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Posted by rmcclub on 1st January 2012

11075 Bob Gebbie (RRMC 1976) (and his wife Carolyn) co-founded TriStars Training in Victoria, British Columbia in 2004. Bob is an NCCP Triathlon Competition Coach.

His journey in triathlon started over 10 years ago when he participated in a sprint triathlon as the runner on a relay team. He has 4 Ironman finishes (Canada 02, Canada 04, Canada 08, and Western Australia 08).


24114 Will Corbett (RMC 2009) has been a TriStars Training team member in Victoria, British Columbia since 2011. He is a recent grad of the Royal Military College (where Coach Bob also graduated from many, many long years ago!) Will is now a Naval Officer on HMCS Protecteur so will be training at sea in preparation for some of the 2011 race season.

He has been racing triathlons for 4 years in Victoria and in Kingston, ON. He will be stepping up to the 1/2 Ironman distance at the New Balance 1/2 this year, plus he will be racing some shorter distance races before and after depending on his ship’s sailing schedule. The lure of Ironman Canada is tempting Will and we expect that he will be racing in Penticton in the not too distant future!



9226 LCol (Ret) Timothy Dear, P.Eng. (RMC 1972) is as an Executive Advisor to Doug Coors, CEO of Ceramatec and Executive Vice President of CoorsTek.

Tim created the firm Dear Defence & Technology Consulting Corporation (DEW), which was purchased by CoorsTek in 2008, and Tim agreed to stay on for three years. Tim remains connected with CoorsTek as he has signed on as an Executive Advisor to Doug Coors, CEO of the high tech R&D firm, Ceramatec, a wholly owned subsidiary of CoorsTek.

Tim served in the Canadian Forces as a Combat Engineer, a Construction Engineer as well as being both a Project Director and a Program Manager on capital equipment programs. He retired at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in 1988 and immediately joined DEW. Tim was an Officer and Director of DEW Engineering.

Tim graduated from the Royal Military College in 1972 with a Bachelor of Engineering Degree, Mechanical and is a Licensed Professional Engineer. He is also a graduate of the Canadian Forces Land Staff College, the Technical Staff College at Royal Military College Shrivenham, England, and the Command and Staff College in Canada. Tim was a previous member of the Defence Advisory Committee (DIAC) with Assistant Deputy Ministers from DND, PWGSC and IC. You can contact Tim at



3739 Major (Ret) Gerald S. Wharton MVO, CD (CMR 1958) is the Director of Ceremonies with Wreaths Across Canada. Gerry Wharton is a veteran with 32 years service in the Canadian Forces. He is a graduate of College Militaire Royal de St. Jean and served as an infantry officer with The Canadian Guards and The Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry. He served three tours with NATO in Germany and two tours with the UN in Cyprus. On retirement from the Army, he served a further 18 years as Manager of Ceremonial and Protocol Services with Public Works and Government Services Canada. He has vast experience in the planning and implimentation of ceremonial functions ranging from national celebrations and commemorative services such as Canada Day and Remembrance Day to state visits by foreign dignitaries and state funerals.He played a key role in the repatriation of the remains of the Unknown Soldier where he was the Project Director responsible for the design and construction of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. In 1995, he was appointed a member of the the Royal Victorian Order by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace. His citation read, “For services to the Crown in Canada.” He is a member of several veteran’s associations and is the Honorary Dominion President of the Army, Navy and Air Force Veterans in Canada. He was awarded the Minister of Veterans Affairs Commendation in 2009. He is the author of PWGSC’s “Manual of Ceremonial Procedures,” ANAVETS “Manual of Dress, Ritual and Ceremonies,” and the Royal Canadian Legion’s manual, “National Honours.”


Colonel (Ret) John Gardam, OMM, MSM, CD, BA is Vice President, Wreaths Across Canada. He is a former Director of Cadets at the Royal Military College, Kingston, Ont. John retired from the Canadian Forces in 1984. He was appointed to the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Canadian Agency as the Assistant Secretary General where he was responsible for a portion of 14,000 War Graves in North America until December 1992. His next appointment was as the DND Project Director for the Peacekeeping Monument in Ottawa.In 2009, the Ottawa Chapter of CAVUNP was named after him. John has been a member of the Royal Canadian Legion for over thirty years, and also is a member of ANAVETS.


22872 Jesse Bruni (RMC 2004) was born and raised in Calgary and has always been a huge fan of the Flames. Jesse played hockey at the Royal Military College of Canada and currently works as an Engineer for a natural gas company in downtown Calgary. Jesse is very excited to provide a Flames take for


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Mil Col Alum & The RCR

Posted by rmcclub on 1st January 2012

Researched by E3161 Victoria Edwards

5786 Col. W. Joe Aitchison, OMM, CD  became the Colonel of the Regiment of The Royal Canadian Regiment (RCR) on 25 February 2011. Born at Windsor, Ontario, Col Aitchison joined the military through No. 960 Kingsville District High School Cadet Corps and the Essex and Kent Scottish Regiment. He attended the Royal Military College of Canada from 1959-63, graduating with a degree in mechanical engineering. Col Aitchison retired from the Forces in 1996 after 38 years of service, having served with all three Regular Force battalions of The Regiment and completed two NATO and three UN peacekeeping tours. During his service he was admitted to the Order of Saint John and the Order of Military Merit. After retirement, Col Aitchison established a consulting business and served on a number of volunteer boards. A past President of the Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies, he currently is a member of the Sponsors Corporation of the Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System, the $52-billion pension plan which includes child welfare workers, and continues to serve on the board of directors of QuintEssential Credit Union in Belleville, Ont. Col Aitchison and his wife Elva have three sons and five grandchildren. They reside in Belleville, Ontario.


13041 Brigadier General Jim Simms, CD  was posted to Ottawa as Director-General Land Capability Development on 30 July 2011. He has the honour of being appointed to the position of Chairman of the Regimental Senate, The Royal Canadian Regiment. He is a graduate (business administration) of the College Militaire Royal de Saint Jean. He holds a master’s degree in War Studies from the Royal Military College, Kingston, Ontario. Brigadier General Simms has had several operational deployments including to; Cyprus, the former Yugoslavia, Eastern Africa and Afghanistan. Other postings and deployments have taken him to the United Kingdom, Poland, the United States and, for five years, Germany. Brigadier General Simms married Mary-Jo MacKinnon of Glace Bay, Nova Scotia in 1984 and they have three children: Amy, Benjamin, and Rebecca. He enjoys most sports, gardening and spending time with his family.


14069 Colonel Michael J. Pearson, MSC, CD  was was posted into his present position, Military Advisor to the Canadian Ambassador at the Permanent Mission to the United Nations, at New York City in August 2011. He was recently awarded the U.S. Legion of Merit (Degree of Officer) Medal for his services at Jerusalem, as Deputy U.S. Security Coordinating Officer and Operation PROTEUS Task Force Commander, 10 Sept 2006 – 06 Sept 2008. He was appointed Regimental Colonel, The Royal Canadian Regiment as a secondary duty in summer, 2008. As such he helps coordinate the Career Management issues for the 2500 Officers, Senior Non Commissioned Officers and soldiers of the Regiment on behalf of the Army. Michael Pearson joined the Canadian Forces as an Officer Cadet at Royal Roads Military College in 1979. In 1981 he moved to The Royal Military College in Kingston, graduating with a Bachelor of Engineering degree in 1983. He joined The Royal Canadian Regiment in 1983. Postings and deployments have taken him to Norway, Denmark and Turkey during the Cold War. Promoted to Lieutenant-Colonel in 2000, he was posted to Mons, Belgium to work in the Intelligence Division at the NATO HQ for one year. In September 2006, on promotion to Colonel, he was appointed Commander Task Force Jerusalem, the Canadian Forces operation in support of the United States Government efforts to advance the Middle East Peace Process. US Army Lieutenant-General Keith Dayton appointed him as Deputy, United States Security Coordinator, a post he held for almost two years through the turmoil and violence in the region. For this military and diplomatic work he was awarded the Meritorious Service Cross in February 2009. On return to Ottawa in fall 2008, Colonel Pearson was posted to work for the CDS on the Strategic Joint Staff, as Director, Plans, Western Hemisphere with responsibilities for NORAD, the Arctic and the Western Hemisphere Engagement Strategies, as well as being the lead Canadian Forces Officer for the Post Israel – Gaza conflict. He is married to Anna Maria Hartley.


16221 Lieutenant-Colonel Barry Costiff, CD was promoted to his present rank on assumption of his duties as the Chief of Staff, 31 Canadian Brigade Group. He serves as ex-officio Advisor to the Executive of the London and Region Garrison Community Council; and also acts as Commander Home Station for The Royal Canadian Regiment while he remains in his current position.

He joined the Canadian Forces in 1983 as an Officer Cadet attending College Militaire Royale de St Jean. Graduating in 1988 with a Bachelors Degree in Military and Strategic Studies, and was then commissioned into The Royal Canadian Regiment (The RCR). He has operationally deployed to Cyprus for OP SNOWGOOSE, Saudi Arabia for Op SCALPEL during the Gulf War, and commanded an Infantry Company in Bosnia-Herzegovina during Op PALLADIUM. Lieutenant-Colonel Costiff has been married to Judi Wilde for sixteen wonderful years. They have three grandchildren, two cats and a dog. Whenever possible, Lieutenant-Colonel Costiff can be found playing golf, or working on various wood projects in his garage.

Lieutenant-Colonel Conrad J. Mialkowski, CD is Regimental Secretary, Royal Canadian Regiment. He is posted to the Land Staff in Ottawa. He holds a Masters of Defence Studies from the Royal Military College of Canada. He has operationally deployed to Kandahar, Afghanistan as part of Task Force 1-10; on OP HARMONY, Croatia; on OP PALLADIUM, Bosnia. LCol Mialkowski is married to Nancy MacKinnon and they have a daughter Elizabeth, aged 4. While Nancy is a gifted writer and Elizabeth an active child and avid talker, LCol Mialkowski is a slow runner, an incompetent golfer and an inept hockey player.




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Where are they now?

