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Ex-Cadets in the News

Posted by rmcclub on 12th November 2012

Gen. Tom Lawson: From air base commander to Canada’s top soldier

“Some people appear to be good, while Tom is one of those guys who is simply good. He never takes an extra step to appear to be good,”

Ken Pennie, a former Chief of the Air Staff and superior officer  Article

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Ottawa airport names 13131 Mark Laroche new CEO

“I’m excited to have the opportunity to be a part of such a great team that has made the Ottawa Airport the success that it is today and to be back in the National Capital Region. It’s such an honour for me to be a part of the best airport in North America. I am excited to join such an exceptional team that is well-known for consistently delivering excellence in customer service.”

13131 Mark Laroche  Article

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At home, families face unique struggle

“You try to spend as much time with your wife and kids to try and take your mind off what’s coming up,”

23648 Captain Greg Millican  Article

 

New Perspectives: Captain Stephen Keeble, One of Canada’s Young Veterans

After graduating from RMC in 2008, Keeble asked to join the First Battalion of the Royal Canadian Regiment headquartered in Petawawa, Ontario. He wanted to join the Royal Canadian Regiment because Canada’s time in Kandahar was coming to an end and the First Battalion was the next to leave for Afghanistan.

24023 Captain Stephen Keeble  Article

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Lost Grad Ring…

Bill, I keep forgetting to advise you but the e-Veritas delivery makes a good reminder. I don’t know whether I will ever see my grad ring again but it was one of many jewellery items stolen recently in conjunction with a break in @ our home in Orleans. I wonder if there is a subtle way of advising folks that if they see an RMC grad ring in pawn shop or on Kijiji, etc that they could advise. It’s one of the years with the larger, heavier versions. It has light brown background with 1978 as grad year, mailed fist on top with RMC coat of arms on one side and army (crossed swords) with 78 on the other. While that narrows it down some, I had my name &/or college # engraved inside. I think it was B.B. Barteaux & perhaps 11338.

Thanks for your help!

BBB

11338 Maj BB Barteaux

CJOC J33 Regional Msns 5

613-998-3716 –   BRUCE.BARTEAUX@forces.gc.ca

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3646 Fred Simpkin Donates Sailboat to RMC Sailing Club

Article by Graeme Duke-Gibbs, Royal Military College Yacht Club Supervisor 

On a recent gorgeous day in November the RMC Sailing Club formally thanked 3646 Mr. Fred Simpkin for his very generous donation of his beloved Abbott 22 sailboat. The sun was shining and the wind was blowing across the RMC pier just as it would on any perfect sailing day. Mr. Simpkin arrived to find several people in attendance including Col Saulnier, on behalf of the Commandant; Cdr Mooz; LCdr Antoniewicz; Maj Zimmerman; Christine Powers-Thompson, RMC Athletics; and several members of the Sailing Club. Mr. Simpkin reiterated that he was happy to give back to the College as he very much enjoyed sailing here on, among others, the Akyroyd schooners. This donation by Fred Simpkin was made possible through the RMC Foundation and the Sailing Club extends its thanks to the Foundation for their work on this gift. The Sailing Club is building on this new opportunity and is looking forward to bringing keelboat racing back to campus. Thank you again Mr. Simpkin for your generosity.

Reverend Al Ritchie, father of Alum Greg Ritchie, also offered to donate his sailboat, an Alacrity 19, to the Club. The Club determined that it was not able to accept the generous offer based on the current focus of the fleet. We thank Reverend Ritchie for his generous offer.

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E4613 LCol (ret) Arthur Neadow Takes Members Back to Vimy & Dieppe

Article and Photos by 25366 Mike Shewfelt

The Kingston Branch of the RMC Club commorated a month of rememberance with a special presentation by E4613 LCol (ret’d) Arthur Neadow (photo left). After a reading of “In Flanders’ Fields” and A118 Ray Dignum, Branch President, called for two minutes of silence, LCol (ret’d) Neadow used a powerpoint presentation and recollections of his own visits to the battlefields of Vimy Ridge and Dieppe to take the members of the Kingston Branch back to that hallowed ground.

In discussing Vimy Ridge in particular, LCol (ret’d) Neadow touched on the local connection with the Vimy Memorial. “When the models they used for carving the statues were taken down, they were simply marked “Vimy.” The postal service didn’t know where to send them, so they came here. Of the 20 original models, 3 are still here at the Signals Museum.” He also underscored the difficulties the Canadian soldiers faced at Vimy by drawing on his visit there as part of the 95th Anniversary ceremony. “As an old Infantryman, we were always taught to look at the ground,” he said. “The ground at Vimy was definitely not infantry ground.”

LCol (ret’d) Neadow’s presentation also touched on the myths of Dieppe, the “Mulberries” of Operation Overlord, and the Kurt Meyer story. He is, in all likelihood, the only Canadian still alive who had the story of Kurt Meyer from primary sources, and his connections to the story came out as he briefly described it.

25743 OCdt (IV) Stacey Cusan and 25840 OCdt (IV) Tucker Densmore were guests of the Kingston Branch at the Luncheon, as were seven members of the Class of 1960 (see photo below).

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EX Cadets & Cadets at CISM Triathalon Championships

On 25 August 2012 the CF National Triathlon Team competed in the 17th Annual Conseil International du Sport Militaire (CISM) Triathlon Championships in Lausanne, Switzerland. The Canadian Team, consisting of 9 male and 8 female athletes, also included six CMC Ex-Cadets who competed in both the Elite and Masters categories. The Ex-Cadets representing Canada in the Elite category were Capt David Lacombe (23626) and LCdr Trevor Davies (20733), with Maj Eric Travis (19497), Maj John Timmermans (19923), LCdr Douglas Poucher (11947), and Cdr Lucie Tremblay (18417) rounding out the Masters team. This was all made possible by the great efforts of the Team Manager, LCdr Jason Lawton (19870). (Note: Ex-Cadets SLt Aaron Bradley (25005) and 2Lt Andreas Schabetsburger (25509) began the 2012 season as members of the CISM team, but unfortunately were unable to attend the championships due to summer training and recent postings).

