In This Issue 28

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ROYAL ROADS PAVERSTONE PROJECT

FOLLOWING THE PROJECT UPDATE PUBLISHED IN E-VERITAS A FEW WEEKS AGO, THE RESPONSE HAS BEEN GOOD AND WE ARE NOW WITHIN 6 OF REACHING OUR 2016 GOAL OF 1000 ENGRAVED PAVERS. I AM VERY GRATEFUL FOR THE SUPPORT OF E-VERITAS AND OF ALL ROYAL ROADS EX-CADETS WHO HAVE PARTICIPATED IN THE PROJECT.

BUT YOU ARE ALL AWARE OF THE POSSIBILITY OF A POSTAL INTERRUPTION SO I WOULD LIKE TO ENCOURAGE YOU TO ORDER ELECTRONICALLY USING THE LINK HERE:

Canada Helps

THIS LINK WILL TAKE YOU DIRECTLY TO THE CANADA HELPS ROYAL ROADS UNIVERSITY FOUNDATION PAGE TO DONATE TO THE MILITARY HERITAGE FUND.

PLEASE FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS AND JOIN THE PROJECT WITH A GRANITE PAVER IN YOUR NAME.

3334 DAVE WIGHTMAN

PAVERSTONE PROJECT MANAGER

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In This Issue 28:

Ex-Cadets in the News

Class Notes

Keeping Tabs…

Photos: Golden Oldies

15566 Helga Grodzinski: Rookie getting ready for the 202km journey along the Rideau

11947 Doug Poucher: Exemplifying the importance of physical activity

16865 Randy Hartmann: Passing on sage advice

IV Year Perspective: Work hard, play hard; it’s worth the effort

(2) NOTICES:

1976 CMR Football Reunion; & 25th anniversary: granting of RMC’s first Space Science degrees

History: Officer Cadets Headress

Misunderstanding Military Millennials: The 3 M’s

Prime Minister Alexander Mackenzie: A History Lesson

Book Review by 12570 Mike Kennedy: The Damned

Deaths

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES - Nos offres d’emploi

Articles you may have missed:

la Chasse-Galerie = Danny McLeod Athletic Fund

Round Two: 22461 Claire Bramma Paying Back

RMC CLASS OF 1970 – ATHLETICS WALL OF DISTINCTION PROJECT

Reunion Weekend 2016 on the Peninsula

3 new citations for WoH to be unveiled on Sat of reunion weekend

XIX Legacy Dinner – 22 September 2016

6513 John Bart & 7076 John van Haastrecht 2nd Annual Golf Tournament

16542 Philip F.C. Garbutt: remembering 5576 Len Lee

RMCC Naval Cadets experience life on the high sea with the U.S. navy

Full-time research mode: Dr. Pierre Jolicoeur on sabbatical 

20th June 1942: A sad day in the history of the college

1948: The Re-Opening of the Royal Military College of Canada

 

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

3172 Martshall Soule;  4286 Edward H de Caux; 6326 Walter Yankowich; 6587 Doug Armstrong; 8055 Jim McCarthy; 7617 David Simpson – Lifetime Membership; 9844 James Simpson.

For memberships due to expire soon; please contact us asap with your renewal.

Thank you in advance for your kind cooperation.

Club Membership Info Join, Update or Renew

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Ex-Cadets in the News

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  • Medak Pocket: Canada’s forgotten battle

  • Cities Hold The Key To Strengthening Canada’s Economy

  • 3528 Paul Manson: When it comes to procuring new fighter jets, there’s only one way forward

  • Yellow birds return to Moose Jaw

  • 16076 John Conrad: Doubly-prepared in case of emergency

  • 426 Squadron welcomes new honorary colonel

  • Family tradition continues as unit at CFB Trenton welcomes new Commander

  • Canadian Army Troops will take part in U.S. Army exercise in Alaska

  • Defence chief opts to keep Kurdish flag on Canadian uniforms in Iraq

  • Maritime Forces Pacific gets new commander

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Class Notes

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The Weight of Command:

Voices of Canada’s Second World War Generals and Those Who Knew Them

5105 J.L. Granatstein (CMR / RMC 1961)

Available August 1, 2016

Hardcover, 312 pages, $34.95

20% discount available exclusively for e-Veritas readers. Use discount code COMMAND at the UBC Press website when ordering.