Posted by rmcclub on 14th December 2011

Former commandant & former CCWO meet again in the mountain ranges of Kabul

On 30 November, 2011, former Commandant and RSM of RMCC, Commodore Bill Truelove, 15185, and CWO Tony Slack crossed paths in the mountain ranges of Kabul in a twenty-three acre Afghan National Army training area. As Deputy DCOS Communications to ISAF HQ, one of Commodore Truelove’s goals is getting out to actually see some of what the ISAF Strategic Communications Directorate is responsible for messaging about. In this light, a short visit out to the ANA training ranges was an extremely informative and beneficial experience. When paired up with his former RSM, here is what he discovered:

CWO Tony Slack is serving on deployment to Op Attention, ROTO 0 from July 3rd, 2011 to July 15, 2012. In that year his team of Canadians and other Coalition partners at the Consolidated Fielding Centre (CFC) will field approx 50 brand new units, increasing the Afghan National Army by approx 15,000+ troops and equipping them with more than $600 million USD of vehicles, weapons, communication gear and other specialty gear.

When asked to comment on his time in Kabul province, CWO Slack described it as follows: “This is an amazing experience, as the RSM of the CFC; a truly coalition unit comprised of soldiers from 7 different nations, it is both challenging and rewarding. Each national contingent has different cultures and strengths, but all of us are united in the task of raising a professional army. As NATOs role is to turn over security of the country to the Afghans; ours is to do the same for the CFC. To that end, we are mirrored by the ANA CFC and each one of the Canadians has an Afghan counterpart to mentor and advise. My primary duty is to mentor the Brigade Sergeant- Major. It’s very rewarding to have a positive, tangible effect on someone and the unit in which they work. Overall, the ANA soldiers are keen to learn and respect the advice that we give. The half way point is just now on the horizon and I certainly miss Canada, my family and the College. However, the support from home has been great and we all rely on your strength to see us through.”

Both gentlemen closed with, “Best wishes to all, enjoy the holiday season.”


Well known basketball & rugby star moving to Bay Street


23785 Matty McLeod is in the home stretch of finishing his final year of Law school at the University of Western Ontario.

At RMC, his undergraduate degree was a BEng in Chemical Engineering in 2007; he earned a MBA in 2009.

The former double varsity (basketball & rugby) star athlete is currently doing a semester exchange at the University of Nottingham, focusing on International Law and traveling as much as possible.

“Europe has been pretty amazing, we’ve been really fortunate to get a lot of traveling in, and just spent the past weekend in Stockholm with a friend from Queens. This weekend we are headed to Dublin to sample some dark beer and watch a rugby game, so that should be amazing.”

The always physically fit McLeod played varsity basketball for 3 years 2003-2007 (didn’t play his third year, but played his fourth). He starred on the RMC rugby squad for 4 years – 2005-2009; also he played varsity rugby for UWO for 2 years 2010-2011.

For sports with a Canadian Interuniversity Sports (CIS) national title, student athletes, only have five years of eligibility. CIS basketball does play for a national championship; ruby does not. Hence the six years of playing at the varsity level in rugby.

In addition to his regular participation with the UWO varsity rugby team he captained the Canadian University 7′s team in Porto, Portugal in the summer of 2010. This past year he was the head coach of UWO’s Men’s Varsity 7′s rugby team that won a silver medal at the University National 7′s Championship in Vancouver, BC. He will be coaching that team again this year in the tournament in Langley, BC.

The Lindsay, ON native got engaged a year and a half ago to Tracy Sarmiento, a Queen’s grad who’s a physiotherapist and the wedding is planned for Kingston at the end of June.

The summer of 2012 will be a busy one indeed. In July, he and Tracy will be moving moving to Toronto to work for a law firm on Bay St. in Toronto called Osler, Hoskin and Harcourt LLP, where he will be completing his articles and training to be a corporate lawyer.




14461 Mike Labrecque has been the Halifax Regional Municipality Deputy Chief Administrative Officer since April 2011.

Since joining HRM in May of 2000 Mike has held positions as the General Manager Building Management Services, Director of Real Property and Asset Management, interim Project Director for the Harbour Solutions Project, Director of Transportation and Public Works, and Deputy Chief Administrative Officer – Corporate Services and Strategy.

Prior to joining HRM, Mike served as an army officer with the Canadian Military Engineers from 1984 until 1999. During this period he held various staff and command positions in Canada and the United States.

In the final years of his military career, Mike was the Base Construction Engineering Officer at Canadian Forces Base Gagetown in Oromocto, New Brunswick. Mike retired from the military in May 2000 after 20 years of service.

Mike is a graduate of the Royal Military College of Canada and has been a Registered Professional Engineer since 1993. Source



 19659 LCol Kevin Fitzpatrick  will be retiring from the Canadian Forces after 21 years of dedicated service. LCol Fitzpatrick accepted an offer to join the public service shortly after beginning his tenure as G4 Plans with Chief of Land Staff. He will continue serving the Defence Team with the TAPV project and intends to remain at his current home in Stittsville along with his wife Kim and daughters Emma (10), Charlotte (8) and Lily (3). To celebrate his CF career, a retirement luncheon was held on 25 November 201. LCol Fitzpatrick was raised in Aylmer, Quebec and joined the CF in 1990 at the age of 17. He attended both CMR and RMC, graduating with a Bachelors of Mechanical Engineering in 1995. Following EME Phase Trg, 2Lt Fitzpatrick began at 5ième Bn S du C Valcartier where he occupied a number of roles within Adm and Maint Coy. In 1997, Lt Fitzpatrick moved to Borden, serving as Pl Commander with Base Maint, a brief stint as the Base General Safety Officer and followed by a year as OIC of Craftsmen Pl within Regt Coy at CFSEME. Capt Fitzpatrick celebrated the millennium year while undertaking a MSc in Systems Engineering for Defence at RMCS Shrivenham in the UK. His year of post graduate studies led to his posting to Ottawa in 2001, where he applied his newfound knowledge within the ILS staff for the LAV III acquisition project. In 2004 Capt Fitzpatrick returned to the Army as the Maint O in Wainwright in preparation for his greatest challenge, supporting the establishment of the Canadian Manoeuvre Training Centre and Task Force Road To High Readiness. Upon the creation of CFB/ASU Wainwright in April 2005, he was promoted to Maj and appointed as OC of Base Maint. Maj Fitzpatrick was posted back to Ottawa in 2007 to be the Equipment Manager for PMO CANSOFCOM. In 2008, he was privileged with the opportunity to serve as EA to DGLEPM. His time in Ottawa culminated in an overseas tour as a Technical Liaison Officer on OP ATHENA. He was promoted to LCol in December 2010 while pursuing the Joint Command and Staff Programme at the Canadian Forces College in Toronto.

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Where are they now

Posted by admin on 27th November 2011

Ex Cadets and The Big Apple – Left to Right: 12491 RMC 80 David Barr – Chief Military Planning Service/DPKO/UN HQ NY, 14069 RMC 83 Michael Pearson – Military Advisor to the Ambassador , M04268 RMC 89 James Smith – Chief Movement Control Section/LSD/DFS/UN HQ NY , 16862 RMC 87 Brian Gray – UN Chief Business Continuity Management Unit , 13659 RMC 82 Marian Miszkiel – Senior Engineer, UN Capital Master Plan.

CMC Twig – United Nations New York – 15 November 2011 – Five Ex-Cadets Found!

A reception for United Nations affiliated Canadians was held in Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Canada to the United Nations Guillermo E. Rishchynski’s and Mrs. Rishchynski’s home in New York on Tuesday 15 November 2011. In attendance were almost 50 Canadians serving in the local area along with Canadian Consul General John F. Prato and also Ambassador and Deputy Permanent Representative Gilles Rivard.

Unfortunately, our RMC group photo including our distinguished hosts did not come out very well and thus we are left solely with a picture of five aging ex-cadets!! Brian Gray indicates there are more ex-cadets in the New York area and our mission now is to find them!

The Ambassador mentioned that there are over 300 Canadians working in the United Nations Common System in New York and over 600 working throughout the world. Canada is one of 193 countries represented in the General Assembly of the United Nations.



Proud Dad Visits Son at the U.N. Building

Caption: 13659 Marian Miszkiel, CD, MBA, PEng, PMP inspecting the future Secretary General’s office area on the 38th floor of the UN Secreteriat Building with his father, Antoni Miszkiel PEng.

13659 Marian Miszkiel RMC 82 left his position this year as Director Physical Resources, Camosun College, Victoria, BC and was appointed Senior Engineer, United Nations HQ Capital Master Plan in New York City. This $1.87B construction project, financed by the 193 UN member states, addresses refurbishment of over 2,500,000 square feet of infrastructure on the 17 acre site and will be completed before 2015. Roxanne and Paul have moved to New York, Shane is attending Ohio State University and Rylan and Glenn are continuing their post-secondary studies in Victoria, BC. Can someone check if my house in Victoria is still ok? Chimo!

Articles of Interest



19508 Guy Ridler is a CMT Associate, providing consulting, training and writing solutions for emergency preparedness and response operations in Victoria BC. He holds a Bachelor of Space Science and Physics, Royal Roads Military College, Victoria, BC, Canada. Capt. Ridler has eighteen years experience as a professional pilot in both civilian and military roles. He has flown on the West Coast of North America as a search and rescue (SAR) pilot and is currently working as a fire suppression pilot, operating throughout British Columbia (BC), Canada. Guy has extensive experience as a SAR Mission Coordinator (Aeronautical Coordinator) at the Joint Rescue Coordination Centre in Victoria, BC. He has provided consulting, training and writing services for aeronautical and maritime Search and Rescue operations in Canada and internationally. Guy is an expert in the Search and Rescue satellite distress beacon alerting system, and in the interpretation of satellite data for Search and Rescue response coordination. He holds an Airline Transport Pilot License, ICAO.


Colonel (Padre) Jean Bourgeois, CD has assumed the responsibilities as Directorate of Chaplain Operations in Ottawa since 2010 and that of Vicar General of the Military Ordinariate (Roman Catholic) of Canada since 2011. From 1995 to 1997, he was appointed Chaplain to the Royal Military College of Canada in Kingston, Ontario. In the spring of 1982, he received a Bachelor of Theology from Saint Paul University, in Ottawa. He received a Masters degree in Canon Law in 1999 from Saint Paul University and was then appointed Chancellor of the Military Ordinariate (Roman Catholic) of Canada and appointed Judicial Vicar in 2001. Upon ordination in 1984, he enrolled in the Canadian Forces, serving as the Unit Chaplain of the 8th Canadian Hussars Princess Louise Regiment until 1988, when he joined the Regular Force.


