In This Issue 46

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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: 3213 Robert D Gillespie; 3279 Ian Flemming; 3878 Jack Hicks; 3951 Spencer Volk; 5482 James Furlong; 7561 Keith Lockett; 8576 Alan Roy; 11377 WG (Bill) Judd – two years (catch-up); 14797 Richard Martin.

Family & Friends Who Recently Signed Up:

F25761 Danny Timmins – 2 years; F26974 Chantal D Webb – 3 years; F27024 Marie-Josee – 3 years; F27231 Monica M Brotto – 4 years; F27262 Janice Sequeira; F27317 Doris A Thompson; F27419 – Stephen E Robichaud 2 years; F27451 Gerald Van Varik.

Club Membership Info Join, Update or Renew ‘Now’

In This Issue 46:

CI RMCC Convocation – LXXXIV undergraduate and graduate degrees

Ex-Cadets & More in the News

Vancouver Island Branch: Christmas Reception – 29 Dec

24/7 – RMCC Squadron Commander – Pt. 4

Keeping Tabs…

Claude Scilley: Close brush with championship still haunts Jim Simpson

The Week That Was & More…

RMCC & RMCSJ Support Operation Veteran

RMCSJ Surprise Winner in Kingston / Une victoire surprise pour CMR Saint-Jean à Kingston

Cadets learning the seriousness of Harassment

(W) Volleyball win; Hockey team lose in O.T.

GG Visits RMC 1952

Jobs – Careers / Carrières

Deaths | Décès


A big thank you to: 3080 Paul Preville & 5573 Layne Larsen  for their recent e-Veritas 2014 sponsorship support.

Full 2014 sponsorship list here



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

A note from 25281 Dana Batho – Class of 2011 – Wounded Warriors Battlefield Bike Ride

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


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

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 Morale Building Quotes from Dr. Jigaro Kano, the founder of Judo:

“Judo is the most effective use of both physical and spiritual strength. By training you in attacks and defences it refines your body and soul and helps you make the essence of Judo a part of your very being. In this way you are able to perfect yourself and contribute something of value to the world. This is the final goal of Judo discipline.”

“Judo teaches us to look for the best possible course of action, whatever the individual circumstances, and helps us to understand that worry is a waste of energy. Paradoxically, the man who has failed and the one who is at the peak of success are in exactly the same position. Each must decide what he will do next, and choose the course that will lead him to the future.”

“Apply the right amount of force – never too much, never too little. All of us know people who have failed to accomplish what they set out to do because of not properly gauging the amount of effort required. At one extreme, they fall short of the mark. At the other, they do not know when to stop.”

“If there is effort, there is always accomplishment.”

Notes from Mike: (1) In 2013, at 55 years of age, I attained my blue belt in judo. It is said that “there is no age in judo”, and it is true. (2) I could really have used quote #2 above in 1977.

Kanō Jigorō (嘉納 治五郎?, 28 October 1860 – 4 May 1938) was the founder of judo. Judo was the first Japanese martial art to gain widespread international recognition, and the first to become an official Olympic sport. Pedagogical innovations attributed to Kanō include the use of black and white belts, and the introduction of dan ranking to show the relative ranking between members of a martial art style. Well-known mottoes attributed to Kanō include “Maximum Efficiency with Minimum Effort” and “Mutual Welfare and Benefit.”

In his professional life, Kanō was an educator. Important postings included serving as director of primary education for the Ministry of Education (文部省, Monbushō?) from 1898 to 1901, and as president of Tokyo Higher Normal School from 1901 until 1920.[1] He played a key role in making judo and kendo part of the Japanese public school programs of the 1910s.

Kanō was also a pioneer of international sports. Accomplishments included being the first Asian member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) (he served from 1909 until 1938); officially representing Japan at most Olympic Games held between 1912 and 1936; and serving as a leading spokesman for Japan’s bid for the 1940 Olympic Games.

His official honors and decorations included the First Order of Merit and Grand Order of the Rising Sun and the Third Imperial Degree. Kanō was inducted into the IJF Hall of Fame on 14 May 1999.[

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

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CI RMCC Convocation – LXXXIV undergraduate and graduate degrees

Posted by rmcclub on November 23rd, 2014

“As Vice Chancellor, I am deeply aware of the amazing history and recognize the fundamental role this institution plays in forming young officer cadets for future service to Canada as members within the profession of arms, along with providing a host of other renowned academic programs – many of these programs of course taken by the majority of the members of this impressive convocating class.”

A.D. Meinzinger



Royal Military College of Canada

21 November, 2014

Fall Convocation


The Commandant of the Royal Military College of Canada, BGen Al Meinzinger in his capacity as Vice Chancellor, conferred 84 undergraduate and graduate degrees. For the second straight year, he was filling in for the Chancellor – the Minister of National Defence the Hon Rob Nicholson.

The Convocation took place Friday, 21 Nov at Currie Hall; it was the 101st such ceremony in the history of the college. The Master of Ceremony, Dr. Sylvain Leblanc, was highly professional from start to finish.

An Honourary Doctorate was also bestowed to Dr. Elizabeth Jane Errington. Over her 27-year career as a history professor at RMCC, she distinguished herself as a devoted teacher, an internationally-renown scholar, an academic leader, and a role model.

Interestingly enough, BGen Meinzinger (Class of ’89)  was a cadet and attended classes taught by Dr. Errington. He recalled, “ I remember learning a great deal about Canadian history during her classes as she was always so interesting, professional and committed to her students. ” The former Deputy Cadet Wing Commander added: “Today, Dr Errington, we honour and recognize your incredible career and, of course, your service to Canada and to this marvellous College that means so much to us.

Dr Kowal was his usual gracious self. Both he and the commandant made mention of that fact that it was only 12 months ago that he was installed as principal.

He recognized and thanked a number of different people and organizations. “I would also to say how grateful we are to have the support of the RMC Club of Canada and the RMC Foundation and I would like to thank them for all they do, keeping the greater RMC community connected and supporting the enhancement of excellence in the RMC experience.”

The 1984 RMC graduate had this to say about members from the academic pillar. “I also know and appreciate with sincerity that I am truly blessed to be part of a great team that forms the Academic Wing here at RMC of Canada, with exceptional leadership from the VPs, Deans, Associate Deans, Heads of Departments and the Registrar. I am equally impressed by and appreciative of the outstanding contributions from all our faculty members and staff, who I know have worked hard to ensure you all were postured for the success you are enjoying today.”

To the graduates. “I applaud you all on your achievements today and I wish you continued success for a very bright career whatever that future may hold.”

Dr Errington delivered a very lively speech

Jane Errington was the  first female Dean at RMMC (Arts). Her address centred mainly about “The World of He”, she experienced during her early days on the peninsula. Soon after receiving a PhD from Queen’s, the former high school teacher (4 years); arrived at the college in the late summer of 1984 – only four years following the admission of the first 32 Lady Cadets, in 1980.  These first group of lady cadets had graduated just a few months prior to her arrival.

Undoubtedly, especially during the early years, the challenges were many – inside and outside the classroom. She touched on a few examples.  However, the former Department Head, and Dean of Arts quickly made her mark and before long introduced courses on gender at both the graduate and undergraduate level. She was highly regarded and highly respected by everyone she came in contact with during her 27 year RMCC career. During her enthusiast and interesting talk, the former well known demanding professor made special mention of the RMCC Support Staff and the high regard she had for them.  (e-Veritas Jane Errington article on her retirement)

The trio of Dr. Laura M. Robinson; Austin Gian Singh Thind; and Jeremy Paquet were recognized for special awards. Details of the awards follow below.

More photos by Kai ZhaoHere

CKWS video - One of the first female faculty members at RMC honoured.

A full list of the graduates & award winners follow.


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Ex-Cadets & More in the News

Posted by rmcclub on November 23rd, 2014

Veterans demand accounting of more than $1B in unspent funds

19894 Erin O`Toole

Source (interesting short video)


7771 Jim Leech (RRMC RMC 1968)  said one of his goals is to have at least 25% of the students know his name during his three-year term.

“This is a serious institution, but you have got to have fun at the same time,” Article

Queen’s Introduces New Chancellor – CKWS video


Corps of RCEME Commandant Change of Appointment Parade

Appointment Parade took place on 24 October 2014 in the 2 Svc Bn, Maint Coy lines at CFB Petawawa.

