In This Issue 45

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The Old and the Young – 11 Nov, 2014 – Royal Military College of Canada -

Photo by Kommy Farahani

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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: 3238 Fred WJ Myers – Lifetime Membership; 3853 W Neil Russell; 3949 Angus Armstrong; 3952 Roger Wainwright; 4214 Wayne J Fisher; 5215 Larry Springford; 6577 George  VanderKuur; 7337 Kenneth Beswitherick – Lifetime Membership; 9184 Bill Simms; 10253 Alynn B Klassen;

12163 Michael Diebel.


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In This Issue 45:

Prix d’excellence en enseignement de la classe de 1965 /

Class of 1965 Teaching Excellence Award

Ex-Cadets & More in the News

Vote on Club Governance restructure and constitutional amendment /

Voter sur la restructuration du Club et la modification de la constitution

Keeping Tabs & Folks in Toronto Keep This Thursday, 20 Nov Open…

Steph Ochej: Catching Up With 21736 Adam Bruce…

Lest We Forget

The Week That Was…

Training for the “M”

7 days in the life of a RMCC Squadron Commander – Pt. 3 -

Sports…

Claude Scilley: Buddy convinces 15950 Brian Collict to give RMC a try

Qu’est-ce qui se passe au CMRSJ

Letter from Korea – Nov 1952 & Bill McColl Diary

Jobs – Careers / Carrières

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A big thank you to 5604 Ken Smee for his recent e-Veritas 2014 sponsorship support.

Full 2014 sponsorship list here

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ENCORE:

2015 Celebrations for 75 Years of Excellence at Royal Roads

That Time of Year to be a Club Member and / or an e-Veritas Sponsor

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

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

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QUOTE(S) OF THE WEEK -

Morale Building Quotes from General William DePuy:

“There is nothing complicated about the command of men in combat, and no matter how sophisticated leadership courses may become, there are only three steps to perform, easy to state and not difficult to accomplish.

First, a leader of troops in war must decide in each tactical situation, or for that matter, each administrative situation, exactly what he wants to do with his unit.

Second, he must tell his men precisely what it is he wants them to do, and in most cases, it is best to tell them in the language of the street, not the language of the field manual. If the officer knows with certainty and confidence what he wants to do, he will have no trouble telling his soldiers what he has in mind.

And then lastly, he must insist that they do exactly what he told them to do.”

General William DePuy – Commander of the 1st Infantry Division in Vietnam

General DePuy was an officer of the highest ideals. His courage, sound judgment, and leadership produced military achievements of great value to his country. General DePuy’s military career spanned 36 years and three wars. With his passing, the nation lost a faithful, valiant servant and the United States Army a great commander.

General William E. DePuy was born in Jamestown, North Dakota, October 1, 1919. He graduated from South Dakota State University with a Bachelor of Science in Economics. He was commissioned through Army ROTC as a second lieutenant in 1941 in the Infantry and joined the 20th Infantry Regiment, Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. In April 1942, he joined the 357th Infantry Regiment of the 90th Division, Camp Barkley, Texas, where he served in a number of positions including Regimental Operations Officer and Battalion Commander, deploying with the regiment to the European Theater of Operations in March 1944. He fought with the division in the Normandy hedgerows and during the Northern France, Ardennes, Rheinland, and Central Europe Campaigns. In July 1945, he became G-3 of the 90th Infantry Division. In the fall of 1945, he returned to the United States to attend the Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. Following graduation he was assigned to the War Department General Staff in the Office of the Assistant Chief of Staff, G-1. General DePuy attended the Army Language School in Monterey, California in January 1948 for a 12 month course in Russian. He then attended a course at the Strategic Intelligence School in Washington, D.C. prior to becoming the Assistant Military Attache, and later the Acting Army Attache in Budapest, Hungary in 1949. General Depuy’s next assignment in 1950 was with the Central Intelligence Agency in Washington, D.C. where he headed China operations. In February 1953, General DePuy entered the Armed Forces Staff College in Norfolk, Virginia, and upon graduation was assigned to Germany where he served a three year tour as Assistant G-3 in V Corps; Commanding Officer of the 2d Battalion, 8th Infantry Regiment; and Acting Deputy Chief of Staff’ in V Corps. Returning again to Washington, D.C., in 1956, he served for four years in the Office of the Chief of Staff of the Army helping in designing the Army’s force structure, doctrine and training policies.

In 1960, General DePuy returned to Europe, first to attend the British Imperial Defense College in London, England and then after one year in • England, he went to Schweinfurt, Germany to become the Commander of the lst Battle Group, 30th Infantry, 3d Infantry Division. In May 1962, General DePuy returned to Washington where he served as Director of Special Warfare in the Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Military Operations. He later was Director, Plans and Programs, Office of the Assistant Chief of Staff for Force Development. General DePuy was ordered to Vietnam in May 1964, where he served as Assistant Chief of Staff for Operations, Military Assistance Command Vietnam (MACV). In March 1966, he became Commanding General, lst Infantry Division. Upon returning from Vietnam in March 1967 General DePuy joined the, Office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff as the Special Assistant for Counterinsurgency and Special Activities. On 10 March 1969, he was promoted to Lieutenant General and assumed the duties of Assistant Vice Chief of Staff of the Army, a position he held for four years. General DePuy became Deputy Commanding General, United States Continental Army Command in March of 1973 and later became the first Commander of the Army’s Training and Doctrine Command. This new command had overall responsibility for the Army’s training center and school system, the ROTC program, and combat and doctrine development. During his tenure, General DePuy set the Army on the course that ultimately, produced the winning teams during Operations JUST CAUSE and DESERT STORM. General DePuy retired from Active Duty in July 1977, but remained active in military affairs. He continued to write extensively on professional military subjects and lecture at the services’ colleges.

For his service, General DePuy’s awards and decorations include the Distinguished Service Cross with Oak Leaf Cluster, Distinguished Service Medal with four Oak Leaf Clusters, The Air Force Distinguished Service Medal, Silver Star with two Oak Leaf Clusters, Legion of Merit, Distinguished Flying Cross, Bronze Star Medal, Air Medal with Valor Device, and the Purple Heart with Oak Leaf Cluster. His foreign decorations include the Order of Commander in the French Legion of Honor, the Knight’s Cross of the Germany Order of Merit, the Vietnam Cross of Gallantry, and the Republic of Korea Order of National Security Merit First Class.

General DePuy’s life was characterized by courage, dedication, and vision: These qualities earned him the respect of all who knew him.

 QUOTE(S) OF THE WEEK Courtesy of 12570 Mike Kennedy

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Prix d’excellence en enseignement de la classe de 1965 / Class of 1965 Teaching Excellence Award

Posted by rmcclub on November 16th, 2014

suite à la soirée officielle consacrée au Prix d’excellence en enseignement

par Sophie Bastien

Soundouss El Kettani a commencé ses études de littérature française au Maroc, où elle a obtenu son baccalauréat. Elle a ensuite fait sa maîtrise et son doctorat à l’Université Laval. Elle a enseigné quelques années au Collège Dawson, à Montréal, et à l’Université McGill. Puis elle est arrivée ici en 2008.

Elle enseigne divers cours au Département d’études françaises, notamment le « Roman du XIXe siècle » (c’est sa première spécialité) et la « Théorie littéraire », mais aussi des cours qu’elle a elle-même créés : la « Littérature arabe francophone », les « Rapports entre la littérature et les autres arts », les « Influences littéraires entre la France et l’Angleterre au XIXe siècle ». Mais les étudiants la connaissent également parce qu’elle en reçoit plusieurs toute l’année au Centre de rédaction, où elle les aide à travailler la langue et plus encore leurs compétences argumentatives, leur logique dans la rédaction.

Elle est aussi chercheure : elle est l’auteure d’une monographie sur Émile Zola, de plusieurs articles et compte rendus, et le 7 novembre a eu lieu le lancement officiel de son premier ouvrage collectif, consacré à l’écrivain libanais Amin Maalouf, aux Presses de l’Université du Québec. Elle fait de plus partie du groupe de recherche « Convergence » à l’Université Guelph, consacré au XIXe siècle.

À titre de directrice du département d’études françaises, c’est moi qui présentais Soundouss le 4 novembre au Curry Hall. J’étais extrêmement heureuse de pouvoir dire publiquement quelques mots d’éloge à son sujet, parce qu’elle est très méritoire ; j’en suis témoin, toujours de plus en plus, depuis son arrivée au Collège il y a 6 ans. Soundouss est une personne généreuse, qui donne sans compter, et c’est ainsi qu’elle travaille comme professeure. Son dévouement auprès des étudiants, son écoute de leurs besoins, son attention à leurs forces et à leurs faiblesses, sa patience… : toutes ces qualités, les étudiants ont le privilège d’en bénéficier! Elle partage aussi avec eux, avec le même entrain, sa passion personnelle pour la littérature et sa curiosité de chercheure. Bref, les compétences pédagogiques sont complètes, chez elle. …Ainsi en est-il de mon admiration et de ma reconnaissance, à son égard.

