In This Issue 15

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Photo of the Week by Curtis Maynard

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: RCNC 247 Robert Montgomery; 2933 Maurice Lalonde; 3069 William A McColl; 3120 Rick Edwards – Five Year Membership; 3329 William R Vallevand; 4518 Gregory K Welch; 4838 James E Morwick – Lifetime membership;  6181 Anthony J Halliday – Lifetime Membership; 6326 Walter S Yankowich; 6587 W Doug Armstrong;

6908 Barry Grace – Lifetime membership;  7200 Rod Sword – Lifetime Membership;   7729 Ross F Carruthers; 7769 Michael A Lawrance; 9277 Robert Milburn; 10725 Bruce G Morrison – Lifetime membership; 10777 Tony Wojcik; 11001 William F Schultz; 11133 Kenneth Orr.

Club Membership Info Join, Update or Renew ‘Now’

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You’re not alone – Mental Health resources for CAF members and families

In This Issue 15:

13987 Bryan Bailey – Club E.D. – One Year On

Class Notes

Ex-Cadets in the News;

Travel Opportunity for Two – End of May &

Recent CANFORGEN – Sr Officers’ Updates

Activité du Chapitre Fort Saint-Jean / A Fort Saint-Jean Branch Activity

Who Is He? Who are they?

The Week That Was at RMCC…

Gettysburg Battlefield Tour

Danielle Andela Shines the Spotlight on Otter Squadron: M1042 (III) William Buss

Qu’est-ce qui se passe au CMR Saint-Jean

Careers / Carrières

Trivia & Did You Know By E3161 Victoria Edwards?

Part V The Reality of Battle – The Italian Campaign –

2761 Colonel Syd Frost: Northern Italy – New Equipment

Dr. Sawyer got his claws into us today in Eco 34

We get emails

Obituary – received at press time – 3123 George Edward (Ted) Forman -

Visitation will take place at the Pinecrest Visitation Centre, 2500 Baseline Road, Ottawa on Monday, April 14 from 6-9 p.m. Funeral Services at St. John the Apostle Church, 2340 Baseline Road, Tuesday, April 15 at 1 p.m. Reception to follow.  More

 

 

ENCORE:

Look, look, UPDATED 10 April – Lundy’s Lane July 25 Celebration

RMC Club (Hamilton Branch) CELEBRATES THE ANNIVERSARY OF

THE BATTLE OF LUNDY’s LANE JULY 25

PWOR Committed to Restoring Kingston’s Cross of Sacrifice

2015 RMC ALUMNI IRELAND TOUR

Juno Beach Centre Association Notice:

In honour of the 70th Anniversary of the D-Day Landings, the Juno Beach Centre Association is paying tribute to the Canadians who lost their lives on June 6, 1944.

Dr David Baird Book – Physics at RMC, The First 125 Years. (1876 to 2001)

Business Section

QUOTE(S) OF THE WEEK

Morale building quotes from Vice Admiral Horatio Lord Nelson:

“No Captain can do very wrong if he places his ship alongside that of the enemy.”

“Time is everything. Five minutes make the difference between defeat and victory.”

“My character and good name are in my own keeping. Life with disgrace is dreadful. A glorious death is sure to be envied.”

Horatio Nelson, 1st Viscount Nelson, KB (29 September 1758 – 21 October 1805) was a British flag officer famous for his service in the Royal Navy, particularly during the Napoleonic Wars. He was noted for his inspirational leadership and superb grasp of strategy and unconventional tactics, which resulted in a number of decisive naval victories. He was wounded several times in combat, losing one arm in the unsuccessful attempt to conquer Santa Cruz de Tenerife and the sight in one eye in Corsica. Of his several victories, the best known and most notable was the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805, during which he was shot and killed.

Nelson was born into a moderately prosperous Norfolk family and joined the navy through the influence of his uncle, Maurice Suckling. He rose rapidly through the ranks and served with leading naval commanders of the period before obtaining his own command in 1778. He developed a reputation in the service through his personal valour and firm grasp of tactics but suffered periods of illness and unemployment after the end of the American War of Independence. The outbreak of the French Revolutionary Wars allowed Nelson to return to service, where he was particularly active in the Mediterranean. He fought in several minor engagements off Toulon and was important in the capture of Corsica and subsequent diplomatic duties with the Italian states. In 1797, he distinguished himself while in command of HMS Captain at the Battle of Cape St Vincent.

Shortly after the battle, Nelson took part in the Battle of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, where his attack was defeated and he was badly wounded, losing his right arm, and was forced to return to England to recuperate. The following year, he won a decisive victory over the French at the Battle of the Nile and remained in the Mediterranean to support the Kingdom of Naples against a French invasion. In 1801, he was dispatched to the Baltic and won another victory, this time over the Danes at the Battle of Copenhagen. He subsequently commanded the blockade of the French and Spanish fleets at Toulon and, after their escape, chased them to the West Indies and back but failed to bring them to battle. After a brief return to England, he took over the Cádiz blockade in 1805. On 21 October 1805, the Franco-Spanish fleet came out of port, and Nelson’s fleet engaged them at the Battle of Trafalgar. The battle was Britain’s greatest naval victory, but during the action Nelson was fatally wounded by a French sniper. His body was brought back to England where he was accorded a state funeral.

Nelson’s death at Trafalgar secured his position as one of Britain’s most heroic figures. The significance of the victory and his death during the battle led to his famous signal, “England expects that every man will do his duty“, being regularly quoted, paraphrased and referenced up to the modern day. Numerous monuments, including Nelson’s Column in Trafalgar Square, London, have been created in his memory and his legacy remains highly influential.

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Dr. Sawyer got his claws into us today in Eco 34

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14 April 52

Dr. Sawyer got his claws into us today in Eco 34. I should have done a lot more work in that subject but just can’t get very enthused about economics somehow.

16 April 52

Wrote Eco 32 today and never have I gone into an examination feeling that I knew absolutely nothing about the subject. Actually the exam wasn’t too bad but I just didn’t produce the goods.

17 April 52

Today at noon Roger Granville was running himself and studying out by the boathouse when Indian and MacMillan got the idea of dousing him. So they filled up a gash bucket full of water climbed up the ladder and let the water run down the roof – it splashed all over Roger who just lay there and groaned. There was somebody at every window on the back of the Frigate and we just roared. There’s a lot of deviling going on these days – have to let off steam somehow with the exams on and no sports.

18 April 52

Military Studies today was easy. Danny came out here yesterday and we spent the afternoon playing horseshoes, chess, running and talking. His team has taken the Ontario championship and have won all their games so far at the Queens tournament. Tonight I went in and saw them win the “A” class in a game with Central Tech from Hamilton.

