In This Issue 36

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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:

3461 George Jackson; 8039 Vaughn Guy; 8190 Don Timperon; 12205 Andy Main;  14186 Craig Blandford – Lifetime Membership;   26080 Jeremy JJP Gaulin – Lifetime Membership; 27144 Ian D Ferrier – Lifetime Membership.

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In This Issue 36:

Ex-Cadets in the News

Class Notes…13004 STU MOORS Retiring & Much More…

22259 Adrian Travis, Leads Company Into Profit 500 List

Troop Leadership in an Armoured Squadron

& Troop Leading from a Different Perspective


Keeping Tabs…


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

RMCC – 9-11-14 & Training for the “M”

FYOP: Passing Off the Square

FYOP: Three weeks down, two to go

The Week That Was…From Offical Visit to Skylarks

Petawawa Ironman & Sports

Direct From Panet House



The Naval Association of Canada [NAC] will present a one day conference in Ottawa on Thursday 2 October 2014. The conference will look at the history of submarines in Canada, the present state of Canada’s submarine force, future needs and then examine arguments for and against recapitalization of our submarine fleet.

In one day, you can quickly get up to speed on this important issue. In addition to NAC members the audience will include your parliamentarians, senior submariners from allied nations, RCN experts and experts from industry. A hot breakfast, buffet lunch and reception at the end of the day, included in your registration, will provide an opportunity for you to expand your knowledge while making valuable contacts.

I hope you will be able to join us as we examine this topic of critical importance to both our Navy and Canada. Registration is online at:

6604 Jim Carruthers

National President

Naval Association of Canada






FYOP 2014: Two Weeks Down; Three To Go

More FYOP News: Harrier & Regatta Updates…


FYOP 2014 – Week One in the Books


Class of 2018 Arrive


FYOP 2014 – The First 24 Hours




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


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


Jobs – Careers / Carrières



Morale Building Quotes from Florence Nightingale:

“I attribute my success to this – I never gave or took any excuse.”

“I think one’s feelings waste themselves in words; they ought all to be distilled into actions which bring results.”

“Were there were none who were discontented with what they have, the world would never reach for anything better.”

“The world is put back by the death of every one who has to sacrifice the development of his or her peculiar gifts to conventionality.”

“How very little can be done under the spirit of fear.”

Florence Nightingale, OM, RRC (/ˈflɒrəns ˈntɨŋɡl/; 12 May 1820 – 13 August 1910) was a celebrated English social reformer and statistician, and the founder of modern nursing. She came to prominence while serving as a nurse during the Crimean War, where she tended to wounded soldiers. She was known as “The Lady with the Lamp” after her habit of making rounds at night.

Early 21st century commentators have asserted Nightingale’s achievements in the Crimean War had been exaggerated by the media at the time, to satisfy the public’s need for a hero, but her later achievements remain widely accepted. In 1860, Nightingale laid the foundation of professional nursing with the establishment of her nursing school at St Thomas’ Hospital in London. It was the first secular nursing school in the world, now part of King’s College London. The Nightingale Pledge taken by new nurses was named in her honour, and the annual International Nurses Day is celebrated around the world on her birthday. Her social reforms include improving healthcare for all sections of British society, improving healthcare and advocating better hunger relief in India, helping to abolish laws regulating prostitution that were over-harsh to women, and expanding the acceptable forms of female participation in the workforce.

Nightingale was a prodigious and versatile writer. In her lifetime much of her published work was concerned with spreading medical knowledge. Some of her tracts were written in simple English so that they could easily be understood by those with poor literary skills. She also helped popularize the graphical presentation of statistical data. Much of her writing, including her extensive work on religion and mysticism, has only been published posthumously.



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Ex-Cadets in the News

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Lieutenant-General (retired) Fred Sutherland invested as 4 Wing honorary colonel

“Obviously, as [Air Force] commander, I could convey no favouritism,” he said. “However, I can now say, with the impunity that retirement brings, that Cold Lake was always a favourite – because, in large part, of the special spirit I always found here.”

6014 Lieutenant-General (retired) Fred Sutherland – Article


Fisher: Stephen Harper government muzzles top general on eve of retirement

Stu Beare prevented from talking to journalists

15696 Lt.-Gen. Jon Vance becomes responsible for all Canadian troops deployed at home and abroad during a handover ceremony to take place Tuesday afternoon in Ottawa.

The outgoing leader of Canadian Joint Operations Command (CJOC) is 13337 Lt.-Gen. Stu Beare. Both he and Vance served with distinction in Afghanistan — Vance during two combat tours in Kandahar and Beare with NATO in Kabul.

Much more…


2652 Britton Smith makes $10 million donation to Queen’s University

Queen’s School of Nursing has received a huge shot in the arm. Article


Auroras enhance capability at RIMPAC 2014

“Missions vary depending on the phase of the exercise,”

20301 Major Filip Bohac – Article


Veterans should transcend party politics

3528 Paul Manson, Class of ’56 -  is a former chief of the defence staff. He is currently the patron of the NATO Veterans Organization of Canada. While he was at RMC – he was Cadet Wing Commander.

Traditionally, Canada’s veterans have enjoyed outstanding moral support from a grateful public, in recognition of the nation’s solemn obligation to care for those who have served and suffered in harm’s way. But the veterans landscape is changing. With a steady decline in the huge numbers who served in the Second World War, today’s veteran community is characterized by a new set of men and women whose military experience stems from the Korean conflict, the Cold War, peacekeeping missions, upheaval in the former Yugoslavia, the first Persian Gulf war and Afghanistan.

Complete article


Canadian troops sent to Poland

12192 Gen. Tom Lawson, Canada’s chief of defence staff, said the Russian behaviour was “slightly provocative but not overly hostile.  Article


“Our captain of that ship and the entire group he was with for that exercise were expecting anything and they were very well-trained to handle it, as they did without any reaction,”

Veterans’ best friend

“Back in 1986, they didn’t even know how to spell PTSD, let alone deal with it,” he said. “I went swirling down the rabbit hole of darkness, depression, despair and every other thing that goes along with it because nobody really knew what to do with me. My life was best described as … the mayor of Dysfunction Junction. It was not a pretty world.”

13855 Medric Cousineau - Article ( readers have to watch the short video clip for the article to show up)


 At RIMPAC 2014, three weeks equal twelve months

“The RCAF takes an immense amount of pride in our ability to conduct sophisticated operations in a deployed environment,”

20435 Lieutenant-Colonel David Moar – Article


 Not-so-reserved reservist

“He is uniquely qualified and well-respected across military emergency disaster response teams,”

22260 Major Christopher Horner – Article


Hornet crews practice scramble in Lithuania

“Scrambling means getting our fighter jets quickly airborne to react to an immediate threat, usually to intercept hostile or unlawful aircraft,”

20936 Lieutenant-Colonel David Pletz - Article


 RCAF tankers keep RIMPAC fighters in the fray

“During one afternoon mission,” CC-150T Polaris First Officer 24490 Captain Sean Hill said, “we refueled US Navy Super Hornet fighters, our own CF-18 Hornets, and a very unique—for us—US Navy FA-18F, which is a fighter modified to serve as an air-to-air tanker.”  Article


120th anniversary of the first granting of Freedom of the City in Ottawa

“It is an honour to represent the Department of National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces on this very special occasion,” said 15706 MGen Paul Wynnyk Article



Bravo Zulu to the crew of HMCS Regina for receiving the NATO Article 5 medal for their participation in Operation REASSURANCE, Canada’s contribution to NATO measures that demonstrate the strength of allied solidarity in response to Russian aggression and provocation against Ukraine.

17793 Commodore Bob Auchterlonie, Commander Canadian Fleet Pacific, presented the ship’s company with the NATO Article 5 medal on August 31, 2014 while visiting HMCS Regina during a port visit to Shanghai, China.



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Class Notes…13004 STU MOORS Retiring & Much More…

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Caption: Ex-Cadet Weekend in Korea in 1954, officers of 27th Canadian Infantry Brigade who were ex-Cadets or (like LCol Ross) ex-Vice Comdt of Royal Roads whom therefore, knew many of the RMC Class graduating in 1954 who had started at RR in 1950.

Most in the photo are newly-minted lieutenants who had graduated from RMC in early June 1954. The photo was likely taken in the Brigade Officers Mess.

It is this Class of ‘54 that will be having their ‘60 Years from Grad’ reunion later this month.


1954 Ex-Cadet Weekend in Korea

Submitted by #3288 John HULSEMANN (RR’52, RMC’54) and #3235 Ron MANN (RMC’54)

Rank is included for the pre-war ex-cadets. If no rank included, the individuals were newly-minted lieutenants, largely from the RMC’54 class (many of whom could not be present that evening due to various duties). Apologies from the submitters for missing or incorrect information.

