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11002 Bill and Monika Sergeant’s Efforts Help Children of the Philippines

Posted by rmcclub on 17th April 2011

 

Caption: Bill and Monika Sergeant are pictured with 10 of the 6,000 children who received a bedkit during their distributions. 100% of the $35 donated goes towards purchasing the items shown in the picture. Each bedkit had 59 items in it, including a mat to sleep on and mosquito net to protect them from Dengue fever, which is prevalent outside of Manila.

11002 Bill and Monika Sergeant’s Efforts Help Children of the Philippines

Bill (RMC ’76) and Monika Sergeant, who are from Barrie, travelled with four other volunteers to the Philippines with the Canadian charity, “Sleeping Children Around the World” (SCAW) from 25 March – 9 April 2011. Working closely with volunteers from the Philippines, they helped the ‘100% Charity’ distribute 6,000 bed kits to needy children at 19 villages surrounding Manila.

Monika has been on previous SCAW trips to various parts of the world but this is their first trip to the Philippines. For Bill, it is his first trip with SCAW although his parents have been involved with the charity for over 25 years. His parents were the team leaders on a previous distribution to the Philippines in 1990 when they distributed 3,500 kits to needy children there.

SCAW is one of the few charities that can claim that 100% of each donation goes towards the bed kits for needy children. It is operated by volunteers, from the processing of donations to the distribution of bed kits. The Travelling Volunteers do so at their own expense and without benefit of a tax receipt. Travelling volunteers supervise the distribution of bed kits, photograph children with their bed kits, and write articles for the donor newsletter. Since SCAW’s inception, over 200 individuals have gone on bed kit distributions. Requisites for travelling volunteers are a love of children and travel experience — with the physical and emotional capacity to withstand this form of travel. All pay their own travel expenses. SCAW offers volunteer information workshops twice a year. If you are interested in travelling with SCAW, please contact us to attend an upcoming workshop.

SCAW relies on Overseas Volunteers in the country of distribution who select children with the greatest need, organize the manufacture of bed kits, choose distribution sites, and help travelling volunteers distribute bed kits. Examples of overseas volunteers include groups such as Community Service Clubs, Salvation Army, and Religious Orders. Locally produced bed kits result in:

- elimination of transportation costs

- provision of materials and labour at minimal cost

- employment for families in the country

- assistance to the local economy and the country as a whole.

More information about SCAW can be found at www.scaw.org

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Robert Medeiros Back At RMC

Posted by rmcclub on 10th April 2011


22051 Lieutenant Navy Robert Medeiros – 11 Squadron Commander

Article by: 25323 OCdt Kate Haddon & WJO

Above photo: 25323 OCdt Kate Haddon

This week, I (Kate)  have had the opportunity to get to know 22051 Lt(N) Robert Medeiros, 11 Sqn Com.

As an officer-cadet, Robert was one of the better hockey players from his era. He had three great years with the Paladins before a wobbly knee prevented him from playing in IV Year. The flashy forward wore #22.  In 2000, he  scored the first goal and added an assist in a 3-0 victory against the Black Knights from West Point. This had been the first RMC win against USMA since 1987; their first shutout since 1938 – in what was then the longest international hockey rivalry in the world.

Following RMC, Lt(N) Medeiros, completed MARS training at NOTC Venture, Esquimault. His first posting was to HMCS Winnipeg where he earned his BWK, and had to opportunity to be deck officer taking WINNIPEG into refit in 2007. In August of 2010, he received his current posting to RMC as a Squadron Commander.

As a Squadron Commander, the Oakville, ON native expects 11 Sqn to work hard because when “you improve individually, you will improve as a team.” He also expects accountability because “responsibility is not accepting the consequences for your actions, it’s making sure there are never any consequences from the results of your actions in the first place.”

With warm weather approaching, his big plans for the summer include: “Fishing, camping, fishing – in that order,” he jokes. The message was a little vague; I think he may enjoy fishing… Photo left – Post varsity hockey game social – (Left – right) JJ Verran, Andy Anderson & Robert Medeiros

In his opinion, it is important “to drive home the importance that the best asset we  have in the Canadian Forces is our people.” It is paramount that we, as leaders,  dedicate our time and effort to ensure that the needs and well-being of our members  are being addressed.

“Every aspect of having Charge of a Major Warship at sea; specifically the duty to  keep the ship and her company safe, and the bond of trust between yourself and the  Commanding Officer” is, from his leadership experience, one of the most rewarding  past leadership positions.

Spending quality time with his three children, ages five, three, and 23 months, is his favourite past time.  “Whether it be ice fishing, bike rides, t-ball or just playing in the backyard; taking the time with them now” is important.

I asked Lt (N) Medeiros what one of his favorite pieces of advice given to him. He  replied: “Just before our first long deployment, two Navy buddies and I were talking  about the stress of leaving our families. A senior officer, a veteran of many  deployments, overheard our conversation and offered the following advice: “You  must be sensitive to your partners emotional needs,” he said. “Never, ever, whistle  while you pack!”

 

Caption: Pictured are proud parents, Lourdes and Manuel Medeiros on Robert’s first day at RMC following Basic Officer Training at Ste Jean, PQ in 1997. The Medeiros couple were constant visitors and big supporters to the college while their son was an officer cadet.

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Where are they now?

Posted by rmcclub on 27th March 2011

22525 Jodi-Jane Longley, Returns As New 5 Squadron Commander

By: 25323 OCdt Kate Haddon

This week I have had to the opportunity to get to know Captain Jodi-Jane Longley, the new Squadron Commander of five squadron. She is an RMC graduate, class of 2003, with a degree in Chemical Engineering. At our first meeting I saw the outgoing and enthusiastic attitude she carried about starting this new posting so late in the school year, and on occasion, so late at night; it was definitely hours past working hours but she still had a smile on and a pile of paper on her desk. She hopes to bring energy and motivation to the members of five squadron in order to achieve and succeed here, as well as some “professional guidance and resources to the cadets based on experiences and knowledge (she) gained since graduating.”

She signed up as an Air Navigator in 1999 (currently known as Air Combat Systems Officer) and during her four years at RMC she was a member of the Women’s Varsity Soccer Team, held multiple bar positions, such as FYOP Section Commander , participated in the Winter Exercise, as well as tried out for Sandhurst. As an active student at the college, Captain Longley started her military career in the same fashion.

Freshly graduated, Longley went to navigation school in Winnipeg for a year, and then was posted to Trenton where she was trained as a tactical navigator. After training, she completed five short two to three month deployments overseas. After four years in Trenton and abroad, she was selected to go to Ottawa where she was the first Assistant aide-de-camp for the CDS, General Walt Natynczyk for the past two years.

Captain Longley takes pride in the fact that she was selected to come to RMC as a Squadron Commander and hopes to take this opportunity to give back to the college. With only a short two months to go until graduation, she understands that it is not ideal to come in and “shake up the system and make changes for the sake of changes.” She has asked two things of her cadets: honesty and integrity.

Beyond that, some noticeable changes that she has witnessed so far within the college are the uniforms and the multiple changes over the last eight years , fourth years being allowed to live off, and “construction (around campus) as an excuse for dust in cadets rooms,” she lightly jokes. However, one thing that she noticed has not changed is “the level of expectation for cadets to perform under stress in a broad range of capacities which is the bread and butter of producing competent leaders to send out into the CF.”

As for the upcoming months, on her spare time she claims: “I love being active and will spend my summer mountain biking, playing soccer, and training for my first triathlon.” Also, she plans on enjoying the many sushi and Thai restaurants that Kingston has to offer.

The driving quote that has given Captain Longley the strength and ability over the years to complete everything she starts, for example, the 20 MSR or CISM Soccer, has circulated many e-mail accounts over the years and the author is unknown: “I have learned that you can always keep going, long after you think you can’t,” which is “what gets (her) through every run.”

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Life after RMC rugby

The RMC rugby team was delighted to welcome back one of their own Tuesday  as 24111 Capt Chris Wood (Royal Canadian Dragoons) took some time away from his leave schedule to share his experiences since graduation. Chris who played loose head prop for the Paladins from 2006-2008 and was a Phil Cowie Memorial recipient has had a busy three years getting married to Karen, Phase 4 armoured at CFB Gagetown, deploying to TF 1-09 as Recce Troop Leader, returning from post deployment leave and assuming the role as EA to the 2 CMBG Comd.

Woodsy; as he is affectionately know by those who were fortunate to have played with him, shared his perspective on the College, life in the army and what he believe are the building blocks to becoming a capable officer. Tying in his playing days at RMC and his operational experience, Chris led a group discussion on team work, leader ship and decision making. “The most valuable leadership opportunity I had at RMC was being a member of the rugby team. I was never the team captain but I was able to lead by example through my hard work and quickly grasped that I could learn a great deal by listening to the other members of the team. “

Capt Wood was able to bring home the vast possibilities that future RMC grads can expect, ranging from his first taste of combat to being the EA for a brigade commander within a 9 month time frame. He stressed the importance of taking advantage of all the opportunities that are present at the College. “I wished I had put more effort into the PER’s that I wrote here as a CFL, at the time I questioned the validity of the entire process, but overseas I had 22 PER’s to complete and guys careers depended on them.”

Capt Wood took some frank questions on the Afghan National Army and Police, on his favourite rugby story and why he currently drives a minivan; Capt Wood came out to team training on Wednesday where he continued to lead by example.

