Posted by rmcclub on 30th June 2009
Happy 142nd Canada! – Bon 142e anniversaire Canada!
Photo by 24734 Alex Gagnon
In This Issue 27:
Posted by rmcclub on 30th June 2009
Happy 142nd Canada! – Bon 142e anniversaire Canada!
Photo by 24734 Alex Gagnon
In This Issue 27:
Posted by rmcclub on 30th June 2009
10684 Colonel Bob Gunn,(RRMC CMR 1975) handed over the reins of Head of the Department of Applied Military Science and Director of the Land Force Technical Staff Programme to 13134 Colonel Bill Lewis (RMC 1981) which was presided over by RMC Commandant, 12192 BGen Tom Lawson (RMC 1979) at a Change of Command Ceremony this past Monday, 29 June. In addition, Colonel Lewis will also becomes the Commanding Officer for all military Post Graduate students and military faculty numbering between 125 – 150 in a particular school year.
The soft spoken and highly respected Colonel Gunn held the position since 2006. “These past three years were good ones and very rewarding”, he told us in a short pre-ceremony conversation. “The time has come for someone else to take-over, a person with fresh ideas.”
Colonel Gunn is posted back to NDHQ in Ottawa – Director General Science and Technology Operations (DGSTO). His family had remained in the Ottawa area over these past three years. His wife Helene attended the CoC ceremony and was beaming with pride during the quick but dignified event. Robert.Gunn@rogers.com
Colonel Lewis is back at RMC for his third time. He is a proud member of the RMC Class of 1981. He returned to RMC to complete a Master of Nuclear Engineering degree. After graduation, Colonel Lewis remained at RMC as a member of the Academic Faculty in the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering for the next three years.
The former coach of the varsity wrestling team was then posted in 1991 to the Aerospace Maintenance Development Unit at Trenton, while at the same time becoming the first military adjunct professor at RMC, and has remained an adjunct professor for close to 20 years. While at AMDU, Colonel Lewis completed his PhD in Nuclear Engineering.
“Just thrilled”, he told us just minutes before the official signing of the documents. During his formal talk he paid respect to his predecessor, “I would first like to congratulate Col Gunn on a very successful tour, and his superb leadership over the past 3 years in guiding the program to the success that you see here today.” He also made a point to mention the soon to be departing Commandant. “I also want to acknowledge and thank BGen Lawson. It is indeed very unfortunate that you will be leaving RMC shortly – we have had the opportunity to work together previously, and unfortunately will not be the case at RMC.”
The obviously very proud incoming Colonel Lewis went on to say, “In many ways, I feel that I have spent the last 32 years preparing for this position, and thanks to many, I will now the opportunity to bring together my academic, military, and leadership careers together. I am very much looking forward to this position, and know that with the assistance of a wonderful team around me, that we will continue the excellence that has gone before us.”
He concluded by mentioning that his new office is in a familiar building which was formerly “The Cadet Mess” – located in the area near the SAM and the Constantine Arena. The building went through major renovations and has been the home of Department of Applied Military Science for a number of years now. While thanking his wife, Shane, of 27 years who attended the ceremony for all her support, Colonel Lewis recalled that their wedding reception actually took place in this very building.
“…More recently, most students who have been identified by the Dean of Engineering as requiring the program have been permitted to attend, as it is now recognized that is preferable to have these students miss one summer of training than have them repeat an entire academic year (and hence not be available to the CF as junior officers as early as their peers).”
Decompression has several meanings according to Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. We will not list all these meanings in this article. However, to cadets in the RMC Engineering program over the past three years – The Engineering Decompression Program has a very special meaning!
Bill Oliver recently contacted Associate Dean of Engineering & Head of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, 11746 Dr Derrick Bouchard, (RMC 1978) who administers the program for the Academic Wing to find out a few facts about this very innovative and popular program.
Over the past couple of summers or so we have over-heard cadets speak about Decompression. What exactly is Decompression in this context?
The Engineering Decompression Program is for RMC engineering students who have the academic potential to succeed in an engineering program, but require some additional time to do so. An academic summer term consisting of up to 5 courses provides them the respite that is required to achieve their engineering degrees within the prescribed four-year period.
When did it start? Why? Can you provide some background for our readers especially RMC ex cadets who went through the Engineering program?
In the fall of 2005, then Principal Dr John Cowan proposed a “Decompression of the Schedule for Engineering Students.” He recognized that some engineering students were finding it difficult to find the time to adequately address all of their academics, for a variety of reasons. The core curriculum introduced in 1999 had somewhat added to the total amount and complexity of the complementary studies of the engineers, with engineers at RMC receiving on average about 12% more academic instruction (contact hours) than engineers at other engineering schools in Canada. As well, at many engineering schools, it is not unusual for some students to require 5 years to complete the advertised 4-year degree.
Each year, there were several students who failed key courses that required them to take an additional year of study (at their own expense). This also had an impact on their military training and careers. Many of these students were unable to cope with the amount of work during the academic year.
Hence, Dr Cowan proposed an extra academic term, to typically take place in the summer between third and fourth year. The summer term would consist of a number of required courses that would normally comprise part of an engineering degree. These courses would be drawn from second, third and fourth year, with the aim of reducing by one the number of courses delivered per term. Students who were selected to be part of the program would then be exempt from taking these courses during the normal academic year, resulting in a lighter course load during the normal academic year (essentially “decompressing” their schedule by one course (3 hours) per term in each of the last term of second year, and both terms of third and fourth year, as well as the associated work load and exams). The Principal obtained the agreement of the Commandant, the Commander of CDA, and the CDS, and the first Engineering Decompression term ran during the summer of 2007.
How are the students identified for this program? Are there categories? What do the categories mean? Is it fair to assume that some students are identified by II year as “high risk” in regards to successfully passing during the regular four year program? Why is this program necessary? How do you interface with the Military Wing and more importantly the NDHQ Land; Air & Sea elements (career managers??) in gaining approval for students to participate in this program? Are career managers reluctant to permit cadets to participate? If yes, why?
As outlined in the RMC Academic Calendar, students in an engineering degree program who fail one or more key courses in first or second year, or who have an overall average below 60% in those years, are normally nominated by the Dean of Engineering to participate in the Engineering Decompression Program. Students who fail one or more non-key courses, but whose averages are greater than 60%, may also fall into this group. Finally, students who have not been identified as having academic difficulties may apply to participate in the Program (for example, some students wish to have more time to gain a better understanding of the material in their engineering courses during the academic year, or may have a summer where no training is scheduled). The final decision with respect to participation rests with the Managing Authority (MA) responsible for the MOSID of each student. Currently, Staff Officer Careers, Captain Richard Ronholm, administers the program for the Military Wing, and is the liaison with the MAs, and with the Associate Dean of Engineering, Dr Derrick Bouchard, who administers the program for the Academic Wing.
Initially, some MAs were reluctant to permit cadets to participate, as it interfered with the normal training programs of many occupations. More recently, most students who have been identified by the Dean of Engineering as requiring the program have been permitted to attend, as it is now recognized that is preferable to have these students miss one summer of training than have them repeat an entire academic year (and hence not be available to the CF as junior officers as early as their peers).
Is there a limit each summer on how many students you accept into the program? What subject do the students take over the summer? Once they start the program are they obliged to complete it just like any other term? Is it accurate to say those involved take nine terms to complete their Degree vs eight for the regular program.
The program at present can accommodate up to 35 students each summer. Once students start the program, they are required to complete it – all of the normal academic regulations apply (including supplemental exams). The courses offered (and the term in which they would normally be taken) are:
POE205B Canadian Civics and Society (winter of second year)
PSE301A Organizational Behaviour and Leadership (fall of third year)
HIE271B Introduction to Military History and Thought (winter of third year)
HIE289A The Impact of Science and Technology on Society and the Environment (fall of fourth year)
PSE401B Military Professionalism and Ethics (winter of fourth year)
The program is run in conjunction with the Officer Professional Military Education (OPME) Residential Program, and some of our students take courses along with officers and NCMs enrolled in that program. (For more info on OPME, please visit http://www.opme.forces.gc.ca/index-eng.asp )
What is the success / failure rate? Do most of the Decompression students graduate in the four year program? Do some still take five years? If yes, what is the approximate break-down? Are there some from this program who do not earn their Engineering Degree?
