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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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Which Ex Cadet Said What? When? Why?

Posted by rmcclub on 23rd August 2015

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“After ending more than 15 years on General Council in one capacity or another, I am now quite happy to let the current Club leadership continue their excellent stewardship without my intervention.”

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“I am proud for weathering the storm of separating the RMC Club from the RMC Foundation. Today, there are two separate Boards.”

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“My years on Council saw the introduction of Lady Cadets into the College. This change brought forth many opinions on what the results of that change would be. Comments ranged from “catastrophe”, “what next”, “about time” to “welcome”. My position, then as now, was if we are to recognize equality of gender, equality of opportunity and equality of service – we should and must afford equality of entry and training for entrants into commissioned ranks.”

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“As RMC Club president, the biggest challenges dealt with rapprochement between groups of old and new members; After all, the role of the RMC Club is the bringing together of its members for mutual benefit and support; the encouragement and maintenance of that camaraderie which has always existed at the colleges, and the advancement of the welfare of its members, the cadets and the Canadian Military Colleges generally.”

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“I was kind of schooled out after four years, and I really didn’t feel like going (to medical school) right away. I figured I’d get into the workforce and my brother helped me out with an opportunity.”

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“They probably all got back at me in their own way, once they got me off the parade square, but that was all part of the fun about being a first-year cadet at RMC.”

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“I’d known for so long what I wanted to do, by the time I was in Grade 12, I was definitely ready to be at RMC,”

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“I remember when we switched to the SAM Centre. Because of the new flooring we all ended up getting shin splints because of these shoes and the new rubber floor that we were playing on.”

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“I loved aircraft. I did want to be a pilot but I knew when I was 13 and I had glasses given to me that was done. My father said if you’re thinking about the air force, somebody knew the colonel at the air force base, so I called him and did an interview for the school paper. He said you can travel the world; you can do all sorts of interesting things; we have all sorts of different aircraft. We take care of our people. It just sounded like something I would like to do. Leaving home and moving into a career, it sounded like a good fit.”

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“I always did want to go to RMC, but after the civilian experience (I was) even more convinced that it was a good fit to go there.”

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“Danny said, ‘You did pretty well in the track meet.’ I said, ‘Yes sir.’ He said, ‘What else do you do?’ I said, ‘My first sport is hockey.’ His eyes lit up. ‘He said, ‘What the hell are you are you doing at UNB?’”

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“I didn’t play rep hockey, I played house-league hockey, but the thing in rugby, is it’s a sport where there is room for different sizes and shapes of players. Your level of effort and commitment is going to be rewarded, in terms of how you support the other players. You don’t necessarily have to be a playmaker to make a big contribution to a rugby team.”

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Ex-Cadets in the News

Posted by rmcclub on 16th August 2015

Ex-Cadets in the News

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Which Ex Cadet Said What? When? Why?

Posted by rmcclub on 16th August 2015

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“I am a great believer in the Ethics Cascade.”

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“I was fortunate that in my rookie year we had the “Maj” H25917 Danny McLeod coaching us in his last coaching year of an amazing period of growth for RMC hockey.”

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“While at RMC I was a part of the football, hockey and debating teams.”

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“I played on the varsity rugby team at Royal Roads. I was a member of the varsity football team at RMC.”

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“Although my interviewer found me an arrogant fellow, I was accepted for some strange reason.”

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“Prior to my year as Club President, the Department of National Defence announced that it would close Royal Roads Military College and the Collège militaire royal de Saint-Jean.”

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“I was on the Fencing Team for all of my five years. Academically I had a bit of a struggle and this detracted any aspirations I might have had for more senior leadership positions.”

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“I coached the cadets in library research methods: formulating a search, searching for books, journal articles and conference papers using a manual card catalogue, interlibrary loans, evaluating and citing sources.

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“I wore #34 on the Football team in 1950 and enjoyed playing at offensive right guard. A back injury during the 1951 basic training at Camp Borden led to being a member of the swimming team.”

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“In my final year I was a cadet wing officer and held the position of Cadet Wing Communications Officer. “

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“Canada has a unique once-in-a-century opportunity to create jobs and growth while enhancing its sovereign military capability.”

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“Every time I see that flag going up, I am proud,”

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Ex-Cadets & More in the News

Posted by rmcclub on 9th August 2015

  • F-35 test pilot wants kids to share his love of flying – 12806 Billie Flynn

  • About to launch album, 13738 Chris Hadfield talks recording music in space

  • “In my ongoing quest for continuous learning, I am proud to call RRU my university” –   E 4628 Rick Dunning – former RMCC Distant Learning Student

  • Un nouveau commandant au service au Personnel – 16271 Hercule Gosselin

  • Do changes to Canadian Forces recruiting make sense?

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Which Ex Cadet Said What? When? Why?

Posted by rmcclub on 9th August 2015

 

“Afghanistan is a war zone,”

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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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“In brackets they said ‘cold.’ I’ve got all my woolies and my Canadian Olympic mittens. I’m very excited about this opportunity. It’s a country I’ve not been to before.”

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“According to what my mother tells me, I used to dress up in old fatigues and run around with a helmet on,”

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“It was the most dominating performance by a RMC taekwondo team over West Point in our history — 6-1,” he recalled. “I beat their best fighter in the second match. Their morale dropped right there.”

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“The flying is more advanced and much more fun as well.”

