In This Issue 37

Posted by rmcclub on September 21st, 2014

Leading from the front - Once again the Commandant,  Principal and College Chief helped lead the way in demonstrating that age is not always a limiting factor when it comes to the obstacle course! (See more below)

Photo by Curtis Maynard


A tip of the hat to the following members who just recently updated their Club membership status: Chapeau aux membres suivants qui ont tout récemment mis à jour leur adhésion au Club:

9335 Larry Dawe; 14601 Doug Morley;  14658 Steve Pike; 16195 Maurizio Braggio.

Ex-Cadets returning for Reunion Weekend are encouraged to update their Club membership while on campus. Memberships will be available at various times in the tent just in front of Panet House over the weekend. Please take a moment or two to join and / or to renew an outdated membership.

Club Membership Info Join, Update or Renew ‘Now’

In This Issue 37:

Ex-Cadets in the News

Class Notes

Keeping tabs…

15946 Jill Carleton Looking for More Lady Ex Cadetsto Engage with the Club

Memories: Recruit Obstacle Course 1976

CLAUDE SCILLEY In conversation with 10903 Paul Amyotte

3069 WA (Bill) McColl is Back for (IV) Year Sep 1952

The Week That Was & More…

FYOP – Finally, real light at the end of the tunnel

Training for the “M”


Sports…Hockey team wins 3-2 in O.T.

Jobs – Careers / Carrières

Deaths | Décès





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

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

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

6604 Jim Carruthers

National President

Naval Association of Canada

Reunion Weekend 2014 Update




FYOP: Passing Off the Square

FYOP: Three weeks down, two to go


FYOP 2014: Two Weeks Down; Three To Go

More FYOP News: Harrier & Regatta Updates…


FYOP 2014 – Week One in the Books


Class of 2018 Arrive


FYOP 2014 – The First 24 Hours




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


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



Morale Building Quotes from John Paul Jones:

“It seems to be a law of nature, inflexible and inexorable, that those who will not risk cannot win.”

“Whoever can surprise well must conquer.”

“If fear is cultivated it will become stronger. If faith is cultivated it will achieve mastery.”

“I wish to have no connection with any ship that does not sail fast, for I intend to go in harm’s way.”

“I have not yet begun to fight !”

Captain John Paul Jones – 1747 – 1792

As an officer of the Continental Navy of the American Revolution, John Paul Jones helped establish the traditions of courage and professionalism that the Sailors of the United States Navy today proudly maintain. John Paul was born in a humble gardener’s cottage in Kirkbean, Kirkcudbrightshire, Scotland, went to sea as a youth, and was a merchant shipmaster by the age of twenty-one.

Having taken up residence in Virginia, he volunteered early in the War of Independence to serve in his adopted country’s infant navy and raised with his own hands the Continental ensign on board the flagship of the Navy’s first fleet. He took the war to the enemy’s homeland with daring raids along the British coast and the famous victory of the Bonhomme Richard over HMS Serapis.

After the Bonhomme Richard began taking on water and fires broke out on board, the British commander asked Jones if he had struck his flag. Jones replied, “I have not yet begun to fight!” In the end, it was the British commander who surrendered. Jones is remembered for his indomitable will, his unwillingness to consider surrender when the slightest hope of victory still burned.


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Ex-Cadets in the News

Posted by rmcclub on September 21st, 2014

PM announces the name of the first of the Royal Canadian Navy’s Arctic/Offshore Patrol Ships

Vice-Admiral Harry DeWolf was born in Bedford, Nova Scotia, in 1903 and joined the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) as a cadet in 1918 to attend the Royal Naval College of Canada in Esquimalt, British Columbia. From 1921 until 1925, he conducted his training with the Royal Navy (RN) in the battleship His Majesty’s Ship (HMS) Resolution followed by training courses in RN schools, as well as service at sea with the RN and RCN. In 1928, he specialized in navigation, attending the Long Navigation Course at HMS Dryad in England, followed by further seagoing and staff appointments with both the RN and RCN. –   Article

Archives from The New York Times -

Harry DeWolf, Canada War Hero, Dies at 97 – By RICHARD GOLDSTEIN – Published: January 14, 2001 – Article


6584 Keith Ambachtsheer Ranked Globe’s Most Influential Investment Consultant

Based on an extensive global survey, aiCIO has named Keith Ambachtsheer as the most influential consultant in the institutional investor world.

The magazine says their rankings are based on “an appraisal of the individuals within the consulting industry who have made a positive impact for their clients. Sourced from interviews with pension and non-profit CIOs, asset managers, and former consultants, it represents our best approximation of the hierarchy of today?s institutional consultant industry.”



CADSI appoints 19803 Christyn Cianfarani as new president

Ms. Cianfarani joins CADSI following 17 years at CAE Inc. where most recently she was Director of Advanced Training Solutions and Government Relations. She has also held the position of Director of Government Programs, Research and Development, and Intellectual Property, in addition to managing over her substantial career a wide range of portfolios from product and project management to bids and propo sals.



Prince Edward begins his Saskatchewan visit

“The Crown as a concept is ubiquitous, it’s everywhere,” Saskatchewan’s Chief of Protocol, 22181 Jason Quilliam.



 The Vandoos: Breaking the anglophone military monopoly

“This is not just one unit among all of the others in the military family,” he said in an interview. “We have inherited a particular regimental history, but it is also the history of a province, of a part of Canada, and it is under that particular light that our work is analyzed.”

18254 Colonel Michel-Henri St-LouisArticle


North Harbour woman heads SAR centre

“Being originally from Newfoundland and with my SAR background, I’m very excited to be in this position,” she said, in an interview with the Packet. “My family has a history of working on the sea for their living. My dad worked with the Coast Guard for 25 years and responded to some high profile SAR cases, such as the Ocean Ranger, in his time, so right from my early childhood days, I’ve had an interest in SAR.

“I’ve also had a passion for aviation.”

Rhonda Stevens, 38, is Officer-in-Chief of the Joint Rescue Coordination Centre in Halifax, N.S. Article

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Class Notes

Posted by rmcclub on September 21st, 2014

Class of 1968 – Special Anniversary Celebrations

On 4 and 5 September, a group of 8 Class of “68 members from the Ottawa/Kingston area celebrated their actual 50th anniversary of “signing up”, with a couple of days of golf, friendship and plenty of exaggeration.  The group: 7826 Ivan Wawryk, 7815 Marv Sywyk, 7765 Roman Klimowicz, 7808 Dave Rooke (the Roadents), took on 7679 Ken Mansfield, 7669 Bob Jones, 7678 Bill McMillan and 7637 Ches Brown (the RMC Purebreds) for a friendly (well, mostly friendly) 2-day tournament at the Renfrew Golf Club and the Dragonfly Golf Club, while using Dave Rooke’s cottage at a nearby lake as the Athletes’ Village and dining /drinking/ swimming/ sleeping facility.   Day 2’s golf event was a saw-off, following a “lucky” day for the Purebreds on Day 1.