The success rate has been very high in the first two summer programs (i.e., there were no supps!). I don’t have statistics on program completion time for those who have taken the Decompression program, but the questions raise good points that I will investigate.
There are some in this program who will not earn an Engineering Degree – these are students who have transferred to a science program from engineering, and hence are unable to fit the courses mentioned above in their new schedules. More on The Engineering Decompression Program
Posted by rmcclub on 30th June 2009
Head coach Chad Beaulieu of the Royal Military College of Canada (RMC) women’s soccer program announced the six-member recruit class that will join the Paladins for the 2009-10 school year. The group includes four student-athletes from Ontario and two from British Columbia.
Sonia Allison is a fullback from Orleans, Ont. who attends Gloucester High School and plays club soccer for the St. Anthony’s Stars. She was Tournament MVP at Loch Lomond Festival in Stirling, Scotland, is a three-time high school track and field MVP, as well as a three-time qualifier for East OFSAA track and field.
Emilie Aumont hails formerly from Moose Jaw, Sask., but recently moved to Belleville, Ont. where she attends Nicholson Catholic College High School. Emilie played with the Moose Jaw Bandidos prior to her move to the Belleville Youth Soccer Club. She is a 2006 Saskatchewan high school provincial champion with Central Collegiate H.S., a 2008 COSSA finalist with Nicholson H.S. and a four-time honour roll student.
Olivia Clarke is a goalkeeper from Caledon East, Ont. where she he attends Mayfield Secondary School. She played for the Brams United Soccer Club in 2008 prior to her move to the Mississauga Falcons Soccer Club in 2009. Olivia is a 2008 SRSL Premier League champion, a 2007 and 2008 OFSAA volleyball consolation champion, as well as a 2008 honour roll student.
Lyndsay Cross is a defender/midfielder from Chilliwack, B.C. and attends Chilliwack Secondary School. She is a member of the Chilliwack Football Club, serving as team captain for the Aces. Lyndsay is a 2008 Metro League bronze medalist and a two-time honour roll student.
Stacey Cusan is a midfielder from Oakville, Ont. She attends St. Ignatius of Loyola Catholic Secondary School and plays for the Oakville Soccer Club. Stacey is a 2008 OFSAA soccer AAA semi-finalist, a 2008 Gonzaga Provincial Showcase champion and tournament MVP, as well as a four-time honour roll student.
Emily Yamniuk is from Surrey, B.C., where she attends Clayton Heights Secondary School. Emily is a forward who plays with the Surrey Football Club and is also an assistant-coach with the Surrey United Soccer Club and with the junior girls’ team at Clayton Heights. She is a 2008-09 BC Coastal League champions, as well as a two-time honour roll student.
“We are very pleased with the incoming class of student-athletes, not only in quantity but with the quality of the individuals. Each of them shares a passion for our sport and dedication to Canada and the Canadian Forces,” said Beaulieu. “The priority now is to get our recruits and our returning players to perform as a strong cohesive unit.”
Training camp for the Paladins begins on August 24th.
Posted by rmcclub on 30th June 2009
9139 Dr Rick Marsden (CMR RMC 1972) was named a fellow of the Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society at its annual Congress, held at the beginning of June in Halifax. The title “Fellow of the Society” may be granted to members of the Society who have provided exceptional long term service and support to the Society and/or who have made outstanding contributions to the scientific, professional, educational, forecasting or broadcasting fields in atmospheric or ocean sciences in Canada. Rick was specifically cited “For his exceptional contributions to the Society, ocean research, and training of the next generation of applied Canadian oceanographers.” He was the only fellow named by the Society this year. Rick is the former head of the Physics Department and Dean of Science. He retired in September 2008.
- Five Ex cadets, incoming Commandant 15185 William Truelove, and a current RMC staff member among recipients
By M0917 Dean Fleet
Recognizes: outstanding meritorious service and demonstrated leadership in duties of great responsibility
Awarded to: 11714 Denis Rouleau (CMR RMC 1978);
Recognizes: outstanding meritorious service in duties of responsibility
Awarded to: 13909 Roberto Mazzolin (RMC 1984);
xxxxxxxxxxxxM0821 Leo Phillips(RMC 2001)
xxxxxxxxxxxx13782 Gerald Pratt (RRMC RMC 1983);
xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx15185 William Truelove (RRMC 1985)
Recognizes: exceptional service or performance of duty
Awarded to: M0690 Phillip Gould (RRMC RMC 1995)
xxxxxxxxxx xWarrant Officer Crystal Krammer, RMC Staff
Photo by: Brad Lowe
14016 Rick Fawcett (RRMC RMC 1983) is installed as the new base commander
Posted by rmcclub on 30th June 2009
DCdt Sidelined Just Past Half Way Point – Day 5
Director of Cadets, LCol Tony O’Keeffe, competed in the 2009 edition of the Race Across America in support of the Soldier On program. Unfortunately, he had a serious mishap on Day 5 and he made the decision to withdraw just past the half way point of the race – as he realized he was no longer competitive.
“Tony experienced a serious fall while crossing railway tracks diagonally; he was unable to respond quickly enough to the road conditions. His tire/wheel got caught in the tracks and he crashed.” wrote LCol David Gosselin, Team GM on the team blog.
Tony had covered the total distance in 11 days in 2006. Prior to his mishap he was on pace to complete the total 3,000 miles in under 10 days.
“I developed a debilitating condition known in ultra cycling as “Shermer’s Neck” where I could no longer hold my head up. The condition only worsens with time, and a mechanical brace is required if one chooses to continue. With 1400 miles remaining I felt I could no longer continue in a safe manner, and so we withdrew from RAAM 2009.”
When we spoke with Tony on his return to RMC earlier this week he was his usual upbeat self and looking and sounding like an individual who still has a ton of competitive juices left in his system.
RMC English Prof to Release New Book
by M0917 Dean Fleet
Dr. Huw Osborne first started working at RMC in 2003. While predominantly occupied at RMC, he has also taught at St. Lawrence College, Queen’s University, and the University of Alberta. As of a year ago, he became an Assistant Professor and currently splits his time between teaching solely at RMC, working in the Writing Centre, designing English courses for the Division of Continuing Studies (DCS), and researching. He adores working at RMC because of its unique student body, which is more apt to be socially and politically conscious, committed to values, and possesses a sense of community more so than their civilian counterparts. Moreover, the experience of teaching in smaller classrooms provides him the opportunity to work closely with his students, which is difficult to find in undergrad classrooms outside of RMC. His present work, Rhys Davies, is a literary biography of a Welsh novelist and short-story writer. Like a great number of Canadians, Dr. Osborne traces his roots back to Europe, and more specifically Wales. As it is a part of his heritage, he has an interest in Welsh literature and the idea that our identities do not rest in borders, but rather, on them; through this book he is able to address both of these issues, as well as promote a working-class writer who adapted his style to fit a changing audience. Below is a synopsis:
“Rhys Davies (1901-78) was a highly prolific writer and one of the first novelists to depict industrial Wales, making his sixty-year career a seminal influence of Welsh literary culture. Davies was a complicated figure himself: a gay man who grew up as a shopkeeper’s son in the Rhondda, he ultimately left Wales to write about his homeland in England. This volume unravels his national experience and its deep ties to complex issues of class, sexuality, and gender.”
