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In This Issue 17

Posted by rmcclub on 22nd April 2012


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In This Issue 17:



RMC Stands Tall In Grueling Sandhurst Competition

Half-Way Point for Exams; Cadets Attend Army Ball

RMC Looks Up…Way Up…

In Russia: Red Square, Caviar and Swords

Pleins Feux sur les Professeurs: Mme Sophie Bastien

Qu’est-ce qui se passe au CMR Saint-Jean

Extraordinary Ex-Cadets: 17834 Jim Fasano

Class Notes…Includes a Tim Justice SOS to 100 of his ’82 buds

What are these 24 Up to these Days

“You are the College, and it’s continuing glory rests in your hands…”

House Hunting Trip (HHT) Contact Our Realtor & Home Inspectors Partners

Opinion: Two Military Colleges – More Than A Subtle Difference

The Colwood Pub & Grill: RIP & “Cracks in the code”

Did you know that there were “Other” Military School Plans Before 1876?

Deaths | Décès

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Half-Way Point for Exams; Cadets Attend Army Ball

Posted by rmcclub on 22nd April 2012


Above: Moments before the buzzer sounds, cadets settle in for a 3 hour exam.

There’s a Light at the End of the Tunnel, Sort of…

Article by 25366 NCdt (IV) Mike Shewfelt

This past Saturday morning wrapped up the first of two weeks of exams for the Cadet Wing, and the halls of RMC have been quiet as cadets prepared for the next day’s tests, or recovered from that day’s mental exertions. For the Fourth Years, this is the last big hurdle before Graduation, now less than a month away. For the other years, this will be their last taste of academics before they transition into Environmental Preparatory Training, Graduation Parade, leave, and summer training. All that will have to wait, though, as there is still one more week of exams to go (unless you’re an Arts student, in which case you’re probably finished already). The Wing is not done yet, but the light at the end of the tunnel is starting to grow a little brighter.

Above left: Cadets run a gauntlet of Mayflies on their way to the exam hall.

Above right: They’re confident now… Cadets pass the Wall of Honor on their way to their doom (or exam).


Cadets Clink Glasses at Army Ball

By: 25337 Chris Manning

On Sunday April 15th, ten officer cadets from the Royal Military College were privileged with an opportunity to attend the 2012 Army Ball in Gatineau. The cadets left RMC at 1500 on Saturday afternoon in order to arrive for cocktails at 1800 with an impressive array of the senior leadership of the Army. The ball took place Casino Lac Leamy, where all the stops were pulled to ensure an entertaining evening. After watching the Royal Canadian Regiment Demonstration Team rappel into the dining hall, the cadets enjoyed a delicious multi-course meal. The group was able to socialize with representatives from the EllisDon Corporation, who graciously footed the bill for the cadets’ pricey meal. Cadets may notice signage around the college representing EllisDon are the Construction Managers for the Sawyer and Girouard Retrofit Project spanning 2009-2016.

One inspirational moment of the evening was the presentation of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee medal to 60 deserving soldiers from across the Canadian Forces. The Governor General, His Excellency the Right Honorable David Johnston, was on scene to present the medals and did so with impressive speed and dexterity. Aside from the presentation of medals, the Chief of Land Staff, Lieutenant-General Devlin, proudly recognized the Army Sergeant Major, Chief Warrant Officer Moretti, for his service as he prepares to end his term as the Army’s top NCO. The entire ballroom did not take long getting to its feet for a long standing ovation. The Sergeant Major had kind words for the officer cadets, in what truly was a “great day to be in the Army.”


Elèves-Officiers trinquent au Bal de l’Armée

Par: 25337 Chris Manning

Traduit par: 25038 Keven Morin

Dimanche le 15 avril, dix élèves-officiers du Collège Militaire Royal du Canada ont eu le privilège de participer au Bal de l’Armée à Gatineau. Les élèves-officiers ont quittés le CMR à 1500 heures samedi après-midi afin d’arriver à temps pour les cocktails de 1800 heures ou était réunis une important partie des officiers seniors de l’Armée. Le bal se déroulait au Casino du Lac Leamy où tout avait été mis en œuvre afin d’assurer aux invités une soirée des plus agréables. Après avoir vue l’équipe de démonstration du Royal Canadian Regiment faire une descente en rappel jusqu’à la salle de réception, les élèves-officiers se sont fait servir un délicieux repas avec de multiples services. Le groupe a aussi eu la chance de discuter avec les représentants de la corporation EllisDon, qui ont gracieusement acceptés de payer pour le repas dispendieux des élèves-officiers présents. Les élèves-officiers auront sûrement remarqués les affiches du groupe EllisDon au collège.

L’un des moments les plus inspirants de la soirée fut la présentation de la médaille pour le jubilé de diamants de la reine à 60 membres méritants des Forces Canadiennes. Le Gouverneur Générale, Son Excellence l’Honorable David Johnston, était présent afin de distribuer les médailles avec une vitesse et une précision remarquables. Mis-à-part la présentation de médailles, le Chef d’état-major de l’Armée de terre, le Lieutenant-général Peter Devlin, a fièrement souligner le service du Sergent Major de l’Armée, Adjudant-chef Moretti, alors qu’il se prépare à terminer son affectation à la plus haute position de S-O de l’armée. La salle entière n’a pas tardée à se lever afin de lui offrir une longue ovation debout. Le Sergent Major a ensuite prononcé quelques mots encouragent pour les élèves-officiers, en ce qui fut réellement « un jour fantastique pour faire partie de l’armée ».

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RMC Looks Up…Way Up…

Posted by rmcclub on 22nd April 2012

“FLOAT 3″ Continues RMC’s Race for Space

By Dr. Ron Vincent, Director, Centre for Space Research

RMCC Space Science students recently conducted a high altitude balloon mission to test an Automatic Dependent Surveillance – Broadcast (ADS-B) receiver payload, which is intended to eventually fly in space. ADS-B is a system in which aircraft continually transmit their identity and GPS-derived navigational information. A potential solution for the precise tracking of aircraft over oceanic regions and the high Arctic is through the monitoring of ADS-B signals using satellites. The Space ADS-B Receiver Experiment (SABRE) is a nanosatellite (10 × 10 × 30 cm, 3 kg) designed by RMCC students as part of the Canadian Satellite Design Challenge. The SABRE objective is to demonstrate the feasibility of a space-based ADS-B system. The programme has moved through the critical design phase and most of the components for the satellite have been purchased.