From left front: 3188: Tony BABA; 3247: Bill STEWART (in kilt); 3235: Ron MANN; 3269: George CLENNDINNEN;

Standing on chairs in left rear:3195: Ed BOBINSKI (behind Ron); 3202: Streb COLLINS (behind George);

The 5 in centre front, left to right (all pre-war we think)

Unidentified (to George’s left)

2391: Maj(?) R. E. Hogarth (behind LCol SYMONS) (Class of ’39); 2251: LCol J.W.D. ‘Bill’ SYMONS (CO 3 RCHA) (entered 1931); LCol R. M. ROSS (in kilt) (CO RHC/Black Watch, Vice Comdt at RR in early 1950s); 2805: Maj G. H. ‘Gord’ SELLAR (in kilt) (RHC/Black Watch) (entered 1940; grad. 1942);

From centre to right:3218: Barry HOLT (between the 2 LCols); 3326: Frank TREMAYNE (behind LCol ROSS’s left shoulder); Unidentified (looking over Maj. SELLAR’s left shoulder); 3190: Ian BALLANTYNE (standing on chair); 3301: Gerry MARTIN (on Maj Sellar’s left); 3261: Laurie ALTWASSER (in front, facing camera, white pocket on sweater); 3288: John HULSEMANN (on Laurie’s left); 3278: Chick FERGUSON (in rear, between Laurie & John); 3126: Chuck GOODFELLOW (on extreme right of photo).


We recently received a nice note from 7402 David McDougall (Class of ’67). Which read in part:

“I just finished reading Into the Silence by Wade Davis. I suspect that you know of the book and the glowing reference to an ex-cadet.”

If not, the ex-cadet is 758 E. O. (Oliver) Wheeler (Entered RMC in 1907). He was a key member of the 1921 Everest expedition. The book is excellent – I highly recommend reading it to anyone the least bit interested in the First World War, and the consequences of that war on nations and the generation involved in it. An extremely thoughtful, detailed, and well written book.”

Ed Note: Following is a short clipping on 758 EO Wheeler.


Click, click on clipping for better viewing.

Previous e-Veritas article – Into the Silence excerpt – 758 Wheeler, E.O.



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22259 Adrian Travis, Leads Company Into Profit 500 List

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Adrian Travis, Leads Company Into Profit 500 List

By: Jen Ochej

22259 Adrian Travis joined the Reserve Entry Training Plan at RMC in 1998 with a view toward studying aviation and entering a career as a pilot with the Primary Reserve Force.

“I always had an interest in aviation and generally gravitated towards the Air Force,” Travis recalls. “I was a good fit there; it was the only thing on my mind for university.

I had originally intended to go through the pilot track, but I think at the end of first year [I] sort of jumped out and said, Hey, you know, as much as I like aviation— I see that as sort of a part time passion rather than a long-term career option,” he explains. “I’m still active in aviation right now— I’ve been flying since I was seventeen— renting airplanes occasionally just for fun. But I thought a career in business was probably going to be a bit more lucrative. And probably keep me more mentally busy, I guess.”

After graduating from the College in 2002, Travis began a Masters degree in Management at the London School of Economics in 2003 while working as a part-time reservist at 400 Tactical Helicopter Squadron at CFB Borden. Over the course of the next several years, he would continue his work with the Reserves while also beginning his foray into the business world, including a stint in Tokyo.

“I spent a good chunk of my time living in Tokyo, learning Japanese, and was turning around businesses in Asia,” Travis says. “I finally quit that job after three years, and then in 2008— you know it was funny, the month before the stock market crash I went out on my own and started my own company, a management consultancy.”

“It was, at least on paper, a terrible time to do that kind of thing, but the company flourished,” he continues with a note of . “It started out just myself and a laptop, but it’s actually grown now— we just made the Profit 500 list of fastest growing companies in Canada. It’s kind of been a remarkable Canadian success story; a terrible time to launch a management consultancy but a rare success story there.”

Today, Travis excels in a business development role at the firm, Trindent Consulting, acting as what he calls the “chief cheerleader” for his staff and bringing in new business from across Canada and beyond. Choosing their clients carefully, Trindent works mainly in the fields of oil and gas, healthcare, and financial services.

“I spend a lot of my time in Toronto sort of charting the strategy for the firm and training and hiring,” Travis explains. “When I started out I was basically doing all the work, and then you sort of transition into managing the people and management teams, and then you start thinking about business development, knowledge leadership, and all those sort of higher order functions where now I’m basically like the chief cheerleader in the organization. Responsible for strategy and keeping everybody aligned.”

Looking back on his time at the College, Travis credits his experiences there with preparing him mentally for the high-stakes world of business, especially in a time of economic downturn.

“Starting a business is a bit gut-wrenching, but I think the time at the College absolutely prepared me for maintaining sort of a cool head under fire. That’s really what’s needed cause there’s some mornings you wake up and you go to work and you just want to puke and there’s lots of bad news, but being able to keep a positive outlook so your staff and your team doesn’t drop anchor [is really important]…” the ex-cadet explains. “I think managing people, managing morale, managing stress… [with] all those things, the College was excellent preparation for business. Because I think that in the business world, at least the one I’m operating in, there’s a lot of unpredictable situations and being able to respond to that confidently and without losing your head, I think that’s probably, in retrospect, the one big thing that the College left its stamp on [for me].”

Not content to rest on the laurels of his company’s impressive success, Travis continues to look ahead to the next horizon, the next hill to be taken.

“We’ve got a very aggressive and ambitious growth trajectory here that we want to maintain,” he explains. “It’s a hard thing to do to grow a business that fast and keep it out of the red.”

Apart from his admittedly busy life of maintaining a growing business, Travis continues to fly recreationally and keeps an active lifestyle along with being the proud father of a two-year-old son. As his company reaches new levels of self-sufficiency he also finds himself able to begin to reconnect with his military roots.

“The first five years of starting the business were certainly a big challenge and took a lot of my focus, but now that things are calming down and getting more into a routine corporate structure, I’d love to become more active in the Foundation, more active in Kingston,” he says. “I’ve made a lot of great hires into the company of ex-military personnel [too,] that— they’re excellent critical thinkers, and they take the hill— they don’t let you down when you give them something to do.”

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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Troop Leadership in an Armoured Squadron & Troop Leading from a Different Perspective

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ED Note: The following two articles by  Lt Jamie Brittain (25123) and Lt Laurell Burchell (25120) are the 4th and final  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.

Similar to the previous three articles they are very well done; still relevant and are aimed at the cadet readership. Others will certainly find them interesting too.

We thank: Major Eric Angell (22140); Capt John Kim (23179);  Capt James Anderson (23105); Lt Jamie Brittain (25123) & Lt Laurell Burchell (25120) for their valuable contributions.

We invite similar type articles from the Field (any element – Navy, Army or Air Force -  or as the cadets say – the real world!


Troop Leadership in an Armoured Squadron

Lt Jamie Brittain (25123)

Learning the theories of leadership is mandatory training in RMCC or officer phase training, but nothing can replace the learning by actually doing, which is something that can only be done at one’s Regiment or unit than a school. The intricacies of the relationship between an Officer and his NCO, for example, are not made clear by any of the lectures or PMT periods we attend while we are cadets at RMCC. This statement is not suggesting that there is a lack of something in those beneficial lectures but is reflective of the nuanced nature of leadership in terms of command relationships. Knowing when to ask for advice, when to silently watch for it, and when to make a decision that will not be disagreeable with your second-in-command is something that I learned through the various experiences of being a Tp Ldr in LdSH(RC).

When I first arrived at my Regiment I had little idea what the role of armour was in a battle group or a combat team context. Aware of the fact that I did not know, I was smart (or worried) enough to take any advice or example from those who had experience. When I was assigned a tank troop after finishing my tank troop leading course, I looked to my superiors first to show me the way. Something which occurred to me early and has stayed with me throughout was the idea that if I worked hard, was honest about the extent and natural limitations of my knowledge and experience, and I found the fine balance between being a cavalry élan and being humble, things might just turn out okay. In the army world, we call this effort “being a dude.”

I began by telling my OC, Maj Eric Angell (22140), and my Troop Warrant, WO M. Parent, that I had no idea what a tank squadron does, and generally had no idea what I was supposed to be doing. Whether they appreciated the honesty, felt sorry for me, or just couldn’t be bothered to make me look like a fool, I did not let ego or perception stop me from telling the truth. While the task of being a Tp Ldr was daunting, I spent a good amount of time talking to anyone willing to provide advice to learn as much and quickly as I could. Tank troop leading can be a big job. It involves a lot of quick, autonomous decision-making that can lead to severe, lasting consequences. Several times on exercises, Infantry Company Commanders and my own OC relied on me and the other Tp Ldrs for quick and accurate information. We needed to provide this while navigating on the move through unfamiliar terrain, sending and receiving radio traffic, fighting in the vehicle, and trying not to die in live-fire moves. I also soon discovered that in a fighting squadron, down-time can be just as taxing as the busier moments, such as when manning a tight and uncomfortable tank while scanning ridgelines and waiting for orders for hours on end.

Not everything was fire and gravy with tanks. Rough use and long hours sent several tanks to the maintenance line and, consequently, I was able to spend a portion of my days working together with other more experienced Tp Ldrs drafting plans and learning more about being a leader in a broader sense than just inside a vehicle. No one was more beneficial in this sense than my Troop Warrant Officer, who took several small, tactful steps to encourage me to discover where the true boundaries of my responsibility laid.