For more information on ordering this book click here
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We have contacted numerous ex-cadets from the fifties through to the new millennium and plan to feature them in the coming months to give readers a chance to catch up with names and faces from each of the respective CMCs.
by M0917 Dean Fleet
– 5723 Anthony Tucker (CMR RMC 1963)
After retiring from the Nova Scotia Department of Transportation in 1994, where I was employed as a Resident Engineer, Division Engineer and Director, I worked as a consultant for a Montreal based company for 7 years whilst continuing with painting seascapes and landscapes in oil, gouache and watercolour which I sell through galleries and from my home studio. In conjunction with the painting I do custom framing and repairs and restoration of items such as antique picture frames and, occasionally, violins. Requests for the latter came about since I have made 6 violins, a viola and a cello. I have always had an interest in languages and have tried to keep up a facility in French by listening to the radio and reading books and magazines and do likewise to a lesser extent with the German language ~ I learned the basics from my grandmother when I lived with grandparents until the age of 9. Since I am originally from Cornwall, UK ~ one of the 6 recognized Celtic Nations ~ I have learned some Cornish but got sidetracked learning Welsh, which is 75% the same as Cornish, because there are many Welsh radio stations available on the internet. Likewise with Dutch because it is so similar to English and German that it is easy to quickly gain enough of an understanding to read and comprehend newspaper and magazine articles. Understanding radio broadcasts is more difficult however. Liesure interests include: golf, tennis and gardening on the physical side; to keep the brain active, apart from the languages, I have written a novel (which still requires some refinement), a treatise on violin construction and, as a result of ancestry research by myself and a cousin in Australia, a Book of Family Biographies, which is about half done and will amount to over 300 pages when completed ~ about the same length as the novel. That’s it, apart from my wife and I being blessed with two daughters, a son, their spouses and five grandchildren.
- Anthony can be contacted at email@example.com
- Anthony is the painter of various works for sale at all of the Military College gift shops. Go HERE for a sampling of his work!
- 10982 Charles Oliviero (RMC 1976)
After marching off the square on 1 June 1976 I headed for the Armour School at CFB Gagetown. That fall, between Armour Ph II and III I married my high school sweetheart and we moved into our first of many PMQs. In August of 1978 I was badged as an 8th Canadian Hussar (Princess Louise’s) (8CH) and moved to CFB Petawawa as a Troop Leader. I served with the Regiment in Cyprus both as the Reconnaissance Platoon Commander and Assistant Adjutant in 1978/79. Upon returning to Canada I became a Squadron Administration Officer in A Squadron. In 1980 I was posted to the Canadian Forces Officer Candidate School, in Chilliwack BC, where I served as a Platoon Instructor and a Standards Officer.
I returned to the Regiment in 1983 as the Regimental Liaison Officer at the Special Service Force Headquarters, Petawawa, where even though I was a Cavalry Officer, I was sent to Parachute School. In 1984, after returning from the Army Command and Staff College, Kingston, I became the Squadron Second in Command for B Squadron. In 1985 I was promoted to Major and posted to Canadian Forces Language School, Ottawa, to learn German. Afterwards, I attended the Führungsakademie der Bundeswehr (German War College) from 1986 to 1988. I then returned to the Hussars to command C Squadron and Headquarters Squadron, in Lahr, West Germany from 1988 to 1990.
Upon promotion to Lieutenant-Colonel in 1990, I was posted to HQ Canadian Forces Europe as Special Advisor to the Commander and the first CO of the newly formed Arms Control and Verification Group. In 1991 I took command of the 8CH in Lahr. Upon the disbandment of 4 CMBG I moved the Hussars back to their home in Moncton, NB in 1993. That summer I was posted to 1 Cdn Div HQ in Kingston. At that time I returned to RMC to take an MA in War Studies. In 1994 I was posted to the Army Command and Staff College as the Armour Directing Staff. In 1997 I became the Chief of Staff and in 1998 I graduated from RMC for a second time.
Later that year I left the Regular Army to join the firm of Calian Technologies and began a PhD at RMC. At that time I was also asked if I would rejoin the RMC Fencing Team as their Chairman, a post I held until 2007 when the pressures of work and academics forced me to step down. In 2003 I was promoted to the position of On-Site Representative and made responsible not only for Simulation Centre in Kingston but also for the other four located in Gagetown, Valcartier, Petawawa and Edmonton. I also finished my PhD and graduated for a third time in 2006.
In 2008 I was asked by the Commander of the Canadian Army to re-join the Canadian Forces as a reservist in the capacity of Special Advisor to him. I was promoted to my current rank of Colonel on 1 Apr 2008 and serve at the Commander’s pleasure. As well, I am an Adjunct Professor at RMC and an Associate Professor at Norwich University, America’s oldest private Military Academy. Jane and I will celebrate our 33rd anniversary this year and we are the proud parents of two sons, Capt 23219 Quinton Oliviero (RMC 2005) and 2Lt 24078 Morgan Oliviero (RMC 2008).
- Charles can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
Mr. Sochaniwsky holds the position of Director, Finance Systems and Supply Fulfillment at Bell Canada, where he has worked since May 2008. Andre is responsible for the successful planning and delivery of the company’s multi-million dollar Finance and Supply Fulfillment system work program, which includes Bell Canada’s system migration to IFRS (International Financial Reporting Standards) from the current Canadian GAAP. Andre also serves as director on the board of a financial institution with assets over $380 million.
For ten years, prior to joining Bell, Mr. Sochaniwsky was a management consultant at Accenture and CSC Consulting, specializing in systems integration (ERP) for large manufacturing companies. While in that position, he had the opportunity to work with numerous Fortune 500 companies throughout North America, contributing to the success of their system implementations.
After graduating from RMC with a Bachelor of Engineering (1989), and earning his Air Navigator’s wings, Soch was posted to 405 (MP) Squadron, where he accumulated over 2000 hours of flight time on the CP140 Aurora and developed a fondness for information systems. The highlights of his tour include flying maritime patrols in the Adriatic Sea during the Yugoslavian conflict as part of NATO Op Sharp Guard and then representing Canada, as a member of patrol crew in the first naval exercise with Russia in the Partnership for Peace program.
Mr. Sochaniwsky has a Master of Business Administration from the Richard Ivey School of Business (UWO). He has completed the Canadian Securities Course, the Project Management Certificate from the University of Toronto, and holds the PMP (Project Management Professional) designation from the Project Management Institute. He is married with two young children and when time permits he attends RMC Club Toronto Branch events.
- Andre can be contacted at email@example.com
Posted by rmcclub on 30th June 2009
Class of 1947-49 – Reunion Photo:
Back: Barry Howard, Keith Young, Clifford Stewart, Ray Emerson, Bill Welbourn, Howard Witt, Fred Moore, Andrew Clarke, Pat Higgs.
Front: Roy MacKay, Bill Seath, Henry Tamowski, Jim Prentice, Jim Creech, Cyril Thomas Armstrong, Edward Delong.
By Karen Inkster – Karen.Inkster@RoyalRoads
On May 29th the class of 1947-49 celebrated their 60th class reunion in the drawing room of Hatley Castle. Although 62 years had passed since first entering Royal Roads, everybody remembered their time here and described it as a defining experience in their life. This unique term joined in the only year of the RCN-RCAF College at Royal Roads. The following information about the class was told to Royal Roads University staff person, Karen Inkster by Pat Higgs, RRA 15 and was also taken from the Log books from 1947 through 1949.
In the absence of an air force college, the RCAF decided to utilize the Royal Roads facility prior to the reopening of RMC. Capt (N) Creery, Commanding Officer of HMCS Royal Roads described the reasons behind this decision in the 1947 Log Book:
“With the cessation of the Empire Air Training plan inaugurated during the war, the system of training officer entries to the R.C.A.F. came under revision and, true to the modern spirit of amalgamation, the authorities concerned investigated the possibilities of combining the training of Naval and R.C.A.F. Cadets at one College. On the one hand training in a combined College should prove more economical than establishing a separate R.C.A.F. training system, since accommodations is available in the existing Naval College and only minor constructional changes and additions would be necessary; the existing maintenance staff would suffice and the instructional staff would require but a slight increase. On the other hand, the combination would be in line with modern thought; it would get the future naval and air force officers together during their initial training period, and this should lead to a common understanding between them which would be an invaluable asset to the co-ordinators and participants of the combined operations of the future.”