The individuals seated at the table are (l to r): 6560 Colonel (Retd) Andrew Nellestyn (incoming Col Comdt), BGen Scott Kennedy (DGLEPM) , 8684 BGen (Retd) Peter Holt (outgoing Col Comdt).

Standing: 19350 LCol Carla Harding (CO 2 Svc Bn), CWO Mark German (DGLEPM CWO), CWO Rene Gilbert (RCEME Corps SM) and CWO Dany Dubuc (RSM 2 Svc Bn).


Governor General invests fifty recipients into the Order of Military Merit

Governor General and Commander-in-Chief of Canada David Johnston presided over an Order of Military Merit investiture ceremony at Rideau Hall on Friday, November 7. The Governor General bestowed the honour on three Commanders, 10 Officers and 37 Members.

Among the recipients were five Ex Cadets, a Grad student, and the College Chief Warrant Officer for RMCC. We apologize if we missed anyone. If we did, let us know with a comment below.


14245 Major-General Richard Foster, C.M.M., C.D., Office of the Chief of the Air Force Staff. Ottawa, Ontario

14474 Major-General David Millar, C.M.M., C.D., This is a promotion within the Order. Chief of Military Personnel, Ottawa, Ontario

15706 Major-General Paul Wynnyk, C.M.M., M.S.M., C.D., This is a promotion within the Order. Office of the Chief of the Army Staff, Ottawa, Ontario


16656 Colonel Scott Clancy, O.M.M., M.S.M., C.D., North American Aerospace Defense Command, Colorado Springs, Colorado, United States of America

20591 LCol Luc Girouard, O.M.M. C.D., 9 Wing Gander, Newfoundland and Labrador

G3561 Colonel Michael Rouleau, O.M.M., M.S.C., C.D., Office of the Chief of Force Development, Ottawa, Ontario.


Chief Petty Officer 1st Class Keith Davidson, M.M.M., C.D., Royal Military College of Canada, Kingston, Ontario



Caption: Panjwa’i District, Afghanistan Brigadier-General Dean Milner, Commander of Joint Task Force Afghanistan along with members of his close protection unit and members from Oscar Company, The Royal Canadian Regiment, take part in a foot patrol in the Panjwa’i district on October 18th, 2010. Joint Task Force Afghanistan (JTF-Afg) is Canada’s military contribution to Afghanistan. Canadian operations focus on working with Afghan authorities to improve security, governance, and economic development in the country. Photo by: Corporal Keith Wazny.

Fated to become a Canadian soldier, 14596 Major-General Dean J. Milner shares some of his journey

“I really wanted to go to Germany and Germany was home to the Royal Canadian Dragoons, so my first actual posting after training was to Germany to join the Royal Canadian Dragoons. I absolutely loved the opportunity and the experience,”  Source


Crew from HMCS Toronto fight fire and evacuate casualties in Turkey

“My officers and crew are professional sailors, which they demonstrate constantly on board HMCS Toronto in their daily work,” said 18793 Commander Jason Armstrong, Commanding Officer of Toronto. “These men responded instinctively, bravely and selflessly to a dangerous situation. Their fortitude and training are proven. The entire ship’s company is very proud to have them as part of the team.”  Source

HMCS Toronto completes Exercise Mavi Balina as part of Op Reassurance

“Exercise Mavi Balina provided an ideal forum for HMCS Toronto’s anti-submarine, submarine and surface warfare specialists to hone their skill sets while working collectively with NATO allies to strengthen alliance interoperability and confidence in each other’s capabilities,” said 18793 Commander Jason Armstrong, Commanding Officer of Toronto. “The ship’s company performed well throughout the exercise as they met every challenge and simulated threat with tenacity, vigour and professionalism.” Source


Childhood dreams can come true: 16538 Brigadier-General Wayne D. Eyre is living proof that dreaming big can pay off

“Throughout my high school years, I had wanted to join the Army. I was very keen on going to military college. In 1984, when I was accepted, I went to Royal Roads Military College in British Columbia and later graduated from the Royal Military College in Kingston in 1988.”   Source

EDUCATION: ‘Rookie astronaut’ visits with Assumption College students

“The 2020s are going to provide so much more opportunity. Historically, the odds of going to space were slim. That’s going to change. In your lifetime, people are going to walk on Mars. We’re all going to be amazed.”

21364 Astronaut Jeremy Hansen - Source


“Dependent” is an insightful and thought provoking work of fiction, written with the perspectives gained by the author, former military officer Brenda Corey Dunne – wife of 17829 Tom Dunne.

“When 45-year-old Ellen Michaels loses her husband to a tragic military accident, she is left in a world of gray. For 25 years her life has been dictated by the ubiquitous They—the military establishment that has included her like chattel with John’s worldly goods—his Dependents, Furniture, and Effects. They—who have stolen her hopes, her dreams and her innocence, and now in mere months will take away the roof over her head.

Ellen is left with nothing to hold on to but memories and guilt and an awful secret that has held her in its grip since she was 19. John’s untimely death takes away her anchor, and now, without the military, there is no one to tell her where to go, what to do—no one to dictate who she is. Dependent deals with issues ever-present in today’s service families—early marriage, frequent long absences, the culture of rank, and posttraumatic stress, as well as harassment and abuse of power by higher-ranking officials.

It presents a raw and realistic view of life for the lives of the invisible support behind the uniform.”

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Vancouver Island Branch: Christmas Reception – 29 Dec

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The Vancouver Island Branch of the Royal Military Colleges Club of Canada invites you to:

A Christmas Reception for Ex-Cadets and Officer Cadets of the Royal Military Colleges of Canada on Monday, 29 December 2014 at 11:30 AM at the Embassy Inn, 520 Menzies Street, Victoria BC.

Buffet Lunch will be served

RSVP by Monday, 22 December to 6216 LCol (Ret’d) William Anderson at Please provide the names of club members and guests. If you are unable to advise in advance, please come anyway.

Tariff: No cost for RMCC Cadets with one family member or guest. Members, their guests, and any additional guests for Cadets: $30 (Tax & Gratuity incl) per person.

Refreshments: Cash Bar

Dress: Scarlets or Business Attire (or equivalent for ladies)


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24/7 – RMCC Squadron Commander – Pt. 4

Posted by rmcclub on November 23rd, 2014

In the continuation of the Seven Day Diary project, 24245 Captain Justin Lystiuk, Squadron Commander of 6 Squadron, was the next designated victim.

24/7 RMCC Squadron Commander

Article by: 26972 OCdt (II) Chantel Fortier

As is becoming apparent, Captain Lystiuk’s path to RMCC command is far from predictable. Beginning in the Reserves, Lystiuk started his military career as a vehicle technician in Halifax before a chance encounter with the Red and White Club. Eight months after enlisting as an NCM, Lystiuk was accepted into the Royal Military College as an Aerospace Engineering Officer in September of 2005. At the time, with CMR and Royal Roads closed as fully functioning universities, he enrolled in a preparatory year before beginning the traditional four-year degree in Kingston. He was selected for 9 Squadron, as a member of the very first Aeronautical Engineering class (composed, coincidentally, of 18 cadetss). It was a scholarly career of many firsts indeed.

Following graduation, Lystiuk was posted to 12 Air Maintenance in Shearwater for four years. Upon completion of his posting, he faced a choice – Ottawa or RMCC. Remembering his time fondly with the College, he chose to return, though he desired a mentorship position specifically. His place as 6 Squadron Commander brought back early memories, such as the infamous “Sauve Experiment”, when all first years (including his class) were housed in Fort Sauve in a misguided effort to foster camaraderie amongst the freshmen. Seeing himself as closer to the cadets’ experiences than many of his colleagues, and a relatively small gap between his graduation and that of the fourth years, Captain Lystiuk wanted to foster a strong link with the cadets under his command. He approached the position with a focus on mentorship of the fourth years, anticipating their first postings, and restoring the spirit of RMCC as a military-oriented college.

Like many of the SCs here at the college, Captain Lystiuk emphasized the importance of being available after hours. “While we work, the cadets are in school,” he explained. “But after the typical 8-4, the real work for the barmen begins. We have to understand (as Squadron Commanders) that the lion’s share of work is done after classes end, and we need to be available for them.” He takes his position as a liaison between the squadron barslate and the Military Wing quite seriously, and, living close by, makes himself openly accessible to the still-learning third- and fourth-year Cadets.

