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Ex Cadets In The News…

Posted by rmcclub on 10th August 2014

24912 Capt Jeremy Whalen (right), who flew the special cargo to the Bomber Command Museum of Canada in Nanton, Alberta. Jeremy was a varsity soccer player (goalie); Cadet Wing Commander in his final year at RMCC. Article   Previous e-Veritas article - Out of Japan in the Nick of Time

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Canadian Army Debuts Uniform Prototype

“The unveiling of the prototype uniform is an important step in restoring the historical identity of the Canadian Army. There is a certain element of pride that we can all feel knowing that we are honouring previous generations, as we return to the common use of important symbols of the Canadian Army.”

14472 Brigadier-General Karl McQuillanArticle

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Command of 19 Wing Comox changes hands

“It is a great honour to be taking over the “Best Wing in the Air Force” – I can see that all members take great pride in their mission protecting Canada and Canadians.

My family and I also truly appreciate the warm hospitality that we have been shown by this wonderful community since our arrival. We are really looking forward to getting to know the Wing, the area and its people.”

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17829 Colonel Tom Dunne, 19 Wing Commander – Article

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PPCLI celebrations draw huge crowds in Edmonton

“It’s a great opportunity for us to showcase our soldiers, their families and our equipment, and welcome Edmontonians onto the base,” said 1 CMBG commander Trevor Cadieu. “This brigade and the PPCLI have enjoyed tremendous support from the community over the years so this is a way to thank Canadians for their support.”

20043 Trevor Cadieu – Article

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Ex-Cadets & More in the News…

Posted by rmcclub on 4th August 2014

 

Caption: Lieutenant-Colonel Steve Jourdain, Commander Cobra Company was deployed to Afghanistan between March and October 2009 and as a result he wrote a book titled Mon Afghanistan. He is pictured here with a copy of his book. LCol Jourdain attended the Festival International du Livre Militaire (FILM) hosted by the French Military Academy, Saint-Cyr Coëtquidan, in Guer, France on July 18 to 19, 2014. FILM gathers military authors and publishers of military-themed books in a festival designed to expose the general public to military culture and contemporary conflicts, via debates, conferences, arm-chair discussions, and more.

A Canadian Army Officer takes centre stage at an international military book festival

“I wanted to capture history so the people of Quebec […] could better inform their opinion. I wanted them to be very proud. I wanted them to know that Canadian soldiers are their best ambassadors. The noblest things we have are our soldiers working abroad to support every mission the Government sends them to.”

20175 Lieutenant-Colonel Steve Jourdain – Article

 

Caption: Le lieutenant-colonel Steve Jourdain, commandant de la compagnie Cobra, a participé à un déploiement en Afghanistan de mars à octobre 2009. Il a narré ses expériences dans son livre, intitulé Mon Afghanistan, que l’on aperçoit entre ses mains. Le Lcol Jourdain a été invité à participer au Festival International du Livre Militaire (FILM) organisé par les Écoles militaires Saint-Cyr Coëtquidan, à Guer, France, les 18 et 19 juillet 2014. Le FILM, qui réunit des auteurs et représentants de maisons d’édition d’ouvrages militaires, vise à exposer le grand public à la culture militaire et aux conflits contemporains au moyen de débats, de conférences, de discussions informelles et d’autres activités. (Photo fournie par le lieutenant-colonel Steve Jourdain.)

Un officier de l’Armée canadienne est à l’avant scène dans un festival de livres militaires international

« Je voulais immortaliser l’histoire afin que les gens du Québec […] puissent se forger une opinion éclairée. Je souhaitais qu’ils soient très fiers. Je voulais qu’ils sachent que les soldats canadiens sont leurs meilleurs ambassadeurs. Les choses les plus nobles que nous avons sont nos soldats qui travaillent à l’étranger pour appuyer chaque mission confiée par le gouvernement. »

20175 le lieutenant‑colonel Steve JourdainArticle

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Caption: Col Goddard, outgoing Wing Commander, BGen Ploughman, Commander of 2 Canadian Air Division, and Col Day, the incoming Wing Commander, sign the Change of Command scrolls in a ceremony at 15 Wing Moose Jaw. PHOTO: 2Lt Josh Brighton

Colonel Day assumes Command of 15 Wing Moose Jaw

As members of the RCAF, Col Day explained, “We defend Canada. We defend North America. And we contribute to international security. That’s it; it’s that simple. Everything we do should have those roles as ultimate goals.”

16952 Alex Day

“After spending such a large amount of my career in Moose Jaw, I will miss it,”

14561 Paul Goddard  Article

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19307 Commander Dave Benoit presents inaugural HMCS Oakville Award

This year’s supplementary board was held on June 24, 2014 at the Canadian Forces Naval Engineering School (CFNES). The top two candidates were CPO2 Burns and PO1 Vinny Prosper, with CFNES Commandant, Commander (Cdr) 19307 Dave Benoit, acting as the board chair. Article

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New CFB Esquimalt base commander comes ‘home’

“You inherit a remarkable team of professionals both in and out of uniform,” said Truelove. “You will discover leading CFB Esquimalt is demanding and rewarding and I encourage you to make it your own.”

15185 Rear Admiral Bill Truelove

“The diversity, to get back on track with our times, is very important,” he said.

He noted his three years in Victoria not only benefited him professionally but personally as well. He met his partner Francisco Mejia De La Rosa here.

“After so many years in this life as a bachelor, it’s nice to have a stabilizing force at home,” said Cassivi. He and his partner move to Ottawa in August.

16204 Commodore Luc Cassivi

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Our Southern cousins: Canadian Army & US Army engineers train together

“Just the number of bays, number of bridges, all the different equipment, the size of the river that’s being crossed and the size of the floating bridge that’s being created. We don’t get to see that type of opportunity almost ever in our careers up north,”

20714 Steven Boychyn – Article

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WE REMEMBER: Finding a connection to WWI

Born and raised in Brantford, Andrew Iarocci is a professor of history teaching at Western University in London and Royal Military College in Kingston.

For a couple of weeks in June, Iarocci, who also lives in Brantford, was in the back yard of a home in a small village in France. He was there to lend his First World War expertise to a CBC documentary that connects the recently discovered remains of some fallen Canadian soldiers to their descendents.

