In This Issue 34

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A tip of the hat to the following members who just recently updated their Club membership status: Chapeau aux membres suivants qui ont tout récemment mis à jour leur adhésion au Club:

7947 Hugh M West – Lifetime Membership; 8593 Patrick M Tighe.



Club Membership Info Join, Update or Renew ‘Now’

Notices - Any / all Reunion Classes are encouraged / invited to provide details concerning their particular weekend arrangements to be included in e-Veritas over the coming weeks. Send to: william.oliver@rmc.ca

Avis – Nous invitons/encourageons toutes les Classes de Réunion à nous faire parvenir les détails des arrangements pour leur fin de semaine en particulier afin de les inclure dans e-Veritas au cours des prochaines semaines. Envoyez à : william.oliver@rmc.ca

The Class of 1994 will celebrating its 20 years since graduation this RMC Reunion Weekend. For full information regarding all weekend activities please contact Jeremy Stowe (jerstowe@rogers.com) or join the RMC Class of 1994 Facebook Group page.

 

In This Issue 34:

EDITORIAL FOREWORD / AVANT-PROPOS DE LA RÉDACTION

FYOP 2014 – Week One in the Books

The Week That Was & Du CMRSJ au CMRC, une étape à la fois

Ex-Cadets & More in the News

Class Notes…

RMCC to Battle Captain

Jen Ochej & 15414 Catherine Paquet

Keeping Tabs…

LaDivision du perfectionnement professionnel des militaires

du rang célèbre un nouveau départ

Sports…

“Canada’s Answer”

1954 Perspective: The Place of Permanent and Reserve Forces In Our Society

Marker article & photo memories

Deaths

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ENCORE:

Class of 2018 Arrive

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FYOP 2014 – The First 24 Hours

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AFGHANISTAN A CANADIAN STORY 2001-2014 AS TOLD BY MEN AND WOMEN WHO SERVED

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Welcome New Sponsors. Thank You! Bienvenu aux nouveaux Sponsors. Merci!Updated

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RMC Foundation Top 10 Classes – #4 – Class of 1953

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Jobs – Careers / Carrières

QUOTE(S) OF THE WEEK

Morale Building quotes from General of the Army Omar N. Bradley:

“Bravery is the capacity to perform properly even when scared half to death.”

“Set your course by the stars, not by the lights of every passing ship.”

“Leadership is intangible, and therefore no weapon every designed can replace it.”

“This is as true in everyday life as is in battle: we are given one life and the decision is ours whether to wait for circumstances to make up our mind, or whether to act, and in acting, to live.”

Omar Nelson “Brad” Bradley (February 12, 1893 – April 8, 1981) was a United States Army field commander in North Africa and Europe during World War II, and a General of the Army. From the Normandy landings through the end of the war in Europe, Bradley had command of all U.S. ground forces invading Germany from the west; he ultimately commanded forty-three divisions and 1.3 million men, the largest body of American soldiers ever to serve under a U.S. field commander. After the war, Bradley headed the Veterans Administration and became Chief of Staff of the United States Army. In 1949, he was appointed the first Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and the following year oversaw the policy-making for the Korean War, before retiring from active service in 1953.

Bradley was the last of only nine people to hold five-star rank in the United States Armed Forces.

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EDITORIAL FOREWORD / AVANT-PROPOS DE LA RÉDACTION

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EDITORIAL FOREWORD

For the past nine years the RMC Club of Canada has provided a spirited record of life at both Royal Military College of Canada and Royal Military College Saint-Jean through e-Veritas. It is not and has never been intended to be called an official publication. It is a service provided by the RMC Club primarily to members; cadets & staff, family & friends and other potential members of the Club.

The aim of every Issue (421 to date) is to record the life at the two Colleges, but has also followed with interest and in detail the accomplishments of ex-cadets and former staff members. In this way, e-Veritas has been a bridge between the past and the future, and has been a means of preserving and developing the traditions of RMCC and RMC Saint-Jean. Never failing to remember and often recalling the proud history of Royal Roads Military College and the cadets and staff who attended and served at that fine institution.

The first issue of e-Veritas appeared in January, 2005.  Through the first three years it was published on average 29 Issues  per year. For the past seven years the average has been 48 Issues per year. Longtime readers will acknowledge that e-Veritas is NOT slick;  usually has a fair share of clerical & grammar errors & typos.  Nevertheless, the feedback is generally very favourable which goes a long way in keeping the staff motivated to keep chugging along every week.

To sustain this level of production requires the help of many people, including volunteers, cadets, staffs from the two colleges and various outside sources on an ad hoc basis.

A good portion of each Issue during the school year contains an account of the activities of the cadet’s themselves. At RMCC for all these years, we have been indeed fortunate with the cooperation and support of the Military Wing Chain-of-Command to permit cadets to research and write individual articles and submit photos either from a Cadet Wing bar position or as a volunteer.

At RMC Saint-Jean we rely mostly on the incumbent Public Affairs Officer to coordinate with the cadets to provide timely and appropriate articles.

It is no novelty to have cadets on the staff of e-Veritas but an essential component if we wish it to continue to be relevant in the big picture – to cadets – Ex cadets – family & friends.

Contributions from the staffs of both Colleges complete the picture. Many readers will be interested in the work and opinions of those under whose guidance the cadets subsist for almost nine months of the year. It is through their own efforts and those of the staff – in the classroom, on the square and sports field – that the cadets become reconciled to truth, duty and valour.

S125 Bill & S134 Rolande Oliver

AVANT-PROPOS DE LA RÉDACTION

Pendant les neuf dernières années et demie, le Club des CMR du Canada a fourni un record dynamique de la vie à la fois au Collège militaire royal du Canada et au Collège militaire royal de Saint-Jean par l’entremise d’e-Veritas qui n’est pas et n’a jamais prétendu être appelé une publication officielle. Il s’agit d’un service offert par le Club des CMR principalement à ses membres, aux élèves-officiers et aux cadres, aux familles et amis et à d’autres membres potentiels du Club.

Le but de chaque émission (421 à ce jour) est de documenter la vie aux deux collèges. Toutefois, e-Veritas a également suivi avec intérêt et en détail les réalisations des Anciens et des membres du personnel du passé. Ainsi, e-Veritas a été un pont entre le passé et l’avenir et a été un moyen de préserver et de développer les traditions du CMRC et du CMR Saint-Jean, sans ne jamais manquer de rappeler et de se remémorer la fière histoire du Royal Roads Military College et des élèves-officiers et du personnel qui ont fréquenté cette belle institution.

