Issue 014/2006

Numéro 014/2006

In This Issue - Dans ce numéro



Last week in e-Veritas 13 we had at least three errors, in the article:  A number of Ex Cadets are included in the latest list of promotions and appointments of General and Flag Officers, which will take place during 2006: 

1.  12162 BGEN D.A. DAVIES (RMC ’75) - Dwight Davies is RMC Class of 79;  

2.  11330 MGEN W.A. WATT (Entered CMR ’72) – We should have noted that Angus Watt is a graduate from the RMC Class of 77; 

3 MGEN A.B. LESLIE WILL BE PROMOTED LGEN AND APPOINTED CHIEF OF THE LAND STAFF.  Although not an Ex Cadet, he completed his PhD at RMC in 2005.  

It should have read: In Fall 2004 to June 2005 he was a full-time PhD student at the Royal Military College in Kingston. 

e-Veritas regrets the errors.


Quotation of the Week


“Truth is the quality of an officer to speak and act in a straightforward way without prevarication, and certainly without being evasive, misleading or lying. Dishonesty is the mechanism that breaks down the integrity of an officer.  If an officer lacks integrity, his (her) followers will recognize that he/she is a failure as a leader, and once the trust of his/her subordinates is lost, he/she will find it nearly impossible to win it back.” 

Source:  Cadet Handbook, page 15.

We will cover Duty & Valour in subsequent issues of e-Veritas.



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The college motto “Truth, Duty, Valour” was chosen by:

      a.                   The old 18;

b.                   The first Commandant;

c.                   The third Commandant; or

d.                   The Act of Parliament of 1874 (37 VICT, Chap 36)

Answer right after Extra Innings below.



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Job Opportunity in the RMC Club Foundation Career
Position:  Annual and Class Giving Officer, RMC Club Foundation Inc.

The RMC Foundation is the Royal Military College of Canada’s Advancement charity that is closely associated with the RMC Ex Cadet Club of Canada, The RMC alumni Association. The Foundation has existed formally since 1968 with roots to 1884.  

The Foundation solicits gifts from the 18,000 living Ex Cadet and other alumni, corporate and individual friends of the College. Donations are sought on an annual basis from both individuals and graduated classes of Ex-Cadets, of which the latter are accustomed to making special efforts for their periodic 5 year reunions. 

 The organization is small and requires an individual who is flexible in work responsibilities and works well in a small team oriented environment. The RMC Foundation uses MIP Software “Paradigm” for donor and gift database management. Familiarity with this or similar database systems is required. 

The Annual and Class Giving Officer will manage The Foundation’s Class and Annual Fund direct mail campaigns. This incorporates about 50,000 items of mail annually. Experience in design and layout using MS Publisher, Page Maker or similar software is valuable. This work includes liaison with all parties involved in design, layout, printing and mailing services.   

The A&C Giving Officer will also administer well

established Foundation giving, cultivation andstewardship programs. This includes producing annual donor recognition lists and public recognition display boards.  

Reunion Class giving to RMC is a long tradition that will require the applicant to liaise with class secretaries to arrange class gifts. This involves direct assistance in producing class mail campaigns, advising on gift selection and administer delivering the gift to RMC.  

The incumbent will produce general Foundation correspondence and administration and supervise maintenance of the record filing system. All donor records are maintained using “Paradigm”. Knowledge of RMC programs and the   Canadian Forces would be an asset. Proficiency in French and English is a definite advantage. As the Foundation is a small organization, flexibility is required but the position will provide experience in all facets of university related fundraising. The salary is $39,000 per annum or commensurate with experience. Please submit resumes by 12 May, 2006 to: 

RMC Club Foundation
P.O. Box 17000 Station Forces,
Kingston, Ontario  K7K 7B4

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What's Happening Around the College?

Sandhurst . . . RMC Cadets Do It Again!

For the second straight year the RMC Sandhurst competition squad captured first place in the competition that was held at West Point last weekend. The RMC cadets earned a total of 790 points out of a possible 900.  Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst team number one ended up 18 points behind at 772; while the best team from West Point (4B) earned 758 points good for third spot.  

Last year the RMC victory total was 839; an 11 point cushion over the runner-up from West Point.  