The high altitude balloon experiment was launched from Wingham, Ontario on 21 March 2012. Flight time for the mission was 2 hours and 19 minutes, with the balloon reaching a maximum altitude of 95,500 feet and landing approximately 30 kilometers south of the launch site. Over 51,000 ADS-B messages were received by the payload during the flight, representing 138 unique aircraft. This experiment, the Flying Laboratory for the Observation of ADS-B Transmissions (FLOAT), is the third in a series of tests for the SABRE payload. FLOAT 4 and 5 will be launched in the summer of 2012 to assess and compare antenna configurations for the ADS-B receiver.

More photos from the launch:

L-R: 25482 OCdt (IV) Michael Baskey, 25449 OCdt (IV) Malcolm Grieve, Mr. Alex Cushley, Dr. Ron Vincent (Professor), Mr. Michael Earl,

25244 OCdt (IV) Daniel Stolzman and Major Richard Van Der Pryt

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In Russia: Red Square, Caviar and Swords

Posted by rmcclub on 22nd April 2012

In Russia: Red Square, Caviar and Swords

The first amazing moment as a coach is when you realize that the calculations for Canadian points are correct, and yes indeed your RMC-CISM athlete has qualified for the Canadian Junior National Team. The second amazing moment is when you are informed there is funding and support to actually go to the World Championships, and it’s in Moscow, Russia. Imagine, Russia! However, the most amazing moment is when you have done everything possible to train, coach and prepare the athlete, you give the final words of encouragement and confidence-building advice, a last high five, and you finally watch your athlete go out there on the piste, in the Olympic Stadium, to fight against the best Juniors (U20) in the world. That is the moment when all the hard work, long hours in the gym and demanding training makes sense, and it all adds up to a truly amazing coaching and athletic experience.

From April 1st to 9th four members of RMC Fencing programs were in Moscow, Russia to participate in the Cadet and Junior 2012 World Fencing Championships; OS Katherine Porter, Varsity Head Coach Patricia Howes, RMC’s Cutting Edge Head Coach (and varsity Assistant Coach) David Howes and Cutting Edge Fencer Kerr Hutchinson. OS Katherine Porter, a first year RMC student, member of the varsity women’s fencing team, and CISM fencer, is the first RMC fencer to be named to a Canadian National Team for a World Championships. This is a proud moment for the RMC and CISM Fencing programs, the RMC fencers and coaches, and especially for OS Porter, a Reserve member of HMCS Cataraqui. OS Porter had the opportunity to compete in both individual and team competition in women’s sabre at the Junior Worlds and to travel to Moscow Russia, representing Canada, the CF, and RMC, for this world class event.

Travelling half way around the world is tiring and taxing enough, but to also have to be prepared to compete in a combat sport is extremely demanding. After one day to overcome jet-lag, acclimatize and train in Moscow, OS Porter was ready to go. Her pool included fencers from Poland, Italy, Singapore, Germany, Spain, and Czechoslovakia. Her previous best international performance was 149th at the London Senior Women’s Sabre World Cup in February. In Moscow, Porter beat out both Poland (5-4) and Singapore (5-3), scored points in all bouts, Germany 1-5, Spain 2-5, Italy 2-5, and Czechoslovakia 3-5, to achieve a personal best result of 61st overall. Teammates Gabriella Page and Imola Bakos, both from Montreal, finished 15th and 55th respectively. OS Porter possessed a top-notch fighting energy, excellent focus and a great competitive attitude, resulting in a truly positive sport experience for this military fighter. In Team competition, Canada drew a Direct Elimination (DE) match against China who went on to win second place overall. OS Porter performed extremely well scoring 12 points against the powerful Chinese women’s sabre team, who defeated the Canadians by a score of 45-28. The National WS Coach Stephane Hamel was favourably impressed with OS Porter’s efforts in the team competition, in which Canada finished 14thoverall.

Coach David Howes and his Cutting Edge fencer Kerr Hutchinson were also able to travel and compete in Russia thanks to fundraising efforts through the RMC Cutting Edge Fencing Program, Sport Canada carding, and Quest for Gold. Hutchinson, who finished 6th in the world last season at the 2011 Cadet World Championships in Jordon, performed well in his first international competition at the Junior (U20) level after aging out of Cadet (U17). Hutchinson finished 44th/150 in individual men’s epee after winning 4 of 6 bouts in the first round, winning his first DE and then losing a tough match to Kazakhstan by a score of 15-14. The men’s junior epee team finished 20th/32, also losing to China 45-35. Team Canada finished 12th out of 59 in the overall nations ranking.

This world class fencing event was held in the SC Olimpiyskiy complex that was built for the 1980 Olympics. The style and architecture of the building remained frozen in time and was reminiscent of a by-gone Soviet era with much concrete, steel and glass. Everything was made to look big and powerful. The Russian Fencing Federation did an outstanding job of presenting an impressive layout at the venue and took great measures to provide a safe and secure competition environment for the athletes and coaches from around the world. Security was strictly adhered to with security staff constantly checking accreditations at the venue, and hotel, and providing efficient bus transportation to all delegations. Hotel Cosmos, also built for the Olympics in 1980, was an interesting and colourful place with its retro orange and brown room decor. Hotel food was very expensive but the Canadian delegation was able to find reasonably priced restaurants and groceries within a 10-15 minute walk of the accommodations. Strangely, we found sushi restaurants are very popular, and probably one of the best choices since you can order from the pictures.

Competing in international sporting events in Olympic venues is an outstanding experience for both athletes and coaches. In CISM Fencing we had this opportunity this past summer in Rio for the World Military Games, which was a test-event for the future Olympics in Brazil. In Moscow, it was a fantastic opportunity to cheer on the Canadians who were able to make it to the top 16, and even more amazing to video the top 8 and top 4 talents from around the world. Once eliminated, we took advantage of the front row seats to watch and learn from the best in the world. From a coaching perspective we spent a lot of time watching the training lessons of fencing masters from around the world. More info on all results can be found at the official website.