Le premier numéro d’e-Veritas a paru en janvier 2005. Au cours des trois premières années, il a été publié en moyenne 29 fois par année. Pour les six dernières années et demie, la moyenne a été de 48 numéros par année. Les lecteurs de longue date seront d’accord que l’e-Veritas n’est pas parfait; il y a régulièrement un bon nombre d’erreurs administratives, de grammaire et de fautes de frappe. Néanmoins, les commentaires sont généralement très favorables ce qui motive beaucoup le personnel à persévérer de semaine en semaine.

Maintenir ce niveau de production nécessite l’aide de beaucoup de gens, y compris les bénévoles, les élèves-officiers, les membres du personnel des deux collèges et diverses sources extérieures au besoin.

Une bonne partie de chaque numéro au cours de l’année scolaire contient un compte rendu des activités des élèves-officiers eux-mêmes. Pendant toutes ces années nous avons été vraiment chanceux au CMRC d’avoir la collaboration et le soutien de la chaîne de commandement de l’escadre militaire pour donner aux élèves-officiers le temps de rechercher et d’écrire personnellement des articles et de soumettre des photos soit en raison de leur position dans l’escadre ou en tant que bénévole.

Au CMR Saint-Jean, nous comptons principalement sur l’Officier des affaires publiques pour coordonner avec les élèves-officiers afin de fournir des articles appropriées et en temps opportun.

Ce n’est pas nouveau d’avoir des élèves-officiers parmi le personnel d’e-Veritas, mais il s’agit d’un élément essentiel si l’on veut continuer en bout de ligne à être pertinent pour – les élèves-officiers – les Anciens – les familles et amis.

Les contributions des états-majors des deux collèges complètent le tableau. Plusieurs lecteurs seront intéressés par le travail et les opinions de ceux qui prodigues conseils et direction aux élèves-officiers pour leur permettre de persévérer pendant près de neuf mois par année. C’est grâce à leurs efforts et ceux du personnel – dans les salles de classe, sur le terrain de parade et sur les terrains de sports – que les élèves-officiers parviennent à réconcilier vérité, devoir et vaillance.

S125 Bill Oliver et S134 Rolande Oliver

Traduction par 7897 Gilles Langlois

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FYOP 2014 – Week One in the Books

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FYOP – END OF WEEK ONE…JUST UNDER FOUR TO GO…

We had the opportunity to interact with a number of the new recruits over the past week. Following are four short quotes which pretty well sums up the sentiments of the entire group at the end of week one.

What These 4 Had to Say About Week 1:

#1 – “Great school, great people, great staff. It’s hard but I’m enjoying it here.”

#2 – “We have done plenty of inspections. I”m doing pretty good.”

#3 – “Very tiring, overall a pleasant experience. Working very well as a team.”

#4 – “Got to earn our spot at the school. It’s been tough; they don’t give you much slack but we will all make it through.”

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FYOP 2014 – Week One – Now in the History Books

By: WJO

The Royal Military College of Canada – First Year Orientation Program (FYOP) – used to be called Recruit Term has been around pretty well since likely 1877 – the second year the college opened.

Approximately 200 young men and women from all over Canada stepped into that tradition and wrapped up Week One, this past weekend. By now they have learned what’s expected of them and are well acquainted with their FYOP staff.

Since their arrival the pace has been high tempo – by design.

In addition, to the sports & drill which we highlight in these photos there is much, much more going on in around the college from dusk till dawn every day.

Room inspections; personal inspections; briefings on the college history and traditions; bios on high profile graduates are just some of the items that were on the agenda for week one.

The tempo for week two will undoubtedly increase.

The group is broken up into 12 flights – involving 15 to 20 in a flight. As mentioned they come from all over the country – different backgrounds, different maturity levels, different fitness levels and different work ethics and most importantly some come from military cadet backgrounds – army, navy or air force cadet programs; others from Canadian Armed Forces – Reserve Forces and most with absolutely no military experience at all. Quite the mix and a major challenge for the staff.

The new cadets will need to get to know each other and learn to depend on each other. With the end game being teamwork! They have about four weeks to achieve this goal.

The “RMC Way” has proven to be pretty successful for at least 135 years. There is every indication that this formula will work again in 2014. It’s all about effort and attitude.

The FYOP staff have reinforced to the cadets, imparting the message that help is plentiful, whether it is understanding difficult day-to-day taskings or the challenges of every day life on the college campus.

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FYOP  – Highly Motivated Cadets Take Up the Challenge

By: OCdt (III) 26613 Kyra Smith

It’s that time of year again, where summer fades into autumn and cadets return to RMCC for another year of learning and academics. Along with this comes the all-too-familiar sounds of First Year Orientation Program (FYOP). Every cadet here at the college has experienced the stressful transition from the civilian lifestyle to the military college way of life, but what is it like to be in the middle of it all, teaching and being the mentors for these lost and confused first years?

Only those directly involved with the first years can really answer this.

FYOP bar positions are reserved only for the most physically and mentally able cadets, those who can balance their own college lifestyle well enough to be able to guide new recruits into learning how to do the same.

These senior cadets face different challenges then the first years: they are faced with the hardships of teaching and moulding new cadets into future leaders. It is up to the FYOP staff to create a proper base for these first years to build their own leadership and military skills upon.

We had the opportunity to speak with a couple of the FYOP staff. Josh Erion 26325, DCFL Alpha Flight, 1 Squadron had this to say.

“The biggest challenge is keeping your expectations low. You really need to walk them through everything to start. They are completely new to this, and it is hard to not expect them to already know things even as simple as inspection standards.”

With a touch of pride, he added: “1 squadron has always strived to create motivated and professional soldiers-to-be. We want them to be proud of RMCC and especially proud of the squadron. I honestly believe that FYOP staff is the most rewarding and worthwhile position at the school.”

These senior cadets have more on their plates then the usual everyday cadet at RMCC. They are responsible not only for their own wellbeing and success, but also for their first years’. They must find a balance between the four pillars of RMC for themselves as well as their first years, and get them ready for the upcoming obstacle course.

Katie Brooks, CSC Hunter Flight, 12 Squadron explained it nicely.

“We have to watch our health as well as monitor theirs – we’ve had a few injuries within our staff we’ve had to work around. We get less sleep, but have to keep up our energy and morale so we can keep theirs up and keep them from slacking.”

She added. “We can definitely build their teamwork in time for the obstacle course, but their own physical conditioning is up to them.”

Josh Erion also added a reality on being a member of the FYOP staff. ““It’s hard to focus on school when FYOP just seems so much more important, it’s entirely immersive. Last year I had some serious catching up to do when it was over but I managed to catch up and maintain my grades so it wasn’t detrimental.”

So then what is the appeal to being a FYOP staff if it’s nothing but hardships and challenges?

The very proud and confident DCFL Alpha Flight,1 Squadron responded.

“I like that I get to instill a bit of my own values and my ideals of leadership in them at the very beginning of their careers, I like that what I do is adding to their foundation and will help shape them as they grow into leaders in the CAF.”