Lorsqu’elle a enfin pris la parole, après les quelques courtes allocutions préliminaires de circonstance, très vite les auditeurs étaient subjugués! Elle a livré une conférence en français ponctuée de diapos en anglais, avec des images expressives, souvent humoristiques, qui enrichissaient sans le doubler un exposé déjà très animé : jamais je n’ai vu une utilisation si brillante du powerpoint. Le titre qu’elle a choisi, « Baudelaire, Zola et les autres, que diable font-ils au Collège militaire? », interroge la pertinence de la littérature dans la formation des officiers. Or, la réponse qu’elle développait était si solide et étoffée d’exemples, qu’elle répondait en fait à une question plus large, qui concerne l’éducation en général (militaire ou civile, universitaire ou non) : Pourquoi enseigner la littérature? Il en a résulté un hommage à la fois à l’enseignement et aux études littéraires. J’aurais souhaité que l’entendent les plus haut placés de l’Éducation, tant les propos de Soundouss étaient convaincants de justesse et d’intelligence.

Une période était allouée aux réactions de l’auditoire. Quand le Recteur Harry Kowal lui a demandé quelle est sa stratégie pédagogique, Soundouss a démontré sa polyvalence puisqu’elle n’a pas de stratégie unique mais s’adapte avec finesse selon les aptitudes et la personnalité des étudiants. Quand Kodjo Moglo, professeur en génie, lui a demandé ce qu’un esprit cartésien peut tirer des études littéraires, elle a évoqué la capacité d’analyse et le sens de l’observation qui sont sollicités chez l’étudiant pour objectiver ses assertions.

L’assistance était nombreuse – une cinquantaine de personnes – et diversifiée : étudiants, anciens du CMRC, professeurs, professeurs retraités et certains émérites, collègues de Queen’s, et la famille de Soundouss évidemment. Mais il y avait unanimité dans l’enthousiasme!

More photos by Rod McDonald  here

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The role of the French Literati at a military college.

article by Dr. Billy Allan

On Tuesday 4 November, the winner of the Class of 1965 Teaching Excellence Award enthralled a Currie Hall audience with a presentation on the role of the French Literati at a military college.

The Head of the Department, Dr. Sophie Bastien introduced Dr. Soundouss El Kettani, herself an authority on literature from the 19th c, and Franco-Arabic literature in particular. Over 45 minutes, Soundouss explored the role of literature in exposing the nature of a culture, or a peoples’ character to those who study it. She explained how the student must depart from the stories themselves and let the literary work expose aspects of humanity beyond the covers of the books.

Her own experience during the hiring process at RMC was itself illustrative: anticipating an emphasis on military literature, or war-time themes, she was surprised by the challenge from the hiring committee to describe her understanding of Flaubert. To a broad audience of students, fellow French Studies professors and Professors Emeriti, Humanities, Scientists and Engineers, graduate and undergraduate students, Soundouss explained that the military themes are never far from the themes of Francophone-Arabic writers. Yet that is a statement of their experience, just as the naturalism and societal themes explored by Zola or Baudelaire purport to the fin-de-siècle experience in France, Europe and even the New World.

At the end of a very entertaining presentation, Dr. El Kettani responded to questions ranging from the challenges of teaching engineers and scientists, a demand to recommend a singularly important work for the Anglophone or allophone student, and probes into her philosophy of teaching itself.

Needless to say, the indefatigable Class of 1965 populated the front rows, and participated in the question and answer session. From that Class, Mr. Steve Arnold reminded those assembled of the history of the award, its goals and included its recent successes: the establishment of a twin award at CMR (SJ). Also from the class, Gen(Ret’d) Charles Émond presented the award itself, a $5000 cheque. Mr. Jim Carruthers, President of the Board of Directors for the RMC Foundation (photo above right), proud and generous sponsors of the event, explained the contributions of that organization to excellence across the board at RMC, highlighting the little-known dominance of academic contributions amongst other domains at RMC.

A commemorative framed copy of the poster announcing her public presentation has been prepared as well, with the support of the Class of 1965 and the RMC Foundation. The Class of 1965 were the background hosts, providing for an excellent reception to follow in the Baronial Hall, and flowers for Dr. El Kettani.

The Department of French Studies was out in force, celebrating their colleague and her presentation. They kindly provided a tasty hor-d’oeuvres and plentiful sparkling wine to complement the goodies prepared by Sgt McCartney and Cadet Dining Hall staff. It was a grand occasion.

More photos by Rod McDonald here

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Ex-Cadets & More in the News

Posted by rmcclub on November 16th, 2014

Veterans struggling with PTSD speak out about benefits of service dogs

“In a very few short months, she’d had such a dramatic impact on my life that I knew I had to help others get the kind of help that I’ve had,”

13855 Retired Capt.  Medric Cousineau – Article (short video)

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Canada’s Iraq commander says ISIS ‘on defensive’ as new airstrike video released

“ISIL are now changing their tactics, they’re hiding their targets, and that’s one of the reasons it’s harder to find targets — they’re camouflaged.”

14538 Col. Daniel Constable Article

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18798 Steven Beggs (Class of ’93) has received a 2014 Canadian Award for Training Excellence (CATE).

Awarded by the Canadian Society for Training and Development for his “SMaRT Learning: Mobile Performance Support” initiative at Home Depot, CATE award winners have “…each presented a unique and revolutionary approach to adult learning. By combining the technological innovations of the future with the latest in workplace learning and solutions…”

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Royal Roads launching virtual tours of campus, classes

Article

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Academy Cadets Work to Improve Airdrop Accuracy

“Next semester we’ll come up with solutions and ideas to make things better,” McNeese said. “We already know there’s more than one idea out there, so we’ll see which ones are best.”

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A note from 25281 Dana Batho – Class of 2011

Wounded Warriors Battlefield Bike Ride

I was just wondering if you might be able to help me with something, I thought you might be able to help. I’ve just registered for the Wounded Warriors Battlefield Bike Ride next June, the ride goes from Vimy Ridge to Nijmegen to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Netherlands.
I will be riding with my recumbent trike and Coco, and I’m trying to raise funds for Wounded Warriors to
participate in the ride (my goal is $6000). Coco is certified through Courageous Companions, which is one of the organizations Wounded Warriors funds, along with Can Praxis which is a horse therapy program for soldiers and vets with PTSD.
I have had such a hard go of it since getting injured two years ago, and organizations like Wounded Warriors
have really filled in the gaps in care and services. I was wondering if you could send the attached flyer out to your networks (or maybe even put it into e-Veritas) to help me raise money for such an incredible organization.
There is a link to my donation page in the flyer (http://tinyurl.com/lsc9k3t), and I’ve stated that any donor or
organization that sponsors me for $1000 or more will have the opportunity to get their organization name printed on the front of my team jersey. I know I will be one of the few (and maybe only) riders using a recumbent trike, and I’m certain I will be the only one riding with a service dog, so I know we’ll be attracting a lot of attention from the press during the ride. Romeo Dallaire is also riding with us (he’s the patron of Wounded Warriors), which will be an incredible experience for all of us.

I’m attaching the flyer I’ve made up, as well as two photos of Coco and I taken during this year’s Army Run half marathon. That was the first time I’d competed in anything since getting injured, and it was an incredible experience.

Ed note: We expect to keep up-to-date with the 2015 Wounded Warriors Battlefield Bike Ride in future editions of e-Veritas.

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Vote on Club Governance restructure and constitutional amendment / Voter sur la restructuration du Club et la modification de la constitution

Posted by rmcclub on November 16th, 2014

Vote on Club Governance restructure and constitutional amendment / Voter sur la restructuration du Club et la modification de la constitution

By Bryan Bailey – Executive Director RMC Club

Monday, 17 November marks the commencement of the month long voting period to either vote for or against the proposed Club governance model and the amendments to the Club’s constitution. 5,000     e-mails are being sent to all eligible voters (all club members in good standing with voting privileges) using the Club’s RMC Alumni website.  This e-mail provides the following message below (French and English) as well as links to relevant documents.  The e-mail will also invite you to vote on-line prior to 17 December.  Should you not receive the e-mail, you can access the information directly through the website at:

http://rmcalumni.ca/constitutionsurvey/.  Should you not have access to internet, you may cast a vote by phoning Panet House using the toll free number 1-888-386-3762.