Two balmy and mostly sunny days permitted us to dine outdoors on the deck at the lake, to share a lot of nostalgic memories, and many laughs while looking over some old scrapbooks that were brought along for entertainment.  The yellowing pages of “acceptance telegrams”, old photos, cadet instructions circa 1964, some great stories (some of them might even have been true), oh yes, and a few libations kept us smiling and laughing for most of the time.

Particular thanks go out to Marv for his fine barbequing talents; to Ches for building such a great Caesar Salad (it was really Marilyn’s special dressing that did the trick); to Bob, Bill and Ken for entertaining us with their swimming/diving prowess; and to Ivan and Bob for stepping up as official photographers, to capture this very special time.  A few photos of interest:

Our Special Event Wine!!!

An old Tech Tel Class group shot courtesy of Marv (note a fair number of Class of ’68 members).

The Foursomes (Marv, Roman, Bob, Bill); (Ivan, Dave, Ken, Ches)

Ken and Ivan enjoying a laugh.

Marv, Mr. BBQ providing some instruction to Ches.

Day 2 (minus Marv)


Caption: CMR Homecoming Dinner September 6 – photo taken at this event in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu in the “Grand Fort” room of CMR’s Dextraze Building.

At a table sponsored by the Ottawa Branch of the ex-Cadet Club, seated left to right in the photo are: Commander (Retd) 7964 Don Bell (2014 recruit to the Old Brigade), 27266 Ocdt Cyril Coombs, 27502 Ocdt Kale Stephens, 7855 Paul Hession (2014 recruit to the Old Brigade), 27418 Ocdt Cody Robertson, 27260 Ocdt Bradley Christophersen, 27364 Ocdt Kyla McGuinness and 27527 Ocdt Shannon Snape.

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Keeping tabs…

Posted by rmcclub on September 21st, 2014

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

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

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

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

Dr. Nikolas Gardner – Britain goes to War

Wednesday October 1st, 2014

Yeo Hall, Cadets Formal Mess

Doors open at 1630hrs



Project Manager at Canadian Forces

Rizzuto Provost Group at RBC Dominion Securities

Senior Project Manager at AMEC

Director Business Development at Meggit Training Systems Quebec

Managing Partner, Sales and Business Development at Hybrid Forge

President and CEO at the West Coast Railway Association

Recent Law School graduate and part-time Sergeant Major at 28 (O) Field Ambulance

Principal Consultant at TenChairs


Took six years from the time he entered RMC from the time he left; played either varsity basketball or varsity rugby every year – some years both

Webmaster for one of the nicest Class sites

Environmental Supervisor at Vale

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15946 Jill Carleton Looking for More Lady Ex Cadets to Engage with the Club

Posted by rmcclub on September 21st, 2014

15946 Jill Carleton Looking for More Lady Ex Cadets to Engage with the Club

By: Jen Ochej

15946 Jill Carleton was never led to believe there was any reason she couldn’t do exactly anything she set her mind to— least of all simply because she was a girl— if she was willing to work for it.

It’s no surprise that when it came time to select a university in 1983, her tenacity and drive ultimately led her to RMC. “Three guys that I knew in grade thirteen went down to the recruiting centre and applied for RMC. [They] came back, and did the, ‘You’d never get accepted’ thing,” Carleton recalls. “And I said, ‘Watch me.’”

Beginning in Engineering, Carleton decided after her first year to pursue a general arts degree and completed a BA in Honours Economics & Commerce, ultimately entering the Navy as a sea log officer upon her graduation in 1987.

Over the course of the next eighteen years, she would serve both on shore and on the HMCS Preserver and the HMCS Terra Nova. “It was funny times then, because Terra Nova wasn’t a mixed-gender ship, but they’d decided they were just going to put women on ships. So I was the only woman posted to the ship,” Carleton explains. “They were really pushing some of us to decide if we really wanted to go to sea or not, and I had been waiting for a while because there really weren’t a lot of ships with women.”

While later posted to shore, Carleton completed an MBA at St. Mary’s University in Halifax before being posted to Ottawa, where she continues to live.

When she ultimately left the Forces in 2005, Carleton found herself eminently employable in the public service thanks to her experience as a logistics officer, her MBA, and an in-progress accounting designation, and she has been working as a civilian with DND ever since.

Today, Carleton works with the Canadian Forces Housing Agency at their national office in Ottawa, where she is involved with strategic planning and corporate communications, among other duties.

Her two children now grown and out of high school, she devotes much of her time away from work to volunteering with the Ottawa Regional Cancer foundation, a cause very close to her heart, and to working with the RMC Club and the RMC Foundation.

Looking back on her time at the College, Carleton notices one rather significant transformation that has occurred in the years since. “The year when I started, it was the first time that there were women in all four years. I don’t think I realized, until I’d been there for a couple weeks, that women just sort of hadn’t been going to the College forever,” she recalls with an air of incredulity. “It came as a huge surprise to me that there were people at the College, including cadets in my own year, who thought that women shouldn’t be there, or women couldn’t do it. That remains the most shocking thing I’d learned— I had never been confronted with someone who truly didn’t know me and thought I couldn’t do something based on my gender.” “It amazes me now, when I go back to the College, to look around and see that that sort of aspect seems to have disappeared. People are just treated like people.”

In her role on the Executive for the RMC Club, though, Carleton is disappointed to see a lack of gender and racial diversity— but hopes that someday soon that too will be a thing of the past. “I’d like to see more women get involved in the Club, and [specifically] the Club Executive— I’m the only one,” she explains. “The Club Executive, which is supposed to represent the body of ex-cadets, is really not that representative.

The Club’s going through a governance change, and the Executive Committee will be made up of people from different groups of graduating years, so there will [at least] be more young people involved— but when I go to meetings, it reminds me of my early career, when I was often the only woman in the room.” “We need different perspectives around the table. We need people who come from different backgrounds who could add that different perspective to discussions.”

Bringing true diversity to the Club Executive may at times seem like an insurmountable goal, but as she has seen the demographics and the culture change on campus so too will it occur at the Club, if enough people are willing to fight and work for it— and there’s no doubt Jill Carleton will be leading the charge with a confident, “Watch me.”

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Memories: Recruit Obstacle Course 1976

Posted by rmcclub on September 21st, 2014

The Recruit Obstacle Course: Some Memories from 1976

By 12570 Mike Kennedy

‘Yes, here we all are, having a jolly good time, and everything is working out fine ha ha ha ha”

- From the 1967 song “Good Times” by Eric Burdon and the Animals

Well, it’s that time of year again………………………..

