In This Issue 41

Posted by rmcclub on October 19th, 2014

Caption: Ceramic remembrance poppies in the moat of the Tower of London. Photo courtesy of 5045 Ralf Awrey from a recent holiday / trip to London, England.


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In This Issue 41:

Another Successful CDAI Graduate Student Symposium

Ex-Cadets in the News

Keeping Tabs…

22945 Carrie Topping Off to Nicaragua 28 Dec – Looking for Help!

3069 W.A. McColl’s Diary: “Orderly room cases took up 1 ½ hours tonight – mostly recruits up for petty things.”

Dr. Greg Siemens of the Civil Engineering Department has recently been selected to receive the prestigious Canadian Geotechnical Society Colloquium Award / Greg Siemens du département de génie civil s’est vu décerner le prestigieux prix du Colloque de la Société canadienne de géotechnique

The Week That Was & What’s in the Pipeline

Sports: Rugby just misses out; soccer teams finished too

U.S. Naval Academy and RMCC Bands Exchange Concert/ Le concert d’échange des Musiques du L’Académie navale des États-Unis et CMRC

Military Psychology and Leadership Department / Département de Psychologie Militaire et Leadership / PAG / GAP

II Squadron – Not Shy

Catching Up With the News

The Class of ’65 Displayed their Grit Early



Full Know The World Tours – Brochure - Here



Jobs – Careers / Carrières

Dr. Walter Dorn RMCC Professor just released book Air Power in UN Operations: Wings for Peace & Much More…

Class Notes – RMCC Assistant Prof in the Spotlight 



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


QUOTE(S) OF THE WEEK – Field Marshall 1st Viscount Byng of Vimy:

“What I want is the discipline of a well-trained pack of hounds. You find your own way through the hedges, I’m not going to tell you where they are. But never lose sight of your objective. Reach it in your own way.”

“No matter what sort of a fix you get into, you mustn’t just sit down and hope that things will work themselves out. You must do something in a crisis. The man who does nothing is always wrong.”

“Why am I sent to the Canadians ? I don’t know a Canadian. Why this stunt ?” – May 1916, after being transferred to the Canadian Corps.

“The Canucks are just bursting with bonhomie and grinning from ear to ear. The good old Canucks behaved like real, disciplined soldiers.” – April 1917, in the aftermath of Vimy Ridge.


General Julian Byng was a member of a long established military family. He was the seventh son of George Byng, second earl of Strafford and the grandson of Field Marshal John Byng. He was also descended from Admiral John Byng, famously executed after failing to defend Minorca.

Despite his aristocratic background, Byng had a relatively impoverished upbringing, entering the army through the 2nd Middlesex militia. His family connections were in the highest places – his father was a friend of the prince of Wales, and in 1883 Byng joined the prince’s own regiment, the 10th Royal Hussars, joining them in India in March 1884.

Byng gained his first experience of battle during the rebellion in the Sudan. He was present at the second battle of El Teb (29 February 1884) and at the battle of Tamai (13 March 1884), both of which were British victories, but neither of which prevented the British evacuation of the Sudan. Byng was mentioned in dispatches during this campaign.

Byng now began to rise within his regiment. From 1886-1890 he was adjutant of the regiment, excelling in the role. He was promoted to captain in 1889. He then attended the Staff College at Camberley, graduating in 1894. After Camberley he served as a squadron leader, still in the 10th Royal Hussars, for three years, before becoming deputy assistant adjutant-general of the Aldershot Command. In 1898 he was promoted to major.

At the outbreak of the Second Boer War, Byng was sent to South Africa, where he was given command of the newly raised South African light horse. Unlike many of his contemporaries, Byng was able to adapt to the nature of the war in South Africa, rising from command of his regiment to command of a group of columns in the sweeps of the later years of the war. He was promoted to brevet lieutenant-colonel in November 1900 and brevet-colonel in February 1902, the month before he returned to Britain.

Between the end of the Boer War and the outbreak of the First World War, Byng continued his rise through the ranks. In 1902 he was given command of the 10th Hussars, based at Mhow in central India. In 1904 he formed and was the first commander of the Army Cavalry School at Netheravon. In 1905 he was appointed to command the 2nd cavalry brigade, then from 1907-1909 the 1st cavalry brigade. In April 1909 he was promoted to major-general on half pay, until a new command was found for him. In October 1910 he was appointed to command the East Anglian division of the territorial army. From October 1912 until the outbreak of the First World War he commanded the British army in Egypt.

At the outbreak of war Byng was recalled from Egypt and given command of the 3rd cavalry division of the BEF. This division played an important role during the first battle of Ypres. Here the mobility of the cavalry within the British lines allowed Byng’s men to rush between crisis points to help hold the line. However the expected breakthrough never came, leaving the cavalry largely without a role. In May 1915 Byng was appointed to command the entire cavalry corps, and given the temporary rank of lieutenant-general.