In this hectic week leading up to the Easter holiday, the city of Moscow was waking up from a snowy winter into a wet, dirty and messy spring. The RMC contingent however, was fortunate that their one day off to play tourists was the single sunny day of the trip. Travelling on the Moscow metro, they ventured to the key sights at Red Square seeing the Kremlin, Lenin’s tomb, St Basil’s Cathedral and the local marketplace. A very unique lunch of dumplings (perogies) with bear meat, pastries with Russian sturgeon caviar (compliments of the chef) cabbage rolls and borscht was typical fare. On a day with no protests, Red Square was open to the public, and we were able to walk around at will to see the sights and take photos. The marketplace was flooded with people out to find unique Russian goods, foods and treasures to take home as souvenirs. Colourful costumed characters, some cartoons like Spiderman and Shrek and some in historic Russian military or traditional dress, lobby for your rubles to have your photo taken with them. In stark contrast we witnessed old Babushkas’ selling their wares in the marketplace while high tech camera’s watched the Kremlin and surrounding sights. It is a place where past and present are strangely wrapped together in a clash of old and new that makes for a rather surreal experience. Moscow is a complex and interesting place to see and experience.

If you ask OS Katie Porter about her personal experience in Russia, she just breaks into a big grin in reflection of the fencing and all the funny moments of the week. The effects of jet-lag can make many things humorous. It’s been a long journey for this young fencer, who prior to joining RMC as a student this season, was an athlete at RMC’s Cutting Edge program for the past four years and a Canada Games fencer for Team Nova Scotia. In commenting on her progress over the past season OS Porter had this to say:“When I first started fencing, the only support I had was my parents, but when I discovered RMC Fencing, the team environment was indescribable. I remember seeing RMC for the first time at a fencing tournament from the opposing side. I was the one on the other side of the piste from a sea of red jackets, and I was pretty intimidated thinking in my head, “wow… I wonder what it’s like to have a team like that…” Now, having the wall of red jackets on my side, always behind me countless times during the season, I know what it feels like to be part of an amazing team. I have the best team mates and coach I could ever ask for, and this teamwork is what brought me to where I am today. I feel like I can’t say thank you enough for all the training, support and encouragement I have received from RMC. What I will say, however, is that I went to the Junior World Championships because of all of you, and when I fight, I know I have my red wall behind me every moment. I look forward to many more fantastic achievements, from everyone, as a team.”

Clearly OS Porter has learned a valuable and important lessons as a military athlete, that each individual success occurs because of the strength of the program and the efforts of all the athletes working together, for one common goal. To build success for one is to build success for all, through hard daily training, teamwork, and overcoming challenges together. Through this process we can build military members who are not only talented and successful student-athletes representing Canada and the CF, but also capable engaged leaders for tomorrow’s military.

RMC Fencing would sincerely like to thank the RMC Athletic Department, the CISM Fencing Program, the Cutting Edge program supporters, and HMCS Cataraqui for their support in this amazing sport and life experience.

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Pleins Feux sur les Professeurs: Mme Sophie Bastien

Posted by rmcclub on 22nd April 2012

Mme Sophie Bastien: transmet la passion qu’elle entretient à l’égard de la littérature

Écrit par 25813 Fanie Simard

Mme Sophie Bastien enseigne depuis près de 20 ans aujourd’hui, raffole de la nature et entretient son énergie physique et son bon moral en pratiquant régulièrement le jogging et la natation. On peut donc la qualifier de femme accomplie, et sur plus d’un aspect! Son poste au CMR lui tient à cœur, tout autant que ses collègues et, bien sûr, ses étudiants.

Mme Bastien a entrepris ses études universitaires à l’Université de Montréal (UdM), en précisant qu’elle conserve de très chers souvenirs de son passage dans cette institution. Elle obtient son diplôme de maîtrise en 1992 et commence l’enseignement dès l’année suivante. D’abord en tant que professeur au cégep Ahuntsic, puis en tant que chargée de cours à l’UdM. En 2002, elle obtint son diplôme de doctorat et retourna à l’enseignement en 2003, à Trent University. C’est en 2004 qu’elle est embauchée par le Collège militaire royal du Canada.

Dans le domaine de la recherche, Mme Bastien est également très impliquée. Elle a une trentaine d’articles à son actif, publiés dans les dix dernières années. De plus, sa monographie, parue en 2006, s’est mérité le prix de l’Association des professeurs de français des universités et collèges canadiens (APFUCC). Entre l’organisation de colloques, la collaboration avec certaines maisons d’édition internationales et avec des organismes subventionnaires gouvernementaux, Mme Bastien prend aussi le temps de songer à elle-même.

En plus des activités physiques qu’elle pratique sur une base régulière, Mme Bastien se ressource dans la nature. De belles randonnées en montagne et la traversée d’un petit lac comblent son temps à l’extérieur du travail, et s’ajoutent à son amour de la musique.

En tant qu’enseignante au CMR, Mme Bastien transmet la passion qu’elle entretient à l’égard de la littérature. Vibrante et éprise de la matière présentée, elle connaît les sujets qu’elle aborde sur le bout de ses doigts : son enseignement ne fait que s’enrichir de son enthousiasme. Il faut dire qu’elle apprécie beaucoup et ses étudiants et le département dans lequel elle travaille. Elle juge les étudiants polis et humains, ce qui lui permet de donner des cours plus interactifs ou la communication et les échanges sont favorisés.

En regard de l’attachement qu’elle développe à l’égard de ses étudiants, de la possibilité de recherche qui lui est permise ainsi que de l’ambiance cordiale qui règne dans le département, Mme Bastien se juge choyée. Maîtrisant son champ de connaissances à fond, Mme Bastien s’avère un atout important du département d’EFR du CMR. Sophie Bastien Professeure agrégée

Sophie Bastien, PhD – English Bio

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Qu’est-ce qui se passe au CMR Saint-Jean

Posted by rmcclub on 22nd April 2012

Military College Exercises Freedom of the City



Photo: Le 19 mai prochain, le traditionnel défilé qui marque la fin de l’année scolaire aura lieu au Collège militaire royal de Saint-Jean (CMR Saint-Jean) sous la présidence du Général Natynczyk, Chef d’état-major de la Défense.

Crédit photo : Christian Jacques

The parade marking the end of the academic year will be held at Royal Military College Saint-Jean at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, 19 May, 2012. The Ceremony will be presided over by the Chief of the Defense Staff, General Walt Natynczyk.

Photo credit: Christian Jacques


 - un article du Capitaine Eric Le Marec, Officier des affaires publiques

 Le 19 mai prochain, le traditionnel défilé qui marque la fin de l’année scolaire aura lieu au Collège militaire royal de Saint-Jean (CMR Saint-Jean) sous la présidence du Général Natynczyk, Chef d’état-major de la Défense.