Notice of Intent to Amend the RMC Club of Canada Constitution

As many of you are aware, the Club completed a comprehensive Strategic Review in 2012 and is in the process of implementing its prescient recommendations including the modernization of the Club’s governance structure.  The aim of modernization is to streamline Club governance by transitioning to a Board model. Over the course of the past year, the Governance Committee, ably supported by an external consultant, developed a new governance model.

In addition to this model, the Committee made revisions to the Club Constitution and developed a new Board Policies and Procedures document. Each of these three deliverables has been approved by Club’s Executive Committee and General Council.  Throughout the process, there was excellent interaction and full transparency. Furthermore, the Club has posted the key documents on-line and published updates in both the Veritas magazine and eVeritas all in an effort to keep its membership informed of the progress and to stimulate feedback.

During the Club’s Annual General Meeting of 27 September 2014, the following motion was passed unanimously:

The proposed RMC Club governance structure and policies and procedures document be approved in principle and that the revised constitution be distributed to all Club members for electronic voting prior to year-end.”

In accordance with the constitution, all constitutional amendments must be distributed to the membership for approval. In order to amend the Constitution, an affirmative vote of two-thirds or more of the votes cast is required. After review by the Club’s Honorary Solicitor, and subsequent approval of the Executive Committee, the following question is put forth for your consideration.

Do you approve the Royal Military Colleges Club of Canada proposed amended Constitution, including the new Governance Structure?” Yes or No

In order to provide you as much information as possible, links to the following key reference documents are provided:

  • Proposed RMC Club Constitution (English only)
  • New RMC Club Board Policies and Procedures document (English only)
  • Glenn Allen’s Governance Update article (Summer 2014 Veritas French and English)
  • Current RMC Club Constitution (English only)  http://rmcclub.ca/index.php/about/the-club-constitution/

If you are a Club member in good standing, you are invited and strongly encouraged to vote electronically.   Each member is entitled to vote once and your membership will be verified by the audit team at Panet House. Should you have difficulty or questions, please contact the Club at 1-888 386-3762.  The voting period is 17 November to 17 December.

Avis d’intention de modifier la constitution du Club des Collèges militaires royaux du Canada

Comme nombre d’entre vous le savent déjà, le Club a complété une évaluation stratégique exhaustive en 2012 et est en train de mettre en application les recommandations éclairées qui en sont issues, incluant la modernisation de la structure de gouvernance du Club. L’objectif de ces efforts de modernisation est de rationaliser la structure de gouvernance du Club en adoptant le modèle du Conseil d’administration. Au cours de la dernière année, le comité de gouvernance, habilement appuyé par un consultant externe, développa un nouveau modèle de gouvernance.

 

En plus de ce modèle, le comité a également révisé la constitution du Club et développé un nouveau document sur les politiques et procédures du conseil d’administration. Chacune de ces trois réalisations a reçu l’approbation du Comité exécutif du Club et du Conseil général. L’ensemble du procédé s’effectua dans un esprit de collaboration et avec la plus grande transparence. Par ailleurs, le Club a mis les documents clés en ligne et publié des mises à jour à la fois dans le magasine Veritas et sur eVeritas afin de tenir ses membres informés des progrès réalisés et d’encourager la rétroaction.

Lors de l’assemblée générale annuelle du Club du 27 septembre 2014, la motion suivante a été adoptée à l’unanimité :

« Que la structure de gouvernance du Club ainsi que le document des Politiques et procédures proposés soit approuvés en principe et que la constitution révisée soit distribuée à tous les membres du Club pour un vote électronique avant la fin de l’année. »

Conformément à la constitution, tout amendement constitutionnel doit être soumis aux membres pour approbation. Afin de pouvoir modifier la constitution, un vote affirmatif d’une majorité des deux-tiers des votes ou plus est nécessaire. Révisée par l’avocat honoraire du Club, puis approuvée par le Comité exécutif, la question suivante est maintenant soumise à votre attention.

 « Approuvez-vous la constitution révisée du Club des Collèges militaires royaux du Canada, incluant la nouvelle structure de gouvernance? »  Oui ou non

Afin de pouvoir vous fournir le plus d’informations possible, des liens vers ces documents clés vous sont offerts:

  • Constitution proposée du Club des CMR (anglais seulement)
  • Document sur les politiques et procédures du nouveau Conseil d’administration du Club des CMR (anglais seulement)
  • Article de mise à jour sur la gouvernance de Glenn Allen (Veritas, Été 2014)
  • Constitution actuelle du Club des CMR (anglais seulement)

Si vous êtes un membre en règle du Club, vous êtes invité et vivement encouragé à voter électroniquement.   Chaque membre a le droit de voter une fois et votre adhésion au Club sera vérifiée par l’équipe de vérification de la Maison Panet. Si vous éprouvez des difficultés ou si vous avez des questions, prière de contact le Club au 1-888 386-3762. Période de scrutin: du 17 novembre au 17 décembre.   

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Keeping Tabs & Folks in Toronto Keep This Thursday, 20 Nov Open…

Posted by rmcclub on November 16th, 2014

 

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Career Manager, Canadian Armed Forces

Aide-de-Camp to the Governor General of Canada at Canadian Forces

Communications and Electronics Engineering Officer at Canadian Forces

Director General Morale and Welfare Services

e-Veritas Realtor partner for Wainwright, Alberta

Senior Field Safety Advisor – UNHCR Jordan (Syria Response)

Head of Business Development at OMsignal

Instructor for Communications & Electronic Officers

Chief Operating Officer – Canadian First Financial Holdings Ltd

Director, Physical Resources at Algonquin College

Provincial Director at Revera Inc.

Client Services Associate at Canso Investment Counsel Ltd.

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Steph Ochej: Catching Up With 21736 Adam Bruce…

Posted by rmcclub on November 16th, 2014

21736 Adam Bruce started his time at RMC in 1996 under the ROTP plan. Interestingly, what ended with him receiving a degree in Politics and Economics from the College actually began as a Kinesiology degree at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. “I was looking to get into the ROTP,” he recalls, “but at the time they weren’t offering civilian university as an option.” Bruce had the choice to either apply again later in the hope that he could then continue at Dalhousie and finish his Kinesiology degree, or else change programs and go to RMC right away. “I picked ‘get started now’ and [went] to RMC.”

But how did a degree in Kinesiology turn into one in Politics and Economics? “I wasn’t into engineering, and once you’re into Arts you have so many choices,” the 2000 graduate explains candidly. “It just seemed like something interesting at the time.”

Bruce describes his time at RMC as an incredibly busy time, saying that he and his classmates were “going all day” with things like classes, homework, and extracurricular and sports activities, among other things.

For him, the sport was soccer, for which he played varsity; indoor first to third year and outdoor second and third year. Bruce agrees that those are some of his best memories of his time spent at the College. “Especially the indoor soccer… They opened up a soccer dome off Division Street where we used to play. That was just great…It was like a hockey rink for soccer. It was really cool,” he recalls fondly.

It turns out that being so busy all of the time played a key role in Bruce’s development. “You learn really early on how to panic effectively at RMC,” he laughs. “The first seven weeks of indoctrination— it’s such a busy time that if you can’t panic in an organized fashion, then you’re going to have a rough go,” he adds. “It wasn’t [a skill] I didn’t have,” Bruce assures, “but it’s just that level, that intensity.”

And this is something that has stuck with Bruce and helps him to this day: “Now, the ability to keep my kids and their activities [organized], and work, and all of the other things that are going on in life… that’s the greatest legacy, for sure.” he explains.

After leaving RMC in 2000 the graduate headed to Winnipeg for his one-year training to become an Air Navigator. What followed was a posting to CFB Greenwood, where he worked as a navigator until 2007. That year, Bruce was sent back to Kingston to work as a squadron commander at RMC, a time he seems particularly proud of and describes as “the best of times.”

In 2008, however, it was time for a change for the navigator. “After a while it was time to move on and do something else,” he says. “Long hours and 3:00AM phone calls on standby were getting to be a bit much,” Bruce explains, “so I figured I’d go to law school.”

After finishing law school at Queen’s University in Kingston, Bruce was posted to Ottawa where he now works as a Legal Officer. “I work in the military justice side of things,” he explains. “There’s always ongoing reform of the military justice and discipline system, so I work in the regulatory part that does the documentation of that.”

Despite how far he has come, there is still a very real sense of how much Bruce loved his time spent in Kingston, both as a student and as a squadron commander. That is where he met his wife (who attended Queen’s, but whose father taught at RMC), and also made many friendships. When asked if he keeps track of people from his Kingston days, Bruce is quick to say that he believes most do, even if it’s difficult: “People are in different places, leading different lives. Most of them are still serving, doing their different types of service… You don’t keep track of people day-to-day, but you always know where everyone is and what they’re doing.”