 

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The Principal and the Dean of Arts are pleased to announce the appointment of Dr Allister MacIntyre as the Head of the Department of Military Psychology and Leadership from 1 July 2011 to 31 June 2014.

Dr. MacIntyre completed 31 years in the CF in 2006, having spent the final five years of his career as the Deputy Director of the Canadian Forces Leadership Institute. He holds a doctoral degree in Social Psychology and a Master’s degree in Organizational Psychology from Queen’s University. He has worked as a researcher in Canada and Australia, taught psychology for three years at Royal Roads Military College, and has served on a number of international leadership and psychology panels. From 2002 until 2006 he served as the Chair of the Psychology in the Military section of the Canadian Psychological Association. Dr. MacIntyre is currently employed as an Associate Professor in the Department of Military Psychology and Leadership at the Royal Military College of Canada, Kingston, Ontario. He also holds positions as an Adjunct Professor of psychology at both Carleton University and the University of Guelph. His academic and research interests include leadership, climate and culture, cohesion, and work stress.

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8181 BGen (Ret’d) G.E. (Joe) Sharpe OMM, CD has been appointed colonel commandant of the military police branch. This appointment was approved by the Minister of National Defence on 17 january 2011. Official signing ceremony will take place in Ottawa early in 2011.

He joined the Royal Canadian Air Force in 1965 under the Regular Officer Training Plan. He attended Royal Roads Military College in Victoria B.C. and graduated from the Royal Military College of Canada (RMC) in 1969 with a degree in Applied Science. He served in the Canadian Forces (CF) for the next 32 years in various operational, instructional air force and joint staff positions, including deputy Commanding Officer of 425 All Weather Fighter Squadron, the inaugural Commandant of the CF School of Aerospace Studies and Wing Commander of 17 Wing Winnipeg. He served on the Joint Staff during the Gulf War as the command and control advisor and as the Air Component Commander in the Joint Headquarters during the Winnipeg Flood in 1997. During his career he graduated from the Aerospace Systems Course and the CF Command and Staff College and was a distinguished graduate from National Defence College. He completed his military career as a Brigadier General, serving on the air staff as the DG responsible for air force development.

BGen (ret’d) Sharpe also spent a year on an academic secondment as a senior fellow with the Canadian Institute for International Peace and Security. BGen Sharpe chaired the Croatia Board of Inquiry that investigated the medical problems being suffered by CF soldiers returning from peacekeeping operations. He chaired the Special Review Group commissioned by the CDS to exam issues surrounding CF leadership during the Croatia deployments. Post retirement he served as the deputy chair of the Afghanistan Detainee Board of Inquiry examining CF members’ treatment of Detainees.

BGen (ret’d) Sharpe has served as a special advisor to the CF/DND Ombudsman on Operational Stress Injuries, specifically Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. He currently serves as a Board Member with the Canadian Defence Association Institute. He works with Defence Research and Development Canada (Toronto) on various research projects dealing with the human in command and he is also working with Dr Allan English on research into command and control, leadership, and military culture, and is a frequent lecturer at the Canadian Forces College dealing with command and leadership issues as well as mental health. He currently chairs the CF/VAC/RCMP Mental Health Advisory Committee.

BGen Sharpe served for six years as the Honorary Colonel for the Canadian Forces School of Aerospace Studies in Winnipeg, Manitoba, and remains involved with the CF assisting various organisations with their strategic planning activities. He is currently assisting the Government of Trinidad and Tobago with the implementation of a government wide performance management framework.  Source

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Where are they now?

Posted by rmcclub on 20th March 2011

 

MASc Thesis Oral Examination

Soutenance de thèse de maîtrise

Electrical and Computer Engineering Department

Département de génie électrique et de génie informatique

20654 LCdr Dany Ouellet

Supervisors/Superviseurs: Dr. Alain Beaulieu and Dr. Sidney Givigi

Time/Heure: 1130hrs/1130am

Tuesday/ Mardi 29 March/mars 2011

Location / Endroit Swing Space 5119

Abstract

Control of Swarms of Autonomous Robots Using Model-Driven Development: A State-Based Approach

Unmanned systems are becoming increasingly pervasive in military and civilian applications. A natural progression is to bestow autonomy upon these vehicles. In this case, the resultant robots must be able to deal with unexpected circumstances on their own and, more importantly, in real-time. In this thesis, we focus on swarms of robots, defined as the capability of robots to keep close to each other without colliding with neighbours and obstacles. We start by modeling and simulating a possible swarm solution in MathWorks® Matlab™ and, then, moving on to change the algorithm in such a way that a controller written as a Finite State Machine may be derived. We then use IBM® Rational Rose Real-Time™ to implement such a controller in emulation following the formalism of Model-Driven Development. Both model behaviours are then compared to validate their similarity.

Résumé

Le contrôle d’essaims de robots à l’aide du développement dirigé par les modèles: Une approche basée sur les états

Les systèmes non-habités sont de plus en plus omniprésents dans les applications militaires et civiles. Une progression naturelle est d’accorder l’autonomie à ces véhicules. Dans ce cas, les robots résultants doivent être en mesure de faire face à des situations imprévues d’eux-mêmes et, surtout, en temps réel. Dans ce mémoire de thèse, nous mettons l’accent sur des essaims de robots, définie comme la capacité des robots à demeurer près des autres sans entrer en collision avec les voisins et les obstacles. Nous commençons par la modélisation et la simulation d’une possible solution générée avec MathWorks® Matlab™, puis nous modifions ensuite l’algorithme de telle manière à ce qu’un contrôleur écrit comme une machine à états finis puisse être dérivé. Nous utilisons ensuite IBM® Rational Rose Real-Time™ pour mettre en œuvre un tel contrôleur en émulation suivant le formalisme du développement dirigé par les modèles. Ces deux modèles comportementaux sont ensuite comparés afin de valider leur similitude.

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Chalk one up!

23855 Lt Bianca Einsfeld, an air navigator with 443 Maritime Helicopter Squadron, points to the submarine silhouette painted on the CH-124 Sea King helicopter signifying an “exercise submarine kill” during a US Navy submarine commanders’ course. Lt Einsfeld is currently posted to the helicopter detachment assigned to HMCS Vancouver, which participated in an under-surface warfare exercise with US Navy submarines off the Hawaiian Islands February 12–21.  Source

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Caption: 13846 LCol Kevin Bryski, Commanding Officer 76 Communication Group was among recent recipients on appointments to the Order of Military Merit (Officer level).

Governor General invests 56 individuals into the Order of Military Merit

His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General and Commander-in-Chief of Canada, presided over an Order of Military Merit investiture ceremony at Rideau Hall, on March 11. The Governor General, who is chancellor of the Order, bestowed the honour on two Commanders, 13 Officers and 41 Members, including several Air Force personnel.

The Order of Military Merit was created in 1972 to recognize meritorious service and devotion to duty by members of the Canadian Forces. The Order has three levels of membership: Commander (C.M.M.), Officer (O.M.M.) and Member (M.M.M.).  See the complete list and the entire article here

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Mail call: Indian Ocean!

By 22057 Major Bob Mitchell

As a navigator on the CP-140 Aurora, I was quite surprised when I was asked to be the air liaison officer for Combined Task Force 151, which is a multinational task force tasked with fighting piracy in the Indian Ocean. More specifically, the position, which falls under the umbrella of Operation Saiph, would involve deploying on a British frigate and working directly for Commodore Abdul Aleem of the Pakistan Navy.

Fighting pirates seemed like an interesting concept and, I have to be honest, when I boarded Her Majesty’s Ship Cornwall to begin my deployment, I had no idea how big a problem piracy was in this part of the world. I don’t think I was expecting to see a sailing ship flying the Jolly Roger, with a pirate with a wooden leg at the helm and a parrot on his shoulder, but I definitely wasn’t expecting to find vessels that were 333 meters long, such as the M/V Irene SL, being captured. Nor was I expecting to see pirates stalking the seas with assault rifles and rocket-propelled grenades.   READ THE ENTIRE ARTICLE HERE

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14356 Lieutenant-Colonel Michael A. Rostek, CD, Ph.D. joined the Canadian Forces in 1979 by way of Le College militaire royal de Saint-Jean. In 1984, he graduated from the Royal Military College of Canada with a Bachelor of Arts (Commerce) and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the Royal Canadian Armoured Corps. Upon completion of armoured training in 1985 he became a member of The Royal Canadian Dragoons stationed in Lahr, West Germany. He has held a variety of command and staff appointments as well as various school and training positions. He was promoted to his current rank in 1999 and has served as Directing Staff at both the Canadian Forces College in Toronto and the Australian Command and Staff College in Canberra. He holds two Master’s degrees – a Master’s of Arts (Defence Management and Policy), Royal Military College and a Master’s of Management in Defence Studies, University of Canberra, Australia and a doctorate in War Studies from the Royal Military College of Canada. He is currently employed as the Concepts Team Leader in the Directorate of Land Concepts and Designs. Source

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Posted by rmcclub on 13th March 2011

Ex Cadet, Among Top Canadian Immigrants: 22008 Ihor Kozak -

Canadian wide competition to decide on who should make it to the Top 25 Canadian Immigrants of 2011 list. More details here

Ihor Kozak represents the best of what Canada offers in terms of opportunity and service. He immigrated to Canada as a teen from Ukraine and settled in Oshawa, Ontario amid a strong and proud Ukrainian-Canadian community. While working several part-time jobs – including as a janitor – to help support his family in Canada and Ukraine, Ihor learned English and completed high school. After less than a decade in his new country, Ihor then made the decision to serve his new country in the military.

