclear weapon systems, including the BOMARC surface-to-air missiles and Genie air-to-air rockets deployed in Canada under the NORAD umbrella.
The National Air Force Museum of Canada has established a specific trust fund to collect the remaining money necessary to complete and maintain the AFP/MP exhibit, and donors will be provided charitable donation receipts for income tax purposes.
Donations to the trust fund may be made by cheque to the “National Air Force Museum of Canada.” Please ensure all cheques are clearly annotated with “Attn: Air Force Police Exhibit Trust Fund” to ensure they are appropriately directed. Donation cheques should be mailed to:
National Air Force Museum of Canada
220 RCAF Road
Astra, ON K0K 3W0
Any former AFP or MP sentry dog handlers who wish to donate related artifacts in support of this exhibit should contact the CMPA (firstname.lastname@example.org) with the details of items for consideration. Any artifacts subsequently accepted into the NAFMC collection will also be eligible for income tax receipts.