In total, 46 nine person teams competed.  USAF finished seventh with 716 while the team from USNA garnered 543 points good for 36th place.  USMA had over 32 teams competing and 15 of their teams ended up in the top 20. 

Well done, RMC. 

We hope to receive an article and photos for e-V 15 next week

Click below, for final standings and points for all 46 teams.

The Sandhurst Military Skills Competition has run in various configurations since 1967. Currently, it is a one-day event conducted annually at the United States Military Academy West Point, New York.

At its core, Sandhurst is an inter-company competition for USMA. However, West Point teams now compete, not only amongst themselves, but against teams from their fellow United States Service Academies, 6 select University ROTC teams, the United States Military Academy Preparatory School team, and international teams from Britain's Royal Military Academy Sandhurst (RMAS) and Canada's Royal Military College (RMC). Each USMA Cadet Company and Visiting Team selects a 9-member Squad (at least one member must be female) with two alternates. This squad is required to perform a series of challenging military tasks during a rapid, non-tactical move along a partly-prescribed 9 Kilometer route, in less than 3 hours. Squad's scores are determined by combining the points they earn by performing each military task along the route, with the points earned for completing the course within the 3-hour timeframe; the faster a squad completes the tasks and course to standard, the higher the possible score. The victorious squads are recognized and rewarded at an awards ceremony that concludes the event.


RMC Falls to Army in Spring Competition

"IV year OCdt Lauren Flaherty steals the ball away
from an Army Black Knight player in first half action."

West Point, NY – In ideal playing conditions, RMC & Army took to the field in Shea Stadium at West Point on Saturday, April 29th. The first ever meeting in Women’s Soccer for these two storied military academies was a fiercely competitive match. 

With both sides eagerly anticipating the game, it was no surprise the match pace was frantic in the opening minutes. After a quarter-hour of play however, the teams settled into their game with each side finding a better playing rhythm. The Black Knights carried more and more of the play as the half came to an end. But RMC stayed organized and disciplined defensively to keep the game scoreless in the opening half. 

Ten minutes into the second half and Army found the opening goal. Some quick combination play and a calm finish is what it took to give the Black Knights the lead. The Paladins conceded a second goal eight minutes later giving Army a two-goal cushion.  


RMC nearly took a goal back in the last five minutes of the second half. Second year midfielder Amelie Clot intercepted an Army clearance just outside the opposition’s penalty area. Clot moved directly to goal but her powerful shot missed the goal by the slightest of margins. The final whistle came with Army taking a 2-0 win versus RMC. 

“This was a great experience for our athletes as they competed with a winning attitude and competitive spirit against an excellent NCAA Division 1 program,” stated Chad Beaulieu Head Coach for RMC. “We look forward to future competition with Army and other NCAA programs,” added Beaulieu. 

In RMC’s two other games, the Paladins were on the wrong end of a 3-0 defeat against Lafayette University and earned a 0-0 draw against Binghamton University, both Division 1 programs. “Earning a draw with Binghamton was a good result for us. It shows the development our athletes have gained from our yearly training,” finalized Beaulieu.



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Honouring the Dead Without Hypocrisy

5105 J.L. Granatstein (RMC '61)

5105 J.L. Granatstein (RMC ’61)

Is there no limit? Is there nothing politicians will not do to capitalize on the misery of others and to obscure their own role in that misery? 

Canadians have just endured the deaths of four soldiers in Afghanistan, four young men killed by an improvised explosive device that destroyed their vehicle. That is bad enough, but the casualties were the subject of pages of coverage in the national media and then of an unseemly squabble in Parliament and the press over the proper ways of honouring their sacrifice. 

What is important in this unseemly affair is the hypocrisy of the politicians, all the politicians, and the media. The press have seized on the government’s decision to treat the arrival of the servicemen’s coffins at CFB Trenton as a family matter as a way of chastising Prime Minister Harper for his general attitude to the media. No journalist says this is the reason, but let us be very clear: it is. Give us more access, Prime Minister, the implicit message is, or we the media will make your life unbearable. 

Not that the Prime Minister and the government deserve much sympathy here. The decision to bar the press from the Trenton ceremonies was made without consulting the soldiers’ families. Most of us likely prefer to mourn our dead in private, but some may differ. As a minimum, the government ought to have asked before issuing its ukase. 

