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Former Redmen Hockey Player, Leads Tour for CDS (HMCS) Regina & Catching Up With the News

Posted by rmcclub on 18th February 2013

Chief of the Defence Staff, 12192 General Thomas J. Lawson is given a tour of Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship F by her Commanding Officer, Commander 21206 Jason Boyd (left), during Operation ARTEMIS in the Arabian Sea on December 10, 2012. Operation ARTEMIS is the Canadian Forces (CF) participation in maritime security and counter-terrorism operations in the Arabian Sea region as part of multinational Combined Task Force (CTF) 150, one of the three task forces operated by Combined Maritime Forces (CMF). CMF is a 27 nation naval partnership, which exists to promote security, stability and prosperity across approximately 2.5 million square miles of international waters in the Middle East, which encompass some of the world’s most important shipping lanes. The presence of HMCS REGINA in the Arabian Sea region also gives Canada the flexibility and capability to respond quickly to emerging crises in the region. Credit: Corporal Rick Ayer, Formation Imaging Services, Halifax, Nova Scotia.

CDS discusses the way forward for the Canadian Armed Forces

Just a little more than 11 weeks in his new position, 12192 General Tom Lawson was getting accustomed to the hectic pace. Trying to divide your time as needed and follow the tight schedule isn’t always easy when you’re Chief of the Defence Staff.

Gen Lawson looked well established in his new office, surrounded by personal military memorabilia spanning a 37-year career, as he chatted about himself and the way forward for the Canadian Armed Forces. He sees a positive future ahead for current serving members and future recruits.

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When asked what his most rewarding job to date has been, Gen Lawson said he could pick any of seven or eight tours. Like many CF members, he has had operational and leadership positions which have been interspersed with traditional staff jobs. While he is able to claim a pretty good initial feel for his present position, Gen Lawson knows there will be some challenges to be tackled and rewards to be savoured in the years to come.

“But it’s starting out extremely well, very interesting and challenging,” he said.

He recalled with a smile his early days of flying a CF-104 over the German countryside and the excellent opportunities he’s had in his leadership roles, but there are two roles that stand out.

“I would say either my job commanding 8 Wing, where I had one wonderful year, or my two years commanding the Royal Military College, which was pure leadership at a place with 1,000 of our finest Canadian youth and hundreds of highly motivated Canadian officers, are the highlights.”

First trip overseas as CDS

Gen Lawson and the CF Chief Warrant Officer, Chief Petty Officer, 1st Class Robert Cléroux, recently returned from Gen Lawson’s first trip overseas as CDS visiting the troops and both are proud to see CF members carrying out their roles with such vigour and drive. Gen Lawson drew energy from seeing the great work being done by the deployed men and women of the CF.

“They [CF members] are standing up the Afghan troops at such a great rate; they are able to move them [Afghans] from basic training into more advanced training, professionally and quickly. They’re so well positioned to do what they do, they are literally working themselves out of jobs,” he said.

The CDS also visited HMCS Regina in the Arabian Sea, his first time on ship since he was an RMC recruit. He got there by flying the ship’s CH-124 Sea King helicopter, although there was some banter about him not coming too close to the ship for his fly by. “And I think that was probably advisable,” he said with a chuckle.

“Spending a day onboard the ship was tremendous,” he said proudly. “Seeing our men and women taking Regina through her paces was an enormously heartening thing.”

Evolving Role of the CF

Gen Lawson explained how he sees the role of the CF protecting Canadians at home evolving.

“I think it is less about evolution in terms of readiness and more about evolution in terms of how we link with like-minded groups in other areas of government and outside of government.”

Canadians can rest assured that the CF will always be there in times of need, and Gen Lawson says that will always remain true. And just as the CF has proven itself in combat aboard, it has also fought fires, floods, and hurricanes here at home, and has assisted with security at the Olympics, G-8 and G20, working closely with the RCMP, Public Safety, other government departments, and non-government departments. “This tie together has developed an interdependence that’s helped us to not only get to know each other — the person at the other end of the phone — before the challenging things happen, but also in a way that has shown how we can help each to the greatest effect – that’s where I think the evolution will continue, our linkage to other like-minded groups.”

Budget cuts at Defence

In this time of budget cuts and belt tightening to help identify efficiencies and find new ways of doing business, the Defence Renewal Team has been hard at work studying the subjects in-depth.

“This team was started before I came in, and I think it’s brilliant,” he said. “We’ve had budget challenges in the past, but now we have to refine how we do things … there is very little fat, and while this is true, the Defence Renewal Team is not looking at whether there is fat, but how we can better refine the ways we do things across the Army, Navy and Air Force.”

Staying on the topic of cuts and reallocating resources to the front line, the term “more tooth, less tail” is being used, but Gen Lawson doesn’t feel this is a good descriptor.