The popular idea of the hands-on, from the front, compassionate leader serves a purpose as an image, and is certainly something each young troopie should strive for, but is not always a realistic portrait to emulate. It should be (and you can rest assured, it will be) tempered by more experienced NCOs. On occasion, there is nothing more dangerous than an energetic and under-tasked young officer. Years of blundering and miss-stepping can be avoided by solid counsel one can gain from a good NCO. Consulting your NCOs, you can understand the difference between knowing how your troops are doing and what they are doing; the difference between authority and responsibility; and the difference between attentiveness and heavy-handedness.

One can be a commander without being a leader. A commander must be able to give orders and execute missions without hesitation; a leader must know how to ask questions, how to consider and weigh disparate views, and how to gather the best available persons as counsel. To be successful in today’s Army, to succeed in the dynamic complexity of the armoured fight, an officer must be both Commander and Leader. It is for this very reason that the Armoured Corps distinctly title our junior officers as “Troop Leaders” vice Troop Commanders or any other equivalent title found in other trades. We can be led to think that when we are unsure, it can mean that we can lose the faith of those whom we are meant to lead. I have found this to be a half-truth: if we are unsure and unable to take advice, if we believe somehow that obstinacy or bravado will suffice alone, we will lose our authority. If, however, we are confident enough in our ability to understand that we may without fear ask what we do not know, then we can inspire the same confidence, and we will have the honour of being counted as being part of a more intelligent, more effective fighting force.

Troop Leading from Lt Burchell’s Perspective

Lt Laurell Burchell (25120)

I began my career with Lord Strathcona’s Horse (Royal Canadians) Regiment (LdSH(RC)) much like any other Subaltern (subbie)- in the field. After completing my armour Phase Training and tank courses in CFB Gagetown, I arrived in Edmonton just in time to begin a four month long field exercise. With just a few short weeks in garrison prior to the field, I faced the daunting task of getting to know my troops, my Troop Warrant Officer, my Officer Commanding (OC) as well as trying to figure out “how things are done.” Despite my first couple of months at the Regiment being a whirlwind, I would not have wanted it any other way. It was through those busy months in garrison and “field exercise after field exercise” that I grasped what it truly meant to be a Troop Leader (Tp Ldr) and what my job really entailed.

The experience of being a Tp Ldr is one of the most important I have ever had the privilege of doing. I am directly responsible to the OC for the command, control, fighting effectiveness, training, discipline, and welfare of my troop. However, I have learned that as a subbie, you are not only responsible for your troops, but also to your peers and your superiors. In all scenarios, a young officer must be able to rely on and work closely with fellow officers not just in the armoured trade, but with officers in the other arms. For example, tank troops operate with other combat arms including infantry, engineers and artillery along with numerous support trades.

After troop leading is over, I can expect to move into another position within the Regiment. Options for post-troop leading include Administration Officer in Headquarters Squadron, Assistant Adjutant, Transport Officer, Mounted (Riding) Troop Leader (unique to LdSH(RC)), and Accounts Officer. These jobs are important because they develop other skill sets important to being an officer while allowing the more senior subbies to help the new officers through their first months at the Regiment. After three years in Edmonton I can expect to be posted to another base and another unit to fulfill my Extra-Regimental Employment (ERE). There is a multitude of posting opportunities for armour officers: Yellowknife, Kingston, Calgary or Gagetown to name a few. When completing an ERE the tasks and responsibilities are numerous and will depend on the posting. Upon return to the Regiment, select officers will be placed in the position of Battle Captain (BC), and even fewer officers will later go on to become OC of a squadron.

Going through four years at RMCC prepared me in many ways for my role as an armour officer. Throughout my career I have worked with other officers from all different trades. RMCC taught me to have a greater appreciation for other trades, as they are all an important part of the overall mission. By working and studying with other Officer Cadets from different trades over my years at RMCC, I also gained a greater insight of other trades in the CAF. It is always a pleasure for me to run into old classmates and an even bigger pleasure to work with them. Overall, I have been extremely happy and proud, to not only be an armour officer, but to be a member of LdSH(RC). I have overcome challenges I never saw coming and made friendships and connections I will have for life.

 Previous articles:

Coles Notes on the Workings of the armoured corps

RMCC to Battle Captain

Tanks, Leadership and Extra Duties

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After rising to the top of her athletic craft, 17324 Sharon Donnelly strives for success in the business world


The stars didn’t always align for Sharon Donnelly.

At the recruiting centre, she picked the wrong branch of service. When she arrived at Royal Military College, she picked the wrong course of study. As an athletic pursuit, she wanted to try fencing but wound up a cross-country runner. She wound up in the college band, playing music she didn’t really care for.

By the end of her time at RMC, the engineering student bound for the navy was studying business on a path to army logistics. The cross-country runner, who never did make it to the fencing parlour, was playing water polo. The clarinetist was a highland dancer.

Clearly, Donnelly had a zest for campus life and an eye for new opportunities. It’s perhaps no wonder, then, that when the fates one day did conspire in her favour, she recognized the occasion for its potential—and a world-class triathlete soon came to be, one who would land at the Olympics twice, once as an athlete and again eight years later as a coach.

“I was just doing triathlon because it was fun,” Donnelly recalled of her early days of triathlon, nurtured by a loosely knit group of cadets at RMC. “You go there with a bunch of people. It was a good atmosphere.”

It was the late 1980s and triathlon, the event that combines swimming, cycling and running, was in its infancy, a hybrid recreational event that was just beginning to be contested competitively. By late 1994, however, triathlon had come of age; it got its legitimacy when it was named a full medal sport for the 2000 Olympics.

Donnelly had stayed active in the sport and it just so happened that her mandatory military hitch was coming to an end around that time. While she was wondering what to do with her military career, the Forces were in reduction mode, and they were wondering what to do with Donnelly. “I was doing fairly well in triathlon with inconsistent training,” she recalled. “I was (thinking), ‘If I can do pretty well with inconsistent training, with consistent training, I was curious (how well I could do).

“I’d competed at Olympic trials as a swimmer and thought, ‘What if I try for this? I don’t really want to pass up the opportunity to at least try.’ The timing was right. I’d get a little bit of a severance package and it would give me the boost to get onto the circuit and the first couple of years of racing.”

Her boyfriend—now husband—Dave Rudnicki, was an air force officer. As an army officer, Donnelly knew they would seldom, if ever, be posted together. They decided she would leave the Forces and try for a spot in the first Olympic women’s triathlon.

In 1995, Donnelly developed a five-year plan to reach Sydney that included a trip to the first World Cup race, held that year in Japan. “I contacted the head of the (national) organization to see if there was any help available to get there,” she said. “He said, ‘No, but if you come out and prove yourself, we’ll see from there.’ I came seventh in my first World Cup and the president comes up to me and he says, ‘OK, welcome aboard.’

“That gave me affirmation. I was seventh against the best in the world and I’m, like, ‘Wow. I think this might be the right choice I made.’”

At that race, Donnelly discovered the best triathletes were Australians, so she decided that’s where she would go to train. Every year, for three months prior to the start of the World Cup season in March, Donnelly would train on a beach Down Under. She was still working part-time and still affiliated with a reserve unit in Ottawa but with the 1999 Pan American Games approaching, she quit everything, “cold turkey,” to be an athlete.

Despite her success, and the prospect of an Olympic berth in her future, it was a difficult adjustment. “I had a hard time with that defining me, with people coming up to me and saying, ‘What are you doing?’ and I’d say, ‘I’m an athlete.’ It’s just not a viable occupation.”

It wasn’t until her husband was posted to Kingston at the end of 1999 that Donnelly began to feel comfortable in an athlete’s skin. “By that point I had come to terms with being an athlete, so I was slowly able to unwind from working to a different kind of lifestyle.”

She won the Pan Am triathlon in Winnipeg that year, gaining an Olympic berth for Canada with her time and claiming that spot for herself with her victory.

A three-time Canadian champion, Donnelly was ranked ninth when she arrived in Sydney for the first Olympic triathlon but she was part of a multi-bike crash in the cycling segment. Though bloodied, she carried her bike to where she could get its bent front wheel replaced, then resumed racing, ultimately finishing 38th in the 50-woman field.

“A little bit of a mishap on the bike,” is how Donnelly describes it today, with a laugh that belies the unspeakable disappointment you’d think would accompany such bad fortune.

“It happens,” she says, 14 years later almost to the day. “You look back, especially the next day, when they changed the course for the men because of the mistakes they made (designing) the women’s course. You can’t do anything about it and you know what? It’s just sport. No one’s shooting at me, no one’s trying to hurt me. It’s just sport. You test yourself, physically and mentally, and what’s the worst thing that happens? You finish the race, or you finish last, or you win the race. Big deal. You win so very few times. Where do you learn, and how do you get to those (victories)? It’s all those other times.”

Donnelly offers her own experience as proof of the hypothesis.

“If you ask me about the Pan Am Games race, I don’t remember any of it. Nothing. I remember one point on the run course, because I had gone over in my head what to do at that stage prior to the race; I remember my race plan and how I executed it. Other races, where something doesn’t really go right, you just replay it and replay it and replay it, which is good, because hopefully that won’t ever happen again.