The equally proud & confident, Katie Brooks reinforced the Josh Erion reason for being a member of the FYOP staff. “I want to try and share advice and see that I am making an impact – I want to make sure they’re prepared where I wasn’t. I like, as a staff, to see their progression.”

FYOP staff is no doubt one of the most demanding bar positions at the college. Five weeks of non-stop training, cumulated with the Reunion Weekend obstacle course and the Badging Parade.

Being a FYOP staff member may be one of the toughest things to do at RMCC, but it is by far one of the most rewarding accomplishments as well. I can only imagine the pride each FYOP staff feels as their last first year rings that bell at the end of the obstacle course. And the very special moment when they march on to the parade square Reunion Weekend and officially join their individual squadrons.

 

 More FYOP photos Here

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The Week That Was & Du CMRSJ au CMRC, une étape à la fois.

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The 2014 / 15 Marathon is Underway

Important Briefings from the Top!

By: 26659 OCdt (III) Danielle Andela – CWIIO

This week the officer cadets of the Royal Military College had the opportunity to attend several important briefings by various members of the college hierarchy such as the Commandant of RMCC, Brigadier General Meinzinger, Director of Cadets, Lieutenant-Colonel Popov and the Principal of RMCC, Dr. Kowal. During the first brief, the second year commandant stressed the importance of the three C’s that all officer cadets should strive for. These C’s stand for Character, Courage and Compassion. He emphasized that these three things make a person strong as an officer and as a leader.

Afterwards the Principal took the floor and discussed the academic semester in regards to the officer cadet’s respective years.

The Director of Cadets then briefed cadets on his expectations for the year and finished off with a harassment brief. The harassment brief is an annual briefing to remind the officer cadets of the importance of workplace respect and propriety.

The College Chief Warrant Officer, Chief Petty Officer First Class – Davidson rounded out the briefings and shared some key personal experiences from over the past two years as the CCWO.

These briefings, attended by all officer cadets, are a just a few of the procedures required upon return to the Royal Military College of Canada.

In-clearance and more in-clearance!

By: 26659 OCdt (III) Danielle Andela – CWIIO

As usual, the cadet wing has returned to the Royal Military College of Canada and everyone is settling in. Not including the early returns of the barmen for barman workshop & most varsity athletes, last Monday (25 Aug) was the first official day back for the officer cadets. The past week was a busy one, filled with Forces testing, uniform pickups, book pickups and briefings. FYOP has been moving into full swing with daily inspections, physical training and the cadet wing has been doing its best to stay out of the FYOP staff’s way! Classes begin Tuesday, September 2nd and in the meanwhile the officer cadets of the Royal Military College of Canada will be preparing for another busy and successful year!

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We were hoping to have an article from the ALOY Orientation camp and Badging Parade which wrapped-up this past Friday (29 Aug). We will do our best to track something down for the next Issue 35.

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Du CMRSJ au CMRC, une étape à la fois.

Par Élève-officier Vanessa Pomeyrol

Si je veux faire ça court, je peux dire que les institutions de Saint-Jean (Québec) et Kingston sont pareilles : chaines de commandement, escadrons, drill, duties, l’environnement militaire quoi!… Mais en réalité, les deux seuls points communs des deux collèges sont les quatre piliers et la devise. C’est tout. En effet, ma transition d’un collège à l’autre et énorme : je passe du cégep à l’université, d’un environnement francophone à un environnement anglophone, d’une institution de 200 personnes à une de près de 1000 personnes!

À Saint-Jean, je connaissais tout le monde (ou presque); tandis qu’ici, je ne pourrais jamais connaitre tout le monde. Mais j’aime ça : la diversité culturelle est exceptionnelle. Je rencontre des gens qui partagent des histoires extraordinaires, je développe ma curiosité et j’ouvre mon esprit à de nouvelles traditions, personnalités et une nouvelle culture.

Ce que j’ai trouvé difficile? La liberté. Je m’explique : au CMRSJ, tout le monde est proche, tout le monde se connait, les staffs sont exceptionnels, alors on est toujours guidés, on nous montre le chemin à suivre et on reçoit toujours l’aide nécessaire. Mais à Kingston, on fait nos propres choix et on vit à notre propre rythme. C’est tout un changement auquel je dois m’habituer… Mais à part ça, comment ne pas être content de voir de nouvelles personnes et d’enfin être responsable de ses propres actions?

Pour l’instant, je vis un jour à la fois, prête à cette nouvelle aventure qui commence et qui risque de m’emmener vers de nouvelles expériences.

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Ex-Cadets & More in the News

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New chancellor 7771 Jim Leech is a graduate of both Queen’s and RMC

On Canada Day, former President and CEO of the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan (OTPP), Jim Leech, assumed his three-year term as the 14th chancellor of Queen’s University.

Chancellor Leech earned his undergraduate degree at the Royal Military College of Canada before obtaining his MBA from the Queen’s School of Business in 1973. As a CEO of the OTTP, Leech oversaw the management of $130 billion in assets before his retirement on Jan. 1 this year.

The position of chancellor remains the highest office at Queen’s and is the ceremonial head of the institution. The chancellor presides over convocations, chairs annual meetings of the University Council, exercises a vote on the Board of Trustees and acts an international ambassador.

Article

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Technology: the future of the Canadian Army

“Fighting smart, out-deciding the enemy is what wins battles now,”

22612 Janus Cihlar – Article

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Op Nanook 14: Helping at home

“Operations like Nanook enhance the skills of our soldiers, sailors, airmen and airwomen, ensuring they remain ready and capable to meet safety and security challenges in Canada’s North,”

13337 Lieutenant-General Stuart Beare, Commander, Canadian Joint Operations CommandArticle

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Plug pulled on Dartmouth’s Shannon Park rink

“The reality is the Shannon Park arena is 54 years old,” Topshee said. “It has $3.8 million worth of outstanding maintenance that needs to be done and $1.2 million of that would be urgent maintenance that is required for things like the roof for structural integrity and for the heating ventilation and air conditioning systems.”

19420 Navy Capt. Angus Topshee, base commander of CFB Halifax – Article

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DND to stop compensating same-city moves for retiring military – Article

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The cadet honor process: Cadets hold each other accountable to longstanding code – Article

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Peacekeepers on Golan moved to safe area, U.N. and Philippines say – Article

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Aboriginal recruits experience culture shock moving from reserve to military, study finds – Article

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Class Notes…

Posted by rmcclub on September 1st, 2014

A number of Ex Cadets from a variety of classes recently were involved in one way or the other with a wedding which was held – 9 Aug – on top of the National Arts Centre, and followed by a reception under a tent in the same location.

The groom was 23479 Ben Lawson (06) and the bride was Jill Taylor – niece of 8790 (General retired) Jean Boyle (71).