La population est invitée à assister à cette cérémonie haute en couleur qui débutera à 11 h. Les spectateurs sont priés d’être assis dans les estrades à 10 h 40.

Le défilé aura lieu sur le terrain de parade et il y aura du stationnement sur le site. En cas de pluie, la parade se déroulera au C-16. La tenue pour les militaires sera le 1A.



- an article by Captain Eric Le Marec, Public Affairs Officer

The parade marking the end of the academic year will be held at Royal Military College Saint-Jean on 19 May 2012. The Ceremony will be presided over by the Chief of the Defense Staff, General Walt Natynczyk.

The public is invited to attend the Ceremony that will start at 11:00 a.m on the parade square. Spectators are requested to be seated by 10:40 a.m.

Parking will be available on site. In case of bad weather, the parade will take place in the C-16 Building. Members of the Canadian Forces are required to be dressed in A1.



Durant la cérémonie de dénomination de l’édifice C-16, une plaque de bronze sera dévoilée pour immortaliser la contribution de l’Adjudant-chef Couture au Collège.

Crédit photo : CMR Saint-Jean

Cérémonie de dénomination au CMR Saint-Jean en l’honneur de l’Adjudant-chef Couture, OMM, CD

- un article du Capitaine Eric Le Marec, Officier des affaires publiques

Le 19 mai prochain à 9 h, l’édifice C-16 du CMR Saint-Jean, mieux connu comme salle d’exercice élémentaire, sera renommé « édifice Adjudant-chef Couture » lors d’une cérémonie officielle sous la présidence du Général Natynczyk, chef d’état-major de la Défense.

« Cette dénomination, qui s’inscrit dans le cadre des célébrations du 60e anniversaire de la fondation du CMR Saint-Jean, vise à reconnaître la contribution extraordinaire de l’Adjudant-chef Couture au Collège, explique le commandant du CMR Saint-Jean, le Colonel Guy Maillet. L’Adjudant-chef Couture a consacré 17 ans de service au CMR Saint-Jean et a marqué plusieurs générations d’élèves-officiers par son dévouement et son professionnalisme ».

Plusieurs membres de la famille Couture assisteront à la cérémonie, dont la conjointe de l’Adjudant-chef Couture, madame Couture, leur fille, madame Jacynthe Cadotte, et le Colonel à la retraite Pierre Cadotte, ainsi que leurs enfants. Pendant la cérémonie, une plaque de bronze sera dévoilée pour immortaliser la contribution de l’Adjudant-chef Couture, qui est décédé en 2010.

La communauté militaire est invitée à assister à cette cérémonie, qui précèdera le traditionnel défilé de fin d’année du CMR Saint-Jean qui aura lieu à 11 h.

Les membres des Forces canadiennes sont priés de se présenter en tenue A1.


On 19 May, Building C-16 will be renamed Chief Warrant Officer Couture Building, during a ceremony presided over by General Natynczyk, Chief of the Defence Staff.

Dedication Ceremony of C-16 Building in Memory of CWO Couture, OMM, CD at RMC Saint-Jean

- An article written by Captain Eric Le Marec, Public Affairs Officer

On 19 May at 9:00 a.m., Building C-16, also known as the Drill Hall, will be renamed Chief Warrant Officer Couture Building during a ceremony presided over by General Natynczyk, Chief of the Defence Staff.

“This dedication ceremony, which is part of the events celebrating the 60th anniversary of the founding of RMC Saint-Jean, is a tribute to Chief Warrant Officer Couture’s significant contribution to the College,” explained Colonel Maillet, Commandant of RMC Saint-Jean. “Chief Warrant Officer Couture dedicated 17 years of service to the College and his level of commitment and professionalism was a model for many generations of officer cadets.”

Many members of the Couture family will attend the event, among which Chief Warrant Officer Couture’s spouse, Mrs. Couture, their daughter, Mrs. Jacynthe Cadotte, Colonel (retd) Pierre Cadotte and their children. During the ceremony, a bronze plaque will be unveiled to immortalize the contribution of Chief Warrant Officer Couture, who passed away in 2010.

The military community is invited to attend this ceremony, immediately preceding the traditional RMC Saint-Jean End of Year Parade that will be held at 11:00 a.m.

Members of the Canadian Forces are required to be dressed in A1.

A bronze plaque will be unveiled during the Dedication Ceremony to immortalize Chief Warrant Officer Couture’s contribution to the College.

Photo credit: CMR Saint-Jean


Le CMR Saint-Jean représenté au Championnat canadien juvénile de ballon sur glace

un article de André Durant, Officier civil de liaison des Collèges militaires canadiens au CMR Saint-Jean

Du 10 au 14 avril dernier se tenait, dans l’arrondissement de Saint-Laurent, à Montréal, le Championnat canadien juvénile de ballon sur glace édition 2012.

Deux membres du CMR Saint-Jean y participaient, soient l’Élève-officier Benjamin Harvey pour l’équipe des « Sphynx » de l’Assomption et l’Élève-officier Alexia Croizer pour l’équipe des TMiss de la région du Témiscouata. L’équipe de l’ l’Élève-officier Harvey a terminé quatrième tandis que l’équipe de l’ l’Élève-officier Croizer s’est méritée la médaille d’or de la finale consolation.

Nos deux représentants ont très bien réussi et ont été d’excellents ambassadeurs du Collège. Le port de la tenue écarlate lors du banquet de remises des prix a stimulé beaucoup d’intérêt envers le CMR Saint-Jean et le Programme de Formation des Officiers de la régulière. Plusieurs athlètes ont insisté pour être photographiés avec nos élèves-officiers.

Bravo à nos deux fiers représentants. 


 As part of the celebrations marking the 60th Anniversary of the founding of CMR Saint-Jean, Ex-Cadets are cordially invited to attend a Sports Banquet to be held on Wednesday, May 9th, in the Grand Fort Room of CMR’s Dextraze Building.

Dans le cadre des activités marquant le 60ième anniversaire d’ouverture du CMR Saint-Jean, les Anciens sont cordialement invités à participer à la cérémonie du mérite sportif, le mercredi le 9 mai 2012, à la salle du Grand Fort du Pavillon Dextraze du Collège militaire royal de Saint-Jean.


