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Ex-Cadets in the News

Posted by rmcclub on 8th November 2015

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Caption: 7000 David Haas, talks about the Loyal Edmonton Regiment’s Victoria Cross winner Cecil John Kinross as the regiment prepares to celebrate its 100th anniversary.

Continuity and connection as Loyal Edmonton Regiment marks its centennial

Fort Bragg Paratroopers Train with Canadians

Roméo Dallaire decries government’s ‘penny pinching’ care for vets

TRIDENT JUNCTURE

North American military personnel exercise to defend North

Carpay & Kennedy: On free speech, our universities get an ‘F’

5 Wing tempo: Buzzing like a beehive

Astronaut 8276 Marc Garneau is New Transport Minister

As ‘go-to guy’ in Kandahar, new defence minister won respect of senior officers

Mock disaster puts 9 Wing Gander to the test

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25281Dana Batho: “Warrior Rising”

Posted by rmcclub on 8th November 2015

Warrior Rising one-hour documentary that’s being aired on TV – Remembrance Day

By: WJO  (Photo credit – Matthew Wocks)

25281 Dana Batho is one of three featured bike riders in a one-hour documentary that’s being aired on Remembrance Day about the Wounded Warriors Canada Battlefield Bike Ride Dana did with her service dog Coco in June.

We connected with Dana last week.

“I thought maybe some of the RMC Club members might be interested in watching this documentary, especially as so many of them made it possible for me to go by donating in response to my letter you posted in e-Veritas. I’m released now (medically) and relocated back to Victoria – it sure is nice not seeing snow flying here.”

Wounded Warriors Canada does an annual battlefield bike ride across Europe, not only as a fundraiser for soldiers and veterans with PTSD and other OSIs but also to help those who are suffering by providing an environment to bond with others going through the same challenges. The ride in June was very challenging for Dana (she was the only disabled rider and the only Canadian with a service dog with her), but she did it. The ride started at Vimy Ridge, France, went across Belgium, and ended in the Netherlands.

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The Best Little Army In The World

Posted by rmcclub on 1st November 2015

Author, 5105 J.L. (Jack) Granatstein at it again: Latest Book – THE BEST LITTLE ARMY IN THE WORLD

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Ex Cadets in the news…

Posted by rmcclub on 28th October 2015

  • Silicon Valley / Moscow 

  • Rumoured top pick for defence minister could be bad news for Halifax

  • Meet the woman leading Canada’s war on ISIL

  • Race for Conservative interim leader heats up as O’Toole throws name into hat

  • Army Ranger Makes His First NFL Start

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Meet 23170 Capt Maciej “Match” Hatta, Snowbird 6 (RMC ’05)

Posted by rmcclub on 12th October 2015

Meet 23170 Capt Maciej “Match” Hatta, Snowbird 6 (RMC ’05)

 

Caption: At the age of 12, Hatta joined the Royal Canadian Air Cadets’ 820 Milton Squadron—which was also where retired astronaut 13738 Chris Hadfield launched his aviation career. Brent Handy Photo

 23170 Capt Maciej “Match” Hatta, Snowbird 6 (RMC ’05)

Pictures are powerful. No one knows that better than Capt Maciej “Match” Hatta, 33, who credits an airshow video with sparking his determination to be a pilot.

Hatta immigrated to Canada from Poland at the age of 2. Like many young boys, he initially wanted to be a police officer or a fireman—until his dad, a metalworker at McDonnell-Douglas Canada, brought home a company video that featured the 1990 Blue Angels jet team.

“I watched that, and then I watched it over and over, until my parents were sick of it!” remembered Hatta, who hails from Georgetown, Ont. He said the video flicked a switch in his head, and he began to think about an aviation career. At the age of 12, he joined the Royal Canadian Air Cadets’ 820 Milton Squadron—which was also where retired astronaut Chris Hadfield launched his aviation career.

Hatta earned his glider licence through Air Cadets in 1998, and his private pilot licence the following year. “After that, I never looked back,” he told Skies, noting that he joined the military right after completing high school in 2001. He went straight to Royal Military College that fall.

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Ex-Cadets & More in the News

Posted by rmcclub on 4th October 2015

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Le Monde se Souvient

 

  • A Journey Through the Clouds

  • Expedition: Antarctica. UPDATE – 11721 Larry Stevenson – 3% – to go

  • Concussions in a Required Class: Boxing at Military Academies

  • Report Alleges Army Surgeon General Tried to Cover Up Concussion Data

  • CADSI head 19803 Christyn Cianfarani is helping transform the defence industry

 

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Ex Cadets & More…

Posted by rmcclub on 27th September 2015

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  • 23350 Captain Simon Mailloux, (RMC ’06) / 23350 Le capitaine Simon Mailloux, (CMR ’06)

  • LCol Claire Bramma – Wins 2015 Farrelly Award

  • S149 (Honourary Member – RMC Club) Peter Milliken – Order of Canada

  • After RMCC: The Way It Is – Lt (25816) Rico Spiller, Class of 2013

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Which Ex Cadet Said What? When? Why?