Ben is the oldest son of 12192 General Tom Lawson (79) and brother of 24890 Jack Lawson (10).

Other Ex Cadets in attendance included: 23713 Doug Russell (06), 23387 Melissa Snook(06), u/k Adam Lambert (06), 23729 Alex Braden (07), 23209  Tom McMullen (05), 23767 Corbin Hutton (07), 23540 Richard Sutton, 23238 Dean Rood (05).

The father of the groom piped the bride and groom down the aisle and much more.

General Lawson was an active member of the RMC Pipes and Drums throughout his four years at RMC (1975-1979). This came in handy when he returned as Commandant. The Pipe Major, of the day, allotted him a set of pipes and provided him a chanter and music for practice. He piped at various occasions during his time as Commandant. But he had to hand the equipment back upon his 2009 posting, of course, and hadn’t piped since.

A couple of months before the big day, he borrowed a set of pipes; got them tuned up by his old classmate and famed piper, 12201 Ken MacKenzie. The ever diligent father of the groom worked nightly for a couple of months before the wedding.

Well known for his love of a fun skit, the former jet pilot, didn’t disappoint on this occasion. Many in the crowd noticed him depart his seat right after the ceremony.

Some thought he had been overcome by emotion. No, indeed! He had walked back to a hidden alcove, charged up the pipes and came back out playing Marielle’s Wedding and Scotland the Brave.

From all reports, it was a great event and a beautiful evening in Ottawa. Congratulations to the bride and groom.

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ALS Ice Bucket Challenge: Class of ’74 Graduate & Former Snowbird Does It, In Memory of his Mother

By now everyone is well aware of the ALS Ice bucket challenge. Undoubtedly, many of our readers have involved themselves in one way or another. Either getting soaked and or making a donation as a sponsor.

Quite likely, many of you did not participate in this “challenge” with the same motivation as 9901 Don Brodeur – Class of 1974. His mother died of ALS in 1991 at the age of 67.

That was two years after he finished his tour on the Snowbirds. Because of her fear of flying, she never did she him perform with the Snowbirds.

Don recently made this short video as an ice bucket challenge. He did not mention the RMC Alumni in the challenge as he did not want undue attention on social media to the RMC Club. However, he did dedicate it to his mother.

He sends out a blanket challenge to all those who have not done so to date, to support, this worthy cause.

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RMCC to Battle Captain

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ED Note: The following article by Capt James Anderson is one of four armoured corps related articles which were all written during the Spring of 2014. They were originally scheduled to appear in the Summer edition of the Veritas magazine. Due to a large number of other submitted articles, space limitations became a problem. Consequently they have been reassigned to e-Veritas.

The articles are well done, still relevant and are aimed at the cadet readership. Others will certainly find them interesting too.

In an effort to prevent overload we have decided to spread these articles over four Issues. If you missed the first installment by Capt John Kim it can be found here.

Enjoy.

RMCC to Battle Captain

23105 Capt James Anderson

Following your time as a Tp Ldr and ERE you will likely be posted back to your Regiment. If you have displayed the skills and leadership necessary to show potential for advancement, and are extremely lucky, you will get to be a Battle Captain (BC) in a Tank or Reconnaissance Squadron (Sqn). A BC is a unique position in that you are a senior member of the Sqn’s leadership, but are still a pseudo-Tp Ldr for Sqn Headquarters (SHQ) Troop. You will still be responsible for the administration, employment, and training of the soldiers in SHQ while performing the tasks of a BC for the remainder of the Sqn.

As a BC, you will be responsible for all training, exercises, courses, vehicle maintenance schedules, and taskings for the Sqn. You will need to be well-versed in how to run Primary Combat Function (PCF) courses, ranges, Individual Battle Task Standards (IBTS) tasks, exercise planning, and managing soldiers to support courses or vehicle displays for a parade. Working with the other Sqns at your Regiment to de-conflict tasks, and how to offer and ask for help is one of the best skills to acquire. Fortunately, you are not alone in this task. Your primary teammate in this is the Sqn Operations (Ops) Sgt, which in a Tank Sqn is the OC’s Loader. The Ops Sgt is your main go-to and resolves many of the daily issues that would otherwise rob your time. There will undoubtedly be various reports and returns due, from IBTS trackers for a High Readiness Sqn, Vehicle States, Qualification Lists, Activity Trackers, Weekly Training Calendars and Nominal Rolls to name a few. A good Ops Sgt will help ease this burden, so it is important to cultivate a strong working relationship with them and establish trust.

One of the most important tasks you have as a BC is planning courses. This is critical to maintain the Sqn’s ability to be cross-trained to fill multiple roles and replace soldiers as they get posted, tasked out, and when in battle, killed in operations. Your Sqn Sergeant-Major (SSM) will play a crucial role in this as he or she will be best suited to provide names for who needs what courses in order to advance their career, or who is best suited to get a particular qualification in a competitive environment. As the most senior NCO in the Sqn, you should be seeking the SSM’s advice if you have any questions and take advantage of their years of experience as a professional soldier.

Another aspect of what makes being a BC unique is that it is the first time where you, as a junior officer, are mentoring other junior officers. The BC plays an important role in developing the Tp Ldrs within the Sqn and will undoubtedly add one’s own style and flavour of leadership to the OC’s, who is ultimately responsible for all things within the Sqn. Try to remember what you wanted to know as a Tp Ldr, and pass that on! Recall what type of BC you had as a subaltern and pick what parts you want to emulate.

So how does this affect you now? What do you learn during phase training or at RMCC to help you become a potential BC and what don’t you learn that you need? Phase training is geared towards teaching you how to be a Tp Ldr and give you a basic understanding of your trade and your first job at the Regiment. From there you will learn all about the administrative and disciplinary system that we all must work within. You must endeavour to continue to develop as a leader and as an armoured officer. While your CO and Career Manager have a major impact on your career, you cannot just sit back and idly wait. You must continue to strive for excellence and take your professional development as a personal goal and keep working to complete CAF Junior Officer Development, Army Junior Officer Staff Qualification, Army Tactical Officer Course, second language training, and physical fitness. If you have potential, you will eventually be course loaded onto Army Operations Course, which will set you up for success when you return to your beloved Regiment. Seize the opportunity!

 Coles notes on the workings of the armoured corps

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Jen Ochej & 15414 Catherine Paquet

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In 1986, 15414 Catherine Paquet graduated from CMR Saint Jean, having studied Business Administration, and took the first of two postings she would have before life took some unexpected turns. Paquet’s career plans changed quite quickly when, pregnant with their second child in two years, her husband 11306 Pierre Rivard was transferred to Toronto— and she was not.

