18 December 1950: The first contingent of Canadians, including the newly formed 25 Provost Detachment, arrive in Pusan for combat in the Korean war. That unit would form 1 Commonwealth Division Provost Company, the only integrated unit of its kind in the Allied Forces
The 75th Anniversary coins are almost gone…but two very special serialized coins remain.
From the time of unification in 1972 until the turn of the century, the Military Occupation Code (“MOC”) for Military Police was “811”. This number hold special significance to our retired members, as well as those who joined when their job was still called “MP 811”.
When the serialized coins first arrived from the manufacturer, we pulled coin #811 from circulation as we knew it would be highly sought after. Likewise, coin #2015 was also pulled from circulation…this is the coin that bears the date of our 75th Anniversary.
These two coins haven’t been available for sale…until now!
To give everyone a fair chance to purchase these special coins, we will be conducting a unique on-line silent auction.
Here’s how it works:
(1) Between 11 January 2015 and 17 January 2015, send an email with your bid to MP75.email@example.com. The starting bid will be $20.00 for each coin. You MUST include your name and mailing address with your email bid. No bids will be accepted before 12:00 a.m. (EST) 11 January 2015, or after 12:00 a.m. (EST) 18 January 2015!
(2) Your bid will be recorded by the MP75 webmaster.
(3) At 9:00 p.m. (EST) each day during the period, we will be posting the current “high bid” online. This will give you the chance to resubmit a new, higher bid the following day.
At the conclusion of the auction, we will post the winning bid online during the evening of 18 January 2015, and contact the winner directly by email.
Once contacted, you will have 14 days to remit payment (including shipping and handling) for your coin. If you do not remit payment within the allotted time, the person who had the next highest bid will be declared the winner of the auction.
This is going to be an exciting contest, and we expect the bids to roll in quickly!
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We are proud to announce the return of the legendary Thunderbird Challenge competition to help celebrate the MP 75th Anniversary.
Thunderbird Challenge was an annual MP skills competition that ran from 1993-1999 in Winnipeg. Over the years, MPs from across the branch competed against each other in pistol, rifle, and physical fitness events. Not only did this event demonstrate the capabilities of our members, it forged lasting bonds of camaraderie and esprit de corps.
As part of our week of anniversary events in the National Capital Region, we are bringing Thunderbird Challenge back at Connaught Ranges, Ottawa, at 0800 hrs, 10 June 2015. Complete the obstacle course, pistol shoot and rifle shoot.
As this is a military event, only currently serving members of the Military Police (regular or reserve force) are permitted to compete. However, everyone is welcome to attend to watch this exciting competition. Furthermore, you are also welcome to volunteer at the event if you are a serving or retired member. A cash BBQ will also be on hand for refreshments.
Complete details, including rules and a registration form can be downloaded below. (English only…a French version will be available early in the new year).
Registration is $90 for teams of three. Registration fee will provide each competitor with a souvenir t-shirt as well as tickets for food and beverage at the BBQ.
Note: registration must be completed no later than 15 March 2015.
Don’t delay in registering for the event; there are only a limited number of spots available!
Here are a few pictures from previous Thunderbird Challenge competitions in 1994 and 1995:
“The bravest warriors are the children of Thunderbird. Qolos, the younger brother of Thunderbird, lives in heaven and flew down to become the ancestor of the Lalelamin of the Nimkish and also of the Wiwomasgem and the Sisemle. The daughters of Thunderbird found a box drifting in the sea and one of them married the man who was hidden in the box and later taught him to wear an eagle skin so that he could fly and learn to catch whales like the Thunderbird. Thunderbird has endowed his people with great gifts which are theirs for evermore. He appeared to the Qexsem as a person with a face like a bird called Kwakunxbalisela (Thunderbird – at End of World) and gave them supernatural gifts which included the ability to look into the soul of men”.
(As published in The Thunderbird Journal, Summer 1983)
10 December 1939: No. 1 Provost Company, which had formed in Rockliffe, ON, sailed to Great Britain as the military police for the First Canadian Infantry Division.
One low-cost option for accommodations in Ottawa during Anniversary week In June 2015 is billeting. Although the MP75 committee is not providing billets, we are happy to help facilitate this.
For those wishing to offer their homes for billet: Please complete the attached spreadsheet as per the example. This information will not be made public and will be held by the accommodations volunteer. The information will then be matched against requests for billeting and the accommodations volunteer will contact you to obtain permission to release your contact information to a person seeking billet. Once the accommodations volunteer has contacted that person, arrangements will be made directly between you and the person seeking billet.
For those seeking billet: Please send a request in email format containing the following information: your rank, your name, your addresses (home and email), your telephone numbers (home, business and cell), the number of persons for whom you are seeking billet (ex. 2 adults), your preferred accommodations type (ex. no stairs due to medical restriction) and any comments (ex. allergic to cats, require parking for large truck, require private bathroom, etc.)
For all: Please keep in mind that there is no expectation for persons offering their homes for billet to provide any meals or services beyond a place to sleep.
Send offers to billet and requests to Duncan Mackintosh at firstname.lastname@example.org
December 1939: The first RCAF Service Police training course was conducted on the grounds of the Canadian National Exhibition in Toronto.
December 1982: The inaugural issue of "Thunderbird Journal" is published as an official periodical of the Security Branch.
The Thunderbird Journal would remain in print for nearly 16 years.
“There was a time when the animals led by Omat and Kwekwaxawe went to war with Thunderbird. Now the four eldest children of Thunderbird were mighty fishermen and known from their prowess as One-Whale-Carrier, Two-Whale-Carrier, Three-Whale-Carrier, and Four-Whale-Carrier. They were always fishing and the other animals sought to catch them by guile. So they built an artificial whale in which they went to Thunderbird’s village, Kunwaas. One by one the eldest children of Thunderbird were lured to the artificial whale and drowned. Only the nine-month old infant son survived to carry on his family and this is why it does not thunder very often nowadays, only when Thunderbird moves from the winter to the summer side of his house or as an omen when someone who has the Thunderbird crest is about to die. Because the infant Thunderbird was painted with ochre and wore a strap around his neck, these are now put on infants when they are nine months old”.