As FYOP draws to a conclusion, the members of the Recruit Class are now preparing for something that will undoubtedly be one of the most challenging and memorable experiences of their young lives. For anyone who has ever passed through any of the Colleges for even a few weeks’ time, the Obstacle Race stands out as being one of the defining moments of their recruit training. Apart for the formidable physical challenges that the race poses, it is also an experience of enormous psychological and emotional significance. It is an incredibly important rite of passage, and one that serves as a giant milestone on the brief but intense journey from adolescent to CADET.

Thirty-eight years have now passed since my recruit class ran the obstacle race on 29 September 1976, but like anybody else who is reading this, I remember that experience as it had happened yesterday. By the time we formed up the square ready to head off, not quite forty days had passed since we had arrived at RMC. But a lot can happen in forty days, as we had already found out the hard way. We did not realize it at the time, but our lives had changed profoundly over the last few weeks. Gone were the innocents who had first stepped off the bus on 22 August, and indeed, we would never be the same again.

As the Big Day approached, I remember looking forward to race with more than a bit of trepidation. For one thing, by that point in time it had already become apparent that I was one of the smallest and least athletically talented members of the Recruit Class. Compounding my fears was the fact that only about two or three weeks previously, I had badly twisted my ankle. As would subsequently come to light, more damage had been done than originally thought, and this unfortunate bit of rotten luck would hamper me throughout most of my first year.

So for me, running the obstacle course was a bit of a risk. But looking back nearly four decades later, I am very glad that I did.

The fact was, back in 1976, running the obstacle course was de rigeur. Electing not to participate was simply not an option, and there was no question of attempting to “deke” the race unless one had a legitimate medical reason. We’d heard stories of second, third, and even fourth year cadets running the race because previous injuries had kept them out if it.

There were other very real risks that could be involved as well, and we all knew the story of the unfortunate recruit who only a few years previously had drowned while attempting to navigate an obstacle in Navy Bay. To their great credit, the College authorities refused to let this tragic incident bring the event to a speedy demise. The route was changed, and added safety measures were implemented. As far as I am aware, there were never any more other instances of recruits being killed or seriously injured.

In reality, I guess the weeks leading up to the race were a bit of a scary time for all of us. For one thing, as the lowest form of life on the planet, we were naturally preoccupied with day-to-day survival, not to mention challenges like the Recruit Drill Competition, Passing Off the Square, and of course, trying to stay awake in class. All the while our Second Years who, bless their hearts, were either planning the layout of the course with fiendish creativity, or else gleefully filling our heads with visions of the exquisite torments that soon awaited us.

The event itself actually began several days in advance of the race proper, with preparations intended to get the recruits ready and properly psyched up. First, to ensure that we were appropriately dressed, we were issued work pants and squadron jerseys that would otherwise been headed on their way to the garbage can. To promote squadron pride and spirit, we were permitted (read “ordered”) to write creative slogans on these garments with the Selectone paint that was officially intended to whiten the dress belts worn occasionally with our Scarlets, and of course much more frequently, while one was on charge. As I understand this is family-oriented publication, in the interests of discretion, I will decline to provide further details on the wording of the slogans used.

Next step was to assign each of us what might be termed a “race daddy”; this was a third year cadet who would be responsible for running alongside his designated recruit to make sure that he remained safe. Mine was #11913 Pat Lucas, a very fine fellow who had just come from Royal Roads, and who was later commissioned in the RCN. Tragically, I heard that he died not too long ago from cancer. In any event, to help psych me up he told me some interesting stories, like for example about the time that the CWTO at Roads had thrown pieces of his rifle around Lucas’s room, apparently for no other reason than because he felt like doing so. Back in the good old days…..

One final but important piece of advance preparation was to assign each of the recruits a nickname for the race. By this point in time, of course, some guys had already picked up the nicknames they would, as things would later turn out, be known by for the rest of their lives. In other cases, a bit of creativity was called for. My assigned nickname was “Killer”, attributed to my short (one week) career on the unarmed combat team. Later on, I became known as “Mikey”, the nickname which followed me throughout my College career. I’ll tell you more about this a bit later.

The race day arrived, and we donned our carefully prepared accoutrements (all of which were destined to be burned before the night was out). First order of business was to document the importance of the occasion. “N” Flight – our Flight – formed up in the quadrangle outside Fort Champlain. Our photographer for the event was one of our CSCs, #11573 Dan Trynchuk, who shot about 30 pictures of the event. I later bought copies of all of them and placed them in a scrapbook, but much to my chagrin, some years ago this cherished document went missing.

After taking a few photos and giving the boys one last pep talk, our seniors quickly hustled us out to the Square. It was a Wednesday, a beautiful September afternoon, plenty of sunshine, the temperature just right. Eight squadrons of recruits formed out, each one looking like a collection of aliens landed straight from another planet. After a few final instructions we were told get ready, starting by pairing up to begin with a fireman’s carry.

Then came the moment of truth…………………….WE”RE OFF !!!!!!!

Believe or not (and this may come as a real surprise to those who know me) although I vividly remember the race itself, I don’t recall too much about the actual details. Once we got going, we kept going, and the whole event was a blur. A few things I do recall:

• At one point I started to slow down, and Lucas, who was right beside me, started walking quickly, telling me that he was walking faster than I was running. Naturally, this lit a fire underneath me, and I quickly picked up the pace.

• I do seem to recall tumbling down a cargo net; in any event, Trynchuk had a picture that looked like me.

• At another point in Fort Frederick we hit a bottleneck with one particularly difficult obstacle, and this turned out to be a meeting place for what must have been most of not all of the recruit class. I remember another of our CSCs, #11530 Scotty Miller, advising us not to make the same mistake when we planned the course the next year.

• Finally, when we approached the very end, we had to climb into a sack, hop along for a short distance, and then drop the sack and run to the end. I well remember a classic photo of my roommate, # 12561 Rick Hodgson, hopping along with a pained expression on his face, with our CSC # 11155 Ron Thompson walking alongside him, no doubt barking orders in the manner by which we had all come know and love him. Again, as this is a family newspaper, I won’t elaborate on the words coming out of Hodgson’s mouth.

Finally, at the conclusion of the ordeal, I remember that we had to run towards tables set up for each squadron on the edge of the Square. I ran towards the 5 Squadron table, which was manned by our CSTO, #11583 Ken Zelenka. Arriving at the squadron table, exhausted, filthy, and completely unrecognizable, I slammed my hands down on it in one final gesture intended to bring it all to an end.

IT’S OVER !!!!!!

Next thing I remember was that we were all hustled back to where we lived, well out of sight of the civilian spectators, and ordered to strip down out the garish costumes we had so meticulously fashioned. I remember marching down the halls of Champlain, stark naked, past the room of our CSL # 11366 Ike Hall. Seeing me in that brief moment of au naturel glory, Ike ordered me into his room to get one of his housecoats, following which I was hastily dispatched to the showers.

Due to my customary absentmindedness it wasn’t until a few weeks later that I finally got around to returning the housecoat. And guess what, good old Ike didn’t even charge me !