When asked what else Captain Lystiuk would like to do with his position as a Squadron Commander, he noted the importance of taking pride in the institution. “RMCC tends to have a cycle of memory,” he remarked, reflecting on his own days at the College. “All it takes is four years for something to have existed ‘forever’.” He explained that it was important to note that the struggles of the cadets, while fresh to them, are not new occurrences and so they are not alone in experiencing them. Emphasizing the military part of RMC is an aspect he wishes to see all the cadets take to heart, taking pride in what distinguishes RMCC from typical civilian universities, and sharing that pride amongst one another when tackling each year.

As always, it was a refreshing experience to interview a Squadron Commander and see their impression of their position within the College. It’s my great hope that cadets will take advantage of these open doors and get to know the men and women in charge of them, even if is only to say hello. Be it a RMCC graduate or Direct Entry Officer, they continue to have a wealth of knowledge they’re eager to share.

Caption: Earlier days (2009) as a cadet, Justin Lystiuk – modeling what was then a new uniform for cadets. No. 5 Dress (L-R): Male Summer Dress, Male Summer Dress (w/ windbreaker). e-Veritas article

Sunday, 2 November, 2014

Arrived the night prior from Nova Scotia. I had flown out on Wednesday of last week. My parents picked me up in Moncton and we went to our Cottage in Pugwash NS. I borrowed their vehicle to visit Halifax for 2 days to check up on my house that I still have in NS that still has not sold. This is becoming a more and more common issue among members of the CF being posted. Many of us are having difficulty selling our houses. I checked on the property, met with the realtor and made sure all is good for the winter months.

I drove back starting at 0500 on Saturday and drove right through to Kingston arriving that night.

0900 – Wake-up. Feed the dogs, breakfast, take the dogs out.

1040 – Go outside and put winter cover on the air conditioner.

1130 – Grocery shopping out in West End Kingston

1830 – Go out for supper with Alicia to Fardella’s in West End Kingston

2030 – Arrive home and realize that I can’t find my cell phone. Then I realize that I left it on the bed of my truck while I was putting air in my tire while in my driveway before dinner. So I walk down the road and I actually find it….in pieces because it got run over. So I have no cell phone now.


B Div Comd Maj Hook is on leave until Thursday. A/B Div Comd is Capt Kilburn SC5

0630 – Wake-up. Feed the dogs, breakfast, take the dogs out.

0745 – Arrive at work

0930 – OCdt (2nd Year) arrives at my office to discuss the possibility of changing Academic Programs as they are currently struggling academically. Discussed the career, academic and college implications to his decision. Encouraged him to engage the registrar into this possibility.

1000 – Go home quickly to check on the cement crew that is pouring a concrete walkway at my house

1045 – 1200– Met with CSL, OCdt Kirkham to discuss the current state of 4 sqn. I have been away for 2 and half weeks. I left on the 17th Oct to attend the People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) for the 2nd International Cadets Week event in Changchun, China. I went with 3 other RMCC Cadets, OCdt Trudel, OCdt Otis and OCdt Cruz. There we spent a week immersed in their academy. We were one among 12 other countries invited, which include the US, Spain, Portugal, Pakistan, Indonesia, Malaysia, South Korea, Italy, Brazil, Turkey and UK.

We discussed my trip as well as he gave me a complete update on the state of affairs in our squadron.

1200 -1230 – Lunch

1230 – Order new cell phone from Bell.

1640 – Winter Ball meeting in the Cadet Mess

1930 – Drop mess kit and shirts off at dry cleaners in prep for Winter Ball as well as uniform for Remembrance Day

2000 – Prep all the garbage and recycling for the next day at home.


0630 – Wake-up. Feed the dogs, breakfast, take the dogs out.

0730 – Arrive at work

0800 – 0830 – Met with CSL

0900 – 1000 – Attend SO Coord Meeting (all squadron Comds and other TW Staff)

1000 – Met with a CFL (Cadet Flight Leader) to discuss issues with one of their members. The member has been observed to have issues regarding alcohol and it’s now being brought to my attention.

1100 – Asked to participate in B Div Intramural hockey tonight at 2000hrs

1400 – 1420 – Met with COS Cmdr Mooz

2000 – Play intramural hockey with the B Div Ocdts


0545 – Wake-up. Feed the dogs, breakfast, take the dogs out.

0645 – Arrive at work

0700 – B Division form-up outside Fort Sauve. A/Div Comd addressed the Div in regards to the current lack of interest in the 2014 RMCC Winter Ball.

0715-0800 – CWC Inspection for those who are not going to be there for this upcoming Saturday’s Commandants Inspection

0800 -0830 – At Cadet Orderly Room (COR) to finalize the claim from my trip to China (discussed earlier)

0845-0915 – Met with CSL

1100 – 1200 – Attended and chaired the Health and Safety Committee monthly meeting as the TW General Safety Officer

1230 – Pick up new phone at the Post Office. New cell phone again! This is a big deal because the RMCC Webmail can be accessed through our Smartphones now. Almost every single cadet has their email to their phones now. This is a big difference from when I was here.

1505 -1535 – Haircut on Campus

1545 – Attended the CWC Coord with the Winter Ball OPI OCdt Germain to discuss the winter ball.

1700 – Meeting Ended.

1715 – Return home.

1800 – Dinner

1930 – Depart for Intersection Hockey. My brother Paul (who is currently on his QL3’s for Comms Resch Tech in Kingston) came out to play with us as well. It was good to play hockey again with my brother, which I haven’t done in well over 5 years.

2015 – 2130 – Playing hockey

2200 – Return home

2330 – Bed


B Div Comd Maj Hook back from leave

0630 – Wake-up. Feed the dogs, breakfast, take the dogs out.

0800 – Arrive at Constantine Arena for ‘mandatory’ Training Wing Staff Hockey.

1000 – SMM for weekly mandatory Coffee (discussed my trip to China with Bill Oliver and Bryan Bailey)

1045 – Return to my office and met with my CSL. Discussed the upcoming Winter Ball, IR’s for Cadets, PPT failures, mid-term academic marks (specifically cadets who are currently failing classes) and coming up with an action plan as to how we can assist these cadets succeed in their academics

1200 – Over to the SMM for Lunch with my spouse, Alicia

1300 – Div Meeting to discuss B Div Top 5 Candidates.

1345 – Met with A/Mess Mgr Ted Huber to discuss the Winter Ball and current ticket sales. Ticket sales have been significantly less than they have in previous years

1400 – Review the 2014 Winter Ball Op Order


0630 – Wake-up

0730 – Arrive at work

0800 – 0830 – Meet with CSL

0830 – 1030 – Took 2 hours to sit down and complete some long needed paperwork that has been piling up on my desk.

1530 -1600 – Meet with OCdt regarding mulitiple deficiencies


0745 – Wake-up

0835 – Arrive at work. Today is the Commandant’s Room Inspection

0900 – 0945 – Sgt and I met with OCdt regarding personal issues.

1020 – 1200 – Commandants Room and Dress Inspection. The inspection went well. It was a good opportunity for me to finally get a chance to see the whole squadron in their sqn lines and have a chat with a few of them.

1230 – 1300 – Took dogs to the dog park

1315-1400 – Lunch

1400 – 1600 – Watch TV

1600 – 1730 – Vacuum and clean house

1800 – Make dinner. Alicia is working nights so night alone with the dogs!


0730 – Wake-up

0850 – Arrive at the gym for the Drill Competition (1st and 2nd years)

1130 – Go home for lunch and let the dogs out

1300 – 1630 – Return to the gym for 3rd Year Flag party

1700 – Arrive home, cook supper


7 Days in the Life of a Squadron Commander Pt. 1

Pt. 2

Pt. 3

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Keeping Tabs…

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Chief of Staff at Director General Military Careers (Canadian Armed Forces)

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Claude Scilley: Close brush with championship still haunts 8469 Jim Simpson

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Close brush with championship still haunts 8469 Jim Simpson


It wasn’t quite where Jim Simpson expected to find himself in the summer of 1972, but there he was, the navigator in a CFB Trenton-based air crew on the first Canadian Forces C-130 aircraft to fly into Vietnam with supplies for Canada’s peacekeeping contingent.

