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

Posted by rmcclub on 19th May 2014

Kingstonians being honoured by France

By Sue Yanagisawa, Kingston Whig-Standard

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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EX Cadets & More in the News

Posted by rmcclub on 4th May 2014


Former e-Veritas “staffer” promoted to Captain

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

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

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

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

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


Prolific Paladin

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

16009 Steve Molaski   Article


RCAF improves testing for “the right stuff”



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

Dear Editor,

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

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

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

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

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

Major (ret) Barbara Maisonneuve

Montréal, QC

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Posted by rmcclub on 27th April 2014


Photo Captions:Oceanographer 15459 Martin Taillefer says the site of where the plane is must be pinned down otherwise finding the black box may be impossible” (21 March).  “The Bluefin-21 is an autonomous underwater vehicle searching for the MH370 debris field, Maritime Way’s President Martin Taillefer explains “(14 April) (Click on photos for better viewing)


On March 8th, 2014 Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, carrying 239 people vanished and has since been assumed to have crashed into the South Indian Ocean.  A visual surface search involving numerous military aircraft and ships has searched hundreds of square miles for debris evidence of the crash but with no confirmed sightings from the flight or debris.  The search moved underwater after detections were made of the blackbox underwater pinger that was transmitting a signal beyond its 30-day activation life.  To date the underwater search performed by the torpedo-shaped autonomous underwater vehicle called a Bluefin-21 has not made any detections of a bottom debris field and a possible crash site.

Providing CTV News oceanographic, acoustic and sonar analysis of the condition and the difficulties of the search is 15459 Martin Taillefer (RRMC Class of 1987).  Martin is a graduate of the Royal Roads Physics and Oceanography program and served 20 years in the Royal Canadian Navy specialising in Underwater Warfare.  He assumed the role of the Pacific Fleet Oceanographer in 1997 until his retirement in 2001.  Since then Martin worked at General Dynamics Canada on Swedish and Canadian acoustic systems, and in 2006 was asked to joined Fisheries and Oceans Canada as a Senior Oceanography Adviser.  In 2010, Martin started a small Oceanography and Acoustics company called Maritime Way Scientific Ltd, specialising in underwater acoustic propagation modelling and oceanographic analysis.  On March 21st, Martin began commenting on the oceanography and acoustics of the potential crash region west of Australia to CTV News Channel and Canada AM.  He appeared 6 times in the course of a 4 week period.

Maritime Way’s web site:

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Ex-Cadets & More in the News

Posted by rmcclub on 20th April 2014

18866 Eva Martinez was recently invited to be the keynote speaker for a Halton District School Board Model United Nations Conference.

Halton students learn about UN mission at Model UN conference

“Although my experiences were limited to a very small mission in a very small country, I hope you can draw from it that there are many parallels with some of the social, political, (and) economical issues playing out around the world today,” she said.

18866 Eva Martinez Article


Chris Hadfield thrills Coquitlam kids by flying paper airplanes


13987 Bryan Bailey (Class of 1983) and his rink had the good fortune of winning the Men’s Club Championship at the Garrison Curling Club recently. This year’s championship team had three ex-Cadets. With Bryan were – 15157 Craig Moore throwing third stones (Class 85) and 15592 Dr. Pat Heffernan (Class of 86) as lead. The match was well played, very close and tied up coming home at six points apiece but his rink had the advantage of last rock. Despite not keeping the end clean as intended, they managed to prevail by filling the house with their rocks.

For Bryan this represents the second time that he has been on a Garrison Club Championship winning team (both as second). In his last year at the College in 1983, the College varsity curling team also won the championship. That ‘83 team was skipped by 14017 Brian Lewis (also Class of 83) while 14626 Graham Sinclair (Class of 84) was third and 14926 Randy Boucher (Class of 85) rounded out the team.

While both these teams achieved the same success, the two teams are night and day! The College varsity team in 83 was an OUAA serious contender and obviously being 31 years younger provides many advantages. The ‘83 RMC team had all the shots but excelled in an aggressive style of play punctuated by precision hitting, rolls and delicate freezes and razor thin picks.

We asked Bryan to describe the style of his 2014 championship team.

“The current team tends to be considerably more conservative and almost one dimensional in terms of shot choice with a preference for quiet weight. Another key difference is that most of our current players are more than a little ocularly challenged to the point that determining the winner of the coin toss is also a team effort! Out of necessity, we have had to adopt a more intensive regime of pre-game stretching and the no-lift delivery! Our one advantage might be in sweeping as we seemed to have figured out how to leverage our less flexible but considerably heavier body mass! In any event, the win was a very pleasant surprise for the entire team and we look forward to next year.”


In New Officers’ Careers, Peace Is No Dividend

West Point perspective – many similarities to RMCC


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Ex-Cadets in the News; Travel Opportunity for Two – End of May & Recent CANFORGEN – Sr Officers’ Updates

Posted by rmcclub on 8th April 2014

Canadian shot in Barbados robbery kept alive by wife

“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,”

23234 Heather Rebin Article 

Follow-up article


Legal officer receives rare honour

“Hearing from the Minister of Justice is unusual,” said Colonel Gleeson. “As military lawyers, we are members of the CAF, not employees of the Department of Justice.”