He attended the Royal Military College and graduated with an engineering degree and fluency in both of Canada’s official languages. He was commissioned as an engineering officer and at the end of his 10 years of service he had served Canada in Afghanistan, the Persian Gulf and helped integrate the new C-17 aircraft into Canada’s Air Force. For these exploits, he was decorated twice before being honourably discharged. He went on to complete an MBA and now runs a successful aerospace consultancy with operations in Canada and abroad. He accomplished all this by age 36.

The wonderful thing about Canada as a nation of immigrants is that we benefit immensely from the talents and commitment of those who come to our country. Ihor is an example of one Canadian that chose to almost immediately decided to serve his new country at the highest level – in the Canadian Forces.

We think such service should be recognized with this award and we urge e-Veritas readers and all members of the RMC community to please click the link and take the 2 minutes to vote for Ihor Kozak.

BIO SNAPSHOT – IHOR KOZAK

In 1975, born in Tenropil, Ukraine.

In 1992, after finishing high school with the highest honours, immigrated to Canada – spoke no English and knew very little about his new homeland.

1992 – 1995: Settled in Oshawa, ON. That time was dedicated to learning English, integrating into Canadian society and working as a manual labourer (farm worker, construction worker and janitor) to support parents in Canada and extended family in Ukraine. Became an active member of Ukrainian-Canadian community in Oshawa and Toronto.

1995 – 1997: Student, Msg John Pereyma high school in Oshawa & Ukrainian Ciopa Paliiv Saturday school in Toronto; honour student, received numerous awards for academic, sport and extracurricular accomplishments, including from Durham Catholic District School Board. President of a Multicultural Club. Extensive engaged in public speaking, especially on the topic of Canadian Multiculturalism and the roles of immigrants in Canadian society.

In 1997, after extensive selection process, was admitted into the Royal Military College of Canada (RMC) under a full four-year ROTP (Regular Officer Training Plan) scholarship. Became one of the first (if not the first) Canadian immigrants to join RMC.

1997– 2001: Student and Officer-Cadet at RMC. Obtained Bachelor of Computer Engineering; in addition to English, became fluent in French; held various leadership positions within RMC’s self-governing body (in charge of up to 100 junior officer-cadets). At the summer military training camp (BOTC), was voted by peers to receive a Leadership Award.

2001 – 2006: Occupied a number of leadership Engineering Management positions; at his very first job at the Canadian Forces Base Trenton was put in charge of 180 personnel and made responsible for multi-million military assets. Received two Commanding Officer Commendations for outstanding performance.

In 2003 took part in Operation ‘Apollo’ (counter-terrorist operation in the Persian Gulf), for which received military decoration (South-West Asia medal) from the Deputy Prime Minister of Canada John Manley.

In 2004 participated in Operation ‘Athena’ (peacekeeping mission in Afghanistan), for which received military decoration (General Service medal) from the Governor General of Canada Adrienne Clarkson at a special ceremony in the Rideau Hall. Also received Commanding Officer Commendation for his leadership and organizational skills.

In 2006 completed Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree (at RMC).

Between 2006-2008 occupied a leadership position in the Major Projects Directorate of the Department of National Defence in Ottawa, working on the Canadian Air Forces’s $3.6 billion capital project (C-17 Globemaster aircraft fleet procurement).

Throughout military career, thanks to linguistic and interpersonal skills as well as understanding of political and cultural nuances of the modern global environment, in parallel with the above listed regular jobs, conducted a great deal of diplomatic work on behalf of the Canadian and US Governments, NATO, United Nations and the European Union. As a military diplomat under auspices of such international programmes as Reduction of Nuclear Threat, Arms Control and Verification, Open Skies, Partnership for Peace, and Foreign Military Training Assistance Program, participated in a myriad of international diplomatic missions, contributing to various high-level military and political undertakings in Ottawa, Washington, Vienna and Brussels, as well as in Ukraine, Russia, Armenia and other parts of the world.

In 2008 took an early retirement from the CF to become a business consultant and an entrepreneur. It this capacity, has been supporting Canadian and US Governments, and a wide range of Private Sector enterprises in Canada, US and Europe.

Active member of the Ukrainian-Canadian community. Director of International Relations (volunteer position) for non-profit organization League of Ukrainian Canadians. Vice President of the Ukrainian-Canadian Cultural Centre. Has been spearheading various initiatives to promote growth of the Ukrainian-Canadian community as part of the overall Canadian multicultural mosaic. Completed several not-for-profit projects in Ukraine aimed at: promoting Canadian style freedom, democracy and transparency within the Ukrainian government and society; commemorating tragic events of the past (crimes of Nazi & Soviet regimes); and supporting those in need (old, sick and poor).

An active participant in the Canadian political life.

Avid public speaker; delivered public addresses across North America and Europe.

Fluent in English, Ukrainian, Russian and Polish; functional in French, Slovak and Serbo-Croat; learning Arabic.

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20771 Keri Kettle has accepted a position as Assistant Professor of Marketing at the University of Miami, and will be moving his family to Florida this coming summer.

The University of Miami is a private research university, located in Coral Gables, on the south side of Miami, Florida. According to the Financial Times, the School of Business at the University of Miami is currently ranked # 26 in the world for research, ahead of such well-known schools as Queen’s (# 40) and McGill (# 48).

Keri is currently completing his PhD in Marketing (Consumer Behavior) at the University of Alberta. Broadly speaking, his research examines how people’s behavior is influenced by characteristics of the present situation, with a particular focus on the relevance of the situation to aspects of one’s self-identity. Within the field of Consumer Behavior, Keri has had tremendous start to his academic career, with a research paper recently published in the journal Psychological Science, and another article forthcoming in the Journal of Consumer Research.

Prior to entering academia, Keri was an Army Logistics Officer, posted to 1 Service Battalion in Edmonton (1997 – 2001) and 14 Service Battalion in Calgary (2001 – 2003). Keri briefly returned to Kingston in 2004 to work at the RMC Club and to help coach the RMC hockey team, then returned to Edmonton in 2005 to undertake his doctoral studies.

Keri welcomes all friends to pay a visit to Miami … and welcomes all ex-Cadets to contact him if they are interested in learning more about an academic career.  kkettle@ualberta.ca

http://www.kerikettle.com/

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12283 LCol (Ret’d) Keith E. Gladstone is President of Gladstone Aerospace Corporation (GAC) and Gladstone Systems Solutions (GSS), consulting companies in Ottawa that help businesses in the areas of business planning in flight testing and training software, technology services, and simulation training. Keith served in the Canadian Air Force. His last position was as the chief test pilot for the Air Force at the Aerospace Engineering and Test Establishment in Cold Lake Alberta. Mr. Gladstone has a wealth of experience leading and conducting operational and engineering and flight test programs. During his collegiate career, Keith earned a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Redland.

He also graduated from the Royal Roads Military College. http://gladstoneac.com/about/executiveteam/ info@gladstoneac.com

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13462 Sylvain Laporte Appointed to the Canadian Intellectual Property Office

The Honourable Tony Clement, Minister of Industry, today announced the appointment of Sylvain Laporte as Commissioner of Patents, Registrar of Trademarks and Chief Executive Officer, Canadian Intellectual Property Office, effective April 16, 2011.

“I am confident that Mr. Laporte’s broad experience, both at Industry Canada and across government, will strengthen the good work being done at the Canadian Intellectual Property Office,” said Minister Clement. “I would also like to thank the outgoing Commissioner, Mary Carman, for her contributions over the past four years.”

Mr. Laporte joined Industry Canada in March 2007 as the Chief Informatics Officer. In 2008, he became Executive Director of the Industrial Technologies Office and was responsible for managing the Strategic Aerospace and Defence Initiative as well as projects contracted under Technology Partnerships Canada, the Hydrogen Early Adopters Program and the Program for Strategic Industrial Projects. Before joining Industry Canada, he worked at the Canada Post Corporation, occupying a number of director-level positions in such sectors as logistics, retail merchandising, marketing and information technology. Mr. Laporte also worked at National Defence in Ottawa and across Canada.

Mr. Laporte holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science from the Collège militaire royal de Saint-Jean and a master’s degree in computer engineering from the Royal Military College of Canada in Kingston.

The Canadian Intellectual Property Office, a Special Operating Agency of Industry Canada, is responsible for the administration and processing of the greater part of intellectual property in Canada.

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23604 Captain Tawfiq Ghadban - after RMC, he deployed for a year to Jerusalem as part of a diplomatic mission (Op Proteus: http://www.forces.gc.ca/site/commun/ml-fe/article-eng.asp?id=5934).

He returned in June 09 and got posted to Ottawa as an Operations officer for Director of Land Equipment. He has been on parental leave since August 2010 and has taken advantage of some spare time, to complete an MBA with University New Brunswick  through distance learning. So far, he has completed 10 out of the 14 courses required to earn the MBA.

Tawfiq has been a Certified Personal Trainer in Ottawa for quite some time. However, he no longer compete or is doing personal training at the level which he was well known for at RMC and later. MBA studies and the commitments of raising a 7 months old little boy is his current priorities.

His fitness specialties: high intensity training, weight loss muscle gain, strength training, sports specific training, outdoors training, and preparation for bodybuilding/figure competitions. Tawfiq is also a certified group fitness instuctor specializing in tae-bo, body sculpture and high intensity training.

