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Ex-Cadets & More in the News – Danny McLeod Book- Now Available

Posted by rmcclub on 22nd September 2013

“Always a Leader. The lives of Danny McLeod”. Now Available

The book is close to 400 pages. – Contact the author – Ted Nurse [] for purchasing and delivery details.


National Defence Marks the Establishment of the Canadian Forces Intelligence Group

“”Placing our five intelligence collection units under a single commander will allow us to better integrate our activities,”” said 11603 Major-General Rousseau. “”The new group will help synchronize and prioritize intelligence collection to the benefit of the whole defence community; a transformative and exciting change indeed.””

Canada’s Chief of the Defence Staff attends NATO Military Committee Meetings

“”The discussions made possible by these meetings are of enormous value for exchanging information on current operations, and addressing issues of security concern, such as the situation in Syria, with our defence counterparts,”” said 12192 General Lawson.

Wounded vets asked to sign form saying they won’t criticize the military on social media

“This is right out of something you would see during the Soviet era,” 15488 Sean Bruyea


Governor General Presents 38 Military Decorations at Rideau Hall

(At least ten with a Military College Connection)


Meritorious Service Cross (Military Division)

13337 Major-General Stuart A. Beare, C.M.M., M.S.C., M.S.M., C.D.

As the deputy commander of the military police within the NATO Training Mission–Afghanistan from June 2010 to July 2011, Major-General Beare led the largest build-up of police forces in the mission’s history. Working tirelessly with his Afghan counterparts and commanding a diverse, multinational organization, he built a solid foundation for the Afghan National Police and positioned the organization for ongoing success. Major-General Beare’s leadership and strategic vision had a profound and lasting impact on the success of the mission.

13551 Lieutenant-General Guy Robert Thibault, C.M.M., M.S.C., C.D.

As chairman of the Inter-American Defense Board (IADB) since June 2010, Lieutenant-General Thibault has demonstrated energy, enthusiasm and diplomatic skill in leading this complex and diverse multilateral group. He is lauded for his interpersonal skills, his sensitivity to national differences of opinion, and his intellectual ability to astutely frame and convincingly articulate a vision for the reform and evolution of the IADB. His efforts have significantly added to Canada’s esteem within the board and to the advancement of Canada’s engagement toward the Americas.

Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division)

17290 Lieutenant-Colonel Suzanne Marie Bailey, M.S.M., C.D.

Lieutenant-Colonel Bailey’s leadership and creative initiative were instrumental in developing and implementing the Road to Mental Readiness program. As the chair of the Mental Health Education Advisory Committee, she also sits on the NATO Working Group on mental health education. She has built strong relationships with such organizations as the Mental Health Commission of Canada to share her knowledge and to help personnel improve their mental resiliency. Lieutenant-Colonel Bailey’s dedication and passion brought great honour to the Canadian Armed Forces.

21616 Major Joseph Éric Stéphane Briand, M.S.M., C.D.

Major Briand commanded a team of mentors deployed to Afghanistan from November 2010 to June 2011, where he distinguished himself by his exceptional strategic acumen. With extraordinary initiative, he professionalized the efforts of the Afghan National Army on several occasions, both while stationed in garrison and in the field. Major Briand’s keen planning sense, resilience and composure contributed greatly to the operational success of the coalition forces.

21136 Major Derek John Chenette, M.S.M., C.D.

While deployed to Afghanistan from August 2011 to February 2012, Major Chenette excelled as commanding officer of the Regional Military Training Centre–North. He overcame the challenges of being stationed 400 kilometres from NATO headquarters, at the end of complex lines of communications, and delivered an exceptional mentoring program focused on empowering non-commissioned officers and encouraging individual accountability. Drawing praise from NATO leadership, Major Chenette’s unit was considered one of the most effective in the country, bringing great credit to the Canadian Armed Forces.

21094 Major Jay Lyman Indewey, M.S.M., C.D.

Major Indewey demonstrated leadership and professionalism as operations officer of the Joint Task Force National Support Element from October 2009 to May 2010. He ensured the provision of exceptional combat service support to Canadian and coalition forces in Afghanistan. In addition, he enabled the mentoring of and partnering with the combat service support kandak of the Afghan National Army. Major Indewey’s remarkable efforts improved the capabilities of the Afghan National Army and contributed directly to operational success in Afghanistan.