14865 Patrick Gleeson Article


With 20397 Lieutenant-Colonel Christopher M. Stewardson in command, the evening kicked off with a charming accordion player in the pre-reception, and a bugler who sounded the call for dinner.

Article & Photos


Chris Hadfield on building a better spacesuit

“It has to keep you alive so therefore the design of it really is driven to a large degree by the fact it is has to keep you healthy and safe in your environment.”

13738 Chris Hadfield – Article


Former midget Flames’ captain took leadership skills to military

22362 Matt Cossaboom – Article


Travel Opportunity! Space for Two on Upcoming South Danube Tour Hungary to Romania (May 31 to June 14th, 2014)

Unexpectedly we still have space for two persons on our South Danube tour that has been sold out for months. The June 2014 tour includes all flights on the new Dreamliner Boeing 787 airliner on Star-Alliance partner airline LOT, two nights and tours in Budapest, seven nights on the 5* luxury AmaPrima in a cabin with a large picture window, from Budapest, Hungary to Russe, Bulgaria (you will be travelling on the Danube through Hungary, Croatia, Serbia, Romania and Bulgaria. AMAWaterways, owner of the AmaPrima, offers beautiful, spacious ships, free flowing wine/beer and superb meals at lunch and dinner, comprehensive touring programs at ports-of-call, and delightful evening entertainment on board. On disembarking from the cruise ship, you’ll experience a tour of Bulgaria, visiting leading cities of Plovdiv, Veliko Turnovo and the capital city of Sofia.

You can also stay for an optional third week tour of Romania, including visiting Transylvania and Bran Castle (home of Vlad the Impaler, Count Dracula) and lesser known but magnificent Peles Castle; touring the capital of Romania, Bucharest; and visiting several very scenic medieval hill towns that are UNESCO world heritage sites, like at Biertan and Sighisoara. This part of Europe is little visited by Canadians, but based on my own experiences leading a group a couple of years ago, the tour is very scenic and well worth the experience. We are holding the early booking price (which expired last October), so if you are interested, please view the attached brochure and give me a call (at 1-250-592-8897) or directly to Paul at Know the World Tours at 1-800-554-9754.

5758 Mike Morres – Tour Director – Know the World Tours


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Following are the highlights from a recent CANFORGEN

CANFORGEN 051/14 CMP 023/14 021830Z APR 14


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Ex-Cadets in the News

Posted by rmcclub on 6th April 2014

Caption: A ‘thorn amongst some roses’. A good time was had by all at the  Fort Frontenac Officers Mess  where staff from 1 Wing, Kingston celebrated the RCAF’s 90th birthday with a classy “All Ranks” Mess Dinner. RMCC commandant, Brigadier-General Al Meinzinger was the Guest of Honour.

This year, April 1st marked the 90th Anniversary of the Royal Canadian Air Force. Throughout these 90 years, the RCAF has made a remarkable impact on Canada and the world. RMC has had noteworthy involvement in the RCAF history led by very brave airmen like First World War flying ace 943 Air Marshall Billy Bishop (entered RMC 1911), who attended RMC. This forged the groundwork for other brave airmen and ex-cadets such as 13738 Colonel (Ret) Chris Hadfield (RRMC RMC 1982) who not only made the journey to space, but helped lead it. He took the Air Force motto to heart, “Per Ardua ad Astra”, through adversity to the stars. Graduates at RMC have and will continue to serve with distinction within our RCAF.

RMC Ex-Cadets and the RCAF

In 1924 the newly created RCAF offered aviation courses to RMC cadets and eight ‘signed-up’ for this initial RCAF training.

RMC functioned as an army College – but in the post-war years cadets were allowed to opt for summer training with the RCAF (or the RCN)

Most notable ex-cadet from the “original eight”:

1815 Air Commodore A. D. Ross, GC, CBE, CD (RMC 1924-1928). Winner of George Cross [equivalent to the Victoria Cross] for gallantry in rescuing aircrew from a crashed bomber. Ross is only one of nine Canadians to be awarded the GC.

Other notable RCAF ex-cadets – (does not include those currently serving in the RCAF):

  • 1946 Air Vice Marshall L.E. Way, OBE, AFC, CD
  • 2140 Air Vice Marshall D.A.R. Bradshaw, DFC, CD
  • 2230 Air Marshall William R. MacBrien, OBE, CD
  • 2364 Air Commodore L.J. Birchall, CM, OBE, DFC, O.Ont, CD
  • 32368 Air Vice Marshall F.S. Carpenter, AFC, CD
  • 2430 General F.R. Sharp, DFC, ED
  • 2529 LGen Chester Hull, CMM, DFC, CD
  • 3528 General Paul Manson, OC, CMM, CD


Before and After the Ivey MBA with Lu Li

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

xxxxx24034  Lu Li Article




Romeo Dallaire: Tory Complaints Over Veterans Costs ‘Pissing Me Off’

“And I say: Oh, yeah?” said Dallaire, describing how he walks them through the dollar cost of equipping and deploying the military on missions like the recently concluded 12-year mission in Afghanistan.