Those of us that remember the  Electrical Engineering graduate from his RMC days will not be surprised that he will be competing in bodybuilding and fitness championships once again down the road.

http://tawfiqfitness.com/About.html tawfiqfitness@hotmail.com

tawfiqfitness@hotmail.com

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Caption: Wayne R. MacCulloch briefing the Haitian Chargé d’Affaires in his position as Vice-President of Fondation Internationale Georges Séraphin pour l’Éducation des Enfants Défavourisés de la Grand’ Anse d’Haïti (which constructs self-supporting schools and residences in southern Haiti).

Just seems to keep rocketing ahead…..

After spending a year (Jan 10 – Jan 11) with Public Works on Parliament Hill maintaining and restoring the historic edifices there, 10588 Wayne R. MacCulloch has accepted a position back in National Defence with Assistant Deputy Minister (Science and Technology) as Major Construction Program Director, and is enjoying the scientific, engineering and project management challenges accompanying the new job.

Wayne expects to see the program through to fruition in the next eight years.

wrmac50@rogers.com

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Posted by rmcclub on 6th March 2011

Master’s Thesis Oral Examination

Examen oral de thèse de maîtrise

Electrical and Computer Engineering Department

Département de génie électrique et de génie informatique

Capt Matt Cossaboom

Supervisor/Superviseur: Dr. Aboelmagd Noureldin

Time/ Heure: 14:30hrs/14h30

Monday/ Lundi 21 March / mars 2011

Location / Endroit Swing Space 4200

Résumé

Intégration du GPS avec les systèmes de navigation inertielle par un filtre de Kalman augmenté avec la corrélation de cartes pour les véhicules terrestres

Dans le domaine de la navigation, il y a une demand croissante d’applications de positionnement et de navigation à faible coût, telles les systèmes de navigation de véhicule terrestre et les systèmes de navigation de soldat débarqué. Au plan mondial, le GPS (Global Position System) est fréquemment utilisé pour une multitude d’applications. C’est un système fiable sauf dans les canyons urbains et les tunnels, ou les signaux satellites sont bloqués ou brouillés par l’effet des trajets multiples créant ainsi une panne du GPS. C’est là que l’intégration du GPS avec une INS (Inertial Navigation System) à base de systèmes microélectromécaniques (MEMS) devient utile. La méthode d’intégration traditionnelle est l’utilisation du filtre de Kalman (FK). Dans cette méthode, le FK prédit les erreurs de position et de vitesse de l’INS pendant la panne du GPS; ces erreurs sont ensuite soustraites à la sortie de l’INS pour ainsi avoir une information précise de la position et de la vitesse données par l’INS.

Le FK utilise un modèle linéarisé du système et possède plusieurs limitations. Le FK nécessite un modèle stochastiques des erreurs des capteurs inertiels et une connaissance apriori de la covariance des données de l’INS et du GPS. De plus, la méthode du FK génère des divergences durant une panne du GPS à cause des approximations faites lors de la linéarisation; ce problème est accentué lorsque l’on utilise des INS à base MEMS. Ainsi, les erreurs de position et de vitesse de l’INS ont la possibilité de croître considérablement; d’ou la croissance récente de l’attention apportée au développement de méthode alternative d’intégration INS/GPS – tous ayant comme but commun de réduire l’impact des facteurs limitant du FK et d’améliorer la précision du positionnement lors de longue panne du GPS. Plusieurs approches récentes ont été proposées pour l’intégration INS/GPS. Soit qu’elles remplacent totalement le FK, tels le filtrage particulaire et l’intelligence artificielle; soit qu’elles augmentent le FK pour améliorer sa perfomance, tels les réseaux de neurones et les modules neuro-flous.

Puisque le FK est la méthode traditionnelle, et la moins complexe, cette recherche va se concentrer à diminuer les erreurs de la méthode du FK en l’augmentant à l’aide de la corrélation de care (CC). La CC va limiter l’accroissement des erreurs durant les pannes de GPS en restreignant les positions prédites à des positions possibles sur le réseau routier de la carte. L’augmentation par la CC se fera en implémentant une carte routière détaillée électronique dans le processus d’intégration. Cette méthode sera évaluée en utilisant de vraies trajectoires d’autoroute et de canyons urbains. Cette thèse se concentra d’abord sur l’hybridation lâche par filtrage de Kalman linéarisé, puis elle comparera ses résultats avec d’autres méthodes alternatives d’intégration.

Abstract

Augmented Kalman Filtering and Map Matching for INS/GPS Integration for Land Vehicles

In the world of navigation there is a growing demand for low-cost positioning/ navigation applications such as land vehicle navigation and dismounted soldier navigation. Global position system (GPS) is being very widely used across the world for several applications. It is a reliable system except for places like urban canyons and tunnels due to the blockage of the satellite signals and multipath effects. This is where the integration of GPS and micro-electromechanical system (MEMS) based inertial navigation system (INS) becomes useful. The traditional method of integration uses the Kalman filtering (KF) method. The KF predicts INS position and velocity errors during GPS outages that are then removed from the output of the INS in order to obtain accurate position and velocity information.

KF uses a linearized system model and has several limitations. It requires a stochastic model of the inertial sensor errors and a priori information about the data covariance provided by both INS and GPS. KF techniques suffer from divergence during outages due to approximations during the linearization process, esoecially when utilizing MEMS based Inertial Measurement Units. As a result, the INS position and velocity errors could grow quite significantly.Consequently, the developments of alternative INS/GPS integration methods have received more attention with the common goal of reducing the impact of the limiting factors and improving the positioning accurancy during long GPS signal outages. New INS/GPS approaches have been recently suggested. They are either totally replacing KF like particle filtering and artificial intelligence or augmented by KF to enhance its performance like neural networks or neuro-fuzzy modules.

Since KF is the traditional and least complex method of integration, this research will focus on reducing the KF integration errors by augmenting it with Map Matching (MM). MM will limit the error growth during GPS outages by restricting the predicted positions to the road networks. This will be completed by implementing accurate digital maps of the road networks to the integration process. The developed method will be examined through real road tests trajectories in both highway areas and urban canyons. This thesis research will focus initially in the area of loosely coupled INS/GPS integration using KF and compare the results to other alternative methods of integration.

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Dr. Timothy Winegard is a Canadian historian, educator and scholar

He has taught at both the secondary school and university levels. During the 2010-2011 academic year, he is teaching two courses in First Nations Studies (FNS), to be cross-listed with other departments, at the University of Western Ontario. In 1994, he was drafted by the Ontario Hockey League’s (OHL) Detroit Jr. Red Wings (now Plymouth Whalers). He earned an M.A. in War Studies from the Royal Military College of Canada in 2006. He has a research interest in Aboriginal Peoples and the World Wars, Canadian and International Military History and Native-Newcomer Relations. He wrote `OKA: A Convergence of Cultures and the Canadian Forces`. Kingston: Canadian Defence Academy (CDA) Press, 2008. vi, 309 pp. He received a DPhil. (under the direction of Prof. Hew Strachan) from the University of Oxford, St. Antony’s College, in January 2010. He served with the 1st Hussars Regiment of the Canadian Forces Reserves as an officer from 2001 to 2010, including a two-year attachment to the British Army. Aside from his academic career and family life, he enjoys playing hockey, the guitar, fishing, cooking and travelling across the globe for both research and pleasure. http://www.timothycwinegard.com

tcwinegard@gmail.com

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13049 Alain Tremblay to Join Rheinmetall Canada …

Rheinmetall Canada, the Canadian subsidiary of international defence equipment supplier Rheinmetall Defence, is proud to announce that 13049 Brigadier-General Alain Tremblay will join the company’s executive team as Vice-President of Business Development upon his retirement from the Canadian Forces.

“Alain Tremblay is a respected leader who has served Canadians with distinction at home and abroad,” said the President and Chief Executive Officer of Rheinmetall Canada, Dr. Andreas Knackstedt. “He brings the operational experience and understanding of army requirements that will help our company better equip and protect members of the Canadian Forces, as well as those of other friendly nations.”

Brigadier-General Tremblay recently announced his retirement from the Canadian Army, completing a distinguished career of close to 34 years, including commanding forces during operations in Afghanistan and Bosnia. In Canada, he made important contributions to the future of the Canadian military during his assignments in the Canadian Forces Transformation Team, as the Director General Land Capability Development, and as Senior Policy Advisor at the Privy Council Office. General Tremblay retires from his current post as Commander of Land Force Quebec Area and Joint Task Force East where he led the activities of more than twelve thousand personnel.

“I am excited to join an innovative and dynamic company such as Rheinmetall who is keen to provide the best equipment to our military men and women”, said Tremblay. “This is a world-class company known for getting things done and has delivered results to the Canadian Forces and many of our allies. I look forward to contributing to the continued success of Rheinmetall in Canada. ”

Brigadier-General Tremblay will take his new position on March 7th. He will make the transition to his new responsibilities with the same integrity and professionalism displayed during his military career by respecting all Government of Canada and Canadian Forces rules for former public office holders.