“You do remember the stuff that goes right, but (only with respect) to the race plan. That race plan worked. It’s the same as in the military. You plan for everything and one of those plans is going to work. If something does go wrong, you’ve made all the necessary plans to (overcome) it.”

Unlike many cadets who land at RMC, there was no military background in Donnelly’s family.

“It was Grade 12 (Ontario still had Grade 13 at the time) and my mother had seen an article in one of the Toronto papers talking about RMC. At that time, the second or third class of women was going through. It was pretty new at that point, so it made news. She said, ‘Here’s something interesting for you.’ She left it at that.

“Reading the article, it looked like an incredible challenge. I was a top swimmer at that point, competing at national and international championships and really dedicated to swimming, so I was no stranger to discipline. I felt that I could do this. I could learn the military stuff. I felt this was something that would challenge me and I thought I could do well at it. It was a good fit; it kind of ticked off all the boxes.

“Then when they called me in the spring I’m, like, ‘Uh-oh, this is for real. I’ve got to go to Chilliwack.’”

Donnelly readily admits she didn’t know much about what she was getting into. “When I first entered the recruiting centre, they asked what branch of the service do you want? I’m, like, I don’t know. They go, ‘There’s green uniforms for army, there’s blue for air force and there’s black and white for navy,’ so I entered as air force. The uniforms were great.”

She applied to study engineering, “but to tell you the truth I knew nothing about it.”

“(In high school), nobody told us what engineering was. I never even heard of it, but it sounded really cool. By Christmas (I realized), ‘This is not me.’”

As Donnelly cast about for something else to pursue, the Forces found something for her. “They looked down the road to see what they needed and they said, ‘You have army logistics available.’ I said OK, and I really loved it.”

Long before Donnelly got her academic future sorted out, the college set about establishing her varsity athletic career path. “I didn’t have much of a choice,” she said. She was the first female cadet across the finish line after the freshman fitness test. “Of course, the cross-country coach, Dick Hartnett, was standing there. He said ‘I want you at cross-country practice tonight.’ I said, ‘I don’t like running. I signed up for fencing.’”

After enough cajoling from fellow cadets, however, Donnelly finally succumbed to the pressure. “I didn’t really like the training much,” she recalled. “I had a really hard time that first year. I’d get lost on warmups. I did like the racing, though. Whether I swam or ran, the racing was different.”

As soon as cross-country season was done, so was Donnelly, until she realized that of all the athletic endeavors at the college, running kept you the fittest. “So I signed up again,” she said. “I started to open my mind and thought, ‘OK, I’ll gradually try to improve the training part of it to improve the running.’”

She was drawn back to the pool, however, when the college started a women’s water polo team in her third year. Meanwhile, she was also in the band and on the debating team. “I was kind of bored with marching tunes because I’d studied music at a pretty high level in high school so I thought, ‘OK, I’ll do highland dancing, I’ll learn something new.’ I guess I was starting to get addicted to fitness. You could get fit and dance at the same time and participate in all those activities that you do as part of the RMC band.”

Triathlon came about almost by accident. Some cadets started a club as a recreational pursuit, “and I thought that looks pretty cool.” Donnelly happened to be at summer training at Borden that summer with one of those triathlon club members and one day he suggested she should register for a triathlon one weekend in Niagara. “I had a car and he was looking for a ride,” she said, “but like anyone who does a triathlon, you do one and you’re hooked.

“I fell in love with it right off the bat.”

It was 1988. “It’s funny. I went up to the registration ladies at the desk and said, ‘Excuse me, where’s the change room? Where do we change after the swim before we get on the bike?’ and they said, ‘We’ll introduce you to this lady.’ I didn’t know who she was. She ended up being the national champion and she was so helpful. She said, ‘No, you wear your bathing suit the whole way,’ and I though, ‘Oh, god that’s gross.’”

Grossed out or not, Donnelly finished second in her age group. “I think I won a pair of free shorts and that was the thing: I won something. That was really cool.’”

Speaking on the phone from Orleans, in the east end of Ottawa, Donnelly recalls her time at RMC with a level of enthusiasm that suggests she enjoyed herself. Asked if that’s the case, there’s a pause.

“There’s always that ‘but,’” she said, with a chuckle. “It was tough. It took me a couple of years to recover from the demands. For me, academically, because I chose to do so many things, it was a really tough time; looking back I’d still say it was one of the toughest things I’ve ever done, because I wanted to take it all in, as much as I could.

“I really focused on swimming as a kid, and put aside the high school life, the social life, so when I got to RMC, it’s such a social atmosphere, I just soaked it in. I scraped by, academically. I wasn’t the highest achiever but I gained so much more in my people skills, which is very important. I worked on my communication and leadership skills, things that a just-academic institution might not be able to do.”

After Sydney, Donnelly continued to race competitively. She was fifth at the Commonwealth Games in Manchester in 2002—countrywoman Carol Montgomery won the race—and that same year she was in the top 10 at the world championship. She narrowly missed gaining a berth on the Canadian team for the 2004 Olympics.

Two years later, the celestial paths crossed over Donnelly once more. He husband was posted to Colorado Springs, which just happened to be the site of the U.S. national training centre for triathlon. It also just so happened the fellow running the centre, Cliff English, was married to Samantha McGlone, the woman who beat Donnelly out of the 2004 Olympic berth. It didn’t take long for English to offer Donnelly a job as a resident coach, in charge of logistics for visiting athletes coming to train at the centre.

By 2008 Donnelly was an assistant coach with the American team. As the Beijing Games approached, the head coach was released. “They said, ‘OK, Sharon. You’re in charge,’” and she was off to China as head coach of the U.S. triathlon team. The top American male finished seventh in the race where Kingston’s Simon Whitfield, a one-time training partner of Donnelly, won the silver medal. American Laura Bennett finished fourth in the women’s race.

“It was an incredible experience,” Donnelly said. “It was interesting to go as a foreign coach, and stand on the other side of the fence, as a coach, not an athlete.

“I felt so proud of my team. At the opening ceremony, when the U.S. team came in, it was the same joy as when Canada walked in, because that was the team I was working with. People thought it was bizarre, as a Canadian, but no, because they were my athletes. I wanted them to win.”

Donnelly and her family moved back to Ottawa in 2009. She did some coaching, started a kids triathlon program in east Ottawa and considered some sports-related administrative jobs, but they didn’t offer the kind of flexibility that would allow her to spend time with her children.

Gemma, soon turning nine, was born in Kingston, an hour after Donnelly completed the Terry Fox Run on the base

“I walked it,” Donnelly said, “and I’ll never forget going up to (base commander) Col. Aitken and going, ‘You know what, sir, I’m not feeling very well. I’m going to go back home and take a rest.’ I had no idea I was in labour.”

Gemma was born five years to the day, to the hour, to the minute that Donnelly finished her race in Sydney. Her son, Evan, was born in 2007 while Donnelly and her husband were in Colorado Springs.

Of late, Donnelly has been busy promoting My Float, an open-water swim bag she co-invented with an Ottawa boating enthusiast and caterer, Met Yurtcu. Touted on the product’s web site ( it’s described as “an inflatable dry bag for beach swimming, snorkelling and boating that easily attaches to you and keeps your stuff dry.”

“It got me out there, getting in touch with all my triathlon contacts,” Donnelly said. “It’s not going to make me a millionaire but it’s getting me back out to the races and I’m learning about the business side of things.”

The appendage has two inflatable chambers, Donnelly said, and is bright yellow in colour. “You wrap it around your waist and you can swim and be seen by boats.”

The business, she said, keeps her busy.

“I’m pretty happy with how things are going,” she said. “It’s kind of neat to invent a product and seeing it done. I never could have done it by myself. I didn’t have the guts, but with a guy who has to get out there and sell himself all the time, it’s been a really good partnership. It’s been really cool, sort of a diversion from what I’m used to. It’s still a sports area that I like but the business side of it has been really neat.”

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Keeping Tabs…

Posted by rmcclub on September 14th, 2014

Drs Richard Carrier and 10763 Randy Wakelam from the RMCC History Department would like to draw the attention of club members in and around Kingston to the first of a series of six annual evenings commemorating the Great War. These evenings will take place the Wednesday after Reunion Weekend each year through to 2019 (Canadian soldiers saw service along with collation forces in the Russian Revolution in 1919). This year’s event will take place on 1 October and details are:

Roch Legault, Ph.D. – The Great War as the End of the 19th Century?

Magali Deleuze, Ph.D. – Québec and the Outbreak of the War

Benoît Lemay, Ph.D. – Myths and Realities of the Moltke-Schlieffen Plan and its Execution

Dr. Nikolas Gardner – Britain goes to War

Wednesday October 1st, 2014

Yeo Hall, Cadets Formal Mess

Doors open at 1630hrs




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Posted by rmcclub on September 14th, 2014


Lucas Dawe is the son of 22596 Captain Mathew Dawe, KIA in Afghanistan on 4 July, 2007.

Lucas is the grandson of S150 LCol Peter Dawe, a former Executive Director of the Ex-cadet Club. When this tragedy occurred, a number of Peter’s close friends and associates wanted to provide some support to the Dawe family, in recognition of their sacrifice. It was decided that an Educational Trust Fund, in Lucas’s name, designed to provide financial support for Lucas’s post secondary education, would be a suitable response. Lucas was two years of age at the time of this initiative.

