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The historic birthplace of the Royal Canadian Air Force, CFB Borden is home to the largest training wing in the Canadian Armed Forces. The base is run by Canadian Forces Support Training Group (CFSTG) and reports to the Canadian Defence Academy (CDA) in Kingston.
Activities and Facilities:
Although originally an air force training base, CFB Borden is now a training base for several elements of the Canadian Forces:
2 Canadian Air Division’s (2 Cdn Air Div) primary lodger unit, 16 Wing, commonly referred to as 16 Wing Borden, consists of 16 Wing Headquarters and three schools: Canadian Forces School of Aerospace Technology and Engineering (CFSATE) and Air Command Academy (ACA); and the Canadian Forces School of Aerospace Control (CFSACO), located in Cornwall, Ontario.
The Canadian Army’s (CA) Regular Force and reserve force army units use a number of training schools and large portions of the base’s 22,300 acres (90 km2) training area for manoeuvres.
In addition to these specific environmental element commands, CFB Borden houses a variety of other purple trades training facilities and headquarters within the Canadian Forces, including a fire-fighting school, Military Police (MP) school, a chaplaincy school, the Canadian Forces Recruiting Group, medical, dental and language schools, and supports local cadet and reserve units. The Toronto Police Service’s Emergency Task Force also trains there occasionally.
CFB Borden hosts the Blackdown Cadet Training Centre, a facility established for training army cadets. This facility has also hosted air cadets and sea cadets since 2003, when the Borden Air Cadet Summer Training Centre was closed.
CFB Borden’s residential area houses one regulation-sized golf course (Circled Pine Golf Course, par 72). Circled Pine Golf Course opened in 1952. The course is open to the public and serving Military. The base previously housed a 9-hole links style course, Anderson Park, which originally opened in 1917 but closed after the 2015 season.
Base Borden has multiple facilities available to Canadian Armed Forces member that include the Terra theatre, two gyms(Buell gym and the “bubble gym”), multiple soccer fields and biking trails.
The Base Borden Military Museum (combining four separate museums) has numerous items, equipment and vehicles from all eras of Canadian military history, including a large number of armoured vehicles and aircraft displayed outside in Worthington Park and around the headquarters area of the base.
In August 2010, the Canadian department of Defence announced a C$209 million series of projects to construct new facilities, and upgrade existing facilities, at CFB Borden.
Source: Wikipedia Canada
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