19 April 52

I’m on my second and last weekend now-and S.D.C. again to boot. This morning they announced that all cadets on weekend have to go to Church Parade tomorrow anyway. We were pretty browned off. But Danny Loomis got working and now we are taking fire picket for the recruits in 2 Sqn who will have the pleasure of going on parade tomorrow. I’m finally becoming less of an amateur at horseshoes. Ernie the flat servant on the 2nd deck and an old horse gunner has been giving me lessons.

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13987 Bryan Bailey – Club E.D. – One Year On

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From Winnipeg Rifles to E.D. of the RMC Club in 35 Years

13987 Bryan Bailey commenced his career in the Canadian Forces as a soldier with the Royal Winnipeg Rifles in 1978. In 1979, he transferred to the Regular Force and attended both Royal Roads and Royal Military College graduating with a Bachelors Degree in Political and Economic Science in 1983. He continued his studies at Queen’s University receiving a Masters in Political Studies in 1984.

Commissioned into the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry (PPCLI), he commenced regimental duty with the First Battalion in Calgary. From 1984 to 1987, he served as a rifle platoon commander, Assistant Adjutant, and as Second-in-Command of a rifle company. He then served three years as the Adjutant of the Hastings and Prince Edward Regiment in Belleville, Ontario.

In 1990, he was posted to 2 PPCLI in Winnipeg where he served initially as Second-in-Command of Administration Company and the Adjutant followed by command of Combat Support Company, C Company, and Administration Company. During this posting, he deployed twice to Croatia as part of UNPROFOR. With 3 PPCLI in 1992, he served as the Senior LO and in 1993 he returned as OC C Company. The highlight of this tour was the Medak operation for which 2 PPCLI was awarded the Governor-General’s unit commendation.

In 1994, he was posted to Toronto where he served two years as G3 of 32 Canadian Brigade Group. On departure, he attended the Canadian Forces Command and Staff College graduating in 1997. He was subsequently posted to Land Force Atlantic Area Headquarters in Halifax where he served as G3 Operations until promotion to Lieutenant-Colonel in 1999. He continued his service with LFAA until 2002 as the G3, G5, and Chief of Staff of the Headquarters while concurrently commanding the 5th Canadian Ranger Patrol Group which is based in Newfoundland and Labrador.

In 2002, he assumed command of Western Area Training Centre in Wainwright which also included base commander responsibilities. During his tenure, he oversaw significant growth and organizational change resulting in the doubling of military personnel and the separation of the School from the Base on his departure in 2005. From 2005 to 2008, he served as the Assistant Director of Army Training within the Land Force Doctrine and Training System Headquarters in Kingston, Ontario.

In 2008, he deployed to the Democratic Republic of the Congo as an Acting Colonel where he commanded the Canadian Task Force and served as the Deputy Chief of Staff Operations and Plans of the MONUC Force Headquarters. In this capacity, he led Force Headquarters general staff during a period marked by considerable crisis and instability.

On return to Kingston in 2009, Lieutenant-Colonel Bailey served three years at the Canadian Army Staff College as a Directing Staff  and the Deputy Commandant. Again as an Acting Colonel, he was the Senior Advisor to the Vice Chief of the Afghan National Army in Kabul as part of the NATO Training Mission. After 35 years in uniform, he retired from the Canadian Forces in 2013 and is presently the Executive Director of the RMC Club of Canada. He is married to Jennifer and they have three children: Laura, Karyn, and Steven.

When he is not involved with RMC Club duties or spending time with family related matters – Bryan can be found, during the winter months in the Garrison Curling Rink.  In the summer he plays a little golf, and spends some time in the outdoors fishing and camping with family & friends.

For readers not sure about the best dining spots in Kingston, they would be wise indeed to check with Bryan prior to making any restaurant reservations.

Bill Oliver recently sat down with the one year Executive Director and they reminisced about high-lights from the past year.

 

Q: You officially took over as the Executive Director 15 April 2013. What are your thoughts on these past 12 months?

A:        I must admit that I am more than somewhat incredulous that my first year as the            Executive Director of the Club has already come to an end; the year seems to have            somehow evaporated!

After a year in Panet House, I now have a much clearer understanding of the extremely valuable contributions that both the Club and Foundation make to its members and to the Colleges and Cadets. Much like the axiomatic slogan that our military colleges are “universities with a difference”; the RMC Club is also a unique Alumni association that has served the needs of its members incredibly well for the past 130 years.

Q: What type of experiences did you have with the RMC Club prior to accepting your current position?

  1. A.      I would say that my experiences were fairly typical starting while I was a Cadet at Royal Roads when we organized a home-at-home pistol shooting competition with ex-Cadets from Chilliwack.  While at RMC, we were invited by the Toronto Branch to curl and afterwards we enjoyed a visit to RCMI. I also recall interacting with the Ottawa Branch after the Remembrance Day ceremonies at the Army and Navy Messes. Like most of our graduating class, I took out a 5-year membership and then continued as an annual member until deciding in 2002 that it was time to become a life member. During my military career, I attended a few Branch functions while serving in Calgary, Winnipeg, Toronto, Halifax, and Kingston.     

Q: I’m aware that you have been called upon to make presentations to students in various Political Science classes a number of times over the past year. How often have you done this and what do you mainly present?

  1. A.      This grew from a long friendship with Dr. John Young whom I met at Queen’s.  Over the years he was kind of enough to invite me to his classes at CMR and RMC. Now that I am on campus, it is even easier to get involved with classes.  In addition to his political science courses, I was invited by Dr. Howie Coombs to speak to his class. My presentations are focussed on my operational experiences in the Medak Pocket as a Company Commander as well as my year in the Congo as the Senior Operations and Plans officer for MONUC. 

Q: What are the main differences, if any, that you find between these cadets in a classroom setting compared to cadets of your time 30 years ago?

  1. A.      Honestly, I have not noticed a tremendous difference in the classroom. Today’s cadets are as engaged as ever and I have been impressed with the sophistication of their questions which reflects excellent intellect, sound reasoning and surprisingly good class preparation.  The latter was not always universally evident when I was a student! 

Q: I have noticed that at every opportunity you have speaking in a formal group setting with cadets, and or staff, that you make a solid effort to speak French. What formal second language training do you have?

  1. A.      I am very cognizant of the importance of bilingualism which is not only one of the four pillars for the RMC programme, but also a hallmark of the College and the Armed Forces. To be honest, I started with a very weak French background and therefore most of my French was acquired during my four years of College which included a very humid summer at CMR. While this provided an adequate base, I returned to the RMC in 2007 and spent 5 months with the cours supérieur.  Thanks to an excellent team of profs (Rita, Delores and Catherine) I was able to make a significant leap forward.  While the Club does it best to be bilingual, we are striving to do better.   