7943 Bill Lye and H3938 Peter Kirkham were tasked, by Peter’s friends, to raise the funds and establish the trust. Through the generosity of many, providing their time and expertise, every dollar donated went into the Trust. The Kingston and Area Community Foundation was especially generous, providing the logistical support for the receipt and safe keeping of the funds during the staging process.

The fund raising process was completed, and the trust established, by September 2009. The donors were very generous, contributing a total of $36,600, which was then invested, according to the terms of the trust.

We are happy to report today that the fund has now grown from $36,600 to $71,118, as of 2 September 2014, representing an average, annual compound rate of return of 15.5%.

The Trust Fund is expected to continue for another nine years, at which time the funds will begin to be dispersed, in accordance with the terms of the trust. We have every expectation that, by that time, the balance in the fund will be in excess of $100,000.

We asked Peter Dawe to provide a brief snapshot of how Lucas is doing. His comments follow.

“Lucas turned nine 4 July on the seventh anniversary of his father’s death in Afghanistan in 2007. He is aware of how his father died and is proud of all that he accomplished in his 27 years. Lucas can speak about his father without undue emotion and doesn’t feel himself particularly hard done by. He has spoken to his class on several occasions to date about his father as part of Remembrance Day activities and did so articulately and fairly objectively I was told. He regularly attends functions that honour his father’s memory, notably the presentation of a sword in his father’s memory on the Arch Parade Sunday morning during Reunion Weekend, and the awarding of a prestigious athletic award at the Varsity Awards ceremony.

Lucas and his mother Tara are doing as well as one could hope for, in my opinion. They are very active and travel extensively when not at one or the other’s sports activities. Lucas plays select hockey and is, in the opinion of his grandfather at least, a cerebral and passionate player who leads by example. He is a good sport and very competitive; he is universally popular with kids his age. He is very fit and excels in school. And he is an accomplished fisherman who regularly outdoes his grandfather and best friend.”

The purpose of this report is to again express our sincere appreciation to all of those who so generously gave their time, funds, and other support, to this project. We hope that each of you who were involved will take a great deal of personal satisfaction from your role in this endeavor, and that your hearts will feel bigger, knowing you have been a part of this, so far, successful endeavor.

Thank you.

Bill Lye & Peter Kirkham

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

Posted by rmcclub on September 14th, 2014

Ci-joint un article résumant les activités de la fin de semaine des retrouvailles au CMR St-Jean le 5 et 6 septembre 2014. Les photos des activités (course à obstacles, parade de remise des insignes, intronisations au Temple de la renommée du CMR Saint-Jean sont au lien suivant :

La Fin de semaine des retrouvailles au CMR Saint-Jean

 -     un article écrit par 12944 André Durand, Officier de liaison (civil) des Collèges militaires canadiens

 Chaque année en septembre depuis sa réouverture en 2008, le Collège militaire royal de Saint-Jean (CMR Saint-Jean) tient en son enceinte la Fin de semaine des retrouvailles. Cet évènement permet entre autres d’établir un pont entre les Anciens des Collèges militaires canadiens (CMC) et les élèves-officiers actuels du CMR Saint-Jean en favorisant les échanges. C’est aussi une occasion pour le CMR Saint-Jean d’informer les Anciens de la mission de la nouvelle institution et des particularités de cette dernière afin de stimuler un accroissement du recrutement de candidats de haut calibre au Programme de formation des officiers de la Force régulière (PFOR). Les diverses activités qui ont lieu au cours du weekend favorisent également l’esprit de corps au sein de la grande famille des CMC.

Cette année, sous l’initiative du 17312 Colonel Jennie Carignan, commandant actuelle du CMR Saint-Jean, la Fin de semaine des retrouvailles a été bonifiée par l’ajout de la traditionnelle course à obstacles le vendredi en après-midi. Cette épreuve exigeante qui requiert détermination et travail d’équipe de la part des élèves-officiers marque la fin du programme d’orientation et vise à accueillir les élèves-officiers de la classe d’entrée de 2014 au sein de la grande famille des CMC. 

Plusieurs activités sociales, militaires et sportives étaient organisées en partenariat avec le Chapitre Fort Saint-Jean du Club des CMR. L’une d’entre elles revêtait une importance particulière, soit la deuxième édition de la cérémonie d’intronisation au Temple de la renommée du CMR Saint-Jean. Cette année, le Collège a intronisé quatre personnalités aux parcours exceptionnels qui serviront de modèle aux élèves-officiers.

Sous la présidence d’honneur de 4377 Lgén Richard Évraire, la Fin de semaine des retrouvailles et tout particulièrement le défilé ont permis aux Anciens d’accueillir la classe d’entrée de 1964 au sein de la Vieille brigade. Ce groupe sélect dont fait partie le LGen (ret) Roméo Dallaire, rassemble les Anciens qui ont fait leur entrée aux Collèges militaires canadiens il y a de cela 50 ans ou plus. C’est donc les membres de la classe de 1964 qui ont eu l’honneur de remettre aux élèves-officiers de la classe d’entrée 2014 l’insigne du Collège et la pièce commémorative du Club des CMR.

Cette édition bonifiée de la Fin de semaine des retrouvailles a permis de rassembler sur le site du CMR Saint-Jean de nombreux Anciens ainsi que les élèves-officiers accompagnés de leurs parents et amis. Près de 700 personnes ont assisté au défilé de remise des insignes, la cérémonie d’intronisation au Temple de la renommée s’est déroulée à guichet fermé, tandis que les activités sociales du Chapitre Fort Saint-Jean ont rassemblé près de 300 personnes à l’heure de bonne entente du vendredi soir, et 230 personnes au souper des Anciens du samedi soir. Grâce aux efforts de tous les collaborateurs, à un excellent partenariat entre le Collège et les Anciens et au soutien infaillible de la Corporation du Fort Saint-Jean, cette Fin de semaine des retrouvailles fut un franc succès et les participants ont grandement apprécié les nombreuses activités au programme… c’est un rendez-vous à ne pas manquer en 2015 !


Des professeurs du CMR Saint-Jean forment des militaires en Afrique

Du 8 au 17 septembre 2014, trois professeurs du Collège militaire de Saint-Jean sont à Dakar, au Sénégal, pour offrir une formation en éthique militaire militaires à des officiers en provenance de différents pays de l’Afrique francophone. L’objectif de cette formation est de contribuer à l’approfondissement de certaines notions centrales à ce domaine de la profession des armes aux officiers participants. Cette mission, une initiative de la  Direction de l’instruction et de la coopération militaire (DICM), fait suite à de précédentes missions menées au cours des trois dernières années au Mali, au Bénin et au Sénégal. Une mission semblable est prévue en mai prochain en Jordanie. 

La DICM administre un instrument clé de diplomatie de la défense qui renforce la contribution du Canada à la paix et à la sécurité internationale. La DICM élabore des lignes directrices et met en œuvre des programmes d’instruction pour atteindre les objectifs fixés par la politique étrangère et la politique de défense du gouvernement. Ces programmes d’instruction élargissent et consolident les relations bilatérales de défense du Canada et mettent ainsi en valeur son profil national sur la scène internationale.

Les trois principaux piliers de la DICM sont la formation linguistique, le perfectionnement professionnel et la formation en maintien de la paix. La DICM atteint ses objectifs en :

  • accroissant la capacité des pays membres de gérer démocratiquement leurs armées;
  • aidant les armées des pays membres à devenir plus efficaces grâce aux cours d’état-major et de perfectionnement professionnel;
  • améliorant les communications et l’interopérabilité des pays dans les opérations de soutien de la paix (OSP) grâce aux cours de langue et à l’instruction sur les OSP;
  • encourageant les pays bénéficiaires à contribuer à la sécurité dans le monde en acceptant de participer à des missions de soutien de la paix et à partager ainsi le fardeau des OSP entre un plus grand nombre de pays.

 Pour de plus amples informations visitez :

International Military Training and Policy

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RMCC – 9-11-14 & Training for the “M”

Posted by rmcclub on September 14th, 2014

The College’s Cadet Wing lead 9/11 commemoration parade tradition continued last week, demonstrating their awareness and understanding of the profound impact 9/11 has had within the profession of arms.


“It was especially moving to have addressed the Cadet Wing, taking pause to reflect on the losses of this tragic day.”

16888 BGen Al Meinzinger – 9-11-14


Article & Photos by: 26659 OCdt (III) Danielle Andela – Cadet Wing Internal Information Officer

September 11th, 2001. Millions sat and watched the television, listened to the radio and called their loved ones. Everyone knew that the world was changing forever. This is how the people of the world, both young and old looked upon the 9/11 terrorist attacks. 13 years later, on September 11th, 2014, the officer cadets of the Royal Military College of Canada stood tall on parade in remembrance of the lives lost on that sobering day.

After the benediction by Chaplains Dennis Newhook and Jean-Paul Rochefort, the Commandant of RMCC, BGen Al Meinzinger addressed the parade to express solemn sentiments towards the lives lost during the 9/11 attacks. This was followed by the playing of the Last Post, a song played at of the end of a day of duty and a representation of the end of life, a minute of silence and Reveille, the rising call to awake and rise the next morning to continue the duty. The parade concluded with departure of the Commandant and the dismissal of the parade.

