Due to a Canadian Forces National Investigation Services (CFNIS) investigation, the Canadian Forces Snowbirds will perform as an eight-aircraft team for the foreseeable future.
The Canadian Armed Forces made the announcement on June 17, 2023.
The CFNIS is currently investigating an accusation of sexual misconduct. This time the accusation is against a pilot from 431 Squadron, also known as the Canadian Forces Snowbirds.
Taking Allegation Seriously
“The RCAF takes all allegations of this nature seriously and is cooperating with investigators fully. The privacy and well-being of the Affected Person, also a member of the CAF, is of the utmost priority to us. Names and specific details will be withheld while this independent investigation takes place,” read a joint statement by the commanders of 1 and 2 Canadian Air Divisions, MGen. Iain Huddleston and BGen. John Alexander.
The statement also added that the Affected Person, also a member of the CAF, and other CAF members impacted by the incident are being provided care and support by the military during this time.
As the investigation proceeds, the member, Maj. Steven Hurlbut has been reassigned to non-operational duties after being accused of sexual misconduct, says the CAF.
“This measure does not imply any outcomes and is intended to enable a robust investigation. Procedural fairness is a priority and is respected throughout all Canadian Armed Forces investigations and administrative processes,” added the joint statement.
According to recent changes, the matter will proceed through the civilian justice system.