Q: Among the many challenges, the ED is the Editor of the Veritas magazine which is now published twice a year. What are the main challenges with this part of the job?

  1. A.      I only have one edition under my belt, and I have to admit that many aspects of this task were a challenge the first time as there is a rather steep learning curve!  First of all, I quickly came to realize that coordinating the advertising is critical but also difficult, particularly during the last few weeks.  It is challenging to not only attract but retain advertisers in a world that is going digital.  I also learned that ensuring photo quality is a huge challenge and was unable to publish some excellent photos.  As well, the final editing and proofing process requires intense effort due to the very short time lines.  Lastly, I found it difficult to pare down text while retaining sufficient context and respecting essential messages. 

Q: Without argument, the highest profile event of the year is Reunion Weekend.  What did you learn from this event in 2013?

  1. A.      I must say that you did warn me but I needed to experience it in order to fully appreciate the demands of preparing for a Reunion which is not only remarkably full, but also has many moving parts.  This is partly due to the fact that the Reunion Weekend represents the culmination of the Club governance cycle with the AGM. To be honest, it is surprising how well this weekend unfolds each year and the College deserves full credit for making it work.  Lastly, the Club Dinner Dance is still a challenge as it is difficult to find a venue and format that is popular with all attendees; we certainly hope to do better going forward. 

Q: What has surprised you most about the operation of the RMC Club since becoming the Executive Director?

  1. A.      I suppose the biggest surprise for me was discovering that Club needs to operate like a small business despite the fact it is a not-for-profit organization.  As a result, I had to devote a lot more time than expected to budget development, refinement, and monitoring budget execution.  We are always looking for creative ways to generate revenue so that the budget can be balanced at year end.  I am deeply indebted to all those individuals who answered the eVeritas call for sponsorship which enabled the Club to finish with a modest year end surplus. 

Q: A formal external and independent professional audit has just been carried out on the operation of the Club. Are you able to share some of the major findings?

  1. A.      While the Audit has completed its field work and draft statements, it is best to wait until they are reviewed and approved before sharing. That said, I am very pleased to report that the Auditors confirmed that the Club could use its not-for-profit status to exempt membership fees from all taxation which the Club has already implemented, effective end March. 

Q: I have sat in on a number of your briefings – formal & informal – big & small, you never fail to make a “pitch” on behalf of the Foundation. What message would like to pass on to our readers in regards to supporting the Foundation?

  1. A.      As a result of a year in Panet House, I now have a much better understanding and appreciation for what the Foundation does each year to enhance the programmes at both Colleges.  The Foundation has been very successful in attracting donations from Alumni or from corporations that are, for the most part, linked to Alumni.  The results are impressive, with more than $600,000 of funding being gifted to the Colleges annually.  In this environment of increased budgetary pressure, support to the Colleges from the Foundation is more important now than ever.  I certainly regard the Club and the Foundation as being “joined at the hip” in terms of creating a mutual membership base which is dedicated to supporting the Colleges and Cadets. While many will confuse the two entities, the good news is that there is extensive cross-pollination between the two Boards which is not only healthy but essential to moving forward together.   

Q: What is the most common misconception that you feel Ex Cadets have about Club programs in general, RMC Club in particular?

  1. A.      While I am not sure that there are too many misconceptions about Club programs, I would say that the overall awareness of them is lower than it should be.  Certainly the Club’s most high profile services are Veritas, eVeritas, and the Gift Shop and support to Reunions. What is often not appreciated is that the Club provides funding to the Branches to enable their operations. In addition, our affinity partners offer an excellent car and house insurance offer in addition to a Club credit card, both of which are now TD owned.  The Club is also experimenting with offering more travel opportunities and increasing its ability to leverage its impressive Alumni network.     

Q: What should members and potential members of the Club expect to see as a result of the strategic review which has been ongoing for almost two years?

  1. A.      Without question, the Club has proven to be resilient and relevant over the past 130 years but it was time for the Club to undergo a significant strategic renewal. In terms of the Club’s core functions, it has become abundantly apparent to me that the Club’s overarching raison d’être remains connecting Alumni with their fellow classmates and contemporaries as well as to the Colleges and the Cadets.  To date, there have already been several recommendations implemented such as having a Cadet LO attend the Club’s governance meetings.  The Club’s website is undergoing a significant redesign which will be ready shortly which will feature better integration with social media.  The Governance review is gaining momentum and will present a new model to Club members at this year’s AGM. The review also identified the importance networking and desire for mentorship which is also being addressed. 

Q: What do you consider the biggest challenge going forward for the RMC Club?

A: As just mentioned, the first challenge is governance which is fortunately being addressed. Some of the other challenges are inter-related. By way of example, the Club’s overall long term financial health is linked to its Life Membership Investment Fund (LMIF) which provides one third of the Club’s annual net revenue for its operations budget. With a view to increasing LMIF return, the Club recently invested a significant amount of LMIF in a Canso Lysander mutual fund. Of course, growing the Club’s membership base of life members is also essential.  In my opinion, the ongoing challenge for the Club is to demonstrate value to its members so that it can attract and expand its membership base, thereby increasing the LMIF and improving the Club’s overall financial health.

Q: If there is one message that you would like to give to an Ex cadet – who is not a current member in good standing, maybe never was – what would it be?

  1. A.      My simple answer is “join the Club today!”  Now that all memberships are tax free, there has never been a better time to join.  In my opinion, there are several excellent reasons for joining the Club.  For me, joining the Club is first and foremost a tangible demonstration of support to the Club, Colleges and Cadets.  While altruistic, I see this as a means of paying it forward as members have benefited from the support of the Alumni who preceded them.  Certainly a healthy Club that has sufficient resources to deliver key services is essential. So, my message is simple.   If everyone were to join the Club, it would go a long way to ensuring that the Club is able to sustain its core mandate of connecting Alumni with their classmates, Colleges, Cadets and the Club both today and in the future.

Q: What are the most difficult and gratifying aspects of the job?

  1. A.      Can I just respond by saying “Working with Bill”?  Seriously, the most gratifying aspect is working with and meeting the incredibly diverse and talented Alumni as well as interacting with the Cadets at both Colleges.  

 

Final Thoughts:

Bill, I thank you for the opportunity to reflect on my first year and to talk about what is happening at the Club. I must admit that I have tremendously enjoyed my year and I am extremely appreciative for the generous support and assistance from all corners of the Club and Foundation, including the Classes and Branches. As well, I must make mention of the excellent support that the Club has received from both Colleges and their respective leadership teams and staff; without their support, it would be difficult, if not impossible, for the Club to operate. 