20634 Major Yannick Lemieux, M.S.M., C.D.

Major Lemieux was deployed to Afghanistan as part of the Mission Transition Task Force from July to December 2011. As senior communications advisor and commander of Group Headquarters and Signal Squadron, he coordinated the delivery of impeccable communications support and developed an exemplary reduction plan. His leadership, determination and knowledge ensured that the closure of the Canadian communications infrastructure went smoothly while maintaining operational effectiveness during the process.

18880 Commander Bradley Alan Peats, M.S.M., C.D.

As commanding officer of HMCS Vancouver from August to December 2011, Commander Peats ensured his ship’s maximum effectiveness during NATO operations in the Mediterranean. Initially supporting international efforts in Libya before moving east to conduct counter-terrorism operations, he established HMCS Vancouver as a leading ship within the NATO contingent. Commander Peats’ leadership and diplomatic command ensured the ship’s operational success, bringing credit to Canada and supporting our NATO allies.

16340 Colonel Joseph Paul Alain Pelletier, M.S.M., C.D.

From March to September 2011, Colonel Pelletier served as air component commander of Operation MOBILE, Canada’s contribution to NATO’s military operation in Libya. An experienced officer, he took initiative from the outset of the mission and reviewed the rules of engagement, the Chief of the Defence Staff’s targeting directives and other instructions to optimize the use of force throughout the mission. Colonel Pelletier’s leadership and the specific guidelines that he introduced helped to ensure the operational and tactical success of the mission.

Chief Warrant Officer Anthony James Slack, M.M.M., M.S.M., C.D. – Former RMCC – College Chief Warrant Officer

As regimental sergeant-major of the Consolidated Fielding Centre from July 2011 to July 2012, Chief Warrant Officer Slack successfully trained and equipped over 21 000 Afghan soldiers. Most notably, he created a mentoring program that was vital to the empowerment and educational growth of senior non-commissioned officers. Chief Warrant Officer Slack’s efforts supported the fielding of 70 newly formed Afghan National Army units, bringing great credit to the Canadian Armed Forces.


The Meritorious Service Decorations include a military division and a civil division, with two levels each: a medal and a cross. The military division recognizes individuals for their outstanding professionalism and for bringing honour to the Canadian Forces and to Canada. The civil division recognizes individuals who have performed an exceptional deed or an activity that brought honour to the community or to Canada.

The Meritorious Service Cross (Military Division) recognizes a military deed or activity that has been performed in an outstandingly professional manner, according to a rare high standard that brings considerable benefit or great honour to the Canadian Forces.

The Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division) recognizes a military deed or activity performed in a highly professional manner, according to a very high standard that brings benefit or honour to the Canadian Forces.

These decorations are an important part of the Canadian Honours System, which recognizes excellence. Meritorious Service Decorations honour either a single achievement or an activity over a specified period. The Meritorious Service Decorations are open to both Canadians and non-Canadians.

Anyone may nominate an individual for the civil division of the Meritorious Service Decorations, while military candidates are recommended by the chief of the Defence Staff. Nominations and awards may be made posthumously, but nominations for activities that occurred prior to June 1984, the year in which the honour was first created, are not accepted.

Source – If we missed someone with the Military Colleges connection, please accept our apology and let us know with a comment below.

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Ex-Cadets in the News

Posted by rmcclub on 15th September 2013

Article – Op ATTENTION Pushes Forward

By 14596 MGen Dean Milner

News Article – Colombian Military visits 8 Wing

“We’re delighted to be a host for the Colombian military’s visit to Canada,” said acting 8 wing commander 20503 LCol Ryan Eyre. “Their visit fosters a spirit of cooperation, understanding and mutual respect between our forces.”