Accordingly applicants were solicited from across Canada and 34 air force cadets (6 of whom were serving airmen in the RCAF) were selected from approximately 450 applications. The Navy continued to recruit cadets, of which there were 27 that year.
It cost $800 a year to attend the college, which was a lot of money at the time. Some of the term were on scholarships, but the majority had to pay by their own means. Rules were very strict at the college. In the first year they were allowed to go out until 9 pm on Saturday night, and in the 2nd year they could stay out until midnight.
Throughout the two years that the Class of 1949 was at Royal Roads their curricula followed applied science and arts disciplines – everything had an application to the military. The air force cadets followed the traditions of their parent service in terms of discipline and parades and the navy cadets followed the same process that had been laid down when the Naval College was opened in 1942. This meant that two different drills were used at the college – air force and navy – each starting on a different foot! The RCAF cadets wore the same uniforms as the Royal Air Force College, Cranwell and the navy cadets wore the same uniform as the RCN cadets, which were modeled along the same lines as the Royal Naval College at Dartmouth.
In 1948 the air force cadets were taken on a tour of Canada and received three months of flight training at RCAF station, Trenton. The navy cadets went to sea with the RCN. Mr. Higgs recalls, “We blended together in flights but as far as military was concerned, we maintained the distinctiveness of our service affiliation with pride. There was a spirited camaraderie and a bit of competition between us.”
In the fall of 1948 the army arrived at Royal Roads and the tri-service concept was completed. The senior class, however, maintained their separate uniforms until the end of their time at Royal Roads. The air force cadets of the 1949 graduating class proceeded to Officers Manning Depot in Toronto and were processed for air crew and ground appointments as flight cadets. Following this training, those cadets joined the regular force in 1950. Some proceeded on to careers as pilots, navigators, radio officers and supply officers in the RCAF. The remainder attended university to attain degree status for subsequent employment as technical officers. Those cadets that didn’t elect to join the regular force proceeded on to university. Likewise, the navy cadets who elected to join the RCM regular force followed midshipman training with the RCN and Royal Navy. Those who elected not to join the RCN proceeded on to university.
It is significant to note that of the air force term, Cadet Wing Commander Ken Lewis, RRA 18, later commanded the Air Force as a 3 star general (he was also commandant of Royal Roads from 1968-70) and Hy Carswell, RRA 03, became Associate Deputy Minister of Personnel of DND as a Lieutenant-General. In addition, Pat Maxwell, RRA 23, was a Brigadier-General in the supply branch of the Canadian Forces and Barry Howard, RRA 15, was a Brigadier-General commanding the Air Force Reserve in Toronto. Among the navy cadets, Ray Ross, RCNC 336, attained the rank of Commodore and Richmond Kirby, RCNC 327, and Keith Young, RCNC 342, both attained the rank of Captain (N). Several of those who were civilians became tenured professors – Howard Witt, RRA 34, was the Head of Engineering at the University of Michigan and Jim Prentice, RCNC 334, was a noted physics professor at the University of Toronto.
12320 Gen. Walter J Natynczyk (RRMC CMR 1979), Chief of the Defence Staff spoke to faculty, students and military personnel at Royal Roads University about the mission in Afghanistan, a Canadian Forces recruitment drive and plans to acquire new military equipment. Royal Roads University made Natynczyk a member of its Fellows Council. He is a graduate of Royal Roads Military College. “I’m the leader I am because of Royal Roads — this is where I started,” said Natynczyk. But he joked that he noticed a few changes in the community, particularly the loss of the Colwood Inn, in which he’d poured a “significant investment” as a student. He renewed memories with a of tour Royal Roads University. Source
Posted by rmcclub on 30th June 2009
“I did spend 24 years, as a PERO and I can tell you that we had remarkable success in our involvement in delivering fitness, sports, recreation, health promotion, messes and family programs. I am proud of all those who participated in this challenge and made a difference for our military personnel.”
Gaétan Melançon started in the PERO Branch as an Officer Cadet while studying at the University of Ottawa during the mid-1970s. He remained as a PERO until the Branch stood down in 1997. Over the past 12 years he has held senior positions within Canadian Forces Personnel Support Agency (CFPSA) the group that took over the role of PEROs & PERIs. Gaétan has an insight based on his experience that he recently shared with Victoria Edwards and Bill Oliver.
e-veritas: How did you come to be a Physical Education and Recreation Officer (PERO)?
Gaétan Melançon: I joined the CF as an Armoured Officer in September 1973. At the time, the Armour Corps was in transition. The Centurion Tanks were being removed from commission before the new generation of Leopard Tanks were on hand. As a result, for a period of time, the Corps had a surplus of officers. Since I was studying Physical Education at the University of Ottawa, I applied for a transfer to the Physical Education and Recreation Branch. My transfer was authorized in November 1974.
e-veritas: At which Military College(s) did you serve? Which years?
Gaétan Melançon: I truly enjoyed my time educating Officer Cadets at the Royal Military College of Canada and Collège militaire royal de Saint-Jean (CMR). I first served as the Intramural Sports Officer at RMC from 1977 to 1979. I was sent to CMR as the Physical Education Officer from 1984 to 1987. Promoted to Major in 1987, I served as Athletic Director at CMR until 1989.
e-veritas: What were your primary duties?
Gaétan Melançon: As Intramural Sports Officer, I worked with a fourth year four bars Officer Cadet responsible for the IM program at RMC. I supervised his plan, ensured he had enough funding, qualified the officials and provided technical support where required. I also guided him in organizing the award ceremony at the end of each season. During the summers, I was part of the training staff for the summer training program for civilian ROTP Officer Cadets. As Physical Education Officer (PEO), my role was to run the Physical Fitness Programs for all the officer-cadets at CMR. I had a staff of 10 senior Non Commissioned Officers to deliver the program. As Athletic Director, I was lead for all the Physical Fitness and Varsity Sports Program at CMR.
e-veritas: Did you coach varsity team(s)?
Gaétan Melançon: Yes, I coached the CMR Men’s Volleyball team from 1985 to 1987. We played in the Collège d’enseignement général et professionnel (CEGEP) league in all regions of Québec.
Gaétan Melançon: The high-light of serving at CMR was developing the Athletic Infrastructure. I was the OPI for the project of modernizing the CMR gymnasium, swimming pool and arena complex. We also built a new football stadium, which included a 400 meter track and lights. The completion of the athletic infrastructure gave CMR`s Fitness and Sports program a big boost. The high-light of serving at RMC was the athletic infrastructure project to double the number of playing fields. At that time, all of the sports fields on the left side of the road going into the College were part of Navy Bay. Part of this land was reclaimed from Navy Bay and landfill was used as a means to increase useful land area on the peninsula. New playing fields built on land reclaimed from Navy Bay was a major step toward promoting the College athletic program. The sports fields have been well used for over 20 years now.
e-veritas: What memories of CMR stand out?
Gaétan Melançon: I recall that we had winning teams at all levels at CMR. The CMR Football team win of the Bol d’Or, CEGEP AA Football Championship in 1987 was the most emotional victory during my time at CMR. I remember watching the players cry in the coach’s arms. At RMC, the memories that stand out involve beating the West Point Hockey Team at the Kingston Arena in 1978. The RMC Hockey Team dominated West Point from mid-second period until the end of the game. Since the West Point goaltender had forgotten his glasses, the goalie did not even move when our defenceman simply cleared the puck on their net. The coach knew then that even long shots had a good chance of going in (they did).
e-veritas: Did you have a role in research?