“Having been a fighter pilot … together with my sailor friends, tank drivers, and artillery officers, we are the ‘tooth’ out there, protecting Canadian interests, and it was fun to talk like that before,” he said. “And when you become part of the very support fabric that allows the men and women of the Canadian Armed Forces to do the things they do, you see it from the other side, you see the linkages, and it becomes less like an animal with teeth and a tail wagging and more like a team with many players working to the same end.”

Gen Lawson explained how the CF finds the funds to reinvest in a place that puts more capabilities on the ramp and in the field.

“I think the way you do that in the months ahead is by looking at those processes that have worked well to shelter us from risk, and then find ways to accept a bit more risk and do things more efficiently. And that, I think, is going to be the way we meet the mandate of maintaining and delivering on those capabilities required to give the government options when a need arises.”

Defence Priorities and the Canada First Defence Strategy

Defence Priorities and the Canada First Defence Strategy give DND/CF some clear direction and a way ahead as Canadians expect that capacities, capabilities and readiness will be at their highest levels. And even with many budget restrictions, the CF will continue to invest more dollars in these priorities.

“Even through tough budget restraints, we will continue to invest in readiness and training,” General Lawson reaffirmed.

The CFDS was put in place in 2008 and largely gave the CF clear path forward, with a focus on domestic capabilities and the Arctic. While those core missions were never forgotten, they did receive les public attention while the CF was involved in combat operations in Afghanistan.

“So, I don’t think the Defence priorities have changed, but with the end of the combat mission, this will give us more time to focus more clearly on what we were told in 2008.”

New Year’s resolutions

Gen Lawson knew how busy the CDS office would be, but said he is invigorated by the pace.

“I knew my schedule would be packed, and this has taken some getting use to.”

This busy pace has led him to his New Year’s resolution.

“I will continue to enhance my personal fitness so I can lengthen my days,” he said with a laugh.



Catching Up With the News:

Military officials from Germany, Canada in Manila for talks with DND, AFP

15185 Rear Admiral William Truelove, Commander Maritime Forces Pacific, to meet with Armed Forces of the Philippines Chief of Staff Emmanuel Bautista “to discuss issues of mutual interest”. Source

Canada to extend Mali mission by a month


Mental acrobatics over drones

Despite obfuscations, RCAF says Canada still hot on armed drones. Source

Harper government mulling new procurement agency


Scandals the Norm in Military Buys


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Ex-Cadets & More in the News

Posted by rmcclub on 3rd February 2013

Homan rink provincial champs – Coached by 7301 Earle Morris

Ottawa Curling Club foursome headed to national showdown in Kingston – 16-24 Feb in Kingston… Source


Col (Retd) John Gardam, OC, OMM, MSM, CD, (Director of Cadets at RMC in the mid-1970s) has been appointed to the Order of Canada, in the rank of Officer (OC). The date of the official investiture ceremony has yet to be set by Rideau Hall.

After his sterling service to Queen and Country in the CF, he turned his talents to authoring several significant books on Canadian military history, drove the creation of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in front of the National War Memorial, and was Project Director for “Reconciliation”, the Peacekeeping Monument in the National Capital. He remains active in Veterans’ issues, in addition to continuing to guide us younger folk…..


Fritsch drops in final day but still manages a top 10 finish

Source – Son of Ex Cadet 8033 Brian Fritsch

Military ombudsman says DND must rethink relocation policies for thousands of military personnel

“Why do we move people so much and how many times do we have to move?”

9485 Pierre Daigle Source

Combat uniforms undergo most radical change since 1970s

“The uniforms are better integrated with the rest of the combat equipment while increasing comfort and providing greater wearing options adaptable to the environment a soldier is deployed in,”

 18624 Stéphane Dufour  Source

 Brandon College Partners with Canadian Forces

“This agreement will improve education access for our soldiers and their dependants. In particular, it improves soldiers’ professional development and can help prepare them for higher ranks and more complex responsibilities,”

20156 Richard Goodyear, CFB Shilo Base commander  Source

Forces and Families Campaign is launched as new source of support for the Military Families Fund and Canadian Forces Community

“The Canadian Forces wishes John and his team continued success. We will support these innovative efforts fully within our mandate and look forward to the continued strong support of the Canadian public.”

16158 Commodore Mark Watson, the Director General Personnel and Family Support Services Source

Cutting Costs in the Canadian Army – Lower Ranks Face The Brunt While Confusion Continues Over Civilian Cuts

“In essence, we have to lay-off people only to hire them back for other initiatives. Our credibility as an employer of choice is therefore impacted.”

16975 Brigadier General Omer Lavoie Source

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Canadian Skies test pilot 15626 Rob Erdos puts the Challenger 300 through its paces, and finds that the jet delivers impressive utility and performance. Source


First Pull-Ups, Then Combat, Marines Say



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Ex-Cadets Organizing “Prospective New Branch” in Washington

Posted by rmcclub on 27th January 2013

HMCS Potomac Sets Sail!