And, even if the graduates from Bruce’s class don’t see each other often, they still have their 15-year reunion to look forward to next year. He admits that he is often too busy to go back every year for Reunion Weekend, but he thinks next year will be big for his class and is looking forward to returning for that.

In the meantime, Bruce keeps up with what his happening around RMC and what his classmates and colleagues are up to through e-Veritas: “I get e-Veritas every Monday, and that’s where you check in to see where people are, what are they doing, what’s going on, what’s happening at the College… It’s really the pulse of things… It’s great that we have that.” And now, thanks to Adam Bruce generously giving up his time for this interview, readers can check in with him.

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Lest We Forget

Posted by rmcclub on November 16th, 2014

RMCC Ceremony – Well Done. Well Attended

By: WJO

This past Tuesday, 11 Nov, the Royal Military College of Canada recognized and celebrated a very impressive Remembrance Day Ceremony at the Memorial Arch.

Three wreaths were laid (Photo left)14835 Major General Tremblay, accompanied by Chief Warrant Officer Thibault, on behalf of the Canadian Defence Academy; (Photo C) Cmdt, 16888 BGen Meinzinger accompanied by the CCWO, CPO1 Davidson on behalf of the Royal Military College of Canada; and on behalf of the RMC club of Canada (Photo right) 5877 Captain (N) (Retired) Ted Davies, President of the Kingston Branch of the RMC Club, accompanied by the Cadet Wing Commander 26339 OCdt Lizee.

The two MCs – OCds Andela and LaPlante handled their duties in the most able manner, and successfully stayed on script for the 30 minute ceremony under sunny skies and mild temperatures (14-16c); weather one would expect and even hope for on Reunion Weekend.

 

Administering the prayers’ service were the RMCC Chaplains, Major Newhook (right) and LCdr Mackinnon (left).

 

A large crowd was in attendance including a good portion of the Cadet Wing, RMCC military & civilian staffs, Ex Cadets, and many family & friends from the City of Kingston and surrounding areas near & far.

 

Following the Memorial Arch ceremony there was reception at the Cadet Mess in Yeo Hall. All in all, a very well organized day. All involved should be proud on how they pulled it off.

 Click on photos for better viewing. More photos by Kai Zhao here

 

11 Nov – The Way I See It

27421 OCdt (I) Melissa Sanfaçon – 6 Squadron

Remembrance Day is generally accepted as a day where Canadians, and people all over the world, take a few moments to pay respect to those who fought, and gave their lives for their country. Though this is an indisputable fact, I’m sure many would agree with me in saying that Remembrance Day stands for much more than that.

Those who we remember and pay our respects to, have given the ultimate sacrifice; for their countries and in turn their families, their neighbours, and people whom they had never met. They fought for many causes; peace, freedom, equality, and many other fundamental rights that are too often taken for granted. To me, Remembrance Day is a time where we not only pay our respects for fallen soldiers, but we remember the importance behind the sacrifice that was made. Our lives would not be as they are today, were it not for the bravery and courage of the soldiers who came before us.

Growing up, Remembrance Day was always a day I took seriously and held close to heart. Coming from a military family, I not only respected, but practically idolized men like my father, and his father, who had served or were currently serving. I was shown the importance of respecting veterans and understanding the importance behind why soldiers had to sacrifice their lives. I grew up appreciating the sacrifices that were made, and the courage it took to fight for Canada and Canadian values.

Now that I have joined the military, Remembrance Day has not only remained important to me, but has grown to hold an even deeper meaning. Though I do not have much military experience, and can in no way understand what those who fought had gone through, the meaning behind Remembrance Day has become more of a reality. Though it is intimidating to know that one day, those of us here at the Royal Military College of Canada, could be remembered for the sacrifice we made for Canada, it is not something to be afraid of. In fact, it is an honor. It is an honor to be here, and to serve your country, part of this being in honorable memory of those soldiers who fought before us.

Remembrance Day reminds us all of the courage the ultimate sacrifice takes, and shows that the legacy of the fallen, and of veterans will not be forgotten, but treasured, as many young soldiers and officer cadets strive to demonstrate these same qualities. It is a day that has always been important to me, and as a new military member has grown in meaning.

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RMCC Cadets Attend Annual Sikh Remembrance Day Service

Article by 26288 OCdt (IV) Sarabjot Anand

This past weekend, 26285 OCdt (IV) Saajandeep Sarai, 26788 OCdt (III) Sarbjeet Nijher, 27232 (I) NCdt. Maheep Bhui and myself attended the Annual Sikh Remembrance Day service that was held at the Mount Hope Cemetery in Kitchener, Ontario. This cemetery holds the only military grave in Canada belonging to a Sikh soldier. It is the largest annual gathering of Sikh soldiers and veterans in North America. Sikhs from across Ontario gathered to pay tribute to the service and sacrifices of the Canadian Armed Forces and celebrate the Sikh military tradition by honoring veterans.

Private Buckam Singh was born on December 5th, 1893 in the farming town of Mahilpur, India. Since India was still a British Colony, many Sikhs enlisted in the British Army because of their warrior tradition. At the age of 14, Singh departed for British Columbia and left behind his homeland. When he arrived, he faced many racist laws in the province and therefore moved to Ontario and worked as a farmer in Rosebank. When World War I was declared, Singh enlisted in the Canadian Expeditionary Force and became one of just nine Canadian Sikhs to fight in World War I.

He was sent to Barriefield Camp near Kingston and joined the 59th Battalion. On his registration papers, he recorded himself to be a follower of the “Church of England” as he did not have the option to identify himself as a Sikh.

He fought in France and was injured in the head by shrapnel on June 2, 1916. He was hospitalized at St.Eloi. LCol. John McCrae, the author of “In Flanders Fields”, was in command of this very hospital. After about eight months, Singh was sent to rejoin combat, but he developed severe tuberculosis and was sent back to Canada. Upon his return, he was discharged. He spent the rest of his life at Freeport Military Hospital. He died on August 27, 1919. He was buried in the only known grave of a Canadian Sikh soldier.

The first Remembrance Day ceremony in Canada took place 95 years ago in 1919, a mere two and a half months after Pvt. Buckam Singh’s death, when King George designated the day in all Commonwealth countries to remember the members of the armed forces who had died in line of duty in World War I.

Sikh members of the Canadian Forces (CF) have attended this annual event since 2009. For the third year in a row, the Royal Military College of Canada received an invitation from the event organizers to attend the service; we gladly accepted the invitation and represented RMCC at the event in uniform. The event had a huge audience, numerous media personnel and many political party members. Various members of the CF also attended. Major Richard Silva, the Commanding Officer of the Canadian Forces Recruiting Center, was also present at the event as the Guest of Honour. The service was held also to honour the local soldiers that served from the Kitchener/Waterloo area; their graves are also located at the cemetery. A moment of silence was given to remember all the sacrifices that our soldiers have made.

Remembrance Day is all about heart, about remembering those who never came home to their families.

Lest We Forget.

More photo by SikhMuseum Here

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On 9 November 2014, the Toronto Branch of the Ukrainian Canadian Congress held its annual Remembrance Ceremony at the Ukrainian Canadian Memorial Park. This event was highly successful.

This year’s ceremony was attended by several hundred people. We had a well-organized march of veterans and current serving military members. For the first time, the march included representatives from the Royal Military College WO Julian Wieczorek, Officer Cadet Konrad Schnurr and Officer Cadet Nicolas Saulnier.

At the Ceremony, there were also members from the federal and provincial government. Twenty six wreaths were placed at the cenotaph, escorted by Officer Cadet Nicolas. The Canadian flag was held by Officer Cadet Konrad Schnurr.

In addition, the Orion Choir and the Vanguard Marching Band, and a piper from the 48th Highlanders of Canada performed superbly.

The Guest Speaker was a Colonel from the Ukrainian Air Force who is currently attending the Security Program at the Canadian Forces College. He shared his thoughts on Remembrance Day from the perspective of a country currently defending its territorial sovereignty and integrity from Russian invasion that has suffered the loss of thousands of military members.

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The Week That Was…& More…

Posted by rmcclub on November 16th, 2014

RMCC & The K-Rock Centre

By: WJO

Commandant, BGen Al Meinzinger had lots of help with the ceremonial opening faceoff during the Kingston Frontenac’s Military Appreciation Night.  Over 4000 fans witnessed as the former hockey Redmen aided by his daughter, Shayna proudly wearing her red & white RMCC scarf and aide-de-camp – OCdt Alexandre Kingsbury officially got the OHL regular season game underway.