About Rheinmetall Canada

With engineering and production facilities in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu and a business development office in Ottawa, Rheinmetall Canada is renowned for its expertise in the design and manufacturing of defence electronics, weapon systems, and vehicle integration for both domestic and international customers. For the Canadian Forces, the company is the prime contractor on several key programs, including the repair and overhaul of the Leopard 2 A4 training tanks and the close area suppression weapon – the army’s digitized 40 mm grenade launcher.  Source

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Josée Proulx Combines Fitness, Sport & Fun

Posted by rmcclub on 27th February 2011

Recently returned to the Kingston area and employed at the Peace Support Training Centre (PSTC), 22966 Lt(N) Josée Proulx lives an active healthy lifestyle while inspiring others to do the same through her effortless combination of fitness, sport and competition with an emphasis on fun and friends.

Combines Fitness, Sport & Fun

As a Royal Military College (RMC) engineering graduate, time management and work-life balance is not a new concept for her. A true athlete, she is constantly seeking new sports and challenges, rarely staying long enough in one to rest on her laurels. Due to a transitional varsity program during her time at the college and thanks to her ability to compete at a high level in a variety of sports, Josée competed with the Varsity Rugby, Track and Field, and Basketball teams. Unable to choose just one sport upon graduation from RMC, Josée focused on three: Triathlon!

Combining competition with travel, her first Triathlon was an Olympic distance race that took her swimming through the river Thames, cycling over the London Bridge and on a tour of beautiful downtown London, England. She has since competed with the CISM Triathlon Team internationally, and completed Ironman Canada in 2008. Training for an Ironman means training for a 3.8 km swim, 180 km bike, and marathon; while this can consume a person’s entire life, Josée strove for balance while on the West Coast with such tactics as pre-deploying her surfboard with friends in order to free herself up to cycle the 60km to the beach and get her training miles in while not missing out on the fun.

Josée, through her unique approach, has become a fitness and lifestyle mentor to both serious training partners and friends. Always keeping the training fun, she has been known to sway even the most serious training partners to interrupt 6 hour training rides, put dietary discipline aside, an stop to enjoy a scrumptious lunch at a local café or alter her own training plans in order to accommodate any friend that may be persuade to join her for a couple kilometres. This training regime led to her first Ironman time of a very satisfying 12:33 (ask her about vanilla gel packets).

Lt(N) Proulx is currently a Running Room Half Marathon clinic instructor, training her group for the Ottawa Race weekend in May. The mixed group of young and old, novice and veteran is training for a 2:00 race time The Participant medal they will all earn to either start or add to their own collections at home will be especially satisfying to Josée, who will add it to her collection as the first of many earned as an instructor.

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He’s not clowning around

Posted by rmcclub on 27th February 2011

He’s not clowning around

20167 Joel Hinks is branching out into street performing

Port aux Basques — He wears big shoes, a red nose, a colourful costume and makeup.

Most people know him as Jodo, but behind the mask and out of costume, he’s 37-year-old Joel Hinks, who was born and raised in Port aux Basques.

He likes to laugh and make people laugh, and he’s a registered clown with Clowns Canada.

But he hasn’t always been clowning around. Hinks spent three years at the Royal Military College in Kingston, Ont., and then worked for the military in communications.

Jodo was born when Hinks was 23 and working at Fort Frontenac, a military base in Kingston.

“We were out for tea one day when in rolled this clown on a unicycle making a big balloon animal for a colonel,” he laughed.

About a week later, the colonel invited Hinks over for dinner to meet his wife — the clown.

The colonel told Hinks he’d be a good clown. He was skeptical at first and not really interested.

“Anyway, off I go and I had dinner with him and Silly Sally — Janet Bentley,” he said.

“I’ll never forget her. I’ve got a picture of her in my clown box, so whenever I open it, it triggers me that that’s where I started.”

Hinks started going to clown troupe meetings once a week at a park in downtown Kingston where they’d share magic, ideas and jokes and perform skits.

People looking to become certified as a clown attend clown carnivals in the summer.

“It’s school,” said Hinks. “You show up every morning at eight o’clock, have your coffee and you start classes.”

Your homework includes juggling, magic, puppetry, mime and ventriloquism.

These days, Hinks works with a tape recorder. He carries one with him all the time, and when he sees something funny, he records it.

“If your brain isn’t working like that, you’ll never make it in this world,” he said. “You can’t just stop thinking.”

Not all clowns are created equal, either. Hinks is known as an Auguste clown, which is characterized by over-the-top makeup and exaggerated movements.

“Silly, bumbling, can’t get anything to work right for him, and the laughs are always on him,” he said of his clown persona.

“I’ll do a magic trick — it’ll go wrong. Everybody will laugh and say, ‘You messed it up!’”

Of course, it’s all planned.

When Hinks left the military and moved back to Port aux Basques, he hung up his clown nose and put everything in storage.

But he wasn’t really finished. When a friend asked him to do a birthday party, he obliged, and after that it was non-stop for about a year.

Wonderful world

“I’d like to be Jodo the clown 24 hours a day, seven days a week, until the day I die,” said Hinks. “It’s not a job. It’s a life. I love it. … There’s no other world like it.”

Unfortunately, clowning is an expensive proposition and the gigs can be irregular, which is why Hinks would like to expand his act to include street performance.

He has a new character in development named Jabber Joe.

“Your typical street performer will pull out a chainsaw, juggle it, juggle bowling balls, jump on a unicycle and eat some fire,” he said.

“(Jabber Joe) is a suave, smooth-talking street performer daring to try anything to get an audience reaction.”

Hinks is planning to take his show on the road in May, to Corner Brook, Stephenville, St. John’s and Halifax.  Source

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Smooth transition from the CF into teaching

Posted by rmcclub on 20th February 2011

Smooth transition from the CF into teaching

A/SLt 24498 Noelani Shore (RMC 2009)

As a Logistics Officer, 16902 Kurt Schobel (RMC 1989) focused his career on how to support operations. In this role, he was interested in what the operators were doing, and how he could help them.

“If you just sit in your office, and just worry about financial systems, it gets pretty boring,” he explained. “But if you get out there and talk to the operators, it can be pretty exciting.”

Schobel worked for the Canadian Forces from 1985 until 2005, and he has been teaching at the college since his retirement from the forces.

He does not have any military history in his family, but Schobel looked to RMC all the same. In the poor economic climate in 1985, “I couldn’t afford to pay for school; I needed a place where they would pay me to go to school,” he laughed. “It started with a need for money, but when I came here on a tour, I thought the college was a neat place.”

Mr. Schobel was a varsity volleyball player, “so that was pretty well my focus,” he said.

While he wants to play in the Alumni games, his knee injury prevents him from joining in. “I go to the games though, and I still have my RMC jacket that I’ll wear to some of the games.”

After graduation, Schobel had a number of interesting postings; he was posted to Trenton, and participated in Op SCIMITAR, which was the First Gulf War. He spent time in Cyprus, the Golan Heights, Israel, and Syria.

“These were all great experiences because not many people at the time were getting these opportunities. I was also part of the Joint Staff in Ottawa, and my job was to audit all of the UN missions that we had. So I got to go out to all of the active missions. Then I spent three years in Colorado Springs as the Comptroller of Canadian Forces Support Unit.”

Every one of his postings was exciting, and he was glad to experience of so many different places. As a Finance Logistics Officer, he realizes that he’s gotten to see a lot.

“I got to fly in the back of a F-18 for about 22 hours. To me, that was as much fun as doing a deployment in the Middle East.”

Upon retirement in 2005, Schobel “went out on a high,” he said. “My second last day in the military was a flight in an F-18, so I have absolutely no regrets. I went out on literally full afterburner,” he explained.

Schobel completed his MBA from 2000-02, and he realized that he enjoyed the teaching that went along with the education.

“I thought this would be a great second career for me that would match with my family needs, and also to get back to this place because I really do believe in the college.”

It has been a great experience for Schobel to return to the college.

“I went here as an undergraduate and as a graduate student. There are small classes, I get to know all the students, they’re interested in what you have to say, and the experience is similar. I’m actually jealous of the students because they’re facing a time when there’s money being pumped into the Forces,” he said. “I just loved coming back here, and there’s not a day that I think about teaching that I’m not happy to be here.”

An Assistant Professor in the Business Department, he also has other responsibilities as the Executive Director for RMC’s MBA and Master of Arts and Security Defence Management Policy. His primary responsibilities are teaching and research, as well as the administration of the two graduate programs.

“I also try to promote RMC within DND. I’ll often travel to education fairs to promote the graduate activities that we’re doing. Any time that students have any questions about our graduate programs, they’ll contact me. I’ll help them before they’re students, and then I’ll send them to the chair of the program once they decide to study at RMC.”

As the Executive Director, Schobel works with the certified Accountants of Ontario, and they have mapped their program with the RMC program in a way that allows members in the graduate program to get their CMA designation in a much shorter period and for less cost, which is a great benefit to people in the Logistics trade.

“It’s been so successful that they want to start mapping our undergrad program, and now Certified General Accountants of Ontario have contacted me, and they want to do the same thing. So when I hear students thinking that the degrees they’re getting aren’t worthwhile – here we have two professional designations that want to be aligned with RMC because they see the students here as quite amazing. Our students are unique, and they should be proud of what they’re doing here, and they shouldn’t downplay the education they receive, it’s very worthwhile.”

Schobel appreciates what the cadets are going through better than most, because he worked through his schooling at RMC as well. It is decidedly a different time, but some of the changes are for the better.