Compétition d’exercice militaire et de garde des drapeaux au CMR Saint-Jean

un article de l’Élève-officier Pascale Brouillard

C’est en ce samedi 14 avril que le Collège Militaire Royal de Saint-Jean accueille la compétition annuel d’exercice militaire et de garde des drapeaux. En effet, trois équipes d’exercice militaire et trois équipes de gardes des drapeaux, chacune en provenance d’un escadron différent, ont compétitionné dans le but d’obtenir les honneurs de la première place.

Depuis de longues semaines, les escadrons Tracy, Iberville et Richelieu entraînent deux équipes chaque dans le but de les présenter à cette compétition. Les équipes d’exercices militaires exécutaient des mouvements courants de base avec une arme C7. Les équipes de garde aux drapeaux, quant à elles, exécutaient les mouvements exécutés lors d’une parade classique. Parmi les cinq membres qui la composent, deux manient des drapeaux, deux manipulent des armes C7 et un utilise une épée. Cette dernière équipe compétitionne non seulement pour la première place, mais aussi pour l’honneur de garder les drapeaux consacrés du collège militaire lors de la parade de fin d’année. Sous l’œil avisé de trois juges, les équipes ont performé à partir de 8h00 du matin.

Par la suite, les juges se sont retirés pour délibérer. Après de longues minutes, on a annoncé les gagnants. Pour la compétition d’exercice militaire, l’escadron Iberville se positionne troisième, l’escadron Tracy prend la seconde place et c’est l’escadron Richelieu qui remporte les honneurs de la première position. Il est à noter que les classements étaient très serrés; un point seulement a différencié la première de la seconde position. Pour ce qui est de la compétition de garde des drapeaux, l’escadron Richelieu occupe la troisième place, l’escadron Tracy prend la deuxième et l’escadron Iberville se mérite la première position. Cette fois, moins d’un point séparait la première de la seconde place. L’élève-officier Simon-Pierre Diamond, commandant-adjoint de l’escadron Richelieu, se dit très fier de son escadron: «Ils ont travaillé fort et ils méritent amplement leur première position en exercice militaire!»

La musique du Collège Militaire Royal de Saint-Jean a joué à deux reprises un répertoire de pièces militaires. Malgré le peu de pratique qui leur a été permis, la performance était de taille. Je parle ici, non seulement de la qualité de l’interprétation des pièces musicales, mais aussi de la précision de l’exercice militaire. Cette journée fut colorée en émotions mais chacun peut se déclarer fier de sa performance.

L’exercice militaire permet aux élèves-officiers du Collège d’apprendre la rigueur et la discipline. Ainsi, ils seront plus performants dans leurs activités quotidiennes et dans leur travail. Le Collège militaire royal de Saint-Jean peut s’affirmer fier de la qualité des étudiants qui complètent son cursus et c’est en partie à cause d’activités comme cette compétition d’exercice militaire.

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Extraordinary Ex-Cadets: 17834 Jim Fasano

Posted by rmcclub on 22nd April 2012

25366 NCdt (IV) Mike Shewfelt recently had the opportunity to correspond with 17834 Jim Fasano on his life and career since he graduated from RMC in 1991.

e-Veritas: What have you been doing since you left RMC…?

17834 Jim Fasano: I spent five years in the military after graduation. I was a Computer Engineering major, and I graduated into the Signals trade. My time in the CF included finishing my training at CFSCE, a stint with 2(EW) Squadron at the Signals Regiment and a few years as Operations Officer at the CF Electronic Warfare Centre. After leaving the military, I went back to school and did an MBA at the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business for two years. This two years also included an internship with Goldman Sachs’ Mergers & Acquisitions group and a semester at New College, Oxford University.

Following graduation, I spent five years in investment banking initially with RBC Dominion Securities’ Mergers & Acquisitions group and then Merrill Lynch’s Media & Telecom group. Then took almost two years off to travel; much of which was done with two friends – one of which was a fellow Frigateer and the other was the sister of another Frigateer. Travel included such areas as: South America; Southern Africa; Nepal; Tanzania; Mongolia; Russia and many more.

e-Veritas: You also took time off to travel, did you not…?

17834 Jim Fasano: Yes, I did. I took two years off to travel after my time with RBC Dominion Securities and Merrill Lynch. Along with 17854 John Holmes and Christine Dube, sister of 17828 Eric Dube, I travelled to South America, Southern Africa, Nepal, Tanzania, Mongolia, Russia, and many other places.

e-Veritas: And where are you at currently…?

17834 Jim Fasano: I have now been with the CPP Investment Board for over seven years, including two years spent in the UK. I am currently the “Vice President & Head of Principal Investing” where I oversee a team of 35 across 3 offices (Toronto, Hong Kong, London). We do private equity and have a growing portfolio that is currently approximately $7 billion.

On a personal note, I have been married for 5 years and have two daughters: a three and a half year-old and an eight month old.

e-Veritas: What were the highlights of the time you spent in the CF…?

17834 Jim Fasano: Several memories stand out for me. These include being involved with the creation of a new unit (the CF Electronic Warfare Centre), having the opportunity for overseas training including the NATO School (Oberammergau) and the Royal Navy School of Maritime Operations, and spending time in the field with 2(EW) Squadron (1CSR). The two schools were my first real international experience and opportunity to work with officers from other nations.

e-Veritas: Any highlights from your civilian career…?

17834 Jim Fasano: Being named as head of the Principal Investing team at CPP Investment Board (CPPIB), and having the responsibility for a team of 35 professionals and over $7 billion in investments definitely stands out, as does getting the opportunity to work and live in New York (with Goldman Sachs) and London (with CPPIB) in addition to Toronto. While with CPPIB, I have lead deal teams for some of their largest investments (Skype, IMS Health, etc.), and I have also built out their Private Investments department from 8 people to over 140. I also enjoyed the semester I spent at Oxford University on exchange while at business school.

e-Veritas: Going back to your RMC days, what are your favourite memories from the College…?

17834 Jim Fasano: Winning the Governor General’s Award for top academic graduate certainly stands out for me, as does the tight group of friends I had in the Stone Frigate. One of my favourite memories is our “Back in Blue Night.” Our entire Fourth Year class had been breached, and as punishment we had to wear 4′s in town for a month, which is what the First Year’s also had to wear. We decided to have some fun with it and organized a huge class party at one of the bars downtown that we called “Back in Blue” night.

e-Veritas: Did you play any sports while at the College…?

17834 Jim Fasano: I was very involved with hockey while at RMC, playing 3 years with the Varsity team. I continued to play extensively until a few years ago, also playing with NDHQ for four years, including at Nationals.