In any event, when all was said and done, we all survived, we all made it, and none of us were worse for the wear. By that time, there were only a few short days left on our sentence in hell, as on Saturday morning, 2 October 1976, we were scheduled to rejoin the human race as full-fledged RMC cadets. As a reward for our efforts, that evening we were allowed to enjoy a “lids of” wherein some of the recruits, depending on their finish times, were allowed to wear the bars of their seniors.

And much to my own surprise – indeed amazement – when the results were announced, I was awarded the three bars worn by our CFL # 11393 Mike Neelin. As things later turned out, that was destined to be the one and only time I would ever wear bars at RMC. But at least I felt I had done something to genuinely earn them.

So that’s what I remember about the 1976 obstacle race. And as I conclude this piece, there are three different things I’d like to say, to three different groups:

First, to the guys who ran the obstacle race with me – John Fisher, Rich Cumyn, Bob Alce, Bob Brimacombe, Gord Aucoin, Chris Blodgett, Rick Hodgson, Rob Mitchell, Kevin McLeod, Achim Von Weidner, Jim Ritter, Dave Singleton, Pete Scheffel, and Steve Yanover – gentlemen, whatever differences we may have had back then, we would never have survived without each other. I want all of you to know that I have known no greater honour than that of knowing you.

Second, to our seniors – Ike Hall, Mike Neelin, Ken Zelenka, Scotty Miller, Ron Thompson, and Dan Trynchuk – gentlemen, we salute you. No matter what else may have happened back in 1976, on 29 September you all distinguished yourselves above and beyond what anyone could ever have asked for. For better or worse, you made us into the men we have become today. The 1976 rooks of “N” Flight will certainly never forget what you did for us all those years ago.

And finally, to the members of the Recruit Class of 2014. Ladies and gentlemen, whatever you may be feeling as you look towards the obstacle race, remember you are not alone. Whatever you may be feeling right now, remember that there are many others who have gone before you, and if they can do it, so can you. Just to get to this point in your training, you have already gone through experiences and met challenges that the overwhelming majority of your civilian peers would never even begin to want to attempt. When you step off to start the obstacle race, remember that the Ex-Cadets are behind you all the way. Go for it, and just keep going, and you will do fine.

I suppose that it could be said that in a great many ways, the Recruit Obstacle Race is a metaphor for life itself. As we go through our lives and careers – particularly if we choose the path of military service – obstacles of many kinds will inevitably be thrown in our way. And the reality is that no one, no matter how talented or determined he or she may be, makes it entirely on their own. Collectively, the fifteen rooks of “N” Flight 1976 encompassed every conceivable size, shape, background, and personality. No one would ever accuse us of being one big happy family. But on that glorious September afternoon we came together as one, we persevered, and ultimately, we prevailed.

There’s a bit of an interesting postscript to this story, and that may perhaps aptly illustrate the famous saying by #2759 Sir Charles Forbes that “Destiny works in ways we will never understand.” Many years after the obstacle race, I found out quite by accident that September 29 was the birthday of my childhood girlfriend. She would have turned 20 in 1976. By the time I arrived at RMC, we had long since parted company, and I had not seen her in years. But as I look back now at the obstacle race, somehow I have a feeling that in her heart of hearts, Karen was looking out for me on that fateful day.

So now we come back to the issue of the nickname. The first one was “Killer” and that was coined by my CSC, # 11155 Ron Thompson. However, the one that replaced it, was “Mikey”, coined by # 12497 Chris Blodgett. This was drawn from the memorable 1970’s television commercial for Life cereal, and it became the and the one by which I was known at the College, and the one by which I continue to be known to this day.

Well believe it or not, nearly forty years later every morning I have a bowl of Life cereal for breakfast.

It’s that time of year again………………………………………………


Mike Kennedy #12570


Following is a copy of the program from the 1976 Obstacle Course:















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CLAUDE SCILLEY In conversation with 10903 Paul Amyotte

Posted by rmcclub on September 21st, 2014

Cadet, player, coach and professor: Paul Amyotte did it all at RMC


It was more by chance than by design that 10903 Paul Amyotte found himself at Royal Military College.


The first time arose after Amyotte had finished his senior football season at Dartmouth High School in Nova Scotia. “Most of our coaches were military guys,” he recalled on the telephone from Dalhousie University, where he is a professor of chemical engineering.

“Back in the day the Forces had some good football, the Shearwater Bombers, I think they were called. Those guys were all ex-football players and in the military.”

As such, one of Amyotte’s high school coaches was friends with one of the coaches at RMC, and it just so happened the Redmen’s coach happened to be visiting when the team was having a social gathering. “A few of us were talking to him,” Amyotte said, “and I guess I got enamored of the prospect of going to RMC and playing some sports.

“I don’t think anyone slipped anything in what I might have been drinking that night,” he chuckled, “but the next thing I know I’m at the recruiting centre and I’m signing up. Then I’m on a service flight up to Trenton with the other people from Nova Scotia. We met the fourth-year cadet who escorted us to the bus and away we went.”

It was 1972.

Four years later, Amyotte deferred his tour in the Forces, taking leave without pay to do his Masters at Queen’s University. “I was still a lieutenant in the Forces,” he said, “but I got to grow my hair.” Two years later he came back to fulfill his military commitment and he was sent to serve with the navy on the west coast.

“I was looking around and thinking I really wanted to be a chemical engineer, and I didn’t see a lot of opportunities for chemical engineers in the navy. There I was, a year in the navy and trying to decide what to do.”

Amyotte recalled he had a sympathetic squadron commander with whom he discussed his options, and it turned out one of them was a teaching position at RMC. “They wanted some people in uniform in the classroom and you had to have a Master’s degree, so after a year in the navy I found myself back at RMC, teaching.

“It was a blast. It got me hooked on teaching in a university.”

In the classrooms of RMC is where Amyotte finished his commitment to the Armed Forces. “You might say I led a bit of a charmed life,” he said. “I’ve had very good people teaching me and watching over my career, so I do truly feel blessed. I don’t often use that word but in that regard, yeah, I was blessed.”

During that second stint at the college, Amyotte also coached football. He was the head coach when the decision was made to cancel the program.

“For a long time I blamed myself, (wondered) what did I fail to do?” he said. “I’m way past that now but every now and then, I’ll kind of think, ‘Aw geez.’ Playing and coaching was a great experience. I choose to remember that, and not the down side.”

Amyotte arrived in first year as a fullback, but “I was No. 7 on the depth chart at running back,” behind such people as Bob Szpak, Ian Tulloch and Glenn Tremblay. “The coach said, ‘You want to play defence?’ I thought, ‘I just want to play.’”

Amyotte played a year at safety—“ I didn’t know what the hell I was doing”—a year at corner linebacker and his last two years as a middle linebacker.