By 15119 John R. Graham , Class of ’85

In preparation for Inauguration weekend in Washington, DC, a number of ex-Cadets in and around the U.S. national capital decided to have an inauguration party for (what we hope will be) a new branch of the ex-Cadet club. Ten of us met at the Gordon Biersch brew pub, a few blocks away from the embassy, on January 18, 2013. We were especially honored by the participation of 13551 LGen Guy Thibault, Class of ’83, Chairman of the Inter-American Defence Board, and 12995 MGen Nicolas Matern, Class of ’82, who leads the Canadian Defence Liaison Staff (CDLS).


In the photo (L-R): LCdr Robert D’Eon (1990), 24035 Capt Denis Lopes (2008), 12995 MGen Nicolas Matern (1982), 23991 Mr. David A. Chee (2008), 20396 Maj Charity Weeden (2005), 15687 Capt (N) Kurt Salchert (1986), 15119 Mr. John R. Graham (1985) , 22031 LCdr Francis Leung (2002), 22189 Mr. Eddie Lucas (2002), 13551 LGen Guy Thibault (1982).

We also had a special guest, Ben Rodgers, a 1996 graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, who leads the Joint Services Academy Alumni Association Committee, and has welcomed us enthusiastically. The Committee hosts monthly mixers for business networking, and ex-Cadets who are living in the area will surely find many interesting contacts amongst their American peers.

Three civilian ex-Cadets participated in the Happy Hour: 15119 John R. Graham, currently Vice-President of research at a major trade association; 23991 David A. Chee, a law student at Georgetown University, and 22189 Eddie Lucas, a PhD candidate at American University. We hope to identify and recruit many more civilian ex-Cadets in the area, and interest them in our events.

For the time being, we plan to have a Happy Hour quarterly, which means the next one will be in April. Any ex-Cadets in the DC area who’d like to get involved, please e-mail John R. Graham


ADM(Mat) Ethics Awareness Week – 21 to 25 January 2013

13700 John Turner, Class of ’82, ADM(Materiel)

Ethics programs naturally evolve over time and 2012 was certainly no exception, with a lot of change in the governmental and departmental ethics spheres.

In April the new Treasury Board Values and Ethics Code for the Public Service came into effect for entire public sector including Agencies and Crown Corporations who were not included in the former Code. It addresses emerging issues such as the use of social media and encourages consideration of the immediate and long-term effects our actions have on people and the environment.

In June, we released the new DND and CF Code of Values and Ethics to address our own particular environment. This new code includes chapters on values and ethics in operations, disclosure of wrongdoing, ethical principles and values, conflict of interest and post-employment as well as organizational conflict of interest in which actions or decisions could call into question the integrity, objectivity, impartiality and non-partisanship of DND and the CF.

The DND/CF code includes a table that lists general ethical principles and specific values, each with a set of expected behaviours that are an essential part of the public roles exercised by DND employees and CF members. Together they constitute a compass to guide DND employees and CF members in everything they do.

Our own Materiel Group has seen changes, too. RAdm Patrick Finn is the new Group Ethics Champion and our talented staff has produced a new ethics video which you will see at your own Ethics Cascade.

I am a great believer in the Ethics Cascade. The Treasury Board Secretariat (TBS) requires all government organizations to have an annual dialogue on ethics and I think that discussing the ethical dilemmas with your colleagues is a wonderfully engaging way to shine the spotlight on ethics in the workplace.

The theme of this year’s Ethics Awareness Week is “”Know what is right, and do the right thing.” Our Ethics Program is always looking for ways to communicate what is right; publicizing the ethics codes and holding the Ethics Cascade are just two of them. We also have a Materiel Group Ethics Advisor, Ann Louise Gratton, who is available to help you when you are faced with a particularly difficult ethical situation.

I am confident that I can count on all of you to be mindful of the codified public sector values of integrity, loyalty, courage, stewardship and excellence and thus do the right thing as you go about our complex business.

Semaine de sensibilisation à l’éthique du SMA(Mat) – du 21 au 25 janvier 2013

8771 John Turner, Class of ’71, ADM(Materiel)

Les programmes d’éthique évoluent naturellement au fil du temps et l’année 2012 ne fait pas exception à la règle, puisque de nombreux changements d’éthique sont survenus dans les paliers de déontologie gouvernementaux et ministériels.

Au mois d’avril, le nouveau Code de valeurs et d’éthique du secteur public est entré en vigueur dans l’ensemble du secteur public, y compris les agences et les corporations de la Couronne qui n’étaient pas visées par l’ancien code. Le nouveau code aborde les nouveaux enjeux, tel que l’utilisation des médias sociaux et nous incite à considérer les conséquences immédiates et à long terme que nos comportements peuvent avoir sur les personnes et sur l’environnement.