“We’re flying inbound,” Simpson recalled, “and the aircraft commander comes onto the intercom and says, ‘Gentlemen don’t be concerned if you hear a lot of noise; we’re getting escorted into the airport by four U.S. Marine Corps Huey gunships.’

“They’re flying along, parallel with us, with 30-calibre machine guns, and they’re just chewing up the jungle around the perimeter of the airport so nobody will jump out of the bushes and start shooting at us. That’s when, as a peacekeeping nation, your eyes get opened.

“My comment to our aircraft commander over the intercom at that precise moment was that I did not join the RCAF to get shot at in that part of the world!”

That Saigon runway was the only hot spot Simpson had to navigate as an air crewman. “It was one of those things—you’re flying into a war zone and you never really think you’d ever be there.”

It was certainly not front of mind when Simpson first entertained the notion of attending Royal Military College. Raised in Willowdale, Ont., Simpson played football at Earl Haig Secondary School, where one of his teammates was the future CFL star Bob Larose. “He was bigger, stronger and faster than anybody, so all I had to do was lob the ball in his general direction and he’d catch it,” Simpson said.

At Haig, the junior coach was a fellow named Dick Byford, who had been a Cadet Wing Commander and football player at RMC in the early 1960s. “I got introduced to the concept of RMC and football through Dick and a bit through my family,” said Simpson, whose father was a retired Air Force fighter pilot from the Second World War.

Simpson was intrigued by the possibility of playing football and hockey and pursuing a mechanical engineering degree all at the same time. “It was pretty tough to do that at any other school,” he said, and the thought of starting at College militaire royal and becoming bilingual also appealed, until he did a little research and discovered that CMR’s football team played in the Quebec CEGEP league, while RMC played against teams from such universities as Carleton, Ottawa and Bishop’s.

Simpson was able to defer his ROTP admission a year to go directly to RMC. It was at that point that Byford introduced Simpson to Doug Hargreaves, who was about to begin his second season as coach of the Redmen. “In the spring we made a trip to visit the campus,” Simpson said. “My father met Air Commodore Birchall and they hit it off. I spent half a day touring the campus with the football team captain, John Shaw.

“(It was during) that tour of the campus, and the chance to sit in on a meal with John Shaw and some of the other football players, that I got really excited about it and that cemented my desire to go to RMC.”

The fall of 1966 was the first time football recruits arrived three weeks before the rest of the first-year class, to attend training camp. Of the 10 rookies, six made the varsity team, including Simpson, as the backup quarterback and punter.

After the third game of the season, Bruce Stott, the Cadet Wing Training Officer and the first-string quarterback, got hurt. “I sort of got thrust into the breach,” Simpson said. The Redmen won Simpson’s first game, which just so happened to be on Ex-cadet Weekend. It was the first time in many years the Redmen had treated the returning alumni to a victory.

“It was quite a surreal event,” Simpson said. “The ex-cadets would primarily be on the senior staff mess side of the field and they’d watch the game for a few minutes and then they would disappear into the mess for a libation and never come back, because the team never did well (in the recent past).

“This year kind of changed things. Of course we find this out later on as players, but these ex-cadets were all hanging around the bar, and all of a sudden someone says, ‘Get the hell out here! There’s something going on; you’re missing something big.’

“The team started to be successful and it started drawing a much bigger following.”

The next year, 1967, the team had another successful year and it got better the following year, Simpson recalled, thanks in no small part to the arrival of a number of gifted athletes that fall from CMR. “We had a pretty strong offence and a reasonable defence and we started winning more than we lost, including exhibition games against bigger schools such as Guelph, Waterloo, Calgary and the University of Saskatchewan.”

By Simpson’s fourth and final year, 1969, the Redmen were at their peak. Going into a critical playoff game with Bishop’s, the players believed they had a legitimate chance of playing in the College Bowl, Simpson said. “We were the better team.”

Among the aforementioned group of CMR cadets who arrived a year earlier was a man who was the team’s middle linebacker in 1969, Greg McDonald. “Greg was the only interior linebacker in the league who could stop Larry Smith,” Simpson said, referring to the Bishop’s back who would go on to a distinguished career in the CFL.

“In the critical game, Greg had some separated ribs but he was playing,” Simpson continued, “but he got spear-blocked on the first play on the second half and (trainer) Chuck Badcock took him out of the game. The first play after Greg got hurt, we lost Sonny Marche, our strong side linebacker, so in two plays we lost our two key interior defensive guys.

“On the next play, Larry broke from the four-yard line and went all the way. He ran for three touchdowns in the second half and put 230 yards on the board. We lost the game by a few points.”

Bishop’s went on to play for the Central Canada championship against Windsor, but lost. “All of us felt that we had a better team and probably could have come out victorious” in that game, Simpson said, and move one step closer to the College Bowl.

“It still haunts me. (As) quarterback, if you have a career day you can overcome some of these deficiencies that are injury-related. I didn’t have a career day. I didn’t have a bad day, but I didn’t have a career day.

“The emotion is still there. Thirty-odd years later Doug and I would hug each other, and I keep apologizing.”

From RMC, Simpson was posted to the navigation training course in Winnipeg, and he and two former classmates, Claude Naue and Russ Crum, joined the senior St. Vital Bulldogs, the reigning Canadian senior amateur champions. After a game in Thunder Bay, where Simpson, playing defensive back, intercepted three passes—returning two of them for touchdowns—he was called on the carpet by his ANAV course director, who took a dim view of one of his students risking his health playing tackle football. The brash young lieutenant, knowing that it was common, if not encouraged, for military men to play senior hockey in the communities where they were posted, resisted.

He told his captain he was going to keep playing. “Just to prove my point, (I said) I’m going to finish first in this course.’

“I continued to play football, and I finished first in the course. I got away with it.”

Posted to 436 Squadron at CFB Trenton, Simpson continued to play amateur football, and was player-coach for the base team in a four-team eastern Ontario league that included teams from Rockcliffe, Uplands and the RCMP.

After a couple of years, Simpson learned through the grapevine that the air navigator staff position at RMC was about to be rotated, “so I quickly started putting the pieces in place to get transferred there.” The plan was to go back as a squadron leader and help coach Bob Swan with the football program. Swan pitched the idea to the commandant, Brig.-Gen. Bill Turner, who was receptive and when the appointments were announced in the spring of 1973, Simpson was bound for RMC. At the age of 26, just three years and three months after graduating in 1970, Simpson was the youngest ex-cadet ever to come back and serve as a squadron commander.

“My passion to do that came from mixing with non-RMC graduates in the service who complained about some of the arrogance that they saw in what were known as the ring-knockers,” Simpson said. “My philosophy has always been that you do your talking on the field. My sports heroes were people like Gordie Howe, Bobby Orr and Bill Symons, who played hard and never talked about it afterwards.

“I never wore an ex-cadet ring in the mess. Nobody knew who I was or where I came from. You gain respect in how you deliver, on the job and in the field. Because I kept hearing all these complaints, I got upset. One of my objectives was to go back and not inly influence the football program, but also get a chance to mentor third- and fourth-year cadets on the life and challenges of being in the real service, and provide them with solid advice and counsel on how to be successful, in the military and in life in general.”

Simpson’s first mission as a squadron commander involved taking a colour party to Guatemala in August of 1973 to help celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Guatemalan military academy.

“If you talk to any of them today, one of the highlights of their military life is probably going to Guatemala as a cadet and being able to mix and mingle with students from Annapolis, the Air Force Academy, West Point, Sandhurst, Cranwell—there were probably 30 different military colleges represented in that event. They all went on parade together … it was a great trip.”

Simpson served the college as public affairs officer during its centennial year before taking a leave of absence to complete his MBA at Queen’s, where he was reunited once again with Doug Hargreaves. After briefly considering whether to use his final year of intercollegiate eligibility to play with the Gaels that fall, Simpson chose instead to serve on Hargreaves’ staff, coaching the defensive backs.

“You always want to test yourself at the next level,” Simpson said. “I was bigger, stronger, smarter than I was when I was 21, and had a lot more football under my belt, but you know how Doug is; he doesn’t like to push things. He said let’s both go away for a week and think about it.”

That weekend, as they watched a CFL game on TV in the Hargreaves’ living room, eventually the conversation made its way to the matter at hand. “I said, ‘You know, I’m taking q leave of absence without pay for a year. If I get hurt I’ll be the stupidest sonofabitch in the world. I’d better coach.’ Doug said, ‘Good decision.’