“We did our best,” Amyotte said. “I honestly don’t remember as a player how many winning seasons that we had. We might not have had any, but we always gave our best on the field. We had great coaches: Bob Swan, Doug Smith and some others. They always took care of us; made sure we were prepared. I loved playing football with the guys. It was a lot of fun.”

Though Amyotte spoke of no specific memories of the football field, he did recall a teammate, Ed Loziuk. “I have a lot of good memories with Ed, digging in on the line playing beside him,” he recalled. “Eddie was one of those super nice, tough-as-nails guys.

Amyotte recalled that in his second and fourth years, the Redmen flew to Vancouver for an exhibition game with the University of British Columbia. “We kind of got our asses kicked,” he said.

“I remember in fourth year, after the game, sitting in the locker room afterwards. Everyone’s feeling pretty bad,” Amyotte said. “We got blown out and I’m just sitting there, beat up, and I looked over at Ed, and he’s just sitting there, too. He’s bruised and battered and scarred and Ed looked at me and he goes, ‘You know, that offensive tackle across from me? He just ate me for breakfast,’ and I’m thinking, ‘Here’s probably the best player on our team,’ … and I didn’t feel so bad. I thought, ‘Well if Ed got the crap kicked out of him, I guess I better not complain.’”

The Thunderbirds were no slouches. Two years later, UBC was playing Queen’s for the Vanier Cup. “It was really interesting playing against a team that was clearly at another level,” Amyotte said. “We were who we were. We were conditioned and had good coaching and tried hard, but this team was clearly at another level.”

That brought to mind the words of a teammate, Cole Tokei. “Coleman used to call it the annual game for charity.”

Amyotte coached at Queen’s while he studied there, and he was an assistant under John Power when the Redmen won the national small college championship in 1979 at Lennoxville, Que. “From a non-playing perspective, that was my absolute best experience,” he said. “That was a great team, very talented.”

Amyotte called his time at RMC as “some of the best years of my life.”

“When you’re standing out on the parade square at 6:30, 7 o’clock on a Thursday morning for Director of Cadets parades, you’re kind of going, ‘I don’t know too many of my friends at civilian universities who are doing this; why the hell am I doing it?’ Then you look around and your buddies are there. People talk about this bond that forms. That was definitely it.”

Calling it a different university, Amyotte said he came to appreciate the rigors of the military, academic and athletic components. Eventually, he became deputy cadet wing commander. “I wouldn’t have considered myself the most likely of military people but I enjoyed the challenges and the leadership opportunities from the military side.”

When he left RMC for the second time, it was with the ambition to become a university professor and he knew that to do that, he needed a PhD. He returned to Halifax and enrolled at the Technical University of Nova Scotia. He’s been on faculty since 1986, first with TUNS and, after the school merged with Dalhousie in 1997, at Dal, where he teaches, conducts research, does some administrative work within the university and practises engineering, through working with consultants.

“Being a university professor to me is the greatest job in the world. It’s a position of privilege. You have all these opportunities but with privilege comes accountability. Maybe that comes from RMC. It sounds a bit hokey to say it, that RMC taught me responsibility and accountability, but it was probably a factor, and my parents were a big factor in that as well, so I do feel as a professor I have an obligation to do what I can in each of these areas.

“I was blessed with absolutely fantastic professors. Bob Jones, Ron Mann, Ron Weir … these were people who I modeled my academic career after.”

Amyotte and his wife, Peggy, have four children: Jonathan, who was born in Kingston, and Matthew, Sarah and Lauren, who were all born in Halifax. Jonathan is a computer scientist, Matthew an actor and musician, Sarah a political scientist and Lauren is studying sociology.

No engineers.

“A computer scientist and three arts majors,” Amyotte said. “I’ll tell you, it’s always made life interesting. They’re fun and it’s great to have them all in the area, too.”

For much of his career Amyotte has been involved in the regulatory side of the profession. Last spring, he was elected president of Engineers Canada, an organization ultimately responsible for such things as harmonizing regulations across provincial societies, promoting the profession and accrediting undergraduate programs.

“It probably doesn’t sound like a lot of fun, but I find it is,” Amyote said. “It’s challenging and rewarding and you get to meet some great people.

“For me, it’s the culmination of 20 years of volunteer service. It’s very enjoyable … it’s one of those things, if you didn’t like it, you wouldn’t keep doing it.”

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3069 WA (Bill) McColl is Back for (IV) Year Sep 1952

Posted by rmcclub on September 21st, 2014

Ed Note: For long time readers, for at least the past three years will recognize 3069 Bill McColl. For these  past three years, we have reproduced the diary he faithfully kept through – (I), (II), (III) Years at RMC.

The last time we heard from Bill, he was finishing III Year and was off to Germany to spend summer training with the Canadian Army.

We now pick-up when he was returning to the college to start (IV Year).  It is our intention to provide weekly updates from his diary leading up to graduation 1953.

19 Sep 52

It was very early this morning when I left the Falls by train. A blind man sat beside me from St. Catherine’s to Toronto and we had a very interesting conversation – he was a placement officer for the Institute for the Blind. In Toronto I phoned up Fran and we talked for about ½ hour until train time. She plans on going to D.C.E. next year. Once on the train the time went quickly – meeting all the gang again and talking about our summer training. A lot of the air force boys got to [illegible word] during the summer and several of the lads were in England for the entire summer. At the Kingston Station we were met by Fred Ross looking very sharp in his new gold braid + red sash. Back at the College again I find that I’m a C.F.L., with the job of Sqn Training Officer. It appears that it’s just a different name for Sqn. Sgt. Major. Pete Chisholm is CSL, Pickering 2 IC, Tetreault is Adj., Big John is Sports Offr., and McCrimmon, Joyce and McMillan are the C.F.L.’s. The recruits look like a good bunch but most of them seem to be terribly stiff & awkward. Donny is with the rugby team which is away in Guelph.

21 Sep 52

Our first church parade! It went off fairly well for our first parade. Luckily Mr. Coggins told us the procedure for right dress for none of us knew it. Fritz, M.O.G. Thompson, Jim Scott are my confreres in the other squadrons. Currie Hall is just packed now for church parade. Word came that we lost to Guelph 14-5. That is a lot better than last year’s defeat of 21-0. We also have a much better schedule to play this year, having two games with McGill & Queen’s. Donny came over tonight to collect the little cakes which Mother sent. I’m getting a terrific bang out of having him here and the fellows tell me he’s doing swell. Big John says he should make the Varsity team.

22 Sep 52

Classes started today and Ernie Meyers gave us an assignment right off the bat. We have a new man for Eco 42 and he doesn’t seem to be any ball of fire. Also there is a new drill Sgt. Who has a terrible swayed back and dresses like a tramp – Coggins just ignores him out on the square and he stands around just looking. The RCR’s really unloaded a dilly on us. We have our class well organized this year and Pete Price has been elected president. I forgot to record that Tony Hampson is CWC and doing a very fine job. Dave McPherson, Bill Law and Johnny Hudson are the CSL’s; Hugh Franklin the Wing T.O., Pat Conrad, the Adj.