“I was left in Ottawa by myself with my newborn and pregnant with the second one, so we just made a decision [for one of us] to leave [the Forces] the earlier the better, just because it was very difficult with a family and being separated,” Paquet recalls. “I was really sad about that, ‘cause I wanted to be a career officer. And we basically chose to go with Pierre because Pierre was a Major, and his career was going very well, so it was just easier for me to move with the kids to be with him.”

Difficult as the decision to leave the Forces was, though, it turned out to be a bit of a career catalyst for Paquet. In Toronto with two young children, she and her husband decided to return to school, completing their Masters degrees simultaneously— scheduling out study nights and family nights over the course of their degrees, and even moving to Brussels for a year on an exchange, they managed to complete their MBAs together while raising two young children.

Leaving the Forces and pursuing her MBA had allowed Paquet to switch gears from her previous education in Business Administration, and instead focus on Management Information Systems— an area of study she had become interested in while at CMR. Though the program had begun too late at the College for her to be enrolled in it, she had become intrigued by what she saw others studying and had taken as many computer courses as she could during the remainder of her time there.

Now with her Masters studies in that field, Paquet, a Reservist, was able to accept a Class C position with the Central Recruiting Area. From 1994-1997, she would work in Networking and build the Wide Area Network for the forty-two Recruiting Centres across Canada.

Following that contract, she accepted a position with Cisco Systems, which at the time was a fairly new company selling routers and switches. Eager to recruit new employees with hands-on experience and who were bilingual, they made Paquet an offer she couldn’t refuse and she signed on with their largest training partner, Global Knowledge.

“I was there as a full-time employee until 2003, and I even became the Director of Technical Resources for Canada, but in 2003, I didn’t really need to work any longer, my husband’s company was doing well,” Paquet recalls. “So I just left, and in 2005 I realized I was really missing the workforce. I had identified myself quite a bit by my job, and you know, there’s just so much tennis you can play in one day and meet with other ladies… it was not really my style, so in 2005 I went back as a Certified Instructor for Cisco.”

Now a published author with nine books released to date under Cisco Press (a division of Pearson Education), Paquet gives training lectures in countries all around the world for Global Knowledge and Cisco Systems in the specialized area of Network Security.

Paquet finds herself oftentimes in such far-flung places as Japan, Nigeria, Kuwait, Spain, Portugal, and the UK, and many places in between— in fact, she has lectured in twenty-two countries worldwide.

Photo caption:CMR prep year 1981. Photo taken on Aug 27, 2013 in the courtyard of 11306 Pierre Rivard and 15414 Catherine Paquet ancestral property in Québec city. Some ex-cadets graduated from CMR, some graduated from RMC in 1986. Catherine – front row – second right. The weekend was organized by 15445 Col Stéphane Roy – fourth gentleman – standing.

When home in Canada, from where she often lectures virtually, Paquet and her husband split their time between their home in Toronto, and what they affectionately refer to as their ‘urban cottage’ in Quebec City, where Paquet was also able to host many of her CMR classmates in 2013 thanks to the organizational efforts of Col. Stéphane Roy.

Almost thirty years after her graduation from CMR, Paquet still recalls fondly her time as the campus’ founding Cadet Wing Band Master, and on the three-time provincial champion Women’s Cross-Country Team.

“I was for four years varsity cross country running, and three of those years we won the provincial pennant actually. We didn’t have any one superstar that was the fastest in the province, but for three years we were the fastest female running team in the province of Quebec,” Paquet recalls proudly. “And we were so few of us. That was the thing that was flabbergasting the other teams. At the time at CMR we were maybe thirty girls on campus, and out of that we were the fastest running team.”

Serving on the board at CMR and having participated in Chasse-Galerie for the first time in 2011 (as the initiative’s first CMR graduate, first female participant, and first French-Canadian— and in fact, she and her husband will be a part of Chasse-Galerie in 2016 as the first ex-cadet couple), Paquet is still very much connected to the College and holds her time there, and the lessons she learned, in high regard. Though much has changed in her life and career since her time at the College, Paquet still holds Truth – Duty – Valour as her personal motto.

“The question comes, [which came first] the chicken or the egg? So do you go to military college because you already have a good sense of work ethic— otherwise you would not make it at military college— or do you develop a great sense of work ethic because of the military college? Probably they both feed on each other,” she explains. “And cramming so much stuff in so little time. There’s something about military college, there’s so much— I was in the band, I was varsity cross-country running… so when you have all those responsibilities, you have your studies, you learn to perform well only with six, seven hours of sleep, with quite a bit of pressure. I think that stays with us, being organized and multitasking. And just being able to take the pressure.”

Busy with her lectures around the world, Paquet and her family still find time to travel annually. Soon, the family will be meeting up in Peru for some camping in the Amazon jungle and a journey to Machu Picchu among other adventures, before her daughter, a civil engineer, moves to Australia (her son is preparing to pursue a nursing degree, after having completed culinary school).

Wherever, globally, life takes her next, it is clear that the lessons learned at CMR will go with Paquet and continue to spur her on to greatness.

Previous Catherine Paquet e-Veritas article.

Jen Ochej is a journalist and freelancer in the music industry, currently completing an internship at Eggplant Entertainment in Toronto as part of the Government of Nova Scotia’s Emerging Music Business Program. She is most often found wherever live music is being played and dreams of one day working as a Tour Manager. She is a regular contributor to e-Veritas and has also contributed an article which was published in the RMC Club Veritas magazine. 

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Keeping Tabs…

Posted by rmcclub on September 1st, 2014

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Current Operations Officer at 8 Wing, CFB Trenton

Field Engineer Squadron Commander

Decontamination Troop Commander

Candidate for Councillor, City of Barrie Ward 3

Engineered Systems Manager at Capital Safety

Director, Administration and Technology Services at Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada

Conseillère indépendante chez Epicure Selections

Partner at Stikeman Elliott LLP

Team Leader at RLG International

Project Engineer at TRIUMF

Full Professor at Ecole Polytechnique

Military Helicopter Pilot at Department of National Defence

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La Division du perfectionnement professionnel des militaires du rang célèbre un nouveau départ

Posted by rmcclub on September 1st, 2014

La Division du perfectionnement professionnel des militaires du rang célèbre un nouveau départ

- un article du Lieutenant de vaisseau Serge Tsoto, officier d’affaires publiques

Le 21 août dernier, une cérémonie de transfert d’autorité a eu lieu au Collège militaire royal de Saint-Jean (CMR Saint-Jean) sous la présidence d’honneur du Major-général Éric Tremblay, Commandant de l’Académie canadienne de la Défense (ACD), et en présence du Chef d’état-major de la Défense, le Général Tom Lawson. Lors de cette cérémonie, la Division du perfectionnement professionnel des militaires du rang été intégrée au CMR Saint-Jean et par la même occasion, a été renommée Institut de la profession des armes Adjudant-chef Osside. .