“We were there to tell the story of a young French boy who, in 2006, was playing in his back yard when he came upon some skeletal remains,” Iarocci said. “It was determined through an investigation by the Canadian Department of National Defence, that there were eight soldiers in this grave, all from the same battalion and all Canadians.

“They had all been killed on the same day in the Battle of Amiens.”  Read more here

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Canada’s defence chief finds kinship with ‘tough’ granddad through WWI diary

“It was a connection I’d never felt to my grandfather,” Lawson said of the diaries, which he only received last Christmas.

“His experiences in flight training were very much like my experiences in flight training. You (start) with terrible self- confidence and you have to build that self-confidence to become a pilot.”

12192 Gen. Tom Lawson, Canada’s top military commander – Article

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Former RMCC hockey coach, Kelly Nobes merits head coaching position with Canadian U-17 hockey team

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Ex-Cadets & More in the News

Posted by rmcclub on 27th July 2014

CBIE to Expand Education Partnerships with Government of Canada Support

On Tuesday of this past week, at Western University, 19894 Erin O’Toole (photo centre), Parliamentary Secretary, International Trade, announced funding to the Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE) through the Government of Canada’s Global Opportunities for Associations (GOA) program. Entire article here

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CF-18 struck by lightning landed in Whitecourt, Alta.

“It was probably just a split second, we’re talking not even half a second I’m guessing, that it hit the aircraft around the cockpit area,” he said. “It was just a short tingle.”

23821 Adam Runge - Article

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Canadians shouldn’t be allowed to fight for other countries, no matter the cause, historian argues

“If they’re going off to serve somewhere else, in some other army, they’re switching their allegiance,” he said. “That is, in my view, improper.”

5105 J.L. (Jack)  Granatstein Article

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The Only One Card You Need

“The one million strong community; when you add up the reserves, Regular force, our dependents and the veterans there are over one million people out there that we can support. When we say support that does not mean everything for everyone but it does mean something for everyone,”

16158 Commodore Mark Watson, Director General of Morale and Welfare Services - Article

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Canada’s defence diplomacy hurt by tight budget, report says

“The military co-operation program does essential work in training and educating officers from abroad, particularly in peace operations,” he told CBC News. “Canada is no longer the prolific peacekeeper it once was. For the cost of one fighter jet, Canada can run its defence diplomacy program for years. The government is showing short-term thinking to the detriment of the country’s long-term contributions and reputation.”

Walter Dorn, a professor at the Royal Military College of Canada – Article

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Military’s aboriginal programs do little to bolster recruitment:

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Plaques will mark memory of “enemy aliens”

“I don’t think it would be fair for me to come to you and say you should pay me money today as a taxpayer because of what your grandfather did to my grandfather,” said Luciuk. “This isn’t a negative kind of crusade. It’s about affirming the importance of human rights and civil liberties by learning about the past.”

Dr. Lubomyr Luciuk – Professor at the Royal Military College of CanadaArticle

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Ex-Cadets & More in the News

Posted by rmcclub on 20th July 2014

15224 Suzanne Bastien, M.A.(Éth. Pub), B.Ed., ing., PMP (Class of 1986)

Suzanne a été élue première vice-présidente de l’Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec (OIQ) en juin 2014. Elle est la représentante de l’outaouais au sein du conseil d’administration de l’OIQ depuis 2013. Suzanne a un intérêt avoué en gouvernance, ce sujet était central à son mémoire pour l’obtention de sa maîtrise en éthique publique à l’université Saint-Paul à Ottawa l’an dernier. Il faut bien s’occuper quand les enfants partent de la maison :-)

Suzanne has been elected as First Vice-President of the Ordre des Ingénieurs du Québec (OIQ) in June 2014. Suzanne has been an elected member of the Board of Directors of the OIQ since 2013 as the Outaouais representative. She has a keen interest in governance, that being the subject of her research paper for her Public Ethics Masters degree she completed last year. Got to fill all that free time when the kids leave the house :-)

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The Amazing Race Canada Teams Encounter Damage Control Up Close

“I was thrilled to be part of the show,”

20930 LCdr Rob Petitpas   Article

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Recent 16538 Wayne Eyre related articles:

 18th Airborne Corps: Canadian Army general takes Afghan post

“Commanding NTM-A has been a career highlight. It’s been both personally and professionally fascinating,” Eyre said in a release. “I challenge everyone to keep focused on the mission at hand.”

16538 Wayne Eyre  Article

Change of command for 3rd Canadian Division at CFB Edmonton

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Thomson: Ready for inevitable ‘something else’

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Upgrades to Aurora aircraft puts Royal Canadian Air Force on cutting edge of anti-submarine warfare

“We went out, hunted for it, found it, tracked it and did some simulated attacking,” said Maj. Angie Thomas

22679 Angie Thomas Article

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Rare formation of 16 planes soar above 15 Wing Moose Jaw

“It takes a while to get that number of airplanes together when you get airborne,” wing commander Col. Paul Goddard said Friday following the demonstration. “And it was pretty windy and turbulent today so a little tough, the guys had to work a little harder to stay in position.”

14561 Colonel Paul Goddard Article

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Canadians making history at Buckingham Palace

Canada’s Van Doo’s take charge

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Ex-Cadets in the News

Posted by rmcclub on 13th July 2014

Checkpoint n°11 – “Canadian Cemetery” (city of Beny sur Mer). A big moment of emotion for Bruce Barteauxwho found the tomb of his uncle (actually, his wife’s uncle). The name of the uncle is Clarke L. Lawson. Around 8:00 am the second day.

Ultra-marathon commemorates Normandy

“The run includes Germany, which of course 70 years ago were on the other side of the wire, they were the enemy. We are allies now; I served in Germany in the early 1980s. I think this is a good expression of camaraderie, solidarity amongst nations, runners, military and civilian,”

11338 Major Bruce Barteaux

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Providing for the morale and welfare of our military

“My vision is to make this the leading morale and welfare organization of its kind in the western world,”

16158 Commodore Mark Watson

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Governor General invests 50 recipients into the Order of Military Merit

Posted by rmcclub on 13th July 2014

Governor General invests 50 recipients 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 Friday, June 20, 2014. The Governor General bestowed the honour on three Commanders, 13 Officers and 34 Members.