En juin, nous avons publié le nouveau Code de valeurs et d’éthique du MDN et des FC, lequel aborde notre environnement particulier. Ce nouveau code renferme des chapitres sur les valeurs et l’éthique dans les opérations, la divulgation d’actes répréhensibles, les principes et les valeurs d’éthique, les conflits d’intérêts et les après-mandats de même que les conflits, l’intégrité, l’objectivité, l’impartialité et l’impartialité politique du MDN et des FC

Le Code du MDN et des FC comporte un tableau qui énumère les principes d’éthiques généraux et les valeurs spécifiques, chacun étant assorti d’un ensemble de comportements attendus qui sont essentiels aux rôles publics que remplissent les employés du MDN et les membres des FC. Ensemble, ils guident les employés du MDN et les membres des FC dans toutes leurs activités.

Notre Groupe des matériels a également noté des changements. Le Cam Patrick Finn est le nouveau champion d’éthique du Groupe et notre personnel des plus talentueux a réalisé un nouveau film vidéo sur l’éthique que vous visionnerez dans le cadre de la Cascade sur l’éthique.

Je crois énormément dans la Cascade sur l’éthique. Le Secrétariat du Conseil du Trésor (SCT) exige que toutes les organisations gouvernementales tiennent un dialogue annuel sur l’éthique et je crois que le fait de discuter des problèmes d’éthique avec vos collègues est une façon formidable de mettre en valeur l’éthique dans le lieu de travail.

Cette année, le thème de la semaine de sensibilisation à l’éthique est «Sachez ce qui est bien et faites ce qui est bien.» Notre programme d’éthique est constamment à l’affût de nouvelles façons de communiquer ce qui est sensé; faire connaître les codes d’éthique et présenter la Cascade sur l’éthique constituent deux façons parmi tant d’autres. Notre conseillère en éthique au sein du Groupe des matériels, Ann Louise Gratton, peut également vous aider lorsque vous êtes confrontés à une situation d’éthique particulièrement difficile.

Je sais que je peux compter sur vous pour vous rappeler les valeurs du secteur public codifiées d’intégrité, de loyauté, de courage, de gérance et d’excellence et ainsi, de continuer à faire ce qui est bien lorsque vous gérez nos opérations complexes.


More Ex Cadets In The News…

Armed Forces in Canada Resolved Issue Long Ago

“It doesn’t even enter into conversation anymore,” said Capt. Jaime Phillips, a female artillery officer who commanded not only Canadian men but male American and Afghan combat troops in Afghanistan. “It’s just so ingrained in my generation that it seems silly to hear the same old arguments again.”

22973 Jaime Phillips  Source

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Ex-Cadets & More in the News

Posted by rmcclub on 20th January 2013

Brian Burke honoured with Canadian Forces Medallion

“Mr. Burke, as president and general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs Hockey Club, provided exceptional support to the men and women of the Canadian Forces.”

12192 Gen Tom Lawson, Chief of the Defense Staff



Armstrong leads Hasty Ps as regiment’s new honorary colonel

Chair of Peterborough’s police board takes over as honorary colonel of Hastings and Prince Edward Regiment

4585 Ken Armstrong



Guelph Professor a Food-Safety Force

“I’m obsessed with relevancy. The idea is to play a leadership role in igniting public discussion on very important issues related to food.”

18095 Sylvain Charlebois



Catching Up with the News…

Suspended Dalhousie hockey players won’t sue school





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Ex-Cadets in the News

Posted by rmcclub on 13th January 2013

5300 Bob (Tex) Thomas has made us aware of The Canadian Naval Heritage Centre Project. Current & former members of the Canadian Navy may find this project of interest.


What do a fighter pilot and a doctor have in common? Safety!

The second step was even more remarkable as each member evaluated his own performance, identifying even slight miscalculations for others to watch, consider and comment on. I sat in amazement as pilots, with rather large egos by nature, openly revealed the inner workings of their personal show with the goal of indicating to their team members that they could see the strengths and, more importantly, the weaknesses in their performance.

Dr. Catherine Hansen – wife of 21364  Major Jeremy Hansen, CF fighter pilot and Canadian Space Agency astronaut Source


 Canada extends its presence in the Arabian Sea Region

“HMCS Toronto will carry-on the excellent work that has already been done by the Canadian Armed Forces’ during earlier contributions to CTF 150′s maritime security mission in South West Asia. The deployment of HMCS Toronto will allow us to continue working alongside our allies and partners to help contribute to international security in the region,”

12192 General Tom Lawson, the Chief of the Defence Staff

“The deployment of HMCS Toronto demonstrates the Canadian Armed Forces’ capability to support our allies and gives Canada an opportunity to operate within a responsive international force,”

13337 Lieutenant-General Stuart Beare, Commander of Canadian Joint Operations Command  Source


 U.S., Canada Expand Arctic Cooperation, Military Training

“We hope to work through this in an exercise format to find out where the seams and capabilities are,”

Royal Canadian Navy Cmdr. Darren Rich, Canadian Joint Operations Command’s representative to NORAD and Northcom  Source


Pranksters bear responsibility for consequences

“I have personal experience of pranks taking an unexpected course. In my final year at the old Royal Roads Military College another cadet and I fashioned a hoax. Cadets were appointed to an internal pyramid of command ranks to maintain discipline and attend to minor administrative chores. For the final month of the college year what was called the “honour slate” was appointed – the ranks went to the cadets deemed by the authorities to have performed best in the preceding eight months. The announcements of new slates were pinned up on a notice board outside the cadet dining hall.”