Lastly, I would be remiss if I failed to acknowledge my debt to the Club’s leadership and volunteers who dedicate so much of their time and wisdom to shape and guide the Club.  As well, rarely a day goes by where I am not thankful for the phenomenal support of the small but dedicated Panet House team who are central to the operation of the Club.

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Class Notes

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Ex-Cadet Still Gets Around

Edited by 25366 Mike Shewfelt 

9649 Rod Capern, RMC 73, reported to RMC Kingston in 1969 pursuing a dream of a military career, his love of athletics, and a chance to travel.

In his first year, he won the RMC Recruit Most Outstanding Boxing trophy. He played on the varsity basketball team as a starter for all four years, receiving a RMC Sports Achievement Shield in Basketball as well as a QUAA all-star team selection in his last two years at the College.

Married to Janet (nee Spence) for over 40 years, they now have four children, and 6 + 1/2 grandchildren (with more expected in the future).

After graduating with a BA (History), Rod served in Logistics for 35 years, achieving the rank of Colonel before retiring in 2004. His career saw assignments in transportation, supply and procurement, and finance. Rod also completed a MBA at Dalhousie University in 1977. Military life offered Rod a chance to travel and see the world. Of particular note was a flight around the world in 13 days as a Deserving Airman Award while serving at CFB Trenton in 1988. Later, in 1994 he also had a unique opportunity to attend the Australian Joint Services Staff College for 6 months. That time the whole family got to travel abroad and, naturally for the Caperns, to play basketball in the Land Down Under!

Rod played basketball with Military teams from 1973 to 1998, often serving as a player-coach. He led teams to the Ontario Regional Championships for CFB Uplands in 1974 and 1975, and NDHQ from 1982 to 1984. He led the NDHQ team to championships in a civilian league from 1982 to 1985. His final basketball game as a player was the SHAPE international tournament in 1988.

Basketball Injuries ended the playing days but Rod took to refereeing. He also volunteered to train youth referees and minor officials for a club in east Ottawa. Since retirement, there have been a few extended vacations abroad (notably to Tanzania, New Zealand and Australia), and multiple smaller trips with friends. Rod Keeps busy doing volunteer work, refereeing, reading, hiking with his dog, researching travel destinations, and enjoying family gatherings.

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We want to thank and wish Mike Shewfelt the very best as he has moved on to a new chapter in his life. Over the past few months Mike, picked-up where he left off last Spring and helped out with some very well written and interesting articles, in particular, Class Notes.

Just prior to his departure, Mike had contacted a number of Ex Cadets concerning possible “Class Notes” articles. For anyone interested, please reply to william.oliver@rmc.ca

In addition, e-Veritas has covered 11 chapters of his  fantasy novel “The Phaireoir Legacy” : JIM CARMICHAEL’S  STORY, VOLUME ONE BOOK ONE: BEGINNINGS. We hope to post chapter 12, when space becomes available in the near future.

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Activité du Chapitre Fort Saint-Jean / A Fort Saint-Jean Branch Activity

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Activité du Chapitre Fort Saint-Jean

Dîner-conférence le 4 avril 2014, à Montréal

par Mr. Léo Gravelle

Le comité de direction du Chapitre Fort Saint-Jean a organisé et tenu un dîner-conférence le 4 avril, au manège du 2e Régiment de l’Artillerie, à Montréal, qui mettait à l’honneur le colonel Jennie Carignan, commandant du CMR Saint-Jean.

Dans le cadre d’une conférence portant sur le leadership, le col Carignan a mis en contexte l’histoire du site militaire du fort Saint-Jean, qui date de 1666, son développement depuis la première ouverture du CMR en 1952, sa ré-ouverture en 2008, et ses réussites et défis. Les 35 Anciens du CMR présents, certains à la retraite, d’autres sur le marché du travail civil et enfin d’autres toujours au service du MDN, ont énormément apprécié cette occasion de se retrouver entre ambassadeurs du CMR et des CMC en général. Les photos ci-jointes donnent un aperçu des participants à cette rencontre.

Le Chapitre Fort Saint-Jean reprend une initiative passée de réunir des Anciens autour d’un bon repas et de l’opportunité d’entendre l’un des nôtres sur des sujets d’ordre professionnel. Cette présentation a donc donné le ton à une série de conférences que notre Chapitre désire entreprendre avec, comme thème principal, le leadership. Les CMC ont la chance d’avoir un bassin immense de chefs de file, de leaders d’industries diverses, de responsables de projets que nous encourageons à prendre part à ces diners-conférences afin de contribuer à enrichir la dynamique de groupe de ces rencontres. La nostalgie de notre passage dans un CMC ne devrait pas constituer notre seule raison de nous rencontrer : il y a place pour échanger sur un sujet tel que le leadership, qui est au cœur des valeurs inculquées aux Anciens des CMC. C’est à nous tous de trouver la solution pour maximiser notre potentiel, au service de la communauté des Anciens et au-delà.

Le Chapitre Fort Saint-Jean remercie le colonel Carignan pour sa participation en tant que conférencière à cette première édition du diner-conférence et vous invite à venir assister à la prochaine édition du diner-conférence.

A Fort Saint-Jean Branch Activity

Luncheon Conference in Montreal, April 4 2014

Article by Mr. Léo Gravelle

On April 4th , the Fort Saint-Jean Branch organized and held a Luncheon Conference at the 2nd Artillery Regiment Armoury in Montreal, which featured Colonel Jennie Carignan, Commandant of RMC Saint-Jean.

Under the rubric of leadership, Col Carignan provided an historic look of the military site at Fort Saint-Jean, which started in 1666, its development since the first opening of CMR in 1952, the re-opening of RMC Saint-Jean in 2008, and its successes and endeavours. The 35 Ex-Cadets present, some of whom are retired, others working as civilians, and still others with DND, appreciated very much the opportunity to discuss their role as ambassadors of both RMC Saint-Jean and CMCs. The accompanying photos show some of the participants.

The Fort Saint-Jean Branch picked up on a series of similar gatherings a few years past, around a good meal and a conference provided by one of ours. The purpose of this conference is to kick start a series of lectures that our Branch wants to organize on the subject of leadership. There are many Ex-Cadets around us and, therefore, it is a matter of knocking on the right doors in order to attract various industry leaders and managers to contribute in the enrichment of our group dynamics . Nostalgia should not constitute our only reason to gather: there is room to discuss various subjects such as leadership, which lays at the centre of CMC values. It is up to us to find a solution to maximize our potential, for the benefit of the Ex-Cadet community and beyond.

The Fort Saint-Jean Branch wishes to thank Col Carignan for her participation as guest speaker in this first Luncheon Conference and invites you to stay tuned for the announcement of the next one.