“And then I say, ‘Now that they’re home — and the ones that are injured — they cost too much?’ This has been sniffing its way around the Conservative hallways and it’s pissing me off.”

7860 Romeo Dallaire – Article

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Ex-Cadets in the News

Posted by rmcclub on 31st March 2014

Diner-conférence avec le commandant du CMR de Saint-Jean; le 4 avril 2014 

Nous vous rappelons qu’un diner-conférence organisé par le Chapitre Fort Saint-Jean, en collaboration avec la 2e Division canadienne, aura lieu au Manège militaire Côte-des-Neiges de Montréal (Mont-Royal) le vendredi 4 avril 2014, de 11h30 à 13h30.

Il s’agit d’une première édition, pour laquelle nous avons le plaisir d’accueillir comme conférencière le colonel Jennie Carignan, commandant actuel du Collège militaire royal de Saint-Jean et première femme commandant d’un collège militaire au Canada. La conférence, d’une durée de 45 minutes, portera sur le nouveau visage du Collège militaire royal de Saint-Jean depuis sa réouverture et sur le leadership que les élèves-officiers du CMRSJ sont appelés à développer.

Les frais d’inscriptions s’élèvent à 25$, payable à la porte. Prière de faire votre réservation auprès de 9950 Léo Gravelle à  . En cas d’annulation après cette date, veuillez noter que vous serez tenus d’acquitter les frais liés au service de traiteur. Nous vous attendons au: Manège militaire de Côte-de-Neiges, 4185 Côte des Neiges, Montréal


Milner ready for next chapter after Afghanistan mission

“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,”

Maj.-Gen. 14596 Dean Milner  Article


Canada’s newest astronaut visits 17 Wing Winnipeg

“I’ve got a little bit of an explorer in me and I know all of you as folks in the military have a little bit of an explorer in you too. You all have the drive inside of you to contribute something a little bit bigger, to know what’s over the next horizon, over the next mountain, over the next mountain range, and that’s what drives me to go to this place, the ISS, just like Chris Hadfield did a year ago.”

Major 21364 Jeremy Hansen, Canada’s newest astronaut – Article


After the march: SSM K. Nykorak, Lt T. Runnings, 25162 Lt C. McNaughton, 22198 Maj E. Kerckhoff, Lt T. Smith

Royal Canadian Dragoons Represent Canadian Armed Forces in Bataan Memorial Death March

Article submitted by: 25162 Lt Colin McNaughton

From 19 Mar 14 to 25 Mar 14, 23 members of The Royal Canadian Dragoons (RCD) had the honour of representing the Canadian Armed Forces at the 25th Annual Bataan Memorial Death March at the White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico.

This 42.2 km (26 mile) ruck march is a commemoration of the forced journey undertaken by US and Philipino soldiers captured by the Japanese after the fall of the Phillippines during World War Two. The original Death March began on April 9, 1942 and took POWs on a 128 km route through the Phillipine jungle. Thousands died along the route, killed by their captors or succumbing to sickness. Those that survived the March were only greeted by more dreadful conditions at their respective camps. The Bataan Memorial Death March is intended to remember their sacrifice.

In preparation for the gruelling task ahead, members of the RCD Team conducted more intense daily PT that stressed aerobic fitness and toughening their feet for long distances. Deploying several days prior to the event allowed the team time to get accustomed to the heat and altitude, as ruck marching in Petawawa in January provides a distinctly different experience than New Mexico! During their work-up training in New Mexico, the team discovered the difficulties of rucking in the altitude, as well as the difficult terrain strewn with rocks and riddled with switchbacks. The trail proved itself to be an eye-opener for the difficulties thay lay ahead.

On 23 March, the event’s opening ceremonies honoured the surviving and the deceased soldiers who suffered the Bataan Death March. At 0700hrs, over 6000 soldiers, including wounded warriors and civilians began their 26 mile trudge through the desert. As members of the military heavy category, the Dragoons each marched with a 35lb rucksack. Though the RCD routinely participate in endurance competitions such as the Cavalry Cup and the Petawawa Ironman, the conditions at White Sands were unique. The 25 degree temperatures were not staggeringly high, however the sun beat down relentlessly. The considerable change in altitude had a tremendous impact on the competitors and the slopes of the course The pitch of the march up and around the mountain averaged 5%, however it carried on for approximately 11 miles; enough to make it a challenge all its own. Though it did not make it impossible, the change in altitude coupled with the soft sand made the task much more difficult to complete.