Taking the faceoff for North Bay Battalion, Marcus McIvor  is #4 and for the hometown Kingston Frontenacs, #20 – Roland McKeown. The game was played at the K-Rock Centre, 7 Nov and North Bay were the game winners by a score of 4-1.

Following the Militry Appreciation Night game, four RMCC cadets took part in a fun event at the K-Rock Centre on Saturday, 8 Nov. The OHL match-up featured Kingston Frontenacs and the Ottawa 67’s.

In the picture, from left to right is OCdt Bruni, NCdt Lapointe, OCdt Donnelly, and OCdt Landry – all from 8 Squadron.

This highly motivated foursome were selected as serving members to take part in the intermission games at centre ice. In teams of 2, they had to build a sandwich, using themselves as the buns. In short, they partook in a small race against each other, with Landry and Donnelly winning by a slim margin.

The game tickets were graciously donated to the cadets by John and Heather Price, 2 real estate gurus in the Kingston community.

8 SQN pride was well demonstrated during the entertaining event and reflected well on RMCC  as a whole.

Unlike the night before – the hometown team was the winner by a score of 2-1.

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2014 Vimy Award Gala Dinner

By: 26670 NCdt IV Katherine Silins – 8 Squadron

Friday 7 Nov, I had the distinct pleasure of attending the Vimy Award Gala dinner along with OCdt Poplawski and OCdt Sager under the direction of Capt Lord. The dinner took place at the Canadian National War Museum in the infamous tank room.

The Vimy Award was created in 1991 to “recognize a Canadian who has made outstanding contributions to the security and defence of Canada and to the contribution in the defence and security of our nation and preservation of our democratic values. It is so named for the bravery and sacrifices of the Canadian soldiers who won at the Battle of Vimy Ridge in 1917. This year’s recipient was Blake C. Goldring, MSM, LLD, CFA. He is the Chairman and CEO of AGF Management Limited and holds an Honours BA from U of T as well as an MBA from INSEAD in France. As honorary Colonel of the Canadian Army, Mr. Goldring is the Founder and Chairman of Canada Company, Many Ways to Serve, an organization to bring community leaders across Canada together to support members of the CAF and their families. Canada Company awards scholarships to children whose parents have made the ultimate sacrifice in their service to Canada among other initiatives. As an Honorary Colonel, he plays an important role in strengthening relations between Canada’s business community and the Canadian Army.

The Dinner was a beautiful affair. After a reception in the atrium, where I saw more generals and colonels in the same place than I ever had before, we were ushered into the main hall. Dinner was a lavish affair, with more courses than meals I usually eat in a day. I was lucky enough to be sitting at a table of Commissionaires, and beside a Navy pharmacist. I spent most of the meal talking to her about health care in the CAF, as it is a field I would like to pursue after my time at the College is done.

The most touching part of the evening was when the families and friends of Cpl Nathan Cirrillo and WO Patrice Vincent were introduced. Mr. Goldring dedicated his award to the lives of the men who suffered great tragedy while wearing our uniform proudly.

The Vimy Dinner is an experience I will not soon forget, and I feel blessed and lucky that I was offered the opportunity to attend such a prestigious event.

Ed Note: The Vimy Dinner is another of the many functions, off campus, that is supported by the Foundation.

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Peer Assistance Group (PAG)

By 26469 OCdt Olivia Frank

On Monday, November 3, the Peer Assistance Group (PAG) carried out its monthly training under the direction of Sharon Ash from Health Promotions and Rachel Dutcher. The focus of the evening was on self-care and compassion training. Some of the subjects that were addressed were compassion fatigue and vicarious trauma.

The members received instruction on the meaning of certain terms, some of the causes and symptoms, and some of the procedures that can be done to prevent and deal with those issues. Another portion of the evening involved the introduction of relaxation techniques, including some yoga and some listening to muscle relaxation exercises.

This training was extremely beneficial, but not simply for the people that attended. The information that was learned in the briefing is extremely beneficial to PAG as an organization that aids to help out the morale and care within the cadet wing. In the future, PAG members will now be better prepared to handle a larger variety of issues that their peers may come forward with. Self-care is an extremely important issue, especially for the cadet wing, the future leaders of the Canadian Armed Forces.

Before you can look after other people, you must first ensure your own stability and safety. This was the goal of the training, and was achieved successfully.

Le Groupe d’Assistance aux Pairs (GAP)

par 26469 OCdt Olivia Frank

Le Groupe d’Assistance aux Pairs (GAP) a tenu son entrainement mensuel le lundi 3 novembre sous la direction de Sharon Ash de la Promotion de la Santé et de Rachel Dutcher. L’objectif de la soirée était d’apprendre à veiller sur soi et faire preuve de compassion. Les sujets abordés étaient la fatigue liée à la compassion et le traumatisme indirect.

Les membres ont reçu de l’instruction sur le sens de quelques termes, et les causes et symptômes, et quelques manières pour la prévention et l’amélioration de ces problèmes. L’autre partie de la soirée était l’introduction de techniques de relaxation, incluant du yoga et des exercices d’écoute pour la relaxation des muscles.

L’entrainement était extrêmement important, mais pas seulement pour ceux qui étaient là. L’information qui a été apprise dans le briefing va aider le GAP dans sa mission d’aider avec le moral et la santé de l’escadre des élève-officiers. Dans le futur, les membres du GAP vont maintenant être plus préparés à faire face aux problèmes de leurs pairs. Le soin personnel est une chose extrêmement importante, notamment pour l’escadre des élofs, les futurs leaders des Forces armées canadiennes.

Avant que vous puissiez vous occuper des autres, vous devez premièrement assurer votre sécurité et stabilité. C’était cela le but de l’entrainement pour le mois, et ce fut très bien accompli.

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Expedition club: Peru 2014

26091 Élof Alexia Croizer,  (CWPMC)

On December 13th, 8 OCdts. from the Royal Military College of Canada will venture to the high Andes of Peru to experience a true challenge. These cadets will be reaching altitudes of 16,000 ft and be exploring some of the most remote regions of South America. It will be an opportunity for the team to experience the Peruvian culture and the Spanish language. These OCdts. will be landing in Lima and then make their way to a remote high town of Huaraz, which is the adventure capital of the region. From there, the OCdts. will be acclimatizing to the high altitude with one or two intense day hikes followed by large amounts of rest. This will prepare them for the challenging endeavour that they will undertake in the following days.

Au cours des prochaines semaines, les membres de l’expédition vont s’entraîne physiquement et mentalement afin d’être totalement prêts pour le voyage. Ils suivront des cours d’espagnol, des séances d’entraînement physique et des réunions sur la sécurité afin de pouvoir faire face à toutes éventualités qui pourraient survenir au cours du voyage. Les élofs planifieront tout, de la nourriture à l’achat des billets d’avion, de la navigation aux premiers soins. Ils feront également, d’ici jusqu’au 13 décembre, des activités de groupe afin de créer et renforcer le lien de solidarité et d’amitié qui les uni, et développer l’esprit d’équipe du groupe.

In all, these OCdts. will be given an opportunity of a life time to experience a foreign culture, gain practical experience in leadership, and engage in social activities that will benefit them as future officers in the Canadian Armed Forces. The RMC Expedition Club would like to thank the RMC Foundation for its generous donation of $20,000 that is making this expedition possible and allowing the Club to send cadets to the ends of the world.

 

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Training for the “M”

Posted by rmcclub on November 16th, 2014

RMCC Taking Queen’s Model United Nations by Storm!

By: 26659 OCdt (III) Danielle Andela Cadet Wing Internal Information Officer 

This past weekend, beginning with the Opening Ceremonies at 1900 on Thursday, November 6th, members of the RMC International Relations Club played the parts of many delegates in several different committees at the Queen’s Model United Nations Invitational (QMUNi). These committees ranged from a futuristic Star Wars committee to a Code Red Crisis committee regarding issues in the Middle East and even included a committee about the Crusades. The delegation represented RMC with pride, attending the opening and closing ceremonies in Scarlets and bringing home the bacon when it came time for the awards presentation. Seven individual awards were presented to the delegates and the “Best Small Delegation” Award was presented to the RMC delegation as whole.

Members of the delegation (from left to right): OCdt John Jacob, OCdt Jesse Friesen, NCdt Ian Marcoux, OCdt Thomas Foster, NCdt Marisa Warner, NCdt James Craigie, NCdt Alex Webb, OCdt Liam Bell, OCdt Chad Rodriguez, OCdt Mark Emmerson, OCdt Kiernan Broda-Milian, OCdt Danielle Andela, NCdt Tejvinder Toor.