His time in command of the cavalry corps was short. In August 1915 he was appointed to command the 9th corps at Suvla (Gallipoli). On arrival at Suvla he soon realised that the situation was hopeless and began to plan for an evacuation. While many senior officers at Gallipoli were convinced that any evacuation would be a costly disaster, Byng was sure that a well planned evacuation could succeed without heavy losses. He was proved right, and the retreat from Gallipoli was probably the most successful part of the entire operation.

From Gallipoli Byng was sent to Egypt and then in February 1916 recalled to France to command the 17th corps. In May 1916 he was moved to the Canadian corps, where he would remain for just over a year, and received a permanent promotion to lieutenant-general. Here Byng was able to demonstrate his eye for detail and ability to plan successful offensives. He was also able to gain the trust of the Canadian corps, just as he had won over the South African light horse.

During his time in command the Canadian corps fought around Ypres and on the Somme, but its most famous exploit was the battle of Vimy Ridge (9-13 April 1917). This was one of the best planned operations of the entire war. Byng had his men construct twelve tunnels under the front line to protect his troops from German artillery. A scale model of the ridge was built, and as many men as possible taken to study it, so that every man would know his part in the upcoming attack. After a twenty day long artillery bombardment, Byng’s Canadians captured the ridge in the first assault.

In June 1917 Byng was promoted to command the Third Army. In his new post he was responsible for approving and helping to plan the battle of Cambrai (20 November-7 December 1917), the first major tank attack in history. Although the battle eventually failed to secure any real gains, on the first day the tanks had smashed a hole in the German lines, demonstrating the potential of armoured warfare.

In March 1918 the Germans launched the first of their series of great offensives (Second Battle of the Somme). Byng’s Third Army was attacked across the old Cambrai battlefield, but managed to hold its own. Only after the Fifth Army, to the south, began a retreat towards the Somme was Byng forced to order a rapid retreat on his right flank, in order to prevent a gap opening in the line.

By the middle of July the German offensives were effectively over, and the Allies were able to launch their own counterattack. Byng and the Third Army took part in the second phase of the Battle of Amiens, starting on 21 August. Over the next eighty days the Third Army advanced sixty miles, breaking through the Hindenburg Line on 27 September and capturing 67,000 prisoners before the armistice of 11 November.

After the war Byng was showered with honours. In 1919 he was raised to the peerage as Baron Byng of Vimy, was promoted to full general and received a grant of £30,000. He served as governor-general of Canada from 1921-1926, but despite his popularity in Canada refused to serve a second term. From 1928 to 1931 he was chief commissioner of the Metropolitan Police, where he began a series of long needed reforms, amongst them the introduction of of a system of promotion based on merit.

By the time of his death in 1935 Byng had been promoted to field marshal and to viscount. He had been a popular commander during the First World War. During the war he demonstrated a willingness and ability to plan his attacks that was not as widespread as it should have been, combined with a willingness to adopt new technology and tactics in an attempt to break the deadlock on the Western Front.

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

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Another Successful CDAI Graduate Student Symposium

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Another Successful CDAI Graduate Student Symposium

By: 13987 Bryan Bailey – Executive Director – RMC Club of Canada

For the 17th consecutive year, the Royal Military College of Canada hosted the Conference of Defence Associations (CDA) Institute’s Graduate Student Symposium which was themed as “Canada’s Security & Defence Interests”. The symposium continues to attract greater interest each year and this year there were more than 100 registrants plus a high number of RMCC cadets who were able to take advantage of many of the presentations.

The CDA Institute President and former Chief of Defence Staff, S146 General (Ret’d) Ray Henault, was the consummate symposium host for the third consecutive year and did so again in a dignified and professional manner. Again, this year’s three keynote speakers did not disappoint. The lead-off address was provided by 8500 BGen (Ret’d) Chris Ford, Class of 1970, who provided practical tips on public speaking all while providing an exceptional example. The lunch keynote address was delivered by no other than CMR’s Academic Director 10966 LGen (Ret’d) Michel Maisonneuve, Class of 1976, who shared his personal philosophy on life and work which includes the enjoyment of fun!

The dinner keynote speaker was the much acclaimed international affairs journalist Matthew Fisher who succeeded in captivating and educating the entire audience. Without question, all who attended were impressed by his words, wisdom, and accomplishments. His response to a wide variety of complex subjects during a dynamic question and answer session demonstrated his incredible grasp of conflicts past and present as well as his remarkable insight. His ability to absorb and understand the military is nothing short of phenomenal and is no doubt a major reason why he has earned the trust and respect by so many in uniform. The symposium greatly appreciated the manner in which he freely shared his personal experiences as a foreign correspondent as well as his thoughts and opinions about current conflicts in Ukraine and that ISIS threat in Iraq and Syria.

RMC Alumni and College Faculty were again very high profile. The two judges were G0114 MGen (Ret’d) Daniel Gosselin and the Deputy Head of the Military Psychology and Leadership Department, Dr. Daniel Lagacé-Roy. Of the six panel moderators, RMCC was well represented by Dr. Magali Deleuze, Dr. Ali Dizboni, and Dr. Emanuele Sica along with 9918 MGen (Ret’d) Doug Dempster (Class of 1974) who is the Executive Director of the Centre for Executive Leadership for the Telfer School of Management.