Just as participants were finishing off the downhill portion of the march, they approached the 21 mile marker. This two-mile stretch of deep sand, known with dread as ‘The Sandpit’, required a colossal effort for each step to be made. The final four miles seemed to never end, and many participants were humbled by the many wounded warriors, including a triple amputee, who marched on without complaint.

One of the prime sources of motivation for the teams were the survivors of the actual Bataan Death March, present at the start and finish lines to shake hands and thank those who marched in memory of their comrades. The physical toll of the Bataan Death March provided the participants with perspective, resolve, and new-found respect for perseverance.

As Dragoons crossed the finished line with smiles on their faces, and some grimaces, an overwhelming sense of accomplishment was embraced by all. The feat they had all tackled was not for the faint of heart; it took guts and determination. Three of the teams completed, while one was disqualified as a member dropped out for medical reasons. Cpl Tham, Cpl King, Cpl Hardiman, Cpl Jannack and Cpl Fletcher completed the march third (of the 25 teams in the Military Heavyweight division who managed to complete the march) while Cpl Farr, Cpl Doucet, Cpl Latter, Cpl Aube, and Tpr Froese finished sixth. The final team through, Maj Kerckhoff (22198), SSM Nykorak, Lts Smith, Runnings, and McNaughton (25162) placed 13th. Capt Roach, Cpl Boyd, Cpl MacBean, Pte Riaz crossed the line as individuals once their team was disqualified. With an opportunity to compete again in the future, it’s a certainty that the Dragoons, and whomever else in 2 CMBG that is fortunate enough to get the chance, will continue to represent Canada and the Canadian Armed Forces well. The Bataan Memorial Death March was an exceptional chance to challenge ourselves and our abilities, standing side by side with our allies in a physical and mental ordeal. Many of this year’s participants are already looking forward to next year’s training!

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Ex-Cadets & More in the News

Posted by rmcclub on 23rd March 2014

Caption: Pictured are 24032 Lt(N) Chantel Helwer (nee Lemay) from Winnipeg,MB and 23705 Captain (Ret) Natalie Jones, currently an RMCC MA student, from Montreal, QC.

Chantel and Natalie both fenced for four years at RMCC and graduated as OUA Fencing Champions. They both began fencing at RMCC and achieved outstanding results in their time here at the college as student-athletes.

The former RMCC teammates then went on to continue training and competing with our CAF CISM Fencing Program. Now they are both training and competing with the Canadian Fencing Federation – Canadian National Women’s Sabre program. This photo was taken at a recent World Cup in Antalya Turkey as the women are currently competing on the International World Cup circuit with the National Team.

Patrica Howes head coach of the RMC Varsity Fencing team is heading to Europe on Monday, with our CAF CISM Épée Teams, for an international CISM Épée Competition in Breda, The Netherlands hosted by their Royal Military Academy.

The women’s épée team is made up of RMC ex-cadets, and former OUA Champions, 23022 Major Marilyne Lafortune (Bagotville, QC) 23502 Capt. Sarah McRae (Bagotville, QC) and 24776 Capt. Emma McDaniel (Shearwater, NS).



“I think they will have a great future,” Morris said. “The problem with curling and stereotypically with women is life gets in the way. We just have to hope that’s not going to happen with this team. It would be hard to replace anybody on this team in their position.

“Your motivation, suddenly it’s not the most important thing in the world when you have a little baby to worry about or a family to raise or work commitments. It is a challenge for women more so than men in that regard.”

7301 Earle Morris – World Class Curling Coach



Final Canadian Troops Return Home After the End of Military Operations in Afghanistan

“As our members return on this, our final flight home from our operations in Afghanistan, we will join all Canadians reflecting on the past 12 years. We will think of the thousands of our members who deployed on this mission, and of those who made the ultimate sacrifice and did not come home. We will remember them. We will note with pride the difference that we helped to make for the people of Afghanistan, and the hope that we helped them to gain. For our members on this final flight, on behalf of your colleagues and brothers and sisters in arms, well done and welcome home.”

12192 General Tom Lawson - Chief of the Defence Staff



Canadians land in Norway

“”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, says LCol Jourdain, was “”organized to prepare for what we expected to do”” in Norway.

20175 Lieutenant-Colonel Steve Jourdain



RCAF member received high American medal

“It’s a great, great honour to be recognized with the bronze star,” said Colonel Lightbody. “We were all taken aback and surprised by it. And the fact that we are here trying to help the Afghans get on their feet so they can do things on their own means that much more.

“Hopefully we leave Afghanistan as a little bit of a better place. It’s not going to change overnight but we helped move the yardstick a little bit further.”