Thank you to team captain OCdt John Jacob for coordinating the plans and details for the weekend and ensuring the registration went without a hitch.

As a whole, the RMC delegation represented the Royal Military College superbly and will continue on to future events with the same levels of enthusiasm and performance!

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All Years Busy With Their Leadership Development & Military Training

Article Coordinated by: 26659 OCdt (III) Danielle Andela Cadet Wing Internal Information Officer

The cadets of the Royal Military College of Canada gathered, once again, by year to engage in several different kinds of military training this Wednesday, November 12th Professional Military Training (PMT):

PMT for this Wednesday was very successful and the messages that L/Col Popov intended to convey were comprehended and the material was retained. The first year flights have been working very hard throughout the last few months, and it is rewarding for them to be acknowledged for their efforts. It is also motivating to be spoken so highly of from the DCdts, and will encourage positive and progressive results in the future. With regards to the suicide portion of the briefing, all that needed to be said was mentioned. There was no confusion or misinterpretation of the specific point that was intended from L/Col Popov.

Specifically, Kaeble flight has been a well -oiled machine and has worked cooperatively together in all aspects of RMC life. The cohesion and teamwork is an attribute that Kaeble is proud of and will aid in future obstacles. With demonstrations of proficiency in drill, dress and deportment, Kaeble is an example of how a team should work together. Each member of the flight has his/her own role and there is very little if any conflict between the members. By having a supportive flight and staff, it enables us to work together and raise the standard.

In conclusion, the PMT administered by L/Col Popov (Photo right)this week was necessary and beneficial to becoming future officers in the profession of arms. Each day is a learning experience and when senior officers provide feedback to the troops it is sure to produce and procure high expectations and at the same time raised moral.

- OCdt 27250 (I) Brett Cameron

Second year cadets met in the Cadet Dining Hall for their weekly PMT period, engaging in a presentation on military writing and documentation. The Class of 2017 was formally introduced to proper formatting regarding briefing notes, external letters, and minute sheets in order to prepare them for their careers as future officers.

Administrative know-how is a key asset, and in order to foster that quality, each cadet was assigned specific written scenarios to be marked for a later date. These unique situations ranged from squadron commander role-play to a formal invitation to a civilian official. As the second year cadets move forward into leadership positions at the college, proficiency in written correspondence will be absolutely instrumental to success.

- NCdt 26898 (II) Charles Grimshaw

This week’s PMT consisted of the third year class meeting with the DCdts to discuss the issues concerning the class this year. The DCdts was able to address many of the concerns of the class and ensured the third years understood his stance on the concerns of the class. As the next leaders of the Cadet Wing, there was a noticeable increase in the concern the third years regarding many issues. These DCdts hours are a great avenue for Cadets to learn how senior officers hear the concerns of their subordinates and a great outlet to voice concerns sometimes difficult to get answers too.

- OCdt 25534 (III) Kevin Pathinather

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7 days in the life of a RMCC Squadron Commander – Pt. 3

Posted by rmcclub on November 16th, 2014

One on One

Article by: 26972 OCdt (II) Chantel Fortier

The third addition to the Seven Day Diary was Captain Gaudet, the Squadron Commander of 3 Squadron. An AERE officer specializing on Griffon helicopters, Captain Gaudet provided a fresh perspective on the role of Squadron Commander at RMC – her second posting since completing her occupational training.

Before arriving at RMC, Captain Gaudet served at 1 Wing, managing maintenance for the Griffons. “It’s similar to managing the Cadets,” she said, smiling. “83 Cadets – 83 helicopters, each with their own administrative needs, qualifications and applications.” Hoping to get posted to Gagetown, she is nonetheless enjoying her position as a Squadron Commander. Specifically, the opportunity for mentorship – a hands-on experience with the third- and fourth-years that will soon be leaving the College to manage units of their own.

Like many of the other SCs, Captain Gaudet’s path through the Forces is wildly varied with the familiar story of the cadets at RMC. She began as a Direct-Entry Officer, immediately going through Basic training and progressing into her occupational phase training. As one who did not have the RMC background, she came to the College fresh to many of the campus’ traditions, an experience of which she has come to especially enjoy. Indeed, she enjoys a special bond with 3 Squadron, encouraging a friendly talking policy that invites Cadets of all years to visit and share their problems – or successes. Captain Gaudet explained that having the ability to share those concerns before they turned into real problems was a crucial preventative measure officers must be prepared to shoulder. Not only did it provide a bond of trust between superior officers and their subordinates, but it helped clear issues before they began snowballing into other areas of College life – a very real threat in the fast-paced schedule of the cadets.

At the end of the day, Captain Gaudet is a friendly, open SC seeking to provide the example of officership she herself would follow.

 

Monday 27 Oct

- 0800 Work on morning emails

- 0930 meeting with cadet

- 1000 Meeting with Div comd

- 1130 Lunch

- 1300 Finished file for PRB, Emails

- 1700 grocery shopping, dinner with roommate

- 1830 House cleaning

- 1930 Play with puppy Barley, Watch Gilmore girls on Netflix

Tuesday

- 0645 town hall with sqn

- 0900 G1 coord with other sqn comds

- 1000-1200 office hours for students/emails

- 1200 lunch

- 1330 physio off base

- 1400-1600 office hours and emails, general work

- 1645-1900 Chris Hadfield lecture

- 1900 Dinner with roommate, house cleaning

- 2000 Hang out with puppy and Gilmore Girls on Netflix

Wednesday

- 0800-1500Attended Dangerous Good Driving Training in order to be qualified to drive around ammunition on range days

- 1530 – Did yard work after work to prep for winter

- 1700 Had supper with roommate

- 1800 Babysat for a friend

- 1930 Puppy time

Thursday

- 0645 Attending division morning

- 0900 Finished testing for dangerous goods course

- 1000 visited old place of employment at 1 Wing HQ to discuss issue with OR

- 1030-1200 Office hours

- 1200 – division coord in Currie

- 1300 – Div meeting with just staff

- 1430 – 1700 mess meeting

- 1700-1830 meeting with cadet

- 2000-2100 Ball hockey in town

- 2100-2230 – pumpkin carving with roommate

Friday

- 0630-0800 breakfast and walk the dog

- 0900 walk through and candy delivery of sqn

- 1200 – lunch with SCs

- 1300-1500 offices hours and emails

- 1800- 2100 trick-or-treaters at home

Saturday

- 0800-1200 shopping for Halloween Party

- 1200-1330 lunch with friends

- 1330-1700 prep for Halloween party

- 1900-? Halloween and House Warming party with friends

Sunday

- 1100-1200 Puppy class

- 1200-1600 cleaning the house post-party

- 1600-1800 watch TV with roommate

- 1800 walk with puppy

- 1900 talk to family back in NB

- 2100 early to bed!

 7 Days in the Life of a Squadron Commander – Pt I

7 Days in the Life of a Squadron Commander – Pt. II

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Sports…

Posted by rmcclub on November 16th, 2014

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

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Recent OUA Results:

Hockey:

Fri Nov 14,  RMC 4  York 7  Box Score

Sat Nov 15 RMC 1  Brock 9 Box Score

(M) Volleyball:

 Sat 15 Nov Waterloo 3  RMC 0  Box Score

Sun 16 Nov Guelph 3  RMC 1  Box Score

(W) Volleyball:

Bye week

Upcoming Games:

Hockey:

Fri, Nov 21, 7:00 pm Waterloo at RMC

Sat, Nov 22, 7:00 pm  Laurier at RMC

(M) Volleyball:

Fri, Nov 21 RMC at Queen’s 8:00 PM

(W) Volleyball:

Fri, Nov 21 Brock at RMC 7:00 PM

Sat, Nov 22 Lakehead at RMC 3:00 PM

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Claude Scilley: Buddy convinces 15950 Brian Collict to give RMC a try

Posted by rmcclub on November 16th, 2014

Buddy convinces 15950 Brian Collict to give RMC a try

By CLAUDE SCILLEY

Brian Collict’s father couldn’t figure it out.

In a University of Toronto-centric household in suburban Scarborough, what would possess the youngest of his four children to want to attend some place called Royal Military College?

“I have brothers and sisters, they all went to U of T,” Collict was saying on the phone. “My Dad’s a U of T grad, my mom’s a teacher. Mom and Dad had zero military involvement, zero military connection. My Dad’s, like, ‘Why are you going to RMC? I don’t understand this. I don’t know anyone who’s graduated from RMC.’”

One of the things Collict’s father did as part of his career, however, was work as a labour arbitrator, and one day he found himself on a tribunal with a man named Frank Collom, who was on the faculty at the School of Business at Queen’s. “He came back one day and said, ‘I met this fellow Frank Collom. He says RMC is a fantastic place, ‘ so I kind of got the thumbs-up from my Dad.”