16449 Jason E. King, CD is the Commandant Peace Support Training Centre. He attended the Royal Military College in Kingston graduating in 1988 with a Bachelor of Arts in Commerce. Throughout his career, Lieutenant-Colonel King has been fortunate to participate in five UN and NATO Missions abroad. His first tour in 1989 was as a young Recce Troop Leader in Cyprus with UNFICYP for OP Snowgoose 51. This was quickly followed with a tour as a fly-over Troop Leader with the the 8th Canadian Hussars (Princess Louise’s) in Lahr, Germany. In 1994, while again back at the Dragoons, he deployed overseas with the RCD Battle Group as part of CANBAT 2 for UNPROFOR in Visoko, Bosnia-Hercegovina. In 1999, he was posted to the Middle East as a Military Observer with the UNTSO group for a two year tour in Damascus, Syria as the Senior Operations Officer (G3) for the Golan Heights. Most recently, he completed a 10 month tour in Afghanistan as the CJ7 SO1 ANA Security Sector Reform helping the Afghan Army to realize their goal of conducting operations at the Corps (Divisional) level. Lieutentant-Colonel King is married to a spectacular gal Cynthia and they have two outstanding and gifted sons, Harrison (11) and Aiden (9). Lieutentant-Colonel King doesn’t skate, runs quite slowly, but loves to play football.



Movember Moustaches


During November each year, Movember is responsible for the sprouting of moustaches on thousands of men’s faces, in Canada and around the world. With their “Mo’s”, these men raise vital funds and awareness for men’s health, specifically prostate cancer. On Movember 1st, several cadets, staff and military college alumni registered at with a clean-shaven face. Supported by the women in their lives, Mo Sistas, these Mo Bros, raise funds by seeking out sponsorship for their Mo-growing efforts.

Ex-cadet members of team DRMIS 2011 include:

13500 Barry Moore (RMC 1983) is the Project Director on the Defence Resource Management Information System (DRMIS) project. In order to raise money for Barry, Martine Gagne played music in a public place.

16147 Maj. Brett Stewart (RRMC 1987) is a Senior Military Analyst with PMO Defence Resource Management Information System (DRMIS) in Ottawa.


Ex-cadet members of team DRMIS 2011 include:

12375 Don Leslie (CMR 1979) is an IBM Canada Ltd. employee working on the Defence Resource Management Information System (DRMIS) project in Ottawa.

Led by team captain Kirk Sullivan, members of Blasty Boughs/RMC Paladins Hockey Club include: Paul Whalen; Paul Bradley; Chad Blundy; Andrew Flemming; Jeremy Boland; Jason Kielly; Kurt Matthewson; Eric Robb; Scott McDonald; Andrew Hawkins; Ryan Thompson; Colin Cook; Matthew Pinder; YJ Son; Henry Egnur; Geoff Blandford; and David Thebault.

Led by team captain Dave Kuzmanovich, members of RMC Mo’ Titans include: Wes Irvine; Rob Bannerman and John Vella.

Ocdt Corey Emmerson-Steeves is the lead member of the RMC CHEM ENG team.

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Where Are They Now & More…

Posted by rmcclub on 11th November 2011

Parker family honoured guests at Veterans’ luncheon

Uncovering your family’s military roots


Two IV Years Visit Korea

2011 KAFA International Week

By 25500 OCdt S.H.K. Han

From 31 October 2011 to 5 November 2011, myself, OCdt Han and OCdt St-Pierre took part in the “2011 KAFA International Week” held in South Korea. The purpose of the week was to have delegations from the foreign national academies visit Korean Air Force Academy (KAFA) as part of the Cadet Exchange Visit Program to promote close military ties and cultural understanding between Korea and the participating countries. There were a total of 14 countries participating: Algeria, Belgium, Canada, Colombia, France, Indonesia, Mongol, Pakistan, Sweden, Thailand, Turkey, UK, USA, and Vietnam.

The itinerary for the week was packed with interesting activities and involved visiting numerous places such as the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ), and United Nations Memorial Cemetery in Korea (UNMCK). We first stayed at KAFA for the first 2 nights, where we participated in their morning activities and evening activities with other KAFA cadets. During the first day, we had a tour of KAFA, 20th Fighter Wing of the Korean Air Force, and the Cheonan wreckage exhibition. Throughout the week we visited numerous other places such as the Kyungbok Palace, Seoul Tower, and Hyundai Motors factory, where we could experience and learn about the Korean culture.

The Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) and the United Nations Memorial Cemetery in Korea (UNMCK) were the two most memorable places of which we visited. The tour of the DMZ consisted of visiting Panmunjeom in the Joint Security Area, where the tours are given to promote the awareness of the Republic of Korea (ROK) Security between the North and South Korea. Panmunjeom is the building situated most north closest to the Military Demarcation Line (MDL), the 38th parallel. The entire tour was very quiet and serious. We could all feel the tension between the two Koreas that still remains after the end of the Korean War in 1953. After the tour of the DMZ, we visited the UNMCK. The UNMCK is the world’s unique UN cemetery designated by the UN, where the holy ground is dedicated to the peace and freedom of the world. 2,300 UN fallen who gave their lives during the Korean War lay at the UNMCK. It was extremely heart breaking yet touching to see that those who have fallen are remembered for their sacrifices with Flag Raising Ceremony twice a month of the 22 participating nations including Korea in alphabetical order.

During one of the evenings at KAFA, the 14 different nations gave a presentation on their academy, education systems and the cadet life. It was extremely interesting to learn about the different military academies around the world. Each academy had something unique and different, which reflected their country. However, the intent and the goal of every military academy was the same: To prepare cadets for a demanding career in the military as an officer in their country.

The week ended with the KAFA Cadet Festival, the Sungmu Festival that took place on 3 Nov – 5 Nov. There was a talent show on the evening of the 4th of November. The 5th of November was a day full of activities including Korean traditional archery, horseback riding, and many more. The end of the festival was celebrated with Boramae Ball, a KAFA cadet ball, where the International Cadets exchanged gifts with the KAFA cadets who hosted us. The KAFA Cadet Festival occurs every year where they promote the awareness of the KAFA to the public.

It was an honour to take part in the 2011 KAFA International Week representing the cadets of the Royal Military College of Canada and Canada, our country. In addition, it was a great opportunity to meet cadets from 14 different countries, whom I’m sure I’ll meet again later in the future as an officer. This was an experience that widened my eyes of how Canada is involved and respected around the world. I look forward to my career that lies ahead of me, which I’m sure will lead me to work with those of different nations such as the 14 nations that participated in the 2011 KAFA International Week.


La semaine internationale 2011 à KAFA

par 25045 Élof M.J.E. St-Pierre

Durant la semaine du 31 octobre au 5 novembre 2011, moi-même et l’élof Han avons participé à la semaine internationale 2011 à KAFA (Korean Air Force Academy) qui se tenait en Corée du Sud. Le but de cette semaine était d’améliorer les liens et la compréhension de la culture entre la Corée et les autres pays participants. Les autres pays étant : Algérie, Belgique, Colombie, France, Indonésie, Mongolie, Pakistan, Suède, Thaïlande, Turquie, Royaume uni, États-Unis, Vietnam et bien sûr le Canada.

L’horaire de la semaine était très occupé avec plusieurs activités intéressantes qui comprenaient la visite de nombreux sites. Les deux premières journées, nous sommes demeurés à KAFA et avons participé aux activités matinales et de soirée. Nous avons aussi eu droit à une visite guidée des installations de KAFA soit : le muséum, le wind tunnel, le simulateur de vol, etc. Plusieurs autres activités sportives étaient aussi à l’horaire tel qu’une partie de soccer entre les Élofs de KAFA contre les Élofs des autres pays participants et aussi la possibilité de faire du parapente.

La visite de la zone démilitarisée ainsi que celle du cimetière des Nations Unies à la mémoire des soldats qui ont perdu la vie lors de la guerre de Corée ont été un des points marquants de cette visite en Corée. Il nous a alors été possible de ressentir les tensions constantes entre le Nord et le Sud ainsi que le sacrifice fait par les soldats des Nations Unies lors de la guerre de Corée de 1950-1953.

La semaine, c’est terminé avec le festival des Cadets de KAFA, qui comprend un Talent Show et se termine avec un bal. Les Élofs de KAFA nous ont alors démontré leur multiple talent de chant et danse ainsi que de body-building. Même, certains pays se sont permis d’improviser un numéro de dernière minute. Nous avons donc eu droits à une chanson d’amour en vietnamien et les cadets de l’école de l’air en France nous ont interprétés « Au champ Élysée ». Lors du bal nous avons eu la chance pour la dernière fois de rencontrer les Élofs des différents pays participants et d’échanger des cadeaux de toutes sortes.

Ce fut un honneur pour nous deux de représenter le Collège militaire du Canada ainsi que le Canada à cette semaine internationale en Corée du Sud. En plus d’avoir eu la chance de rencontrer des futurs officiers de 14 pays différents, que nous espérerons avoir la chance de rencontrer de nouveau dans de futures missions des Nations Unies. Cela nous a permis de voir à quel point le Canada est impliqué et respecté à travers le monde.



Congratulations are in order: RMC Professor makes an international mark.

Dr Allister MacIntyre, Professor at Royal Military College in Kingston, was the recipient of the Harry Greer Award at the International Testing Association Meeting. This award, created back in the 60s, is not given each year. Allister is the third Canadian since its inception to win the award. It was supported by all 22 member nations. The award honours outstanding support to the IMTA organisation, outstanding support to partner nations, as well as outstanding contributions to the field of research domestically and internationally and support to international research bodies.

All of us at the college are very proud to see Allister honoured in this manner.



Former Otter Squdron Member Now a Full-Time Travel Agent



Theresa Winchester
Cruise & Vacation Specialist
Kincardine Representative
519-386-6393 (cell)
576 10th Street, Hanover ON
TICO Registration # T730535

M0361 Major (retired) Theresa Winchester, OMM, CD, joined the Canadian Forces in 1973 and served as an Admin Clk 831, now a defunct species, and a PAdmin O 68Y until retirement in 2002.

Personal Life: Theresa was born in then unknown Walkerton ON in a family of fourteen. Theresa remembers fondly the days when she believed that life was ideal at age 16. She met & eventually married Joe and they have two children together as well as the two from his first marriage and two grandchildren. Son Bryson was married in September 2011 so she has hopes for more grandkids and maybe some great grands.