 23 Sep 52

I laid my first three charges of the year against three recruits. One of them has made out 5 sets of charge sheets and the last two still had to be ripped up. His name is Lauriault and I don’t think he quite understands what he is writing.

Big John had an accident with his back this summer and has a big cast around his chest which makes him look even bigger than ever. Kory, who was in Tokyo for a week, has Hotai, the Laughing Bird, sitting on his desk – very appropriate for Kory. Visited the Rev. and found him in the sack! I’m living in room 224, Don McKinnon’s old room in the Frigate. It’s very nice to have the two windows and this is my first time on the square side.

24 Sep 52

We had our first wing drill parade to prepare for the opening ceremonies on 4 Oct. The Gov. General will be taking the salute. Afterward we did a little flight drill and there was chaos when Freddy Joyce gave the recruit flight an about turn on the march. They haven’t learned that yet and so it was pretty bloody. Willy Hough, Dave Winter & Don McKinnon walked in on me tonight and told me all about the times they’re having over at Queen’s. Nine of the last year’s seniors are living in one house and we can expect to have some good parties over there.xxxx

27 Sep 52

After a particularly gruelling period of P.T. and two rather long dull periods, Jim Graham, Jim Burry, Ken McMillan + I set off for Toronto on our first weekend as seniors. Jim Has a ’36 Chrysler in pretty fair shape and we got to Toronto at about 1745 hrs. I phoned Pete Neel and he invites me to a wiener roast that his fraternity was holding that night. Got Fran + away we went – had a lot of fun although I don’t go much for dancing to insipid music in a small crowded room such as “Nu Sigma NU” has. Well back at 4 H.T. we talked on until late before hitting the sack. Spent a lazy morning with Bob + Sue, saw their new apartment and went down to Riverdale Zoo while out for a drive. Back to Graham’s and then back to the College with only slight inconvenience of a blowout, getting in at 0200 Mon.

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The Week That Was & More…

Posted by rmcclub on September 21st, 2014

Commandant’s Garden Party

By: WJOPhotos by Brad Lowe

Brigadier-General Alexander Meinzinger & Mrs Joy Meinzinger hosted the annual Garden party on the grounds at the Commandant’s Residence – Wed 10th Sept.

The relaxed / friendly event was well attended by a combination of: select senior cadets; current & former military & civilian college staff; business leaders from the local community; at least two politicians running for Mayor City of Kingston in the election next month; Hon. Peter Milliken (former Speaker of the House of Commons) who has been a regular attendee of this event for the past number of years was spotted obviously enjoying himself.

Finally, very special guests were representatives from United Arab Emirates who happened to be visiting the college on a three day formal visit. Their availability to attend this Garden Party was especially fortuitous and added a special global engagement dimension to the festive afternoon.

More photo from the Garden Party Here


ALOY cadets – trailblazers for 2014 Obstacle Course

Article by WJOPhotos by – Victoria McCormack

The first test for the current obstacle course was carried out by Aboriginal Leadership Opportunity Year (ALOY) cadets.  Every year the course must be checked out – mainly for safety and the degree of difficulty.

The whole event was carefully observed by 19944 LCol M.N. Popov CO Trg Wg/DCdt (photo left by Curtis Maynard). “The ALOY effort could best be described as a ferocious, determined and enveloping assault on the obstacles – over, under, around and through all obstacles, with all challenges met. No one quit. All candidates finished successfully as a group, and there were some great examples of personal drive, fitness, and above all teamwork throughout.”

The 1995, Royal Roads graduate witnessing his first RMCC obstacle course set-up added: “It was an impressive showing, made all the more impressive by the well-run, synchronized and co-ordinated efforts of the obstacle course staff led by 24424 Capt Brendan Kilburn. During the negotiation of “The Ditch” and the Cargo Net, the ROTP FYOP OCdts playing soccer for FYOP PT on the sports fields halted their games, and lined the course to cheer their ALOY comrades along. Quite frankly, the atmosphere was electric, a barely-restrained wave of teamwork and pride and spirit.”

Course time before bonuses and penalties was 1hr, 11min and some seconds. After bonuses and penalties, the time was 1hr, 9mins and some seconds – the ALOY team negotiated the obstacles so well that they earned 88 bonus seconds dropped from their time.

The course was extremely well done, on the part of both the competitors and the organizers. There were no injuries, no damage, all obstacles worked in function, time and space as intended, and the spirit of accomplishment was tangible.

Next up was the final check by the IV Years, Commandant, Principal and other staff members.



 Zoo therapy Initiative from the PAG a big success here at RMCC

On Wednesday September 10, the Peer Assistance Group (PAG) provided the FYOP candidates with an opportunity to meet with two therapy dogs from St. John’s Ambulance. The two dogs, Rufus and Dakota, spent the lunch hour in the library meeting and playing with many RMCC FYOP cadets as well as with some of our German Exchange students.

Rufus, a Welsh springer spaniel, kept the staff and students on their toes as he enjoyed touring the entire library, while Dakota enjoyed spending his time laying in one place so that he could being petted and fussed over by as many cadets as possible.

The St. John’s Ambulance Therapy Dog program typically sees the dogs and their owners going to hospitals and nursing homes to help the patients there, and more recently they have been invited to St. Lawrence and Queen’s University, as well as RMCC, to bring this unique stress relief to students and staff alike. In all, there were 25 cadets who took advantage of this opportunity to take, as they describe, a “mental stress break.”

The response from all those involved was that it was a very enjoyable experience which allowed them to feel a little more at home, and reminded them of the world outside the RMCC fence. PAG plans to continue this program by bringing in more therapy dogs during the more stressful time periods of the academic year in hopes that it will provide officer cadets with some relaxation to help them through the struggles of the RMCC program.


Le projet de zoo thérapie concocté par GAP, un franc succès, ici, au Collège

Le mercredi 10 septembre, le Groupe d’Assistance aux pairs (GAP) a fourni aux candidats du POPA l’occasion de rencontrer deux chiens de thérapie de l’Ambulance Saint-Jean. Les deux chiens, Rufus et Dakota, ont passé l’heure du dîner à la bibliothèque et ont joué avec de nombreux cadets du CMRC ainsi qu’avec certains de nos étudiants allemands en échange.

Rufus, un springer spaniel Gallois, a gardé le personnel et les étudiants sur leurs orteils car il aimait visiter la totalité de la bibliothèque, tandis que Dakota a apprécié passer son temps en un seul endroit afin qu’il puisse se faire caresser et choyer par autant de cadets que possible.