Plusieurs dignitaires, dont des membres de la famille Osside, des militaires du rang, ainsi que des officiers en service et retraités ont aussi pris part à cette cérémonie. L’Adjudant-chef des Forces canadiennes, l’Adjudant-chef Kevin West, et plusieurs Adjudants-chefs des différents commandements ont tenu à rendre un vibrant hommage à l’Adjudant-chef Robert Osside, le tout premier Adjudant-chef des Forces canadiennes. Ce dernier ouvrit la voie aux militaires du rang, au sommet de la profession des armes, en assumant ce poste que le Chef d’État-major de la Défense a créé en 1978 pour l’assister dans ses fonctions et le conseiller en ce qui a trait à toutes les questions se rapportant aux militaires du rang. Moment fort de la cérémonie, le témoignage de la fille de l’Adjudant-chef Osside, madame Diane Fraser, a permis à tous ceux présents de saisir à la fois le caractère de cet homme et la portée de sa contribution aux Forces armées canadiennes. Renommer ainsi une école en son honneur, c’est préserver la mémoire de cet homme qui demeure une source d’inspiration intarissable pour nos militaires du rang.

« Le CMR Saint-Jean offre aux élèves-officiers un programme exceptionnel qui repose sur les études, le leadership, le sport et le bilinguisme. L’arrivée de l’Institut de la profession des armes Adjudant-chef Osside au sein de notre institution est la preuve que notre réputation est bien établie. Je suis très fière de nos élèves-officiers, de notre programme et de notre personnel dévoué, les porte-étendards de cette belle institution », déclarait le commandant du CMR Saint-Jean, le Colonel Jennie Carignan.

Très fier de prendre part à cette cérémonie, l’Adjudant-chef Kevin West, Adjudant-chef des Forces canadiennes, a quant à lui souligné que « l’Institut de la profession des armes Adjudant-chef Osside joue un rôle essentiel qui permet aux sous-officiers de développer leurs habiletés intellectuelles et le leadership nécessaire pour répondre aux exigences de commandement dans un monde de plus en plus complexe et changeant. Je demeure sûr qu’il continuera d’offrir une formation de tout premier ordre destinée aux militaires du rang ».

L’Institut de la profession des armes Adjudant-chef Osside continuera d’offrir des cours de leadership aux militaires du rang à des moments clés de leur carrière, par exemple, les programmes de leadership intermédiaire, de leadership avancé et de leadership supérieur.

« Amener le volet du développement professionnel des sous-officiers aux côtés de celui du programme des Collèges militaires canadiens créera une synergie qui permettra aux deux programmes de s’épanouir, explique le Major-général Éric Tremblay, Commandant de l’ACD. Il s’agit d’un bon agencement en ce sens que le programme des élèves-officiers tirera parti du programme de développement des militaires du rang, et ce dernier profitera des ressources de la division des études. »

Créée en 2003, la Division du perfectionnement des militaires du rang, maintenant Institut de la profession des armes Adjudant-chef Osside, avait originalement été placée sous l’égide de l’Académie canadienne de la Défense (ACD) et était hébergée au CMR Saint-Jean. En 2007, elle est passée sous l’autorité du Collège des Forces canadiennes avant d’être intégrée à l’École de leadership et de recrues des Forces canadiennes en 2011. Aujourd’hui, l’Institut que le CMR Saint-Jean accueille dans ses rangs est une école en parfaite santé qui bénéficiera de nouvelles ressources pour poursuivre le développement de ses programmes.

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Sports…

Posted by rmcclub on September 1st, 2014

RMC-CMR Logo CIS Logo
Men’s and Women’s Fencing OUA – Fencing
Hockey OUA- Men’s Hockey CIS – Hockey
Rugby OUA – Men’s Rugby
Men’s Soccer OUA – Men’s Soccer CIS – Men’s Soccer
Women’s Soccer OUA - Women’s Soccer CIS - Women’s Soccer
Men’s Volleyball OUA – Men’s Volleyball CIS – Men’s Volleyball
Women’s Volleyball OUA – Women’s Volleyball CIS – Women’s Volleyball

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Recent OUA Results:

Rugby:

1 Sept – McMaster 36  @ RMC  24

(M) Soccer:

Sun 31 Aug Queen’s 5  at RMC 0

(W) Soccer:

Sun 31 Aug Queen’s 6 at RMC 0


Upcoming Games:

Rugby:

Sun 7 Sept – Brock @ RMC 3:00 PM

(M) Soccer:

Sat – 6 Sept Nipissing @ RMC 2:15 PM

Sun – 7 Sept Laurentian @ RMC 2:15 PM

(W) Soccer:

Sat – 6 Sept Nipissing @ RMC 12 noon

Sun – 7 Sept Laurentian @ RMC 12 noon

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Gaels win both soccer season openers

by cscilley

Looking like she’d never been away, Jackie Tessier scored three goals in the first half to lead the Queen’s Golden Gaels to a 6-0 win over the Royal Military College Paladins Sunday night in the opening game of the Ontario University Athletics women’s soccer season for both teams.

Tessier, a three-time all-Canadian who did not play for the Gaels last year, needed just four minutes to score the first goal of her return. She scored again six minutes later and again in the game’s 39th minute.

Playing at RMC, the Gaels took a staggering 38 shots on beseiged RMC goalkeeper Alexandra Hogg, last year’s conference rookie of the year. Madison Tyrell made nine saves for the shutout in the Queen’s goal.

Tara Bartram, with two, and Regiopolis Notre Dame grad Brittany Almeida scored the other goals for Queen’s, which will host Laurentian in its home opener Saturday at noon on Miklas-McCarney Field.

In the men’s game Sunday, rookie striker Jacob Schroeter scored twice as Queen’s blanked RMC 5-0. Tommy Hong opened scoring in the game’s 11th minute and the score stayed that way until the game’s 64th minute. The Gaels, who scored on every shot they put on net in the second half, scored four times in the final 26 minutes of the game.

Tonko Bacelic also scored twice for the Gaels in the opening game of the season for both teams. His goals came 45 seconds apart late in the second half. Queen’s goalkeeper Taylor Reynolds, a Kingston Collegiate grad, had to make just two saves to post the shutout.

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II Year Earns TKD  Silver at Costa Rica Open

26995  NCdt Ann Lee travelled to Costa Rica this past weekend to compete in the Costa Rica Open. The Costa Rica Open is a G-2 ranking international tournament by the world Taekwondo federation. Medalling at one of these tournaments would give Ann both international and national ranking points.

Even though this was NCdt Lee’s first international tournament experience, after a bronze medal performance at the 2014 Canadian national championships in May, she showed very little nerves and put on the performance of her athletic career. Ann took the silver medal, losing by only 0.18 points to a member of the Costa Rican national team.

Joel Ridley highly respected  RMCC TKD coach at the local, national and international accompanied the RMCC competitor to the championship.