Canada’s new military chaplain knows all about acceptance

“ I will expect there will be people who might be challenged by the appointment of an openly gay chaplain general. I also know there will be people who will be encouraged by that,” 14429 Chaplain General John Fletcher

New star of Canadian space agency follows in the footsteps of Hadfield

“The one thing about Chris Hadfield is he’s very real. If you spend a lot of time with him, that’s just Chris, everything he does is real. I think that’s important, so I just try to be me.” Canadian astronaut 21364 Major Jeremy Hansen

13738 Chris Hadfield’s $5 polymer note reveal highly scripted

Lieutenant-General 13551 Guy Thibault assumes role as Vice Chief of the Defence Staff

There and back again – War veterans travel to Korea for the 60th Anniversary of the Korean War Armistice

13337 Lieutenant-General Stu Beare


RMC Club Chaplain Off to the Holy Land – Looking for Company


As they have done several times before, next March our Club Chaplain, #8457 Rev. Paul Robinson (RMC ’71) and his wife Carol will be leading another exciting pilgrimage to the Holy Land.

They will be flying from Toronto to Tel Aviv on Saturday, March 22nd, returning on Monday, March 31st.

Highlights include:

  • Nazareth, Cana of Galilee, Tiberias & the Mount of Beatitudes,
  • Capernaum, Golan Heights & Jordan River baptismal site,
  • “Jesus” Boat Museum, sailing on the Sea of Galilee,
  • Belvoir crusaders’ castle & Beit Shean,
  • Qumran, Masada, Dead Sea floating,
  • Jerusalem inc Yad Vashem, the Israel Museum & Dead Sea scrolls, Western Wall, Via Dolorosa & the Pool Of Bethesda where Jesus healed a crippled man,
  • Mount of Olives, Palm Sunday Road & the dungeon in the house of Caiaphas the High Priest, where Jesus likely spent his last night,
  • Gethsemane, Golgotha & communion at the Garden Tomb.

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

Cost for the trip including flights, meals and accommodations, as well as all taxes AND tips is $3,350 (CAD). If you would like to know more about this trip, you can email Paul at Or you can catch him at Reunion Weekend!

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Ex-Cadets in the News

Posted by rmcclub on 8th September 2013

New Chaplain General for the Canadian Armed Forces

“Our Canadian Forces Chaplaincy has a unique spiritual mandate that provides services for families as well as for our military personnel,” said 14429 Brigadier-General Fletcher.

A new look at the ‘shipbuilders’ war’

3572 Frank Norman

Afghan military, police training cost Canadians $500M

The commander of Operation Attention, 14596 Maj.-Gen. Dean Milner, announced the estimated cost Wednesday.

Greece enlightening: Queen’s Geology Engineering goes to Greece

19930 Dr. Nicholas Vlachopoulos of the GeoEngineering Centre in Kingston; 24662 Jeff Oke.

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Ex-Cadets in the News

Posted by rmcclub on 2nd September 2013

Soldiers ready for Syrian intervention, commander says

16247 Brig.-Gen. Nicholas Eldaoud says soldiers are prepared to deploy, if ordered

World should have intervened in Syria a year ago: Dallaire

“Military intervention under the Responsibility to Protect… was the answer a year plus ago,” he said, “When the fighting in this horrific civil war wasn’t all so inter-meshed in urban areas, that would require hundreds of thousands of troops to do the job that R2P is asking, which is protecting civilians.”   H7860 Lt.-Gen. (Ret.) Romeo Dallaire

Soldiers blocked from applying to special forces by commanding officers: documents

Special forces officers raised their concerns in October with then-Chief of the Defence Staff Gen. 12320 Walt Natynczyk, asking him to deal with the problem,

Canadian Armed Forces end annual Northern operation

“Operation Nanook reflects the Canadian Armed Forces’ commitment to a team approach in the North. Exercising alongside our federal, territorial and local partners ensures that we are ready to respond to the security needs of Canadians,” said 12192 General Tom Lawson, Chief of the Defence Staff.

 The Future of Drones in Canada

Perspectives from a former RCAF fighter pilot – 6541 Major-General D.F. Holman, CD (Ret’d)

Two Canadian warships collide during exercise manoeuvres en route to Hawaii

17793 Commodore Bob Auchterlonie, Commander of Canadian Fleet Pacific, said a Royal Canadian Navy Board of Inquiry would be convened to fully investigate the incident.