Career & Jobs: In keeping with the expectations of that time and place, Theresa held several secretarial type jobs and partied hearty at night to compensate for the day time boredom until 1972. At the age of 19, she decided to join the military to see more of Canada and experience more of life than was possible within 100 miles of her birth. Cornwallis was difficult for Theresa who was drill & PT challenged but like most, she survived it to begin training at CFSAL Borden in 1973. She was stationed at CFB Shearwater, CFH Halifax and CFRC Edmonton until her life-changing posting to RMC in 1981. In her two years as Records Section staff, she studied part time with a supportive husband and two bewildered children behind her, upgrading her education from “didn’t finish high school” to 1 year of undergrad credits. She began full time education in 1983 as a member of Otter Squadron, then “the green caboose”, wrote Dear Diary in her first year as a kind of shock absorber, and graduated with great surprise in May 1986 with an Honours History degree. Postings as an officer included the Naval Engineering Unit (Atlantic), CFS Masset, CFHQ Trenton, CFC Toronto, 8 Wing Trenton and Director Military Policy Development in NDHQ splattered with periodic French Language Training and heavy volunteer work. What a wide range of experiences and an even wider range of Canadians she met along the way! Theresa tried retirement for almost five years then returned to the working world as the Shelter Manager at a local women’s shelter for four years.

Leisure: Reading (100 books in 2011 so far), quilting, cross stitching and scrapbooking. But her leisure travel has become Theresa’s passion as she is now a full time travel agent with Expedia Cruise Ship Centers in Kincardine ON. “A cruise specialist but not just cruising”, Theresa loves to travel to new places and to facilitate the experience of others who want to do the same. With the internet, she can help anyone who lives anywhere to go to anywhere else at any time – amazing! She has travelled independently with her husband to Belgium and the Netherlands and with her daughter to Italy in 2011 and France in 2008 including a World War I battlefield tour to trace the steps of Kyla’s grandfather who, as part of the Nova Scotia Highlanders 85th Bn, famously took Vimy Ridge in April 1917. She recommends cruising as the most luxurious and comfy way to travel, having lived this good life in the Caribbean, on the Waterway of the Czars, in the Mediterranean and through the Panama Canal with, with luck, many more experiences in the future. Contact her at or 519-396-2036 – she’ll get you there!

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College Chief Warrant Officer: “if they see an old girl like me out there, they’ll know that if I can accomplish my goals, then so can they.”

Posted by rmcclub on 11th November 2011

Never too late to start something new

Article by: A/SLt 24498 Noelani Shore

It may have started because of a dare, but Chief Petty Officer First Class Elizabeth Lindsay, RMC’s CWO, has found a new passion in participating in Figure Competitions.

On November 5, CPO1 Lindsay’s hard work and dedication over the past six months paid off, and she placed in both categories she competed in during her first Ontario Physique Association’s competition.

“My goals for this first competition were to show my friend who dared me that I’d do it, to gain experience, and to see if I would enjoy it enough to continue. I did much better than that; I actually placed in both my categories,” CPO1 Lindsay explained. “I competed in the Figure Medium, and the Grandmasters categories. The Grandmasters is for ages 45+, and in the Figure Medium, I competed against 23 year olds.”

Bodybuilding, as an exercise, is in a class of its own, just as running is in a class of its own; however, CPO1 Lindsay wants to emphasize that no matter what you’re training for, it takes dedication, time, and commitment to succeed.

One of the biggest benefits of training for a figure competition is overall health. CPO1 Lindsay has osteoarthritis, so weight training is beneficial because it helps build strength.

For anyone interested in pursuing this type of training, or any other intense exercises, CPO1 Lindsay recommends looking into a coach or trainer.

“Having a coach is the way to go when you reach a certain level because it’s a good way to prevent injuries. I have a coach that helped me with the nutrition side especially. Bodybuilding competitions are very scientific; timing is important when you need everything to pop when it’s supposed to pop,” she said.

The training and nutrition regime CPO1 Lindsay undertook was strict, but she was determined to make it all worthwhile.

“I trained every morning at 0530 in the gym, and my training sessions were 45-60 minutes long. My coach changed my workout program every three to four weeks, and he also changed my diet every three to four weeks. For the first two months, we worked on corrections. At first, I was quite round-shouldered from working at a computer all the time, so he had to teach me how to correct that. After the first two months, the training got a little more exciting because my coach started to challenge me, and I also started challenging myself. For example, when I started with squats, I was lifting 80 pounds, but the week before the competition, I was squatting 135 pounds,” CPO1 Lindsay said.

The bottom line is, if you have a dream or something that interests you, “if you’re dedication and you train, you can do it. You’re never too old to start. At this competition, there was a gentleman who was 75 years old, and he participated in his first competition in the Men’s Division. That just proves you’re only old if you want to be,” she said.

CPO1 Lindsay is a role model for the young lady officer cadets at the College; “if they see an old girl like me out there, they’ll know that if I can accomplish my goals, then so can they.”

CPO1 Lindsay plans on beginning a new training regime to prepare for her second competition in the spring.


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Stephen Scriver At the Helm of LaSalle Squadron

Posted by rmcclub on 23rd October 2011

Lasalle Squadron Welcomes 23242 Lt(N) Stephen Scriver

By 26349 OCdt (I) Derek Frank

There are many new faces to be found at RMC this year, and not all of them are first years. Returning to the Royal Military College of Canada after graduating in 2005, Lieutenant (Navy) Scriver has spent the last six years sailing out of Halifax. Throughout his time at RMC, he was member of both Wolfe and Mackenzie squadrons, and has now taken the helm of LaSalle Squadron as the new Squadron Commander.

A short drive from Kingston, Lt(N) Scriver came to RMC from his hometown of Napanee, Ontario. It was from here that he was recruited to play for the RMC Paladins Basketball team. RMC was a great choice for him, given that his family was still in the area, furthermore, some fellow basketball players from Napanee had been recruited to play at RMC as well. “Varsity sports was the big thing for me, we had a pretty good run when I was here.” In the last stretches of his time at RMC, the basketball team did remarkably well. They were the second best team in the entire OUA, “It’s a pretty big deal coming from a small school like ours, going up against a lot of big universities.”

Lt(N) Scriver’s interest in the Navy started with his Grandfather, who served as the first one to introduce him to it. Diving was what convinced him to choose his career as a MARS officer. “MARS was random, to be honest,” says Lt(N) Scriver, “but afterwards I definitely enjoy it. It’s a great military occupation.” The sea is the other home of a naval officer, and Lt(N) Scriver mentioned that his favorite part of life at sea was the excitement of travel and visiting foreign ports, although he has also taken part in counter drug smuggling operations in the Caribbean. His postings include the HMCS Preserver, HMCS St John’s, and HMCS Toronto. However, no matter where in the world he happened to be, how hot or cold, he would always be thinking of his wife and kids at home in Ontario. He paused slightly, but then smiled after he was asked what would he tell an infanteer to convert them to the Navy. “Its always warm,” he said.“You get to sleep in a bed everyday, [and] we go to work where other people go to take vacations.”

As a Naval Cadet, Lt(N) Scriver never thought he would become an RMC Squadron Commander. He attributes this to his time at RMC, where he never saw much of his Squadron Commander. “Back then I think they were a little bit more removed from the cadets,” he says. So instead, he set his priorities on getting out and getting the job done. At RMC, Lt(N) Scriver has made a point of being present among his squadron. During the first week of FYOP, he introduced himself to Fighter Flight as he ran with them during morning physical training, making sure the first years will know exactly who he is.

When he was asked what the best part of his new appointment was, he was quick to joke that it was his new parking spot. In all seriousness, however, he is always impressed by the amount of energy displayed by officer cadets at RMC. “It’s a refreshing change to see all of these cadets, and the requests they put in for the things they want to do.”

Needless to say, 2 Squadron is going to have a great year with Lt(N) Scriver at the conn.


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Where are they now?

Posted by rmcclub on 16th October 2011


14090 LCol Kevin Tyler is the Commanding Officer of the Royal Mountain Rangers. LCol Tyler came to the Rocky Mountain Rangers from the Canadian Manoeuvre Training Centre in Wainwright, AB, where he was Chief Plans Officer and most recently Deputy Commander. Lieutenant-Colonel Tyler has served 32 years in the Canadian Forces. He is a graduate of the Royal Military College in Kingston with an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Political Science as well as the Canadian Forces Staff College Toronto. He has served throughout Canada and overseas, with posting alternating between regimental, training and staff duties. He began his military career after RMC with 2nd Battalion RCR in New Brunswick. Other highlights of his military career include time with the 1st and 4th Battalions RCR, instructing with the RCR Battle School in Meaford, ON and the Australian Land Staff College and deployments to Bosnia and Afghanistan. Married to his wife Jo-Anne for 28 years, LCol Tyler has two adult sons. He enjoys reading non-fiction and is an avid outdoorsman and adventure sports enthusiast.  Source




Curt Hillier R.Psych. completed a Master of Science in Community and Clinical Psychology at Acadia University and he was subsequently appointed Assistant Professor at Royal Roads Military College teaching Psychology, Leadership, and Ethics. He is a 21 year veteran of the Canadian Forces having served in the engineering branch and the psychology branch. He worked for five years at the Health Sciences Centre in acute care psychiatry and outpatient psychology services, and served on the hospital’s ethics committee. He has been in private practice for the past ten years with a focus on operational stress injuries(OSIs) in military and police members. Curt voluntarily facilitates a bi-weekly support group for RCMP, RNC, and military police officers with OSIs such as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Depression, Substance and Behaviour Disorders, and family dysfunction.  Source




B0186 Brigadier-General J.Richard Giguère, CD assumed command of Land Force Quebec Area and Joint Task Force (East) on August 5, 2011. He holds a bachelor’s degree in military and strategic studies from the Royal Military College Saint-Jean and a post-graduate degree in strategic studies from the Université Paris-Nord. He was transferred to the Royal Military College Saint-Jean in 1991. In the summer of 2001, he was transferred to the Royal Military College of Canada in Kingston, Ontario, to teach in the Department of Politics and Economics. BGen Giguère was deployed to Kandahar in September 2010, as Canadian Deputy Task Force Commander with Rotation 5-10 of Joint Task Force – Afghanistan.  Source




Ryan Habkirk, MASc., P.Eng. is a Professor, Civil Engineering Technician -Technology Programs at Georgian College. Ryan completed a Masters of Applied Science in Civil Engineering at the Royal Military College of Canada and he is a graduate of Queen’s University in the Civil Engineering Program. Ryan has more than 8 years of experience in the Civil Engineering field, including an extensive knowledge of structural engineering, construction materials, vehicle traffic management, bridge construction, design standards and building codes. He also worked in heavy construction, including site inspection, and laboratory testing of civil engineering materials. Ryan has managed a number of structural engineering projects from the conceptual design stage through to the finished product.  Source




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Where are they now? Plus a Couple of Retirements…

Posted by rmcclub on 10th October 2011

Awards & Recognition

17003 LCol Rchard Quinn (RRMC 1989), of the Logistics Branch Integrator (LBI) in DCOS(Mat), was honoured with the U.S. Army Commendation Medal for his exceptional service with the Armed Forces of the United States of America as a member of the U.S. Security Coordinator to Israel and the Palestinian Authority from July 15, 2009 to August 8, 2010.