Among the recipients were several Ex Cadets including:

Commander

15141 Rear-Admiral Ronald Lloyd, C.M.M., C.D. – Chief of Force Development, Ottawa, Ontario.

Officers

17793 Captain(N) Robert Auchterlonie, O.M.M., C.D. – Canadian Forces Base Esquimalt, Victoria, British Columbia;

18780 Lieutenant-Colonel Robert Delaney, O.M.M., C.D. – Canadian Forces Military Police Group Headquarters, Ottawa, Ontario;

16237 Commander Wayne DiPersio, O.M.M., C.D. – Personnel Support Unit, Halifax, Nova Scotia;

14472 Brigadier-General Karl McQuillan, O.M.M., C.D. – Office of the Chief of the Army Staff, Ottawa, Ontario;

13260 Brigadier-General Matthew Overton, O.M.M., C.D. – Office of the Chief of Military Personnel, Ottawa, Ontario;

16816 Colonel Carl Turenne, O.M.M., M.S.C., C.D. – 3 Canadian Division Support Base Edmonton, Edmonton, Alberta.

Members

21186 Captain Theresa Green, M.M.M., C.D. – 3 Canadian Division Headquarters, Edmonton, Alberta;

14808 Major Mario Pelletier, M.M.M., C.D. – 2nd Battalion, Royal 22e Régiment, Québec, Quebec.

Created in 1972, the Order of Military Merit recognizes meritorious service and devotion to duty by members of the Canadian Armed Forces. The Order honours them for their commitment to Canada, according to the following three levels of membership: Commander (C.M.M.), Officer (O.M.M.) and Member (M.M.M.).

If we missed anyone let us know.

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Ex-Cadets In the News

Posted by rmcclub on 8th July 2014

Very happy to be in Canada – Chris Hadfield super video

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Another Canadian Tops USAF Test Pilot Course – 21794 Maj Jameel Janjua


“The Canadians who have won this award are all graduates of Royal Military College,” he said. “And this is just a sliver of the RMC grads who have gone on to do other, even more important things.”

“Maj Janjua recently finished at the top of the Test Pilot Course at the United States Air Force Test Pilot School (TPS) at Edwards Air Force base in California… he joins 22911 Maj Joshua Kutryk (2012) and 13738 Col (Ret) Chris Hadfield (1988) as Canadian recipients of TPS’ Liethen-Tittle Award…”

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Ex-Cadets and More in the News

Posted by rmcclub on 22nd June 2014

7771 Jim Leech presented with the Niagara Institutional Dialogue’s Lifetime Achievement Award

Previous honourees have included renowned pension expert 6584 Keith Ambachtsheer, Malcolm Hamilton, the former partner with Mercer Consulting whose thought leadership has helped guide many of Canada’s foremost pension plans and the Rt. Honourable Paul Martin who as Finance Minister fostered a historic agreement to create the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB), now a globally-respected investment agency.

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Huskies welcome their new lead dog

“437 Squadron has a very proud history that started almost 70 years ago (formed at Blakehill Farm in England) and I am very thankful to Lt. Col. Eyre for giving me a squadron that’s functioning at the top of its game”

19925 Lt. Col. Kevin Hendrik Tromp

“The past two years have brought both challenges and successes for the Huskies and I am proud to say that, with the airmen and airwomen at 437, we truly got the job done,”

20503 LCol Ryan Eyre

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Liberals defend celebrating 7860 Roméo Dallaire with online card

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Editorial: Canadians are indebted to 7860 Roméo Dallaire

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RCAF supports NATO Reassurance Measures

“We’re a talented, professional and well-trained military that is able to respond very quickly to the needs of NATO,” said Royal Canadian Air Force Lieutenant-Colonel 20059 Jason Stark, who works at Canadian Joint Operations Command in the J3 operations cell.

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L’OTAN applique des mesures pour rassurer ses alliés, et l’ARC l’appuie

« Nos militaires sont talentueux, professionnels et bien entraînés, et ils peuvent répondre très rapidement aux besoins de l’OTAN », explique le lieutenant‑colonel 20059 Jason Stark, qui travaille dans le bureau J3 Opérations du Commandement des opérations interarmées du Canada.

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Woman’s caregiving recognized – wife of 15508 Jeff Willis

The disease has taken its toll on Jeff. Since 2010, he has gone from an officer in the Canadian military and a busy, active man in his late 40s to someone who needs care almost 24 hours and who has to be watched all the time in case he wanders from the couple’s waterfront home.

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Des soldats québécois au palais de Buckingham

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Canadian Forces’ return to old-style ranks, insignia costs millions

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‘Will we answer the call?’ 7860 Senator Dallaire’s last speech

Posted by rmcclub on 22nd June 2014

This speech was delivered in the Senate chamber the evening of June 17.

Honourable senators, may I first say a few words? I would like to use a reference from a book I have been referring to every now and again. It is a book called The Wicked Wit of Winston Churchill. I would like to start by reading a couple of passages rapidly to set the tone for what I am about to speak of in this motion.

The first ditty is:

When, in 1960, a reporter from the London Evening Standard asked Churchill what he thought about the recent prediction that by the year 2000 women would be ruling the world, he muttered gloomily in reply, “They still will, will they?”

A second question at a dinner was:

The question, “If you could not be who you are, who would you like to be?” was making the round of the dinner table; eventually it was Churchill’s turn, and everybody waited expectantly to hear what the great former wartime prime minister would say. “If I could not be who I am, I would most like to be …” he paused for effect, then, turning to (his wife) Clementine: “Mrs. Churchill’s second husband.”

The last one, if I may, is for entertainment at eleven o’clock at night — I am sure that is what you are looking for. Considering the world and its occupants, Churchill once mused:

I wonder what God thinks of the things His creatures have invented. Really, it is surprising He has allowed it — but then I suppose He has so many things to think of, not only us, but all His worlds. I wouldn’t have His job for anything. Mine is hard enough, but His is much more difficult. And He can’t even resign.

Colleagues, this is my last speech as I resign from this august body. I thank you for your patience as I would like to bring a link and use this moment speaking to a inquiry that I hope will attract your attention and even, I hope, debate.