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Who Is He? Who are they?

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Who Am I?

Born in Toronto but grew up in Ottawa;

His military career spanned 35 years and alternated between operational and educational assignments;

He flew the CF104 Starfighter on two tours in Germany including two years as Commanding Officer of 421 (Red Indian) Squadron, and later flew the CF18 Hornet when he commanded BFC Bagotville;

Was assigned as an Assistant Professor of mathematics at the RMC for three years.

He taught at the Canadian Forces College (CFC) in Toronto, where he covered four different assignnments over six years;

Was later assigned as the last Deputy Chief of Staff Operations at the 4th Allied Tactical Air Force at Heidelberg, Germany;

Eventually he was reassigned to HQ NORAD, in Colorado Springs, Colo.;

Following his retirement from the Canadian Forces returned to live in Toronto. He established himself in a consulting business;

His education includes a BSc in Mathematics and Physics and an MSc in Mathematics and Operations Research both from RMC, and an MA in International Relations from York University, Toronto;

He has served as a Director and Chairman of the Board of the Canadian Institute of

Strategic Studies as well as a Director of the Atlantic Council of Canada. He is a member of the Strategic Studies Working Group of the Canadian International Council;

As well as the Aircrew Association in Toronto, the Royal Canadian Legion, the Royal Canadian Military Institute in Toronto, the Conference of Defence Associations Institute in Ottawa, the Air Force Association of Canada,and the Canadian Air and Space Museum in Toronto.

He is the Chair of the  CFC Foundation in Toronto, and in 2011 he was appointed Honorary Colonel of the Canadian Forces College.

a) 6014 Fred Sutherland; 6541 Fraser Holman; 6527 Gord Diamond; or 3155 Donal Miller.

Who Are They?

 

1.

Project Manager

Operational Planner (CAOC)

Military Career Counsellor

A1 Persennel HR Specialist

Executive Assistant – BGen

Air Force Training Officer – CELE(A)

19141 Jen Foote; 18607 Sheery Lachine; 18646 Brigitte Gauvin; or 18866 Eva Martinez

2.

Officier de liaison/Officier d’administration au 12e Régiment blindé du Canada

Instructeur du cours de chef d’équipage de reconnaissance blindée

Officier de troupe

Assistant Capitaine-Adjudant

Assistant de l’officier du renseignement

Conseil d’administration du 12e RBC

24187 Sébastien St-Cyr; 24143 Martin Beaulieu; 24142 Martin Belley; or 24150 Kevin Côté-Guay

3.

Capital markets professional with strong capabilities on both the buy and sell sides.

Extensive financial and credit analysis experience with sovereign and corporate issuers across diverse sectors and markets.

Executed modeling to marketing of structured finance transactions ranging from $200 million to $1 billion.

Strategic thinker with a deep understanding of economic, financial, and geopolitical landscapes as well as the interpersonal dynamics that shape organizations, deals, and decision makers.

An experienced mentor with a proven ability to translate technical knowledge into relevant action and effective leadership.

Military Officer

21167 Scott Savage; 21058 Jean-Roch Drouin; 21424 Hassan Khan; or 21510 Corey Prentis

4.

Career Manager – Air Force Logistic Officers

Student, Joint Command and Staff Programme

Logistic Officer – Project Director

Base Logistic and Engineering Officer

Chief of Staff – Canadian Forces Afghanistan Theatre Support Element

Chairman – United States of America Security Assistance Command – Foreign Liaison Officers

21520 Gord Roy; 21156 Simon Poudrier; 21527 Steve Semenuk; or 21388 Scott Setchell

 

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The Week That Was at RMCC… EXAMS HAVE COMMENCED

Posted by rmcclub on April 13th, 2014

The Electrical and Computer Engineering Department had a team of 15 Graduate students (mix of military, civilian, full and part-time) and two 4th year Computer Engineering students participating in the NSA organized Cyber Defence Exercise (CDX). RMCC’s team (the Blue Cell), along with teams from USNA, USMA, USAFA, USCGA, USMMA and NPS, built a computer network to provide services to a team of notional users (the Grey Cell) in the face of attacks from a team of operators (the Red Cell) from the NSA, US Navy, US Army, US AF and Canadian participants from CFSCE and CFIOG.  Article

 

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2014 Sandhurst Military Skills Competition

More than 500 cadets from around the world take part in the Sandhurst Military Skills Competition at the United States Military Academy at West Point on Saturday, April 12, 2014.

The competition consisted of 11 events. Besides Royal Military College of Canada cadets, the competitors included teams from West Point, U.S. Naval and Air Force Academies, Britain’s Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst, and Australia’s Royal Military College.

Congratulations, are in order, to the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst’s Blue Team for winning the competition. We hope to have all the final results soon and will post them when they become available.

Our RMCC team placed 5th overall out of 57 teams competing. Impressive indeed!

College commandant, BGen Al Meinzinger and the College Chief Warrant Officer, Keith Davidson were both beaming with pride on their return.

Commandant had this to say: “Our Sandhurst Team performed in sterling fashion once again, representing RMCC and Canada with great pride and distinction. The team placed 5th out of 57 teams from around the world while earning first place standing in 5 of 12 individual events. The RMCC group was one of only a few teams presented with the new “Gold Standard” distinction. This amazing accomplishment was only made possible by the incredible skill, camaraderie and team spirit that characterized this year’s Sandhurst team. The College Chief and I were exceptionally proud of our professional yet humble Sandhurst participants, the entire support echelon and team leadership.”

According to the West Point Web page – Department of Military Instructions – Competitive Priorities are:

1.       Leader Development

2.       Show-casing Military Skills and Excellence

3.       Building Relationships and Camaraderie

4.       Winning

The Class of 1964 supports the Sandhurst Team every year through their Class endowment which is administered through the RMC Foundation.

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First World War Centenary Gala

Article by 26311 OCdt Lauren Tracey Van Veen

This past Tuesday, the commandant of RMCC, Brigadier-General Meinzinger, his wife Joy, OCdt Mallory Litjens, and myself had the pleasure of attending the First World War Centenary Gala at the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa.

Thanks to the generosity of Dr. Paul Kavanagh, groups from both RMCC and CMR were able to attend this memorable evening. The RMC Foundation covered the travel expenses for the cadets from both institutions.

This event was held to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the beginning of the First World War, emphasizing Canadian contributions in a conflict that changed the course of history. It also served as the opening evening of the museum’s inaugural centenary exhibits: Transformations—A.Y. Jackson and Otto Dix and Witnesses— Canadian First World War Art.

Attendees had a chance to get an early look at these stunning portrayals of the First World War before enjoying their dinner. The keynote address by Margaret MacMillan, a notable international historian, highlighted the ease with which Europe fell into war during the summer of 1914.