The Masters of Ceremonies for the parade were RMC student OCdt (IV) 26152 Marois and student of the United States Air Force Academy, OCdt (III) I2348 Adam Marcinkowski. Upon being asked how he felt attending and presiding over the parade as master of ceremonies, OCdt Marcinkowski said that “I am reassured and very proud to have this alliance. It seems like there is no difference between us. We are fighting for the same thing. We are on the same side”.

Also a student of the United States Air Force Academy, OCdt (IV) I2347 Ethan Glover said that “it was honestly really touching seeing how 9/11 affected other countries. We get kind of set in our own ways and we see how much it touches American and affects America, but being up here it is awesome to see how well recognized it is here in Canada and to see the Stars and Stripes right next to the Canadian national flag, it was really touching.”

More photos from the 9-11 remembrance parade here

“The band is a great environment, since not only is membership spread across all years and positions (which can be slightly terrifying to a young first-year cadet), it provides a great atmosphere for fun and music. And it’s the best place to be on parade!”

A Study in Music

By: 26972 OCdt (II) Chantel Fortier – 2 Squadron

Ceremonies of remembering are always marked by the twins of silence and music. Standing on the parade square, the skies a tumultuous slate grey and the wind snapping angrily at dozens and dozens of black overcoats, it was impossible not to feel heavy with the burden of memory. As the speeches finished, commemorating the day known as 9/11, a single trumpeter from the band stepped forward to perform Last Post.

The military has historically marked important moments with songs and harmonies played by the unit’s appointed band. From contemporary works during long inspection parades to solemn callbacks of the past, music on parade provides an opportunity for both distraction and reflection. The Royal Military College, in that aspect, is no different. OCdt (II) 27013 Cassandra Wuerth, 2 Squadron, remarks, “When the band plays, it feels like the music ties the College together, as though we are a big family… It feels like the whole Cadet Wing comes together.”

There are many parades that RMC engages in throughout the school year. The first major one, the Badging Parade, will see the first years welcomed into the Wing as fully qualified initiates of the College. One song that is typically played at these events is “Highland Laddie” or “Blackbear”, a regimental march that historically derives from the Royal Regiment of Scotland. “It is the song played at the end of the parade,” OCdt (II) 27124 Mary-Anne Iver, 4 Squadron, explains. “When the marchers can join in and cheer along. As a first year having that song played during the badging parade just made my heart leap. I wanted to skip every time I heard everyone in the college in unison chant ‘Oi’! And then, when it happened last year at graduation, it made me happy to see all the graduates cheer together with those big grins on their faces.”

Many of the band take immense pride in what they do. “The band is a great environment, since not only is membership spread across all years and positions (which can be slightly terrifying to a young first-year cadet), it provides a great atmosphere for fun and music. And it’s the best place to be on parade!” OCdt (II) 27087 Daniel McCall, 12 Squadron. (Many would argue the best place for parade, but we’ll let that slide).

Parades are opportunities for a military unit to demonstrate their professionalism and deportment, but nearly everyone will have some element of tradition locked inside it, some call to the past, to the need for men and women of this country to stand together. While sometimes it can be a pleasant affair, trying to keep the grin off one’s face as a superior walks by to the tune of Star Wars, at others it can be a deeply personal event – recalling the brothers and sisters at arms that have fallen even as we stand. As the music draws to a close and the final notes of Last Post are played, we are reminded from brass throats of our futures, and our pasts, and regard them in silence – until the next song begins to play.


Training for the “M”

Articles coordinated by: 26659 OCdt (III) Danielle Andela – CWIIO


Aujourd’hui, durant le PMT, la classe de 2017 à eu le droit à une révision des principes de drill avec arme C7 en préparation des parades avenir. Les mouvements principaux qui furent revues étaient : présenté arme, à l’épaule arme, au pied arme, au sol arme, ramasser arme et salut vers l’avant. Une importante majorité de la classe de 2017 revient de faire sa première phase d’entrainement à la Méga(CFLRS), St-jean sur Richelieu, où ils ont pu améliorer leur drill.

Avec cette révision la classe est prête pour toutes les prochaines parades qui auront lieu cette année et qui approchent à grand pas.

- OCdt (II) 27027 Maxime Pind



Wednesday morning started off as it usually does. There was a parade followed by various military training for the four different academic years at RMC. Us third years were given a briefing in the New Gym about the military ethos and what it is to be in the Canadian Forces. Although this material is rather dry in nature, it is important to remind ourselves that we are here to be officers in the CF and that we are not simply here for academic purposes. The young officer giving the briefing did his best to make it as enthusiastic as possible and we all shared in a good laugh when some stories were told about how some of the values such as courage and integrity were applied in some members’ lives. Following this briefing was a very informational Div Comd’s hour in which he shed some light on some of the various changes that were recently made to the college. There was some time for questions at the end and everyone walked away from PMT knowing a bit more than they did waking up and feeling a bit better knowing why some of the changes were made to the college.

- OCdt (III) 26734 Shane Conrad


This weekend for fourth year PMT there was a Division hour, as well as a short presentation on the various senior positions in the Canadian Armed forces. During the Division hour, the CDLs and their respective Div Comds had a chance to present their thoughts on the senior leadership in the Cadet Wing. The second half, presented by the Standards Officer, was title ‘Know the Canadian Forces’. This revolved around all of the senior positions within the Canadian Military, explaining their responsibilities and where RMCC fit in. Although a short presentation, it is always important to know about the greater military as a whole; especially when graduation is rapidly approaching.

- OCdt (IV) 26257 Zachary Day

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FYOP: Passing Off the Square

Posted by rmcclub on September 14th, 2014

Passing Off the Square

By 26549 OCdt (IV) Kai Zhao – Photos by: Erik St-Gelais

Throughout the First Year Orientation Program (FYOP) at Royal Military College of Canada (RMCC) in Kingston, Ontario, the First Year lady and gentlemen cadets are always challenged to prove that they deserve a place amongst their senior cadets in the cadet wing. It was no different for this week as cadets were faced with a ceremonial test traditionally known as “Passing Off the Square” during their Saturday night, on September 13, 2014.

Since their arrival through the Arch, the first years were constantly drilled and questioned about College knowledge by their FYOP staff. Information such as the names of the Old Eighteen (the first class to have ever entered RMC), the construction dates of buildings on campus, and even the names of important personnel such as key barmen in the cadet wing are all fair game. This process not only forces the cadets to learn about the history of the college, but also helps them to develop a sense of pride in the institution to which they will call home for the next four years.

The ceremony itself is a very tightly choreographed routine that when deviated from in the slightest, means the first years must run back to their starting positions and try again. The young Officer Cadets are matched in pairs for ceremony. They begin by marching onto the parade square and must perform a very precise drill routine including turns and salutes on the march under the scrutiny of the Top 5 (Barmen, cadet leaders of the college). The Top 5 meanwhile were spaced a fair distance apart, standing rigidly at attention on the parade square in their scarlet uniform completed with a snow-white spiked pith helmet.  This drill routine ended with the First Year pair coming to a halt in front of a member of the Top 5. Who then asked each of the First Years individually a question about College knowledge. Between the years or names that were shouted out as answers, it was not uncommon to hear someone singing ‘O Canada or God Save the Queen at the top of their lungs. If the pair was not in step, it’s a fail. If they were not synchronized in their drill movements, it’s a fail. If their arms didn’t swing to a full parallel to the ground, or if their strides faltered even a small fraction, it’s also a fail. When they were answering the Top 5, aside from giving the wrong answers, even the slightest hesitations were also considered failures. It has been said that the average cadet pairs take about 3 to 5 tries before they successfully Pass Off the Square.


What a couple of the first years had to say:

“It feels good, there’s definitely a lot of hours of preparation and a lot of practising so it feels good knowing that it has passed and a weight has finally been taken off our shoulders. I feel like I know the whole school a lot better. While studying for this test, you really do learn a lot of things about the school and it’s neat getting to look around the campus and saying “oh that was built in 1820 and that was built then” It’s an amazing feeling and you just feel like you know everything better. It’s nice to have a light at the end of the tunnel because FYOP is challenging and just knowing that we just need to push for that last little bit to reach the Obstacle Course, it feels really good and gives me motivation to keep going.”

NCdt (I) 27388 Gavin Omand

« C’est un poids qui s’enlève de nos épaules. On se rapproche de notre but, la course à obstacles du 26 septembre. Je sens que connaît plus le campus. On appartient un peu plus au reste de l’escadre et on ressemble un peu plus au reste des autres étudiants. On n’a plus l’air trop perdu. On a les mêmes connaissances et on appartient à un groupe particulier. C’est merveilleux. Ca va finir. On travaille fort. C’est demandant, exigeant, mais on donne tout ce qu’on a et on va réussir la course à obstacles et on va faire parti de notre escadron pour de vrai. »

Élof (I) 27370 Annie Mercier

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FYOP: Three weeks down, two to go.

Posted by rmcclub on September 14th, 2014

Three weeks down, two to go / Passing off the square, in the rear view mirror – badging parade almost  in focus


First Year Orientation Period officer cadets from all 12 flights participated in Exercise Perseverance (Ex P) on Sunday, 14 September.