Gaétan Melançon: We preformed research at CMR to determine the validity and reliability of the physical fitness test and to set appropriate standards for passing the physical fitness test. The research project involved 6 major steps: 1) determining a set of critical military criteria, 2) determining a battery of physical fitness tests to measure the fitness components associated with these criteria, 3) obtaining performance data on a representative sample of cadets 4) validating and cross-validating the fitness measures against the military criteria, 5) selecting fitness test score that represent acceptable performance on the criterion tasks, 6) periodically re-evaluating the fitness tests. We were assisted by a team of experts at NDHQ who guided us through the factor analysis process. When they were first introduced, the physical fitness test standards for chin ups and push ups were seen as too high for lady cadets. An excellent training program was put in place to improve and maintain physical fitness levels to meet the physical demands of combat. One year later, most lady officer-cadets were passing the test. We proved to the cadets that by working hard you can achieve your goals!
e-veritas: Did you have a role in cadet discipline?
Gaétan Melançon: I had the same role as all senior officers on the campus. The sports program was an excellent tool to evaluate the leadership abilities of our officer-cadets. I always apply the rule of not letting a fault pass. The cadets have to learn to accept their responsibilities before being in command. I believe that our team of officers and senior NCOs did a super job in preparing the officer-cadets to lead the CF.
Gaétan Melançon: Yes. After retiring from the CF, I became Director Physical Education leading the Physical Fitness and Sports Program for over 12 years for the Canadian Forces Personnel Support Agency (CFPSA). After the transformation of CFPSA, I became the Special Assistant to Chief Personnel Support Program, Director General Personnel and Family Support Services (DGPFSS). I was appointed as Special Assistant, Chief Personnel Support Programs (PSP) (SA CPSP), responsible for PSP business planning, policy development, engineering, and sponsorship in 2007. Before that, I was Director Physical Education (DPE). The DGPFSS provides personnel support programs, including national and international sports, and services to CF members and their families. Our mission is to enhance the quality of life of the military community and contribute to the operational readiness and effectiveness of the CF.
e-veritas: CFPSA (now DGPFSS) organized Conseil International du Sport Militaire events at the Royal Military College.
Gaétan Melançon: Yes. Canadian Forces Base Kingston (CFB Kingston) and Royal Military College of Canada (RMC) hosted, for example, the Canadian National Tae Kwon Do (TKD) Championships in April 2003 and the 26th World Military Volleyball Championship in June 2004. Sport plays an important part in the lives of our military personnel and such high-profile international events are unique opportunities for our CF athletes. All games took place at the Kingston Military Community Sports and Fitness Complex on the RMC campus.
Gaétan Melançon: Yes. The June Hooper Memorial Award (Builder of the Sport of Biathlon in Canada) is presented to individual(s) who have significantly contributed to the growth and development of the sport of Biathlon over many years with service of the quality, dedication and unstinting devotion exemplified by June Hooper. When receiving this award, you are inducted in the Hall of Fame of Biathlon Canada. I retired from the Board of Directors of Biathlon Canada in 2003 (as Vice President Administration) after 8 years of service.
e-veritas: Tell us more about the sport of biathlon.
Gaétan Melançon: Biathlon is an Olympic winter sport combining cross country skiing from 7.5 to 20 km and small-bore rifle marksmanship. The rifle is designed for Biathlon with an action which is a variation of bolt or lever action, 22 inch in caliber, with a minimum weight of 3.5 kg. There are six international types of competitions: Individual, Sprint, Pursuit, Mass Start, Relay and Team. In international events there are four classes of competitors: Men, Women, Junior Men and Junior Women. Depending on the competition, five rounds are fired in each bout at five targets at a shooting distance of 50 m. In a Relay competition, the competitor has three spare rounds for each bout. The target diameters for the two shooting positions are 115 mm for standing and 45 mm for prone. Penalties for missed targets are imposed e.g. one minute of added time per target for the Individual competition or a 150 m penalty loop. Biathlon Canada is the National Sport Organization while International Biathlon is governed by the International Biathlon Union (IBU). The word competition is used in Biathlon instead of race because it is not only a race but a combination of two different competitive activities shooting and skiing. Cross-country racing requires intense, full out physical exertion over an extended period of time while shooting demands extremely fine control and stability. In the general category of biathlon, competitions may combine snoeshoe, skiing, running or mountain biking with shooting or archery.
e-veritas: How do you stay fit?
Gaétan Melançon: My plan for staying fit has changed over the years. While working at RMC, I ran the Hill five time a week and played sports including volleyball, basketball, squash, and hockey. At CMR, I ran, weight trained and played shiny hockey. When I moved to Ottawa, I continued my running program and started to skate and ski during the winter. A few years ago age and injuries became factors for me to consider before engaging in sports. There is no excuse for age but chronic injuries have forced me to modify my training program. I can no longer run or ski. However, I have discovered the joy of spinning, which I do four to five times a week.
e-Veritas: You lived the experience of the PERI trade / PERO branch standing down from the “inside”. What do you recall as the biggest challenges in those early years 1996 -97 time-frame?
Gaétan Melançon: I was given the task to find a trade for any PERO/PERI who decided to remain in the CF. I was particularly proud to have found a trade for 112 out of 116 requests for voluntary transfer. The remaining four accepted a job with PSP.
e-Veritas: What was done right?
Gaétan Melançon: We took care of all the PERO/PERI. No one was left without a job.
e-Veritas: What could have been done better?
Gaétan Melançon: Giving the first choice of trade to all of the PERO/PERI. As you know, some trades were much more popular than others. We had limited number of positions available to us. It was based on merit and qualifications. I did not have a say in it, as the Career Managers were making the pick.
e-Veritas: Twelve years later what is your assessment of the change?
Gaétan Melançon: It had a very positive impact. We saw an infrastructure program of over $162M take place. We brought in very qualified civilians and RMC saw the benefits of having such employees in place. We were smart enough to retain enough former PERO/PERI at each location to offer on job training to all the new civilians. It was very difficult at first, as CFPSA did not have a good training program in place making it difficult for new employees to learn all the rules of operating a Fitness and Sports Centre. I did spend 24 years, as a PERO and I can tell you that we had remarkable success in our involvement in delivering fitness, sports, recreation, health promotion, messes and family programs. I am proud of all those who participated in this challenge and made a difference for our military personnel.
e-Veritas: Are the Canadian Forces better served? If yes, how?
Gaétan Melançon: I believe they are better served. We have personnel with the latest qualifications and with, as much passion about our job as we did when we were a military organization. We were a small branch with limited impact. For the past 12 years, we have had a MGen equivalent, as Director General in Ottawa leading the organization and we see daily the impact of having such leadership in place.
Posted by rmcclub on 30th June 2009
The original Fort Frederick was built on this site in 1813. It was levelled in 1846 to make way for the present fort.
As a consequence of the Oregon border dispute, 1845, the Kingston harbour defenses were augmented. As part of this improved defense system, the present Fort Frederick was built between 1846 and 1847.
The other Kingston towers are Cedar Island Tower, Shoal Tower, Murney Tower and the two ditch towers at Fort Henry.
Within a few years the introduction of modern rifled guns (such as the Armstrong Gun), with their longer range and greater accuracy, rendered these forts obsolete.
Although obsolescent as fortifications, the towers were used as barracks. British troops lived in this tower until 1870.
Can you correctly identify the following 10 features on the attached 1860 Fort Frederick map?
5 1/2″ Howitzer; Tower; 32 Pounder Gun; Sally Port; Guardhouse; Armstrong Gun; 24 Pounder Gun; Picket Fence; Magazine; and Privy.
Posted by rmcclub on 30th June 2009
Positions Available / Postes disponibles
Here is a list of job opportunities provided by our partners from RHR with the working area and the experience required. To see the complete details of the jobs, you should be registered on www.RMC-Careers.com.