This lesson should stand as a warning even today, though the overall message of the evening was one of solemn remembrance and of hope for Canada’s bright future.

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Winter 2014 Semester Coming to an End

25936 Élof (IV) Sarah Labrecque - Escadron 4

Quel semestre! Avec la neige qui nous a suivis jusqu’à la dernière semaine de cours, l’escadre des élofs a réussi à passer à travers ce semestre occupé.

The semester flew by so quickly! As a 4th year cadet, I can say without a doubt that this semester went by faster than any other in my four years at RMCC. With exams that began on Friday this week, our Graduation Parade is now just around the corner. It’s been quite the adventure to get to this point, and I couldn’t have been more grateful to have held the position of Cadet Wing Internal Information Officer (CWIIO) this semester to finish off my 4 years at the College.

Le semestre passé j’ai eu la chance incroyable de faire partie du Top 5 en tant qu’élof préposée à l’administration de l’escadre. Par hasard, lors des sélections des positions pour le semestre d’hiver 2014, je me suis portée volontaire pour la position de CWIIO. Cette position n’est pas très connue et comme elle est secondaire, elle n’est pas évaluée comme position de barrette dans le plan d’entraînement au collège. Tout de même, ce fut une expérience très enrichissante.

Holding the position of CWIIO was a very rewarding and satisfying experience. It allowed me to stay connected with all the events at RMCC as well as to contribute in maintaining a link between the Ex-Cadets and the current cadets at RMCC. It certainly gave me a new, meaningful perspective to “Training for the M” at RMCC. I encourage any cadet who wants to be involved in the military activities at the College to join this exciting team.

Ceci étant dit, je souhaite du succès à tous durant leurs examens finaux, et bonne chance à tous les élofs de la classe de 2014 dans leur carrière! On y est presque!

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Gettysburg Battlefield Tour

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Gettysburg Battlefield Tour

 25952 OCdt (IV) Alex Frey – 6 Squadron

The History Department trip to Gettysburg caught me completely off-guard. My classmates and I had studied the three-day conflict in our HIE 336: American Civil War class with Dr. Brushett, but being able to actually see the grounds where the conflict took place and stand where both Union and Confederate soldiers stood was fascinating, and a little bit eerie.

The twenty-two students from Dr. Brushett’s (English) and Dr. Lamarre’s (French) American Civil War classes left RMCC on Friday the 4th of April, and settled in for the long 8 hour bus ride to Gettysburg. We arrived right on schedule, and we headed right for the Gettysburg Visitor Center and Museum. We were quickly ushered into a small movie theatre where a short film, narrated by Morgan Freeman, explained the basics of the Gettysburg fight and the Civil War in general.

The tour then moved to the Gettysburg Cyclorama – a massive oil painting depicting the Confederate attack on Union forces on July 3rd, 1863 which was known as “Pickett’s Charge”. The huge painting measured 8.2 m × 109 m (27 ft × 359 ft); the foreground in front of the painting had been mocked up with exhibits and replicas to match the scene in the painting – often done so well that the entire painting looked three-dimensional.

Nous avons ensuite visité le musée pour observer des objets récupérés de la guerre, avant de retourner à notre hôtel.

Samedi était un jour de grand vent vif, mais la visite a continué quand même et on a commencé à explorer les champs de batailles. Chronologiquement, la tournée a commencé à McPherson Ridge où les premiers coups de feu du Gettysburg avaient été tirés, et a suivi la séquence de combat. Les élèves ont été immédiatement surpris à la fois par la portée des champs de batailles et le temps nécessaire pour les parcourir – la plupart des champs de batailles étaient soit des vastes plaines ou des endroits denses en forêt. Chaque combat entre brigades et divisions pouvait durer plusieurs heures, où le côté de l’offensive et de la défensive effectuaient des petites manœuvres pour tenter de devancer l’autre. Sous la direction des Drs. Brushett, Lamarre, et McKay, les élèves ont appris des détails de chaque lieu sur le champ de bataille, les stratégies et les tactiques de même que les commandants et les soldats individuels.

The tour watched as places were shown to us, and we were given the opportunity to stand where each side had been and see the battle from their eyes; the American Park Service has kept Gettysburg and the lands surrounding it as accurate to July 1863 as possible. We ‘watched’ in our imaginations as the Union engaged the advancing Confederate column at McPherson ridge and were drawn into a larger conflict than either of the Commanding Generals had anticipated; we watched as Confederate forces slowly began pushing Union forces off of places like Barlow’s Knoll, Seminary Ridge, and eventually McPherson’s Ridge as well. By the second day of battle, the Union had been pushed all the way through town and were beginning to set up defences to the south.

Le dimanche était beaucoup plus chaud et plus ensoleillé, ce que la plupart des gens habitué à l’hiver ont apprécié. Le dimanche était consacré à des sites de tourisme du deuxième et troisième jour des combats, en se concentrant sur le fameux «hameçon» de la ligne défensive mise en place par l’Union ainsi que Cemetery Ridge, et les tentatives de le briser. Le dimanche, le terrain était encore plus surprenant – la plupart des endroits étaient grands ouverts et plats, à l’exception de quelques zones boisées denses. Tous ces «crêtes» que nous avons vu étaient environ une douzaine de pieds plus haut que les champs voisins. À l’exception d’un point haut tenu par l’Union appelé «Little Roundtop”, le champ de bataille ne varie pas beaucoup en élévation.

Sunday afternoon we ‘recreated’ the Confederate attack; we toured the woods where the Confederates had formed up, and then walked across the miles of open fields just as they would have had to in order to attack the Union. Most people commented that it seemed like an insane idea to march parade-ground style across miles of wide open fields while being shot at with cannon and musket fire, but that’s exactly what the Confederates did. We aimed our ‘attack’ right at the place where Confederate troops pierced the Union lines, a place called “The Angle” and nicknamed “The High-Water Point of the Confederacy” because the Union eventually pushed the Confederates back, beginning the withdrawal of Confederate forces from Pennsylvania and the North.

We ended the tour by visiting the Gettysburg National Cemetery, containing the remains of hundreds of soldiers; it was also the place where President Lincoln’s famous Gettysburg Address was made.

The tour to Gettysburg was a phenomenal way to take what we had seen on PowerPoint slides and textbook pages, and put it into realistic terms. Being able to walk where the troops had walked, stand where commanders on both sides had fallen, and see what the Generals had seen was incredible. I highly recommend the tour to any students who are interested in the American Civil War. I would also like to thank Dr. Brushett, Dr. Lamarre, and Dr. McKay for their efforts in making the trip a reality and for their guidance during the tours itself; their extensive knowledge made the trip much more informative.