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Ex-Cadets in the News

Posted by rmcclub on 25th August 2013

Caption: 20618 Maj Pascal Laforest (right) works with a member of the Netherlands Army while mentoring participating African militaries in communications interoperability during Exercise AFRICA ENDEAVOR 2013, 5-16 August, in Lusaka, Zambia. Article

Changing Command in the high Arctic

Two Ex Cadets : 19786  Maj. Warren Baccardax completed his tour and passed responsibility of the station over to 18533 Maj. Dan Zegarac

Two birds, one platoon – Canada’s military cooperation with Brazil helps strengthen Haiti

“”In short, they fulfil the same roles as a Brazilian platoon in supporting the MINUSTAH military component mandate to ensure safety and security in Haiti, allowing other UN agencies to foster the rule of law and support the country’s people,”” said Task Force Port-au-Prince Commander, 16642  Colonel Stephen Cadden.


Dogs change veterans’ lives

“I knew if I was going to do something, I was going to go big,” Capt. (Ret.) 13855 Medric Cousineau

Air cadets slip the surly bonds of earth

“For any of you that want to pursue that path, I can tell you I have no regrets. I have over 5,000 hours of flying experience, in the CC-130 [Hercules] and the CC-177 [Globemaster III], I’ve been to the Arctic, the Antarctic, Asia, the Middle East, Europe, the Pacific and pretty much everywhere I ever dreamed I would want to go. All of that I’m able to do because of the wings I have on my chest,” 20059 Lieutenant-Colonel Jason Stark

New Canadian Forces Provost Marshal and Commander Canadian Forces Military Police Group

“”Canadian Military Police personnel are known throughout the world for their dedication, technical policing skills and professionalism. It is a great honour for me to be appointed to the role of Provost Marshall and I thank Colonel Grubb for his tremendous work over the past four years.””   18780 Colonel Rob Delaney

The Honourable Rob Nicholson, Minister of National Defence and 12192 General Tom Lawson, Chief of the Defence Staff observe more than 1 000 Canadian Armed Forces personnel participating in Operation NANOOK 13, the premier annual CAF operation held in Canada’s North, from August 2 to 23. Operation NANOOK showcases CAF personnel working in close partnership with many federal, territorial, and municipal agencies in a collaborative whole-of-government approach.


Mother daughter team takes TT beauty line to Toronto

In 2010, Trinidadian Aba Bowles-Mortley graduated with a PhD in Chemical and Materials Engineering from the Royal Military College of Canada (RMC), in Kingston, Ontario.

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Ex-Cadets & More in the News

Posted by rmcclub on 18th August 2013


Search and rescue crews take unusual passenger on board

“We had already finished the message drop at 150 feet above ground level and had dropped a bundle of survival supplies from 300 feet,” explained co-pilot 24615 Captain Henry Graham.

Operation Nanook 2013

“Operation Nanook is the largest annual training opportunity for the Canadian Armed Forces in Canada’s Arctic region. This operation, and its various safety and security scenarios, provides us an outstanding opportunity to work and train with our Northern Canadian partners, while also demonstrating our operational capacity in the region,” said 12192 General Tom Lawson

Saying goodbye to Honorary Colonel Bob Middlemiss

14245 Major-General Richard Foster, deputy commander of the RCAF, offered the family condolences on behalf of all the men and women of the RCAF and the Canadian Armed Forces. He remembered HCol Middlemiss as a man “with a positive outlook on life, full of determination and joie de vivre, and living life to the fullest.

“And although we quickly focus on Wing Commander Middlemiss, DFC – the Spitfire pilot and combat pilot – in fact, he continued to be an outstanding leader, and made an outstanding contribution to the RCAF in the postwar years.”

The Conference of Defence Associations Institute

L’Institut de la Conférence des associations de la défense

DND says no approval needed for drones in domestic air

STREETS OF KINGSTON: History etched in the Memorial Arch

Cadets celebrate job ‘well done’

Serious about juggling

“It was started by a couple students, but then there’s always people in the community that want to juggle, so it flows out into the community,” 16025 Greg Phillips said.