Posted by rmcclub on 27th September 2015

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“One of the reasons I enjoy teaching is that students often make their professors think more about issues such as those raised in the Semrau case. In a recent graduate class, the students made me question the wisdom of what has been said about it.”

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“I think I took a fairly decentralized/empowering approach to leading the cadet wing, except where more decisive or direct action was required. The approach of our senior cadet team was very much, ‘let’s make the most of this and have some fun’. I encouraged everyone to go for it and let me rein things in if they started going in the wrong direction.”

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“The College seems to follow a cyclic way of doing things. That is, it goes from a more military focused institution to what seems to be a civilian university and back, the process is never ending. However, the learning experience is all the same. That being said, this year we are implementing more military activities such as a training weekend, foreign weapons familiarization and first aid training.”

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“But it is my hope that the focus remains on the lives and sacrifices of these brave soldiers as they serve Canada in the effort to bring peace and stability to Afghanistan.”

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Which Ex Cadet Said What? When? Why?

Posted by rmcclub on 20th September 2015

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“My student friends were a diverse and talented crowd. One from Pakistan became the President of the country several years later. One was an All-American football player from the US Air Force Academy, who went on to a distinguished career in the military.”

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“…Several of us had the privilege to share a box with some very distinguished members of the club. It was a great game and a good way to cap off our trip out west. It was a great experience and the time and effort of the Calgary Branch to ensure that our trip was a memorable one did not go unnoticed. It is at events like these that you begin to appreciate your membership in the RMC Club.”

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“As I crossed and then proceeded to stop, I suddenly felt emptiness under me. A crevasse was running parallel to my skis. I was falling. It was as if an elevator cable had snapped. I screamed. My arms were stretched above my head and I was bouncing down between the walls of hard-packed snow like a pinball. Somewhere during that 15-metre plunge, I lost my poles, which probably prevented a broken arm or, worse, impalement.”

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“It is a reminder to all of us that in this wonderful country of ours anything is possible if you dream big and are prepared to put in the work to achieve great things.”

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Which Ex Cadet Said What? When? Why?

Posted by rmcclub on 13th September 2015

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“As I was growing up in the 1970s and 1980s, I aspired to be only one thing: a soldier. In my thinking, it was the perfect profession for someone who loves to play outside, who has an overdeveloped sense of wanting to serve society in some productive way, yet hasn’t the faintest clue of what they want to be when they grow up. (I’m not sure that I’ve yet decided.)”

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“Certainly if an Afghan woman were to come and ask them the things that I asked of them, they would receive an entirely different response. But as a western woman, they see me as foreign and if they hold prejudice toward women, and I certainly suspect some may, they don’t show it. In fact, I have found they have been more open with me — certainly much more than I expected — than with some of my male counterparts.”

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“My mother, who is a teacher, insisted that I take high school French through to grade 13 so I was reasonably competent by the time I started at RMC. By fourth year, I even did some of my engineering courses in French.”

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“I was then selected for Post Graduate training in Nuclear Engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, MA. So, I spent the next three years (1962-1965) living in Lexington, MA and commuting daily into Cambridge to acquire both a MS degree and a Nucl. Eng. Degree”

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Ex Cadets & More In the News

Posted by rmcclub on 7th September 2015

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  • RMC names Ex Cadet 24974 Richard Lim new hockey head coach

  • At West Point, Annual Pillow Fight Becomes Weaponized

  • Women in Combat Hampered by Band-of-Brother Myth, Author Says

  • Sombre ceremony took place 100 years ago in Canberra, Australia – #25 Sir William Throsby

  • Quinte West Heritage Hockey Festival – 23142 Andrew Davidson

  • EX-CADET WEEKEND FUN RUN

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The First C in RMCC: 10763 Dr. Randall Wakelam’s academic success story

Posted by rmcclub on 7th September 2015

The First C in RMCC: 10763 Dr. Randall Wakelam’s academic success story

Article by: Dr. Chantel Lavoie, Associate Professor, English Department, RMCC

Professor Randall Wakelam recently signed a contract with the prestigious academic press, Palgrave MacMillan, to publish his book-in-progress, Western Military Education: Philosophies, Cultures and Organizations of Learning from 1700 to the Present. It will be part of the Palgrave series “Historical Studies in Education”.

Here is how it happened. In 2014 during his sabbatical year—a time of concentrated research, writing and communication in the academic world—Dr. Wakelam, Associate Professor in the History Department and Associate Chair of War Studies, was awarded a Visiting Research Fellowship in the esteemed “Changing Character of War Programme” at Oxford University, England. Within this multidisciplinary programme his focus was military education. In those historic British libraries (and along the green paths trod by Tolkien and C. S. Lewis) he read and thought about the long and complex international history of military education. As part of his scholarly activity he presented a paper titled “Militaries as Learning Organizations” at the International Standing Conference of the History of Education in London in July.

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Which Ex Cadet Said What? When? Why?

Posted by rmcclub on 7th September 2015

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“RMCC Cadets are virtually everywhere,”

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As a Cadet who recently finished four years at the College, I can say that during my time in the Cadet Wing I knew very little about the RMC Club, both in terms of what it does and just how extensive it is. I would venture a guess that most Cadets currently in the Wing are in the same boat.”