LCol Quinn was selected by the Canadian Forces as one of 18 representatives to work with an international team in Israel dedicated to the transformation of the Palestinian Security Forces. LCol Quinn’s leadership in the advancement of logistics infrastructure projects and his delivery of top notch logistics training courses, in the often turbulent West Bank operating environment, greatly assisted in the Palestinian Security Forces’ professional development. His efforts were critical to mission success in support of peace and stability in the entire Middle East Region, and reflect great credit upon him, the CF and Canada.


The Sea Service Insignia (SSI) was recently presented to: 13849 LCdr (Ret’d) Randy Caspick (RMC 1983) (Gun Metal) ; 18828 LCdr Anne Bank (RMC 1993) (Gun Metal); 16982 LCdr Brian May (RRMC 1989) (Gun Metal).

The Sea Service Insignia (SSI) recognizes the significance of service at sea by those who have sailed in Her Majesty’s Canadian Ships and Submarines. These include sailors as well as members of the Army and Air Force. The four award levels of the SSI are Gun Metal (365 – 729 days at sea); Bronze (730 – 1,094 days); Silver (1,095 – 1,459 days); and Gold (1,460 days).




Retirement of 20250 Captain Catherine Rebello & 20211 LCdr Paul Mondoux

20250 Captain Catherine Rebello retired from the Canadian Forces after 20+ years of loyal and dedicated service. Her last day in uniform was 11 October 2011. Capt Rebello enrolled in the Canadian Forces in 1991 through the ROTP. She graduated from the Collège Militaire Royal de St-Jean in 1995 with a Bachelor degree in Business Administration. From there she spent seven years at 3 Wing Bagotville. For four years, she was employed in various junior logistic officer positions, and completed a tour as SLogO on Op ECHO to Aviano, Italy. Upon her return from tour she was posted to 433 Sqn as the Sqn Log O for the remaining three years in Bagotville. During her time as SLogO, she completed another deployment to CFS Alert.

In addition to her various deployments, Capt Rebello completed a Master degree in Project Management, and got married. In 2002, Capt Rebello accepted an OUTCAN posting to Naples, Italy, where she took part in different projects aimed at fostering multinational cooperation in logistics during deployed operations. From Naples, in 2005, Capt Rebello was posted back to Canada to ADM (Mat). She spent five years with DGAEPM and then was posted to DGMSSC. Capt Rebello has 3 children: Xavier (5), Laurence (3) and Alexandre (2). Capt Rebello and her family will be remaining in the NCR. She has accepted a job with the Public Service with ADM(Mat)/DGMPD, and is looking forward to her continued service with DND. A luncheon for Capt Rebello was held at 11h30 on 7 October 2011 at the Air Force Officers’ Mess 158 Gloucester Street Ottawa, ON.


20211 LCdr Paul Mondoux retired from the CF on 18 September 2011 after 20 years of service to Canada, the CF and particularly the Royal Canadian Navy. LCdr Mondoux joined the CF in 1991 first attending the College Militaire Royal de St. Jean as well as the Royal Military College of Canada in Kingston. Following gruelling Maritime Engineering training in Halifax as a Combat Systems Engineer, LCdr Mondoux joined his first ships: HMCS IROQUOIS and HMCS TERRA NOVA. His Assistant Head of Department tour was conducted in HMCS IROQUOIS after which he joined HMCS MONTREAL as the Combat Systems Engineering Officer completing a number of NATO deployments including SNMG 1 and SNMG 2. Shore postings, interspersed between sea tours, included FMF Cape Scott (TSS in Surveillance and EW Engineering) and DREA (Remote Minehunting System Project Engineer).

Following his HOD tour, LCdr Mondoux was selected to attend postgraduate training where he earned his Master’s Degree in Software Engineering. Since graduation he has been posted to Ottawa performing the duties of the PMO HCM/FELEX Combat Systems Manager and more recently the Subsection head responsible for the Navy’s missiles and launchers. LCdr Mondoux plans to remain in the Stittsville area with his wife Suzanne and their children Cameron and Ian. A function to celebrate Paul’s years of service was held on the 30th of Sept 2011.

Researched by E3161 Victoria Edwards


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Ralph Coleman: 50 Years of Service to Queen & Country

Posted by rmcclub on 10th October 2011

Ralph Coleman

7272 Ralph Coleman, Class of 1967, has recently retired from the Government of Canada after 50 years of service to Queen and country.

During this career he has served under ten Prime Ministers, from John Diefenbaker through to Stephen Harper and ten Governors General, from Georges Vanier to David Johnston, but only one head of state, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

It was on May 27, 1961, that Ralph enrolled in the 29th Field Regiment, Royal Canadian Artillery as a militia Gunner. Two years later he joined the regular force and entered Royal Military College, Kingston in September 1963, graduating in 1967 with an Honours B.A. in History. He obtained a Masters Degree in History from McMaster University in 1968.

Military highlights: Ralph was Director of Public Affairs Plans and Operations at National Defence Headquarters, acting Director General and member of a senior management team tasked to renew the communications (public affairs) function at DND in the wake of the Somalia scandal, 1996-99. He directed the Canadian Forces public affairs campaign for NATO operations against Yugoslavia during the 1999 Kosovo crisis; directed the Coalition Press Information Centre in Sarajevo, Bosnia as part of NATO’s peace implementation force in 1996; headed army public affairs at Land Force Command Headquarters 1993-96; served as senior Canadian public affairs officer in the Canadian joint headquarters in the Persian Gulf during the Gulf War in 1991; and served with Canada’s NATO forces in Germany as Chief of Public Information during the end of the Cold War, the reunification of Germany and the dissolution of the Warsaw Pact, 1989-93. Before joining the military public affairs branch, Ralph served in the artillery, with 2RCHA and 5RALC, was an aide-de-camp to Governors General Roland Michener and Jules Leger, and served in the 1970 October crisis in Quebec.

Royal Military College (RMC)

Civilian highlights: After retiring from the Canadian Forces as a Colonel in 1999, Ralph joined the Intergovernmental Affairs secretariat of the Privy Council Office (PCO) where he became Director of Intergovernmental Communications until his recent second retirement in June, 2011. PCO is the non-partisan, governmental organization that supports the Prime Minister and the Cabinet. Major projects included the Clarity Act and communications support to the federal delegation for several First Ministers Meetings on health care, Equalization, Aboriginal issues and the 2008-2009 economic crisis. While still in the military, he also coordinated communications for the 1996 Zaire crisis PCO interdepartmental task force. Earlier in his military career, he was also seconded to Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau’s office as a press officer. Major projects there included numerous First Ministers Meetings on constitutional issues, patriation of the Constitution in 1982 and the Prime Minister’s international peace initiative of 1983-84 during a particularly difficult period of the Cold War.

Ralph and his wife Sonia live in Orleans, a suburb of Ottawa, and have two daughters and two granddaughters also living in the greater Ottawa area. He is looking forward to entering the Old Brigade along with his classmates in the not too distant future. Although he finds it hard to believe that this milestone is almost here.

The following is taken from an interview of Ralph Coleman by Entre Nous upon his retirement in June.

What was your first job (e.g. as a youth) and what did you learn from it?

While in high school in Toronto in the early 1960s, my first job was part-time in a McDonald’s-style hamburger restaurant. I learned from that first job two things that would apply directly to what I am doing now: know your target audience and listen to your employees.

The Red Barn was an American hamburger restaurant chain (this was before McDonald’s) and because the outlet was one of the first to open in Canada, the American management team was on-site to supervise operations. They were introducing to Canadian consumers the shoestring french fries since made famous by the ubiquitous McDonald’s. At that time, Canadian fries tended to be much thicker and were eaten with lots of vinegar. Americans eat their fries without vinegar and so our restaurant, being American-owned, was about to open with no vinegar. Although I was just a brand-new, minimum-wage employee, I pointed out to the American bosses that Canadians like vinegar with their fries and that we would look ridiculous if we didn’t have vinegar. But the Americans ignored my suggestions and those of my colleagues. They didn’t know Canadian eating habits and were not listening to their employees who did.

On opening night, despite my best efforts to use the American talking points about why the shoestring fries don’t need vinegar, one customer was so angry that he threw his fries all over me. I smiled and retained my composure but noticed that the American managers had witnessed the incident. Within an hour we had abundant supplies of vinegar.


What is your educational background and how did it contribute to your career?

After high school I attended the Royal Military College (RMC). I had wanted to go to RMC since the age of seven when my older neighbour Terry Yates came home in uniform for the first time. The lure of the uniform led me to join the reserves while still in high school, to get military experience as soon as I could.

As well as my university education, focusing on political science and history, RMC gave me leadership skills and taught me to have faith in myself. At RMC they push you to your limits—you have to try everything, even things you think you can’t do. It gives you self-confidence, which makes you a better leader. As someone with the perfect physique for football and hockey, for example, I never thought I could do gymnastics, but the instructors at RMC are great motivators! I also have a masters degree in History from McMaster University, but RMC remains the key educational contributor to my career.

What was your first position in the Public Service?