Voici une liste des possibilités d’emploi fournis par nos partenaires de RHR avec la zone de travail et l’expérience requises. Pour voir le détail des offres d’emplois, vous devez être inscrits sur www.cmrcarrieres.com.
1- Electrical engineer (Ingénieur électrique senior) – Montreal – 10 to 15 years
2- Coordinator (Coordonateur inspections competences) – Montreal – 15 to 20 years
3- Mecanical engineer (Estimateur en mécanique du bâtiment) – Montréal – Tuyauterie Expert Inc.
4- Mecanical engineer (Ingénieur Mécanique – Gestionnaire de Produits) – South Soure – 5 years
5- Project manager (Responsable en Gestion de projets chantier) – Everywhere in Quebec – 7 years
Posted by rmcclub on 30th June 2009
By Bruce Deachman, The Ottawa Citizen
OTTAWA – With the lactic acid embers of Ottawa Race Weekend still glowing in thousands of quads throughout the region, organizers of the Canada Army Run say they hope to double the number of runners in this year’s
5-kilometre and half-marathon races when their starter’s pistol – a 105 mm Howitzer cannon – is fired on Sept. 20.
Participation in last year’s inaugural Canada Army Run, along the Rideau Canal and through downtown Ottawa, had to be capped at 7,000 – about three-quarters of them civilians – when organizers were swamped with more entries than they anticipated or could handle.
“Last year the commander (Lt. Gen. Andrew B. Leslie) was upset that we had to close the race,” says Run manager Major Chris Horeczy. “We sold out in August, which is a mixed blessing – it’s good we succeeded, but it’s bad we had to turn people away.
“Optimistically, could we double it this year? Perhaps,” says Horeczy.
“We’ll be ready.”
The Canada Army Run follows in the footsteps of the Army Ten-Miler and the Marine Corps Marathon, held annually in Washington.
Horeczy is among a group of Forces personnel who have for years been taking part in the Army Ten-Miler, held at the Pentagon. They wanted to bring the camaraderie they experienced of civilians and soldiers running together to Canada.
“It was intended for us to show the esprit de corps that we have with Canadians at large,” he says of last year’s race, “and Canadians turned it around and used it as an opportunity to say thanks to us.”
Then, Horeczy recalls, civilians were shaking hands with soldiers while they ran, while others called and cheered from bridges.
“I have almost a thousand e-mails from people saying the experience was great. That was what made the run. It wasn’t the fact that it was a race, because, really, it’s not about winning. It’s about being there and participating.
“Getting together, physically, was the thing we were striving for,” he adds. “Traditionally, we witness a lot of support from Canadians across the country, but it’s in the media, it’s in letter-writing campaigns, sometimes it’s in parades when the troops are getting ready to go out on operations.
“What we wanted to create was was an opportunity for us to get shoulder to shoulder with civilians.”
Last year’s Run raised close to $60,000 for Soldier On, which helps provide fitness-related equipment and training for injured or ill Canadian Forces personnel, and Military Families Fund, which was created in April 2007 by Gen. Rick Hillier to help military families in need of support.
For more information on the Army Run or to register, visit www.armyrun.ca
Le 4 septembre 2009, 09h00, au CMR Saint-Jean, aura lieu la course à obstacles, évènement important dans l’accueil des nouveaux élèves-officiers au sein de la grande famille des CMC.
Les autorités militaires du CMR Saint-Jean, sous le leadership du Directeur des élèves-officiers, Maj Michel Archambault, planifient cet évènement important dans la culture des collèges et font appel aux anciens et anciennes intéressés à s’impliquer dans cette activité, à joindre le comité organisateur.
Les anciens et anciennes intéressés (es), veuillez communiquer avec le VP Activité du Chapitre de Montréal-Fort Saint-Jean, soit 12944 André Durand au firstname.lastname@example.org ou via téléphone au (450) 359-7452 avant le 28 août 2009.
On the 4th of September 2009, at 0900hrs, the incoming Recruit Class of 2010 RMC St-Jean will run the Obstacle Course. This event marks the beginning of their lives as Officer Cadets and members of the military college tradition.
The military staff of RMC St-Jean, under the leadership of the Director of Cadets, Maj Michel Archambault, is planning this important event. All ex-Cadets who wish to be involved in this important occasion are invited to join the Organizing Committee.
To all those interested, please contact the VP Activities of the Montréal-Fort St-Jean Chapter, 12944 André Durand at email@example.com, or by telephone at 450-359-7452 before the 28 August 2009.
CFB Trenton celebrates four aviation milestones
TRENTON — The rededication of the Memorial Gates will kick off 8 Wing Trenton’s anniversary weekend.
CFB Trenton commander Colonel Mike Hood announced the schedule for the July 4-5 celebration during a press conference, on Friday, June 5.
“I think we are ready for a celebration here at CFB Trenton,” Col. Hood said. “It will be a jam-packed weekend.”
The anniversary weekend celebrates the 60th anniversary of the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand presenting the Memorial Gates to Canada for its contribution to the Second World War.
“It’s our goal to honour the memory of all those who came through the gates of Trenton,” Col. Hood said.
The rededication ceremony includes bands and colour parade and a fly past of historic aircraft.
“I kind of set out a goal and challenge to my folks to see if we could get one of everything that had flown in Trenton during the Second World War. We’ve come pretty close,” Col. Hood said. “You’re going to see some aircraft that haven’t flown above the skies of Trenton for 50 years.”
Lieutenant-Colonel Debbie Miller said they hope the Minister of Veterans Affairs Greg Thompson will represent the federal government during the rededication of the gates.
“He understands the significance of this event because when you look at the age of our guests, they could be from birth to their 90s,” Lieutenant-Colonel Debbie Miller said.
Members of the British royal family have been invited to the rededication, but attendance has yet to be confirmed.
“Right now we’re still hopeful, but we’re going to Plan B,” Lt. Col. Miller said.
The anniversary weekend also celebrates the 100th anniversary of powered flight in Canada, the 85th anniversary of the Royal Canadian Air Force and the 25th Anniversary of the National Air Force Museum of Canada.
Following the rededication of the gates, CFB Trenton will open the base to the public.
“The men and women here are very proud of the work they do and are very proud to show off,” Col Hood said. “The strength of 8 Wing Trenton is the closeness we have with the local community.”
Base visitors will be given passports that can be stamped at each of events and displays. A minefield awareness area demonstrating the work needed to clear a minefield is also being created for the open house.
Col. Hood said all events during the weekend are free of charge for the public.
“It’s not my base, it’s everyone’s base,” Col. Hood said. “It’s the Canadian public’s. We’re their military. I certainly think they have every right to come out and be able to see what we do for them.”
The Officer’s Mess will be the only building open to the public during the open house, but Lt. Col. Miller said visitors will have the opportunity to see inside military vehicles and aircraft.
“You will be able to touch and feel everything,” Lt. Col. Miller said. “People will be able to say they saw history, the collision of four anniversaries.”
Full details of the anniversary weekend – including maps and frequently asked questions – are available at cfbtrenton.com.
Posted by rmcclub on 30th June 2009
RRA23 Brig. Gen. (ret’d) Patrick F. Maxwell (RRMC 1947) 1928-2009 In hospital on Wednesday, June 24, 2009 with his wife by his side. Loving husband, best friend, soulmate, and mentor to Barbara Ann (nee Meagher). Lovingly remembered by Barbara Ann’s siblings and spouses and their children; Phyllis and Fred Belaire, Gerry Meagher and Wanda Lehman, Jim Childs (late Margaret) and their children Shawn, Kim, Ron, Marilyn, Steven, and Duane as well as several other nieces and nephews. Pat’s stellar military career began as an award winning air cadet in his hometown of Saskatoon. He graduated from Royal Roads in Victoria and went on to ever increasing challenges in the R.C.A.F. Pat loved the company of friends and welcomed all visitors with warmth and care. He was a crossword puzzle devotee, a music lover, an avid reader and a follower of sports, particularly golf. Pat was a gentle man with a big heart who loved all creatures great and small, especially his cat, Beau, the birds at his feeders and the squirrels and chipmunks that scampered about his property.He was a true gentleman in every sense. Friends are invited to visit at the St-Laurent Chapel of Hulse, Playfair & McGarry, 1200 Ogilvie Road at Aviation Parkway on Thursday, July 2, 2009 from 9a.m. until Service time in the Chapel at 11 a.m. A private burial will be held at a later date. As an expression of sympathy, memorial contributions to the Heart & Stroke Foundation would be appreciated by the family.