 

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Danielle Andela Shines the Spotlight on Otter Squadron: M1042 (III) William Buss

Posted by rmcclub on April 13th, 2014

Profile of Officer Cadet (M1043) William Buss

Article by 26659 OCdt (II) Danielle Andela

This week I had the fantastic opportunity to interview a member of Otter Squadron here at the Royal Military College of Canada and ask him not only about his pre-RMCC experience but also what he personally thinks about life at the College.

Officer Cadet M1042 (III) William Buss, a fomer Master Corporal, is a part of the University Training Plan for Non-Commissioned Members. He is also member of Otter Squadron at RMCC and is taking a degree in Military and Strategic Studies to be an Infantry Officer in the Canadian Armed Forces. OCdt Buss was a Non-Commissioned Member in the infantry before he came to RMCC. He has served two operational tours in Bosnia and three in Afghanistan, taking positions such as paratrooper, crew commander, section commander, and section 2IC.

OCdt Buss wanted to be an officer for quite some time; he had already done school on his own and enjoyed it. He really enjoyed his leadership roles and wanted to do more so he decided to attend RMCC and become an officer. According to OCdt Buss, the difference in seniority is one of the biggest differences between being an NCM and coming to RMCC as an OCdt. Going from certain levels of seniority, respect, and even just fitting in is very different here at RMCC. He stated that for a while the respect level was different as his position was changed and that the school treats OCdt a bit differently. He had an idea of what to expect from the start so he kept his head down and is getting through it.

He also volunteers for different events in the Cadet Wing, such as the range weekends every year and even in the Elemental Phase Training for the Infantry officer cadets. He helps out with any trade or leadership specific knowledge and expertise that he can pass on too. He noted that some of the other members of Otter Squadron also keep involved in the Wing by mentoring OCdts for the inspections, drill and other trade specific training.

The most important piece of advice that OCdt Buss offered was that if an OCdt has a question, just ask. He said that most of the Otter Squadron members want nothing more than to help OCdts out and give them tips from the NCM side; they have a lot of information. He also described the Royal Military College of Canada in the following words: “Think of it as one of the best deals you’re going to get. You’re getting an education that is paid for, you’re getting a career, a good career, a well-paying career and you’re graduating without student debt. To me it’s like winning the lottery so anything else that comes with it, sure it’s not roses all the time but just smile and bear it because this is an amazing opportunity and there really is not much bad that goes on here, just little annoyances.”

It was great to have an opportunity to discuss the Cadet Wing and life at RMC from a new perspective and profile a member of the UTPNCM program at RMCC.

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Qu’est-ce qui se passe au CMR Saint-Jean

Posted by rmcclub on April 13th, 2014

Les Champions de la saison 2013-2014, l’équipe des Gris. À genoux (de gauche à droite) : Adam Hayland, Emily Prosper, Jérôme Paris, Nicolas Grondines. Debout (de gauche à droite): Patrick Levesque (représentant du PSP), Jean-François Bellemare-Caron, Véronique Giguère, Éric Ponton, André Champagne (Capt), Danny Chevarie, Maj Ghyslain Trépanier (Président de la ligue).

Les « Gris » couronnés grands champions

Un article écrit par André Durand, Vice-président de la ligue de ballon sur glace

Le jeudi 10 avril dernier, à l’aréna du CMR Saint-Jean, se tenaient les finales de la saison de la ligue de développement de ballon sur glace du CMR Saint-Jean/Région de Montréal. Cette ligue qui en est à sa quatrième année d’existence vise essentiellement à développer ce sport au sein du Collège et de la grande région métropolitaine. Les élèves-officiers du Collège militaire royal de Saint-Jean, les militaires de la grande région de Montréal, les employés civils du MDN et les membres du Programme de sports et loisirs peuvent jouer au sein de cette ligue. Cette année, le nombre de participants a permis de former six équipes de 12 joueurs.

Lors du tournoi à la ronde de fin de saison, l’équipe des Oranges a affronté et défait les Verts dans la finale « consolation », avec un compte final de 6 à 2. C’est toutefois la grande finale entre les Rouges, champions de l’année dernière, et les Gris qui a suscité la plus chaude lutte entre les équipes. Les Rouges se sont inclinés 2-1, perdant ainsi leur titre et permettant au Gris de s’emparer du Trophée de la ligue.

En plus de la possibilité de développer leurs habiletés dans ce sport tout au long de la saison, c’est la camaraderie et l’esprit d’équipe qui a été le plus apprécié des joueurs. Au cours de la saison, les résultats des parties n’étaient pas comptabilisés dans un classement général. Plusieurs joueurs se sont donc souvent portés volontaires pour un grand nombre de parties afin de renflouer les équipes auxquelles il manquait des joueurs. Il est fort probable que tous les membres de la ligue, à l’exception des élof mutés au Collège militaire royal du Canada à Kingston, reviendront pour la cinquième saison qui débutera en octobre prochain.

 

Les Verts et les Oranges se sont affrontés lors de la finale « consolation ». Les Verts ont gagné l partie par un pointage de 6 à 2.

L’équipe des Rouges a combattu jusqu’à la toute fin pour défaire les Gris. À genoux (de gauche à droite) : Vanessa Pomeyrol, Nicolas Hudon, Ella Wanless. Debout (de gauche à droite) : Patrick Germain, Michel Lemay, Bruno Chèvrefils, Christian Lachance, Mark Boivin, Alain Oligny (Capt). Absent : Alain Pedneault.

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Careers / Carrières

Posted by rmcclub on April 13th, 2014

Programmer AnalystAnalyste-programmeur

Logibec, Montréal

Supervisor, Plastic ProductsSuperviseur, département Extrusion, Produits de plastique

Pelican International, Laval

Field Service Engineer, Blood transfusion TechnologyIngénieur, Technicien de service pour de l’équipement médical, Transfusion Sanguine

Michelle Béliveau Conseil Inc., Montreal

Electrical EngineerIngénieur électrique

Consultants Canarail Inc., Montreal

Turbomachinery Stress EngineerIngénieur en analyse de contraintes de turbomachines

Pratt & Whitney Canada, Longueuil

Estimator in construction (junior)Estimateur construction / bâtiment (junior)

Rainmaker Construction Inc., Montreal

Turbomachine Design EngineerIngénieur en conception de turbomachine

Pratt & Whitney Canada, Longueuil

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Trivia & Did You Know By E3161 Victoria Edwards?