Le programme de thérapie avec les chiens de l’ambulance St Jean voit généralement les chiens et leurs propriétaires aller dans les hôpitaux et maisons de soins infirmiers pour aider les patients là-bas, et plus récemment, ils ont été invités au Collège Saint-Laurent et à l’Université Queens, ainsi qu’au CMRC, afin d’apporter cette unique moment de soulagement du stress pour les étudiants et le personnel. En tout, 25 élèves ont profité de cette occasion pour prendre, comme ils décrivent, une «pause de stress mental ».

La réponse de l’ensemble des personnes, c’est que c’était une expérience très agréable qui leur a permis de se sentir un peu plus à la maison, et leur a rappelé le monde à l’extérieur du CMRC. Le GAP prévoit de poursuivre ce programme en apportant plus de chiens de thérapie durant les périodes plus stressantes de l’année scolaire dans l’espoir qu’il fournira aux élèves officiers une certaine relaxation pour les aider dans les difficultés du programme du CMRC.


Final note for the week … Battle of Britain not forgotten in Kingston

A ceremony to commemorate the memory and sacrifice of allied participants in a pivotal air battle of WWII was held in Kingston’s City Park, Sunday 21 Sep.

Commandant RMCC, BGen Al Meinzinger was the officer presiding over this local Battle of Britain Ceremony which was also held in a number of other communities nationwide.

A good number of staff and cadets from the college took part.

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FYOP – Finally, real light at the end of the tunnel

Posted by rmcclub on September 21st, 2014

FYOP 2014 – Soon to Wrap-Up


As we go to press, there are only five days left to the running of the obstacle course -  four for the badging parade.

From personal observation and general feedback FYOP has been going well over this past week. Focus was mainly on drill in preparation for the big upcoming  parade – 27 Sep.

Physical Training is on-going, Class of 2018 cadets are getting stronger and injuries are decreasing.

The Class overall is doing well. Many good lessons were learned through Exercise Perseverance last week and the Cadet Flight Leaders are tailoring their training appropriately.

We happened to be around the college over the weekend and observed a number of the FYOP flights in various segments of their training. It is just incredible the progress they have made as group; in just over four weeks. Family & friends who have the opportunity to attend the various events this coming weekend are in for a real treat.


The RMC Club met with the first years at Currie Hall – Sat 13 Sep. Bryan Bailey, Executive Director (photo upper left), with the assistance of other staff members and selected college cadet leadership provided a very informative presenation. All gave a brief history of the Club and spoke of the positive impact that many Ex Cadets through their Class donations have on the a wide range of activities that are carried out year round at the college.

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Training for the “M”

Posted by rmcclub on September 21st, 2014

Fourth-Year Obstacle Course Dry Run

26651 OCdt (III) Juliana Currie

It was sunny and bright at the Royal Military College of Canada (RMCC) on the evening of September 17th as the Fourth-Years, augmented with the presence of the Commandant, BGen Meinzinger, Principal, Dr. Kowal and the College Chief Warrant Officer, CPO1 Davidson took on the challenge of the obstacle course.

The Fourth-Year Dry Run has traditionally been the last phase preparations of the obstacle course for the First-Years; each obstacle was tested to prove that the course is both safe and challenging for the First-Years facing it as the final test of the First-Year Orientation Program (FYOP) on September 26. It was an exhilarating experience for not only the fourth years, but everyone watching on the sidelines.

For the Fourth-Year class, this event sent them on a trip down memory lane to their own obstacle course 3 years before where they too had to prove themselves worthy of the RMC cap badge.

All in all, the Dry Run was an exciting break for not only the graduating class, but also the rest of the college who spectated during the preparation phase of one of the busiest weekends at RMCC. Each of the competing teams was able to demonstrate their squadron pride and camaraderie that have developed over the years.

The Commandant was heard saying at the end of the course, “It was a thrill to compete with faculty and staff once again this year.”

Best of luck to the class of 2015 as they prepare to spring to the finish line in May!


More photos from the “Dry Run” by Curtis Maynard – Here


Hard Work and Drill Leading Up to the Reunion Weekend Ceremonies!

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

2nd Years Taking on PMT Parade Practices:

On Wednesday the 17th of September Two Squadron participated in the morning drill practice as did all other squadrons. The squadron only sent a small contingent of people to the practice due to the large amount of cadets dedicated to other activities, such as varsity sports, security team, and a plethora of other clubs that would limit their ability to take part.

The practice was conducted for the preparation for the upcoming badging parade on the 26th of September which is an event that will mark a great milestone in the RMCC lives of the new first years. The importance of the practice is unremarkably strong for the reasoning that when the new cadets are on that official parade being welcomed into our rank of brothers, they look as sharp and as professional as possible in front of all of their family members and friends that will attend.

On the official parade it will be seen that the new cadets enter the ranks of the current and the pride in this moment is extreme. That is why the practice parade on the 17th filled us with pride and importance.

- OCdt (II) 27162 Guillaume Boucher

Fourth Years Taking the Stage to Lead the First Years into the Wing:

The Cadet Wing Training Officer, OCdt (IV) 26167 Boris Trudel explained how it feels to march on the Class of 2018 and be a part of this important parade: “It’s very humbling to be marching on the Class of 2018. Just thinking that I was in their shoes four years ago at CMRSJ, it seems like it was yesterday. It’s great to be a key player in an event that is so important to their integration to the Wing. The parade practices are going very well, we are picking up the pace and we are already at the point of picking up smaller details on the complicated movements. The practices are important as the parade is performed in front of many important figures, families and friends, and ex-cadets which went through the same parade years ago. We are also honouring them in the process. The whole thing has to be perfect.”

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Posted by rmcclub on September 21st, 2014


Visit to the US AF Academy Summer 2014

Submitted by: 26501 OCdt (III) Jessie Tremblay

This summer, I had the chance to fly to Colorado and participate to the United States Air Force Academy (USAFA) summer space program. There are only a few foreign students coming over the summer as this is not an exchange program, not to mention I was the only Canadian down there. I must admit it was sometimes intimidating to be representing not only the Royal Military College of Canada but the Canadian Armed Forces on a day to day basis.

USAFA has a satellite engineering program called FalconSAT which allows senior cadets pursuing a degree in astronautical engineering to design, build, test and operate small and low cost satellites. The program has  a strong 17 years of history; a total of four satellites built by cadets made it successfully into orbit. I was an integral member of the FalconSAT-3 cadre, although I helped with all aspects of the program, such as launching high altitude balloons and rockets, as well as teaching introductory space science courses.

In nine weeks, I learned how to operate a satellite, taught and certified over 50 basic operators on FalconSAT-3 (FS-3) and flew 280 satellite passes. Moreover, I rewrote the entire curriculum and operational procedures of the FS-3 training program to ensure instructions were clearer and up to date. I have done this to facilitate the transition to the next generation satellite (FalconSAT-6) to be launched in spring 2015. I also led several test campaigns to collect data that will be used to correct a known anomaly on FS-3.