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Ex-Cadets in the News

Posted by rmcclub on 4th November 2012

 

Photo (L) – 4873 Col (Rtd) Bob Brett and 4804 LCol(Rdt) Neil Johnstone, both of the Class of ‘60 visited Russia during September of this year. While in Moscow they visited the Kremlin and had their photo taken in front of the Tsar’s Cannon, purported to be the largest in the world.

Photo (R) -4804 LCol (Rtd) Neil Johnstone, Class of ‘60, and 6171 Maj (Rtd) Brian Earl, Class of ‘64, recipients of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for their volunteer work at the Canadian War Museum. They were presented their medal by 2951 General (Rtd) Ramsey Withers at a ceremony held at the War Museum 02 November 2012.

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Minister MacKay Officially Marks Departure of the Canadian Sapphire Satellite

“This system underscores Canada’s commitment to making a meaningful and functional contribution to space situational awareness,”

Rear-Admiral 15141 Ron Lloyd, Chief of Force Development  Article

Unexpected guests at 5 Wing Goose Bay

“It made me proud to watch the 5 Wing team, military, civilians and our contractor partners work together to help these people when they were in a bind,”

Commander 5 Wing Goose Bay, Lieutenant-Colonel 17033 Michael Ward  Article

Air Force Association honours RCAF members

“Either way, nominations are pushed up the chain of command within AFAC or the RCAF to eventually find their way to the awards and honours committee at the national level.”

13077 Dean Black, AFAC’s national executive director  Article

Fit to fight…and then some

CF Sports Awards – Mixture of Ex cadets and former colleges staff in the lime-light

Article

Outgoing CDS

“I’ve been so proud to lead all the men and women of the Canadian Forces”

Outgoing Chief of the Defence Staff, General 12320 Walt Natynczyk  Short video

Military continues humanitarian work

Royal Military Colleges Club of Canada executive director Michael Rostek spoke at the former Port Author Collegiate Institute Saturday during a symposium on humanitarian goals of the Canadian Forces.

14356 Michael Rostek  Article

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Ex-Cadets in the News

Posted by rmcclub on 29th October 2012

2012 Birchall Leadership Award Dinner

November 8, 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Canadian Forces Base Halifax – Juno Tower

 

The RMIM Patriot Award

The Patriot Award is presented for exceptional and patriotic action on the part of an individual, group, or corporation and is to recognize their outstanding support to Canada’s defense or to our allies. The award is the Royal Military Institute Medallion mounted on a plaque accompanied by or embedded in a scroll depicting the action. The award can be presented for a singular act or for a long time commitment to our Allies and to the men and women who serve in Canada’s Armed and security forces. The award was established in 2001.

Outgoing CDS, General Walt Natynczyk, Mrs Gisele Gagne and RMCC Club / Branch President, Jacques Gagne.

Branch President, Jacques Gagne and Mrs Gisele Gagne, representing the Royal Military Colleges Club of Canada were in attendance, Saturday October 27th for the 2012 annual Royal Military Institute of Manitoba (RMIM) Awards Dinner held at the Fort Garry Hotel. A recipient of the 2012 “Patriot Award” was one of Winnipeg’s favorite sons; Chief of Defense Staff, General Walter J. Natynczyk.

General Natynczyk enrolled in the CF – ROTP program in 1975 and attended Royal Roads Military College until 1977; when he transferred to Royal Military College St-Jean to complete his studies in Business Administration.  General Natynczyk is a member of the Class of 1979.   The incoming CDS, newly appointed Lieutenant-General Tom Lawson is also a member of the Class of 1979.

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Canadian golfer Brad Fritsch earns PGA Tour card

Brad Fritsch, son of 8033 Brian and Carrie Fritsch class of 1969, earned his 2013 PGA Tour Card after finishing 18th overall on the Web.com Tour Moneylist. Article

Time to confer citizenship on ‘Lost Canadians’

Back in 1966, I took a step that had a significant beneficial impact on my future – I applied for a Canadian passport. I was planning international travel and because I had been born abroad I could see a potential problem getting back into Canada, even though I was a graduate of the Royal Military College of Canada and was serving as a regular officer in the Canadian army.

7000 David Haas is a retired lawyer  Article

Canadian Forces stand tall in Kabul: Kent

“In their own self deprecating Canadian way, our men and women are reaching out and helping to build society with their Afghan comrades,”

18753 Colonel Greg Smith  Article

Terry Metcalfe: a lifetime of service to his home community

“I decided it was not for me and on my release in 1970 I went to SFU for my teaching certificate. In January 1972 I started teaching at H.D. Stafford Secondary.”

7406 Terry Metcalfe  Article

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24974 Richard Lim Joins CISM Golf Team

“After a rather successful summer of golf, I was honored to be selected to the CISM golf team that competed at the 7th World Military Golf Championships in Jacksonville FL. The remainder of the 6 male and 2 female team was comprised of CWO Stuckless, Maj Lowdon, Maj Ridyard, Capt O’Donnell, Sgt Cameron, Capt Gelinas and MCpl Escabar.

After arriving in Jacksonville, we had the great opportunity to play a practice round at TPC Sawgrass. The course is the host of The Players Championships, and is on many a golf enthusiast’s bucket list, including each member of our team. The course was in immaculate shape. The highlight of my round was a par on the famous island green of the 17th hole.

The following day we began our tournament with the official practice round. It was our first day to meet the participants from the other nations represented which included Bahrain, Estonia, Germany, Italy, Namibia, Netherlands, Pakistan, Spain, USA and Zambia. It was quite an experience to rub shoulders with players from these countries and to learn what occupations they fill in their militaries.

The tournament format for the male division was four days with four of the team’s six scores counting each day. After day one, we were in a distant second place behind the Americans. The Americans increased their lead each following day with multiple sub-par rounds. Meanwhile, we became involved in a heated battle for second place with Bahrain and Spain. The course on NAS Jacksonville was playing wet and very difficult for the entirety of the tournament and on the third day it got the best of our team when Bahrain was able gain an eleven stroke lead for second place going into the last day. Unfortunately, we were not able to make up the difference and finished in third place, six strokes behind the second place Bahrain team.