Posted by rmcclub on April 13th, 2014

 Quiz / Trivia

1. Lt.-Col. R. C. Richardson, Jr., then Commandant of Cadets, at __________, _________, presented to the Royal Military College Officers’ Mess a very beautiful set of blue china dinner plates, each plate bearing a different picture of the Academy/College or its surroundings in 1931.

a) Royal Military College, Kingston

b) United States Military Academy, West Point

c) United States Naval Academy, Annapolis•

d) Royal Military Academy Sandhurst

e) Royal Military College, Duntroon

f) Heroic Military Academy, Mexico

 

2. Where is the set of blue china dinner plates, today?

a) we’d love to know, if you have any information, please contact the RMC Museum soonest

b) RMC Senior Staff Mess

c) RMC Commandant’s Residence

d) RMC Museum

e) RMC Currie Hall

 

3. The RMC Museum collection includes ___ that were recovered from dumpsters by various staff members who eventually donated their finds back to the College.

a) the original shields that once hung in Currie Hall

b) the original (signed!) photograph of Queen Victoria that once hung in the original Cadet Dining Room (Rm 250 Mackenzie)

c) both a and b

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DID YOU KNOW?

On the north wall of the Chapel at Ashbury College in Rockliffe Park, Ottawa a memorial stained glass window was placed in the chapel by the former students and friends of 1337 Alfred Beaufort Belcher. The window was dedicated to the memory of Alfred Beaufort Belcher (RMC 1920), a devoted member of Ashbury staff from 1942 until his death April 4th 1963. It includes the crests of the Royal Military College of Canada and a few lines of one of Belcher’s poems “and God runs quiet fingers through the tired hair of the World”. Nicknamed “Duke”, he came to RMC from Ridley in 1917, and graduated in 1920. A heart attack prevented him from joining the Service. He retired to Bobcaygeon to raise bees, he did some acting on Broadway and wrote articles for stage journals. On his return to Toronto he joined the C.B.C. and also published a book of verse. He was an assistant master at Ridley for a few years before joining the staff at Ashbury in Ottawa in 1943.

On the north wall of the Chapel at Ashbury College, where he served as chapel monitor, a memorial stained glass window was dedicated to his memory “to the glory of God and in loving memory of RCNC 47 Michael F. A. Ney R.C.N. who was killed in an accident while serving against the Mau Mau October 31st 1954. The window was placed in this chapel by the questors of 1955. Michael F. J. A. Ney was the son of Major Fred J. Ney and his wife Helen Ney. Michael F. J. A. Ney was killed in an accident in Kenya in 1954 while serving as an inspector with the Kenyan Police Force. While returning to Naivasha from an advanced post, Mike was killed by a police jeep which ran into his car killed him and injuring the other occupants. He was buried with full military honours. He had served during the Second World War as a Midshipman with the R.C.N.V.R. Michael Ney had been educated at Ashbury College, Royal Roads Military College and the University of Toronto. It includes the crests of the Royal Roads Military College and of Trinity College at the University of Toronto and the message “First unto God and then to the Queen”.

 

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Part V The Reality of Battle – The Italian Campaign – 2761 Colonel Syd Frost: Northern Italy – New Equipment

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We get emails

Posted by rmcclub on April 13th, 2014

Bill – I don’t usually take issue with you but I don’t think that the George Cross is equivalent to the VC. The VC is for in action and the George Cross is for something outstanding not in the face of action. I say that because I knew Air Commodore Ross and his wife very well and said to him one night when I was at Staff College in the Fort Frontenac Mess that it was the equivalent and he jumped all over me. A few nights later when Commodores in the RCAF were to be called Brigadier-Generals and said I guess I can call you Brigadier-General from now on. He replied that as far as you are concerned SMITH I will always be Air Commodore Ross. I never called him Brigadier-General again.

S103  Harky Smith

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Ex-Cadets in the News; Travel Opportunity for Two – End of May & Recent CANFORGEN – Sr Officers’ Updates

Posted by rmcclub on April 8th, 2014

Canadian shot in Barbados robbery kept alive by wife

“The first thing I could think of was my daughter was between the two of us. So I went to grab her right away. And they said stop,”

23234 Heather Rebin Article 

Follow-up article

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Legal officer receives rare honour

“Hearing from the Minister of Justice is unusual,” said Colonel Gleeson. “As military lawyers, we are members of the CAF, not employees of the Department of Justice.”

14865 Patrick Gleeson Article

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With 20397 Lieutenant-Colonel Christopher M. Stewardson in command, the evening kicked off with a charming accordion player in the pre-reception, and a bugler who sounded the call for dinner.

Article & Photos

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Chris Hadfield on building a better spacesuit

“It has to keep you alive so therefore the design of it really is driven to a large degree by the fact it is has to keep you healthy and safe in your environment.”

13738 Chris Hadfield – Article

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Former midget Flames’ captain took leadership skills to military

22362 Matt Cossaboom – Article

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Travel Opportunity! Space for Two on Upcoming South Danube Tour Hungary to Romania (May 31 to June 14th, 2014)

Unexpectedly we still have space for two persons on our South Danube tour that has been sold out for months. The June 2014 tour includes all flights on the new Dreamliner Boeing 787 airliner on Star-Alliance partner airline LOT, two nights and tours in Budapest, seven nights on the 5* luxury AmaPrima in a cabin with a large picture window, from Budapest, Hungary to Russe, Bulgaria (you will be travelling on the Danube through Hungary, Croatia, Serbia, Romania and Bulgaria. AMAWaterways, owner of the AmaPrima, offers beautiful, spacious ships, free flowing wine/beer and superb meals at lunch and dinner, comprehensive touring programs at ports-of-call, and delightful evening entertainment on board. On disembarking from the cruise ship, you’ll experience a tour of Bulgaria, visiting leading cities of Plovdiv, Veliko Turnovo and the capital city of Sofia.

You can also stay for an optional third week tour of Romania, including visiting Transylvania and Bran Castle (home of Vlad the Impaler, Count Dracula) and lesser known but magnificent Peles Castle; touring the capital of Romania, Bucharest; and visiting several very scenic medieval hill towns that are UNESCO world heritage sites, like at Biertan and Sighisoara. This part of Europe is little visited by Canadians, but based on my own experiences leading a group a couple of years ago, the tour is very scenic and well worth the experience. We are holding the early booking price (which expired last October), so if you are interested, please view the attached brochure and give me a call (at 1-250-592-8897) or directly to Paul at Know the World Tours at 1-800-554-9754.

5758 Mike Morres – Tour Director – Know the World Tours

 

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Following are the highlights from a recent CANFORGEN

CANFORGEN 051/14 CMP 023/14 021830Z APR 14
2014 COLONEL / CAPTAIN (NAVY) PROMOTIONS AND APPOINTMENTS UNCLASSIFIED

CLICK HERE FOR THE ENTIRE LIST WHICH INCLUDES A NUMBER OF EX CADETS

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