WELCOME TO OUR MUSEUM LIBRARY!

WELCOME TO OUR MUSEUM LIBRARY!

Have you had the good fortune to spend time in our Museum Library?  It has quite the history: “The Air Force Indoctrination School (AFIS) opened at CFB Comox in 1982 to give CanadianForces (CF) officers and non-commissioned members serving their first tour on an air base a sound introduction to air force operations, history and heritage. Being a school, particularly in the time before the Internet, a library was a ne- cessity to provide students with appropriate reference material. When AFIS moved to Building 11 in 1986, the Library, still small, was located upstairs in the student lounge. The Comox Air Force Museum (CAFM), founded in 1982 as a small collection of artefacts in Building 22, also moved to Building 11 in 1986, developed greatly and was accredited as a CF Museum in September 1987. In October 1994, CAFM acquired a large collection of over 2500 books, thousands of photographs, hundreds of periodicals, dozens of aircraft models and many military artefacts from the estate of the late Geoffrey Rowe of Victoria. This magnificent gift became known as the Geoffrey Rowe Collection – the donation was recognized by the official naming of the room as the Geoffrey Rowe Memorial Library in June 1995. When AFIS closed in 1996, the library material not transferred to Winnipeg, and all of the Geoffrey Rowe Collection, became part of CAFM. The Library moved to its current location on the north side of the ground floor of Building 11 in October 2003 after the Totem Times, the 19 Wing newspaper, moved elsewhere. The Library is the “information arm” of the Museum. The book collection now...
HERITAGE AIR PARK CLOSES FOR THE WINTER SEASON

HERITAGE AIR PARK CLOSES FOR THE WINTER SEASON

Our Heritage Air Park will close for the winter season, effective Wednesday, November 15th.  The Heritage Stones will be covered in their “winter blankets” at this time as well; if you have any questions about the stones, please visit the Museum for help. Also available in the Museum’s Library are two photo albums showing the aircraft and vehicles that belong to our Museum; please come in for a look to learn more about them!...
VETERANS’ WEEK ~ NOVEMBER 5th – 11th, 2017

VETERANS’ WEEK ~ NOVEMBER 5th – 11th, 2017

Each year, in November, many special events take place to commemorate Veterans’ Week (November 5th to 11th) as well as Remembrance Day.  This is a time to honour the courage, sacrifice, and service given by so many Canadians over the years.  Our veterans could be our grandfathers, our fathers, our mothers, our brothers, our sisters, our neighbours… We can remember and honour our Veterans, past and present, by: wearing a poppy, attending local Remembrance Day ceremonies, thanking a veteran by sending a “postcard for peace”, teaching our children about Remembrance Day, reading a “remembrance newspaper” written especially for school children Kindergarten – Grade 7 and up, talking with a relative or friend who serves or served with the Canadian Armed Forces, viewing “Heroes Remember” videos, planting a “Garden of Remembrance”.   Specific information about these activities can be found on the Veterans Affairs website.  In addition, you can buy a poppy in our Gift Shop when you come for a visit, and also, you can go to our Heritage Air Park to see the Heritage Stones that honour loved ones’ service....

“COMOX AIR FORCE MUSEUM ~ OUR STORY”

You might remember that our Programme Manager and Volunteer Coordinator, Jon Ambler wrote a book chronicling the first 30 years of our Museum’s history.  We quickly sold out and after a number of people requested a copy, we reordered another series.  Of those, we have just ten left! If you’d like a copy, they are available in our Gift Shop for a $30 donation.  We hope you’ll consider purchasing...
COMOX AIR FORCE MUSEUM CELEBRATED 30 YEARS!

COMOX AIR FORCE MUSEUM CELEBRATED 30 YEARS!

On September 12th, our Museum celebrated our 30th Anniversary!  Approximately 100 guests, including retired and serving 19 Wing members, community officials, long standing members of the Museum Association, along with former curators and board members, first gathered in the theatre for speeches and presentations.         Two teams of volunteers were honoured for their work.  First was the group who helped Museum Programme Manager and Volunteer Coordinator, Jon Ambler with the publishing of his book Comox Air Force Museum, Our First 30 Years.  Jon Ambler, Carol Popkin, Allison Hetman, and Val Wilson were recipients of the Wing Commander’s commendations and coins.         The second group to be honoured with the Wing Commander’s commendations and coins included the team responsible for bringing a new display space to life.  It includes David Wilson, Mike Forbes, and Irv Fraser.  Irv’s wife, Karen, accepted his award.     Prior to this new display area, the space was a storage hallway; now with the creation of this new hallway display, the Museum is able to rotate displays in order to share some special items from our archives. As part of the celebration, a ribbon cutting ceremony unveiled this hallway display.     The cake cutting ceremony was done by Nancy Greene and Ted Gibbons.  At the time the Museum opened in 1987, Ted Gibbons was the Base Commander and Nancy was the Museum Curator.  We were happy they could do the honours once again!     Following the festivities, there was plenty of time for the guests to mingle as well as to spend time in the new hallway...

HERITAGE STONES DEDICATION CEREMONY MARKS THE END OF AN 11 YEAR PROJECT

The final Heritage Stones Dedication Ceremony took place on Sunday, September 17th, Battle of Britain Sunday. After eleven years, the last heritagel stones were installed and then dedicated.  Well over 75 guests attend the ceremony and then came to the Museum Library for coffee and cake.         All of our heritage stones can be seen when visiting the Heritage Air Park....

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