15999 Colonel Ian Lightbody



No down time for flight safety

“You’ve heard this all before, and I’m here to repeat it: flight safety is about you being honest, looking at yourself, knowing your capacity and experience, matching the right amount of confidence and acting in a safe and efficient manner,”

E1263 Colonel Steve Charpentier, the RCAF’s director of flight safety



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HMCS Regina’s Rock Band Takin’ Care Of Business In Juno Awards BTO Tribute Contest –


13738 Chris Hadfield’s TED Talk: What I learned from going blind in space


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Ex-Cadets & More in the News

Posted by rmcclub on 9th March 2014

H7543 Senator Joe Day Honoured with Engineers Canada Fellowship

“Senator Day has truly played a significant role in promoting the profession as a professional engineer and parliamentarian,”



The Aircraft Arresting System (AAS) Team of 22450 Maj Paul Whalen (RMC 2002) (3rd from right), Capt Steven Vézina, MWO Jean-Marc Bériault and Gabriella Sabou were recognized for their performance, dedication and management of personnel, finances and resources during implementation of the new fixed AAS at 3, 14 and 19 Wing that exceeded all expectations. The team members belong to the Directorate of Aerospace Equipment Program Management (Fighters & Trainers) under DGAEPM. They ensured that operational and tactical requirements of the RCAF were met now and in the future. The team worked in a professional manner and were highly regarded by all organizations with which they worked. Without their leadership and guidance, the project would not have achieved the success for which it is recognized.


M0539 Major Conrad Bourgeois (RRMC / RMC 1992) of the Directorate of Aerospace Equipment Management for Radar and Communications Systems in DGAEPM was awarded the United States Meritorious Service Medal in recognition of his accomplishments from July 14, 2008 to July 16, 2012. He distinguished himself in the performance of outstanding service to the United States as Deputy Program Manager, Battle Control System-Fixed, Battle Control Systems Division, Command and Control, Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance Directorate, Electronics Systems Center, Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts. During this period, Maj Bourgeois’ outstanding leadership and innovative efforts modernized homeland defense air battle management command and control capabilities for the United States and Canada. His determination expedited the fielding of five software builds, increasing the system’s flight tracking capability by 40 percent. Maj Bourgeois’ tireless efforts also led to the first ever provision for real-time visibility over the air defense network to the United States Secretary of Defense, which solidified shoot-down authority in the event of an airborne attack upon the United States. Additionally, Maj Bourgeois’ steadfast dedication ensured that system availability averaged 99.98 percent, thereby enabling over 5,000 sorties in support of Operation NOBLE EAGLE, and leading to the interception of 287 potential threats. Finally, his leadership culminated with the Battle Control System-Fixed program earning the Directorate’s nomination for the 2011 Sheily Award, and the Battle Control Systems Division Team Award for 2011. The singularly distinctive accomplishments of Maj Bourgeois reflect great credit upon himself, the Canadian Forces and the United States Air Force.


Architect builds a future for African kids

“This is the first time I am a little bit nervous,” said Roy, 67. “We are further away from our goal than in all the other buildings we have done.”

8576 Alan Roy

Article &  Primary Schools For Africa Society


Protecteur fire melted sailor’s glasses; ship towed into Pearl Harbor



Update from an article a few weeks back… Fills “Critical Gap in Market”

Ex Cadet – Makes a deal – on CBC Dragon’s Den

22545 Shannon Veurink (Travis), RMC ’03, was featured on the March 5th episode of Dragon’s Den, presenting, an innovative farmland rental website. Together with her husband Kevin and brother- and sister-in-law Andrew and Brittany, the Veurink farm family made a very professional impressive presentation and were SUCCESSFUL in convincing two of the dragons’ to invest in their project.

To view the presentation – go here


Many thanks to our readers who responded with an interest to help our Ex cadet friend who is currently trying to navigate the complex USA immigration process. We passed on your notes and interest; we’re also aware that he has contacted some of you.

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Ex-Cadets & More in the News

Posted by rmcclub on 2nd March 2014

Ex-Cadet Seeking Immigration Help

e-Veritas has recently learned that an Ex-Cadet in the Kingston area, in the process of transitioning out of the Forces, is looking to move to the United States to be with his wife. This individual is trying to navigate the complex immigration process, and would appreciate any tips/suggestions/advice that other Ex-Cadets who have been through this process may have to offer. Anyone interested in helping is asked to contact Bill Oliver for more details.


Golden girl comes home

Fourteen years ago, way back at the turn of the millennium, Olympian 17324 Sharon Donnelly dropped by Mgr. Remy Gaulin elementary separate school to sign autographs and share her memories of the 2000 Summer Games in Australia.


Retirement of 6349 Alain Pellerin and Appointment of  M050 Tony Battista as Executive Director of CDA and CDA Institute

The Conference of Defence Associations (CDA) and the CDA Institute announce the retirement of Alain Pellerin, and the appointment of Tony Battista as Executive Director of the CDA and CDA Institute.