Before I do that, I would like to indicate that earlier on I thanked you and my staff for the work they have done. My chief of staff — who I have known now for nearly 40 years as she was at the military college and was my secretary then — has been instrumental in me being able to produce a lot of work. However, I would also like to thank some people who I consider to have been mentors in this institution. If I omit others, I hope you will forgive me, but let me mention just a few.

The first one is Senator Joyal, who has been very helpful in guiding me, providing me with input. I must say that reading his book was instrumental in me trying to understand the complexities of our role. I would argue that even after nine years, there are certain areas where I think I am still very much an apprentice. Although he doesn’t like the term, without this “Bible” I think it is very difficult to even have the debate on the future of the Senate.

I would like to thank Senator Nolin, as an honorary colonel and a colleague with whom I have exchanged information over numerous discussions in committee, the Defence Committee in particular.

I would like to thank the Speaker, Senator Kinsella, who has been generous in guiding me and responding to some of my requests, and particularly for helping us commemorate the 11 officers who went through the genocide and receiving us in his quarters in April — the twentieth anniversary. Many of us were finally able to bring closure for having lived that experience.

I thank Senator Colin Kenny for telling me that I had a lot to learn and reminding me of that regularly. He is not here to receive that. I watched how he created the committee and what he had been doing. I realized that times had been difficult. When I was asked originally to join the Defence Committee while he was chair, I said, “No, the committee can’t handle two generals.” I opted to wait out, and I did so.

I would like to thank Senator Plett, who was not always easy, but he was honest, committed and wanted the best possible. He expected a strong debate in order to achieve it, and what this institution looks for is a strong, intellectually rigorous debate between opponents — not enemies — in order to make us produce the best possible legislation for the people.

I would like to thank Senator Lang also for assuming the chair, guiding us and moving things along, and turning into quite a friend on the other side. I also wish to thank Senator White for giving me some insights into the police world as we looked at the RCMP.

I would like, if I may, not only to thank my leader and deputy leaders over the years but I want to thank my senior at military college, a year ahead of me, who harassed me and nearly got me booted out. He didn’t succeed and so I decided to follow him in here. That is Senator Joe Day.

The five years of college did provide some positive results, one of which is that you are still here and I am leaving.

Colleagues, I am abusing your time; forgive me for that, but I thought I would mention these few words to some of my colleagues.

I wanted to bring to your attention a subject that I consider a reality. Some consider it simply a news item. It is another one amongst some of the sadder news items that go on, but those of us who have been in the field and have been in the midst of some of these conflicts, these are not news items; these are reality. We relive them. We can hear the women screaming as they are raped. We can hear the kids screaming for having lost their parents and dying of hunger. We can hear the projectiles — the rounds, the artillery, the mortars. We can hear the sound of machetes going into the flesh of human beings and listening to people as they attempt to survive if not at least die with dignity in the field. We smell what is out there. We still smell it. What goes on in these conflict zones is not foreign and should never be foreign to a great nation like ours.

We are one of the 11 most powerful nations in the world. We are not sixty-ninth or seventieth. There are 193 nations in the world and we are part of the 11 most powerful. We didn’t necessarily want it. We gained it by creating a democracy that is one of the most stable in the world, and soon we will be commemorating the one hundred and fiftieth anniversary of it. We won it because the youth of this nation, the young people of this nation, crossed the pond nearly 100 years ago and fought, bled and died and won victory that permitted us to be recognized not as a colonial cousin, which is one of the most comments ever brought to me, but as a nation state. We paid it in blood as was required in that concept. That was Vimy Ridge.

Three years from now, we will have that incredible year with the one hundred and fiftieth anniversary of the country and the hundredth anniversary of us becoming not only a democracy but a nation state. It will be upon us and my question is: What is the plan? What are we going to provide Canadians? What is the vision for us in this very complex and ambiguous era in which we’ve stumbled into? So far, I think that all I am seeing is commemorating with big chocolate cakes and maybe a few centennial rinks, but we are worthy of far more than that. I do hope we will produce something that will give that intellectual guidance and focus for this great nation to maximize its potential, which it has not done since World War II. We have not shot above our strength since World War II. We have pushed the limits of a nation like ours as a middle power — and that’s fine — but we haven’t overstepped it. We haven’t pushed all of our potential.

(The world) looks up to us because of our work ethic, because we master technology, because we believe in human rights — it is in our fundamental laws … and because we don’t seek to subjugate anybody else.

The last time we did was in World War II. That was 70 years ago, when we had a million women and men in uniform. Even then, as we were pushing that, not one Canadian general or admiral sat at any of the strategic decision bodies of World War II — not one. We were considered a tactical military capability, with a million in the field. So we were tactical.

Since then, we have been building our ability to be not only operational but strategic. That is the arena in which we should be playing. We are a leading middle power in the world, and we have a responsibility to be strategic, to commit strategically and to consider the visions, options and risks, strategically, as a grand nation of the world and a nation to which some look up to. They look up to us because of our work ethic, because we master technology, because we believe in human rights — it is in our fundamental laws — and they look up to us because we don’t seek to subjugate anybody else.

That said, we are still on a horrible learning curve with our First Nations, and there are areas of enormous risk. More and more of those disenfranchised native youth will become, ultimately, a potential security risk in our nation if we don’t attempt to diffuse that potential proactively.

So, if we are thinking strategically, then we should be moving in a strategic sense.

Some have asked me why I chose June 17 as my date of departure. I wish to bring that up today by going back farther than CNN, and that is 20 years ago. I will read, if I may, from the text that we prepared:

(Translation follows)

In June 1994, exactly 20 years ago, the Rwandan genocide was finally winding down. The Rwandan Patriotic Front was clamping down even harder on the interim Hutu government, which was allocating most of its resources to killing civilians instead of defending them. The perpetrators of the genocide were losing their determination. However, just when it seemed as though the massacres would stop, they started up again, as a result of outside intervention.