J’ai appris aujourd’hui, par l’intermédiaire de 5772 Jean-Claude Allard (confrère qui a quitté le CMR de St-Jean en 1959) que Michelle Parent, épouse de 5643 Rodolphe Parent, est décédée du cancer le 21 juin dernier. La famille vous accueillera au salon funéraire Héritage, 2871, boulevard St-Joseph, Orléans, ON, le 3 juillet de 09:00 à 10:30 juste avant les funérailles qui seront célébrées à l’église St-Joseph, 2757 boulevard St-Joseph, Orléans, ON le même jour à 11h00.
Vous pouvez communiquer avec Rodolphe par courriel à firstname.lastname@example.org ou par téléphone à 613-834-4779.
5629 Jacques Duval
I have been informed today by 5772 Jean-Claude Allard (classmate who left CMR de St-Jean in 1959) that Michelle Parent, wife of 5643 Rudy Parent, died of cancer on 21 June 09. The family will receive you at the Heritage Funeral Home, 2871, boulevard St-Joseph, Orléans, ON, on 3 July from 09:00 to 10:30 just before the funerals that will be held at St.Joseph church, 2757 boulevard St-Joseph, Orléans, ON the same day at 11h00.
You can get in touch with Rudy by email at email@example.com or by phone at 613-834-4779.
5629 Jacques Duval
Mrs. Barbara Hawes (Mother of 15519 Sandra Hawes Macleod RMC 1986)
At the age of 70, surrounded by her loved ones on Friday June 26th 2009. Daughter of the late William Colby and the late Elsie Isles. Beloved wife of Ronald Hawes for 49 years. Loving mother of Jeffrey (Pauline), Dan (Sue), Cheryl, Sandra (Rory), Christopher (Cristin) and Sharon (Mark). Cherished grandmother of Ryan, Nathalie, Amanda, Calum, Connor, Grace, Evan, Gabriella, Katryna, Magdalene, Amy and Jessica. She will be remembered by her brothers Barry (Adele), William (Pat) and Michael. Special thanks to all the staff of the Champlain Community Care Access Centre (CCAC) for their excellent care. Source
Posted by rmcclub on 30th June 2009
The Homecoming Committee has been busy planning an exciting reunion weekend, and we look forward to seeing you at Royal Roads from September 11 – 13, 2009.
The Homecoming 2009 online registration form is up and running and can be found on our Homecoming web pages at www.royalroads.ca/homecoming. Those who prefer to register by cheque or in person may do so by calling (250) 391-2600 ext. 4397. Office hours are 9:00 – 4:30 PDT. If we are away from the phone when you call please leave a message and we will be sure to get back to you.
We would encourage you to register as soon as possible to help us with planning. We ask that registrations or cancellations be made at least one week prior to Homecoming (by Friday, Sept. 4, 2009) in order to allow sufficient time for food and catering orders. There may be some events that fill up before this time, so early registration is recommended. Remember to sign up for all options that you are interested in attending.
The Harbour Towers Hotel (www.harbourtowers.com) has created a discounted room block for attendees of Royal Roads Homecoming. Accommodation at the Harbour Towers Hotel can be booked at the special group rate of $97.99 per night (based on a minimum 3 night stay) or $115 per night for one or two nights (plus applicable taxes). These special rates are also available to Royal Roads alumni 4 days prior to and 4 days after Homecoming weekend. The Harbour Towers Hotel is located in downtown Victoria, just a block from the harbour. Amenities include free high speed internet access and an affordable airport shuttle bus service.
Reservations may be made online or by phone – instructions for this can be found below or on the Homecoming webpage entitled Accommodation and Transportation. Don’t forget to quote the special offer: RRU ALUMNI to get your special rate. Please register early, as this special rate can not be guaranteed past August 10, 2009 and the room block may be filled before that time.
Homecoming Programme and Transportation
I have attached a copy of the weekend programme – please note that slight time changes may occur, and a final schedule and registration kit will be sent out to registered attendees at the end of August. Further descriptions about the events are available on the Homecoming website. An RRU staff person will be at the Harbour Towers Hotel on the evening of Thursday, September 10, 2009 to answer questions and hand out registration packets.
A free shuttle bus will run between the Harbour Towers Hotel and Royal Roads University regularly throughout the weekend. The times will be based around scheduled programming, and a final schedule will be available at the hotel. A shuttle bus will also be taking transporting attendees from the hotel to Esquimalt for the DND Day Sail on Friday morning. Free parking at Royal Roads University is available to those who wish to drive their cars – just print out your registration confirmation and place it on the dashboard of your car.
Royal Roads University is interested in preserving the military heritage of Royal Roads. To that end, I wonder if some of you will be able to scan your photos and send them to me so that they can be displayed at Homecoming and used in our archives. (Please try to scan at a resolution of at least 300 dpi, and saved in a .jpg format). In addition, throughout the weekend I plan to conduct Oral History Interviews with members from each of the classes regarding your cadet experience. Please let me know if you are interested in contributing to this worthwhile project.
Class Web Page
Each class has a space on the Homecoming website to post messages specific to their class year. Please check back often to see what supplementary activities your class may be planning. We will also be posting a list of registered attendees through the coming months.
Thus far we have class reunions planned for the classes of 1944-46, 1957-59, 1969-71, 1962-64, 1980-84 and 1985-89 as well as Royal Roads University alumni. Please be open to mixing and getting to know Royal Roads alumni from all years. A special thank you to the class representatives and secretaries who are helping to make this a successful event. We are truly looking forward to welcoming you back to Royal Roads!
Karen Inkster, M.A.
Alumni & Heritage Projects | Homecoming Committee
Phone: 250.391.2600 x4405
Cliff Quinn on the move in NZ
I am not sure it is appropriate , but we will be shifting house on July 24 and want to effect a change of postal address from that date with as many of our contacts as possible & hoped you might help with my RMC folk. New address is Unit 3 58 (or 3/58) Florence Ave. Orewa, 0931,NZ. An incidental bit of info is that Orewa is the original home of Ed Hillary of Himilayan fame and has a nice memorial square that will be within cooey of our new home.
Thanks for whatever you can do for me.
Cliff Quinn, (3082, Class of ’53) firstname.lastname@example.org
ON TRACK, Volume 14, Number 2 (Summer 2009) is now available!
The CDA Institute and CDA are also pleased to announce the opening of their revamped website, at www.cda-cdai.ca. In addition, both organizations will be holding their next annual seminar and general meeting on March 3-4, 2010, at the Fairmont Chateau Laurier in Ottawa, Canada. Featured speakers will include the Right Honourable Stephen Harper, Prime Minister of Canada (invited); Dr. Michael Ignatieff, Leader of the Opposition; the Honourable Peter MacKay(invited), Minister of National Defence; General Walter Natynczyk (invited), Chief of the Defence Staff; and General David Petraeus(confirmed), Commander US Central Command.
A draft agenda is available at our website,
Registration will open in fall 2009, so please mark March 3-4, 2010 on your calendars!
THE LATEST ISSUE OF ON TRACK FEATURES:
- National defence and security, Afghanistan, a Canadian Forces training centre, Special Operations Forces, piracy, long-wave theories, North Korea, NATO, and the Canadian Forces’ Military Training Assistance Programme.