Military recruits struggling to win the battle of the bulge, audit says

Op-Ed: Canada needs a navy for the 21st century

SkyHawks Performances  More

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Career Opportunity for Ex Cadet

Posted by rmcclub on 12th August 2013

Career Opportunity:

Business Development Manager

This position is responsible for developing business with OEMs within the construction, agriculture, rail, marine and recreation vehicle markets within North America.

Prospective candidates must have the skills and/or experience to converse with OEMs in a competent manner. Therefore, preference will be given to individuals that have experience with quality and process-focused manufacturing environments and/or structured engineering programs. At least three (3) years of experience presenting and interacting with customers or external stakeholders is a must. Domestic and international travel can be up to 50% of the time.

This position may be ideal for someone with a programme management (PM), engineering, or technical sales background.

Marquardt ( is a privately owned international company headquartered in Germany, with 6500 employees worldwide and revenues reaching $1B. It develops, manufactures and delivers on-time innovative and reliable mechatronic switches, sensors and electronic controls for the automotive, off-road, household appliance and industrial markets. Marquardt’s North American operations are centered in Cazenovia, upstate New York.

Interested candidates should send their resumes to, with a letter of introduction which includes their salary expectations and a brief explanation as to how their experience matches this position.

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Ex-Cadets in the News

Posted by rmcclub on 14th July 2013

Caption: Royal Canadian Air Force 24412 Capt. Alexandre Brault poses for a photo at the 379th Air Expeditionary Wing in Southwest Asia, July 8, 2013. Brault is the RCAF 71st Expeditionary Air Control Squadron weapons director deployed from Bagotville, Quebec, Canada. (U.S. Air Force photo illustration/Senior Airman Benjamin Stratton)

Canadian controller works alongside American air battle managers


Astronaut 13738 Chris Hadfield becomes star in space


Canadarm: 8276 Marc Garneau a été exclu des cérémonies


Shearwater officer, 16249 Lt.-Col. Christopher England to lead Snowbirds


Canadian military’s return to pips sparks war of words

“I don’t know who is advising who in this regard and what gave rise to this change, but from my point of view, it’s cosmetic, and that’s about the best I can say,” 2897 Herb Pitts said.

Unification was “traumatic for most of us but … we lived through it and we’ve had a good army since.”


Ombudsman, 9485 Pierre Daigle slams cost-of-living in Cold Lake


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Ex-Cadets in the News

Posted by rmcclub on 9th July 2013

Mr. Mel Dempster (left) receives his award from Mr. Troy Crosby. M. Mel Dempster (à gauche) reçoit son prix de M. Troy Crosby.

Mel Dempster Presented with the Brian Holmes Materiel Group Mentoring Award

At a ceremony on Wednesday, July 3, DGMPD (Air), 17557 LCol (Ret’d) Troy Crosby (RMC 1991) presented 8026 Colonel (Ret’d) Mel Dempster (RMC 1969) with the Brian Holmes Materiel Group Mentoring Award. This award is given annually to a Materiel Group employee who has clearly displayed exceptional mentorship, support and guidance to employees. Mr. Dempster is the Deputy Project Manager with Airlift Capability Project – Tactical (ACP-T).

Mr. Dempster was described as the “consummate mentor”. “Using his supportive manner and sense of humour, he conveyed his knowledge and experience to new members of ACP-T in a way which promoted enthusiasm, motivation and an appreciation of the tasks we do.”

The award is presented in memory of Brian Holmes, a respected Senior Procurement Officer, who passed away in the spring of 2006 while employed in DGAEPM.


Mel Dempster reçoit le prix de mentorat « Brian Holmes » du Groupe des matériels

Au cours d’une cérémonie se déroulant le mercredi 3 juillet, le DGRGP (Air), M. Troy Crosby, a remis à M. Mel Dempster le prix de mentorat Brian Holmes du Groupe des matériels. Ce prix est décerné chaque année à un employé du Groupe des matériels ayant démontré un mentorat, un soutien et un encadrement exceptionnel envers les employés. M. Dempster est gestionnaire adjoint pour le projet de capacité de transport aérien – tactique (PCTA-T).