Alain Pellerin joined the CDA and CDA Institute in July 1998. For the past decade and a half he has been instrumental in the growth of these two organizations and has brought all CDA and CDA Institute associated events and activities to an unprecedented level of ambition and success. Alain stepped down as Executive Director on 21 February 2014, but will remain active with the CDA Institute Board of Directors. The CDA and CDA Institute – and indeed the broader Canadian Security and Defence community – thank him for his outstanding service and wish him well with his new endeavours. He can be reached via email at

His successor, Tony Battista, joins the CDA and CDA Institute following a 40-year career with the Canadian Armed Forces. His biography is available on the CDA Institute website. He can be reached at the CDA and the CDA Institute by phone +1 (613) 236-1252 and by email


Départ à la retraite d’Alain Pellerin et nomination de Tony Battista comme directeur exécutif de la CAD et de l’Institut de la CAD

La Conférence des associations de la défense (CAD) et l’Institut de la CAD annoncent le départ à la retraite du Alain Pellerin et la nomination de Tony Battista comme directeur exécutif de la CAD et de l’Institut de la CAD.

Alain Pellerin s’est joint à la CAD et à l’Institut de la CAD en juillet 1998. Pendant la dernière décennie et demie il a été un instrument de croissance de ces deux organisations et apporté à tous les événements et toutes les activités associés à la CAD et à l’Institut de la CAD un niveau sans précédent d’ambition et de succès. Alain s’est retiré du poste de directeur exécutif le 21 février 2014, mais il va rester actif auprès du conseil d’administration de l’Institut. La CAD et l’Institut de la CAD – et, de fait, l’ensemble de la communauté canadienne de la défense et de la sécurité – le remercient pour son service exceptionnel et lui souhaitent bon succès dans ses nouvelles entreprises. On peut le rejoindre par courriel à

Son successeur, Tony Battista, se joint à la CAD et à l’Institut de la CAD après une carrière de 40 ans dans les Forces armées canadiennes. On pourra consulter sa biographie sur le site web de l’Institut de la CAD. On peut le joindre à la CAD et l’Institut de la CAD, par téléphone, au +1 (613) 236-1252, et par courriel, à l’adresse


Minor injuries after fire aboard HMCS Protecteur

“It took some time to get that fire out,” he told reporters Friday. “We’re still assessing the damage at this point.”

17793 Commodore Bob Auchterlonie  Source



Expedition Club on the Parliament Hill

Article by: 26951  OCdt Ali Mansour

Since 2002, February 12th has marked the annual day to prevent child soldiering. This year the Expedition Club’s Outreach Officers were invited to Parliament Hill by 7860 Senator Roméo A. Dallaire as his special guests in order to recognize their efforts in renewing the Club’s partnership with the Romeo Dallaire Child Soldier Initiative.

OCdt Ali Mansour, 26851, and OCdt Samantha McDermott, 26314, attended a luncheon where the second edition of Child Soldiers: A Handbook for Security Sector Actors, was released. After the luncheon, the two OCdts had the opportunity to witness the Senator’s address to the Senate where he recognized past and continuing contributions of RMC’s Expedition Club to the Child Soldier Initiative.

Entire speech by Senator Dallaire – International Day against the Use of Child Soldiers


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Ex-Cadets & More in the News

Posted by rmcclub on 23rd February 2014

Pat Stogran To Lewis MacKenzie: Shame On You For Coming Out Against The Claims of Veterans

“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.

12723 Pat Stogran – Source


Soldier suicides ‘worrying,’ Canada’s top general says

“We are moving away from silent suffering and we’ve come a long, long way in understanding how to help our members deal with these emotional burdens,”

12192 Tom Lawson – Source

Le chef d’État major du Canada, Tom Lawson, accueille son homologue britannique à Ottawa


Two Opinions from South of the Border…

Why the Army should fire generals and promote captains

Why the military needs to recruit and promote more women

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Ex-Cadets & More in the News

Posted by rmcclub on 16th February 2014

Governor General to Present 35 Military Decorations:

Rideau Hall – Tuesday – 18 Feb


Caption: (L-R) Kevin, 22545 Shannon, Brittany and Andrew featured on Dragon’s Den – 5 March. Check local listings for exact timing. Fills “Critical Gap in Market”

Edited by 25366 Mike Shewfelt

Ex-Cadet 22545 Shannon Veurink (Travis), RMC ’03, will be featured on the March 5th episode of Dragon’s Den, presenting, an innovative farmland rental website. Together with her husband Kevin and brother- and sister-in-law Andrew and Brittany, the Veurink farm family saw a critical gap in the market for land rentals. is Canada’s first website designed to help landowners and farmers create rental matches.

With 40% of Canada’s farmland being rented, land leasing is one of the most critical transactions within the agriculture sector, yet no prior website targeted this need. Farmers were eager for a better solution, as were landowners, including farm widows and non-farming children, and investors and real estate professionals who seek tenants for Canada’s hottest commodity.

The Veurinks created to take the time and hassle out of land rental. The service is free for landowners and brokers, allowing them to create a listing that is instantly shared with local farmers who have registered for automated land alerts. Each listing is also sharable by email, social media, and by the site’s robust search system. Instead of traditional classified ads, interested farmers place a blind offer through the website, submitting the price per acre they would like to pay for the land, and a profile of their farm operation. This feature takes the pressure off landowners who may be uncertain about the market value for their land, since the array of offers depicts the ‘going rate’. Landowners can select any farmer they want, who then pays a 1.5% service fee based on the value of the lease.