“The regret is that when I walked out on the training field, I realized that my skills were equal to or better than a lot of the Gaels football players. I could easily have fit it in, but likely would not have been able to carry the academic load and the playing load, so it was a good decision.”

When it was time to go back to work for the DND after graduation, Simpson had a “disconnect” with his career manager over his next posting. He had designs on a leadership career in the service, while his boss envisioned him exclusively in the navigation field. “I was challenged by him to take it or leave, so I took them at their word, resigned my commission, and joined Deloitte Touche in the general management consulting service.”

From there Simpson worked for Northern Telecom, then with one of Nortel’s distributors, then spent the next 25 years in the executive-search business, eventually engaging in startups, executive and management recruiting and general management consulting. With Don Cooper, his partner on his fourth-year engineering thesis at RMC, Simpson co-owns Simpson Environmental, a wastewater and waste-to-energy business his grandfather started in 1959.

He still maintains his own private consulting practice.

Divorced, with three daughters—Lindsay lives in Vermont, where she’s a health and wellness consultant for the state education department and a gifted endurance runner; Meghan works in the financial services sector in Barrie, Ont., and Jessica, a paramedic, lives in Horseshoe Valley, northwest of Barrie—and four grandchildren, Simpson remained active in college affairs after he left the military, actively recruiting scholar-athletes to RMC. He spent many years on alumni executive boards, largely dealing with fundraising, and, with Lloyd Beverley, Joe Day and Tom Marshall, helped to establish the framework for the RMC Club of Canada Foundation as it exists today.

He has also stayed active in football, bird-dogging recruits in York Region for Queen’s and for his cousin, Stu Lang, the Queen’s grad now coaching the Guelph Gryphons.

He remains steadfastly supportive of RMC.

“The kids, when they’re at RMC, that’s when they can really learn what it’s like to be part of a team, and that the sum of the parts is a lot stronger than the individual parts,” Simpson said. “I had a lot of fun (working with cadets). Squadron commander is a great job.”

Ed: Photo left – Jim Simpson following a hockey game with first year cadets this most recent Reunion weekend. The two football team photos above had no record of the particular seasons.  We invite comments to identify the years.

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The Week That Was & More…

Posted by rmcclub on November 23rd, 2014

Training Wing remains prepared for the call of duty

By:G5675 Officer Cadet M.P. Findlay – Assistant Staff Officer

The Training Wing is always busy ensuring that the objective of the college is met: the Cadets at RMCC are ready for their future in the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF). Despite this time-consuming responsibility, each member of the Training Wing must keep current on personal standards and training. Much of the typical training consists of First Aid training, Mental Fitness and Suicide Awareness courses, other professional development and personal development courses, and various career courses. However, the training that makes being a member in the CAF different from any other job is the preparation for them to deploy in harm’s way. The rifle range and pistol shoot are the most recognizable and basic training regimes for deployment.

The Training Wing has participated in two range days this training year to remain prepared for today’s fast-moving CAF. As characterized by the rapid deployment to Kuwait and Iraq of CAF members, it is important for everyone, from Private to General to be ready for deployment at any time, at any level. The Training Wing conducted a C-7 annual qualifying shoot on 10 October, 2014. As the Director of Cadets, LCol Mark Popov stated at the end of the range, “I had an air force Master Warrant Officer, and a navy Petty Officer in my team in Afghanistan and they were required to be comfortable with their firearms and needed them, so this training is a necessity for all members of the CAF, regardless of trade or rank. I am happy to see so many of the Training Wing out here today getting comfortable with the weapons that keep us safe.” His comments were greeted by smiling faces, the smell of gunpowder, and excitement for the next time they could shoot.

The following range on 23 October was another resounding success; a 9mm Browning pistol shoot was scheduled and conducted that Thursday morning. Many of the staff had not fired the Browning, especially naval personnel, so it was a worthwhile experience to get comfortable behind the sometimes frustrating, and ancient, pistol. The range was led by Captain Lord and was attended by the Training Wing as well as visiting Australian Cadets who had never before handled the Canadian Browning. The range was, according to Lt(N) Lee Pothier, RMC’s Operations Officer, a success because it got the Training Wing out of the office to do some worthwhile training, relieve some stress, and get some trigger time. The Training Wing is eagerly awaiting the next range slated on 2 December, 2014.


  L’hôtel de ville de Kingston / Kingston City Hall 

octobre dernier, les classes du cours d’institutions politiques canadiennes (POF328 et POE328), ont participé au tour de ville « John A. McDonald », en l’honneur du Premier ministre du même nom. Cette année, la visite s’est réjouie de la participation de l’ancien Premier ministre du Québec, M. Jean Charest, qui a profité de l’occasion pour partager avec les élèves officiers son expérience concrète en politique fédérale et provinciale. Le tour, guidé par M. Arthur Milnes, est composé de plusieurs arrêts à des points historiques qui ont marqué la vie de Sir John A. McDonald ainsi que l’histoire de Kingston et du Canada. On passe ainsi de l’Hôtel de ville à la maison de Sir Richard Cartwright, de l’hôtel Belvédère à la statue de Sir John A. McDonald au parc de la ville et plus encore.


Le crieur de la vielle salue l’arrivée du Premier Ministre Charest /

Town crier welcomes Premier Charest

Cette visite guidée fût une occasion sans précédent pour les élèves officiers de se familiariser avec les rouages complexes de la vie politique canadienne. Au-delà de la matière vue en classe, cette visite a permis de mettre en pratique des connaissances sur le fédéralisme canadien, le système de parti, l’évolution historique du Canada, et le bilinguisme. Les élèves officiers ont pu formuler des questions et engager des discussions, autant en français qu’en anglais, avec M. Milnes, les autres participants à la visite, et avec M. Charest, qui a souligné l’importance du bilinguisme pour la société canadienne, et plus particulièrement pour l’institution fondamentale que représente les Forces canadiennes. Ce parcours interactif à travers la carrière de M. Charest ainsi que la contribution politique de Sir John A. McDonald contribue donc directement à l’atteinte de l’excellence chez les Élèves officiers en transposant le bagage de connaissances théoriques vu en classe vers les acteurs qui façonnent eux-mêmes la vie politique canadienne.

Élève officier Alex Parisien



Captions: Des élèves de l’école primaire de Kingston saluent M. Charest / Kingston elementary school students welcome Mr. Charest; Les élèves officiers avec M. Charest près de la statue de Sir John A. McDonald / Officer Cadets with Mr. Charest by Sir John A. McDonald’s statue.

On October 10, the classes of the Canadian Political Institutions course at RMC (POE328 and POF328) participated in the John A. McDonald walking tour in Kingston named after Canada’s first Prime Minister and most famous Kingston resident. This year, the tour was honored by the presence of former Québec Prime Minister Jean Charest, who seized the opportunity to share his remarkable federal and provincial political experience with Officers Cadets. The tour, presided over by Mr. Arthur Milnes, consists of several stops at historical landmarks that have marked the life of Sir John A. McDonald, the City of Kingston, and Canada as a whole. The tour takes participants from City Hall to the home of Sir Richard Cartwright, from the Hotel Belvedere to the statue of Sir John A. McDonald in beautiful City park and so more. This guided represented an unprecedented experience for Officer Cadets to gain familiarity with the complex underpinnings of Canadian political life. Beyond the curriculum seen in class, the tour allowed participants to put to use knowledge on Canadian federalism, the party system, the political evolution of Canada, and bilingualism. In both official languages, Officer Cadets formulated questions and engaged in discussions with Mr. Milnes, other participants, and Mr. Charest, who underscored the importance of bilingualism for Canadian society, and more specifically for the fundamental national institution that are the Canadian Forces. This interactive journey through the political career of Mr. Charest and Sir John A. McDonald thus contributes directly to the achievement of excellence among Officer Cadets by transposing the theoretical content seen in class to the real-world experience lived by key Canadian political actors.

Officer Cadet Alex Parisien


Christmas Concert

Article by: 26972 OCdt (II) Chantel Fortier

The 2014 Christmas Concert was, in short, inclusive.

Dozens of family members, RMC supporters, students and civilians filled the seats in the New Gym, preparing for a lovely ensemble prepared by the RMC Band, Stage Band and Choir. Beginning with a somber dedication to the historical, unofficial treaty in the winter of 1914, the band chose Mars, a selection from The Planets by Gustav Holst, and Silent Night, by Franz X. Gruber, to remember a time when the bitter enemies of WWI set aside their weapons and sang together, played together and exchanged wishes for happiness.