In addition to winning a team bronze medal in the men’s division, we also captured a silver medal in the women’s team division, a gold medal in the men’s senior division (Tony Stuckless), and a men’s senior division bronze medal (Tom Cameron). It was quite an honor to hear the Canadian National Anthem because of CWO Stuckless’ gold medal win. Along with our tournament medals we won the Fair Play award, awarded to the team that best exemplifies the motto “friendship through sport.” This award was a great honor for our team as all the participating countries voted on it. It was great way to end a fantastic week and experience.

I’d like to thank Jason Price, our team manager and MGen Forgues, our Chef de Mission and Patron of Golf, for all their hard work behind the scenes to make the tournament an experience I will never forget.”

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Ex-Cadets & More in the News

Posted by rmcclub on 21st October 2012

2012 Birchall Leadership Award Dinner

November 8, 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Canadian Forces Base Halifax – Juno Tower

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19 Wing Members Lend Skills to Habitat for Humanity Build

“It was exciting and rewarding to lend our skills and expertise to this worthwhile project and we hope our efforts will build even stronger relationships with our neighbors in the community,”

24431 Captain Laura Locklin, Construction Engineering Officer at 19 Wing

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Air Division appoints first Honorary Colonel

“Mr. Rempel and I have several things in common, not the least of which is controlling air power. We share runways and infrastructure here in Winnipeg, but also share a sense of purpose: keeping Canadians safe on the ground and in the air.”

1545 Major-General Pierre St-Amand, commander of 1 Canadian Air Division Article

NORAD and USNORTHCOM honour 9/11 heroes

“It’s really heartwarming to see two leaders recognized ten years later for their brilliance in starting us on the journey of post 9/11 world, now immortalized in bronze on a building that represents the finest of our two countries defending our homes.”

13337 LGen Stuart Beare, commander of the new Canadian Joint Operations Command (CJOC)

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Rodney Weston Announces Name Change of 3rd Field Artillery Regiment

“This is a proud day for all gunners and officers who’ve ever worn the badge of the Artillery in New Brunswick,”

E1907 LCol Steven Strachan, Commanding Officer of 3rd Field Artillery Regiment, The Loyal Company. Article

 

Adrian Burns joins the Royal Canadian Navy as Honorary Captain (Navy)

“She truly embodies the values of an Honorary Naval Captain, such as personal commitment and sense of duty, and I couldn’t be happier welcoming her to our naval family.”

12444 Vice-Admiral Paul Maddison, Commander Royal Canadian Navy  Article


Coach K takes Duke to Fort Bragg for workout

Before he became “Coach K,” he was Bob Knight’s point guard at West Point in the 1960s and rose to the rank of captain before resigning in 1974 and getting his record-setting college coaching career off the ground. Before he arrived at Duke in 1980, he coached the Black Knights for five years.

Mike Krzyzewski, former West Point cadet, player and coach Article

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Military and civilian police train together to answer the call of duty

Article – short video

Women In The Canadian Forces (CF)

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Annapolis, West Point among top public colleges

Article

Snowbirds soar over 15 Wing

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Ex-Cadets & More in the News

Posted by rmcclub on 14th October 2012

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2012 Birchall Leadership Award Dinner

November 8, 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Canadian Forces Base Halifax – Juno Tower

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“You’re out of breath, you’ve hit the wall, but you have to keep going”  Short video

“Ironman: “Look for a challenge, accept that challenge and move through it” Short video

Aim and fire: top marksmen show their skills at CFSAC 2012  Short video

 

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George L. Parker is Professor Emeritus of the Royal Military College of Canada, Kingston, Ontario, where he taught from 1967 to 1997. He attended Mount Allison University and Pennsylvania State University, and received his Ph. D. from the University of Toronto. He lives in Halifax.

Professor Parker has contributed articles on Canadian authors and publishers to Canadian Literature, the Dalhousie Review, the Oxford Companion to Canadian Literature, the Oxford Companion to Canadian History, The Canadian Encyclopedia, and the Dictionary of Canadian Biography. He edited one volume and co-edited another in the four-volume anthology, THE EVOLUTION OF CANADIAN LITERATURE (1973) He is the author of THE BEGINNINGS OF THE BOOK TRADE IN CANADA (1985) and the editor of Thomas Chandler Haliburton’s THE CLOCKMAKER, SERIES ONE, TWO, AND THREE (1995).

He contributed to all three volumes of the History of the Book in Canada (2004-2007), and has published several chapters of his history of Toronto publishing, 1900-1970, in English Studies in Canada and in the Papers of the Bibliographical Society of Canada.

Source & Audio Interview

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International Exercises: Canadian Forces and U.S. Navy participate in joint exercise

“Task Group Exercises strengthen Canada’s ability to work in a multinational and joint environment on a wide range of potential operations and missions,”

12444  Vice-Admiral Paul Maddison, Commander Royal Canadian Navy Article

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Heading into auction

“I hope it gives them a glimpse into what we do,’’

22973 Capt. Jaime Phillips  Article

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Punching above its weight

23106 Daniel Arsenault  Article

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Ex-Cadets & More in the News

Posted by rmcclub on 8th October 2012

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CDS Transition Intent

It is with great pleasure that I welcome LGen Tom Lawson, the CDS-designate, back to Ottawa. This signals the beginning of the Chief of the Defence Staff transition period and my impending retirement. While planning is underway with 29 October 2012 as my date of departure, I wish to take this opportunity to provide my intent for the period leading up to and including the change of command ceremony.

The overriding priority during transition shall remain the operational success of the CF. Existing command and control relationships remain unaffected. The changeover process will be executed to ensure seamless continuity between my command and that of my successor. Similarly, there will be no change in direct reports to the CDS.

The interval leading up to the change of command ceremony will be a busy one, and it will involve a range of briefings and meetings intended to prepare LGen Lawson for his new role. The primary purpose of this effort, which is detailed in a separate transition directive, is to ensure he has the situational awareness and background information necessary to assume and exercise full command of the CF. While this may temporarily impact LGen Lawson’s ability to personally visit CF Formations, Bases and Wings, this will remain a valued and critical part of the CDS’ job, and, will doubtless be a significant aspect of his command as he settles in.

Regarding the change of command ceremony itself, my office has received many requests from inside and outside the CF regarding attendance and participation. I am personally humbled by the interest that has been shown and by the expression of support this implies. In the interest of managing our financial resources responsibly, I have issued specific direction to ensure that the change of command ceremony is a modest event that will pay the appropriate respect due the appointment of a Chief of Defence.

