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!
11338 Maj BB Barteaux
CJOC J33 Regional Msns 5
613-998-3716 – BRUCE.BARTEAUX@forces.gc.ca
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).