It was also a great opportunity for several RMC graduate students to participate by delivering papers. For other RMC under graduate students, it was a convenient professional development opportunity as the benefited from the excellent presentations and debate.

The following three RMCC students delivered papers and presentations as part of this year’s symposium:

1. Major Paul Hook, part-time MA student and B Division Commander. His paper was entitled, “Canada’s Ongoing Contribution to Peacekeeping: More than Just Canadians in Blue Helmets”.

2. OCdt Andrew McNaughton, 4th Year Military and Strategic Studies student. He delivered his presentation on “The Role of Air Power in Peace Support Operations”.

3. OCdt Michael Finlay, Masters of War Studies candidate. He presented his thoughts on “Analysis of Parliamentary debate concerning the adoption of steam in the Royal Navy, 1805-1855”.


While a daunting task, four of the 19 presenters were singled out for praise and received prizes from the Institute and RCMI. The $1,000 CDAI prize was awarded to Rob Burroughs (Photo Left)  from the University of Ottawa.

The $500 prize was awarded to Dashiell Dronyk (Photo Centre) of Carleton University.

The $250 prize was presented to Tannuva Akbar (Photo Right) of the University of Toronto.


Last, but certainly not least, Col (Ret’d) Chris Corrigan, the Executive Director or RCMI, presented the RCMI Peter Hunter Award to Captain Kevin Klein who is a doctoral candidate at the University of Calgary.

In summary, the CDAI Executive Director, M050 Colonel Tony Battista, ably supported by his exceptional team, is to be commended for the preparation and conduct of a hugely successful symposium which attracted exceptionally talented graduate students from a wide variety of academic institutions across the country as well as several from outside Canada.

Photos by Curtis Maynard – More photos Here

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Ex-Cadets in the News

Posted by rmcclub on October 19th, 2014

Smoke, No Mirrors: The Dutch Pension Plan

“The rest of the world sort of laughs at the United States — how can a great country like the United States get so many things wrong?” said Keith Ambachtsheer,

6584 Keith Ambachtsheer – article


Vessel named after Canadian killed in Afghanistan combat

Nichola Goddard died in a Taliban ambush in 2006; her mother attended the Halifax ceremony marking acceptance of Captain Goddard into the coast guard.

22458 Nichola Goddard – Article


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Keeping Tabs…

Posted by rmcclub on October 19th, 2014

former RMCC Division Commander now serving in Ottawa

Software Engineer/Programmer Analyst

Independent Market Research Professional

Hearing Chair at Appeals Commission for Alberta Workers Compensation

Commandant, 3 Escadron Maintenance (Air)

Doctoral Student at Royal Military College of Canada

Airworthiness Engineer at General Dynamics Canada

Logistics Officer

Captain Falcon 7X, 900EX at Future Electronics

Visiting Professor at UUM Sintok, Malaysia

Chief Executive Officer at Data Commerce Corporation

Manager Thales Canada, Defense and Security Centre Kingston

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22945 Carrie Topping Off to Nicaragua 28 Dec – Looking for Help!

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Good afternoon Bill,

I am sure you have plenty of ex-cadets contacting you about their own fundraising efforts and I am not sure if this is even possible, but no better way to find out than to ask!

Last year, I used by annual leave to go on a humanitarian trip to Nicaragua. My team was there for two weeks and among other things, we fed children at a feeding centre, visited local orphanages and hospitals and built a classroom in an impoverished community. My experience was life changing, so much so that I have volunteered to lead a team on a trip that leaves at the end of December.

This time, we will be building a home instead of a classroom!

Fundraising has proven difficult, as I’m sure you can understand. After just attending ex-cadet weekend, I realized that there may be some others who would like to get involved in this project. Where they may not be able to join us physically, they may be able to support financially.

I have attached a letter explaining the project and directing people to the not for profit organization’s website for more information. Can you provide any advice on how I might let other ex-cadets know what we are doing?

Thanks in advance for your guidance!

22945 – Lt(N) Carrie Topping

More details below…

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3069 W.A. McColl’s Diary: “Orderly room cases took up 1 ½ hours tonight – mostly recruits up for petty things.”

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20 Oct 52

Little of interest happened today. Jim Graham got a huge cake as today is his birthday. Otherwise a normal working day. We only have 11 more recruits to pass off and had them out for individual training tonight. Orderly room cases took up 1 ½ hours tonight – mostly recruits up for petty things. It just wastes our time & theirs.

21 Oct 52

We ran the Harriers today and had a very cool but sunny day for it. Fritz, the old workhorse came in first, his time being 16 min 6 sec. There is quite a horde going across the square at the starting gun now – about 360 ran it. I came in 54th this year. Well the evening was shot all to hell as Moon, Hunter & I went in to the Queen’s to quaff a few and watch T.V. and old Willy Hough & Joe Pagnutti walk in. Willy is enjoying life at Queen’s very much. Then we went to see a second rate movie. Really turned in tired tonight.