Edited and introduced by one of the foremost military historians of our time, this carefully curated collection brings to life the wartime experiences of the Canadian generals who led the troops during the Second World War. The interviews are based on lengthy conversations that J.L. Granatstein had with the surviving generals, their key staff officers, fighters under their command, and their families. Generals McNaughton, Crerar, Simonds, Foulkes, and Burns are among those discussed. The content is revealing and conversations frank. We learn of the generals’ failings and successes — and of the heavy weight of command borne by all.

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  • 3156 D. Norman Morris (RRMC / RMC 1953) receives award in Elora, ON.
  • M0488 Dawn Ottman (Otter Squadron Class of 1991) dealing with PTSD and a bully
  • 19171 Eric Kenny (CMR / RMC 1994) – Farewell to 4 Wing and CFB Cold Lake
  • 19958 Paul Doyle (RRMC / RMC 1995) recently assumed command of 4 Wing Cold Lake

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Keeping Tabs…

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Keeping Tabs…

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Photos: Golden Oldies

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 Anyone dare to guess who the young lady is centre – front row?

Answer at the end of this post

Photos: Golden Oldies

Over the next few Summer Issues we will be digging around the archives to post some photos from the past: sports; military training; faculty; debaters; band; Marker staff; and much more.

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15566 Helga Grodzinski: Rookie getting ready for the 202km journey along the Rideau

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15566 Helga Grodzinski: Rookie getting ready for the 202km journey along the Rideau

By: 27182 Officer Cadet (IV) Carmen Kiltz

Major Helga Grodzinski will take part in her first-ever voyageur paddle trip with la Chasse-Galerie along the Rideau from Ottawa to Kingston this September.

Along with fourteen other crew members, the combined objective this year is to add $150,000 to the Danny McLeod Athletics Fund, which supports excellence in athletics at RMC.

Helga, the only crew member who is currently serving as RMC staff, is doing her part to help reach this goal. In addition to helping organize the trip, she is also sponsoring 27639 Andréanne Tremblay (RMCSJ), a fellow crew member.

What’s more, the Course Development and Delivery Support Manager in the Division of Continuing Studies volunteers to help promote the event via social media on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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11947 Doug Poucher: Exemplifying the importance of physical activity

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11947 Doug Poucher: Exemplifying the importance of physical activity

By: 27182 Officer Cadet (IV) Carmen Kiltz

After almost 42 years in the Navy, LCdr (Retired) Poucher is fairly certain that he is the last one of the RMCC class of ’79 to have been in the CAF.

The former three squadron member sits relaxed in his seat and speaks modestly of his career in the Forces and his experiences with CISM (Conseil International du Sport Militaire). Although he has now retired, he continues to participate in physical activity to complement a healthy lifestyle.

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16865 Randy Hartmann: Passing on sage advice

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IV Year receives sage advice from 1989 grad – 16865 Randy Hartmann

By: 27182 Officer Cadet (IV) Carmen Kiltz

It all begins at RMCC: a fourth-year perspective on her future in the Canadian Armed Forces

Do you ever stop and think about where you will be in the next twenty or so years, or as a grad, look back to reflect on where you were twenty or so years ago?

I know I often wonder what the future holds for me. I believe that the vast majority of the cadets at the college, when third year comes around, begin really thinking about what’s in store for them upon graduation.

As an Officer Cadet entering my fourth and final year at the college, I am spending much more time wondering what comes next. When one is unsure where the journey of military life will take you (or where you will take it!) it is a good time to speak with one of the ‘older’ members of the RMC family.

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IV Year Perspective: Work hard, play hard; it’s worth the effort

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Work hard, play hard: it’s worth the effort

By: 27182 Officer Cadet (IV) Carmen Kiltz

“Do you ever get any free time?” My friend from Queen’s University asked me earlier in the school year, after I had apologetically declined yet another invitation to go to the movies.