It was June 17, 1994. I have told this story before. A French politician named Bernard Kouchner came to visit my office at UNAMIR headquarters. Many honourable senators will recall that he was one of the founders of Doctors Without Borders and, more recently, he was France’s foreign affairs minister. At the time, he was accompanied by an emissary from President Mitterrand. That afternoon, the two envoys told me that, in the interests of humanity, France would head a Franco-African coalition to intervene in Rwanda under UN chapter 7, to put an end to the genocide and provide humanitarian assistance. In order to do so, they planned on creating a safe zone in the western part of the country. The genocide had been going on for over two and a half months. At that point, we estimated that over 500,000 people had been killed, nearly 800,000 had been injured, and there were 3.9 million displaced persons and refugees. They were a bit late.

Mr. Kouchner wanted my support but, without hesitation, I told him that was out of the question. How could he not see how wrong this plan was? Was he forgetting that France had been a colonial power in the region and that this history had huge implications? After all, their francophone allies in the Habyarimana regime were the architects of the massacre.

I believed that France, under the guise of humanitarian aid, actually wanted the Hutu government forces to hold part of the country, which was in France’s interests. Whatever the country’s intentions, there is no doubt that what was called Operation Turquoise was catastrophically ineffective.

First, when the media controlled by the Rwandan government began to announce that France would send soldiers, genocide perpetrators from Kigali thought that the French troops were coming to save them. Feeling comforted by that news, they resumed their killing with a vengeance, going so far as to follow survivors into churches and public buildings. Who knows how many innocent people were killed?

The announcement that the French were going to intervene also motivated the government forces to speed up their retreat to the West, where they followed some 2.5 million Rwandans. This huge group of people who were fleeing on foot were frequently attacked by Interahamwe militia, young people between the ages of 15 and 20, who killed not only Tutsis but anyone who did not have an ID card, because people’s ethnicity was indicated on their ID. Let us hope that we never have this type of government ID card in our country because one never knows what they can be used for in times of crisis.

The most disastrous consequence of Operation Turquoise may have been the protection afforded to many of the people responsible for the genocide. It allowed them to take refuge in neighbouring countries, including the Congo, in the Kivu province. The result was the militarization of refugee camps in what is now known as the Congo. That started the war that is still going on today in the African Great Lakes region.

I cannot imagine a greater tragedy than the Rwandan genocide, but this conflict, which has resulted in over 5.5 million deaths in the Congo, continues to worsen. That is because of our ineffectiveness in Rwanda. The conflict that occurred in one country destabilized a region.

Now that all of that has been said, let’s get back to the interesting part: Why June 17? Why end this chapter of my life, my career as senator, on this day in particular? The decision that France made during the Rwandan genocide, a decision that was shared with me 20 years ago today, is still, for me — and for others here and in the other chamber, I hope — proof that middle powers, like Canada, have a role to play in resolving conflicts and preventing atrocities.

Far too often, former colonial powers or superpowers like the United States are the ones leading the interventions. However, we know from experience that their history makes the missions less effective. They have strategic interests in the region or patronage ties with the regimes and opposition groups, not to mention that their history has usually been heavily marked by interference in the country’s domestic affairs.

That was certainly the case with France and Rwanda, but it is definitely not the only example. That is why Canada still has a role to play; it simply needs to reclaim its position as a leader in resolving international conflicts and preventing atrocities. Canada is not currently fulfilling that role.

(English resumes)

What we do have, however, is a proud tradition of championing human rights and peace around the world. Indeed, Canadians played a key role in the creation of the Charter of the United Nations, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the International Criminal Court, the Convention on the Prohibition of the Use, Stockpiling, Production and Transfer of Anti-personnel Mines and on Their Destruction, and the Responsibility to Protect. We more or less invented modern peacekeeping.

We have exceptional armed forces, made up of bright and courageous young men and women — veterans nearly to the man and woman. We have a talented and dedicated diplomatic corps. We have development people and other whole-of-government agencies prepared to deploy and whose ingenuity is invaluable in today’s increasingly complex and ambiguous operations.

We have a vibrant civil society that won’t stop banging at the door even after we’ve changed the locks. Indeed, we have many tools we can deploy in our engagement with the world. We most definitely have a citizenry that takes pride in all of the above.

Today we point to the humanitarian aid dollars we’ve given, which are never enough, and proclaim we’ve done our part. Today we have more sabre-rattling and less credibility.

In recent years, however, things have changed. Today we have 43 peacekeepers deployed out of a possible 110,000 peacekeepers worldwide. Today we have to dance around the words “responsibility to protect” and the International Criminal Court, and even the term “child soldiers” to protect out of fear of having to actually maybe turn our alleged principled foreign policy into principled action.

Today we point to the humanitarian aid dollars we’ve given, which are never enough, and proclaim we’ve done our part. Today we have more sabre-rattling and less credibility; more expressions of concern and less contingency planning; more endless consultation with allies, or so we are told, and less real action being taken; and more empty calls for respect for human rights and less actual engagement with the violators.

I have said this before, but I cannot stress it enough: If we are to overcome the challenges facing the world today, we need transcendent leadership with the deepest conviction and the most honourable of intentions. In other words, we need statesmanship. There is a dearth of statesmanship, of taking risk, demonstrating flexibility, innovation and humility. The question is: When will Canada finally answer the call again?

In my view, there is no more pressing and more appropriate place to start than with the Central African Republic. As has been well documented in the media and spoken to in this chamber, there is an ongoing humanitarian crisis in the CAR that bears a strong resemblance to the catastrophe that played out in Rwanda 20 years ago. Thousands have been targeted and killed by roaming gangs on the basis of their religious identity. Hundreds of thousands have been displaced, many of whom fled beyond borders as refugees. Entire families have been wiped out, with women repeatedly victims of sexual violence. Rape is an instrument of war.

The primary weapon in that conflict are thousands of children, some as young as 11, forcibly recruited as child soldiers and indoctrinated to fuel the cycle of violence. It was reported by the outgoing High Commissioner on Human Rights that the situation is as gruesome and horrific as any in the world today.

Again, in this case, we have a scenario where the former colonial power is leading the international response. That’s the worst gang to have in the field within that context. However, in September a UN peacekeeping mission is set to be deployed, which represents a significant opportunity for new leadership to come forward.

Simply put, Canada needs to be there on the ground, standing side by side with courageous African troops already deployed, notably, in fact, the Rwandans, who are putting themselves in harm’s way to save lives and who are taking casualties at times. What’s more, our troops, police and civilian personnel can make the difference. They know the languages, they know the place, they know the people, and they know the culture; and there are several reasons why we should be there, as called upon by so many countries asking why we are not there.