Farmers’ reactions to have been overwhelmingly positive. Not only does it save the time that is typically wasted searching through print and online classifieds, but it also pauses the process to ensure that every interested farmer can make an offer. It’s a win-win solution for both parties.

For Veurink, Dragon’s Den is an incredible opportunity to market to Canada. While she can’t give any hints about what happened inside the Den, she says her experiences at RMC were the best preparation for facing Canada’s fiercest panel of Venture Capitalists. A graduate of the Business Administration Program (minor in psychology), Shannon said the Den was comparable to the countless presentations required at The College. “The Dragons have a degree of intimidation, but the rigor of RMC prepared me for the uncertainty and stress of that environment”, says Veurink. “No one graduates RMC without solid experience of the ‘hot seat’ of presentations and fast-paced questions and critiques.”

Since graduating in 2003, Veurink lived in New Zealand for two years and completed a BSc in Psychology. She then completed a Masters in Community, Policy, Planning and Organizational Social Work. She loves the idea that entrepreneurialism can target business and social needs through innovation, and sees as a great opportunity to do so. Veurink lives in Hagersville, Ontario, with her husband and two daughters, where they farm 3,000 acres of cash crops each year.

Be sure to tune in to CBC Dragon’s Den/March 5th (Check local listings for exact timings) to see the Veurink family in action.


Canadian Armed Forces Chief of Defence Staff, 12192 General Tom Lawson (Class of ’79) and Canadian Armed Forces Chief Warrant Officer Kevin West presented a CDS Commendation to Warrant Officer Patrick Harpelle (Honourary Graduate 2011).

Former RMC Div WO Recognised for his Quick Actions and Professionalism

By 22702 Nathan Price

WO Harpelle has had the unique experience of being able to see leaders start as cadets learning basic drill at St. Jean (CFLRS) to holding senior cadet leadership positions in Kingston (RMCC) to becoming junior officers in Shilo (1 RCHA). He has had a positive influence on developing a whole generation of officers.

WO Harpelle served at the college as A Division WO for two years from 2010 until 2012. Cadets from his time at RMCC revered and respected him, within 11 months at the College the fourth years cadets selected him as an honorary graduate. This I believe was mainly due to his tact, enthusiasm and military bearing. Though in a regulatory position as a Div WO, cadets found him very approachable and could learn from his experience because he was polite, calm and firm. He taught cadets to treat others how you would like to be treated. His enthusiasm was infectious, he had a sincere interest in his duties which rubbed off on the cadets allowing them to be optimistic, cheerful, and willing to accept the challenges the College presented them. He always carried himself with a manner that reflected alertness, competence, confidence and control. Attributes that many cadets chose to emulate.

Though only posted to the RMCC for two years his impact on such a wide range of Cadets has had an exponential effect on the Canadian Armed Forces leadership.

On 15 September 2012, Warrant Officer Harpelle arrived at the scene of a vehicle accident near Wainwright, Alberta. Regardless of the fuel spill under the victim’s crushed vehicle, he climbed inside through the shattered window and administered first aid to the unconscious woman until he was relieved by emergency services personnel. Even though the victim tragically passed away in hospital, Warrant Officer Harpelle’s quick actions and professionalism brought great credit to the Canadian Armed Forces.



Dr. Yahia Antar has won the IEEE Canada RA Fessenden Silver Medal Award. Established in 2000, the RA Fessenden Silver Medal is awarded to outstanding Canadian engineers recognized for their important contributions to the field of telecommunications engineering.

This is a very prestigious Canada-wide award, which will be presented on May 5th in a ceremony in Toronto during the 2014 Canadian Conference on Electrical and Computer Engineering (CCECE).

Congratulations, Dr. Antar!


RCAF and Seneca College accelerate military pilot training

The students are part of an innovative joint program being offered by the Toronto-area college and the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF). The new Continuing Education Officer Training Plan (CEOTP) – Pilot program has been designed to graduate a winged pilot with a Bachelor of Aviation Technology degree in just four years. That’s three years less time than it takes for a student to achieve the same qualifications at Royal Military College in Kingston, Ontario.



Army bases stay green and lean with help from RMC team

“”The RMC Green Team is composed of house experts and professors as well as research staff that have an expertise in a certain realm. Many of these problems are multi-disciplined and need several experts to tackle their complexity,””

19930 Major (Ret) Nicholas Vlachopoulos.  Source


Don’t jail cenotaph vandals – educate them, says retired general Romeo Dallaire

“A fundamental element of the (military) profession is to discipline within,”

7860 Romeo Dallaire  Source


Q&A 13337 Lt.-Gen. Stuart Beare



Outcry over military suicides may actually have ‘brought a slight honour to the act,’ Canada’s defence chief says



Top soldier says interest in military highest in years


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23847 Wesley Tse – Provides Expertise in Philippines Disaster

Posted by rmcclub on 2nd February 2014

RMCC Alumnus 23847 Wesley Tse – provides expertise in Philippines Disaster

CALGARY – Royal Military College of Canada alumnus 23847 Wesley Tse (Civil Engineering, 2008) returned earlier this week from three weeks in the Philippines after being mobilized by Engineering Ministries International as part of its disaster response to Typhoon Haiyan.