If any doubts lingered in the elder Collict’s mind, they were doubtless erased four years later. By then Brian was in his final year with the RMC hockey team, and the Redmen were bound for West Point, N.Y., for the annual hockey game with the U.S. Military Academy.

“My highlight was I scored two goals and we won 4-3 and in their brand-new athletic complex,” Brian said,” and my parents were there. We got a bus to come with all our parents (and) my Dad actually snapped a picture of me scoring one of the goals.”

A reprint of that photograph, with the puck in the net, Collict’s arms raised and the referee pointing to him as the goal-scorer, hangs proudly in his family room.

(By the way, it just so happened that Frank Collom wasn’t finished making cameo appearances in Collict’s life. “In the chapters of It’s A Small World, doesn’t my roommate from first year end up marrying Frank Collom’s daughter,” Brian recalled.)

The day Collict came home with his post-secondary bombshell came after he had a conversation with high-school buddy Gord Plue, who academically was a year ahead of his neighbourhood pal. The two of them had grown up playing soccer and hockey in Scarborough. “His parents were from the Kingston area, and I’m not sure if it was on a lark or what but he applied to RMC and decided to try it,” Collict said. “I kept in touch with him and in Grade 13, through some convincing by Gord, I decided that I’d apply.

“By that time, Gord had connected with the hockey team and (coach) Dr. Wayne Kirk (photo left) and he said, ‘Geez, you know, Brian, if I can make the hockey team, you can make the hockey team. It’s a great program, you figure out how to deal with all the military stuff, the academics are good and I think it would be a good fit for you.’”

Collict arrived in Kingston in the fall of 1983 to study civil engineering and, at first, it wasn’t his cup of tea. “In my first year and second year,” he said, “I wasn’t a very happy person, generally speaking, but once you figure it out you realize you just need to get your act together, and understand what the expectations are, whether it’s academic, whether it’s military, or whether it’s organizing your life so you can do the sports.”

With the Redmen hockey team, Collict met people like Steve Molaski, Andre Labrie, Shayne Wisniewski (photo) and others, and it was those budding friendships that saw him through the dark moments. “I have these amazing memories of great young guys who had tons of fun, and I’ll call it good clean fun.”

For instance, Collict spoke of the rookie initiation to the hockey team.

“At that point in the First Year Orientation Period, as they now call it at RMC, you’re living this pretty Spartan lifestyle: in bed at 11, not allowed out, up at 5:30 or 6, people ragging on you, beating you up, going for runs at 6, back for a quick shower, inspection, lunch, class—it was just a disastrous life. One day the hockey guys, the third- and fourth-years, came to our rooms and said, ‘You’re going out tonight.’ Meanwhile, we’re not supposed to leave the campus.

“They took us to a bar downtown that shall remain nameless, but it was pretty scary. We had a bunch of beer, which for some young guys who were getting beat up and hating life, was awesome, (a lot different than) some of the nasty hazing that you hear about.”

There were no pretentions about hockey at RMC, Collict said. The first priority was to beat West Point, the second was to beat Queen’s, and after that get as many points in league play as they could. In his four years, Collict played for Kirk, a professor at the college who endeared himself to his players.

“Wayne was a real mentor to a lot of us. In my first year, we had seven or eight first-years. Let’s face it, I only played junior B in Toronto, and really kind of gave up on hockey by that time because I knew I wasn’t going to be an NHL player; I wasn’t playing OHL, I wasn’t good enough.

“Wayne was a great guy, 100 per cent behind hockey and the players. He was a very serious guy but at the same time, he had a fun, quirky sense of humour. We all loved him because we knew how much he supported us and worked on behalf of the hockey program.”

The Redmen were 2-2 against Army in Collict’s four seasons—“a middling record”—winning his first game in 1984 8-5 at the Memorial Centre before losing the next two times, 6-4 at the Point and 9-7 back in Kingston, before the memorable 4-3 win in Collict’s final season.

“I’m not sure it has the same cache from the West Point folks,” he said of the exchange, “but it’s huge, it’s exciting, a measure of pressure, particularly when you’re in first and second year. Everyone’s interested in it, there’s a real heightened awareness, not just for the people playing in the events, whether it’s hockey or volleyball; it’s getting to go there, on a world stage, because I think you could argue West Point might be the most well known military educational institution of them all. To see that, to see the size of it, that location on the Hudson River—and the hockey game is great.

“I’ll use the word pathetic that they didn’t play it for a few years. I thought it was sad.”

There were other highlights of RMC hockey for Collict, beating a powerful Western team, winning a Christmas tournament at Ryerson—“that was pretty cool”—of always playing well against a perennially tough York team—“they would never blow us out but we could never steal a point”—and one night gaining a tie against Queen’s, which was, at the time, among the league’s elite, having been to the national championship just three years earlier.

“I remember my first year, we either tied them or beat them and it was like we won the Stanley Cup,” Collict said. “The guys in fourth year were over the moon to think that we tied them. It was quite an experience.”

Measuring success in small doses was discouraging at times, he recalled. “Sure it was,” he said. “We were good players, but we weren’t great players, compared to some of the other teams. Our first year, U of T won the CIAU and their team was just ridiculous. They had a guy named Andre Hidi who was drafted by the NHL, out of U of T. They were just awesome. So you go into U of T, and you’re playing in Varsity Arena, and you know that you’ll be lucky to get out of there without losing by 10 goals, so it was a little bit discouraging but we fought hard.”

Hockey players weren’t encouraged to play two sports at the time, so there was never much chance that either Collict or his old buddy, Plue, would ever play soccer at RMC but Collict recalls the summer after he graduated, he played in the Kingston men’s league with the Italo-Canadian Club.

“I was a much better soccer player than a hockey player,” said Collict, who nonetheless had a soccer experience at RMC. The academic advisor to the soccer team was Mr. Wilfried van de Ven, a language teacher, who organized a trip to France one spring. “They had a few extra spots, so Gord Plue, myself and another guy, Jamie Williams (photo left), trained with the soccer team and we went over after exams and did a 10-day tour in Belgium and France.

“Basically we were players No. 14, 15 and 16. We didn’t really play but it was a good life experience.”

One of the sort that makes Collict’s memories of the college special.

“I’m a chump. I’m just an average guy,” Collict said. “I really enjoyed RMC, enjoyed playing hockey there, but I had no illusions about my skill and capability. More than anything, my whole experience was about relationships, about the people that I met, people like Wayne Kirk, all the hockey guys, Andre Labrie, Steve Molaski—I could list so many names.

“RMC offers this fantastic all-round education (but) it’s not for everybody. I’ll be the first to acknowledge that. When I was there, to be honest, the concept of someone being in charge of my life for eight years was just not palatable at all, but what happens is you graduate and you blink and your friends have done their four years of obligatory service time. It’s not as long as you think, and it’s a great foundation, particularly in today’s world where the job market is going to be increasingly challenging for young people.”

Collict, who attended RMC on the Reserve Entry Training Program, worked for seven years in the oil and gas business for Shell before getting his MBA at Queen’s in 1996. He worked in the printing ink business for 12 years, and rose to be the Canadian president of Sun Chemical. He did some teaching in the School of Graphic Communications Management at Ryerson and now runs A.R. Monteith, a Mississauga company that manufactures industrial and specialty coatings.

He and his wife, Jennifer, a Grade 3 teacher in the Region of Peel, live in Port Credit with their twin five-year-old sons, William and Bryce.

“I’m working very hard to make them the next Sedin twins,” Collict said with a chuckle. “I think my odds are very slim, but we’re having fun. We go down to the arena every Saturday and have a blast.”

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Qu’est-ce qui se passe au CMR

Posted by rmcclub on November 16th, 2014

Plus de 1000 personnes aux portes ouvertes du CMR Saint-Jean

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

Le 8 novembre dernier, le Collège militaire royal de Saint-Jean (CMR Saint-Jean) tenait ses traditionnelles portes ouvertes qui a accueilli cette année quelque 1000 personnes.

« Nous sommes ravis d’avoir pu accueillir autant de personnes, explique le Colonel Jennie Carignan, commandant du CMR Saint-Jean. C’est une occasion pour nous de présenter au grand public nos élèves-officiers, notre personnel, nos programmes et nos installations. C’est également une occasion de remercier le public de la région de son appui.»