25 Oct 52

This afternoon we played Carleton and won 50-0. The Carleton team was pretty well outclassed but game and scrappy. They brought about 70 supporters, lovely girl cheerleaders and an 18 piece brass band. The old Indian & I both had dates but were stood up at the last moment so we didn’t go to the informal dance here but went partying around Kingston in his truck. Lt. Slocombe had a very nice cocktail party for the sqn officers tonight – a very successful affair.

26 Oct 52

This morning the track and field meet got underway and we won our first pull against #2 sqn, lost after a heart-breaker to 4 sqn in the finals in the afternoon. Fritz twisted his knee yesterday so was unable to compete. I had a go at the ½ mile and was an also-run – this stuff is no good without training! After the track meet the obstacle race was held. The only real “obstacle” I felt was a mud slide on the magazine with a big hole of muddy water at the bottom. The rest of it was pretty well running up and down ramparts. #1 sqn recruits came through with a win in that.



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Dr. Greg Siemens of the Civil Engineering Department has recently been selected to receive the prestigious Canadian Geotechnical Society Colloquium Award / Greg Siemens du département de génie civil s’est vu décerner le prestigieux prix du Colloque de la Société canadienne de géotechnique

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  Dr. Greg Siemens of the Civil Engineering Department has recently been selected to receive the prestigious Canadian Geotechnical Society Colloquium Award. The Canadian Geotechnical Colloquium is presented during the annual Canadian Geotechnical Conference by a young (under 40) CGS member who shows great promise in their professional or academic career. The recipient is awarded funding to review and/or research their selected topic. The CGS Geotechnical Research Board chaired by Dr. Murray Grabinsky has selected Dr. Greg Siemens of the Royal Military College of Canada to be the 2015 CGS Colloquium speaker. Dr. Siemens will give his talk at GeoQuebec 2015 in September of next year.

Greg Siemens du département de génie civil s’est vu décerner le prestigieux prix du Colloque de la Société canadienne de géotechnique. Le Colloque est présenté durant la Conférence canadienne de géotechnique annuelle, par un jeune (moins de 40 ans) membre de la SCG qui fait grande promesse dans sa carrière professionnelle ou académique. Le lauréat reçoit un octroi pour étudier un sujet de son choix. Le Conseil de recherche géotechnique de la SCG présidé par M. Murray Grabinsky a choisi M. Greg Siemens du Collège militaire royal du Canada pour être notre conférencier du Colloque 2015 de la SCG. M. Siemens fera son exposé à Géo Québec 2015 en septembre de l’année prochaine.”.

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The Week That Was & More & What’s in the Pipeline

Posted by rmcclub on October 19th, 2014

Looking Back & Looking Ahead


Regular readers will likely notice a “thinner” edition this time around.

As some of you are aware we were away this past week on a little R&R. We had a great trip spending quality time mostly with siblings & friends in the Saint John, NB area. We are happy to be back!

Thanks to a few stalwarts we have a few ‘gems’ that hopefully many of you will find interesting.

From what we hear, the week was pretty quiet on most fronts. Both the commandant, BGen, Al Meinzinger and the RMCC Principal, Dr Harry Kowal attended a executive leadership forum for general and flag officers as well as execs from the PS in DND. This forum is co-chaired by the CDS and the DM.

For reasons we are not aware the regular Professional Military Training for cadets was ‘bumped’ from the regular schedule. We expect a full report next week.

Engineering Division

Professor Richard J Bathurst elected president-elect of the Engineering Institute of Canada

The Council of the Engineering Institute of Canada elected Dr. Richard J. Bathurst, FEIC, FCAE, P.Eng., Professor of Civil Engineering at the Royal Military College of Canada as the 2014-2015 President-elect of the Engineering Institute of Canada at its meeting on September 14, 2014. Dr. Bathurst is the current President of the Canadian Geotechnical Society (2013-2014).


Professor Richard J Bathurst receives International Geosynthetics Society (IGS) Service Award at 10th International Geosynthetics Conference in Berlin (24 September 2014)

The IGS Service Award is given only to Members of the IGS who have demonstrated outstanding Service to the IGS and its mission. Specifically the IGS would like to recognize your long-term commitment as Editor of the IGS Journal Geosynthetics International. Geosynthetics International is a significant undertaking and an extraordinary publication. This is not only an opinion but also quantitatively reflected in its continued excellent ranking. IGS Members enjoy the benefit of this journal and the industry at large is moved forward by the work published in Geosynthetics International.


Professor Richard J Bathurst receives Honourable Mention as co-author of 2013 Best Paper in the Journal Geotexiles and Geomembranes

Behaviour of a geogrid reinforced wall built with recycled construction and demolition waste backfill on a collapsible foundation by Eder C.G. Santos, Ennio M. Palmeira, Richard J. Bathurst, Geotextiles and Geomembranes, 39: 9-19.