M. Dempster est décrit comme étant un « maître mentor ». « De par son sens de l’humour et son soutien, il a transmis ses connaissances et son expérience aux nouveaux membres du PCTA-T de façon à promouvoir l’enthousiasme, la motivation et l’appréciation des tâches que nous accomplissons ».

Ce prix est décerné en mémoire de Brian Holmes, un agent principal des achats très apprécié, qui est décédé au printemps 2006 alors qu’il travaillait à la DGGPEA.


16204 Luc Cassivi Takes Command from Commodore 17793 Bob Auchterlonie At CFB Esquimalt

“Change of Command ceremonies represent the formal ‘change of the watch’” said 15185 Rear-Admiral Bill Truelove, Commander Maritime Forces Pacific and presiding officer for the ceremony.   Article

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Ex-Cadets & More in the News…

Posted by rmcclub on 3rd July 2013

Chris Hadfield gets rare national honour before retiring


Chris Hadfield is one proud Canadian


What Chris Hadfield loves about Canada


Flag designer recalls how he came up with the Maple Leaf design


Signed Billy Bishop photo returns home


Life-saving lessons of my father


450 Squadron – A history


Canadian CH-147F Chinook is welcomed home


Huskies welcome their new honorary colonel


Domestic Stories: Vice Admiral Mark Norman Assumes Command of the Royal Canadian Navy

Son of  3572 Frank & Anne Norman


Changes coming to the Army website!


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Ex-Cadets in the News

Posted by rmcclub on 24th June 2013

Thirst quenchers!

20591 Lieutenant-Colonel Luc Girouard


Ministers MacKay and Ablonczy and General Lawson announce increased support to UN Mission in Haiti

12192 General Tom Lawson


Class act celebrates Aboriginal Day at CFB Esquimalt

 Acting sub-lieutenant Nicole Shingoose


Canadian Forces personnel bring muscle and expertise to flood-ravaged High River

19033 Lieut.-Col. Nick Grimshaw, the Commanding Officer, PPCLI 1st Battalion







18486 John Kalhous

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Ex-Cadets in the News

Posted by rmcclub on 16th June 2013

LCol Carla Harding, new CO for 2 Service Battalion

19350 Carla Hruska Harding


General (Ret) Walter John Natynczyk, former C.D.S. new President of the C. S. A.



First Military Member Recognized with the “Prix Hermes”

17312 Jennie Carignan


Canadian army turns to British composer for new official march

10763 Randall Wakelam


Cornwall Ontario Sea Cadets Sail through Annual Review

14240 Rear Admiral P.T. Finn


Astronaut Chris Hadfield retires from Canadian Space Agency

13738 Chris Hadfield


Saliken to represent Canada in rugby sevens

26178 Riley Saliken


INNOVATION Magazine – page 20 – “How Hard Wall Expandable Containers helped Brazil Recover From an Antarctic Disaster”.

Article by 13766 Konrad Mech Source

High-flying Reith, new airshow president

9835 Jim Reith


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Ex cadets in the news

Posted by rmcclub on 3rd June 2013

1 CFFTS Graduates ACSO Course 1201

12192 Tom Lawson & 24890 Jack Lawson


Delays relocating military families take too big a toll, ombudsman says

9485 Pierre Daigle


Two Afghanistan tours haven’t tarnished soldier’s view

20294 Major Fraser Auld


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Ex-Cadets in the News

Posted by rmcclub on 28th May 2013

His Royal Highness Prince Andrew, the Duke of York, accompanied by 15112 Lieutenant-Commander Gene Fedderly, speaks with a member of the Royal Guard at the opening ceremonies of the 150th Victoria Highland Games and Celtic Festival at Topaz Park, in Victoria, British Columbia on May 18, 2013.

12192 CDS, Gen Tom Lawson  attends NATO Military Committee meetings


Images and words: together at last!


