operations maple flag & midnight express

7 countries hone fighter pilot skills during ‘maple flag’
7 countries hone fighter pilot skills during 'maple flag'from af.mil: Fighter pilots from seven different countries, including the United States, participate in Maple Flag 41 May 5-16 and May 19-30 at Cold Lake in Alberta, Canada. “Ask any U.S. fighter pilot and he’ll tell you the best part about flying here is the unrestricted air space,” said Maj. Derrick Johnson, Maple Flag project officer from Nellis Air Force Base.

police stage mock terrorist attack in hamilton ontario
from hamilton spectator: Operation Midnight Express was about as close to a terrorist attack as Hamilton would ever want to experience. It was an exercise staged over a 14-hour period at Pier 15 on the bay and was designed to test the ability of police and other agencies to deal with a major threat to public security. It started as a single-car accident in east Hamilton at about midnight Monday and escalated into a clash between several police agencies and a group of gun-toting extremists bent of blowing up infrastructure in the Golden Horseshoe.