7000 David Haas   Source



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Ex-Cadets in the News

Posted by rmcclub on 6th January 2013

e-Veritas recently received the following  from 8057 Ross McKenzie Curator, RMC Museum- :

New On-Line Resource

Although the College has been around since 1876, it did not become a degree granting university until 1959. Prior to that date it was common for RMC grads to transfer their credits to a university and then complete a degree programme. There weren’t that many universities to choose from, so, in the majority of cases, ex-cadets would attend Queen’s University, University of Toronto or McGill University.

The McGill University Achieves has recently launched what it calls the, “McGill Remembers Project,” which is described as follows:

On 11 November 2012 the latest phase of the McGill Remembers project was launched on the web. This new site offers, in a searchable, digital format, access to the documents collected by the University War Records Office between1940-1946 related to McGill students, staff and faculty participation in the Second World War. These records are fully searchable by name.

To anyone researching the war service of ex-cadets (or anyone else for that matter) this could be a valuable tool.

For example of what’s available search for: “John Meredith Cape.

[#2026 John Meredith Cape – joined RMC in1928, graduated in 1932, and subsequently attended McGill University.]

The link:



New association to help commandos’ families in emergencies and in civilian life

Brig.-Gen. Denis Thompson says the charitable group is still under development and will register with the Canada Revenue Agency within the next few weeks.  Article

Canada’s lean military must choose its next battle carefully

“It doesn’t take much of an imagination to come up with an emergency situation where Canada’s interests might be involved,”  Article

14378 Denis Thompson


Injured crewmember airlifted from freighter by RCAF helicopter

“We communicated a lot as a crew to determine the best place to hoist the Search and Rescue Technicians (SAR Techs) on board,” said Captain Luc Coates, aircraft commander. “We decided to hover over the centre of the ship, taking care to avoid the cranes and guide wires, as we hoisted them to the deck.”

23031 Luc Coates  Article



Mr. NGG has no intention of finishing last

“Ultimately, what I think they look for in a leader is somebody who is strong, somebody who is reassuring when there’s a crisis and somebody who puts forward good policy … and I think I have those things,”

8276 Marc Garneau Article



Councillor call for integrity commissioner

“It’s become very clear over the past year and a half or two years that there’s a difference of opinion in terms of behaviour and roles and responsibilities of councillors,”

14444 Dorothy Hector Article



Governor General invests 39 recipients into the Order of Military Merit –

Among the recipients:

14358 Major-General Christian Rousseau, C.M.M., C.D., Chief of Defence Intelligence, Ottawa, Ont.; and

17595 Lieutenant-Colonel Telah Morrison, O.M.M., C.D., 35 Quebec Service Battalion, Québec, Que.


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Ex-Cadets & More in the News

Posted by rmcclub on 9th December 2012

Ex-cadets in attendance Dec 8th. – Back row: (from LT to RT) Dick Girling / Lee Smith / Christopher J Robinson / Ed deCaux / Mark Shaddock / Claude Michon. Seated: (from LT to RT) Bruce Rutherford / Allen Kear / Bob Simpson / Jacques Gagné / Peter Flynn

Manitoba Branch Christmas Meet & Greet

By: 12059 Jacques Gagné – Branch President

The 2012 Manitoba Branch, Christmas “Meet & Greet” held Saturday evening December 8th, 2012 at the University Women’s Club, Winnipeg was a resounding success. To my knowledge and recollection this was the most attended event in recent history.

The Branch Executive – Jacques Gagné (President); Claude Michon (VP) and Ed deCaux (secretary & Webmaster) hosted some (30+) ex-Cadets, their wives and special guests. This year for the first time in Branch history, we reached out to the parents of Officer-Cadets currently attending RMC Kingston. We had a positive response with the following parents attending: Marcel & Sylvia Labelle (Taryn Labelle – I year), Peter & Heather Clark (Brendan Clark – CWC), Elaine & Wayne McNaughton (Andrew McNaughton – II year), Rebecca & Ken Savage (Shane Savage – II year), Kathy Macrae (Aaron Cappellani – III year), Jacky & Steve Broda-Milian (Kiernan Broda-Milian – I year). NB: If we inadvertently missed anyone please accept our apologies.

Amongst our regulars, we counted the following ex-Cadets / spouses or guests: Ed Burgerner, Lee Smith and his wife Pat, Peter & Judith Flynn, Allen & Celine Kear, Christopher J. Robinson, Dick & Doreen Girling, Bruce & Patti Rutherford, Claude Michon (and friend Marilyn), Ed deCaux, Mark Shaddock, Bob Simpson, Jacques & Gisèle Gagné.