I joined the Army reserve in Toronto part-time as soon as I turned 16, then the legal minimum age to join the army. That was in 1961, so now I am celebrating 50 years of continuous service to Queen and country. I was a Private, the lowest rank in the army, although being in the Artillery, the rank was called Gunner. I trained to be a member of a 105mm howitzer gun crew, which was great, especially when we got to fire the guns on an artillery target range and blow things up. As I progressed upwards in rank in later years in the Canadian Forces and then in the Public Service and faced much more complex and sensitive situations, I often thought back wistfully to those days when situations could be resolved simply by blowing them up!

Over the course of your career you have held numerous positions in both the military and the civilian public service. What were some of your most interesting experiences?

Valcartier and national unity

A posting to Canadian Forces Base Valcartier outside Québec City in 1970 was my first exposure to the full francophone cultural dimension of our country and my first personal experience of the two solitudes phenomenon. At home in Toronto I would find myself trying to answer to family and friends the question of that particular period, “What does Quebec want?” Then I would go back to Québec City and find myself trying to dispel the long-out-of-date stereotyped image that many Quebecers had of Toronto, a city that had changed dramatically in the 1960s. Little did I know then that much of my career would involve working on national unity issues up to and including working in PCO/IGA on communications materials for the passage of the Clarity Act.

Visiting Moscow during the Trudeau era

The GG and state protocol

Working as an Aide-de-Camp to the Governor General taught me all about state protocol and the role of the Crown in our parliamentary democracy. During the 1972 federal election, when the Liberals and Conservatives got almost exactly the same number of seats, I saw first-hand the steps the Governor General took to prepare for dealing with the potential situations that could arise.

My time on secondment to Pierre Trudeau’s PMO proved to be a fabulous experience, travelling throughout this great country and around the world with the PM and the officials and national news media accompanying him; working here in Ottawa on the numerous First Ministers’ Meetings that led up to the patriation of the Constitution in 1982, and generally seeing from the inside how the political level of government works, which has made me a better public servant ever since. What impressed me most was how hard MPs and Cabinet Ministers work at their jobs–the long hours, time away from family, the gruelling weekend flights back to their ridings for more long days of constituency work.

Forest fire evacuation

Now that we are into the forest fire and flood season, typified by events such as the Slave Lake fire and the Manitoba and Quebec floods, I am reminded of an emergency air evacuation of Red Lake, Ontario, by the Air Force, due to a forest fire threat in the spring of 1980. I went with several Hercules aircraft from CFB Winnipeg to handle the public affairs for the operation. People had only a few hours to pack up what they could carry and come to the airport for emergency flights out. It was interesting to see what people chose to bring with them. Some brought family photo albums; others brought small sentimental keepsakes like family jewellery. One man brought only his portable TV (I guess that was important to him) and another had only a paper bag with all his life savings in cash! Makes you wonder though, if someone in authority came to your house and said that you only had 15 minutes or an hour to evacuate with only what you could carry, which things would you choose?

Ronald Reagan, Pierre Elliott Trudeau and Ralph Coleman

From black tie to hard rations

An interesting and fun aspect of my career has been the incredible variety of working environments in which I found myself: black-tie dinners at Rideau Hall; hard rations in the field in combat clothes; champagne and caviar at foreign state palaces; warm beer and cold pizza on press buses; meeting the Queen and other heads of state and government in Canada and around the world; sorting press kits on a hotel room floor with support staff; sleeping at the Ritz Hotel in Paris; and trying to sleep in a bombed-out building in Sarajevo in the winter time, with no heat or hot water.

Bosnia-Crotia Border 1996

Oil and water

The most unusual comment I think I ever heard in my travels was by Sheikh Ahmed Zaki Yamani, the Saudi Arabian Oil and Mineral Resources Minister, speaking in conversation to me and several Canadian journalists at a reception in Riyadh in 1980 during a visit by our Prime Minister there. Yamani was asked about the challenges facing Saudi Arabia at that time and he lamented the lack of fresh water in his arid country. He said to us sardonically, “It’s frustrating. We keep drilling to find water and all we keep finding is this damned oil!”

The Gulf War

Of course, for a career soldier, an indelible experience was going to war in the Persian Gulf in 1991. Coming under Scud missile attack tends to focus the mind somewhat, especially at the beginning of the war when we didn’t know if Saddam would use the biological and chemical warheads that he actually had at that time, or just conventional explosive ones. So, for every attack it was urgent that we put on our protective suits and gas masks. Near the end of the war I was part of a Canadian team that went into Kuwait City, with the coalition liberation forces, to re-open the Canadian embassy. We were greeted by a spontaneous, cheering crowd of Kuwaitis as we raised the Canadian flag once more. It is not often that one gets to liberate a country, so that will always be a great memory.

Dry run prior to the signature of the Proclamation of the Constitution Act, 1982

Economic crisis

Finally, I have to include working on the First Ministers’ Meetings of 2008 and 2009 to deal with the recent world economic crisis. As a child, I used to hear my parents tell of their first-hand experiences with hardship during the Great Depression of the 1930s. As the world teetered on the edge of a similar abyss in the fall of 2008, it felt good to play a small part in government efforts to prevent a similar occurrence.

How has the Public Service changed since you started your career?

When I graduated from university back in the 1960s, people tended to start and finish a career with the same organization, whether it was the armed forces, the public service or a private sector company. That is no longer the case. People are much more likely to move around. In communications, the big change has been the increase in the speed of the news cycle caused by digital communications devices and the 24-hour news channels, expanding the traditional work day into a 24/7 universe.

What advice would you give to a new public servant starting a career today?

You have to manage your own career. It’s great to have a mentor, but with or without one, and I never had one, you need to have your own game plan for what you want to achieve, then take the necessary steps and seek out the appropriate opportunities. Luck and timing also play a role. Finally, if you ever have the chance to go on secondment to a political office, it is well worth the experience. Since our ultimate aim as public servants is to serve our elected political masters, it is an invaluable experience to learn how the political level works.

During your military career you were posted to various locations around the world, including Germany, the Persian Gulf and Sarajevo. Do you plan to travel in your retirement? And where would you like to go?

My wife and I both like taking cruises on our holidays. A cruise ship has all the advantages of a resort and you only have to unpack your suitcase once. Then you have the added bonus that your resort moves you to a different location every day. We have already cruised the Mediterranean, the Caribbean, South America, and the seas around China, Korea and Japan. So now our challenge is to find cruises that will take us to new ports of call. Our next cruise may be one that includes the Black Sea, with ports of call in Ukraine, Russia and Turkey.

Do you have favourite activities that you are planning to pursue in your retirement?

I like doing little handyman projects around the house. I am not a golfer. Frankly, after 50 years of serving Queen and country, I am looking forward to just doing each day exactly what my wife and I decide we want to do.

Ralph and his wife on a cruise

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A Tour of Duty in Libya

Posted by rmcclub on 25th September 2011

SAR: A migrant vessel in distress that CHARLOTTETOWN was tasked to respond to. There were 250 primarily Ethiopian and Somalian migrants fleeing Libya during the early days of the fighting. All personnel were eventually evacuated to safety, and one woman gave birth onboard the stricken vessel. A definite eye opener from a humanitarian and political perspective.

I’ve thought this many times during my time at RMC, throughout MARS training and while onboard ship, but the past six months confirmed for me that there really is no life like the Navy life. Many days a modern military career really sucks, but the end rewards far outweigh the challenging and sometimes seemingly impossible journey to get there. On March 2 2011 with less than 48 hours notice 248 Canadian sailors and I sailed for Libya for six months as part of Canada’s response to the attacks on civilians by the dictator Muammar Gaddafi. It was an incredible and very demanding deployment that gave me an incredible amount of operational and life experience and above all, self satisfaction that I was actually making an important and positive impact in the world.

___________________________________________ Air Ops: Conducting Air Operations as second Officer of the Watch under the watchful eye of the Commanding Officer, Cdr Skjerpen, and the Navigator, Lt(N) Shields. ___________________________________________

My name is Sub-Lieutenant David Kay 24125, and I graduated in 2009 with an Economics degree. I am living in Halifax Nova Scotia and have been posted to HMCS CHARLOTTETOWN since June 2010. I was incredibly fortunate and am very proud to have been deployed on Operation Mobile ROTO 0 from March to September 2011. It is impossible to summarize a Naval deployment full of SAR, mine clearance, boarding, embargo, ground targeting, liaison, physiological and surveillance operations, but I will tell you about some of the more memorable moments of the deployment.

Within a few days of arrival outside of Libyan territorial waters, the United Nations imposed sanctions against and a no fly zone over the North African state of Libya. These measures were taken by the international community because the ruling dictator was using his ground and air forces to attack civilians who were protesting and rising against his four decades of authoritative rule. Our role changed many times in the first few weeks on station, but our primary mission throughout the deployment was to protect civilians from attack by military forces. We achieved this goal through embargo enforcement and boarding operations, surveillance and protection of the port city of Misrata and liaison between Libyan ground personnel and NATO.

While in theatre CHARLOTTETOWN earned three NATO mission marks. These are commemorated onboard by three bomb silhouettes that are mounted proudly on the bridge wings. The marks were awarded because NATO determined that the actions and presence of CHARLOTTETOWN and her crew saved the surrounded city from being overrun by pro-Gad forces on three separate occasions. This was the first time since the Korean War that a Canadian ship was awarded such marks, which makes them very unique in the Navy and also a great source of pride for all crew members.

___________________________________________ Smoke: Smoke billowing out from the port of Misrata as a result of Pro-Gadaffi artillery strikes. Even as bombs fell, military forces fought in the streets and civilians were killed, tortured and worse, the population kept providing us with valuable information that allowed CHARLOTTETOWN and NATO command to create target packages for both Naval and Air bombardment. ___________________________________________

As you probably heard on the news during the summer, there were two confirmed deliberate attacks on the ship, which was a very historic (and hair raising) experience for the ship and her company. On the first occasion the ship came under fire at night from shore based units and returned fire with our .50 machine guns. The second confirmed attack was a “Hail Mary” shot of BM21 rockets, which occurred in the early morning as we were opening up to our daylight stand off distance from the coast. In both cases, the crew reacted instinctively and it was amazing to see how well the highly skilled damage control and fighting organizations functioned when properly motivated by a very real threat and not just another training exercise.