This element of setting aside worry for expression of simple joy continued throughout the night with gifts for the children of the audience, handed out by the dedicated elf “Daphne”, or Daffy, depending on who you speak to. Commandant Brigadier-General Meinzinger was presented with an RMC jersey, and a young Superman made a heroic bid for freedom before being brought back for the end of the ceremonies, to the applause of the entire audience. Together, band, choir and attendees sang in the Christmas season, and a number of unfamiliar faces took on the trappings of friendship before they parted ways.

It’s been a tough first semester for RMC and civilians alike, and it was a truly wonderful experience to be part of the celebrations. Above all else, the College is full of bright young men and women with families, friends and loved ones supporting them here and wherever their futures take them. Despite being far from home, for a moment tonight you could feel the College take a breath and exhale, finding comradeship in each other and the antics of their best. Just in time for the holidays.

More Kai Zhao Concert photos Here


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RMCC & RMCSJ Support Operation Veteran

Posted by rmcclub on November 23rd, 2014

Caption: Representing RMCSJ and presenting a cheque for $1,000: Captain Jean Marc Cousineau the college, Non Public Fund Officer.  The two cadets were – OCdt Genereux from Iberville Sqn, and OCdt Ashworth from Tracy Sqn.

Operation Veteran 2014

Article by OCdt. Sarabjot Anand (IV) – RMCC

Operation Veteran was founded by Dr. Paul Kavanagh in 2009, after his moving encounter with a Second World War veteran who did not have enough money to pay for soup and a coffee at the Canadian War Museum’s cafeteria. Paul never forgot the incident and Operation Veteran was born that day. Thanks to Dr. Kavanagh and his family, as well as the whole-hearted support of the Museum and the fundraising efforts of thousands of students and private donors from across Canada, veterans today do not pay for meals at the Canadian War Museum.

Operation Veteran provides complimentary meals to all Canadian military veterans who visit the Canadian War Museum. The program pays tribute to the men and women who have served our nation. Since the creation of Operation Veteran, more than 6,500 veterans have benefited from this program.

Educating young people about Canada’s debt to our veterans through better understanding our history is a critical element of Operation Veteran. Every year schools from across Canada that fundraise for Operation Veteran are invited by Dr. Paul Kavanagh to participate in Remembrance Day activities in Ottawa. Highlights of the day are the wreath-laying ceremony at the National War Memorial and a special tour at the War Museum, where students meet and talk with veterans. This year, RMCC and RMCSJ both received an invitation to be part of Operation Veteran. On November 11, representing RMCC were: OCdt. Sarabjot Anand, OCdt. Keith George, OCdt. Francis Gazaille, OCdt. Shane Coote  and OCdt. Alec Harlow (IV) all accompanied by Sgt. Todd Vanderklooster participated in Operation Veteran.

It was an honour being part of such a great cause.

Lest We Forget.


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RMCSJ Surprise Winner in Kingston / Une victoire surprise pour CMR Saint-Jean à Kingston

Posted by rmcclub on November 23rd, 2014

La compétition du Mil Skills (Military skills) a eu lieu du 13 au 16 novembre 2014 à Kingston, ON. Cette année l’équipe de Mils Skills du CMR s’est entrainée avec une nouvelle approche en vue de la compétition annuelle qui se déroule à Kingston. Même si l’équipe était composée seulement des Préparatoires et juniors, ils ont remporté pour la première fois dans l’histoire du CMR la compétition. Ils ont démontré un dévouement extraordinaire par leur entrainement intensif et leur soif de victoire.

The Military Skills competition was held from November 13 to 16 at Kingston, ON. This year, the CMR Mil Skills team began with a new approach to the competition. Despite consisting only of Juniors and Preps, the team won the RMC Military Skills competition for the first time ever. They demonstrated outstanding commitment to a rigorous training regime to earn a well-deserved victory in Kingston.


RMCSJ Surprise Winner in Kingston

By 26685 NCdt (III) Graham Mater

On Saturday the 15th of November, the Royal Military College of Canada hosted the 2014 Intramural Military Skills Competition. Five teams competed in the competition; four representing each of the RMC divisions, and one team composed of cadets from the Collège Militaire Royal St-Jean. Throughout the competition, each team of nine cadets would be challenged physically, mentally, and technically across a variety of stands. The stands would force the teams to display their military skills across several disciplines and would demand teamwork, cohesion, and most of all effective leadership on the behalf of the team captains.

On the morning of the competition, the teams were greeted with freezing temperatures and a biting wind that swept through the college grounds. But the enthusiasm of the cadets could not be curbed as they checked their kit and made last-minute preparations before the competition. The start times were drawn, and the teams departed at half-hour intervals, moving through the course as fast as possible, stopping at each stand to showcase their military prowess.

There were seven stands throughout the course. The first event tested the teams’ marksmanship ability. Four shooters from each team showcased their skills with the C7A2 rifle on RMC’s Small Arms Trainer. The Small Arms Trainer has proved as an invaluable training tool for the cadets at RMC, and each team in the competition was scored based on their grouping size and ability to engage targets at multiple distances. From here, the teams moved on to the assault boat stand, where they braved driving winds and the icy waters of Navy Bay. After completing the waterborne course, the teams all emerged wet and chilled, but pressed on and made it to the fourth event of the competition: the rope bridge. In this stand, each team was required to ford a gap between two trees using only rope and carabiners. However, the teams had to complete this feat whilst wearing gas masks, which severely hindered communication and tested the team captain’s ability to lead his squad. The following stands involved a Leadership Reaction Challenge, which tested each team’s ability to communicate and problem-solve, a weapons assembly stand, where the teams were required to assemble three C7 rifles and one Browning 9mm pistol as fast as possible, and the Twelve-Foot Wall.

The Twelve-Foot wall is an iconic part of the RMC obstacle course and requires exacting precision and technique. The final obstacle of the competition was the OPI Challenge. This event sought to push the teams to their mental and physical limits and would exploit any weaknesses in communication, planning, and attention to detail. After completing the stand, the exhausted teams made a final push to the finish line, where they enjoyed a welcome reprieve from the stresses of the competition and congratulations from their peers and staff.

By the midpoint of the competition, it was clear that one team was competing at a higher level than the rest. The enthusiasm, drive, and zeal of the team from CMR St-Jean was noticed by all of the spectators and officials. They moved between obstacles with a perspicacious haste, and performed each task with confidence and meticulous expertise. By the end of the competition, it was clear that the team from CMR St-Jean would emerge as the victor. The victors were proceeded by the team from D Division, and third place went to the team representing A Division. The 2014 Intramural Military Skills Competition was an excellent showcase of military skill, and provided an opportunity for cadets from both military colleges to interact and share their interests in the pursuit of excellence. Much congratulation is due to the event’s organizer, OCdt Jean-Sebastien Otis, who facilitated the successful execution of the competition.

Congratulations to the RMCSJ cadets for their very impressive and well deserved victory.

The cadets of RMC are looking forward to hosting the 2015 competition and having another opportunity to exhibit their military skills.


2014 RMC Military Skills Competition

RMCSJ: It doesn’t need to be fun, to be fun.

Article from various sources

The RMCSJ Military Skills program underwent a complete overhaul in preparation for the 2014 RMC competition.  Captains Dave Lacombe (23626) and Scott Blakie (23984) took ownership of the team and brought an entirely new approach to training and preparation.

Both of these former cadets were teammates on a number of championship RMCC Sandhurst teams which competed at West Point from 2005 – 2008 (approx). At one point they won the championship three years in a row. Over 5 years between them; 3 victories, 1 second place and one third place under their belts. Pretty impressive!

The plan was to institute a more rigorous, focused training program with the goal of winning the competition.  The new approach was not widely accepted, and all returning members of the team left the program.  The void was filled by a keen group of Preps and Juniors who had less than one month in the military.  Beginning with a group of roughly 40 OCdts, the team was cut to 20 following the initial Selection.  This group was further reduced to 15 after another month of training.  Discipline, perfectionism and pride were hammered into the team during every training session.  Any lapse in focus was quickly dealt with, and the team slowly developed the mentality required to be competitive.  Capt Lacombe imparted a fanatical commitment to training, and many late evenings were spent doing Gas drills, and tying Swiss Seats, bowlines and Figure 8s in the team lounge.  The team further benefited from the exceptional leadership of the Team Captain, OCdt Samuel Quenneville (27412), but suffered a major blow when the 2I/C, OCdt Van Den Hoeven broke his leg during training.  OCdt Harrison Day stepped up as 2I/C for the remainder of the training.