We make note that the parents of those cadets currently attending RMC Kingston were appreciative of the opportunity to meet other parents in a relaxed and cordial atmosphere. Many exchanged contact information and were able to reach out for additional information about the Club, the Branch, activities and programs at the College. It was felt they had a better understanding of the Colleges, their support network and traditions.

The Branch President addressed the guests at the midway mark and provided the guests (parents) with some background on the history of the Branch and Club, and highlighted some of the benefits of belonging to an Alumni such as the Royal Military Colleges Club of Canada. As is tradition following many of our gatherings, we “sounded off” by College Number in succession with the lowest number first; each Ex-Cadet providing a brief background as to their year & college of entry, element (occupation) and their current status.

Following discussion with Branch members, it has been decided that the Branch will reach out again to parents and specially at the yearly attestation ceremonies, where we can invite the parents of those cadets currently attending RMC to mingle with new families.

Members of the Branch Executive (seated) along with some of the parents in attendance : Peter & Heather Clarks, Sylvia & Marcel Labelle, Jacky & Steve Broda-Milian, Ken & Rebecca Savage.


Rushoon resident promoted to Lieutenant Colonel

Chris Hadfield ready for ‘surreal’ space station odyssey

Op-Ed: Delays, deficit-fighting and no direction

Communicating Across the North: An Alaskan NORAD Region perspective

“Time and again, Canadian Forces members have shown the world that Canada is a dependable and highly capable ally ready and able to assist when called upon,” said General Lawson. “We can all be very proud of the accomplishments of our soldiers, sailors, airmen and airwomen, and the work they did to protect the people of Libya.”

Not yet time for women to serve in infantry

Cadet quits, cites overt religion at West Point

Canadian Whole of Government Operations in Afghanistan

The Conference of Defense Associations Institute recently published a report from Dr. Howard Coombs, Assistant Professor in RMCC’s War Studies Department, entitled CANADIAN WHOLE-OF-GOVERNMENT OPERATIONS KANDAHAR – SEPTEMBER 2010 TO JULY 2011.

A copy of the report can be found at


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Ex-Cadets & More in the News

Posted by rmcclub on 2nd December 2012

Durham’s new MP 19894 Erin O’Toole pledges to stay connected to constituents

8276 Marc Garneau enters Liberal leadership race

Editorial: 8276 Marc Garneau, the science candidate

PTSD tearing military families apart: H7860 Romeo Dallaire

Opposition sides with 9485 Pierre Daigle, military ombudsman on access to cabinet secrets

L’ombudsman du MDN soutient qu’il doit avoir accès des documents secrets (9485 Pierre Daigle)

Top military officer: Use language of leadership, not war ( 12320 Walter Natynczyk) 


Tony O’Keeffe Impressive @ 2012 Ultraman World Championships

51-year-old, LCol Tony O’Keeffe completed his first triathlon since 2008, and his first endurance race since his major bike / truck accident one year ago. The former RMCC Director of Cadets crossed the finish line 3rd in the Men’s division (4th overall) at the Ultraman World Championships held in Hawaii.

The Chateauguay, Quebec, native finished a miracle comeback from severe 2011 injuries with an 8:25:17 double marathon. He holds a BMASc from RMC, and a Masters Degree from the University of Oklahoma.

Tony was riding his bike near Colorado Springs in Fall of 2011 when a truck hit him head on and he was launched through the truck’s windshield. After he was extracted, carbon fiber pieces of his brake lever were embedded in his femur, and he required reconstructive surgery on his face and multiple ligament damage in his leg which had to be replaced by cadaver parts. O’Keeffe, the 2008 Ultraman runner-up in a personal record time of 22:31:54, resumed swimming and biking much earlier, but could not resume running until two months ago. Many thought his participation would be honorary after the swim and the bike as the stress of a 52-4 mile double marathon would be too much to bear.

“When I arrived back on the Big Island I looked around and thought: I didn’t come all this way to DNF,” said O’Keeffe. “I knew I wanted to compete, so I went as hard as I could and I told myself if I have to walk, I’m going to walk. I’m OK with it.”

O’Keeffe did far, far better than that, and he takes pains to explain that he has nothing to complain about. “I serve with the best men in the military and many of them come back from Afghanistan and Iraq with truly devastating injuries. Whatever pain is out there in Ultraman is just a reminder that I am one of the luckiest guys in the world because I can still do challenging things.”

The 31 year Canadian Forces veteran started Day 1 with the 2nd-fastest 3:10:42 swim against tough currents, then biked 6:15:03 to stand 8th in 9:25:45 on total time. On Day 2 he rode the 4th fastest 8:05:47 split to stand 3rd male and 4th overall in 17:31:12. On Day 3 his 8th-fastest 8:25:17 run brought him home 4th overall and 3rd male in 25:56:29.