Apart from the good “war stories” the deployment was an excellent professional training and learning experience. When we departed Halifax in March I was very green behind the ears and didn’t know much about anything onboard. By the fourth month in, I was confident and (according to the Captain) competent enough to earn my Bridge Watch Keeping certificate, and stand my own watches with charge of the ship. It was (and still is) a very rewarding and humbling experience to take the watch and hold charge over the entire ship and everyone (except the Captain and Executive Officer) onboard (that’s the rewarding part). However, the flip side is whenever something goes wrong (as it always does) the Officer of the Watch is ultimately responsible and is almost always at least partially to blame (that’s the humbling part).

I was also able to experience firsthand many things that most Canadians will never see in their lifetime. Over the six months I had the opportunity to visually witness the launch of millions of dollars of Tomahawk missiles being fired from American surface ships and submarines, track inbound strike groups of fighters and bombers as they flew overhead to bomb Pro-Gaddafi targets (over 300 of which were provided by CHARLOTTETOWN), see hear and feel the explosions from both artillery fire and aerial bombardment and experience the international political complications and humanitarian challenges associated with overloaded unseaworthy boats of migrant workers fleeing Africa. I was also on watch for some boardings, many Replenishments at Sea (RAS) and more flight operations that I can count. All these operations are critical for a MARS Officer to know inside and out, and I was extremely fortunate to be able multiple real world experiences as opposed to simply studying them from the manuals. I’m sure this real world experience will pay dividends as I progress in my career.

___________________________________________ Port: Four of us returning to the main island of Malta after an incredible day of ATVing, swimming and sightseeing. One of the perks of being in the Navy. ___________________________________________

Any sailor’s favourite part of any sail is the port visits, and we had many of those. Gibraltar, Italy, Greece (twice), Croatia, France, Malta and Spain were all countries that we visited. Greece and Malta were my personal favourites, and I hope to return someday with my family. However, although very interesting and usually fun, no port visit can compare to the feeling of sailing back into Halifax harbour after six months and seeing the jetty chalk full of friends and loved ones for our arrival home. My fiancée was there to meet me, and I am now thoroughly enjoying six weeks of post deployment leave.

CHARLOTTETOWN was replaced by HMCS Vancouver, and will be deploying again in early January for another six months in the Medeterrain. Although almost all of the deployed crew have since been posted off the ship, the memories and experiences that we all had while deployed on Operation Mobile ROTO 0 will last a life time. Deploying on an important and challenging overseas mission had been my goal since joining the forces almost nine years ago, and the past six months have been the best so far in my military career. I can’t imagine what will be able to top the feeling of accomplishment and pride, but the Navy and CF continues to surprise and challenge me every step of the way. I’m sure that as the world develops and conflicts arise there will continue to be very important missions for Canada to actively participate in, and I am very confident that the Royal Canadian Navy will continue its long and proud tradition of defending Canadian interests around the world and promoting our values and morals to those who were not fortunate enough to be born in such a great country as ours.

SLt David Kay

Bridge Watch Keeper


24125 Class of 2009

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NCdt Martin’s Exchange Experience at USAFA

Posted by rmcclub on 25th September 2011

Naval Cadet at Airforce Academy

By 25888 NCdt (III) Joey Martin

It was a stark contrast going from standing in salt and peppers less than a 100 metres from the ocean to running next to the Rocky Mountains in a flight suit.  Being a Naval Cadet fresh from NETPO (Naval Environment Training Program Officers) at the United States Air Force Academy has thus far proved to be an incredible experience.

NCdt Martin (third from right) undergoes freefall parachute training.

Arriving a week later than the rest of the international contingent due to my summer course, I was immediately immersed into processing in preparation for school beginning August 4th.  As a Canadian, the United States did not provide me with an overly large culture shock.  At times, I did, in fact, fit in too well especially being the only international cadet who speaks English as a first language (apparently with a Wisconsin accent).  One particular instance was attending an international BBQ in civies and almost being denied access as an American cadet looking for free food.

Aside from some comical misunderstandings, the staff and cadets at USAFA went to great lengths to integrate us into the Cadet Wing.  I was given countless opportunities to live the USAFA cadet experience including: basic freefall parachute training, bull riding with the rodeo club, and observing a supernova at the Academy observatory.  As a third year cadet I was given the position of Element Leader (Section Commander) in my squadron, which provided many challenges in both learning to lead a group of ten Air Force cadets as well as making up for the two years of Academy experience my fellow cadet leaders had on me.

Of particular significance to me personally was the memorial week that led up to and included September 11th.  Having been a Grade 5 student one week into school in San Diego, CA at the time of the attacks, being back on American soil for the 10th anniversary was fulfilling.  During this week, speakers from across the United States came to tell there story and I was given the privilege to have dinner with Ed Plaugher, the former Fire Chief of Arlington County and on-scene commander for the attack on the Pentagon.  On September 11th itself I joined a contingent of cadets on a bus to just south of Denver where we participated in a ruck march along with a group of Army Airborne/Special Forces soldiers in the annual Run for Remembrance.  They certainly provided a good pace.

The Department of International Programs specifically provided the international cadets with a few unique experiences.  One of these was a four-day trip through southern Colorado over the Labour Day weekend to see, among other things, astounding ruins of Native American “cliff palaces” at Mesa Verde and a fair amount of the old American West.  Another unique experience, which was particularly appreciated by OCdt Dubeau and I, were the two tickets to the Colorado Avalanche “Burgundy and White” pre-season game played at the USAFA Arena purchased especially for the two Canadian exchange cadets.

NCdt Martin and OCdt Dubeau at a Colorado Avalanche pre-season game!

Having been here since the beginning of August, our exchange is almost half over and with so much potential for the next semester there is no doubt that the remaining time will be over much faster than anticipated.

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Passion et vision : la recette gagnante pour transformer ses rêves en réalité

Posted by rmcclub on 6th September 2011

Passion et vision : la recette gagnante pour transformer ses rêves en réalité!!

par: 15268 Simon Cloutier (RMC 1986)


C’est depuis 2001 que j’agis comme Directeur musical du Grand Ensemble Jazz de St-Eustache : un Big Band communautaire de musiciens amateurs de tous âges. Depuis 10 ans, je vis une expérience particulièrement enrichissante lorsque je pense au cheminement du band passant de 5 à 20 musiciens, performant dans des parcs devant quelques dizaines de spectateurs jusqu’au prestigieux Festival International de Jazz de Montréal en 2009, sur la grande scène Rio Tinto Alcan devant près de 40000 personnes.


Comment je me suis retrouvé là? Lors de mon assignation à Bagotville, tout ça a commencé quand mon épouse Anne, dans le temps ‘’ma blonde’’, m’a inscrit en 1989 à des cours de saxophone à mon insu. Grand fan de jazz et blues, je possédais un saxophone mais tout ce que je faisais était de dire qu’un jour j’allais jouer comme le saxophoniste qu’on voit lors de galas à la télévision. Le cours m’ont mené à me joindre à un combo de blues de l’école de musique, puis à l’harmonie de la ville de La Baie. En 1992, j’ai été muté à AMDU sur la base de Trenton. Là ce n’est pas les opportunités qui manquaient. À un certain moment, je faisais partie de trois bands : le band militaire dédié aux parades, le stage band de la base et le Dan Schurr’s stage band. Apprentissage choc car plusieurs des musiciens que je côtoyais étaient des professionnels. La barre était haute mais c’est durant c’est 2 ans, à pratiquer 3 fois semaine que j’ai le plus appris et que j’ai découvert ma passion pour les grands ensembles jazz.


À ma sortie des forces armées en 1994, je me suis établi sur la rive nord de Montréal à la suite de mon embauche chez Bell Hélicoptère. À l’automne 2000, un article dans le journal local invitait les musiciens de la région à venir auditionner pour le début du Grand Ensemble Jazz de Saint-Eustache (GEJSE). Ayant débuté avec 25 musiciens, le GEJSE a subit, durant la première saison, une importante réduction de ses effectifs suite à la démission des chefs d’orchestre. Suite à cette dégringolade, c’est là que je me suis impliqué dans le Conseil d’Administration de l’organisme à but non-lucratif et comme directeur musical pour le garder en vie. Malgré un début difficile, notre groupe a continué ses activités tout en évoluant : passant de combo jazz de 5 musiciens à ensemble Afro-Celtique, puis en 2002, un ensemble à deux volets : le projet jazz et le projet percussion. En 2003, le GEJSE reprenait sa vocation initiale de Big Band jazz et c’est en 2006 qu’un virage significatif s’est produit; l’ajout de plusieurs musiciens d’expérience et d’une chanteuse nous a permis de redevenir un appréciable ensemble jazz de 17 musiciens, capable de donner des prestations de qualité.


C’est alors que c’est devenu clair dans ma tête; nous avions le potentiel de viser haut et j’étais convaincu que nous pourrions un jour performer au Festival International de Jazz de Montréal (FIJM). Lorsque j’ai fait part de cette vision aux musiciens lors de l’assemblée générale en 2007, plusieurs me regardaient avec un regard ébahit, d’autres avec scepticisme et les derniers m’ont trouvé carrément drôle. ‘’Ah! Un ingénieur rêveur ‘’ s’est dit en lui-même le guitariste du band. Mais moi dans ma tête, j’y croyais et j’étais déjà convaincu que c’était possible.

À partir de là, nous avons commencé à utiliser nos meilleurs musiciens pour se donner du “feedback” constructif durant les répétitions et monter tranquillement le niveau de difficulté des pièces de notre répertoire. Nous avons envoyé notre candidature en 2007 et 2008 à l’organisation du FIJM mais sans avoir de réponses positives. À l’automne 2008, un nouveau musicien m’informait qu’on pouvait augmenter nos chances en participant à la compétition de big band Jazzfest des jeunes du Québec sur la rive sud. On s’est donc inscrit à cette compétition en mars 2009. Évidemment, nous nous sommes très bien préparés pour exécuter les 4 pièces qui allaient être jugées par des musiciens et chef d’orchestre renommés. Nous avons réussi à décrocher une mention ‘’argent’’ à la compétition dans la catégorie ‘’orchestre communautaire’’. Quelques semaines après, l’organisation du FIJM me contactait pour nous inviter à la trentième édition du Festival. Nous avions réussi.