While others were still making New Year’s resolutions, Tse, who started volunteering with Engineering Ministries International while still a student at RMCC, was already en route to Tacloban, the hardest hit area which suffered the majority of the estimated 6000+ fatalities. “I had the opportunity to go and make a positive difference in someone’s life” says Tse, “how could I not go?”

Tse and another Engineering Ministries International volunteer served in partnership with a Samaritan’s Purse International Relief organization WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene) team from January 1-23 to assess water situations in devastated communities in and around the city of Tacloban, maintain temporary water treatment systems, and select new clean water point locations where even temporary water was not available.


Heading back to his regular job as a Project Engineer with Ledcor Construction, Tse says: “I’d like to say ‘mission accomplished,’ but the reality is that the road to rebuild is still long. With the remarkable optimism and strong character of the Filipino people, though, there’s no doubt that this city will arise stronger than before. As the post-storm’s unofficial slogan boldly affirms: TINDOG TACLOBAN! [Rise up, Tacloban!]”

Engineering Ministries International continues to mobilize design professionals alongside its partners – the Filipino Church and local and international relief agencies – to provide services throughout relief and recovery phases. For now, another Engineering Ministries International volunteer – Michael Fryer from Sechelt, BC – has taken Tse’s place.

Donations to eMi Canada’s relief efforts can be made through .


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A Vintage RMC Match-up

Posted by rmcclub on 26th January 2014

2014 West Point Weekend – RMC Alumni Game

7643 Larry Cassie

A vintage RMC match-up – the RMC alumni old crocs on “Team Red” vs the RMC alumni rusty blades on “Team White”! It may have just been an afternoon gap filler to amuse the loyal fans awaiting the RMC vs West Point game in the evening, but the “shock and awe” intensity of the alumni game was actually a clever ploy to embolden the Paladins and rattle the West Pointers (notwithstanding the final score in that Big Game). Major Danny McLeod would have given a thumbs up to the finesse of the alumni, and above all, he would have admired the joie de vivre exhibited by his RMC proteges (aka “old-timers”). The tempo of our game was enhanced by the participation of 4 former, forever formidable, NHL’ers. For the annals of RMC alumni history, I am obliged to report that “Team Red” eked out a 4-2 win over our team (perhaps the refs overlooked a couple off-side goals). The victors and the vanquished attributed their stick-handling prowess to Danny’s sage coaching from yesteryear. By the end of the final period, all the players on both teams seemed to have rekindled their latent ability to chase the puck. And occasionally their blind passes connected. Both goalies, 14260 Gravel, and 13909 Mazzolin, were awesome. From a spectator perspective, the game could have qualified for the Sochi Olympics! Even the Zamboni was impressed. Bravo Zulu to all the alumni players who kept the hockey spirit alive at this 2014 RMC/West Point weekend. It was a fun event for all. And a special thanks to all the organizers including Bryan Bailey, Bill Oliver, Andre Labrie, and referees Paul Lystiuk and Colin O’Rourke!

The “Team Red” victors included 6508 John Adams, 10601 Dick Mohns, 13186 Les Waldron, 13846 Kevin Bryski, 14260 Dave Gravel, 15992 Andre Labrie, 16887 Sean McKnight, 18377 Liam McGarry, 19706 Patrick Lemyre, 21974 Marc Granlund, 22323 Ryan Slate, 22336 Mark Beare, Rick Smith (NHL) and Fred Barrett (NHL).

The “Team White” vanquished included 7643 Larry Cassie, 7702 Davd Tudin, 10080 Bob Booth, 10950 Dave Hall, 13666 Steve Noonan, 13909 Robert Mazzolin, 14458 Harry Kowal, 16839 Mark Brouillard, 16888 Al Meinzinger, 19416 Jeremy Stowe, 21542 Jamie Thomson, Brad Marsh (NHL) and Jean Payette (NHL).

 Click here for more pictures from the Alumni Game

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Ex-Cadets & More in the News

Posted by rmcclub on 19th January 2014

Executives, soldiers to ski to North Pole for veterans cause

Executives, soldiers to ski to North Pole for veterans cause – Group will set off from Resolute Bay, Nunavut, to raise funds for military veterans suffering from the mental illness

7771 Jim Leech (retired CEO of the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan) is among the group


Commander RCN sets a course with Executive Plan


MISSION FIRST: The Hockey Life Of Riley


Christie Blatchford: Still no easy answer to whether Canadian mission in Afghanistan was ‘worth it’

There’s a great piece in the Canadian Military Journal written by an intense and unorthodox Royal Military College professor named Sean Maloney.


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