The team arrived in Kingston two days prior to the competition in order to familiarize themselves with the site and conduct additional training.  Initially the team was intimidated by the new environment and the bigger, senior OCdts at RMC.  With an average age of 18 and having less than 4 months in the military, they did not see themselves at the same level as the RMC Cadets.  Moreover, the wall was about a foot taller than in Saint Jean.  However, a trip to the far side of the point and wake-up talk reminded the team that their training had prepared them well for what they were about to do, and they were able to focus on their task.  It is worth noting that prior to arriving in Kingston, the team had neither shot the C7 nor assembled the 9mm pistol; both skills which were required at stands during the competition.  It is remarkable to note, that the team training NCO, WO Dan Holley trained the team to shoot near-perfect scores on the range in only two sessions on the RMC SAT range.

Winning the RMC Military Skills competition was the perfect result for the young team and a reflection of the effort they put into the training and preparation.  Despite their relative inexperience, they competed against and beat the significantly more experienced, fitter, and talented RMC teams.  It served as the perfect lesson for a group of new OCdts of the effectiveness of leadership, teamwork and hard, focused training.  It taught them never to be intimidated, and it taught them that it doesn’t need to be fun, to be fun.  It was a huge accomplishment for the 14 OCdts on the team and a lesson they’ll bring with them to Kingston in the coming years.

Both Captains Lacombe and Blakie have much to be proud of with this tremendous RMCSJ team accomplishment.

The RMC Competition was extremely well run and the team was grateful for the opportunity to compete.  These competitions benefit both institutions enormously and we are very proud to be competitive with the RMC programs.

Both institutions are heavily subsidized by the RMC Foundation who support these type of military skills competitions. This includes specialized equipment to successfully compete at the  Sandhurt event at West Point in the Spring of each year.

In a true spirit of sportsmanship, Capt Adam Bradley, a coach with the 2015 RMCC Sandhurst team had nothing but good words for the visitors from RMCSJ. ” The CMR team did a hell of a job and deserve a well earned victory!” This was echoed by 26099 Ocdt (IV) Jean-Sébastien Otis – designated 2015 RMCC Sandhurst Team Captain. “They had energy and passion that pushed them to the top.”

Coaches and competitors from all five teams met at the Cadet Mess following the competition. RMCSJ team captain, OCdt Quenneville was spotted ringing the “bell”  – laid out $500 on the bar (which all members of his team had previously contributed). Most of those of age – had a beer; the others a pop. Within minutes cadets from both institutions were sharing tales, in an atmosphere of fellowship.From all accounts – the visiting cadets were humble in victory and the Kingston cadets gracious in defeat.

A good time was had by all. Once again, congratulations to RMCSJ.

The makeup of the RMCSJ team:

Coaching Staff

Team I/C: Capt Dave Lacombe

Team 2I/C: Capt Scott Blakie

Training NCO: WO Dan Holley

Training NCO: Sgt Francis Frechette

Weapons Instructor: Sgt Kelly Olsen

Running 9

1.   OCdt Quenneville (Captain)

2.  OCdt Day (2I/C)

3.  OCdt Hidasi

4.  OCdt Snape (female)

5.  OCdt Dufresne

6.  OCdt Laperierre

7.  OCdt Rousseau

8.  OCdt Smith

9.  OCdt Gallant


10.  OCdt Mason

11.  OCdt Prochilo

12.  OCdt Van Den Hoeven

13.  OCdt Martin

14.  OCdt Jolicoeur


More Photos par/by Elof/OCdt Andrew Prochilo – Here

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Cadets Learning the Seriousness of Harassment

Posted by rmcclub on November 23rd, 2014

Cadets Learning the Seriousness of Harassment

Article By: 27249 OCdt (l) Michael Clement Duenas Cambare – 6 Squadron

“Unit morale ultimately falls onto you, when you become junior officers,” said Director of Cadets Lieutenant-Colonel Popov while iterating the importance of ascertaining a unit’s opinions and concerns through surveys, during last Wednesday’s military brief.

The LCol continued to discuss the importance and scientific relevance of having voluntarily executed surveys, as fidgety cadets eagerly waited to complete the surveys in their hands. The survey in question was regarding the concerns of harassment, stemming from cadets and staff alike, potentially experienced by Royal Military College of Canada cadets.

Although described as tedious, the lengthy questionnaire asked a wide range of questions that accounted for experience with varying types of harassment. Cadets were also asked to testify on the strength and reliability of current systems in place meant to address harassment and social issues at RMCC.

The Canadian Armed Forces is increasingly emphasizing the importance of the mental health of its soldiers, and surveys such as this will promise up-to-date awareness of a unit’s psychological trends, as well as examining the effectiveness and reliability of services meant to address mental issues.

Psychological and mental health surveys are just one way in which the CAF is ensuring it continues to be an efficient, and advanced fighting force available for the safety and security of the homeland and her people.

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(W) Volleyball win; Hockey team lose in O.T.

Posted by rmcclub on November 23rd, 2014

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:


Fri, Nov 21,  Waterloo 8  RMC 2  Box Score

Sat, Nov 22,  Laurier  RMC

(M) Volleyball:

Fri, Nov 21 RMC 1  Queen’s 3  Box Score

(W) Volleyball:

Fri, Nov 21 Brock 2 RMC 3  Box Score

Sat, Nov 22 Lakehead 3 RMC 1 Box Score

Upcoming Games:


Sat, Nov 29, 7:00 pm Concordia at RMC

(M) Volleyball:

Sat. 29 Nov RMC at Nipissing 2:00 PM – Robert J Surtees Student Athletics Centre;

Sun 30 Nov RMC at York 4:00 PM Tait MacKenzie Gymnasium

(W) Volleyball:

Sat 29 Nov RMC at Nipissing 12:00 PM- Robert J Surtees Student Athletics Centre;

Sun 30 Nov RMC at York 2 PM – Tait MacKenzie Gymnasium


Sports Capsule


(W) Volleyball capture first win of the season in exciting fashion

Nicole Behnke and Danielle Vortisch tallied 28 and 25 points respectively, pacing the RMCC women’s volleyball team to a 3-2 thrilling victory over Brock University Friday evening. It was the first win of the season for the local team. The Paladins won by set scores of: 25-19; 26-24; 20-25; 14-25; and 17-15.

On Saturday, the lady vb Paladins fell 3-1 to Lakehead University. Scores were close: they lost 28-26; 25-19; & 25-21. The win was close too – 25-23.  Following weekend play their record stood at 1 win – 8 losses.

The team travels to North Bay and York University this coming Sat & Sunday. – See details above.


Hockey Paladins earn first point  in 14 games

Eric Louis-Seize of the Paladins, scored three goals and assisted on two others in a heart breaking 6-5 double overtime loss against Wilfrid Laurier University saturday evening at Constantine arena.

The game was nip and tuck from start to finish. Neither team could gain more than a one goal lead at any time in the game. Each period ended in a tie 2-2; 4-4 & 5-5.

Evan Deviller coming off an injury which has kept him sidelined the past few games returned to play goal and faced a total of 48 shots. 28 of the shots came from the beginning of the 3rd period till the eventual winner at the 8:33 mark of OT.

With the overtime loss, RMCC earned their first point of the season. Their record at the half way point of the season is 0 wins; 13 losses and the overtime loss. Paladins trail Concordia (5 wins-11 losses) by 9 points for the final play-off spot.

On Friday night, visiting Waterloo Warriors crushed the Paladins 8-2. Goalie, Paul Mazzolin had a total of 49 shots fired his way. Bruce Hornbrook and Brett Pinder tallied for the home team.

Next Saturday, 29 Nov – 7 PM, the Paladins host Concordia at Constantine. Often referred to as a 4 point game.


(M) Volleyball – Second game win hardly a consolation prize in 3-1 loss to Queen’s

Blake McClelland led both teams in digs with 14 while Adam Lupton chipped in with 13 points as Queen’s defeated RMCC 3-1 on Friday night at the ARC Main Gym.