This silver medal performance has Ann now ranked second in Canada and she could potentially be selected as the alternate for the upcoming world championships.

NCdt Lee and Joel would both especially like to thank Darren Cates, Director of Athletics, and the RMC Foundation for all their unwavering support.

 

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“Canada’s Answer”

Posted by rmcclub on September 1st, 2014


Canada’s Answer”, 1914

The painting above, by W.T. Topham, is part of the RMCC Art Collection. It was presented in 1919 by the Royal Naval College of Canada to thank the College for ‘housekeeping’ the Naval College as it moved west from Halifax, after the Explosion of 1917, to Victoria late in 1918. Entitled “Canada’s Answer”, it shows the First Contingent leaving the Gulf of St Lawrence on 3 October, 1914 en route to England.

The article below, written by S 124 Ron Haycock on behalf of the RMCC Heritage & Museum Committee, tells the story.

In that fateful and hot summer of 1914, Canada was still a placid and peaceful place far from the urgencies of the world. On 28 June when the heir to the Austro-Hungarian Empire was assassinated in Sarajevo Serbia, save for a few in Ottawa, little public attention was paid to the shooting or to its potential significance. Nor was there a sense of crisis in the next 33 days as Europe stumbled into war. The Governor General, HRH Prince Arthur, Duke of Connaught (the youngest son of Queen Victoria)  was  ‘taking the waters’ in Banff,  Prime Minister Sir Robert Borden  was enjoying bass fishing  on Georgian Bay and Parliament was in recess.

But all that serenity changed abruptly. By 4 August, all of the European Great Powers were at war. As an integral part of the British Empire, Canada, the Senior Dominion, was at war automatically when Great Britain was at war. And so the question was what was to be ‘Canada’s Answer’. On the surface – if the pre bellum period was any indication, the country did not seem capable of much – but its peacetime military establishment was small. The 3,000 Regulars were used almost exclusively as training cadres for the 59,000 Militia men who that June had gone into the very limited annual training camps. In the embryonic Navy, created just 4 years before, there were more desertions than enlistments in 1911-12 and no recruits were taken in at all in 1913.  And the government had clearly disavowed it, although it did buy two submarines on 4 August, 1914. Equipment in every arm was often old, in very short supply or non-existent. Combat support units were new creations – in 1903 No.82 Bruce Carruthers had started the Signal Corps (10 years before the Royal Signals); the Canadian Engineers were formed in 1904 with No. 444 W.B. Lindsay as one of its original officers.

Both were Ex-Cadets. RMC was, on the surface and to the uninformed, a small college that only produced few officers in peacetime. How, therefore, could it contribute to ‘Canada’s Answer’ in 1914? In fact, during past military crises, the College had responded with significant numbers – during the Second Anglo- Boer War, 1899-1902, of the 493 who had entered RMC since its founding, 113 served in that conflict and gained much valuable and later very useful experience from it. By 1911, the  last recruit to enter  who could have graduated by 4 August 1914 was No. 944, L.H. Macaulay. Since the start 38 years before, about 140 graduates had been commissioned in the Canadian Permanent Force with approximately 300 others holding commissions in Imperial or Indian Service.  In terms of potential staff and command positions for ‘Canada’s Answer’ this record and the numbers were substantial. Why then did the undiscerning not seem to understand or know of RMC’s excellent past participation? One reason might be that RMC, then as now, is not perceived to be an operational “unit” in the traditional sense. College graduates would usually be identified by the unit they joined, and this may have clouded the reality for those not in the know. 1914 would do a great deal to make things clearer.

The abrupt change to war that August came about with amazing speed. On 6 August the British Government accepted the Canadian offer to send an Expeditionary Force of divisional strength. From a dead start in less than 6 weeks ‘Canada’s Answer’ was close to 33,000 soldiers assembled in a functioning military camp north of Quebec City, a camp that did not exist the day war was declared. This stunning response  had  two  central loci – one was the overwhelming enthusiasm of  many Canadians to enlist for a whole variety of reasons, patriotic, practical or personal , and the other was the energy  and conviction of the current  Minister of Militia and Defence Sam Hughes ( later Sir Sam). Whether Hughes’ faults lie gently or not in history, at the time, no one could doubt his drive and enthusiasm to temper and guide the Nation’s answer as much as the Nation was willing to give it. Ignoring the command structure and a yet incomplete but still useful mobilization plan, on the evening of 6 August, Hughes sent out 226 telegrams to Militia COs across the country. It was a ‘call to arms’. They were to mobilize and get their troops, with whatever kit they had, to Valcartier,  yet to be built. And throughout August and early September they poured in on 100 special trains, quickly organized.

As for where they would go, simultaneously with his telegrams, Hughes commandeered the construction team which, as the conflict had erupted, had nearly completed building the Connaught Ranges near Ottawa. They were to move immediately to Valcartier where the Militia Ministry had recently expropriated land, mostly on the east side of Jacques Cartier River. Moreover, the site was conveniently close to Quebec City, the chosen place of embarkation when ‘Canada’s Answer’ would sail off to war. In the next 30 days, and amid the clutter, clatter and confusion of troops arriving and machines and horses moving sweating men, lumber and dirt, the camp virtually erupted out of the land.  Commanded by No.186 Col. V.A.S. Williams, the camp’s 13,000 acres was a shimmering sea of tents, some buildings and noisy and dusty training grounds. By mid-September the troops numbered 32,665; they got issued what equipment there was, as it came streaming directly off frantic manufacturers’ machinery such as the Ross Rifle Company of Quebec City or the Bain Wagon Company of Woodstock Ontario or was culled from Militia stores across the country. Troops were sorted into units, officers assigned and unassigned, and as the totals swelled the composition and numbers of units changed rapidly. Little but rudimentary training was done or even possible. But the two and a half miles of rifle ranges and 1,500 target frames allowed some familiarization with their weapons. It was a citizen formation built on the Canadian Militia, but much of its qualitative substance came from RMC, and it did not take long to show itself.

By the end of September 1914 , the war news was most urgent, even desperate. Only two weeks earlier the Allied battle fronts in France and Flanders had been reeling backward from the onslaught of the German juggernaut. The British Expeditionary Force, dubbed the ‘Old Contemptibles”, while bloodied but still orderly, had retreated from Mons, and the French left and centre had barely stabilized its front on the Marne. Paris was still threatened. With at least two large, hot and dusty camp parades  in-hand, led by the Hughes in uniform  and attended by huge crowds  of enthusiastic Canadians  including the Governor General, the Prime Minister and many of his Cabinet, the troops were ordered to embark at Quebec City. ‘Canada’s Answer’ was on the move.