First, the interim president has already specifically identified Canada as a country that can make a significant contribution toward peace and reconciliation, given our proud tradition of multiculturalism.

Second, our troops are well trained, experienced and professional, not to mention bilingual, so they can make a significant contribution both in terms of direct operations and through the training of others in the mission-critical issues. We have, thanks to this government, the strategic lift to sustain forces in the middle of Africa where there are no ports. We have the logistic capability to provide the assets needed so they don’t run out of ammunition, food or medical supplies. We have the command and control capability that other nations do not have to bring a force together and make it effective. We have the planning skills to do the contingency planning and to be able to use the forces effectively on the ground. We have the leadership in our general officer corps that has acquired the ability to work within that complexity and ambiguity over the years and is prepared to serve.

Of vital importance in that regard is training specific to the challenge posed by the massive presence of child soldiers in the CAR. Where our troops go in, they would not only need to know how to face and neutralize child soldiers, but also how to ensure that the kids are not recruited by armed groups to begin with, and that we don’t use lethal force because they are considered in the doctrines of the military as simply belligerents.

We have skills that we can use and train others in to avoid the destruction of these youths and, in fact, to neutralize their capability. This expertise, part of it is part of the work I’m doing, is being deployed in Somalia, Mali and Libya. We are looking at deploying capabilities and training in the CAR — but we’re alone.

Third, with religious freedom being the stated whole-of-government priority for our government, Canada should be among the first nations to line up to contribute ground forces and other support in the U.S. peacekeeping effort. In the CAR, Muslims and Christians are being targeted regularly on the basis of their religion, and there have been multiple warnings of mass ethno-religious cleansing and genocide.

Yes, the recruitment of child soldiers is a warning that those who do that are prepared to go to any length of exactions in order to achieve their aims, including mass destruction of human life and, ultimately, even genocide.

We haven’t asked the office of religious freedom to provide the funding and expertise to local groups and religious leaders who are seeking to promote inter-religious dialogue and reconciliation on the ground.

This past April at the International Conference on Genocide Prevention in Brussels, I saw our foreign minister. I also saw him last week in London at an international conference on the sexual abuse of women in conflict, where he was the only minister out of 132 ministers there who had the guts to chair a meeting of 90 minutes with other ministers to provide a free-wheeling innovative debate. I applaud him for that and he did it very well. However, he said in Brussels:

“As leaders, this is our time. Let us not look back when it’s too late, and wonder if we really did enough.”

I certainly agree with that. However, the only way we can avoid such an outcome is if Canada and other nations proceed to implement all relevant aspects of the responsibility to protect doctrine in the Central African Republic. Let me be clear: This does not just refer to the UN Peacekeeping Mission under Chapter VII. Indeed, we should consider reinforcing the African Union under Chapter VIII: sanctions to those supporting the armed group; apply the optional protocol on child rights, which holds us accountable to those who recruit and use child soldiers as weapons of war; give us the authority to intervene; and provide extensive development support to help the country rebuild its security sector, its schools, its economy and its judicial system.

Honourable senators, it is only through comprehensive action that we will have a chance to look back and say that we did enough to reverse this one, because the last time we didn’t. However, our responsibilities do not end with the missions abroad. Indeed, we have related duties at home that we must carry out to the fullest extent. If Canada were to send troops and other personnel into conflict zones, such as the Central African Republic, we would have to ensure absolutely that we provide them and their families with the proper care after they return home, for you cannot return from those conflicts without being affected. This includes care not only of the physical injuries but those of the psychological variety, which have a lasting and potentially deadly impact. PTSD can be a terminal injury.

Honourable senators, as you can see, all these issues are interconnected. As I transition into the next phase of my life, I will be devoting considerable attention to each in my ongoing work and I look forward to meeting you on whatever occasion you’re prepared to have me as a witness.

Thank you very much.

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Ex-Cadets & More in the News

Posted by rmcclub on 15th June 2014

Former member of the 2012 RMCC  Sandhurst Team, 25817 Lieutenant Yana Volodarets (left), a student on the basic communications and electronics engineering (air) officer course, delivers a situational awareness briefing to Colonel Ning Lew (centre), a communications and electronics engineering (air) officer who is the Director Air Domain Development on the RCAF staff in Ottawa, and Lieutenant-Colonel James Lambert, an Army signals officer who is the commandant of the Canadian Forces School of Communications and Electronics in Kingston, Ontario, during Exercise Mercury Wing. PHOTO: Corporal Rod Doucet

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Parliamentarians recognize RCAF achievements

The eighth annual “Air Force Appreciation Day on the Hill”, hosted by H7543  Senator Joseph Day and the Royal Canadian Air Force Association, was celebrated on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Tuesday, May 27, 2014.

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The Afghanistan Memorial Vigil offers an opportunity for reflection

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A Navy commander ships out to earn an MBA

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Ex-Cadets in the News

Posted by rmcclub on 8th June 2014

23606 Major Chris Greaves (left) and Mr. Ronald Kent (right), of Stantec Architecture Ltd., accept an Award of Environmental Excellence from Mr. John Clark, of the Northwest Territories and Nunavut Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists (NAPEG), on May 15, 2014. The award recognized an innovative solution to treating waste water in the demanding environment of Canadian Forces Station Alert in Nunavut. Major Greaves, the base construction engineering officer at Joint Task Force (North) in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, accepted the award on behalf of 1 Canadian Air Division. PHOTO: Submitted - Full article

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Government of Canada begins D-Day commemorations with Second World War Veterans

“As a grateful nation, we also have a duty to remember these Canadian Veterans who stepped forward when our nation needed them, who served with courage and distinction and who defended all the things we still hold dearly today.”

19894 Erin O’Toole, Member of Parliament for Durham and Veteran of the Canadian Armed Forces Article

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Fly over during Hanover Cadet review

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ING Robotic Aviation flying unmanned aerial vehicles with Canadian army

“I continue to be very proud of the work our guys are doing in the field,” said Ian Glenn, CEO/CTO of ING Robotic Aviation. “On ops or on training, we are always there for the Canadian Armed Forces.”