From the long nights I spent in the Ground Station waiting for the satellite to cross the American sky, to the 21 kilometers hike that brought me to the top of Pikes Peak (4 302m), the most popular fourteener1 near Colorado Springs, I enjoyed everything I did there. I also met a lot of people and made a few friends that I may have the chance to work with during my military career. This experience has so far been the best I have had since I joined the CAF in 2011, and would highly recommend this opportunity to anyone who wants to learn more about space and joint operations.

I would also like to thank the RMC Foundation to allow cadets to participate in such awesome opportunities.

1 Fourteener: Mountain over 14 000 feet in altitude


Visite à la US AF Academy Été 2014

Soumis par: 26501 Élève-officier (III) Jessie Tremblay

Cet été, j’ai eu la chance de voler jusqu’au Colorado et de participer au programme spatial estival de la United States Air Force Academy USAFA). Il y a peu d’étudiants étrangers sur le campus au cours de l’été, car ce n’est pas un programme d’échange; sans mentionner que j’étais la seule Canadienne là-bas. Je dois admettre qu’il est parfois intimidant de représenter non seulement le Collège militaire royal du Canada, mais aussi les Forces armées canadiennes au jour le jour.

USAFA a un programme de conception de satellites appelé FalconSAT qui permet aux cadets séniors qui poursuivent un diplôme en génie astronautique de concevoir, construire, tester et opéré de petits satellites à faibles coûts. Le programme est fort de 17 ans d’histoire et un total de quatre satellites construits par les cadets ont été mis en orbite avec succès. J’étais un membre à part entière du cadre de FalconSAT-3, bien que j’ai aidé avec tous les aspects du programme, tels que le lancement de ballons à haute altitude et de fusées, ainsi que l’enseignement de cours d’introduction à la science spatiale.

En neuf semaines, j’ai appris comment opérer un satellite, entraîné et certifié plus de 50 opérateurs de base sur FalconSAT-3 (FS-3) et effectué 280 passes de satellites. En outre, j’ai réécris l’ensemble du curriculum et des procédures opérationnelles du programme de formation de FS-3 pour assurer que les instructions étaient claires et à jour. Je l’ai fait pour faciliter la transition vers la nouvelle génération de satellite (FalconSAT-6) qui sera lancé au printemps 2015. J’ai également mené plusieurs campagnes de tests pour recueillir des données qui seront utilisées pour corriger une anomalie connue sur FS-3.

Des longues nuits que j’ai passées à la station au sol en attendant que le satellite traverse le ciel américain, jusqu’au 21 km de randonnée qui m’a amené au sommet de Pikes Peak (4 302 m), le fourteener1 le plus populaire près de Colorado Springs, j’ai apprécié tout ce que j’ai fait là. J’ai aussi rencontré beaucoup de gens et me suis fait quelques amis avec qui j’aurai peut-être la chance de travailler au cours de ma carrière militaire. Cette expérience a été jusqu’à présent la meilleure que j’ai eu depuis que j’ai joint les FAC en 2011, et je recommande vivement cette opportunité à tous ceux qui veulent en savoir plus sur les opérations conjointes et spatiales.

J’aimerais aussi remercier la RMC Foundation d’avoir permis aux cadets de participer à de si géniales opportunités.


1 Fourteener: Montagne de plus de 14 000 pieds d’altitude


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Sports…Hockey team wins 3-2 in O.T.

Posted by rmcclub on September 21st, 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:


Thu. 18 Sep RMC 0  @ Guelph 52  Recap

(M) Soccer:

Wed 17 Sep RMC 0 @ Carleton 5   Box Score

Sat 20 Sep RMC 0 @ Toronto 3      Box Score

Sun 21 Sep RMC 0 @ Ryerson 4     Box Score

(W) Soccer:

Sat 20 Sep RMC 0 @ Toronto  3     Box Score

Sun 21 Sep RMC 1 @ Ryerson 2    Box Score


Sat 20 Sep – York University 2 @ RMC 3 -  (OT)


Upcoming Games:


Sat 27 Sep Toronto @ RMC 3 PM

(M) Soccer:

Sat 27 Sep RMC @ Trent 3:15 PM

Sun 28 Sep RMC @ UOIT 3:15 PM

(W) Soccer:

Wed 24 Sep RMC @ Ottawa 7 PM

Sat 27 Sep RMC @ Trent 3:15 PM

Sun 28 Sep RMC @ UOIT 3:15 PM




Congratulations goes out to the RMC sailing team for their bronze medal win in Ottawa. On September 13th-14th the RMC sailing team participated in the Ottawa Invitational Regatta hosted by the University of Ottawa. Universities across Ontario came down to participate in these races at the Nepean Yacht Club.

Officer Cadets Kevin Bowen (IV), Kyle Naylor (IV), Mary Valair (II) and James Lee (II) participated in this regatta. The first day of competition was filled with high winds and lots of rain. The race committee managed to squeeze in 8 races. The second day, the weather had done a complete 180. The wind was down to 1 knot and we had managed to only complete 1 race that lasted nearly an hour. 
The RMC Sailing Team placed 3rd place overall in the Regatta. While OCdt Bowen and OCdt Lee also won 2nd place in the A fleet and OCdt Valair and NCdt Naylor took 4th in B fleet. We would like to thank the athletics department for helping us on such short notice, especially Craig Palmer, Ellen our gracious host in Ottawa and the University of Ottawa for hosting their first invitational regatta!

by OCdt Valair and OCdt Lee

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Jobs – Careers / Carrières

Posted by rmcclub on September 21st, 2014


Software Engineer in Embedded SystemsIngénieur logiciel en systèmes emboîtés

Broadcom Corporation, Montreal

Demand PlannerPlanificateur de la demande

Agropur, Saint-Hubert

Mechanical Engineer/DraftpersonIngénieur mécanique

Starview Packaging Machinery, Inc., Montreal

Distribution Supervisor (temporary 6 months)Coordonnateur distribution (temporaire 6 mois)

Agropur – Ville Saint-Laurent 

Process Engineer (Manufacturing Software)Ingénieur de processus (Logiciel manufacturier)

VKS, Grandby 

Engineering ManagerChef ingénierie

Agropur, Granby

Product return & losses Analyst- Analyste Retours et pertes de produits

Agropur, Markham

Maintenance Technical AgentAgent technique Entretien

Agropur, Notre-Dame du Bon Conseil


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

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

Posted by rmcclub on September 21st, 2014

We received word on the weekend that 5518 Roland Selby Class of 1962  died of a heart attack on 16 September, at Tsawwassen, B.C.

Roland was the father of 20052 Miles Selby a Snowbird pilot who died in a mid-air collision in Saskatchewan in 2004

Apparently there will not be a funeral service, but at some later date, a memorial service.

We will post more details if and when they become available.

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