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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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Ex-Cadets & More in the News

Posted by rmcclub on 12th July 2015

  • Sailors presented with Military and Bravery decorations at Rideau Hall – 14240 Commodore (Retired) Patrick Terence Finn among recipients.
  • ‘Unprecedented’ wildfires force out 13,000 Sask. evacuees – 16538  Wayne Eyre
  • Canadian Tire donates $300,000 in support of military family recreation – 15185 Bill Truelove & 16158 Mark Watson
  • New honorary colonel for 14 Wing Greenwood – 19166 Iain Huddleston
  • CoC @ 431 Squadron – 16249 Chris England
  • Soldiers in bright- orange coveralls fight fires in northern Saskatchewan – 20979 Mason Stalker
  • New commander for CFB Halifax – 17927 Chris Sutherland
  • New commander for RCAF – 12192 Tom Lawson
  • Navy promotes Ont. teen to rank of honorary captain for the night
  • Three Female Soldiers Advance to Phase 2 of Ranger School

 

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Ex Cadets & more in the news

Posted by rmcclub on 5th July 2015

  • 13738 Chris Hadfield earns his wings in Gatineau
  • GOFOs, lead by 12192 Gen. Lawson, Triumph Over the Esprit de Corps Commandos
  • Governor General presents Canadian honours to military personnel at Rideau Hall in Ottawa
  • ‘Singing sisterhood’: Women’s choir source of strength for military wives, personnel – 17595 Telah Morrison
  • Staffing cuts at Veterans Affairs hit frontline service – 19894 Erin O’Toole
  • Air Force Museum hosts visit from VIPs – 20031 Kael Rennie
  • Canadians help safeguard peace between Egypt and Israel – 14378 Denis Thompson & 19086 Stéphane Boivin
  • Through Operation Nevus – 16842 Terry Buehl
  • 401 Tactical Fighter Squadron reborn – 19171  Eric Kenny
  • Military pledges to finish home renovations for wounded Edmonton soldier – 12632 Mike Ward
  • Canada and Asia: Prosperity and Security – 8816 Marius Grinius

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Ex-Cadets & More in the News

Posted by rmcclub on 28th June 2015

  • New Chief of Military Personnel assumes command
  • Incoming DGMEPM Member recognized for outstanding academic achievement at MIT / Une employée de DGGPEM est reconnue pour sa réussite académique exceptionnelle au MIT24014 Calley Gray
  • Presentation of Military and Bravery Decorations
  • Air force memo warns of risk to operations due to poor recruiting
  • New Brunswick cancels plow contract with Quebec company – 19874 Brian MacDonald
  • De 17312 Carignan à 18562 Bernard, le CMR Saint-Jean change de commandant
  • The MasterCard Foundation Appoints 7771 Jim Leech as Chair of the Board
  • 6566 Doug Ross Still Competing & Having Fun

 

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Ex-Cadets & More in the News

Posted by rmcclub on 21st June 2015

  • Changement de garde à la tête du Royal 22e Régiment – 4377 le lieutenant-général (ret.) Richard Evraire

  • The Sacred Tradition of the Eagle Staff – 12966 Lieutenant-General Marquis Hainse

  • Air Force training at 5 Wing Goose Bay wraps up – 24805 Capt. Dan Pigeon-Fournier

  • Cadets get a feel for operational Air Force at Scott

  • 15 Common Phrases Civilians Stole From the US Military

  • 840 graduating Air Force second lieutenants serve as inspiration

  • Military Bases Struggle With Breast-Feeding Policies

  • Combined graduation parade at Air force Academy

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