Accordingly, the selection of the National War Museum as the venue for the ceremony will serve to limit the number of guests we can accommodate. I would ask for your understanding in helping me achieve my objective of limiting unnecessary costs. In particular, for those CF members from outside the National Capital Region who have been invited to attend the ceremony, it is my intent that you not come to Ottawa on temporary duty solely for the change of command event.

In the same vein, my office has been approached with inquiries about departure gifts and tokens of appreciation. While I greatly appreciate these kind gestures and this generosity, it is my personal wish that any such expressions of support take the form of a donation to the Military Families Fund , the Soldier-On Fund, or any similarly worthy charity.

I would encourage all members of the CF to remain focussed on our need to conserve our available resources, to maintain a focus on current operations, to continue investing in future capabilities, and on sustaining the well-being of the men and women of the CF and their families.

In closing, I wish to thank all the men and women of the CF for their service to Canada as well as their families for their unwavering support. It is, and has been, an honour to serve as your Chief of the Defence Staff.

 

Intention du CEMD quant à la transition

C’est avec immense plaisir que j’accueille le Lgén Tom Lawson, CEMD désigné, maintenant de retour à Ottawa. Ceci signale le début de la transition entre chefs d’état major de la Défense ainsi que ma retraite imminente. Maintenant que la planification de mon départ a été lancée, je souhaite partager mes intentions pour la période menant à la cérémonie de passation de commandement prévue le 29 octobre 2012.

La priorité absolue, durant la transition, demeurera la réussite opérationnelle des FC. Les relations existantes de commandement et de contrôle ne seront pas touchées. Le processus de changement sera exécuté de façon à garantir une continuité harmonieuse entre mon commandement et celui de mon successeur. De même, il n’y aura aucun changement aux rapports directs avec le CEMD.

L’intervalle menant à la cérémonie de passation de commandement sera chargée. Elle comprendra notamment une gamme de briefings et de réunions visant à préparer le général Lawson à ses nouvelles fonctions. L’objectif principal de ces démarches, décrites en détail dans une directive de transition distincte, est de faire en sorte qu’il ait la connaissance de la situation et l’information contextuelle nécessaires pour assumer et exercer le plein commandement des FC. Bien que cela puisse temporairement avoir une incidence sur la capacité du Lgén Lawson à visiter personnellement les formations, bases et escadres des FC, cela demeurera une partie cruciale et précieuse du travail du CEMD, et, il ne fait nul doute que cela sera un aspect de son commandement lorsqu’il sera en fonction.

En ce qui concerne la cérémonie de passation du commandement proprement dite, mon cabinet a reçu nombre de demandes provenant de gens de l’intérieur et de l’extérieur des FC souhaitant être présents ou y participer. Je suis humblement touché par l’intérêt que l’on manifeste et par l’expression du soutien que cela présuppose. Dans le but de gérer nos ressources financières de façon responsable, j’ai publié des directives précises pour faire en sorte que la cérémonie de passation du commandement soit modeste, tout en témoignant d’un respect convenant à la nomination du Chef de la Défense.

Par conséquent, le choix du Musée canadien de la guerre comme lieu pour tenir la cérémonie permettra de restreindre le nombre d’invité que l’on peut accueillir. Je vous demande de faire preuve de compréhension afin de m’aider à atteindre mon objectif de limiter les coûts. Plus particulièrement, en ce qui concerne les membres des FC de l’extérieur de la région de la capitale nationale invités à assister à la cérémonie, mon intention est de m’assurer qu’un déplacement à Ottawa ne se fasse en service temporaire uniquement pour l’événement de la passation du commandement.

Dans le même ordre d’idées, mon cabinet a reçu des demandes d’information au sujet de cadeaux de départ et de marques d’appréciation. Bien que je sois très reconnaissant de cette générosité, je souhaite personnellement que de telles expressions de soutien se manifestent sous la forme d’un don au Fonds pour la famille des militaires, au programme Sans limites ou à une autre œuvre de charité tout aussi digne.

J’encourage tous les membres des FC à garder à l’esprit notre besoin de conserver nos ressources disponibles, de se concentrer sur les opérations en cours, de continuer à investir dans nos capacités futures et de préserver le bien-être des militaires, hommes et femmes, ainsi que de leurs familles.

En terminant, je désire remercier tous les militaires pour leur service à l’égard du Canada, ainsi que leurs familles pour leur soutien indéfectible. Ce fut, et c’est encore un honneur de vous servir en tant que Chef d’état major de la Défense.

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“Digger” MacDougall Receives Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal

In a private presentation in Rockland, Ontario, 5276 J. R. “Digger” MacDougall, Class of ’61, was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal as a Royal thank you “for your dedicated service to your peers, to your community and to Canada. The contributions you have made to our nation are most commendable and deserve our praise and admiration”, said the Governor General of Canada, His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston.

Digger was recommended for the honour by a committee of volunteers who were tasked to select deserving recipients for the award. At the time of the nomination Digger was serving, or had served (since a teenager), on the leadership teams of numerous community, provincial, national and international volunteer organizations. His Chairmanship of the Sing Canada Harmony Scholarship Fund was a key element in the recognition he received. Governor General David Johnston added his own congratulations to the “…heartfelt congratulations of your fellow Canadians”.

Along with the Canadian Forces Decoration (CD) “For Meritorious Service to Canada” awarded three times during his 33 year military career, Digger will wear the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal with the other three medals (including two for international peacekeeping). As President of the 2400+ member Ottawa Branch of the Royal Military College Club of Canada and as a 12 year Volunteer Interpreter and Living History Interviewer at the Canadian War Museum, Digger wears these medals two or more times per week in official volunteer duties and at formal functions.

The Board of Directors of Sing Canada Harmony joined other Canadians and American colleagues in congratulating Digger on having been awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in recognition for his admirable contributions to Canada.