In my last year at the College I played Intramural soccer, which reignited in me a passion for the game after I had spent 7 years away from it. I also played soccer extensively until a few years ago, including with NDHQ including going to Nationals a couple of times.

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Class Notes…Includes a Tim Justice SOS to 100 of his ’82 buds

Posted by rmcclub on 22nd April 2012

3169 Bill Smallwood, Class of Class of ’53: After thirteen years of interviews and research in archives, museums and libraries (the best source was the NDHQ library), I had my first book published in 2004.

I have visited schools and chatted about the capture of Quebec, the Halifax Explosion and early airforce work in the Canadian Arctic (408 Sqdn, 426 and 436 Sqdns). But my chief outside interest is buying my books from the publisher and giving them away to kids. Phyllis and I give about 100 books a year to schools, libraries (that are too small to buy them), and to individuals who express an interest in Canadian history. My classmates have been generous in taking the time to check on their local libraries and recommend the series to the librarian.

And we sell them too. We have two websites ( and ) to find more money for our “I’m Free! Pass Me Along After You Read Me” programme to make our history more available for kids.

5336 Art Burgess Class of ’62 had a career as a research scientist and wrote many research papers for publication in scientific journals. He also served as a reviewer of submissions for many journals and has been a member of a number of editorial boards. He recently sent along a few tips to help us and those who submit articles to e-Veritas:

(1) If a term was used multiple times in a paper, the acronym should be defined at its first appearance – Department of National Defence (DND), then DND would be used thereafter. One exception that many have employed is that if the acronym is defined and used in the introduction and then is not used again for many pages, it might be redefined as a courtesy to readers.

(2) If a term is used only once then the acronym was not even mentioned because it is not needed.

(3) If a term is very well known (e.g. science = DNA, or Canadian military = DND) – it is not defined.

(4) If a term is likely to be obscure to some potential readers, its acronym is never used without definition.

7517 Gordon Vachon, Class of ’67 is a Senior Consultant at The Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization On-Site Inspection Division. He spent seven years as Head for the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons following over 17 years with the Dept. of Foreign Affairs, Canada.

7553 LCol (Ret’d) Karol Wenek, Class of ’68 is the Director General Military Personnel, Chief Military Personnel at National Defence Headquarters in Ottawa, Canada. Director General Military Personnel (DGMP) leads the personnel management “Fight of Tomorrow” (2-10 years)through the development and integration of a personnel-management strategy that is aligned with the Level-0 defence strategy.

8828 F. Wayne Kendall, Class of ’71 is Senior Mortgage Underwriter at Sterling Companies (Bahamas) and Owner at CapriTaurus REAS (Caribbean) LTD. The former Artillery Officer is heavily involved in a couple of volunteer positions – as a member of the Executive Committee of the RMC Club and Royal Canadian Legion Branch 100 (Brighton, ON) Services Officer.

M0135 Don McLeod, Class of ’79 – Look up the definition of volunteer in the dictionary and you will see a photo of Donnie McLeod. Just some of his high profile contributions going back to 1980:

  • Chair Crohns & Colitis Foundation Halifax Chapter Gutsy Walk 2012
  • Chair Operations 2003 World Jr Hockey Championship,
  • Chair Operations 2004 World Women’s Hockey Championship;
  • Co-Chair Logistics 2006 World Indoor Lacrosse Championship
  • Chair Operations Men’s 2008 World Hockey Championships
  • Operations Halifax Mooseheads Bid Committee for 2009 and 2012 Memorial Cup
  • Co-Chair Hockey Operations 2011 Canada Games
  • Founder & President, John Ogrodnick Hockey School, Cold Lake Alberta 1981-83
  • President, North-East Alberta Minor Hockey Association 1981-83
  • General Manager Trenton Flyers Fastball Team 1980

13674 David Pyper, Class of ’82 is a Managing Partner at Blair Franklin Capital; from 1989 to 1997, he was a director in the Investment Banking Mining Group of ScotiaMcLeod Inc. in Toronto. 1999 to 2002, David was a Managing Director in the M&A Group of Scotia Capital Inc.. Prior to entering investment banking, he spent seven years in management positions with a small manufacturing company and the Canadian Forces.

13746 Peter Jarvis, Class of ’82,  is Senior Contracts Manager at MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates. Prior to this he worked as : Associate Counsel at Miller Thomson LLP; Principal at JRM Law Corporation; Director Legal Risk Management at Arthur Andersen LLP and Corporate Counsel at Fletcher Challenge Canada.

13750 Tim Justice, Class of ’82 sent us the following SOS late last week: “Can you please put a notice on an on-going basis for RMC 82 members to “RE”- join the RMC ’82 Facebook group. “Facebook made changes to its format which wiped out “groups”. We had 100 members and it was an easy way to send out class messages. All members must rejoin and I would rather avoid the pain of sending 100 messages which will get me blacklisted for spam”

14464 Doug Lawrie, Class of ’84 is the Head Coach of the Red River College Rebels Varsity Women’s soccer team. He is also President and Head Coach of the Hornets Soccer Club competing in the Winnipeg Women’s Soccer League.The former team captain for the hockey Redmen graduated  with a BA in Economics and Commerce. Doug served 31 years in the Air Force as an Air Navigator; while in the military was an active participant in the Canadian Forces National Sports program in both hockey and soccer as a player, coach and administrator.

16158 Captain(N) Mark Watson, Class of ’87 – “Ceremonial bands play an integral part in our military traditions and protocol. They not only represent a microcosm of the skills, talent and diversity of the Canadian Forces, but they showcase the very best the CF has to offer to Canadians and foreign audiences alike.” More…

16389 John Yarymowich, Class of ’88 – served as an ammunition technical officer in the military and now holds a management position at SMC Technologies outside Montreal. He oversees the design and manufacturing specifications for the company`s line of defence products that includes ammunition and explosives. A 2nd degree black belt, John has been practicing Judo for 13 years, which followed a number of years as a competitive wrestler at the High School and University level. He was formerly president of Club Judo Anjou and Base Borden Judo Club in Ontario. John brings a sound sense of mechanics and discipline to his judo teaching at Seidokwan Academy of Judo Inc. in Roxboro, Québec.

17389 Maj Todd Smart, Class of ’90 recently received the U.S. Meritorious Service Medal for “exceptionally meritorious service while deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom as an Afghan National Security (ANSF) forces planner. Major Smart’s efforts facilitated a smooth integration of ANSF personnel into the demanding mission readiness exercise.”