The first author of this paper (Eder Santos) spent one year at RMC with Dr. Bathurst as a visiting PhD student from the University of Brasilia, Brazil.

The journal Geotextiles and Geomembranes has the second highest impact factor of all 32 journals in the same category.

Professor Richard J Bathurst delivers opening plenary lecture at 10th International Geosynthetics Conference in Berlin (22 September 2014).


On Deck:

We had a quick peek at a number of high profile events coming up between now and the end of October. These include:

Indonesian Defence University visit from 21-22 Oct, CISCA Fleet Racing Nationals from 24-26 Oct, Young Memorial Public Lecture with Chris Hadfield 28 Oct, and General-Secretariat of Ministry of Defence of Brazil’s visit on 30 Oct.

We will do our best to provide photos and articles as they become available.

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Sports: Rugby just misses out; soccer teams finished too

Posted by rmcclub on October 19th, 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:


Sat 18 Oct RMC 38 @ Waterloo 10

(M) Soccer:

Wed 15 Oct RMC 2 @ Carleton 7  Box Score

Sun 19 Oct RMC 0 @ Queen’s 3

(W) Soccer:

Wed 15 Oct RMC 1 @ Carleton 6  Box Score

Sun 19 Oct RMC 3 @ Queen’s  6

(M) Volleyball:

Sat 18 Oct RMC 0 @ Waterloo 3  Box Score

(W) Volleyball:

Sat 18 Oct RMC 0 @ Waterloo 3  Box Score


Laurentian 6 RMC 2 – Box Score

Nipissing 6 RMC 4 -    Box Score


Upcoming Games:


Fri 24 Oct RMC @ Carleton 7 PM

(M) Volleyball:

Fri 24 Oct Western @ RMC 6 PM

Sat 25 Oct Windsor @ RMC 1 PM

(W) Volleyball:

Fri 24 Oct Western @ RMC 8 PM

Sat 25 Oct Windsor @ RMC 3 PM

Rugby Update: Sadly Laurier & RMC are both at 13 points, for the last play-off spot; however, due to the fact that Laurier beat the Paladins (17-16) in their face-to-face meeting, they move on to the play-offs.

The OUA regular schedule came to end for both soccer teams too. Check OUA sites for final standings.

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U.S. Naval Academy & RMCC Bands Exchange Concert/ Le concert d’échange des Musiques du L’Académie navale des États-Unis et CMRC

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By 27019 NCdt (II) Cloé Baillargeon

As part of an exchange concert, the Pipes And Drums of the Royal Military College Of Canada, the Highland Dancers and the United States Naval Academy Pipes And Drums offered on October 18th 2014, at Currie Hall, a marvelous and strong presentation fuelled by talent and skill. For forty minutes, guests were reminded of the true meaning of military music and the impact of tradition.

More than half a century old, the Band of the Royal Military College of Canada, founded in 1953, started as a Bagpipe and Highland ensemble. It now includes a choir, a Brass and Reed section and a crew of Highland Dancers.

On the other side of the spectrum,  the United States Naval Academy Pipes And Drums is a more recent endeavor. Brain child of the USNA Class of 1961, the Pipes and Drums were created in 1996 as a musical support to the Brigade of Midshipmen. They also provide musical lessons in bagpiping, highland drumming and highland dancing to interested students.

The highlight of the evening was certainly the musical piece performed by both groups. The impressive performance was a staggering sight as all musicians and dancers, close to fifty,  were contributing on stage to an epic display of musical prowess.

The concert was efficiently presented by 26573 OCdt (III) Denice Zoretich.


Le concert d’échange des Musiques du L’Académie navale des États-Unis et CMRC

Par 27019 Aspm (II) Cloé Baillargeon

Dans le cadre d’un concert d’échange, le Corps des cornemuses et des tambours du Collège militaire royal du Canada, les Danseuses écossaises et le Corps des cornemuses et des tambours de l’Académie navale des États-Unis ont offert, le 18 octobre 2014, à Currie Hall, une merveilleuse prestation puissante représentant talent et compétence. Pour une durée de quarante minutes, les invités se rappelèrent du sens véritable de la musique militaire et de son impact dans la tradition.

Vieille de plus d’un demi-siècle, la fanfare du Collège militaire royal du Canada, fondée en 1953, débuta en tant qu’ensemble de cornemuses et de tambours. Elle inclut désormais une chorale, une harmonie et une équipe de danseuses écossaises.

De l’autre côté, le Corps des cornemuses et des tambours de l’Académie navale des États-Unis est plus récent. Projet supporté par la Classe de 1961 de l’Académie navale, le Corps fut créé en 1996 en tant que support musical pour la Brigade des Aspirants de Marine. Il fournit aussi des leçons de musique pour l’étude de la cornemuse, des tambours écossais et de la danse écossaise aux étudiants intéressés.