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Ex-Cadets & More in the News

Posted by rmcclub on 1st June 2014

Lawson vows action on sexual assaults, but military behind on reporting criminal stats

“First, let me say that I do not accept from any quarter, the notion that sexual misconduct is simply part of our military culture,” Lawson said. “Sexual misconduct of any kind is wrong, is despicable, it’s corrosive and it runs utterly contrary to everything the Canadian Armed Forces stands for.”

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7771 Jim Leech Wins National Business Book Award

“Jim Leech and Jacquie McNish have been named the winners of the National Business Book Award for their book, The Third Rail: Confronting Our Pension Failures, published by Signal, an imprint of McClelland & Stewart.” Article

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La Citadelle à travers ses traditions Article

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25 General William Throsby Bridges (entered RMCC 1877)   move from Duntroon to AWM for Gallipoli Centenary Article

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Andrew Coyne: Why military commanders and political partisanship make a bad mix Article

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Biden: Changing world needs new officer skills Article

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Ex-Cadets & More in the News

Posted by rmcclub on 25th May 2014

Caption: Tom and Ricky Connerty and their daughters Keira, age 7, and Ayra, 4, stand with their meat goat herd at their farm near Centreville. The family raises specialty-breed chickens and meat goats. They sell farm-fresh eggs and are preparing to add pigs and rabbits to their diverse farm.

Connerty Meadows Farm keen to grow local food

“The only way that somebody is going to survive at (farming) small scale is that people within the area are going to demand it,” he said. “People are going to get to the point where they’re not going to want to (buy from the store) imported foods.”

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Q&A 13337 Lt.-Gen. Stuart Beare

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Military retreating on diversity targets after failing to meet recruiting goals for minorities, women

“If we reduce the goals, then they don’t have to strive as hard to reach them,” she said. “And we may end up in a situation where the Canadian military no longer reflects Canadian society. And that’s bad news no matter what country you live in.”

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Soldier remembered as leader, family man

“He played hard and he worked hard,” Maj. Jennifer Causey, Bobbitt’s second-in-command, said in a news conference on Thursday. “Lt.-Col. Bobbitt was a leader we all aspire to be.”

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University of Texas at Austin 2014 Commencement Address

Great video

inspirational moment. Doesn’t that all sound familiar…

· Make your bed

· Paddle together

· Size doesn’t matter

· Life isn’t fair

· You will sometimes fail

· Take calculated risks

· Stand up to bullies

. Stay calm

· Dare to hope

· Avoid temptation

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Two Ex Cadets Being Honoured By France: 2652 Britt Smith & 2816 Bill Turner

Posted by rmcclub on 19th May 2014

Kingstonians being honoured by France

By Sue Yanagisawa, Kingston Whig-Standard

Seventy years later and there is no ‘official’ casualty figure for D-Day — June 6, 1944 — the day allied troops, mainly from Canada, the U.S. and Britain, fought their way across the beaches of Normandy.

But that was just the beginning. The battle of Normandy went on into August before that one region of France — less than a third the size of Ontario — was wrested from an occupying German army.

This year, the 70th anniversary of that feat, two of Kingston’s own are being honoured by France for their part in the liberation.

Kingston developer A. Britton Smith, 94, and former Royal Miltary College Commandant Brig.-Gen. William Turner, who is slightly younger, have both been awarded the rank of Knight of the French National Order of the Legion of Honour (Chevalier dans l’Ordre national de la Legion d’honneur), effective March 27.

A date for the official ceremony at the French Embassy in Ottawa has yet to be decided and they only learned of the honour in a letter from French ambassador to Canada, Philippe Zeller, earlier this month.

The ambassador also advised them that he’s secured permission from the Canadian government, allowing them to accept the foreign decoration.

Smith observed that was thoughtful of him, chuckling that it saves him having to decide, as did Conrad Black, whether to surrender his citizenship.

Smith insists that the main reason he was chosen is. “I’m still alive. There aren’t many of us left,” although he allows that being severely wounded in the Battle of Normandy might also be factor.

At the time, he was a major and Artillery Officer with the Royal Hamilton Light Artillery. “I got promoted right after Dieppe,” he said, because “we lost two captains at Dieppe — one killed, one captured.”

However, an anti-tank tellermine shattered his right leg in Verrierres, requiring multiple subsequent surgeries to repair and he was also shot in the neck.

“In the dark, several machine guns opened up on the (land mine) flash,” he explains. “I was crawling, dragging my wounded leg,” at which point Smith indicates with his hand the side of his neck where the bullet caught him. He remembers that the medics initially used his rifle to splint his leg, and being given a hand-knitted sweater with a Canadian Red Cross label, as he was being loaded onto a boat shuttling the wounded back to England. He hung onto that sweater for a long time afterward, he said.

He was also awarded the Military Cross on the British hospital ship Aba during the trip back to Halifax and remembers the matron sewing it on his uniform. He was all of 24.

Turner insists he was never even wounded, dismissing a bayonet through his hand on the grounds that he didn’t report it.

“I was one of the lucky ones,” he said. I got all the way through (the war) without being killed or wounded.”

Even younger than Smith, he was in the last class at Royal Military College before it closed as a school for the duration of the war. Turner shipped out in early 1943 as a lieutenant with the 23rd Field Regiment and was among the reinforcements after the invasion launched.

“I went over after D-Day on a liberty boat,” he recalls, on a sunny day when the water was so calm “I landed on the beach” at Courseulles-sur-mer, “without even getting my feet wet.” He remembers being told they’d have a day or two to orient themselves, but “we went straight into action that night.”

By the time Turner got to Holland he was promoted to captain, serving as forward observation officer with the 15th Canadian Field Regiment RCA.

He went on to serve “40 something years in the military, including a two-year posting to Germany as Brigade Major in command of the 3rd Regiment Royal Canadian Horse Artillery and “a couple of jobs in Ottawa.”

He also served from 1973 until 1977 as Commandant of his alma mater, Royal Military College, and saw his cadets parade on Parliament Hill for the college’s centennial in 1976.

And if that was all that two veterans contributed, it would be plenty.

But Smith returned to Canada, entered law school, practising for 50 years in Kingston even though he admits he hated going to court. He’s a life member of the Law Society of Upper Canada.