18254 Col Michel-Henri St-Louis, Class of ’92 – While in his previous position as commander of the last battle group in Panjwa’i, Afghanistan, this infantry officer from the Royal 22e Régiment, (the Van Doos), received a call from 14274 General A. J. Howard , deputy commander of the Canadian Army, called him with some news. He was getting promoted, and he was being posted to the RCAF. More…

18418 John Turner, Class of ‘92 spent close to six years in the CF following graduation; he joined MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd (Vancouver) as a Senior System Engineer, a position he held for eight years. Since November 2006 he has been a project Manager with MDA.

19081 Maj Emmanuel Bélanger Class of ’93 is retiring from the RCAF. Following grad he continued on with pilot training in Moose Jaw receiving his wings in ’94. During his career postings included: CFB Moose Jaw (2 CF Fts and 431 (ad) Sqn) and CFB Trenton (429 (t) Sqn and 436 (t) Sqn) during which he was deployed to Camp Mirage and Kandahar. In ’05 he attended national test pilot school where he received a MSC in flight test. Subsequently he was posted to AETE. Maj Bélanger along with his wife Myriam, daughter Rose and son Maxime will be relocating to Ottawa where he has accepted a 2nd career adventure with Transport Canada.

19298 Maj Anthony Ambrosini, Class of ’94 – “The day I graduated from RMC, I felt an incredible sense of pride; I had done something special and accomplished something more than I could have done at any other university,” he recalls. “That is another advantage we have on most employers; we have paid education programs where we pay your tuition and your full salary while you learn.” More

20467 Zoltan Gothard, Class of ‘96 has been a Software Engineer at Honeywell in the Kansas City, Missouri Area for the past 11 years; during his spare time he has been a Division Coordinator, U11+ Girls, Board of Directors at Shawnee Soccer Club – located just outside city limits of KC.

2140 Major Todd Murphy, Class of ’98  succeeded Major André Delhommeau (’98) as the Commanding Officer of Canadian Forces Station CFS Alert during a change of command ceremony in Canada’s most northerly inhabited location on January 31, 2012. Major Delhommeau, posted to 8 Wing/CFB Trenton, had spent six months as the CO, in charge of the more than 60 members of the station, who support CF missions through signal intelligence facilities. Prior to his arrival, Todd was the Squadron Commander of Lancaster Squadron at CF School of Aerospace Technology and Engineering 16 Wing Borden. More…

23734 Morgan Burn, Class of ’07 – “I really like the Cadet’s videos that they put together, and am glad you are including them in e-Veritas. Has any work been done, to show these videos elsewhere, perhaps Red and White Club or ads? What I would really like to see, is a video featuring ex-cadets who are bona fide war heroes. Afghanistan produced a lot of valour winners, LCol Bill Fletcher, LCol Mike Wright, Capt Ashley Collette, and Capt Gab Chasse-Jean are 4 that come to mind. Not to mention those earned in Canada’s previous wars. Getting a degree, and fighting for your country are what really makes RMC a University with a Difference.”

24656 Lt Murray McClafferty, Class of ’10 – “Thought that it might be worthwhile to mention in an e-Veritas about Many military discounts are listed there, and the people that run the website encourage anybody who has gotten military discounts at other stores or programs to let them know so they can add it to the list.”

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What are these 24 Up to these Days

Posted by rmcclub on 22nd April 2012


1. Deputy commander of an infantry company at Canadian Forces

2. HR & Safety Coordinator at Moncion Grocers

3. DAP Student at Sauder School of Business at UBC, and Adjutant at British Columbia Regiment (DCO)

4. Six Sigma Master Black Belt (on hiatus as ‘mom’ and ‘kept domestic efficiency engineer’)

5. Sessional Assistant Professor at The Royal Military College of Canada

6. A dedicated, thorough, literate and professional individual with experience in the operation, maintenance and repair of naval vessels and in managing and supporting groups of trained, professional technicians

7. CEO/Founder/Instructor at iCourses-Ottawa; Network Management Engineer Lead at DLCSPM; SM Requirements Lead at Integrated Solider Systems Program; President & CEO at Zeta Squared Consulting Inc.; and President at Zeta Squared Consulting Inc.

8. Regimental Administration Officer at Canadian Forces Joint Signal Regiment

9. Senior Security Consultant at Hydro Ottawa; President and Principal Consultant at K2 Enterprise Security Inc.

10. Associate Director at Fujitsu (Consulting) Canada inc.

11. Transformational Leader and Project Manager in the Canadian Forces

12. Chief of Defense Staff Staff Officer at Canadian Forces

13. Independent Public Relations and Communications Professional

14. President at RMC Club of Canada, Kingston Branch; Senior Consultant at Leader Quest Inc.

15. Current Associate Professor at Carleton University; Past Defence Analyst at Department of National Defence ; Logistics Officer at Canadian Forces

16. Director, Engineering at Cesaroni Technology Inc.

17. Assistant Professor of English at RMC St-Jean

18. Councillor City of Kingston, and Pres. Worldwide Logistics Specialists Inc.

19. Project Management in Telecommunications and Information Systems

20. prior to opening his own consulting business was Director, Strategy & Business Development Business Aircraft at Bombardier Aerospace

21. Executive Project Coordinator at SNC Lavalin Transportation

22. Director of Real Property Planning at Department of National Defence

23.VP Research & Development at Lummus Technology Inc

24. President at Vanguard Services Incorporated

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“You are the College, and it’s continuing glory rests in your hands…”

Posted by rmcclub on 22nd April 2012

First Year / Winter Term @ RMC, April 1950 – 3069 W.A. McColl

24 April 1950

Since Thursday we’ve written French. Engineering Drawing & Military Studies today, which winds up the exams. On Saturday Barry Hercus had me into dinner at his place after we had dates, but never again, she lives too far away. I must have walked back 2 miles from her place. On Sunday we had our last church parade. Capt Cardy gave us a swell sermon. He said, “You are the College; and its continuing glory rests in your hands.” I spent the entire day in bed and only got up for dinner & supper. Tonight most of us went in to see a show. I saw “Beau Geste” & “Lives of a Bengal Lancer.” Both are old shows but they certainly are dandy movies. This afternoon the Brigadier talked to us and we got a lot of things off our chests. Things will be pretty nice here next year, I think. Played 3 sets of tennis with Andy & took all three. His back began bothering him again while we were playing.