Le moment culminant de la soirée fut certainement la pièce musicale exécutée par les deux Corps. L’impressionnante performance fut une vision sidérante alors que tous les musiciens et les danseurs, près de cinquante, contribuaient sur scène à une épique prouesse musicale.

Le concert fut présenté avec efficacité par 26573 l’Élof (III) Denice Zoretich.

More photos by Curtis Maynard Here

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Military Psychology and Leadership Department / Département de Psychologie Militaire et Leadership / PAG / GAP

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Military Psychology and Leadership Department


Life Stress and Depression: Understanding Gender Differences, Onset, and Recurrence of Depression in Adolescents and Adults

Speaker: Amanda Shamblaw, BA, BScN, Master’s student at Queen’s University

Friday, October 24th, 2014

Room: SSC09 (swing space)    Time: 12h40 to 13h30

Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) affects between 12% and 23% of the population (Kessler et al., 2010; Patten et al., 2004). Rates of MDD increase dramatically in adolescence, largely accounted for by increasing rates of MDD in females (Harkness et al., 2010). By early adulthood, females are twice as likely than males to have an episode of depression (Hankin & Abramson, 1999; Kessler, 2003). Further, MDD is a highly recurrent condition with the majority of individuals experiencing multiple episodes across the lifespan (Monroe & Harkness, 2011). Theoretical models have emphasized the importance of stressful life events in both influencing gender differences and the course of MDD (e.g., Hankin & Abramson, 2001). This talk with briefly discuss the diagnosis of MDD, gender differences in vulnerability to stressful life events, and the role of stressful life events in predicting recurrence of depression. The importance of using contextual interviews when measuring stressful life events will be examined.


Amanda Shamblaw is in her second year of the Master’s of Science in Clinical Psychology program at Queen’s University, studying under the supervision of Dr. Kate Harkness. She attended The University of Western Ontario where she obtained a Bachelor of Arts Honors Degree in Psychology in 2013, as well as a Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 2011. Amanda worked for three years in the Mental Health Care Program at London Health Sciences Centre as an Inpatient Nurse prior to attending Queen’s. Her research interests center on understanding how life stress, social cognitive development, and neurobiological mechanisms function together to predict the onset, maintenance, recurrence, and intergenerational transmission of depression. For her Master’s Thesis, Amanda is examining how maternal depression affects children’s social cognitive understanding and what specific maternal behaviours underlie this relation.

***The presentation will be held in English***

If you require information, please contact Dr. Nicol at the following address:

Everyone is welcome



Département de Psychologie Militaire et Leadership


Stress de la vie et la dépression : Comprendre les différences entre les sexes et la réapparition de la dépression chez les adolescents et les adultes

Conférencier: Amanda Shamblaw, BA, BScN, Étudiante de maîtrise à l’Université Queen’s

Vendredi, 24 octobre 2014
Lieu: SSC09   Quand: 12h40 à 13h30

La dépression touche entre 12% et 23% de la population (Kessler et al, 2010; Patten et al, 2004). Les taux de dépression augmentent considérablement à l’adolescence, cette croissance est expliquée en grande partie par l’augmentation des taux de dépression chez les femmes (Harkness et al., 2010). Au début de l’âge adulte, les femmes sont deux fois plus susceptibles que les hommes d’avoir un épisode de dépression (Hankin & Abramson, 1999; Kessler, 2003). En outre, la dépression est une maladie très récurrente ; la majorité des personnes qui en souffre vont avoir plusieurs épisodes à travers la durée de leur vie (Monroe et Harkness, 2011). Les modèles théoriques ont souligné l’importance des événements stressants de la vie dans les différences entre les sexes et le cours de la dépression (par exemple, Hankin & Abramson, 2001). Dans cette présentation, nous aborderons brièvement le diagnostic de dépression, les différences entre les sexes dans la vulnérabilité à des événements stressants de la vie, et le rôle des événements stressants de la vie dans la prédiction de la récurrence de la dépression. L’importance d’utiliser des entrevues contextuelles pour mesurer des événements stressants de la vie sera examinée.


Amanda Shamblaw est dans sa deuxième année de la maîtrise en sciences dans le programme de psychologie clinique à l’Université Queen’s, sous la supervision de Mme Kate Harkness, Ph.D. Elle a fréquenté l’Université de Western Ontario, où elle a obtenu un baccalauréat en arts en psychologie en 2013, ainsi qu’un baccalauréat en sciences infirmières en 2011. Amanda a travaillé pendant trois ans dans le Programme de soins de santé mentale au London Health Sciences Centre en tant qu’une infirmière en milieu hospitalier avant ses études à l’université Queen’s. Ses intérêts de recherches sont dans les domaines du stress de la vie, le développement cognitif social, et les mécanismes neurobiologiques qui fonctionnent ensemble pour prévoir l’apparition, l’entretien, la récurrence et la transmission intergénérationnelle de la dépression. Pour sa thèse de maitrise, Amanda examine comment la dépression maternelle influence la compréhension sociale cognitive chez les enfants et quels comportements maternels spécifiques sous-tendent ce rapport.