He also founded Homestead Land Holdings Ltd., growing the company from a sideline that started with a single A-frame on Park Street to an enterprise that now employs about 780 people, responsible for the creation of about 24,000 housing units in 13 Ontario cities. He remains president and sole owner, with his children, and still goes to the office daily.

Along the way, he also served three terms as a Kingston alderman in the 1950s; joined and was eventually made honorary colonel of the Princess of Wales Own Regiment; and headed up the Kingston and District United Way, among other things.

Turner, after leaving the military, spent five years as a vice-president of the Urban Transportation Development Corporation and eventually went to work for Homestead, before retiring at 65.

Both men say they’re pleased to accept the French honour. “Delighted” was Turner’s word.

But they’re clear they represent a whole generation of young men, who by today’s standards were just kids, when they went “over there.”

Many didn’t make it back and time has been picking off those who did ever since.

Smith and Turner are now among the oldest members of the RMC Club’s elite Old Brigade. And at last year’s reunion, Smith said he was the only member of his class whose continued good health allowed him to attend.

sue.yanagisawa@sunmedia.ca

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EX Cadets & More in the News

Posted by rmcclub on 4th May 2014

 

Former e-Veritas “staffer” promoted to Captain

Just three years ago, OCdt Dan Fleming (centre) was working with us in e-Veritas prior to moving on to his military career as a young officer.

Dan did some great work for us piecing together articles and being our backup photographer. All along, we were confident in the knowledge that he had the potential to do well as an officer in the Canadian Forces.

His first posting was to CFB Petawawa – 2 Service Battalion. He has done a lot over the past couple of years; quickly adopting to military life as a platoon commander in a couple of big exercises and leading troops on a day-to-day basis. Every once, in awhile, we would hear about many of the positive things he was doing on a regular basis. Which was good news but not surprising.

Dan was recently promoted to Captain and will be taking on the role of EA for the incoming 4 CDSG Commander, Colonel J.R.M. Gagne, and will be starting this new venture in July. In the meantime, he is off to Wainwright as a participant in Ex Maple Resolve.

We wish Captain Fleming continued success as he moves forward in his promising career.

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Prolific Paladin

“I told my dad I was thinking of leaving and that I had other options,” he recounted the father-son chat. “He asked me, ‘Do you like it, do you like that life?’ I told him I did, and I truly did, and he said, ‘Go back to university.’

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RCAF improves testing for “the right stuff”

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M0472 Major(ret) Barbara Maisonneuve – former (UTPNCM) recently sent this self-explanatory letter to the editors at Macleans magazine; we feel it is important and with her approval have recopied here.

Dear Editor,

This week like thousands of other Canadians, I read the articles in Maclean’s and L’actualité magazines about the sexual abuse, harassment and assaults that allegedly take place everyday within our military units. And like most readers I was shocked and saddened by what I read. I would never imply that the statistics presented are not true – I am certain that incidents such as those reported do take place within our military world because they happen everywhere else – in every city and town and institution and organization, everywhere in Canada. They are a sad fact of life.

As the CF embarks on this investigation and review of events, I feel nothing but sympathy for the victims whose lives have been forever changed because of this. As I read their stories it broke my heart, and astounded me at the same time, that they felt they had no one to turn to. The Canadian Forces is the most regulated organization in the country. Whatever has happened to you, there is a regulation that will tell you what to do next. We have the chain of command and the Military Police, it’s true, but there are so many other avenues open to serving members. There is the unofficial chain of command; you can go to your Regimental Sergeant Major or to the Senior Non-Commissioned Officers, there are your co-workers – both military and civilian. Unofficially, we have padres, coaches and medical staff. Failing that you could always rely on a favourite instructor you had on a course, or even your Recruit School roommate. We always say that the military is a small world, and from the day you join, you become part of this huge family. It is truly beyond comprehension that these victims felt they had no one to turn to for help. I am confident that the Military Police and CF leadership will do whatever is necessary to investigate these incidents, punish those guilty and restore faith in our culture and our uniform.

But, today I feel compelled to speak out for the other tens of thousands of men in the Canadian Forces whose behaviour has always been a credit to the uniform they wear. I want to be clear when I say that the soldiers and sailors and airmen, officers and other ranks, that make up the vast majority of our Canadian Armed Forces are truly gentlemen. They are professional, honest and hardworking; they degrade no one and treat all of their colleagues, subordinates and superiors – of either sex – with respect. I think it is important that this point is made today.

I also want to lend credibility to my comments by saying that I served alongside these men in the CF for almost 22 years; I joined the Canadian Forces at 18 years of age in 1981. I joined the military police trade, which had begun to accept women only a few years before. Back then we were just learning how to deal with women in uniform; the ceiling was lifted on our numbers, trades that had long been male-only were opening to women, the Combat Related Employment of Women (CREW) trials were still 6 years away, and locker rooms were very much male dominated. And yet, I never felt threatened, demeaned or harassed by any of the men I worked with because I was a woman. I spent 5 years in that environment and then the next four within the Military College system. True, there had been some push back from senior serving and retired military officers when women were admitted into the hallowed halls of the military colleges, but I never felt it. On the contrary, the idea of “an Officer and a Gentleman” was alive and well at Royal Roads Military College and at the Royal Military College in Kingston. Truth, duty and valour are more than just words to the Officer Cadets who served and are serving there. After graduation I served 12 more years as a Logistics Officer in the RCAF. During those years I literally travelled the world, often alone, visiting our 18 or so small missions and 20 plus Military Police Security Service units and military attaché posts in some of the most inhospitable and dangerous countries in the world. At every stop, I was welcomed and treated with respect, courtesy and kindness by our troops. On some of the more harrowing journeys I can honestly say that nothing gave me more happiness and relief than seeing that soldier with the Canadian flag on his shoulder waiting by the jeep to pick me up.

So I just want to say thank you to the hundreds – thousands – of Canadian servicemen, senior and junior to me, whose paths I crossed during my career and beyond. I want to say that whether I met you in the performance of my duties, in training, in line at the dining hall; or perhaps sitting beside you on the long haul flight to Inuvik, having a beer at the Jr Ranks Mess, or playing a game of crud in the Officers’ mess – you always behaved impeccably, and it was truly an honour to have served with you.

Major (ret) Barbara Maisonneuve

Montréal, QC

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