Alexandre Ribeiro of Brazil – the overall winner, had this to say :

“What Tony did today was fantastic,” said Ribeiro. “To survive that accident and then come race with the best in the world at age 51 makes him a very special guy.”

All his friends from RMCC and Ex Cadet acquaintances – salute LCol Tony O’Keeffe!


Overall results


Executive Director Moves On…


14356 Mike Rostek has cleaned out his desk; turned over his Panet House keys and has moved on from his RMC Club, Executive Director position.

He was in the chair for slightly over a year.

Michael joined the Canadian Forces in 1979 starting at Le College militaire royal de Saint-Jean. In 1984, he graduated from the Royal Military College of Canada with a Bachelor of Arts (Commerce) and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the Royal Canadian Armoured Corps.

He earned a PhD, (International Relations, Canadian Foreign Policy, Defence Economics), Defence Management and Policy) also from RMCC in 2010.

Besides his Doctorate, he holds two Master’s degrees including a Master’s of Arts (Defence Management and Policy), from his Alma mater and a Master’s of Management in Defence Studies, University of Canberra, Australia.

The retired Lieutenant Colonel has wasted little time in re-establishing himself around the college. Dr. Rostek has signed on as a contract professor with Department of Political and Economic Science. He also has at least two other part-time professor positions elsewhere. In short, he is fully engaged in his new positions.

All of us connected with the RMC Club including executive members and the Panet House staff, thank him for his contributions to the success of the operation over the past year and wish him continued success in the future.

The search for his successor is now in the home stretch and he / she is expected to be named in a week or so.

In the meantime, S125 Bill Oliver has been asked and has accepted to fill the role on an  Interim basis until the new Executive Director is in place which could be as early as February.


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Ex Cadets & More in the news

Posted by rmcclub on 25th November 2012

New model army: Sandhurst’s officers of the future

As Sandhurst marks its 200th anniversary, the prospect of active service has boosted numbers of officer cadets, but how will the military academy fare in the future?



Brilliant Manoeuvres: How to Use Military Wisdom to Win Business…

14797 Richard Martin, Class of ’85, is founder and president of Alcera Consulting Inc. Prior to launching his consulting business, Richard attended the prestigious Collège militaire royal de Saint-Jean as an officer cadet and then served for 21 years as an infantry officer in the Canadian Army.

His proudest moment in the military was successfully commanding a peacekeeping force in one of the worst flashpoints of Bosnia: the town of Drvar. At the time, this led historian David Bercuson to write in the National Post that Richard Martin and his company “can do no wrong”.

Richard is the only member of Alan Weiss’s Million Dollar Consulting Mentoring Hall of Fame with extensive military experience. He brings his business and military leadership experience to bear for organizations and executives in both the private and public sectors seeking to exploit change, maximize opportunity, and minimize risk.


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Ex-Cadet Recognized for Legal Accomplishments

14648 Jean Caron was recently awarded a prize by the Quebec Young Bar association for his accomplishments during his first 10 years as a lawyer.

Article in the recent edition of Proforma (Quebec City Bar Association Newspaper) Click here.



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Ex-Cadets in the News

Posted by rmcclub on 18th November 2012

His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General and Commander-in-Chief of Canada, recently announced the presentation of Military Valour Decorations and Meritorious Service Decorations (Military Division) to members of the Canadian and allied forces.

The presentation ceremony took place on Thursday, November 15, 2012, at 10:30 a.m., at Rideau Hall.

A quick review of the list found a number of Ex cadets from all three military colleges. If we missed anyone, please let us know. Reference



Meritorious Service Cross (Military Division)

12966 LGen Joseph Marcel Marquis Hainse M.S.C., C.D. served as deputy commander, Regional Command South, in Southern Afghanistan from April 2007 to January 2008. He demonstrated leadership and drew upon his experience to assist international efforts in Afghanistan. An inspiration to everyone under his command and a first-rate ambassador for Canada, he quickly earned the trust of Afghan partners and of the coalition. His generous contributions proved indispensable to the success of the mission, earning international praise for Canada. He joined the Canadian Forces in 1977 and studied at the Collège militaire royal de Saint-Jean.

14596 BGen Dean James Milner O.M.M., M.S.C., C.D.  deployed as commander of Joint Task Force Afghanistan from September 2010 to July 2011. He demonstrated exceptional leadership that was critical to the success of Task Force Kandahar. Working in close partnership with Afghan National Security Forces and allies, he enabled the disruption of insurgent networks, the successful completion of infrastructure improvements and enhanced the overall level of security for the Afghan population. His performance and leadership secured Canada’s legacy in Afghanistan and positioned the Canadian Forces for a successful transition to its training mission. He entered Royal Roads Military College in 1980 and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Commerce from the Royal Military College. Brigadier-General Milner also has a Masters in War Studies from the Royal Military College, which he completed in May of 2010.