12444 Paul Maddison awarded the Legion of Merit


HMCS Victoria is much more than torpedoes – 17972 Chris Ellis


14596 Major-General Milner takes command of Canada’s Training Mission in Afghanistan


HMCS Iroquois to participate in United Kingdom’s Battle of the Atlantic commemoration ceremonies (21214 Matthew Coates)


Royal Canadian Air Force begins TigerEx 2013 (16855 Sean Friday)


RCAF’s Air Expeditionary Wing deploys for Exercise Maple Resolve (20591 Luc Girouard)


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Governor General presents 34 Military Decorations – Incoming Commandant Among Recipients

Posted by rmcclub on 24th March 2013


H26223 His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General and Commander-in-Chief of Canada, presented 34 Meritorious Service Decorations (Military Division) to members of Canadian and allied forces. The presentation ceremony took place last Friday.

The Meritorious Service Cross (Military Division) recognizes a military deed or activity that has been performed in an outstandingly professional manner, according to a rare high standard that brings considerable benefit or great honour to the Canadian Forces.

Victoria Edwards was able to identify a number of ex Cadets and other former military college students from the group. If she missed anyone let us know.

• 12902 Lieutenant-Colonel Barry Marshall Southern, M.S.C., M.S.M., C.D. – As Canadian defence attaché at the Canadian Embassy in Libya during 2011, Lieutenant-Colonel Southern played a pivotal role in the successful and safe evacuation of Canadian citizens from that country. In difficult and dangerous situations, he showed an innate cultural awareness and intrinsic leadership ability. Lieutenant-Colonel Southern also provided vital support to the Ambassador in the re-establishment of the embassy, while taking on the responsibility of chargé d’affaires-an opportunity rarely accorded to a defence attaché.

The Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division) recognizes a military deed or activity performed in a highly professional manner, according to a very high standard that brings benefit or honour to the Canadian Forces.

• 22378 Major Pascal Blanchette, M.S.M., C.D. – As officer commanding Engineer Support Squadron in Afghanistan from November 2010 to July 2011, Major Blanchette ensured the provision of first-rate engineering support to Task Force Kandahar. Operating during a period of unprecedented expansion and transition, he contributed to the construction of over 30 tactical infrastructure installations, including Route Hyena, a critical road in the Horn of Panjwayi. Major Blanchette’s acute resource management and outstanding performance contributed directly to operational success and ensured an efficient handover to our allies.

• 21214 Lieutenant-Commander Matthew David Coates, M.S.M., C.D. – As executive officer of Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship Charlottetown from March to August 2011, Lieutenant-Commander Coates was vital to Canada’s notable contribution to NATO operations in Libya. His leadership and in-depth knowledge of their capabilities significantly expedited deployment preparations and kept the crew focused as the mission evolved. During several engagements involving shore weapons and attack boats, his composure instilled confidence throughout the ship’s company. Lieutenant-Commander Coates’ efforts were critical to operational success.

• 15492 Lieutenant-Colonel David Bruce Cochrane, M.S.M., C.D. – Lieutenant-Colonel Cochrane served as commanding officer of the Joint Task Force Afghanistan Air Wing Theatre Support Element at Camp Mirage, from June to December 2009. His leadership was critical to maintaining airlift support for operations in Afghanistan and his diplomatic skills enabled him to establish relationships with the host nation that benefitted Canadian and coalition operations, both at Camp Mirage and in Afghanistan. Lieutenant-Colonel Cochrane’s exemplary dedication, tact and operational focus contributed to the success of the Afghan mission, and enhanced Canada’s international reputation.

• 15492 Colonel David Bruce Cochrane, M.S.M., C.D. Colonel Cochrane demonstrated exceptional leadership and service as the 8 Wing commander between February 2010 and November 2011. He assumed command during a period of unprecedented intensity in the operations and his leadership ensured that 8 Wing was able to succeed in its critical role to support the Canadian Forces. Colonel Cochrane inspired those around him with his exemplary dedication and professionalism, and brought great credit to the Royal Canadian Air Force and to the Canadian Forces as a whole. This is the second Meritorious Service Medal for Colonel Cochrane. Colonel Cochrane will be recognized with the Meritorious Service Medal for two separate events.