- Featured authors include:
Colonel Ian Hope, Colonel (Ret’d) Sean Henry, Arnav Manchanda and Thomas Adams, Lieutenant-Colonel Daniel MacIsaac, Colonel Bernd Horn, Captain (U.S. Navy) Brian Wilson and Commander (U.S. Navy) James Kraska, Colonel (Ret’d) Howard Marsh, Vernie Liebl, Major Eric Dion, and Andrew Rasiulis and Sara Fortin.
- Included with this edition of ON TRACK is the call for nominations for the Vimy Award and for the Ross Munro Media Award for 2009.
ON TRACK is the Conference of Defence Associations Institute’s defence quarterly journal and your valued source for informed commentary on national and international security and defence issues.
Donors to the CDA Institute receive ON TRACK and other publications of the Institute in hard copy. Please feel free to send us your articles, thoughts, and suggestions for publication to: email@example.com
For more information on becoming a donor to the CDA Institute please visit the Institute’s website at http://www.cda-cdai.ca
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6349 Alain Pellerin, Colonel (Ret’d)
Executive Director, CDA-CDAI / Directeur exécutif, CAD-ICAD
222 rue Somerset Street West / Ouest, Suite 400B Ottawa, Ontario K2P 2G3
Posted by rmcclub on 22nd June 2009
E-veritas has been given permission to publish excerpts of 5105 Doctor J. L. Granatstein’s (CMR RMC 1961) interviews (1991-1993) for “The Generals: the Canadian Army’s Senior Commanders in the Second World War”. 5105 Doctor J.L. Granatstein fonds are at the National Defence HQ Directorate of History and Heritage. Other work from 5105 Doctor J.L. Granatstein
2357 Brigadier-General Denis Whitaker D.S.O. (RMC 1933) was interviewed in Toronto on 19 March 1991. He was an all-star quarterback for the Tigers before the war. Whitaker was first a captain and later a Commanding Officer of the Royal Hamilton Light Infantry (RHLI), in Northwest Europe during the Second World War at Dieppe, Woensdrecht, Falaise, Goch-Calcar Road and the Hochwald. He was awarded DSOs at Dieppe and at the drive to the Rhine River. He and his wife, Shelagh were co-authors of “Tug of War: The Canadian Victory that Opened Antwerp” which won the J.W. Dafoe book prize for distinguished writing on Canadian and international affairs in 1984. The couple also wrote: Rhineland: The Battle to End the War (1989); Dieppe, Tragedy to Triumph (1992); and The Soldiers’ Story: Victory at Falaise (2000). He was chairman of the Canadian Equestrian Team for 22 years which won two world championships and two Olympic medals. He was appointed a member of the Order of Canada in 1989. The French government named him an Officer of the Legion of Honour (France) and Belgium appointed him a Commander of the Order of the Crown. He was also a member of Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame. He died on 5/30/2001. He was remembered with “The Whitaker Cup”, which is awarded each year to the top Team Captain of a RMC varsity sports team.
On Royal Military College “old boy” network and its impact.
There were many captains and majors at RMC when he was there (1933-7) who rose to high command. Most of the top command were ex-cadets which was only natural as they had the background that the militia did not. It was also only natural that camaraderie should keep ex-cadets together. Even so, he didn’t think he received any favouritism because of his ex-cadet status.
On the Permanent Force
The militia for the most part had poor training pre-war, and the officers lacked the education and training. The Permanent Force was better, though not great. There was also tension between the PF and Non-Permanent Active Militia (NPAM). BGen Denis Whitaker recalled the fear when militia units were to be inspected by PF officers. There wasn’t a solid relationship pre-war though this, he said, largely disappeared after 1939. Training was generally at a low level–platoon, company, and battalion and occasionally at brigade.
Whitaker was sent off to senior officers [ie batalion commander] school in late 1943 where instructors were top-notch UK people. This was the first time he learned what was required and how to get the best use of equipment available. Most Commanding Officers had no idea of their jobs. A battalion was the largest unit that could be motivated by one man. A good Commanding Officer could move them and develop loyalty and pride. All a commander could do was to do everything he could to ensure success–plan, support, use equipment to best advantage. You knew there would be casualties but you had to make yourself go ahead.
On Major General John Hamilton (Ham) Roberts D.S.O. He was placed in command of the 2nd Canadian Infantry Division during the disastrous Dieppe Raid. He was awarded the Distinguished Service Order for his actions. Roberts was a damn fine soldier who was put into a difficult spot. He was not responsible for the raid’s planning. He had saved his guns in Jun 40 and got promotional rewards. He had never commanded infantry before he became 2 DIV GOC, nor had he gone to Staff College. There were no divisional exercises under him. Whitaker got to know Roberts well after 1945 when both were at Aldershot. It was too bad the media crucified him because of Dieppe, largely because of the “piece of cake” reference which (though Roberts claimed not to have said, he and at least l other officer heard at a briefing on 27 Jun). Whitaker said the plan for the operation was “outrageous” with objectives impossible to achieve. Neither he nor Roberts had any sense of what could be done, but then General H.D.C. Crerar, General Andrew McNaughton and General Sir Alan Brooke (all artillery) ought to have known how much firepower was needed to get troops ashore. Roberts could have refused to carry out plan, but he told Whitaker that if he had someone else would have taken over and done it. He was the scapegoat and had a rough ride.
On Lieutenant-General Guy Granville Simonds, C.B., C.B.E., D.S.O. (RMC 1903)
He was a knowledgeable, professional, good soldier. When Whitaker met him he was called by first name. He had drive, enthusiasm, and wanted to be a complete soldier. He had done well at Staff College. He was tough and cold. No one made too many stupid mistakes under him. Soldiers respected him. He was prepared to take casualties to achieve an objective and thus save lives overall.
On Gen Charles Foulkes. He was considered a good diplomat but few thought him a good tactician. He was very good to Whitaker. On one occasion Foulkes wanted to put Whitaker, after being wounded, in command of S Saskatchewan. Whitaker argued he should go back to RHLI and Foulkes agreed.
On Major-General Harold Halford Matthews (RMC Commandant 1935-8; Adjutant-General 1939-40). He came from the NPAM. He worked out because he was very intelligent and had an excellent personality. He could delegate. He was solid, thoughtful, had the men’s best interest in mind, and was level-headed. He wasn’t a driver like LGen Guy Granville Simonds though he got on well with him. He rose due to a combination of luck, right time, and ability.
On General Henry Duncan Graham Crerar, PC, C.H., C.B., CD, ADC (RMC 1909); RMC Commandant 1938-9: Gen. Crerar was a warm person who, because he came from Hamilton, was very good to RHLI. He was a courageous commander who came to the front, something that was not the norm in an army where most operated on the map only.
On Major General Rodney Frederick Leopold Keller (RMC 1917). He was known at RMC as “Blood” where he had been infantry and drill instructor. He was not highly regarded by his division’s men. He was thought to be a drinker too.
816 Lieutenant General Kenneth Stuart C.B., D.S.O., M.C. (RMC 1911) was a person he had known and liked at RMC. Stuart got the Canada-US football game in London in l944 underway, even getting the team a barracks and 6 weeks to prepare for the game on 13 Feb 44.
Posted by rmcclub on 22nd June 2009
Director of Cadets, LCol Tony O’Keeffe, is competing in the 2009 edition of the Race Across America in support of the Soldier On program. The race started last Wednesday, June 17th. Click on the photo for DCdts’ up-to-date progress.
Le directeur des élève-officiers, LCol Tony O’Keeffe, participe à l’Édition 2009 de la Course pan-américaine afin de promouvoir le programme Soldat en Mouvement. Le départ de la course a eu lieu mercredi passé, le 17 juin. Cliquez sur la photo ci-haut pour voir progression à jour du DÉlofs.
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