Les visiteurs ont eu l’occasion de faire une visite guidée du Collège menée par des élèves-officiers et des professeurs. Commençant par l’édifice de Léry qui abrite les salles de classe et les laboratoires, le parcours s’est poursuivi au pavillon Vanier qui héberge le gymnase, la piscine et autres installations sportives, puis par la suite dans les dortoirs, et s’est terminé au réfectoire. C’est là qu’une partie du pavillon a été emménagée tout spécialement pour l’occasion afin que les visiteurs qui le désirent puissent poser des questions au directeur des études, aux professeurs ainsi qu’aux officiers de liaison responsables du rayonnement du CMR Saint-Jean auprès des établissements scolaires civils.

Les visites guidées étaient ponctuées de courtes présentations de certains professeurs et d’élèves-officiers qui partageait avec enthousiasme leur style de vie au Collège. Suite à leur visite, les visiteurs sont repartis avec une meilleure connaissance de ce qu’est le Collège et de ses installations ainsi qu’ une meilleure compréhension des quatre composantes du programme qui y est offert soit, les études, le sport, le leadership et le bilinguisme.

En somme, les portes ouvertes ont connu un franc succès. L’activité a dépassé les attentes et a permis de mieux faire connaître la mission du Collège qui est de préparer les élèves-officiers à une brillante carrière en tant qu’officier des Forces armées canadiennes.

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Le CMR Saint-Jean à la Compétition de Taekwondo

Un article écrit par l’Élof Jacob Venne

Les membres de l’équipe de taekwondo du Collège militaire royal de Saint-Jean ont pris part à la Coupe Dan do, une compétition qui s’est tenue au centre Claude-Robillard de Montréal le 8 novembre dernier.

Quelque 1000 pratiquants de taekwondo des quatre coins de la province étaient attendus pour participer à cet événement de grande envergure, la 13e édition de cette compétition. Les représentants du CMR Saint-Jean se sont disputé les honneurs contre plusieurs autres participants dans la catégorie « combats ». Chacun a obtenu une médaille, dont trois d’entre-eux, une médaille d’or. Leur entraîneur les avait très bien préparés pour ce tournoi, d’où les excellents résultats. Des compétitions comme celles-ci sont très exigeantes autant mentalement que physiquement, car les élèves-officiers ont dû s’entraîner trois jours par semaine depuis le début du mois de septembre. De plus, pour la plupart des élèves-officiers, c’était une première participation à une compétition de taekwondo. Ceux-ci n’avaient aucune idée de qui ils allaient affronter, dans quel environnement se déroulerait la compétition, etc. Les estrades du Complexe sportif Claude-Robillard étaient d’ailleurs bien remplies.

Les élèves-officiers ont adoré leur expérience et sont impatients de refaire une compétition; la prochaine devrait normalement avoir lieu vers le mois de janvier. Bref, les futurs officiers ont démontré toute leur volonté de vaincre lors de cette compétition et ont prouvé qu’à force de travailler, ça finit toujours par payer. Tous les membres de l’équipe du CMR Saint-Jean espèrent qu’ils continueront à avoir d’aussi bons résultats.

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Tournoi de Ballon sur glace féminin au CMR Saint-Jean

Par André Durand, Officier de liaison des Collèges militaires canadiens (Québec)

Simultanément à son activité « Portes ouvertes », le CMR Saint-Jean, en partenariat avec le Chapitre Fort Saint-Jean du Club des CMR,  planifiait tenir un tournoi de ballon sur glace s’adressant aux jeunes en général et les femmes de 21 ans et moins. Étant à sa première édition d’une telle initiative, le tournoi a plutôt consisté à un tournoi à la ronde pour 6 équipes féminines. Ces dernières provenaient de l’Assomption, Sainte-Anne-des-Plaines, Montréal, de la région des Bois Francs, de la région du Témiscouata et du CMR Saint-Jean. Le tournoi était organisé par l’équipe de ballon sur glace masculine du collège sous l’égide du Directeur des Sports, M. Sébastien Beauregard.

La finale, disputée entre les EntrAmigo des Bois Francs et les Huskies de Montréal, fût déterminée en première période supplémentaire avec une victoire de 1- 0 pour les Huskies. Somme toute cette première édition fût grandement appréciée par les équipes participantes et elles ont été unanimes à souligner la qualité de l’évènement et des installations.  L’ensemble des joueuses  ont fait part de leur intérêt de revenir l’année prochaine et promouvoir ce tournoi au sein de la communauté de ballon sur glace du Québec.

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Letter from Korea – Nov 1952 & Bill McColl Diary

Posted by rmcclub on November 16th, 2014

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17 Nov 52

Expected to get out today but it seems it takes 2 days to be discharged. Hoffer got out though – he banged his hand on the diving board trying to do a back flip. Balls has a great deal of fun poking fun at little Roberge with his accent.

18 Nov 52

Balls, Roberge & myself all were discharged. It was good to get back to the College again. During our absence they replaced all the tables in the mess with lovely oak tables with chairs to match.

21 Nov 52

Have pretty well caught up on the work I missed….. 2 days of lectures missed really sets one back… This light duty is really O.K. no parades or P.T. for 7 days. Tonight in the canteen we had a very good singing in our 4th year room. Pete Price had his ukulele…. We worked out the words in time to “It’s in the Book”. Dogger Hoffman showed up in a sweater and we had him chug-a-lug a glass of milk.

For the past few days the water around Kingston has been covered with oil. It was found that 14000 gals of oil leaked out of a tiny hole in the bottom of a big storage tank in Kingston and this spread out all along the waterfront.

22 Nov 52

This evening #1 sqn had a party over in the Old Gym. We had some square dancing a few songs, a few skits, grub & ordinary dancing – it was a lot of fun and a pretty good little do.

23 Nov 52

We played our last Intersqn rugby game today against 2 sqn, and lost, 12-0. It certainly isn’t a game for someone who isn’t in shape.

I have been on light duty for over a week now and feel pretty stiff, stiff neck sprained thumbs etc. Dillistone broke his jaw and Jackson got a couple of stitches on his forehead.

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Jobs – Careers / Carrières

Posted by rmcclub on November 16th, 2014

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Academic Associate for Manual and Automated Machine ToolsAuxiliaire d’enseignement sur les machines-outils manuelles et automatisées

McGill University, Montreal

Job offer for Field Sales Engineer  ∕ Offre d’emploi en ventes pour ingénieur

PharmaMedSci, Montreal

Project Engineer  Ingénieur de projets

Agropur, Saint-Hubert

Manufacturing Engineer CanadaIngénieur Opérations Manufacturières Canada

Aptalis Pharma Canada Inc, Mont Saint-Hilaire

IT Project ManagerGestionnaire de projet TI

Cartouches certifiées, Montreal

Architectural Hardware SpecialistSpécialiste en quincaillerie architecturale

Les Agences Robert Janvier Ltée, Montreal, Ottawa or Quebec

Maintenance & Engineering ManagerChef entretien et ingénierie

Agropur, Plessisville

Support for software and electronic design  ∕ Aide à la conception logiciel et électronique

Thomas & Betts, Montreal

Senior Analyst – PLM SystemAnalyste principal (e) – Système PLM

Camoplast Solideal Inc., Magog

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Starting in 2010, the Canadian Institute for Military and Veteran Health Research (CIMVHR) has hosted an annual Forum for research, knowledge translation, networking and collaboration. Through a rigorous abstract submission process, academic researchers apply to present their research related to military, Veterans and their families to fellow academics, clinicians, government policy makers, industry executives, international counterparts, current serving military and Veterans. 2014 will mark the fifth annual Forum. Forum 2014, November 24 -26 in Toronto, promises to be the largest yet and is the premiere event of its kind world-wide. For more information and to register, visit: www.cimvhr.ca/forum.

For any question please contact Stéphanie Bélanger, Associate Professor, RMCC and Associate Director, CIMVHR: stephanie.belanger@rmc.ca .
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Ayant débuté en 2010, l’Institut canadien de recherche sur la santé des militaires et des vétérans (ICRSMV) a co-organisé un forum annuel pour la recherche, l’application des connaissances, le réseautage et la collaboration. Grâce à un processus de soumission de propositions de communications rigoureux, les chercheurs présentent leurs recherches, liées aux militaires, aux vétérans et à leurs familles, à leurs pairs, à des cliniciens, aux responsables des politiques, aux chefs d’entreprises, à leurs homologues sur la scène internationale, aux membres qui servent présentement, ainsi qu’aux vétérans. 2014 marquera le 5e Forum annuel. Le Forum2014 qui aura lieu les 24-26 novembre à Toronto promet d’être le plus grand événement jamais présenté par l’ICRSMV, et constitue une première mondiale. Pour davantage d’information et pour s’inscrire visitez www.cimvhr.ca/forum

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Pour toute question, prière de contacter Stéphanie Bélanger, Professeure agrégée, CMRC, et Directrice associée, CIMVHR : stephanie.belanger@rmc.ca

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