Then there is the real reason for the government’s press ban—the all too obvious concern that the attention paid the casualties will impact on the already shaky support for the Afghan War and, perhaps, hurt the government’s chances of re-election. There is some hypocrisy shaping the government’s actions. 

There is more hypocrisy in the Opposition ranks. To have the New Democratic Party’s spokesmen calling for the lowering of the flag on government buildings might be barely tolerable if the NDP had ever called for more money to be spent on the Canadian Forces. If the NDP had ever supported giving the CF the proper equipment to carry out its roles. If the New Democrats had ever preached for anything except the most benign blue beret peacekeeping as the only acceptable role for our troops. If the NDP had ever done anything for the men and women in uniform except to capitalize on their deaths. The blatant hypocrisy here is frankly stomach-turning. 

The NDP hypocrisy is exceeded, hard as that might be to imagine, by that of the Liberals. The Chrétien government for a decade and more starved the military of funds and failed to replace its obsolescent equipment. The latest casualties near Kandahar died in a G-Wagon, one of the vehicles hastily secured when the wretched Iltis jeeps proved too vulnerable even for the Liberals who had unhesitatingly sent our soldiers into harm’s way in unarmoured, ancient equipment. I suppose we ought to be grateful that SeaKing helicopters weren’t sent to Kandahar. For the next generation or so, common decency suggests that the Liberals should be very cautious in attacking the Conservatives on defence matters.  

And then there is Ujjal Dosanjh, the Liberal Opposition Defence critic, who has taken the lead in attacking the government on the flag issue. To be blunt, Dosanjh knows nothing of defence and cares nothing for it. He criticizes for the sake of criticizing, and the best he can do is to attack the Prime Minister for, he says, trying to act presidential and aping President George W. Bush by keeping the media away from Trenton. Anti-Americanism is always the last refuge of Canadian scoundrels, and Dosanjh’s hypocrisy stands high even in a crowded field. He shamefully seeks to profit politically from the dead. No one in Ottawa comes out of this sorry affair with credit.  

To be fair, that is not wholly true. The Royal Canadian Legion and the National Council of Veterans Associations have stoutly maintained that all soldiers’ deaths should be honoured on November 11, Remembrance Day. The Legion and the NCVA are right. So too are the Canadian soldiers serving in Afghanistan. They too would prefer that the media stay away from Trenton and that their comrades be re-united quietly with their families. In an age of hypocrisy, the vets and the soldiers alone understand how to act. 


(Historian J.L. Granatstein writes for the Council for Canadian Security in the 21st Century. Free use may be made of this column so long as mention is made of CCS21 and its website,


Who Was 52 William Grant Stairs (Entered RMC 1878)?

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Flashback: Our Royal Military College reaps rich dividend from “No – Glory Athletes”
                  Andy O’Brien Star Weekly #45, 1963

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Flashback:  A Terrible Crash, A Miraculous Survival
Air Force Remembers Loss of Search & Rescue Plane 40 Years Ago
by Bill Macfarlane, Echo Staff, The Comox Valley Echo, April 25, 2006

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Ex-Cadets In The News!

2364 Len Birchall (RMC ‘33)

Training centre to be dedicated

3528 Paul Manson (’56) &
5105 Jack Granatstein
(RMC ’61)

Grief on the tarmac

12423 Richard Houseman
(RMC ‘80)

Sub sinks to new low

13337 Stuart Beare (RMC ’83)

“The Army commander decided no move of air defence capability West and no move of the 4th Air Defence Regiment in the near term,"

15488 Sean Bruyea (RMC ’86)

In Canada, An Uproar Over Army Casualties

16398 John Blythe (RMC’88)

'Cups of comfort' give soldiers taste of home

19033 Nicholas Grimshaw
(RMC ‘93)

Canadians taking flak over Afghan gun battle

19506 Jay Janzen (RRMC ’94)

“Families are so very important in our efforts…”

21167 Scott Savage (RMC ’98)

Canadian soldiers injured in accidents

22142 Blair Brown (RMC ’01)

”In a real-world threat, we would defend the ship…”

We pick-up our news sources from wherever we can. Readers are encouraged to forward any item on an Ex Cadet, former staff member from any of the three military colleges.  College number & photo will make our life a lot easier.