“I think the cadets are invigorated by the potential career that they have. I can talk about some stories from my career with them, and that’s something I enjoy. They’re all eager to get out there and experience what’s happening, because right now the military is in a great spot in that they’re active – there are lots of operations. I was in a Cold War type of mentality, when you were lucky to get a UN mission – that was a big deal in your career, and now it’s expected that you’ll be out in the field within months of graduating. They’re pretty excited about that opportunity.”

Even though the cadets are pulled in many different directions, they have the energy and the drive to get everything finished.

Interacting with the cadets is, for Schobel, very rewarding.

“When you can see a student who has been struggling with something, and when you see that light come on, it makes every long night worthwhile. I also teach online, and every now and then you get a student who goes – I finally get it – and that is so rewarding.”

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Where are they now? Catching Up With the News

Posted by rmcclub on 20th February 2011

Where are they now?

Researched by E3161 Victoria Edwards

Royal Roads University’s Board of Governors is pleased to announce the appointment of Stephen Grundy, PhD, to the position of vice-president (academic) and provost effective April 1, 2011. Grundy began his career at Royal Roads in 1988 when he was hired as a chemistry professor at Royal Roads Military College. In 1995, when the idea for a special-purpose university targeting working professionals was conceived, Grundy was part of the team that established the university’s School of Environment and Sustainability and helped to formulate the vision that would eventually result in the birth of Royal Roads University.

He has since held a succession of research and teaching positions, was dean of the School of Environment and Sustainability, and was acting vice-president (academic) from 2006 to 2007. Prior to his new appointment he was the associate vice-president (program development), chief information officer and registrar.

http://www.royalroads.ca/news-release/stephen-grundy-appointed-vp-academic-and-provost-rru

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15457 Le Prof. André St-Hilaire travaille au Centre Eau Terre Environnement, INRS. Il s’intéresse à la variabilité spatiale et temporelle de variables abiotiques en rivière et au contenu en information de réseaux de stations de mesures. Ses travaux portent également sur les analyses statistiques reliées aux débits réservés et leur impact sur la conception des ouvrages de même que sur l’analyse des étiages dans un contexte de changements climatiques. Le Prof. St-Hilaire a précédemment travaillé à l’Université Laval, à l’Université de Moncton, à l’Institut Maurice-Lamontagne et dans divers entreprises du secteur privé. Il se spécialise en hydrologie statistique et environnementale, en modélisation stochastique et déterministe ainsi qu’en études d’impact et suivis environnementaux. Il a un B.Sc. physique et océanographie, Royal Roads Military College;

M. Sc. Appliquées, Université de Moncton; et Ph. D. Sc. Eau, Institut national de la recherche scientifique / INRS-Eau. http://www.ete.inrs.ca/andre-saint-hilaire

andre.st-hilaire@ete.inrs.ca

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Catching Up With the News

Governor General Invests 56 Individuals into the Order of Military Merit – Includes 2 current RMC staff  members and a student:

In the photo above – three RMC staff  at Rideau Hall with the Governor-General: Capt Peter Hamilton (currently deployed to Afghanistan), College RSM, CWO Slack, His Excellency David Johnston, Governor- General of Canada and CWO André Normandin a student on the Knowledge Acquisition Program.


The Order of Military Merit was created in 1972 to recognize meritorious service and devotion to duty by members of the Canadian Forces. The Order has three levels of membership: Commander (C.M.M.), Officer (O.M.M.) and Member (M.M.M.).

His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General and Commander-in-Chief of Canada, presided over the Order of Military Merit investiture ceremony at Rideau Hall, on February 18, 2011

A familiar RMC name and face, 12192 Major-General Thomas James Lawson, C.M.M., C.D. was one of the recipients at the COMMANDERS category -  this is a promotion within the Order.

For the full list check here

G.G. Speech here

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Where are they now?

Posted by rmcclub on 13th February 2011

From Sqn Comd to Student

By: 22562 Megan Cromarty

After completing my posting as a Squadron Commander at RMC in 2009, I transferred from the Regular force to Reserves and returned to RMC as a student. Now a Class A Reservist at HMCS CATARAQUI, I work with safety and environmental issues within the unit. In addition to my position in the Reserves, I work at a local cycling shop in Gananoque, ON. My decision to change my career path was driven by my desire to become a Pharmacist and I returned to university in order to obtain the required pre-requisite courses to apply to a Pharmacy program. I’m currently enrolled in the Science program and working on my applications for various Universities offering the program.

Not long before the transition from Regular Force to the Reserves, I became aware of the opportunities in training for triathlons that are available to military personnel. I quickly became invested into training for triathlon with the goal to become a member of the CISM triathlon team. During my first year back at RMC, I joined the Varsity running team, the Sharks swim team and cycled with a local group. As a result of consistent training and perseverance, I was able to make the triathlon CISM team this year and will be competing for a position on the Canadian race team for the 2011 World Military games in Brazil.

I don’t regret leaving my previous job in the Regular force because as a Reservist, I am still able to contribute. It is also my intent to return to the Regular Force as a Pharmacy Officer if accepted into a program and continue serving until retirement.  megan.cromarty@rmc.ca

Previous e-Veritas article on Megan Cromarty when she was a highly respected Squadron Commander at RMC

July 26th, 2010 article

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Retirement Announcement: 23454 Captain Daniel Gosselin (RMC 2006), DGMPD

23454 Captain Daniel Gosselin (RMC 2006) will retire from the Canadian Forces on 2 March 2011, after 8+ years of service. In 2002, Capt Daniel Gosselin joined the Canadian Forces as an Aerospace Engineer Officer. After graduating from RMC with a degree in Mechanical Engineering in 2006, he was posted to CFB Borden for the AERE Officer Basic Course. Upon completion of AOBC in 2007, he was posted to his current position in the Project Management Office for the Airlift Capability Project – Tactical in Ottawa, where he served as an Integrated Logistics Support Manager for the Hercules J project.

Capt Gosselin has accepted a position with Bombardier Aerospace and will be moving to Montreal with his wife Chantelle. A retirement luncheon will be held on Friday 25 Feb 2011 at 1130 hrs at Vittoria Trattoria in the Market, 35 William St, Ottawa. Congratulatory messages, pictures and anecdotes may be forwarded to Capt Sharp, PMO ACP-T ILSM 2-2 at Mike.Sharp@forces.gc.ca or (819) 997-8928.

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Logistics Officer New Registrar

Posted by rmcclub on 30th January 2011

Photo By: OCdt Dan Fleming

Logistics Officer, New Registrar

By: 24712 Brent Fisher

On 1 January of this year, 12238 Maj Ray Stouffer officially assumed the position of Registrar of the Royal Military College of Canada. An air logistics officer by trade, and Assistant Professor of History as of late, he brings both operational and academic experience to this new role. By succeeding LCol (ret’d) Rod McDonald, Maj Stouffer continues the recent college tradition of having a Registrar in uniform.

Having been a dual varsity athlete and member of the Class of 1979, Stouffer has retained fond memories of his time spent as an officer cadet. He speaks quite highly of his two years in the Stone Frigate, as well as his graduation. Over the course of his career, Maj Stouffer had the opportunity to travel to many countries in the world as well as to all corners of this country. He held several command and staff appointments, including a posting to the Strategic Airlift Project Office. After winning a competition for a fully sponsored graduate degree, Maj Stouffer returned to RMC in 2002 to complete his PhD in War Studies.

Stouffer cherished his time spent as an Assistant Professor within the History Department, and he found this job to be very rewarding. He has enjoyed the opportunity to work directly with students, and he also noted that the opportunity to complete research has nicely rounded out the experience. Maj Stouffer has acted as the Military Assistant to the Dean of Arts as well, and this administrative experience will most definitely aid him in the transition to his new position.

When asked to describe a typical day in the Office of the Registrar, he was quick to respond that “there is no typical day.” His job requires constant coordination of undergraduate and graduate tasks, in addition to admissions and liaison work. He recognizes that the academic structure of this institution has changed greatly over the past few decades, and claims that balancing expansion with limited resources is a primary challenge for his office. Retaining high enrolment in the face of decreasing student numbers will be another obstacle he and his staff will likely have to overcome.

Overall, Maj Stouffer is thrilled to remain posted to Kingston. Already in his ninth year since returning to the Limestone City, he feels fortunate to be surrounded by such historical and physical beauty. A landscaper and jogger in his free time at home in Orleans – he explained that hobbies evolve with age – Maj Stouffer added that he has learned to live with “road-running between Ottawa and Kingston over the years. Our new Registrars prefers the more moderate climate in Kingston too.

Ray.Stouffer@rmc.ca

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Simulator and the Theatre of War & From Skyhawks to Jump Start Melodies

Posted by rmcclub on 30th January 2011

Simulated environment trains real crews for theatre of war

A/SLt 24498 Noelani Shore (RMC 2009)

Helicopter crews prepare their missions in the planning room, and carry them out on the flight line. What seems like a typical day in the life of an aircrew is the result of months of planning, a maze of computer monitors, and around 40,000 feet of mixed power, copper network, and fibre optic cables.

With the help of Kingston’s Directorate of Land Synthetic Environments (DLSE), 1 Wing’s 408 Tactical Helicopter Squadron and its augementees completed a critical part of their training as they ramp up to deploy to Afghanistan – 408 THS’ third deployment. Exercise Winged Warrior (Ex WW) began as a live-flying, live-firing exercise, but was converted to a synthetic exercise in 2006. Since then, Ex WW has grown in complexity, as well as technical equipment and support. With every rotation, the Exercise Directors adapt the training scenarios from lessons learned in theatre. Ex WW challenges the primary training audience, and gives them an opportunity to experience the conditions and complexity of their first few weeks “in theatre.”