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Chris Hadfield ponders mundane and serious challenges of six months in space

“It’s the difference between a quick visit somewhere — a drive past — and moving somewhere,”

13738 Astronaut Chris Hadfield  Article

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Khadr’s rehabilitation undermined by Tories, Dallaire says

“I think they are creating a scenario for him so it’s almost impossible for him to reintegrate in society in Canada, in at least a fair chance of having that opportunity,”

H7860 Liberal Senator Roméo Dallaire  Article

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Veterans offered new online system  Article

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Boeing Chief Test Pilot speaks with Qatar Leadership Academy Cadets

“We have an obligation to encourage the next generation of aerospace leaders to pursue their higher-education goals and to follow their career dreams,”

Boeing Test and Evaluation Chief Pilot for F/A-18 Programmes 15463Ricardo Traven  Article

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Military folds three commands into one

The new joint commander, 13337 Lt.-Gen. Stuart Beare, says the old organizations required about 580 staff, but his new command will operate with roughly 450 members, making it about 25 per cent “leaner.”

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Photo: Pat Kinsella for The Chronicle Review

The Few, the Proud, the Infantilized

The military academy that is the closest to the American model—four-year undergraduate institutions—is, perhaps unsurprisingly, the Royal Military College of Canada. The college has solved many of the problems of the U.S. academies by loosening …

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Ex-Cadets in the News

Posted by rmcclub on 23rd September 2012

Former NORAD deputy commander, wife receive U.S. military awards Article

Reconnaissance, par les forces armées américaines, de l’ancien commandant adjoint du NORAD et de son épouse  Français

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Hornet triumphs in the ultimate performance showdown

“The weather changed in our favour and the CF-18s crushed the cars, yet again … All the drivers were super excited [and the event] exceeded their expectations. I know that the military folks who volunteered enjoyed the events as well.”

M610 Lieutenant-Colonel Kirk Soroka   Article  Français

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‘Give those kids a chance’

“And we’re looking around for other schools to help the other schools in the area,”

15769 Mark Dull – Article

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Family visits CF pilot’s crash site 45 years later  Une visite émouvante 45 ans plus tard

“I was flying the same mission that morning. About 10 of us, including Group Captain Cole, were assigned to fly the same low-level cross-country navigation training mission, spaced at 10 minute intervals. I was next in line behind him.”

« J’étais stagiaire à l’Unité de transition Sabre à l’époque, se rappelle 3528 le général (à la retraite) Paul Manson, ancien chef d’état-major de la Défense. J’ai effectué cette mission le matin même. Nous étions une dizaine, dont le Col avn Cole, à participer à cet entraînement à la navigation à basse altitude. Nous nous suivions à intervalles de dix minutes; j’étais le prochain. »

3528 General (Ret) Paul Manson, former Chief of the Defence Staff  Article  Français

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Defence Leadership Recognizes Canadian Defence Academy (CDA) Aboriginal Team

Les dirigeants de la Défense saluent l’équipe autochtone de l’Académie canadienne de la Défense

“We don’t do the work for the recognition; we do the work because it’s what we love to do.”

« Nous ne faisons pas ce travail pour obtenir des prix; nous le faisons parce que ça nous passionne. »

16540 Lieutenanat-Colonel Chantal Fraser Article  Français

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Soldiers’ support organization mistreated its own employees, says ombudsman

“Our investigation shows that, despite knowing Mr. Clark’s mental health had deteriorated, OSISS management made no real attempt to explore how he might be assisted in maintaining his employment once it became clear he intended to resign,”

9485 Canadian Forces Ombudsman Pierre Daigle  Article

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Ministers launch veteran careers site in Hamilton

“… said the program originated in the United States in 2003 and was developed by a Canadian.”

15148 Greg Matte, executive director of Helmets for Hardhats Canada  Article

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Ex-Cadets in the News

Posted by rmcclub on 16th September 2012

Michael Den Tandt: Marc Garneau could be the adult in Liberal leadership race

“I have sailed across the ocean in a sailboat in both directions with 12 other people; I have gone into space, I have skydived. I’ve done all sorts of things in my life. I’m certainly not a dull person, even though I don’t necessarily bring that out when I’m acting as a politician. People who know me know I’m a passionate person.”

8276 Marc Garneau  Article

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New top general, PM had no lengthy F-35 talks

“What I can say is that neither the prime minister nor the minister have spoken at length about the F-35 program with me,”

12191 Lt.-Gen. Tom Lawson, the next chief of the defence staff  Article

The Measure of a CDS -

First published on the Canadian International Council website

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Natynczyk on war, leadership and being ‘Walt from Winnipeg’

“I was working at National Defence Headquarters and people were dumping these big problems on my desk, and I said, ‘Well, you know what? This is easy, because unlike Sarajevo, no one is shooting at me!”

12320 Gen. Walt Natynczyk – Article

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Navy boss foresees maritime century

“The system of the world, the globalized economy, is one that absolutely depends on a rules-based freedom of the seas,”

12444 Vice-Admiral Paul Maddison  -Article

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Making music in outer space

“I’m really looking forward to the wealth and privilege of time six months will offer to see the world in a new way, to see it as an artistic and human place, not just through geography and science. … I want to see the Earth through the chance artistry that looking at the Earth brings.”

13738 Chris Hadfield  Article

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Posted by rmcclub on 9th September 2012

New Commander of 1 Canadian Air Division

MGen Pierre St-Amand today assumed command of 1 Canadian Air Division Headquarters at a change of command ceremony. – (left to right) 14330 LGen Alain Parent, LGen André Deschamps and 15456 MGen Pierre St-Amand. Credit: Cpl Jean Archambault.

Nouveau commandant de la 1re Division aérienne du Canada

Le Mgén Pierre St-Amand a pris le commandement de la 1re Division aérienne du Canada, aujourd’hui, lors d’une cérémonie officielle – (de gauche à droite) 14330 Lgén Alain Parent, Lgén André Deschamps et 15456 Mgén Pierre St-Amand. Photo: Cpl Jean Archambault.

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CAUT announces independent commission on governance of Canada’s Royal Military College

3 Ex Cadets Make Up Commission

OTTAWA, Sept. 5, 2012 /CNW/ – Today, the Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT) is announcing the creation of an independent commission on the governance of Canada’s Royal Military College (RMC).