The aim of Ex P was to have a challenging team building experience in preparation for the Obstacle course – which is scheduled for 26 Sep. The Warrior race was led by the FYOP staff and was used as an instructional forum to teach their flights how to do the obstacles. Ex P takes one step back and puts that learning opportunity into the hands of the first years cadets and allows the FYOP staff’s more of an opportunity to observe their flights in a manner they have not seen yet. They will be able to see who is capable of stepping up to different challenges, who has certain skills and who has weaknesses. From there, they will be able to coach and mentor their flights as they prepare for the Obstacle course.

There were 12 training events (stands). Each one was run by a senior member or team of one of the squadrons. They consisted of basic team building exercises. Some were mental, some physical and most requiring communication awareness – all designed to be challenging. At the end of the 12 events, morale was clearly boosted and confidence in all 12 flights had taken a giant leap forward, which will prepare them a great deal for the actual obstacle course

It’s was great to see each flight come together as a team to pull off an event of this nature at this mid-range stage in their training.

Exercise Perseverance was panned by FYOP senior,  OCdt Hart who was the key planner and organizer. He ensured the plan was executed flawlessly. Each Division from the Wing provided  support on the individual stands. The obstacle course is run out of the second year flights. Wisely the staff engaged the third and fourth year flights to be evaluators at each stand; this gave these senior cadets an opportunity to influence their new Squadron members.

To see Ex P come to fruition and be executed and become a worthwhile event speaks volumes for what they’ve learned and to work as a team in just three weeks is impressive. No one should overlook the outstanding leadership provided by the FYOP staff.

As one looks around the peninsula today the various stations for the real obstacle are taking shape. We even have a challenging looking one being erected as we write directly in front of Panet House.

The main focus for the next couple weeks will be getting the Class of 2018 ready for the Badging parade (27 Sep) and the Director of Cadets inspection. High tempo physical training and sports will remain status quo.

We asked Captain Zack Gatehouse, FYOP advising officer if he had a message for the family & friends of these new RMCC arrivals.

” The only thing I would like to say to family and friends is to continue to show your support as much as they can. Their sons and daughters are attempting something great and they should be proud.” The 2008 RMCC grad further added.  “Naturally, there are ups and downs in performance but they are learning. I hope that most (family & friends) will be able to make it out to reunion weekend this year to witness the new limits and capabilities of their loved ones.

As our headline reads: Three weeks down two to go.

More  photos by Erik St-Gelais Here

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The Week That Was…From Offical Visit to Skylarks

Posted by rmcclub on September 14th, 2014

Caption: Last week, BGen Al Meinzinger welcomes Brigadier General Khadim of the United Arab Emirates, Commandant of Zayed II Military College, on 9 Sep 2014.

High ranking officials from the United Arab Emirates spent the best part of three days last week on and around the grounds of the peninsula last week. The guests displayed a high interest level in the RMCC approach to running a military college.

The guests were spotted at the Commandant’s Garden Party which added a special global engagement dimension to what was already a first class event.


Caption: National Wall of Remembrance Association Chairman Allan Jones presents a winning cheque for design to first, third place finalist Ocdt Justin Hanlon. Sep 10 2014 at C&E Museum, CFB Kingston. Photo by: Steven McQuaid

RMCC (IV) Cadet Picks Up 2K for WoR Design Ideas


A national monument in Kingston honouring Canada’s fallen servicemen and women which is planned to be completed by November 2017 was in the local news last week.

The Wall of Remembrance Association held a design competition for the Wall of Remembrance that will be housed at CFB Kingston, attached to the C&E Museum.

The winners were announced and recognized at a nice ceremony this past Wednesday (10 Sep) at the C&E Museum, located within the confines of CFB Kingston.

26254 Officer Cadet (IV) Justin Hanlon took 3rd place in the contest, which attracted a large number of entries from the three post secondary institutions in Kingston: Queen’s University, Saint Lawrence College and our own Royal Military College of Canada.

The third place finish carried with it a cash prize of $2,000.

Elements of the designs from the three top finishers will be worked into the final WoR design.

Well done, OCdt Hanlon.

Kingston Whig article with more details


Dogs in the Library!

Caption: Last Wednesday at noon (9-11), the first year officer cadets of the Royal Military College had the opportunity to make some furry new friends! This event was put together by the RMCC Peer Assistance Group (PAG) and was an excellent opportunity for first year cadets to de-stress and enjoys some companionship from man (and woman’s) best friend!


 Beaver Takes Over Cadet Dining Hall


Caption: The beaver is a recurring symbol within the Canadian Forces, such as on the cap badges of the Royal 22nd Regiment and the Canadian Military Engineers. Luckily Cartier squadron has the honour of having this animal as its mascot. It is placed on our squadron logo, and joins us at many events throughout the year. Skylarks are a unique opportunity at RMC to demonstrate squadron pride and teamwork. With this in mind we came up with the idea to build a beaver dam in the cadet dining hall with a beaver placed on top to make our squadron visible within the college. This was accomplished with certain second years planning the project and first year were used for the manual labour, this whole process taking place at night.

Caption provided by: 27201 OCdt (II)Stéphane Prior  (Click on photos for better viewing)



Slack Mack Strikes the DCdts

By 27028 (II) Kirk Lapointe – 8 Squadron

While most cadets were sleeping the night of September 7th, members of 8 Squadron were out and about preparing for what turned out to be an impressive Skylark on the DCdts. Under the leadership of CSL OCdt Van Veen, the second year cadets of 8 Squadron constructed a large cardboard tank out of boxes, multiple rolls of duct tape, and a laundry cart. In the midst of the night, the tank was secretly put into the office of Lieutenant-Colonel Popov. Participants in the Skylark made sure it was apparent who was behind the prank, decorating the tank in green paint and a large number “8”. To top it off, a stuffed bulldog was placed on top of the tank to act as the Squadron’s “ambassador” to the DCdts. As an armoured officer, LCol Popov welcomed 8 Squadron’s masterpiece into his office and proudly showed it off to his family and colleagues. Although Mackenzie Squadron does not do many Skylarks, they are notorious for pulling off memorable ones each and every year. It can be assured that the 8 Squadron Tank will certainly not be the last of this year.

Slack Mack Leads the Pack


Two Squadron Early Off the Mark!

By: 26972 OCdt (II) Chantel Fortier – 2 Squadron

Friday morning dawned bright and red, especially on the interior of the mess hall. For the second time this week, Yeo Hall was hit with a midnight skylark – this time by mysterious supporters of 2 Squadron. Tables had been rearranged to form the Roman numeral, reinforced with tape and a cheerful DEUCE daubed on the floor in red. To top it all off, a Fighter banner was strung proudly across the entrance to the hot lines, winning smiles from more than a few first years.

Skylarks are one of the more elusive traditions of RMC. Throughout the year, squadrons will engage in friendly rivalries marked by these pranks, boosting morale and often gaining a chuckle from Training Wing staff. In past years, skylarks have ranged along everything from decorating Brucie (the statue of the ‘Model Cadet’ located on the pathways near Currie Hall) to shifting one of the monument tanks onto the parade square (typically the night before the College has to perform one) to even rebuilding an entire glider in the mess hall, wings arching over the heads of cadets at mealtimes. Legends of skylarks accompany every year; there’s a tale, for example, of a past year performing a midnight operation that left Mackenzie’s clocktower with Mickey Mouse hands. The more creative and outrageous the skylark, the better the year – and with the opening of 2, 7,8, & 11 Squadrons’ antics, the rest of the Wing had better get proving they’ve got cards to bring to the table.



Foreign Students Get an Early Taste of Kingston

Courtesy RMCC Cadets…

Article & Photo by: 26659 OCdt (III) Danielle Andela – Cadet Wing Internal Information Officer

As with most years recently, the Royal Military College of Canada is hosting several exchange students from countries such as Germany, France and the United States of America.These students become members of the many different squadrons and teams around campus. As usual the officer and naval cadets of RMCC take time to show these students around the town and incorporate them into the bustling school life. From the best burgers in town to the historic sites, Kingston is nothing short of exciting things for these exchange students to see!

Featured in the photo are (From left to right) OCdt (III) Shane Conrad (RMCC), 2Lt (IV) Fabien Cardeur (St. Cyr military academy in France), OCdt (III) Francis Hamel-Giroux (RMCC)  and 2Lt (IV) Antoine Carbonnel (St. Cyr military academy in France).

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Petawawa Ironman & Sports

Posted by rmcclub on September 14th, 2014


Caption: Pictured are 10 RMCC cadets that earned the unofficial title “warrior” when they competed at the 50 km 2 CMBG Ironman Competition last week at Garrison Petawawa. (left to right): <back row> OCdt Gorman, OCdt Cherry, OCdt Humeniuk, <middle row> OCdt Hewitt, NCdt Thow, NCdt Golding, OCdt Beaulieu (Team Captain), <front row> OCdt Wiesenberg, OCdt Lizée, OCdt Jobin

Cadets Pull Off Impressive Results at Petawawa Ironman

Article from various sources

Ten very fit and brave RMCC cadets took the challenge of a gut check by competing at the 2014 Petawawa Ironman.