16888 Colonel Al Meinzinger (RMC 1989) (photo front left), will deploy as Roto 11’s Task Force Silver Dart Air Wing Commander. As the Air Wing Commander, he will lead all Canadian Air assets in Afghanistan, which includes CH-147 Chinooks, CH-146 Griffons, CU-170 Heron, CC-177 Globemasters 111 and CC-130 Hercules. This exercise gives him the opportunity to work with the Air Wing Headquarters staff, as well as interact with the Aviation Battalion, led by Lieutenant Colonel Brian Derry.

“This exercise is a tremendous opportunity to work together as a team, to function and connect before we reach the theatre of war. Allowing the units to communicate with the higher headquarters give us an advantage,” Col Meinzinger explained. “I have, in my Air Wing Command, about 30 staff. We act as the conduit between the units and the Task Force Commander. We try to enable the enablers, and facilitate what they do in order to support the troops.”

This exercise is the first opportunity Chinooks and Griffons crews have to fly missions together before they arrive in Afghanistan. With no Chinooks in Canada, Ex WW allows the crews to fly their first few missions in simulation. While it may look like one big video game, the simulation is extremely accurate. Exercise staff created a realistic environment, and what crews see on the screen is a replication of terrain and forward operation bases. Members who have already deployed to Afghanistan are impressed by how realistic the environment really is.

According to Colonel Christian Drouin, Commander of 1 Wing, “Winged Warrior is state of the art; this synthetic environment is world class. We are able to train in real time. No where else in the world is this capability a reality.”

The simulated environment costs less, as a live exercise requires the assembly of a squadron’s worth of aircraft and personnel, supporting ground troops, as well as ammunition. In simulation, the training audience also experiences a wider range of combat scenarios.

“We don’t want to overwhelm the training audience,” Col Drouin explained, “but we do want to create the fog of war, and introduce them to the frictions that they’ll face.”

It’s clear that even though the environment is simulated, the decisions and actions taken are real.

There was some foreign participation at the exercise this year; Lieutenant Colonel David Burke, from the Australian Army Aviation Corps attended the exercise as an observer, and he “flew” an Australian Chinook to help Canadian crews practice coalition missions.

“I am really impressed with this exercise. We are a very similar-sized organization, and this has been a very clever use of resources to achieve effective training. I’ve been very impressed with how you’ve achieved training at multiple levels with a live audience with fairly limited resources,” he said.

The primary simulation system used at Ex WW, the Virtual Battle Space 2 (VBS 2), is actually an Australian design. LCol Burke recognizes that though they have the same simulation system, the Australians haven’t thought to use the technology in this way before.

“It really has been a worthwhile visit for me. I think we have the opportunity to learn from each other. This is one instance where you have done something really clever that we’ll be able to learn from. I’d like to think in the future that perhaps there are things that we’re doing that you can learn from as well.”

Ex WW took place in Edmonton from Jan 19 – 27. Over the next few months, personnel deploying on Roto 11 will undergo further pre-deployment training, as well as the confirmation exercises with JTF(Afg) HQ on Exercise Unified Warrior in Kingston.

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From Skyhawks to Jump Start Melodies

Since graduation, 19794 Julie Brazeau (RMC 1996) spent 11 years with the Artillery. As a gunner of D Bty 2 RCHA, she parachuted with the Marine Corps in Camp Pendleton California. Then, in 2000 she joined the SkyHawks and gained the distinction of the 3rd female to become a SkyHawk since the team’s inception in 1971. She stayed with the team until the end of the 2001 season.

Julie became a Public Affairs Officer in 2002, and went on tour to Bosnia a year later. While in Toronto she met her husband Ashley Misquitta and they now have boy/girl twins who are 2 years old.

“Those two make me laugh every day,” she said “it was because of them that I decided to quit my full-time army job and start a business that has me working from home.”

Over a year ago, Julie discovered a phenomenal piano learning method (that originates from Australia) that has students playing pop, blues, jazz and classical music right from their very first lessons. After a year of lessons, she is able to play over 55 songs of all genres. Recently, she opened up a piano studio out of her home called “Jump Start Melodies” and she now teaches using the Simply Music method.

Does she miss the army? The truth is, she never left the army. “I think I’ve been in the CF so long that I’m reluctant to quit cold turkey,” she laughed. “I think I’ll stay around for a while and contribute as a Reservist.”

Julie became a Class A reservist for 32 Canadian Brigade Group and continues to parade once a week, helping out the Public Affairs office. She calls this a “balanced” lifestyle.

Julie Misquitta

Jump Start Melodies

www.jsmelodies.ca

(416) 452-3355

jmisquit@rogers.com

Simply Music is a remarkable, Australian-developed piano and keyboard program that offers a breakthrough in music education. This unique method has children, teens, adults and seniors, playing great sounding blues, classical, contemporary and accompaniment pieces – immediately, from their very first lessons.

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Victoria Edwards In Conversation: M148 Glenn Naldrett (RRMC RMC 1981)

Posted by rmcclub on 30th January 2011

Victoria Edwards recently had the opportunity to communicate with M148  Colonel Glenn Naldrett (RRMC RMC 1981).  Glenn was a UTPM and has had a very interesting 30 year career with the Canadian Forces.

Where were you born and raised?

I was born in Regina SK. My father was in the RCAF so I was raised at various RCAF Stns across MB and SK – we finally settled down in Regina where my father retired and I finished High School.

What is your official title? / job description?

I am the 1 Cdn Air Div, A1 responsible for a wide spectrum of personnel functions supporting the Air Forces RegF, PRes and Public Servant work forces.

How long have you served with DND/CF – Where? What positions?

I joined the RegF in 1972 as an NCM and served in various administrative support positions with the Air Force in Moose Jaw, Edmonton and with the Army in Calgary. In 1981 after graduating from RMC under the UTPM plan, I was assigned to a wide spectrum of positions from Chief Admin Officer at CFS Alsask (LRR station) to OUTCAN Admin O for the CF 18 WSSF at NWC China Lake, Ca, to Staff Officer/Project Manager (SINREP) NDHQ, and BPAdmin O/BPSvcs O appointments at CFB Cold Lake and CFB (17 Wg) Winnipeg. In 1996 I CT’d to the SR then CT’d to the PRes in 2000 where I took up various appointments at 1 Cdn Air Div HQs as A1 PersAdmin, A1 Pers Ops and Coord, A1 Pers and Msn Sp Coord.

I understand you attended RMC as a cadet? When did you graduate, and what was your degree?

I started my time as a Gentleman Cadet at RRMC Victoria for the first two years of my degree, then completed the final two years of my BA (Commerce major) at RMC in 1981.

What drew you to RMC when you applied to attend?

Actually when I applied for UTPM, I had been accepted at the University of Saskatchewan for my degree program. The offer of a CMC was a bit of an unexpected shock however once introduced into the CMC curriculum and student body, I found that the education and officer PD was second to none and thus became most thankful for the opportunity to have attended both RRMC and RMC.

Can you tell me about some of your experiences at the college? The most memorable – the ones you’re most glad to leave behind?

Many great experiences at the colleges and some of the most vivid reflected around the comradeship between ROTP and UTPM cadets whether it be on the academic, social or competitive side. Having been married and raising two young children while going to College, I was most thankful to leave behind weekend Comdt’s Parades as these events, though important, did drain the limited time I could spend with my family.

Is there a history of military members in your family?

Yes for sure. On my father’s side, my Grandfather served with the PPCLI overseas during WW I and with the Home Guard in WW II; my father was in the RCNVR during WW II and served in the RCAF post war. On my mother’s side, her father served as a musician with the RCAF during WW II.

Where were you first posted out of RMC?

I was extremely fortunate to be posted as the Chief Administration Officer at the LRR station at CFS Alsask where I served for three years.

Have you been on any deployments? If so, can you tell me a bit about your experiences either overseas or at the unit level?

I have had two significant OUTCAN experiences. The first appointed as the Det Cdr for the CF Air Force and Royal New Zealand Air Force Exchange (CANZEX) for a nine week period where 35 CF members “swapped” positions with RNZAF counterparts – it was an exceptional opportunity to serve in similar yet somewhat unique Air Force environment. My second experience was being deployed to Op ATHENA where I served as the NATO Chief J1 at Kandahar Air Field for a six month tour: an amazing experience working in a coalition force environment – one which will not soon be forgotten.

What has been one of the proudest moments in your career so far?

I suggest after having been relative “domestic” throughout my service career, I would have to say that completing the deployment to KAF to be one of my biggest career highlights and proudest times. It was the final culmination and full test of over 30 years of training and experience put into practical use in a dangerous theatre of operations.

Is there anything you’d like to add?

No, thank you.

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Where are they now?

Posted by rmcclub on 23rd January 2011

Gino Bruni, Rhodes Scholar – Mixing Time in the Books with Hockey at Oxford

By: WJO

Gino Bruni never played a game with the RMC varsity team during his five years of OUA eligibility.

The Reserve Entry Training Plan (RETP) Officer Cadet (Air Force logistics) did try out for the hockey Paladins in I Year. He was a late cut with a team that was “loaded” with Special Interest Students – non cadets.