The distinguished members of the Commission are:

6219 Robin Boadway, the David Chadwick Smith Chair in Economics at Queen’s University;

16990 Steve Nash, Lt-Colonel (Ret), Canadian Forces; formerly Commander, Canadian Joint Incident Response Unit; Operations Officer and Deputy Commander JTF2; and

16392 Elinor Sloan, Professor of International Relations in the Department of Political Science at Carleton University and a former defence analyst in the Department of National Defence.

All three of the commissioners are graduates of the Royal Military College.

The terms of reference for the Commission are to examine the governance structure of the Royal Military College, consider alternative models of military college governance, and make recommendations with respect to the preferred governance structure for RMC.

“At the best of times, it is a challenge to have a governance structure for a military college that allows it, as RMC has been historically, to be both an excellent university and a first-class institution for training military officers,” said James L. Turk, Executive Director of CAUT. “The significant cuts being made by the federal government to the budget of RMC are bringing to the surface questions about how RMC is governed.”

Turk said he is confident that the blue-ribbon commission can provide useful advice to the parties that are involved in the governance of RMC – the Department of National Defence, the Canadian Forces, and the RMC Board of Governors.

While CAUT is creating the Commission and covering the costs of its operation, the Commission will operate independently and will have sole control of the content of its report, which CAUT will publish as submitted. Members of the Commission are serving without remuneration except expenses. Article

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Defence Minister Peter MacKay visits Orono Fair

Conservative politician comes to Clarington to support local Conservative candidate Erin O’Toole

“It’s important for them to understand where their food comes from,”

19894 Erin O’Toole - Article

Previous article on Erin O’Toole to be Conservative candidate in Durham

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Defence attachés get a peek inside Canada’s military with DND tours

Capt. Doucet said the purpose of the tour “is to showcase our military and industry associated with the CF.”

21759 Captain Jenny Doucet, who works in DND’s Directorate of Foreign Liaison  Article

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New NORAD Canadian Deputy Commander

“I am honored and humbled to become the Deputy Commander of NORAD and continue the outstanding work that LGen Lawson and his team have accomplished. NORAD is an extremely strategic and important bi-national agreement for Canada and plays an integral part in the security of our nation,”

14330 Lieutenant-General Alain Parent, new Deputy Commander of NORAD    Article

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How a separate Quebec would transform our defence policy

5105 J.L. Granatstein Article

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Ex-Cadets in the News

Posted by rmcclub on 3rd September 2012

The Measure of a CDS – Article

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What we expect from the chief of the defence staff – Article

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Air force loses F-35 champion as commander retires

 “Having been (Deschamps’s) deputy, (Blondin) would have been exposed to many of the same briefings and material,”

11330retired lieutenant-general Angus Watt Article

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Minister MacKay announces additional Canadian Forces senior promotions and appointments

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Natynczyk took his job to heart, say friends Article

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Cold Lake Air Force museum receives art donation

“I think he was trying to express a certain amount of the feelings that we had as Canadian Forces members in Afghanistan,”

17863 Major Jonathan Knaul—the current unit safety officer at 4 Wing’s Aerospace Engineering Test Establishment (AETE) – Article

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New Commanding Officer of 21 Aerospace Control & Warning Squadron takes over “The Watch”

For LCol Peck of Greenwood, this is his third posting to North Bay returning just after serving two years in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

20823 LCol James Peck – Article

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442 Squadron Change of Command

“My family and I are thrilled to be returning to Comox, and I am personally looking forward to returning to 442 Squadron as CO,”

16807 LCol Todd Sharp – Article

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Calgary school named for first female soldier in Canada to be killed in combat

The first Canadian female soldier to be killed in action while serving in a combat role will be honoured by having a new school named for her in Calgary.

22458 Capt. Nichola Goddard  Article

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Humble Armstrong was the clear choice to deliver that extraordinary moment

“Neil Armstrong did not know it, but that night 43 years ago, he planted a seed in my own mind which changed my life.”

8276 Marc Garneau – Article

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No pain, no gain: Ironman demands top physical, mental condition

24603 Michael Crosier Video

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LCol (ret) Don Wallace Recognized with the Diamond Jubilee Medal in Cranbrook BC

After leaving the army, he became a dentist and practiced for 30 years in Calgary. He is now a cattle rancher near Kimberley.

4215 Don Wallace Article

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Ex-Cadets & More in the News

Posted by rmcclub on 26th August 2012

 Devoted to defence heritage

Defence heritage expert 8059 Robert Mitchell has a deft skill for fostering the growth and sustainability of a wide range of heritage organisations. Mr Mitchell has a special interest in and an encyclopaedic knowledge of military history, which began with his experience in the Canadian armed forces and has transferred to the Western Australian museum sector.

Mr Mitchell said since completing his degree in history, he has been committed to the museums sector and heritage industry. “My first major project was cataloguing canons at Fort Frederick in Kingston, Ontario, a military site of national and international significance,” Mr Mitchell said.

“When I immigrated to Australia in 1990, I was interested in exploring my wife’s family history who are fifth generation Subiaco-born and bred so that’s when I joined the Subiaco Historical Society.” Since then, the thirst for learning and sharing his knowledge continued, and he has been an active volunteer for many of the State’s heritage bodies, including Museums Australia, the Kings Park Honour Avenue Committee, Rottnest Voluntary Guides, the Scout Museum, the National Trust and the Army Museum.

Mr Mitchell has been a Treasurer for a number of the groups in which he has been involved, helping many of the bodies establish a sound economic base and ensure their ongoing stability, even in uncertain financial times.

“I enjoy passing on my knowledge and working with emerging volunteers and professionals to help give them the practical experience they need to help them succeed,” Mr Mitchell said.

“There are a lot of smart people out there, and I think the biggest key to an organisation’s success is to match the volunteer with an organisation that can make the best use of their talents and enthusiasm.”

Mr Mitchell’s recent appointment as curator of the Army Museum of WA is an indication of the high regard in which he is held by the industry and this is supported by his appointment as Master of Ceremonies at the ANZAC Day Parade and Peace Park ceremony in Albany.  Source   (pages 5 and 6)

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Claude Brulé Appointed New Vice President at Algonquin

Claude’s accomplishments include the construction of three state-of-the-art facilities that have helped to re-energize their respective areas and the College as a whole. His exemplary leadership skills have also been used to help launch the Algonquin Leadership in Education Institute; re-introduce the College’s Strategic Enrolment Management Committee; and develop new programming, including the recently submitted 4-year Bachelor of Building Science degree. In 2002, Claude received the Algonquin College Administrative Staff Award.