“Of course I do!” I said in defence, although when I look back in retrospect, I can understand why students from civilian universities see our student lifestyles at RMC as über busy.

Generally, a typical day from the perspective of a more fitness-oriented Officer Cadet involves rising before the sun comes up to train, heading to classes first thing at 0800hrs, breaking for lunch, and staring at overhead projector power point lectures until you become cross-eyed. This is followed by more training until dinner, and you are ready to start homework around 1930.

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(2) NOTICES:1976 CMR Football Reunion; & 25th anniversary: granting of RMC’s first Space Science degrees

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La 40ième réunion pour célébrer le championnat de l’équipe de football, Rempart, du CMR aura lieu le 9/9/2016

CMR 1976 Rempart’s championship football team: 40th Reunion 9/9/2016

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25th Anniversary of the granting of RMCC’s First Space Science Degrees

25e anniversaire de l’octroi des premiers diplômes en sciences spatiales au CMRC

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History: Officer Cadets Headdress

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Photos above include the various styles of headdress worn by cadets at RMCC in 2016.

Headdress of the Royal Military College of Canada: A brief history

By 8057 Ross McKenzie- former Curator – RMC Museum

The history of uniforms makes for a fascinating study. Most items of military dress (however outlandish and impractical they might now be) originated as some simple, useful form of kit which, overtime, has become, “frozen in time” (tradition), and / or modified way beyond practical use (smartened-up!).

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Misunderstanding Military Millennials: The 3 M’s

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Misunderstanding Military Millennials – The 3 M’s

By Christopher Manganaro

(Ed Note: The following article is written from a U.S. army perspective but many would agree there are many similarities with both American and Canadian millennials. We hope you all enjoy.)

Millennials have received a bad rap. The press and others believe millennials want something for nothing and have no work ethic. This myth has led many to believe that they cannot take criticism or lack the intestinal fortitude to serve in the Army. Like many generations before them, each have come with their own quirks and nuances. The Army magnifies these quirks, and unless properly identified and actioned, we risk dismissing the very leaders we are training to replace us one day.

Identifying Millennials

The actual timeframe for when the millennial generation is widely debated and by no means standardized. Most things associated with millennials will not conform to a standard and that is okay. Just because they don’t think or act like you is no reason to shove them into a corner or push them out of the Army. As an all-volunteer Army fighting the longest wars to date in Afghanistan and Iraq, we cannot afford to dismiss an entire generation of leaders because they don’t think like us.

Here are 10 characteristics of military millennials that leaders need to understand as they engage and lead them:

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Prime Minister Alexander Mackenzie: A History Lesson

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Prior to becoming prime minister, Mackenzie was a stonemason and he lived in Kingston for a number of years helping to build the Martello Towers and the bombproof arch at Fort Henry. He served as a Major during the Fenian Raids.

Alexander Mackenzie was a self-educated stonemason who rose from humble beginnings in Scotland to become Canada’s second Prime Minister. He fought passionately for equality and parliamentary democracy and for the elimination of privilege and political corruption.

 

Photo by Chris Ward

The Mackenzie Building was named after him. Find out why.

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Book Review by 12570 Mike Kennedy: The Damned

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The Damned – By Nathan Greenfield – Published by Harper Collins – 462 pp

Review by 12570 Mike Kennedy

On the last day of April 1863, a company of 65 soldiers of the French Foreign Legion fought in the action that would earn them a place of immortality in the lore of their service. While escorting a convoy to the besieged Mexican city of Puebla, the French were ambushed by a hostile force of over two thousand revolutionaries. The legionnaires made a gallant last stand in the Hacienda Camarón, and in the end all but three of them were killed. In awe of their tenacity, the Mexican commander magnanimously permitted the three survivors to keep their arms, and to accompany the body of their Captain back to France as an honour guard. Ever since that time, “Camerone Day” has been faithfully celebrated as one of the most important anniversaries in the Legion’s storied history.

Had the Canadian soldiers who surrendered to the Japanese in Hong Kong on Christmas Day of 1941 known what subsequently awaited them, they might well instead have chosen to follow the same path as the legionnaires at Camarón.

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Deaths

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Deaths…

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