***La conférence sera tenue en anglais***

Si vous désirez des précisions, veuillez contacter Mme Nicol à l’adresse suivante:


A visit by OSISS

By 27013 OCdt (II) Cassandra Wuerth

On Wednesday, October 8th, two representatives from the Operational Stress Injury Social Support Group, Tim and Dan, came to speak to RMCC’s Peer Assistance Group members.

Right away they offered an explanation as to why their support group was different than the rest. OSISS, unlike most support groups, is comprised of injured helping the injured.

Indeed, OSISS is about breaking down the barriers surrounding stigma and mental health by offering peer support to those in need, whether it be someone who is injured, their family members or even their peers.

Dan and Tim also contributed towards the PAG members’ training regarding their approach towards mental health and those who are injured, and offered a wide variety of signs and symptoms to recognize a peer who requires support.

All in all, the OSSIS is a unique and inspiring social support group, unlike any other you might find. When it comes to peer support, OSISS is the ideal representation.


Make sure to take a look at their website:


Une visite du SSBSO

par 27013 Élof (II) Cassandra Wuerth

Le mercredi 8 octobre, deux représentants du Soutien social pour les blessures de stress opérationnel, Tim et Dan, sont venus parler au Groupe d’assistance aux pairs du CMRC.

Tout de suite, ils ont offert une explication quant aux raisons pourquoi leur groupe de soutien était différent des autres. Le SSBSO, contrairement à la plupart des groupes de soutien, se compose uniquement de blessés aidant les blessés.

En effet, le but du SSBSO est de faire tomber les barrières de la stigmatisation entourant la santé mentale en offrant un soutien par les pairs à ceux dans le besoin, que ce soit quelqu’un qui est blessé, les membres de leur famille, ou même leurs pairs.

Dan et Tim ont également contribué à la formation des membres du GAP concernant leur approche à l’égard de la santé mentale et ceux qui sont blessés, et ont offert une grande variété de signes et symptômes afin de pouvoir reconnaître un pair qui a besoin de soutien.

Dans l’ensemble, le SSBSO est un groupe de soutien social unique et inspirant, pas comme les autres. Quand il s’agit de soutien par les pairs, le SSBSO est la représentation idéale.


Assurez-vous de jeter un œil à leur site web :

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II Squadron – Not Shy

Posted by rmcclub on October 19th, 2014


Last year, Two squadron had a motivational rap that was featured in eVeritas:

This year Two squadron went BIGGER AND BETTER:

We will let the readers be the judge!!


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Catching Up With the News

Posted by rmcclub on October 19th, 2014

More on the Battle of the Scheldt from Mike Kennedy -

“Saw the article on the Battle of the Scheldt in the latest e-veritas. Here is something you might wish to append to the article, I left it out of the last article on Forbes for space reasons.”

A Trip into Hell

One of the bloodiest actions Charly Forbes was involved in was the battle for Walcheren Island in the autumn of 1944. Accessible only by a causeway, the island was heavily defended by German troops and the Canadian 5th Brigade suffered 135 men killed and wounded over the three days the battle lasted. One who fell was Forbes’ RMC classmate and close friend 2762 “Gordy” Grant, a platoon commander with the Black Watch who was killed on the causeway on 31 October 1944.

At 0400 on 2 November, it was the Régiment de Maisonneuve’s turn to march onto the causeway. Leading the advance was No. 18 platoon of D Company, commanded by Lieutenant Charly Forbes. Once again, casualties were heavy and eventually the Canadians were reduced to Forbes and two other officers, and small number of soldiers accompanied by some Belgian patriots. But Forbes and his men accomplished their objective, making it across the causeway and well onto the island before pulling back later that evening. Decades later he would recreate this trip into hell in an oil painting, an image of which is reproduced on page 166 of the book Rare Courage.

The heavy fighting on Walcheren Island was described in detail in the 1984 book Tug of War – The Canadian Victory that Opened Antwerp, authored by 2357 BGen Denis Whitaker and his wife Shelagh. Whitaker, who died in 2001, was a member of the 1933 Entry Class and served with the Royal Hamilton Light Infantry, earning a DSO at Dieppe and a bar to his decoration in the Rhineland in 1945.

In their book, BGen Whitaker and his wife aptly describe the courage and tenacity of the “Maisies” on that terrible day:

“The Maisonneuve moved up under the protection of the creeping barrage, D Company in the lead. But at 0426 hours, when the barrage lifted, withering German fire assailed the Canadians, explosion after explosion from shells falling down like rain………the three remaining officers from D Company commanded a mere thirty Canadian soldiers, supported by a handful of Belgian patriots. They had only the light weapons they could carry. They faced two hundred crack German troops with two tanks. But still they pressed on.”