Lorne Claymore

Sophie Furnivall

Phillipe Turcotte

RMC Ex-Cadets Graduate from NATO Flying Training in Canada
By:  Andréa Collins

Lieutenants 22760 Lorne Claymore, 22847 Sophie Furnivall and 22902 Philippe Turcotte all graduates of the class of 2004 of the Royal Military College of Canada, earned their military pilot wings at a graduation ceremony in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan last Friday. 

All three arrived in Moose Jaw, Sask. in the fall of 2004 and trained on the CT-156 Harvard II aircraft.  Following a selection to advanced flying, Lieuts Claymore, Furnivall and Turcotte transitioned to flying the CT-155 Hawk, learning higher performance flying. 

Lieut Claymore of Sainte-Adèle, Que., BA Mech Eng, and Lieut Turcotte of Trois-Rivières, Que., BA Comp Eng will head to Cold Lake, Alta. to continue on the Hawk trainer at 419 Squadron and eventually move on to the CF-18 Hornet.  Lieut Sophie Furnivall of Orléans Ont., BA Bus Adm.,

will remain at 15 Wing and train to become an instructor on the Harvard II.  

The Government of Canada has a 20-year contract with Bombardier Military Aviation Training to provide support to NFTC. Canadian and allied military flying instructors provide the flying training, military air traffic controllers coordinate air operations, and the industry team provides the aircraft, aircraft maintenance, ground school instruction and other airfield support services. 

Under the NFTC program, jet-pilot training takes place at two locations – at 15 Wing Moose Jaw and 4 Wing in Cold Lake, Alberta.  At present, Canada’s Air Force, the Royal Danish Air Force, the Royal Air Force (United Kingdom), the Republic of Singapore Air Force, the Italian Air Force, the Hungarian Air Force and the United Arab Emirates are participants in NFTC.

Warriors welcome a new leader

MFO / Sinai

Military to review emotional policy

A day in the life of Canada's Air Force

RMC 2006 Rideau Canoe Trip/ La Chasse-Galerie 2006

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We pick-up our news sources from wherever we can. Readers are encouraged to forward any item on an Ex Cadet, former staff member from any of the three military colleges.  College number & photo will make our life a lot easier.

Cintas is a major recruiter of transitioning military personnel seeking enthusiastic, dedicated, committed, leaders who are looking for advancement based upon performance.


Où sont-ils?  Que font-ils?

Where are they now?  What are they doing?

De temps à autre, e-Veritas mettra en vedette un Ancien, un membre du personnel d'autrefois et ou un ami du Collège.  Ces articles seront reproduits dans le langage reçu et rarement traduits.  Nous invitons nos lecteurs à soumettre des articles a dans la langue de leur choix. From time to time, E-Veritas will focus on an Ex cadet; former staff member; and / or a friend of the college. Articles will be reproduced in the language received and in most cases not translated.  We invite readers to submit articles to in the language of their choice.


  We get e-mails . . . 

I'm now working and living in Paris at the O.E.C.D. My wife, Louise, and I expect to be here for 2 - 3 years and then I WILL retire!

I enjoy very much being kept up to date on college and ex-cadet news, so please note my new internet address:

Adieu de Paris!

7769 Micheal Lawrance (RMC ’68)

"Merci, eh?" 

"BZ" and it was a treat to get the news, even some local (Azalea Festival) colour.  I'm impressed! 

10917 Dean Brassington (RMC ’76)
Norfolk, VA



Extra Innings
Manches supplémentaires

Bill and Rolande

All roads lead to Trenton next Sunday, May 7 for the unveiling of a cairn commemorating the life and legacy of the late Len Birchall.  

The cairn will be unveiled at 413 (A/C Leonard Birchall) Wing (300 West St, Trenton) commencing at 1:30 PM. 

For more:

Dimanche, le 7 mai, on dévoilera un monument commémorant la vie et l’héritage de feu Commodore de l’air Len Birchall. 

Le monument sera dévoilé à la  413e Escadre (Cmdre/air Leonard Birchall), 300 rue West, Trenton, à 13h30 

Pour en savoir plus :


Trivia Answer: 

b.         The first Commandant, LCol E.O. Hewett, CMG

"Many Hands - make the burden light".   « L’aide de plusieurs rend la tâche facile »

S125 Bill & S134 Rolande Oliver


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