Le rêve suprême pour un artiste de la musique est d’avoir la chance de se produire devant un public de plusieurs milliers de personnes. Ce rêve, le Grand Ensemble jazz de Saint-Eustache l’a réalisé le 5 juillet 2009. Nous avons eu l’opportunité de nous produire pendant un peu plus d’une heure sur la grande scène Rio Tinto Alcan devant une foule évalué à 40 000 spectateurs d’après les organisateurs du spectacle. L’ambiance était survoltée et l’énergie de cette foule était incroyable. Quelle expérience pour les musiciens! Notre performance fut une véritable réussite. Plusieurs heures après le spectacle, quelques jours pour certains, l’ensemble des musiciens était encore sur le choc et l’adrénaline. Se produire sur la scène principale du Festival international de jazz, c’est l’expérience d’une vie.


Ma véritable récompense, je l’ai reçu les jours qui ont suivi notre prestation. Beaucoup de courriels de félicitations et des remerciements des musiciens. Notre guitariste, un bon ami, m’écrivait : ‘’C’est probablement le show de ma vie et pour ça, je veux te remercier Simon d’y avoir cru, d’avoir fait ce qu’il faut pour nous amener là ou nous sommes. Je me souviens que la première fois que tu avais fait mention que peut-être, on pourrait faire le FIJM un jour, je m’étais passé la réflexion du genre « Tiens, un ingénieur rêveur ! Ça doit être assez rare. » Et j’ai su hier soir au souper, en jasant avec un collègue du GEJSE, que je n’étais pas le seul à penser comme ça. « Ben voyons donc, le GEJSE au FIJM. ! » Quelle belle leçon de vie, une vraie ! C’est bien beau de dire qu’il faut croire en un but et faire ce qu’il faut pour y travailler. C’est immensément plus beau de le vivre.’’

Je n’ai jamais douté que nous pouvions réussir. J’étais convaincu dès 2006 que nous allions nous retrouver là un jour. J’ai travaillé fort pour faire de cet organisme communautaire un ensemble jazz qui est maintenant reconnu au sein de notre communauté. La détermination, garder le cap et croire en ses rêves : voilà la recette gagnante pour pouvoir accomplir l’inatteignable.

Vous pouvez voir la performance du GEJSE au FIJM 2009 sur You Tube en tapant le mot clé ‘’GEJSE’’. Aussi, vous pouvez visiter notre site web au ou le groupe Facebook ‘’Le Grand Ensemble Jazz de Saint-Eustache’’


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Where are they now?

Posted by rmcclub on 28th August 2011

10218 Paul Crober completed his time at Joint Task Force Games (JTFG) during the actual Olympics and Paralympics as Chief of Staff to RAdm Tyrone Pile.

Just prior to the Games he was informed by Commander Canada Command that he was to be presented with the Officer level of the OMM, which did occur in December 2010 at Govt House.

Paul had just retired the month prior — after over 42 years of service in the Reserves and Regular Force.

The best move he ever made was to take up the previous Admiral’s request to become the initial planning officer for the Games in Joint Task Force Pacific (before the creation of JTFG), having put in about 9 years provincially/federally in emergency management leadership positions after departing the Regular Force as a LCol in 1997.

To top it off (his rather disjointed career, that is), Paul was about to attend, as a retiree, the Depart with Dignity of one of the JTFG senior officers at the Esquimalt Wardroom in June, when he was informed the day prior to be there earlier — since they had just learned that Paul was to be awarded the CDS Commendation(!) — apparently awarded for his work within JTFG but more specifically because of his position as the chief liaison between the CF and VANOC before/during/after the Games.

Whatever doubts Paul had about leaving a perfectly good Director’s position in the Federal Public Service in 2006 to become a full-time officer again after a 9 year absence had fairly well dissipated as the Games wound up. Those doubts completely vanished in a twinkling when that CDS Commendation came his way.

Paul is  about to turn 60 in less than a couple of weeks and he has ended his rather stop/start career on a high note. He is so very grateful for the opportunity to have done so and, most importantly, to have served with such an incredibly talented group of superiors, peers and subordinates from the RCN, The Cdn Army and the RCAF — the nature of whom were a major factor in how successful the CF “Olympic” mission was last year.

As a last comment — Paul was not what one would call a great student at RRMC/RMC. Having said that, the lessons that those institutions imbued in him remained throughout his entire career (and also during his time as a provincial and federal manager), culminating in ways too numerous to list during the preparation for the Olympics. Paul continues to be grateul that he attended RRMC and RMC instead of one of the three universities in Ontario he had been accepted at (way back in 1970).

The training, education, discipline, etc offered by RRMC/RMC were instrumental in his successes — whether he knew that decades ago — or not.




14481 Dr. Linda Newton (RMC 1984) has moved to London, England with her husband (13898) Maj Keith Laughton who has been posted on exchange to the UK Ministry of Defence for three years. Although she is now across the pond, she remains an Adjunct Professor at Carleton University and is still employed with Defence Construction Canada (DCC) part time whilst in the UK. She has since established the first DCC “satellite” office in London from her 2nd floor office at her house in Ealing. She wants everyone to know that the recent London riots had nothing to do with her & Keith’s arrival!




Alex Morrison Heading Back to Cornwallis From Royal Roads

Alex Morrison and wife Elizabeth attended the Commandant change of command parade at RMC last month. He has been on the move a lot over since the Spring. He isn’t slowing down.

A few months ago, they had a very good visit with General Tremblay in Fort Lewis, Washington and were well briefed by him and his staff on military activities at the large Army and Air force base.

Alex’s extended contract here at Royal Roads University came to an end on the 26th Aug.

He and Elizabeth, with their dog Magic, will be motoring all the way across the country to their home in Cornwallis, NS. Before reaching home, they will be stopping in various places to visit relatives and friends. They will be in Cape Breton on 9-11 Sep for the annual reunion of the Cape Breton Highlanders.

CBH veteran Ted Slaney and Alex wrote The Breed of Manly Men: The History of the Cape Breton Highlanders And each of them served as Honorary Colonel. Thus they are especially looking forward to this reunion as the CBH name has recently been revived and there will be a special rebadging ceremony.

Alex concluded, “We enjoyed being out here on this coast for the last 15 months and seeing the great job all the folks at Royal Roads University are doing to maintain excellent relations with Royal Roads Military College graduates. I also had a chance to attend some of the Ex-Cadet Club gatherings and to renew old friendships as well as meet new folks.”




Journey to Turkey, Greece and Israel

As they have done several times before, next April our Club Chaplain, #8457 Rev. Paul Robinson (RMC 1971) and his wife Carol will be leading another exciting trip to the Middle East, this time to Turkey, Greece and Israel.


They will be flying Air Canada from Toronto to Istanbul on Tue, April 10, eventually returning on Air Canada non-stop from Tel Aviv to Toronto on Mon, April 23.


Highlights include:

  • Ø the Acropolis and Mars Hill in Athens
  • Ø the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Grand Bazaar & Yerebatan Cisterns in Istanbul
  • Ø the cities of the Apostle Paul’s second missionary journey – including Philippi, Thessalonica, Berea, Corinth, Ephesus
  • Ø five of the seven churches named in the book of Revelation
  • Ø the Dardanelles & Gallipoli
  • Ø the Meteora Monasteries and ancient Delphi
  • Ø sailing on the Bosphorus and the Sea of Galilee
  • Ø Tiberias, Capernaum and Beit Shean archaeological excavation
  • Ø Jerusalem & the Mount of Beatitudes
  • Ø the Pool of Bethesda where Jesus healed a crippled man
  • Ø the dungeon in Caiaphas’ House where Jesus likely spent his last night
  • Ø the Via Dolorosa, Gethsemane and the Garden Tomb (where we will have communion)

Paul and Carol maintain that their guide, Micha, who has guided on previous tours, is the very best in Israel, having been named “Guide of the Year” out of 3,600 guides! Micha recently conducted a personal tour for the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and his wife. A PhD archaeologist, Micha is credited with finding the first extra-biblical evidence for the existence of Pontius Pilate.


Cost for the trip including flights, meals and accommodations, as well as ALL TAXES AND tips is $4,730 (CAD). If you would like to know more about this trip, you can email Paul at Or catch him at Reunion Weekend!


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Where are they now?

Posted by rmcclub on 21st August 2011

22309 Dr. Jan Adamowski (RMC 2002) is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Bioresource Engineering in the Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences at McGill University. He is the Director of the Integrated Water Resources Management Program and the Associate Director of the Brace Centre for Water Resources Management. He came to McGill University in 2009 after working as a Post Doctoral Associate (PDA) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. During and after his undergraduate studies, he served in the Canadian Forces (Reserves) for six years, first as an Infantry Soldier, then as an Officer Cadet at the Royal Military College of Canada, and finally as an Officer in the Navy.




23803 Jen Donofrio (RMC 2007), former assistant women’s basketball coach at RMC, has moved to Olds College as a Jr. Development Officer within the Office of Advancement.

Jen was a two time OUA All Star and fourth ranked scorer in OUA history while playing for Royal Military College. Jen earned the Kelly Gawne Memorial Cup and was on the Dean’s Honour’s list.

She completed an undergraduate degree and a Masters of Business Administration program at RMC. Jen said, “It has often been challenging to quantify success, as wins have been very hard to come by. I believe personal commitment is what will lead to true success, not just wins or losses but rather a sense of pride in one’s abilities and the abilities of one’s teammates.”




M0610 LCol Kirk Soroka (RRMC 1993) was selected for the University Training Program for Men in 1989,and completed a Bachelors with distinction in Military and Strategic Studies at Royal Roads Military College. He was posted to Moose Jaw, SK where he received his pilots wings and was subsequently pipe-lined onto fighter aircraft.

LCol Soroka has amassed over 3,000 flying hours, with 2,400 hours on the CF-18 Hornet. He has served with 441 “Silver Foxes” Tactical Fighter Squadron during combat operations in 1999, 410 “Cougars” Tactical Fighter (Operational Training) Squadron, 409 “Nighthawks” Tactical Fighter Squadron, as the Officer Commanding of the Air Force Tactical Training Centre (Maple Flag) and is currently the Wing Operations Officer at 4 Wing.




Kyle Frese is a graduate student 1 year into the Masters of Public Administration program at the Royal Military College of Canada, with a focus on Security, Defense, & Policy. His research interests include Russian foreign, domestic and military policy and capabilities, Pakistani & Iranian military policy, and Canadian-American defense relations He worked as a Research Assistant to Dr. Christian Leuprecht.





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