For additional information on books by BGen Denis Whitaker, please visit

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The Class of ’65 Displayed their Grit Early

Posted by rmcclub on October 19th, 2014

A Look Back At The Recruit Obstacle Race

A recruit’s first days at RMC are horrid enough, but his bewilderment is soon increased by the strange tales of what is to come. Soon, the chuckles and strange stories heard from the other years make him ponder the events to follow, such as charges, boxing, harriers and especially, the obstacle race. This ancient ritual originated over eighty years ago and once completed, proves the recruits worthy of wearing the red-striped CSC trousers. Formerly, the entire affair was designed and constructed by the senior year, but recently the second year have served as the builders for the senior scheming. Near the middle of October of this year, Fort Frederick was proclaimed out of bounds for recruits. This, plus the sight of second year work parties disappearing into the Fort after classes each night, made it all too clear that the obstacle race was not far off. At this time, the second year launched a propaganda campaign telling of the vicious tragedies of last year’s race, and the probable ones of this year’s. Just enough hints leaked out to make any recruit wonder and worry.

After several postponements, the fateful day was finally chosen: October 31 some Halloween party. Fortunately for us, the hopes of the cadet wing were not fulfilled when the thirty-first did not bring gale winds and sleet storms. The day was, however, overcast and quite cool. By 1615 hrs., the entire recruit class was assembled on the edge of the square in front of Fort La Salle where some members of the other years were giving precious words of advice and encouragement to the recruits of their respective squadrons. The Commandant then wished the recruit class the best of luck and fired the gun to start the ordeal. Immediately, the Square felt the pounding of enthusiastic feet as the mob sped across the Square and around the far end of MacKenzie Building. The pack spread out as it moved behind the academic buildings, the library and finally to the edge of the bay.

Here, the first and one of the most difficult obstacles was encountered, and it proved to be the beginning of the end for many. A boulder was to be carried in frigid, waist-deep water for approximately seventy-five yards. This done, the next task was to overcome the outer wall and reenter the college grounds. At this time in the race, some wished they were climbing over that wall in the opposite direction. After a short dash, we met a tire suspended about eight feet above the ground. After helping each other up and through the tire, the melee moved on, one by one to a second wall, that of Fort Frederick. Although ropes were provided for the ascent, the grease on them rendered them next to useless. Once inside the Fort, the fun began, first came the Martello Tower moat filled with an intricate network of barricades, ropes and barbed wire. Also included in the moat was a fifteen foot greased pole and an oil pit in which each of us was dunked. After leaving the moat, we raced up one of the steep Fort Frederick slopes and down the other side to be greeted by a second oil pit. This one was covered with logs, and each recruit had to crawl along the logs, completely submerged in oil, to the other end of the pit. The powerful fire hoses which pelted us after this were somewhat welcomed, as the water washed some of the oil out of our eyes and ears. Next, came a belly-crawl over rocks and gravel under a canvas, back up the slope where we were again drenched with fire hoses. A short, winding jog brought us to a horrifying sight – a greased slide into a pool of mud and oil! Everyone, however, braved the ordeal and moved on to another crawl over rocks and boards under a canvas, this time down-hill. A twenty-five yard stretch of low hurdles followed by coils of barbed wire especially hazardous for those not wearing their glasses was the next hindrance. Finally we were headed towards the gate of the Fort and to what many thought to be the end of a grueling race. But the half-smiles of relief starting to appear on some faces were soon turned into gazes of despair as before us, on the edge of the football field, lay a pile of potato sacks. These were the implements for the hardest and most fatiguing part of the course – a one hundred yard sack race.

However, we soon found ourselves crawling over the finish line, completely exhausted, where we received hearty congratulations and a handshake from the Commandant. The class of ’65 completed a difficult race which required their very best efforts. John Adams showed that necessary extra bit of effort to win. After the race was finished, hardly anyone appeared to have enough power to carry himself to the dormitories, but later that evening, we all seemed to muster enough strength to take an active part in the traditional “lids off.” This ceremony proved to be sufficient reward for the endurance test completed earlier in the day.”

Special thanks to E3161 to Victoria Edwards for the submission of this article.

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Deaths | Décès

Posted by rmcclub on October 19th, 2014

13291 TOMAS, David Charles  (Class of 1981)- It is with heavy hearts we must announce the passing of David Charles Tomas, on October 15, 2014. Peacefully surrounded by the love of his family, he passed away showing extreme strength and fortitude battling a very aggressive cancer. Dave is lovingly remembered by the families of his parents Charles and Therese Tomas, his wife Leyna Vo, his twin brother John, brother Stephen, sisters Kerry, La Rosa, Missy and Julie. Dave’s zest for life is best expressed in the words of poet Sylvia Plath, “I felt my lungs inflate with the onrush of scenery – air, mountains, trees, people. I thought ‘This is what it is to be happy’” A memorial service will be held on Saturday, October 25, 2014 at 1 p.m. at First Unitarian Congregation, 175 St. Clair Ave. West, Toronto. – See more


We received word that 3707 David Stothers  died 12 Oct. It is expected that there will be a visitation in Toronto and a graveside service at the Military Cemetery in Ottawa – which will likely take place mid-Novembe.

We will update when more details become available. Please check back here in a day or two.

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