13601 Claude Brulé  Article

 

Garneau says he’s exploring leadership frontier

“I will not go into debt, I can tell you that right now,”

8276 Marc Garneau Article

435 Squadron Change of Command

“This is a bittersweet day for me,”

18229 LCol Richard Pamplin – Article

Summerside native takes charge of CFB Gagetown

The 44-year-old colonel will officially replace 14493 Col. Paul Rutherford, who plans to take on a new position in Ottawa, on Aug. 30.

E1783 Col. Craig Dalton  Article

Elite special forces get public debut in military’s Operation Nanook

“They’re not in the public eye . . . and they will probably never will be for a number of operational security reasons,”

14378 Brig-Gen. Denis Thompson, commander of Canadian Special Operations Forces. Article

New 15 Wing commander takes over

“I really want to go through a period of stability here … I don’t think we’re going to embark on any big projects because everybody is very, very busy,”

14561 Col. Paul Goddard Article

New Chair of the Prizes and Awards Committee / Nouveau président du comité des Prix et récompenses

The Principal (RMCC) is pleased to announce the appointment of 17192 Mr. Sylvain Leblanc as the Chair of the Prizes and Awards Committee. His appointment will commence on 01 Aug 2012 until 31 July 2015.

Le Recteur (RMCC) a le plaisir de vous annoncer que 17192 M. Sylvain Leblanc a été nommée président du comité des Prix et récompenses. Son mandat débutera le 01 août 2012 et se terminera le 31 juillet 2015.

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RMC Graduates from 1960s, 70s and 80s compete at the 33rd Annual Sri Chinmoy Self-Transcendence Triathlon and Duathlon

Triathletes and Duathletes from around Vancouver Island and the lower BC mainland gathered on the shores of Elk Lake in Victoria on 5 August 2012 during the BC Long Weekend for a series of races. Mike Ellis (1960s) competed in the Sprint Triathlon (750m swim, 20K bike and 5K run). John McManus and Bob Gebbie (1970s) competed in the Olympic Triathlon (1500m swim, 40K bike and 10K run). Dewain Emrich (1980s) competed in the Duathlon Triathlon (5K run, 40K bike and 10K run).

Mike won the Sprint Tri for his M75-79 age group with a final time of 1:35:40, John won the Olympic Tri for his M55-59 age group with a final time of 2:27:47, Bob was the swimmer on the winning Olympic relay team with a final time of 2:18:40, and Dewain came 2nd in the Duathlon for his M50-54 age group with a final time of 2:22:48. All four ex-cadets received their medals as well as flowers to bring home to their wives to make up for the fact that they spent so much time swimming, biking and running over the past year (except for Carolyn Gebbie who has spent more time training than all of the above with her 10 Ironman races!)

4670 Commander (R) (Ret’d) Michael Ellis (CMR RMC 1960) is a retired wills and estates lawyer and Reserve Naval Officer living in Victoria BC. He holds a B.A.Sc., 1961 (Electrical Engineering) University of British Columbia; an LL.B., 1967 University of British Columbia and R.M.C., 1960.

10973 Colonel John McManus (RMC 1976) is a Reserve Air Force Officer living in Victoria BC. He holds a B.Eng., 1976 (Mechanical Engineering) RMC; an M.Sc., 1985 (Oceanography) US Navy Postgraduate School and a G.Dip., 1997 (Management) Royal Australian Staff College.

11075 Commander (Ret’d) Bob Gebbie (RRMC RMC 1976) is a retired Information Protection Specialist and Naval Officer living in Victoria BC. He holds a B.Eng., 1976 (Engineering and Management) RMC and an M.Eng., 1985 (Electrical Engineering) RMC.

14553 Lieutenant (Ret’d) Dewain Emrich (RRMC 1984) is a retired Naval Officer living in Victoria BC. He holds a B.Sc., 1984 (Science) RRMC and an M.Sc., 2001 (Oceanography) RMC. (Click on photos for better viewing)

 

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Posted by rmcclub on 6th August 2012

Wanted: New general able to lead troops and cut costs  Article

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Gotcha! HMCS Victoria torpedoes US navy ship

“This is a clear demonstration of the full weapons capability of the Victoria-class and marks a significant achievement in HMCS Victoria’s return to operations,”

12444 Vice-Admiral Paul Maddison, Commander RCN  Article

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Forces at work in Africa

“I am proud of the visibility Canada enjoyed while attending Africa Endeavor for the second time,”

15355 Colonel Pierre Lamontagne, CF liaison officer at US AFRICOM  Article

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Worth a Listen

“Akoostix was founded to demonstrate a better way to develop reusable, flexible sonar systems and to find a better way to create value in sonar-system development,”

17855 Joe Hood – president Akoostix Inc.  Article

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Summary of an internal e-mail at RMCC 2 Aug.

The Principal, upon the recommendation of the Dean of Arts is pleased to announce the appointment of 13240 Dr. David Last as Coordinator for Security Operations Education Program. This assignment has been made in response to a request from the Privy Council Office to initiate a federal security education program.

In order to proceed with the assignment, Dr. Last will step down from the Headship of Politics and Economics for the academic year 2012-2013.

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CMA Awards Medal of Honour to Senator Roméo Dallaire

“Some of us who have been injured in mind and physically have, through that experience, been given opportunities to influence the system, to attempt to eliminate stigmas and to focus the attention of the authorities on the priority of a healthy nation, said Senator Dallaire. “I hope that I have served these causes reasonably well and I am especially honoured to be recognized by the Canadian Medical Association for really doing what I believe to be my duty.”

 H7860 Senator Roméo A. Dallaire  Article

 

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Posted by rmcclub on 29th July 2012

“You Will Always Be Ex-Cadets” Two Cadets Move to the Ranks

Article and Photos by 25366 Mike Shewfelt

In a ceremony held at the base of Mackenzie Building’s Memorial Staircase, 26042 Eric Scott and 25988 Simon Parent formally relinquished their status as Officer Cadets and moved to the ranks of the Non-Commisioned members.