The loss left RMCC with a 0 & 8 record. Queen’s evened their season slate to 4 & 4.

This coming Sat – 29 Nov, the Paladins travel to North Bay to take on Nipissing at the Robert J Surtees Student Athletics Centre. First serve is slated for 2PM. Of particular interest in the match – Nipissing sits only one game ahead of RMCC with a 1 & 7 win / loss record.

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GG Visits RMC 1952

Posted by rmcclub on November 23rd, 2014

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27 Nov 52

This evening proved to be one of the most interesting this year. The Governor Gen. arrived at the College at noon and spent the afternoon around, sat in on a few classes even. We had a bar set up in the New Gym and had an ale before the mess dinner for the 4th yrs and staff. The RCAF band played dinner music and livened up the meal considerably.

The G.G.’s lecture was the best we’ve heard yet I think. It was on “Education & the Officer”. One remark which struck me was “Training is like a groove which becomes a rut of which education can make a channel.”

After the lecture, our class attended a reception in the gym, shook hands with the little guy and I for one got into several very interesting conversations with some of the staff. That kind of get-together is all too rare around here.

29 Nov 52

The basketball season opened with the first league game against Queen’s. We lost 60-41 or some such score. It was a slow, poor game. Queen’s as usual kept us shooting foul shots all night and slowed the game to a walk. After the game, Barry, Dave Winter & Neil MacLean & myself came out to the College for a very enjoyable informal dance. #1 Sqn. won the intersqn swim meet. Eddy Dumalo won the 220x 440x & 75x!

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Jobs – Careers / Carrières

Posted by rmcclub on November 23rd, 2014


Project EngineerIngénieurs de projets

Agropur, Saint-Laurent

Functional AnalystAnalyste fonctionnel

Agropur, Longueuil

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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Deaths | Décès

Posted by rmcclub on November 23rd, 2014

6226 Steven R.G.W. Burridge – 1940-2014

Steven, beloved husband of Katherine, passed away suddenly at home on Feb. 7, 2014. He also leaves his loving family; daughter Erinn Gleeson (John), sons Steven Jr. (Brenda) and Craig (Karen), as well as grand-children Keira, Cole, Olivia and Evan. He was also loved by neighbor-son, Henry Waack Jr., sister-in-law Janet Farquhar, and half- brother David Theobald.

Steven was raised in St. Catharines, Ontario and was a graduate of RMC in Kingston, Ontario. After graduation he served as a navigator in Comox, B.C. Upon retiring from the air force, he joined Vancouver’s 15th Field Artillery Unit, in which he served as a weekend soldier for many years. Following a short career in sales, he became a C.A. and practiced in Coquitlam.

He lived life to the fullest, always enjoying nature and the outdoors. He was an accomplished hiker, skier, and snowboarder. He loved the stage and performed in several plays in the Tri-City area.

The family would like to thank the 911 Emergency Responders of Coquitlam; and Drs. D. Mudie and S. Clutterham for their care and compassion.

A celebration of Life service was held at the Inlet Theatre, 100 Newport Drive, Port Moody, on Saturday, March 1,.

Ed note: We regret the lateness of this announcement but we only became aware of the passing of  Steven a few days ago.


3789 Paterson, Lt. Col. (Ret.) Reginald John “Reg”

Reg passed away suddenly but peacefully, November 16, at his home in Thornhill. He grew up in New Brunswick, was in the first graduating class of CMR (College Militaire Royal de Saint Jean), and went on to complete his engineering degree at both RMC (Royal Military College at Kingston) and McGill University. Reg had a long (1958-1984) and distinguished career in the Canadian Armed Forces serving in Canada and abroad; completing tours of duty for both NATO and the UN. Reg is predeceased (1982) by his first wife Ilse (nee Wachter) of 23 years, is survived by 2 of their 3 children, Lisa and Michael (Lisa Merkley), grandchildren Shawn and Kenzie, and by his loving wife Lois. Reg is survived by seven siblings and he will be dearly missed by them all (Ron, Victor, Elsie, Betty, Shirley, Joyce and Mac). The world has lost a true officer and a gentleman – always giving and expecting nothing in return. We love and miss you! Funeral services were held this past weekend. Source


HALVOR E. Bjornestad

BJORNESTAD, HALVOR E. – RNAF 1941-1956, RCAF 1956-1971, Associate Professor, RMC 1969-1989. It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Wing Commander (Ret’d) Halvor Elias Bjornestad, PEng, at home in Kingston, Ontario, on 9 November 2014, at the age of 92, with his loving wife Gerda de Bokx and family at his side. Hal was predeceased by his first wife Eileen Alice Richmond (1992). Cherished father of Erik (Nadine) Bjornestad and Margit (Jason 2008) Hart. Loving step-dad to Lisa Pennock and Holly (Dan) Medeiros. Devoted Grandpa to Chris (Sarah), Liv (Alex), Justin, Taylor, Alex, Andrew, and Papa to Jack and Owen. Proud GG to Laia, Noa and Autumn. Predeceased by his parents, Edvin and Margith Bjornestad, brothers Sven, Hans and sister Solveig. Survived by his sister Gerd (Per) Oglaend, his brother Eivind (Turid) Bjornestad in Stavanger, Norway, and sister-in-law Bette in Seattle, WA. He will be greatly missed by members of the de Bokx family. Hal was a man of many accomplishments during his long life. In 1940 after the German invasion, he escaped from Norway into Sweden. He joined the Royal Norwegian Air Force travelling through Sweden, Russia, Iran, India, South Africa, England and finally to Canada where he trained as a pilot at Little Norway, Gravenhurst, and Medicine Hat. He served overseas as a spitfire fighter pilot with 332 squadron, flew 130 missions and survived being shot down by ground-fire twice. After the war, he continued in the RNAF and was sent to Canada where he earned a degree in Engineering Physics (BA Sc Aero) 1950, from the University of Toronto. In 1956 the family emigrated to Canada where he joined the RCAF enjoying postings in Ottawa, California, and Michigan. During this time, he also earned two post graduate degrees in Aeronautical & Astronautical Engineering, and Instrumentation Engineering from the University of Michigan. His last posting in 1969 was to the Royal Military College of Canada, as Professor-in-Charge, Engineering and Management Programme. Upon his retirement from the RCAF in 1971, he continued on in civilian life as Associate Professor, Engineering and Management Department, RMC, retiring at the age of 67 in 1989. In retirement he continued his passion for sailing, reading, writing and golf. He and Gerda were avid sailors, exploring Lake Ontario and spending a year sailing in the Bahamas. He reluctantly gave up golfing at age 91. At Hal’s request, cremation has taken place. A private graveside service was held at Cataraqui Cemetery.   Source


Gianni GIOSEFFINI was a lecturer in the Department of Civil Engineering at the Royal Military College of Canada from July 1980 to August 1982.

Gianni GIOSEFFINI September 29, 1957 – July 8, 2014 Passed away peacefully on Tuesday, July 8, 2014 at the age of 56 years. Beloved husband of Kimberly (Mitchell). Missed by his loving mother Concetta Foglia. Survived by his sister Sonia (husband Guy) and brother Soave (wife Diane).

He will be sadly missed by his family: Alain, Johanne, Nicholas, Pauline, Lynn, Janice, Hailley, and Sean. His love will shine down on his great-niece Florence.

He will be fondly remembered by extended family and friends. A private funeral was held on Saturday, July 12th. Donations in Gianni’s name can be made to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Canada. – Source


Monsieur 5699 Claude Besner est décédé le 9 novembre 2014

À la mémoire de Claude Besner mai 7, 1941 – novembre 9, 2014. Avis de décès. Le 9 novembre 2014, à l’âge de 73 ans, Claude Besner, conjoint d’Andrée Brunelle, est décédé subitement.

Il laisse dans le deuil, Christine (Alain) et Ivan (Nadine), ses petits-enfants Julien (Arianne) Alexis et Constance, sa sœur Carmen (Jacques), ses belles-sœurs Françoise et Marga, Lise Lord, mère de ses enfants, ainsi que parents et amis.

La famille vous accueillera, samedi 15 novembre, de 10h à 12 h, à

La Maison Darche

Réseau Dignité

7679 boul. Taschereau, Brossard

Une cérémonie en sa mémoire y aura lieu à 11 h 15.​

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