The 50 km 2 CMBG Ironman Competition was held at Garrison Petawawa last Wednesday morning – 10 Sep. Participants (warriors) began with a 32 km hike with 40-lb rucksack followed by a 4 km portage with a canoe and rucksack, an 8 km paddle on the Ottawa River and a final 6 km march back to the finish line.

CFB Petawawa has been hosting this event for over 30 years.

This year 219 competitors – including officers, other ranks and officer cadets from Petawawa, Kingston and beyond put themselves to the test. Five RMCC cadets were amongst the first 25 to finish.

In the team event category which were ranked by the average time for each team’s top seven competitors; RMCC finished a very impressive fourth out of the 12 teams competing. A very proud, C.O. ( DCdt), LCol Mark Popov added:   “All our competitors finished the race, and all came in the top 100 finishers of more than 200.”

These 10 officer cadets, in fact , all of the CAF competitors who competed demonstrated that they are physically tough and mentally tough to complete such an extreme endurance race.

Very well done to all involved.

Petawawa Iron Man Event – Results

Petawawa Iron Man Event – Results


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


Recent OUA Results:


Sat 13 Sep RMC 0 @ Queen’s 45 no box score available at press time

(M) Soccer:

Sat 13 Sep RMC 1 @ UOIT – 2 Box Score

Sun 14 Sep RMC 0 @ Trent – 0 Box Score (Confusing result on the OUA web page – one place shows 0-0; another spot 1-0 for Trent. Will follow-up ASAP.

(W) Soccer:

Sat 13 Sep RMC 0 @ UOIT – 8 Box Score

Sun14 Sep RMC 0 @ Trent -2 Box Score


Frid – 12 Sep McGill 4 – RMC 3 (exhibition)

Sat    13 Sep Queen’s 7  – RMC 0  (exhibition)

Upcoming Games:


Thu. 18 Sep RMC @ Guelph 6:00 PM


(M) Soccer:

Wed 17 Sep RMC @ Carleton 6:30 PM

Sat   20 Sep RMC @Toronto 3:15 PM

(W) Soccer:

Sat   20 Sep RMC @ Toronto 1 PM

Sun   21 Sep RMC @ Ryerson 2 PM


Sat  20 Sep – York University & RMC – CFB Borden 7PM



Harrier Race Awards

Article by: Kristin Miller – Recreation and Intramural Coordinator

On Wednesday 10 September, the Cadet Wing gathered on the Parade Square to recognize the top runners in the 2014 Harrier Race. The ceremony was led by CWSRO OCdt Pym and medals were presented by DCdts.

(Photo left – LCol Popov presenting the award to top male runner – NCdt Reid. click on photo for better viewing) Photo by: OCdt Ali Mansour 26851

Finishing in third place for females was OCdt Boily from 2 Sqn with a time of 0:24:04. In second place for females was OCdt Gauvin from 3 Sqn with time of 0:23:33. Finishing in first place for females with a time of 0:22:42 was OCdt MaCdonald from 12 Sqn! Finishing in third place for males was OCdt Vadala from 10 Sqn with a time of 0:17:28. In second place for males was OCdt Lacasse from 3 Sqn with a time of 0:17:27. Finishing in first place for males, for the third consecutive year was NCdt Reid from 8 Sqn with a time of 0:17:13.

Each Squadron was also ranked based on their average time to run the race. In third place with an average time of 0:22:32 was 2 Squadron. In second place with an average time of 0:22:11 was 12 Squadron.

This year’s Harrier Race winners were 7 Squadron with an average time of 0:21:59! Congratulations to the entire Cadet Wing for a successful annual Harrier Race.

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Direct from Panet House

Posted by rmcclub on September 14th, 2014

Reunion Weekend 2014 Update

Submitted by 13987 Bryan Bailey – Executive Director RMC Club

Reunion Weekend is fast approaching is now only two weeks out.  It is therefore appropriate to provide another update on the various Reunion activities.  While the Classes of 64 and 69 will be featured prominently as they respectively celebrate their 50th year class reunion from graduation and their entry into the Old Brigade, there is an abundance of activities for all classes. The following table provides a summary of the activities for your respective classes on the Friday and Saturday evenings.

Class Secretary/OPI Friday Night M&G Saturday Night
74 Tim Wilkin Four Points Sheraton Fort Frontenac Officers’ Mess
79 Richard Gimblett SSM Club Dinner Dance SSM
84 Steve Gable Gibraltar Room, Four Points Sheraton Club Dinner Dance SSM
89 Sean McKight Cmdt’s Residence Blu Martini Restaurant
94 Jeremy Stowe Tir Nan Og Four Points Sheraton
99 Don Couzens TBC TBC
04 Suzanne McIntosh Cadet Formal Mess Club Dinner Dance SSM
09 Brent McIntyre Merchant TBC

Reunion Weekend Highlights

Thursday – The Class of 79 will be exceptionally well represented at this year’s Legacy Dinner. The CDS, General Tom Lawson, will be the guest of honour and the former CDS, General Walt Natynczyk, will also be in attendance with his family. There are still tickets available but only until September 15th.  If interested, they need to contact Jennifer Jordan of the Foundation immediately at 613 541-6000 x6807 to make a reservation.

Friday – The Recruit Obstacle course is always popular and will commence and finish on the parade square at 1400 and 1700 hours respectively.  Members of the Recruit Class of the Old Brigade (Class of 1969) will present coins to the first years upon completion.  Class Meet and Greets at the various locations are as noted above.


Family and Friends Breakfast

Once again Bill Oliver is organizing a Family and Friends Breakfast at the Cadet Mess.  If you are looking for a great all you can eat breakfast prior to the AGM or Badging Parade, you are encouraged to consider the Cadet Mess.  Tickets are available on-line or at the door.

Club and Foundation AGM.

The annual joint RMC Club and Foundation AGM will take place in Currie Hall from 0800-1000.  Doors open at 0730.  Coffee will be available.

Badging Parade

It is now confirmed that General Lawson will be the Reviewing Officer for the Saturday morning Badging Parade.  Everyone attending the parade is to be seated by 1000.  The badging parade will conclude at 1200.

Ex-Cadet Lunch

The Cadet Dining Hall and the New Cadet Mess/New Gym above the Cadet Dining Hall will be open for lunch for all ex-cadets, including the Old Brigade, as well as spouses and families.  Tickets can either be purchased in advance or at the door.

Wall of Honour Ceremony

The Wall of Honour ceremony which may be of interest to many given Chris Hadfield’s induction this year. The ceremony commences at 1330. (click, click on poster for better viewing of the WoH poster)

Red and White and Varsity Sports Afternoon

The traditional Red and White sports program, which pits ex-cadets against cadets, will also be ongoing for those who wish to either participate or spectate. This year the Class of 1969 will be challenging the first year cadets to a hockey game at 1330. Both the CDS and Commandant will be suiting up to play the cadets at 1500.    As far as RMC varsity sports, this year you can take in either the Men’s or Ladies’ varsity soccer teams against Trent University or the RMC Men’s rugby team which will be playing University of Toronto all commencing about 1500 hours.

Saturday Evening Events

Old Brigade Dinner

The Old Brigade will hold a dinner again at Four Points Sheraton.  Registration is going very well and is approaching capacity of 300 mark.  Timings are 1800 for 1900 hours.

Club Dinner Dance

About 100 are expected for the Club Dinner Dance on Saturday night which is being held at the Senior Staff Mess this year.  There is still room for more attendees from any class.  Cost: $70 pp for Club members or $80 pp for non-members. Dress is Business Casual (Jacket and Tie) or Ex-Cadet blazer. Contact RMC Club at 1-888-386-3762 or 613-541-6850 to pay by credit card. Also 1800 for 1900 hours. You may also purchase on-line at: . Registration closes Thursday, 18 September.


March to the Arch Parade and Ceremony

The highlight of the weekend for many is the annual March to the Arch.  All ex-cadets are requested to arrive by 1000.  Coffee will be available at Panet House.  All classes will form-up by class on the square at 1015 under the direction of the Adjutant of the Old Brigade.  The parade steps off at 1030 sharp. The ceremony will commence shortly before 11 at the Arch. Following the Arch ceremony, the parade will return to the square for the presentation of the Goddard and Dawe memorial swords, the Pijper Cup (hopefully to the ex-cadets this year!) and final addresses.  The preferred dress is Club blazer or Jacket with Club tie.  Serving officers may wish to wear DEU.  Medals are to be worn by all.  The Old Brigade will be organized into two squadrons one of which is the Recruit Class.  3 Squadron will be comprised of the Classes of 74 and 79 under the direction of a Class of 74 member.  The remainder of the ex-cadets will comprise 4 Squadron which will be led by a Class of 84 member.  The parade will conclude at approximately 1145 hours.

Old Brigade Luncheon

The last official event of the weekend is traditionally the Old Brigade luncheon at the Senior Staff Mess which is held immediately on dismissal from the Arch Parade. Registration is required in advance.


Overall, the entire programme for Reunion Weekend looks excellent and everyone at the College and the entire Panet Team is looking forward to seeing you at the Reunion. TDV!


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