14890 MGen David Gordon Neasmith, O.M.M., M.S.C., C.D. (CMR 1985) was deployed as assistant commanding general for Afghan National Army development, within the NATO Training Mission in Kabul, Afghanistan, from March 2010 to March 2011. His work yielded a significant contribution to the ongoing expansion and professionalization of the Afghan National Army, which was critical to revamping the country’s governmental systems and set the conditions for the transfer of security responsibilities to the Afghan people. His leadership and performance brought great honour to Canada.joined the Canadian Forces in 1980. He began his education at Collège Militaire Royal de St-Jean and graduated from the Royal Military College, Kingston in 1985 with a Bachelors of Science (Math and Physics).

Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division)

BGen Richard Giguère M.S.M., C.D. (CMR 1993) served as deputy commander of Joint Task Force Afghanistan from September 2010 to July 2011. He distinguished himself by his loyalty and dedication. With extraordinary strategic and analytical acumen, he developed a superior operational approach that allowed soldiers and their equipment to be efficiently deployed in the field and redeployed to Kandahar Airfield to consolidate the task force’s combat element. His dynamic leadership and sound advice contributed greatly to the success of the mission. He holds a bachelor’s degree in military and strategic studies from Royal Military College Saint-Jean 1991-3. He taught in the political science and economics department at the Royal Military College of Canada in 2001-2.

16271 Colonel Hercule Gosselin M.S.M., C.D.  served as commander of the Operational Mentor and Liaison Team from November 2010 to July 2011. He increased the confidence and effectiveness of the Afghan National Army by personally supporting the commander of 1 Brigade, 205 Corps. He distinguished himself by his honesty in conveying the reality of the terrain to the Afghan commanders and in conceptualizing the principles of training with Afghan National Security Forces. A seasoned mentor and experienced leader, he enhanced the reputation of the Canadian Forces. He graduated in 1988 with an Honour Arts degree in Military and Strategic Studies from Collège militaire royal in Saint-Jean.

13275 Captain (N) Alexander Franz Georg Rueben, M.S.M., C.D. served as commander of the Fleet Maintenance Facility Cape Breton from 2004 to 2009, He made invaluable contributions to the future of the Royal Canadian Navy, and that of the Canadian shipbuilding and repair industry. His visionary efforts to forge strategic partnerships connecting the Canadian Forces, government and industry enabled the success of the National Shipbuilding and Procurement Strategy and the establishment of the Marine Training and Applied Research Centre. His personal engagement and perseverance in achieving broad co-operation brought strategic benefits to Canada. He attended studies at both Royal Roads and Royal Military Colleges, graduating in 1981 with a degree in Engineering and Management.

20979 LCol Mason James Stalker, M.S.M., C.D. displayed leadership and tactical acumen as the commanding officer of the Canadian contingent at Regional Command (South) Headquarters and as executive officer to the deputy commanding general from September 2010 to October 2011. Responsible for operations in the most volatile and violent region of Afghanistan, he was instrumental to operational success and significantly contributed to defeating the insurgents. His performance was of a high standard and brought honour to the Canadian Forces and to Canada.

18254 Col Michel-Henri St-Louis  served as Commanding officer of the battle group deployed to Afghanistan from November 2010 to July 2011. He distinguished himself by his leadership and tactical acumen. A confident and innovative leader, he orchestrated and led numerous focused and aggressive operations in partnership with Afghan kandaks and, in so doing, halted the annual spring surge of insurgents in the Horn of Panjwayi. His dedication and infectious enthusiasm enabled the battle group to make tremendous progress in security and governance in this vast and complex battlespace. He started his military career at the Collège Militaire Royal du Canada de St-Jean-sur-le-Richelieu in August 1987. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Military and Strategic Studies, a Masters in War Studies and a second Masters in Defence Studies.

19561 LCol Chris John Zimmer, M.S.M., C.D.  served as headquarters commanding officer and wing chief of staff of the Joint Task Force Afghanistan Air Wing at Kandahar Airfield from March to September 2011. He demonstrated the highest calibre of initiative, leadership and support. Whether streamlining processes, instituting morale and welfare programs, or establishing relationships with other headquarters, he ensured that all staff executed their tasks to a consistently high standard. In addition, his planning effectively positioned the unit for successful mission transition as the Canadian Forces left Kandahar. His efforts contributed directly to the success of the air wing and brought great credit to the Candian Forces.


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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


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


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


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!


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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.


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).


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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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.


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


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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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.


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 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


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


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


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)


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


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

Article – short video

Women In The Canadian Forces (CF)


Annapolis, West Point among top public colleges


Snowbirds soar over 15 Wing


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Posted by rmcclub on 14th October 2012


2012 Birchall Leadership Award Dinner

November 8, 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Canadian Forces Base Halifax – Juno Tower


“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



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.

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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


Heading into auction

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

22973 Capt. Jaime Phillips  Article



Punching above its weight

23106 Daniel Arsenault  Article


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