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“When a young officer completes phase training and enters the regiment as a Tp Ldr, it is the CO who sets the tone and expectations of officership.”

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“They were happy with my performance and so it was mutually beneficial. The military was very good to me.”

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“I was traded at a garden party,”

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“We want to consolidate the market and be that national coast-to-coast provider,”

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“When I returned as DCadets, I used to say that it was a command responsibility to address subordinates in their first language as a means of ensuring good communication with subordinates. Since Canada has two official languages, it is important to take second language skills seriously. Although I still claim that I have not yet mastered the English language properly, I am at least very comfortable in English.”

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“The three years as DCdts were the happiest and most rewarding of my career. My previous experience as a Cadet and on the staff was invaluable.”

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“The biggest challenge was the introduction in September 1977? of French First-year cadets who had one year of CEGEP education in Quebec. Although CMR was still going strong, the goal was to increase the number of Francophones in the officer corps.”

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“This past Sunday I had the opportunity to participate with the RMC contingent in the 1st Annual Canada Army run. This was the first year the run was held and RMC decided to send its running teams, rugby team, band, and 10 cadets from each squadron to participate in either a 5 or 21 km course.”

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“I had coached and/or played against most of the RMC players before, but seeing them in a Sevens context was something altogether different – frankly I was blown away by this team.”

“If Canada adopted peacekeeping as the focus for our military operations, we would witness a corollary downgrading of the Canadian Forces.”

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Which Ex Cadet Said What? When? Why?

Posted by rmcclub on 30th August 2015

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“In 1962, I was selected as one of four RCAF people to join the USAF Space Systems Division in Los Angeles, California. For one year, I was the USAF Project Manager for the Ranger and Mariner programs.”

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“I have absolutely no bad memories. I had an excellent staff that, for the most part, was the best I ever worked with during a 37 year career. I also was fortunate in having two very supportive Commandants who never interfered with my decisions and responsibilities as CO of the Cadet Wing (although they did tender helpful suggestions on occasion).”

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” I remember adapting to life at CMR with relative ease, especially after the first two weeks. We worked in English for the first 15 days of the month and in French for the rest of the month.”

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“The one very sad moment was the loss of a cadet 17333 Kelly Gawne, who was killed in a demolitions summer training accident at Slesse Range in Chilliwack, BC in 1988. [In her honour, alumni planted a memorial tree with a plaque on the RMC campus and the 17333 Kelly Gawne Memorial award goes annually to the best all-round Lady OCdt in athletics].”

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“Just woke up at 0400. No choice if we want to make the timing for our team departure at approx 0600. They have done extremely well on the ranges and dry runs all week. From Capt (Zach) Gatehouse’s observation, RMC is the team to beat.”

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“ I was only 17 when I left home and probably quite a bit less mature (from a worldly knowledge perspective) than the others I started out with. I think this fact actually helped me get through the first year. Basic training wasn’t bad; it was more of an eye-opener for me as to what I could really do for myself and how I could rise to challenges never before considered.”

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“My first – first visit to West Point, and my last – we got absolutely smoked. Overall, it was something playing in front of so many people. A lot of fun. But it all became very political. I think it distracted the guys from focusing on the OUAA which was more important.”

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“This match-up carries with it a long standing heritage of hockey. Due to the history of the series, it brings with it such an importance to RMC. I feel as if I have been a part of history and to also have not lost on home ice truly means a lot to me. By far the best hockey highlight of my career!”

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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.

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“During one afternoon mission at RIMPAC, we refueled a variety of aircraft including US Navy ‘Super Hornet’ fighters, our own CF-18 Hornet’s and a very unique aircraft for us, a US Navy FA-18F which is modified to serve as an air-to-air tanker,”

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“I felt I needed to do something to help Afghanistan and carry out, in my mind, a little bit of what Nichola was doing in Afghanistan,”

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“You grow up in southern Alberta and there’s an opportunity to go work construction or in the oilpatch, and I said, ‘you know what I think I’ll do Mom, is I’ll go and work for a year and maybe make some money before I do this,’ and she said, ‘if you do that, you’ll get used to the money and you’ll never go back to school.’

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Ex-Cadets in the News

Posted by rmcclub on 23rd August 2015

MFO Commander 14378 Major General Denis Thompson gives Souvenir to Egyptian Second Field Army – Miliatry spox

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  • Military holds sports day for Sinai peacekeepers amid reports of withdrawal

  • Gen. Vance’s search-and-destroy mission targets sexual misconduct: Editorial – 15696 Jonathan Vance

  • Le général Vance signe l’ordre d’opération pour lutter contre les inconduites sexuelles

  • Ships deploy to the Arctic for Operation NANOOK / Des navires déploient vers l’Arctique au sein de l’opération NANOOK – 14568 Brad Henderson

  • L’Odyssée de Preston

  • 14344 Bruce Poulin and Zoye Poulin (nee Goble) exchange wedding vows

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