College Commandant 14835 BGen Eric Tremblay, who conducted the ceremony, told them “we’re not really saying goodbye, as you’ll always be ex-Cadets. So good luck, always remember where you came from, and ask plenty of questions. The tools you have learned here will serve you well.”

Pte Scott is off to Gagetown in August for training as a Combat Engineer, while Pte Parent is awaiting a posting for training as an Avionics Technician.

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22131 LCdr Sean Williams Primary Group Coordinator with the Directorate of Maritime Management and Support (DMMS) was honoured with an ADM(Mat) Merit Award for his outstanding contributions to the achievement of DGMEPM and ADM(Mat) goals and objectives. He has demonstrated commitment, resolve and perseverance in the mission of delivering exceptional materiel support year over year. This includes working on the improvement of the internal delegation of National Procurement allocation. He has written the Navy’s Readiness Direction, developed mission analysis options such as MOBILE and METRIC, and created a model used to help identify out year ADM(Mat) funding to the Fleet Maintenance Facilities (FMFs). In addition, he drafted several critical papers including the strategic importance of the FMFs, completed routine department reports, participated in numerous Materiel Sustainment and Management boards, and helped initiate new management boards such as the National Configuration Steering Group. His outstanding efforts all lead to the overall improvement in planning, executing, supporting, and reporting on materiel maintenance and accountability.

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21866 Mr Pierre Tessier  was awarded the Commander Royal Canadian Navy Commendation. From September 2009 to June 2010, Pierre Tessier distinguished himself through his superlative performance as the lead MEPM representative for the Strategic Review (SR). In this very demanding task with exceptionally challenging deadlines, considerable senior scrutiny and relentless demand for more data and additional analysis, Mr. Tessier excelled, delivering work of exceptional quality.

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20405 LCdr Steve Whitehurst was awarded the Commander Royal Canadian Navy Commendation. Throughout fiscal year 09/10, a year of unprecedented challenge for the naval sustainment program, LCdr Steve Whitehurst distinguished himself through his superlative efforts as a member of MEPM’s strategic planning team. His impressive work articulating the critical challenges facing the program in the future was pivotal and fundamentally helped to shape the future of the naval sustainment program.

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Business boot camp: There’s no life like it

“If there’s ever a picture of a royal corgi on that leash, I’ll be swamped,”

20602 Scott Harrigan   Article

 

NORAD in 2012 – Ever Evolving, Forever Relevant

12192 Lieutenant-General Tom Lawson with Captain Michael Sawler  Article

 

Column: Legal Traps of the Zero Moment of Truth

19894 Erin O’Toole  Article

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Posted by rmcclub on 22nd July 2012

Canada’s former top soldier in Haiti sues for $6.2M

“He has suffered emotionally, physically and his reputation has been tarnished, considerably, for something that he hasn’t done,”

retired colonel Michel Drapeau speaking about – 13511 Bernard Ouellette  Article   Past e-V article on Col Ouellette

 

Rim of the Pacific Exercise 2012 (RIMPAC).

“RIMPAC provides the Royal Canadian Navy with ample opportunities to enhance our war-fighting skills and increase our interoperability with our coalition partners,”

12444 Vice-Admiral Paul Maddison, Commander Royal Canadian Navy  Article

Big Guns Visit With Canadian Sailors In The Gulf Of Oman

“The officers and crew of HMCS Charlottetown have sailed half-way around the world, demonstrating great flexibility, tenacity and resolve, and contributing to maritime peace and security,” said Major-General Vance. “I am thrilled to have had the opportunity to spend time with this group, and to thank them for the great work that they are doing on behalf of Canada.”

15696 Major-General Jonathan Vance, Director of Staff, Strategic Joint Staff  Article

 

Air Force takes to the skies in Northern Canada

“Operation Northern Reach is a tremendous opportunity to bring many elements of the Air Force together, ‘flying in formation’ in the North,”

15456 Brigadier-General Pierre St-Amand, acting commander of 1 Canadian Air Division Article

 

Maiden flight for Canada’s CH-147F Chinook helicopter

“This is an exceptionally proud moment for our program and brings us one step closer to fielding this outstanding operational capability to meet the needs of Canadians at home and abroad,”

15299 Colonel Carl Doyon, the medium- to heavy-lift helicopter project manager Article

 

Injured hiker medevaced from Nootka Trail

“We had communication with the Coast Guard members on the ground before we landed and they were able to direct us to the right spot and then assist the SAR techs in carrying the patient to the helicopter,”

23031 Luc Coates aircraft commander  article

 

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Operation ROTHENBERG tests adaptability, toughness

 

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Posted by rmcclub on 8th July 2012

Canada Day – A time to help

“This city is our home and we share in its triumphs and tragedies,”

12192 LGen Tom Lawson, deputy commander of NORAD Article

 

HMCS Regina departs for the Arabian Sea region

“The men and women of HMCS Regina are highly-trained professionals and are more than capable to take on the challenges that await them on their deployment,”

Rear-Admiral Truelove, who became Commander MARPAC on 4 June 2012.  Article

 

Arlene Dickinson joins the rank as the newest Honorary Naval Captain

“I couldn’t be happier to have Arlene become an Honorary Captain,”

12444 Vice-Admiral Paul Maddison, Commander Royal Canadian Navy Article

 

Stephenville native assumes commanding officer position

“It is a rather humbling experience that army leadership has seen fit to provide me the opportunity to command soldiers and troops in support of training and education of army junior leaders,”

17601 Lt.-Col. Dwayne Parsons Article

 

Troops ready, eager for new overseas missions: Natynczyk

 “I’ve told them all to catch up on that training that lapsed while we had this high operational tempo between Afghanistan and the Olympics and Haiti and Libya, and let’s make sure we have all qualifications and training up to date so when we’re called upon we’re ready to go.”

12320 Chief of Defence Staff Gen. Walt Natynczyk Article

Some veterans still seeing payments clawed back after court ruling

“This is a perfect example as to how bureaucratic red tape results in needless suffering,” he said in an email.

“This bureaucratic inability to see people through the process, especially highly marginalized and vulnerable disabled Canadian Forces veterans and their families, is unnecessary and illegal.”

15488 Sean Bruyea  Article

 

 

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