Given this urgency, moving ‘Canada’s Answer’ to England was another Herculean task. Hughes put William Price, the “Lumber King of Quebec” in charge of the embarkation at Quebec City. Price, a Militia Major, had been instrumental in the acquisition and laying out of Valcartier. He was also a man of vigour, connexion and talent.   As Hughes often did with the many civilians of expertise he solicited to do things quickly, the Minister made Price an honorary Lieutenant-Colonel, with clout, to meet a need that was not always available in the military and fitting nicely into Hughes’ view of the conflict as a ‘national’ war carried out by citizens as well as soldiers (later Hughes said it also gave him the authority ‘get a hold’ of his appointees if they failed him). Price quickly welded together a team of civilian transport and shipping people handle the embarkation, and while to some it seemed that ‘chaos reigned supreme’ as they began loading on 30 September, a day and half later 30 ships were full and were dropping one by one down river to anchor at Gaspe Harbour. There they awaited final assembly and the promised British protective naval escort before sailing on 3 October, 1914.

It was an impressive sight as the ships left Gaspe Harbour. The line took 3 hours to pass and was spread over 21 miles.  Once in the Gulf, it became a fleet formation of 3 columns, each ship 3000 yards apart. There were 32 ships including that carrying the Newfoundland Contingent escorted by 4 cruisers of the Royal Navy’s 12th Light Cruiser Squadron. In mid- Atlantic, they were joined by 2 battle ships and by the 26,000 ton battle cruiser, Princess Royal.  Twelve days later, all arrived off Plymouth Harbour. There, nearly 33, 000 Canadians and equipment began going ashore. Interestingly, it took them nearly three times longer to disembark in England than it took to load in Canada.

As we all know, this was only the beginning. No one dared to think that it would take four bloody years, or that by 1918, it would ultimately strain every fibre of the national fabric. At the end Canadians would be of all emotions: exhausted, grieving, sobered, appalled, suspicious or proud. Well over 600,000 served – over 60,000 of them would die and three times that be wounded. But there would also be a new national spirit and sense of accomplishment echoing names like Vimy Ridge, Hill 70, Passchendaele, or the Hundred Days. These all surrounded and created the mystique of the Canadian Corps.  But this was all in the future. In the heady days of 1914, many felt it was a great adventure and that it might be over by Christmas.  Others said simply and patriotically, ‘we can do this’!  But from a perch in the 21st Century, it is hard for our generation to catch the totality of it all.

And in that totality,  RMC played a very significant role of leadership – indeed , of the First Division’s commanders and staff officers fully 22 per cent  were Ex-Cadets, the senior of whom was No.246 Harry Burstall, the Commander Royal Artillery. Consistently over the next four years, as the war grew in size and intensity, Ex-Cadets continued to lead. For those who want to read the comprehensive description of the many others whose record made up this amazing service, R.A.  Preston’s  Canada’s RMC tells the whole story. Preston summed it up succinctly when he wrote that practically all of those Cadets who graduated once the conflict began went into the Services; but then he poignantly observed, “it can be said that about 80 percent of those who went through RMC in peacetime and were available, are known to have actually served.”  They filled about 23 percent of command and staff appointments in the CEF throughout the entire war.

No.186 Victor Williams was appointed the Adjutant –General (AG) at Militia HQ  in 1912; a vital member of the Militia Council, the advisory body to the Minister. He successively became Valcartier Camp Commander, commanded the troops on the voyage overseas , and held important posts in England. He commanded the 8th Brigade and was wounded and captured in June  1916, spending the rest of the war as a POW, all the while remaining the AG. The first Ex-Cadet casualty of the war was, No. 774 C.G.G.Mackenzie , killed in action at the First Battle of Ypres in late October 1914 while serving as a Lieutenant in the Royal Scots Fusiliers. The immediate effect of RMCs’ contribution to these initial forces was recognized  by more than a few  at the time. In early 1915, just weeks before  the First Canadian Division  would  hold their own in their first major test,  the bloody battle of Second Ypres , the MP for Frontenac County  read into Hansard  in the House of Commons  a  “glowing tribute”   to the College and its long list of Ex-Cadets  who had taken commissions in the Forces  so quickly and were playing such an important part. Such stories go on and on, and those named here are only representative as the tip of the RMC participation.

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1954 Perspective: The Place of Permanent and Reserve Forces In Our Society

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Historical Events for Year 1954 Here

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The Marker & Photo Memories

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Deaths

Posted by rmcclub on September 1st, 2014

2769 Ralph Ernest Hyde -  Class of 1940

2769 Ralph Ernest Hyde, born June 27, 1922 in Edmonton, passed away peacefully August 19, 2014 at his vacation home on Pender Island, BC, surrounded by family. Ralph was raised in the Highlands area of Edmonton. He attended Royal Military College in Kingston until 1942, and was a member of the final class before the end of World War II. He went on to serve overseas as an officer in the Calgary Tanks in the Italian Campaign, both in Sicily and mainland Italy, and later participated in the liberation of Holland. Ralph returned to Edmonton in August of 1945 and just days later married Marion Milroy. He graduated from the University of Alberta School of Law in 1950 and practised in Edmonton until 1977. In that year, he was elevated to the Alberta Provincial Court where he served until 1992. Ralph and Marion retired to BC the following year to enjoy golf and the solitude of Pender Island. In 2006, they moved to Burnaby to be closer to family. Ralph was predeceased by Marion in 2013, by his parents, Mildred and Ernest Hyde, and by two brothers, John and Robert. He leaves to mourn his passing, daughters Jill Jensen (Kurt), Pam Hyde (Glenn Mayer), Marion Hyde (Lawrie Seligman) and son, John Hyde (Tricia Finley). He also leaves a legacy of 7 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren. A memorial service to honour Ralph’s memory will be announced at a later date. His was a life well-lived.

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M264 Frank (Francesco) Anthony Vellone

Retired Major Frank (Francesco) Anthony Vellone, CD, P.Eng. of Kingston, Ontario died Sat. Aug. 30, 2014 at the age of 65 surrounded by family after a courageous battle with cancer. Beloved husband, proud father, RMC graduate, engineer, fisherman, and generous friend. Born Dec. 20, 1948 in Serra San Bruno, Italy, he will be laid to rest in his adoptive home of Plate Cove East, NFLD. Survived by his wife Sandra, siblings Turina, Gina, Mike (Sylvia), Maria (Mario), and Fernando, and children Michael, Jane and John (Shelly). Visitation will be held Thurs. Sept. 4th 2-4pm and 7-9pm, and the funeral on Fri. Sept. 5th at 11am, both at Gordon F. Tompkins Funeral Home, 49 Colborne St, Kingston. Internment and service in Plate Cove East, NFLD will occur on a later date. The family welcomes flowers or contributions in honor of Frank to the Terry Fox Foundation for cancer research or Ongwanada, which provides outstanding care to his son Michael.

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