The party line at the time was – “RMC is evolving” – the questionable justification for using non cadets with the varsity teams. A few years later a college policy was implemented to permit only 25% of non-cadets to comprise a varsity team. If that policy was in effect during his I & II years, in all likelihood he would have evolved into a 2nd or 3rd line forward (or better) through his time at RMC.

The closest Gino came to participating with the varsity team was during II year when he “volunteered” to be the team equipment manager – by far the most thankless job with a competitive hockey team.

Gino went off to Gananoque and played Jr “B” along with three or four other officer cadets during III Year.

His hockey playing during his six years at RMC also comprised of:

Playing IMs. He won two championships with 8 Squadron, and was the chosen MVP in one of those years.

He also played on the RMC team in the CFB Kingston Intersection League, while completing a Masters Degree. Gino was the leading scorer in the league in the 1st year and his team won the championship in the 2nd year.

CFB Kingston organized a Civilian-Army-AirForce-Navy 4 team hockey tournament in 2010; he was chosen the MVP of the Civilian team. (At the time Gino was considered a “civilian” while completing his Masters Degree.)

His passion for hockey was evident when he was a regular at the Constantine Arena noon hour shinny sessions from September to April, for two years. He rarely missed a day!

Fast forward to the 2010 – 2011 school year & hockey season ; Gino Bruni is a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford! Most readers are aware of the Rhodes Scholarship, named after Cecil Rhodes; it is widely considered the “world’s most prestigious scholarship”.

Gino left Canada near the end of September for Oxford. His first term is already completed. He is studying Law – his father, Mike, and mother Janice, are successful and highly respected lawyers in Alberta.

Gino was home in Calgary over the recent holidays and told us. “In terms of the university life, the biggest challenge is balancing school commitments with hockey and having a social life.”

In addition to having his nose to the grindstone – buried in Law Books – surprise, surprise he is playing varsity hockey for the Oxford Blues!

Famous Alumni (from the Oxford hockey Blues team) include Rt. Hon. Lester B. Pearson (former Canadian Prime Minister and Nobel Peace Prize Winner), Rt. Hon. Roland Michener (Governor-General of Canada), Hon. Dr. George Stanley (Designer of the Canadian flag & of course, former RMC Faculty) and Clarence Campbell (former NHL President).

“Hockey is a lot of fun and there is a great group of guys made up of mostly Americans, Canadians and even some Brits”, Gino told us through a recent e-mail.

In their second match of the season, Gino Bruni put forth a stellar performance, netting six goals and three assists as his Blues defeated Cardiff 17-3. The varsity schedule at Oxford consists of about a dozen games.

The “Blues”  just recently returned from a six day trip through Munich, Prague, and Berlin. This past Saturday night (22 January) they lost to one of their main rivals University of London “Dragoons” 6-3.

Through our recent communications we asked Gino what it was like playing hockey at Oxford.

“Being on the hockey team in Oxford is not what you think. Many people at the university are shocked to hear there is an ‘ice’ hockey team at Oxford.” He went on to add. “The ice rink is 95 percent public skating so our games are usually starting near midnight. Our rink has no glass; there is only a curtain to stop the puck above the boards.”

In closing, he made a point of telling us, “My goal will be to try and focus on doing more outside of school this term as it’s easy to get sucked into studying all the time!”

gmfbruni@gmail.com

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11088 Captain Howard Hisdal (RRMC RMC 1976) first became interested in Canada’s peacekeeping efforts in 1962 when his father went away to Egypt to serve for a year on the United Nations Emergency Force (UNEF). Howard later joined the Canadian Forces and got his first degree at Royal Military College in Kingston. He served as an infantry officer in the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry regiment. Then he resumed his academic career by going to UBC to become a high school teacher, later going to Carleton University to earn a Master of Arts degree in Canadian history.

When Howard moved to Kelowna in 1994 he rejoined the Canadian Forces and became an armoured officer in the British Columbia Dragoons, an army reserve regiment. Howard now has 21 years of military service and has been teaching in the history department at Okanagan College since 2005. He has recruited and trained soldiers who have served in Bosnia and in Afghanistan, some in both places. He is still a serving officer as well as a professor at Okanagan College. Mr. Hisdal provided an overview of Canada’s peacekeeping efforts in the past half century on Thursday, January 13th at 7 pm the ongoing Okanagan Institute Express series at the Okanagan College Theatre. Source

hhisdal@okanagan.bc.ca

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Sergeant Alexandre Doucette served as officer cadet instructor at CMR Saint-Jean 1960-5

Alexandre Doucette was born on March 13, 1926 in Pointe Verte, New Brunswick. He enlisted with the Canadian Army in the summer of 1943, in Quebec, at the age of 17. It was the call for adventure which prompted his enlistment, and in May of 1951 he left Canada to serve in the Korean War with the 2nd Battalion, Royal 22e Régiment. After the Korean War, Mr. Doucette served in the Infantry School at Camp Borden, Ontario. From 1948 to 1950, he was an army cadet instructor in New Brunswick. In 1950, he rejoined his regiment and spent six months training at Fort Lewis in the United States before leaving for Korea. Mr. Doucette served as a Sergeant during the Korean War. He will never forget witnessing the near death of a young soldier he went to school with, and an incident which caused many injuries, both serious and minor. Mr. Doucette is happy to have had the opportunity to see what conditions the South Koreans were living, and to be able to visit Japan on two occasions. He will never forget the feeling of accomplishment and participation in the war. From 1960 to 1965, Mr. Doucette was an officer cadet instructor at Saint-Jean Military College in Quebec. In 1965, he rejoined his regiment and was deployed to Germany with NATO forces for two years. Mr. Doucette retired from the Canadian Forces in December of 1970. He was then employed with Pratt & Whitney Canada in Longveuil, Quebec as a supervisor of distribution of pay and mail, and as the maintenance supervisor. Mr. Doucette retired on March 31, 1991. Since his retirement in 1991, Mr. Doucette enjoys golfing, gardening, and reading. He is a member of the Royal 22e Régiment Association, a life member of the Vanier Foundation, and a member of the Quebec Citadel Royal 22e Regiment. Mr. Doucette lives in St-Jean-Sur-Richelieu, Quebec, with his wife Juliette. They have three children and five grandchildren.

http://www.veterans.gc.ca/general/sub.cfm?source=feature/korea2003/korpilgrim03/kbios03/adoucette

Alexandre Doucette est né à Pointe-Verte, au Nouveau-Brunswick, le 13 mars 1926. Poussé par le goût de l’aventure, M. Doucette s’enrôle à Québec au cours de l’été 1943; il n’a alors que 17 ans. Après la guerre, M. Doucette sert à l’école d’infanterie au camp Borden, en Ontario. Entre 1948 et 1950, il est instructeur pour les corps de cadets de l’armée du Nouveau-Brunswick. En 1950, il rejoint son régiment et passe six mois à Fort Lewis, aux États-Unis, pour un entraînement avant le départ pour la Corée. En mai 1951, il quitte le Canada pour servir en Corée au sein du 2e bataillon du Royal 22e Régiment. Monsieur Doucette est sergent pendant la guerre de Corée. Jamais il n’oubliera ce jeune soldat, avec qui il est allé à l’école, pratiquement mourir sous ses yeux ni cet incident qui a causé de nombreuses blessures, graves et moins graves. M. Doucette ne regrette pas d’avoir pu constater les conditions dans lesquelles vivaient les Coréens du Sud, ni d’avoir pu visiter le Japon à deux reprises. Il se rappellera toujours le sentiment du devoir accompli que lui a apporté sa participation à la guerre. De 1960 à 1965, Alexandre Doucette est instructeur, cette fois pour les officiers cadets au Collège militaire royal de Saint-Jean, au Québec. En 1965, il rejoint son régiment qui est déployé en Allemagne avec les troupes de l’OTAN, pour une période de deux ans. Il quitte les Forces canadiennes en décembre 1970 et prend un emploi chez Pratt & Whitney à Longueil, au Québec, à titre de surveillant de la paye et du courrier et surveillant de l’entretien. M. Doucette prend sa retraite le 31 mars 1991 et, depuis, il occupe son temps à jouer au golf, à faire du jardinage ou à lire. Il est membre de l’Association du Royal 22e Régiment, membre à vie de la Fondation Vanier et membre du Royal 22e Régiment de la Citadelle de Québec. Il vit à St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, au Québec, avec son épouse Juliette. Ils ont trois enfants et cinq petits-enfants.

http://www.veterans.gc.ca/renseignements/sub.cfm?source=archives/korea2003/korea-pelerinage03/korea-biographie/adoucette

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14585 Brigadier-General John Madower, OMM, CD (RRMC RMC 1984) assumed the duties of Assistant Chief Military Personnel in 2010. He began his military career as a member of the 1st Battalion Nova Scotia Highlanders. Upon reaching the rank of Corporal, he was accepted as an Officer Cadet at Royal Roads Military College in Victoria, British Colombia. Graduating with a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering from Royal Military College in Kingston, Ontario, he then completed the Basic Aerospace Engineering Course in Borden, Ontario.

John is the current commander of the Canadian Contingent for the Nijmegen Marches. He led a Canadian Forces team in 2010 comprised of 233 participants. It was the 94th annual International Four Days Marches Nijmegen, a prestigious long-distance marching event in the Netherlands, that Canadian military contingents have participated in since 1952.

He is also a key member of the RMC Club of Canada executive committee where he fills the crucial role of Canadian Forces Liaison Officer.

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