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“Can one person make a difference? I hope I have answered this with a resounding yes,”

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“I had a very satisfying and rewarding career doing work that I enjoyed. I never made it to high rank (retired as a LCdr) or to management levels (was an Engineer 5 all 23 civilian years), but I was able to hone my engineering skills problem solving on very interesting machinery plants. RMC provided me with an excellent education and sound basis for a career in a discipline other than that of my degree. I always doubted that I would have graduated from a civilian university because the small RMC class sizes provided such a personal learning experience.”

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“When people like us put $20 million-plus of private money into recognizing Canada’s aviation heritage, as a taxpayer I’d like people in government to encourage and assist them when they can,”

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“If you issue a code of conduct, then it’s assumed you have some kind of legitimacy also. This falls within the domain of propaganda. The insurgents want to occupy the intellectual space and also the operational space by offering themselves as an alternative to the government. They want people to believe they’re better than us, that they’re the best option for Afghans.”

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“It felt like I never left, and I was quite happy to relive some memories as I walked around. The human mind has this tendency to just remember the good times,”

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“When this all happened, I wasn’t thinking of a medal, I wasn’t trying to be brave. I was just thinking of saving that girl.”

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Ex Cadets & More in the News

Posted by rmcclub on 3rd August 2015

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  • Update: 41 years later, survivors of cadet camp blast get an apology, pledge of action

  • Statement by 13551 Lieutenant-General Guy Thibault, Vice Chief of the Defence Staff, regarding the Ombudsman’s report on the 1974 cadet tragedy at CFB Valcartier

  • Il y a 40 ans, une grenade tuait six cadets à Valcartier – 9485 Pierre Daigle

  • New Commander for the Canadian Forces Intelligence Group: 19251 Ron Pumphrey

  • Defence firm wants smartphones on the battlefield – 14016 Rick Fawcett

  • Two Female Officers Advance Final Phase of Army Ranger School

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Which Ex Cadet Said What? When? Why?

Posted by rmcclub on 3rd August 2015

To carry on the legacy of Canadian participation in operations in the Middle East is a tremendous opportunity. I look forward to assuming command over such a dynamic international team.

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“I suffered several rude awakenings as I arrived at the golden years of my military career. First, I was demoralized at having had committed my life to a military institution that was incapable of winning the war in Afghanistan.“

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“”We’re ready for this,”” he declared as the troops boarded their charter for Norway. Along with the rest of 5 CMBG, the VanDoos had spent part of January in the deep snow south of Quebec City rehearsing the skills of fighting and surviving in near-arctic conditions during Exercise RAFALE BLANCHE. The exercise there,  was “”organized to prepare for what we expected to do”” in Norway.

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“Right now they’re confident; they’re capable. They’ve been conducting numerous operations on their own and they’ve had a number of successes,”

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“I wanted to continue to serve Canada, but through business,”

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“I wanted to continue playing hockey and my education was important to me.”

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“Hearing from the Minister of Justice is unusual,”

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“The first thing I could think of was my daughter was between the two of us. So I went to grab her right away. And they said stop,”

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“It was one of those tourist things, where they cycle people through every hour. It was so much fun, a simple little trek. But it probably was the biggest defining moment. I said to myself, ‘I gotta do this.’”

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“The ATF is proud to leave behind a cross to commemorate Canada’s efforts in protecting the Baltic skies and its commitment to NATO,”

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“There are just no words to describe a loss as tragic as this,”

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“This is a serious institution, but you have got to have fun at the same time,”

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Ex-Cadets & more in the News

Posted by rmcclub on 26th July 2015

  • Un nouveau navire de patrouille extracôtier de l’Arctique nommé en l’honneur du héros canadien-français de la guerre de 1812, Frédérick Rolette – 16204 Luc Cassivi

  • Naval Reserve under new command – 15185 Bill Truelove

  • Top general says soldiers facing sexual assault should dial 911 – 15696 Jonathan Vance

  • CFB Borden helicopter unit welcomes first female commander – 17347 Jill Bishop (Hyland)

  • Chilean replenishment ship trains with RCN – 20939 Clive Butler

  • Army ʻfoundʼ 2PPCLIʼs new Commanding Officer – 20957  LCol Wayne Niven initially interested in RCAF

  • CFS Alert Welcomes New Commanding Officer (Outgoing CO, Brian Tang 21865)

  • Club membership Update…

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Le Commodore 16204 Luc Cassivi, directeur général, Disponibilité opérationnelle stratégique navale s’adresse aux invités au Mess des officiers du Complexe naval de la Pointe-à-Carcy de Québec, Québec, le jeudi 16 Juillet. 

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Ex-Cadets & More in the News & Morale Building Quotes

Posted by rmcclub on 19th July 2015

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  • Contrasting Military Chiefs: U.S. and Canada – 15696 Jon Vance

  • 15185 Bill & Brenda Truelove: Washington, DC – Next Stop

  • Kingston named Home Station for CF Intelligence – 19745 Pascal Ratte; 11540 Glen Nordick; 15299 Carl Doyon

  • Soldier fighting Saskatchewan fires got lost while heeding Mother Nature’s call – 16538 Wayne Eyre

  • Tribute to a great Canadian story – 7631 Wayne Baldwin

  • Dilbit Spills Can Seriously Harm Canada’s Fish Populations; 2 Profs in the news

  • 7000 David Haas has play running at Edmonton’s Fringe – Friday, August 14 to Sunday, August 23

  • Morale Building Quotes from Frederick Douglass

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