• E1453 Lieutenant-Colonel Martin Andreas Frank, M.S.M., C.D – As deputy commanding officer of the Operational Mentor and Liaison Team from April to November 2010, Lieutenant-Colonel Frank was critical to the growth of Afghan National Security Forces. He established important contacts and brought together many diverse organizations during planning sessions. His leadership and diplomacy shaped the development plan for all of Kandahar Province and the Canadian area of operations. Lieutenant-Colonel Frank’s efforts strengthened the capabilities of the Afghan forces.

• 11266 Lieutenant-Colonel Robert Harrison, M.S.M., C.D – Lieutenant-Colonel Harrison’s dedication and leadership as acting 1 Wing commander, from September 2008 to May 2009, was critical to the rapid, effective and successful deployment of Tactical Aviation personnel and equipment to Afghanistan. He was the galvanizing force behind the Wing’s swift and effective introduction of Chinook and new Griffon helicopters in theatre. Lieutenant-Colonel Harrison’s initiative and planning directly enhanced the capability of Canada’s deployed aviation forces and contributed to their success, bringing credit to the Canadian Forces.

• M0092 Major Guy Charles Ingram, M.S.M., C.D. – Major Ingram demonstrated foresight, dedication and leadership with the 3 Canadian Ranger Patrol Group. He successfully expanded Ranger operational capabilities beyond their traditional surveillance and sovereignty roles, thereby enabling the Canadian Forces to provide a more immediate and effective response in Northern Ontario. As commanding officer since 2007, he has played a key role in the development, introduction and expansion of the Junior Canadian Ranger Program. Major Ingram’s vision and innovation greatly enhanced the quality and reach of this program to thousands of Aboriginal youth.

• 19171 Colonel Eric Jean Kenny, M.S.M., C.D. – While deployed on multiple NATO missions throughout 2011, Colonel Kenny was critical to the success of the Canadian Forces’ air operations. Initially deployed to Iceland, he excelled as task force commander and effectively led the mission to protect that country’s airspace. Subsequently deploying to Italy twice in support of operations in Libya, he provided leadership as CF-18 detachment commander and represented Canada as commander of the Multinational Air Coordination Element. Colonel Kenny’s efforts significantly raised the international profile of Canadian aviation.

• 16730 Commander Stéphane Joseph Dominique Lafond, M.S.M., C.D. – Commander Lafond demonstrated extraordinary strategic planning talents and distinguished leadership while serving as director of Marine Training and Education from February to July 2011. With strong problem-solving skills, he oversaw the design, analysis and implementation of the marine training system during the transformation of the Royal Canadian Navy. Commander Lafond’s accomplishments were vital in redefining the Royal Canadian Navy and renewing its fleet.

• 16888 Colonel Alexander Donald Meinzinger, M.S.M., C.D. – As commanding officer of the Joint Task Force Afghanistan Air Wing from March to August 2011, Colonel Meinzinger ensured the provision of aviation support to Canadian, coalition and Afghan forces. He forged a highly effective team focused on counter-insurgency operations, and his air crews flew maximum hours in support of the mission. Commanding a diverse array of personnel and assets, Colonel Meinzinger was critical to the ongoing development of air capabilities and contributed directly to operational success.

• 18015 Lieutenant-Colonel Mark Misener, M.S.M., C.D. – As commanding officer of the Task Force Kandahar Engineer Regiment, and as task force chief engineer from August 2010 to July 2011, Lieutenant-Colonel Misener was critical to the optimal employment of engineers. His acute understanding of Kandahar’s complex counter-insurgency environment allowed him to lead from the front, providing exceptional guidance to his widely dispersed sub-units and ensuring the allocation of assets was in line with command intent. Thanks to Lieutenant-Colonel Misener’s remarkable performance, Canadian and coalition forces received exceptional and unwavering engineer support during operations.

• E1596 Colonel Steven Joseph Russell Whelan, M.S.M., C.D. – From July 2010 to September 2011, Colonel Whelan served as commander of Task Force Jerusalem, in support of Palestinian security reform. He set conditions for major changes within the Palestinian Security Forces’ institutional and operational components, and forged a superb military-civilian team that built needed infrastructure and provided advanced training. Colonel Whelan’s performance facilitated the ongoing professionalization of Palestinian Security Forces, highlighting Canada’s role as an important contributor to the Middle East peace process.

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