25 April 1950

The seniors finished their last exam today. Andy & I spent most of the day inking & drawing signs for the dance. The gym is being decorated to appear as if it was a scene underwater. The bandstand is in the shape of a big shell of tinfoil. The drill parade today was pretty good. We are all pretty keen now. Had our last mess dinner tonight. It was very good. Either everyone is out tonight, sleeping, playing card or pool. What a life.

26 April 1950

Today has been very busy. I worked all morning and most of the afternoon on the gym. It is really terrific. We have 2 canoes hanging from the ceiling to give the effect of being underwater even more. Zatychec has made a diver and there are treasure chests and octopuses all over. Woody has made some mermaids which create quite an effect, too. This afternoon we had a dress rehearsal with the RCAF band. It went very smoothly. The “Review” came out today. Dumalo & I went up & took some pictures from the top of the admin. tower. It is quite a sensation to look down from up there and the wind is very strong at that height. I’ve spent the evening packing and polishing. Had 3 or 4 games of badminton with Fritz MacDougall.

27 April 1950

This morning we finished decorating the gym. It looks wonderful now. Fran arrived and I got her put away, then whipped back to the College for the final parade. It went off quite well but drizzled rain just at the close. Then we had the presentation of prizes by Air Vice Marshall Curtis. Afterwards I showed Fran around the grounds and the tower. The dance was a great success and was a wonderful ending for a wonderful year.

28 April 1950

A great rush to get luggage done and down to the doorway. We were all up early and took down most of the dance decorations and lugged chairs, etc., back across to the educational wing. For the first time we walked on the square. Finally got cleared. Got our route letters and tickets to camp. Then we were off to the station. Bob, Fran, and Blonde went together. Andy stayed over for a day in Kingston. Hope we are all back next year. We have had a hard year, I think, but wouldn’t have missed it for anything!

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Opinion: Two Military Colleges – More Than A Subtle Difference

Posted by rmcclub on 22nd April 2012

5119 Bill Shead shared the article on the recent Cadet visit to Australia with Dr. Ian Pfennigwerth an Australian friend of some four decades.

Ian Pfenningwerth and Bill Shead met in HMAS Melbourne when they were on the staff of Admiral Bill Dovers Royal Australian Navy – the Officer in Tactical Command for an international naval exercise off of Hawaii. Ian retired as a Captain having had a distinguished career in the RAN. In retirement he completed his PHD and has written several books on naval and military history. After Bill received his comments he sought and received Ian’s consent to to share his thoughts which follow.

“I guess Canadian kids are better behaved and more sensible than ours.”

Dr. Ian Pfennigwerth

‘Thanks for sending the piece on the RMC cadets at ADFA/ Je vouz remercier pour le histoire de le voyage de eleves-officiers Canadiennes a l‘Academie de Force Defence d’Australie. (I have to stop this; my spell checker is going ballistic!)

It may have been missed, but the report by the Canadian cadets has a couple of misunderstandings in it. The total training/education package offered by ADFA and the single service colleges (at least for RAN and Australian Army cadets) is four years for Arts and Science and five years for engineering – just the same as for Kingston, but it looks different because our services aren’t integrated like yours. The navy does its motivational training before its people go to ADFA – six months at RANC and six months at sea. (The arrival in the midst of a bunch of school kids of these rough, tough sailormen and women, some of them with campaign ribbons on their chests, does create some issues, I am told). The Army takes both the three year graduands and their engineers and puts them through a year at RMC Duntroon before the engineers return for their final year. What the RAAF does is unclear, at least to me.

A 1998 report on unacceptable behaviour at ADFA pointed the finger directly at the Corps of Officer Cadets hierarchy, which had developed as a parallel command structure. It wasn’t your Divisional officer you were worried about keeping on side but your Divisional Cadet Captain, and the internal operations of the Corps resembled something like an amalgam of Animal Farm with Lord of the Flies. The Chief of Defence Force sent in a new man with clear guidance: ‘Cure it or close it!’ Armed with an extraordinarily detailed list of actions required, the new Commandant cured it. All the petty privileges the Third Year had gathered unto themselves were abolished, as was rank. To those who complained (as your cadets appear to be suggesting) that the lack of a cadet hierarchy denies talented people from gaining experience of command, the ADFA answer is that (and I paraphrase the official explanation) a 19 year old kid wouldn’t recognise command if it came up and bit him (or her) on the bum. It is better to assign rotating positions of responsibility to cadets but not to attach any authority to them. All the authority is now exercised by the staff. So, yes we have no cadet captains, but there are more than enough positions of responsibility to be farmed out, including control of the cadets’ mess, sporting clubs, squadron extra-curricular activities, and so on. Bastardisation, concubinage and sheer bullying of juniors by seniors has ceased. 14 years on, the place runs like a Singer sewing machine and got high marks in a recent review. Kids still do dumb things, especially aided by today’s technology, but it would be hard to find anyone who misses the Corps of Officer Cadets.

I guess Canadian kids are better behaved and more sensible than ours.

The third issue your cadets missed is that the education component is not provided by the Department of Defence, but by the University of New South Wales in Canberra, to give it its full title. Although small, this is amongst the best units in the country and is top for student satisfaction and performance. Last year it had a Fulbright Scholar. It also attracts a high number of post-graduate students, especially from overseas, so the ADFA campus looks a bit like downtown Shanghai or Mumbai on occasions, but much cleaner! There are no civilian undergraduates, but there are no restrictions on PGs. Nor are there any guards on the gates, not even a security office.

I was down there this week, finishing off the history I wrote last year and adding to the archival collection. I interviewed one of the academics – a PhD who emigrated from Kuwait – who is one of the world’s leading experts on fly ash in concrete. I think you can tell that I really like this stuff!.’


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The Colwood Pub & Grill: RIP & “Cracks in the code”

Posted by rmcclub on 22nd April 2012

The Colwood Pub & Grill built in 1937 is favorably remembered by Royal Roads Ex-Cadets from 1940 to 1995.

The pub building is being removed for a major new development. The developer has offered the it to Royal Roads University but the expense of moving and siting of same have not yet been considered by RRU.

Informed sources have confirmed that some former Ex cadets aka, Royal Roads Scholars for old times sake showed up on the eve of March 31st to assist in emptying the beer kegs before the final closing. Our sources have also confirmed that the mission was accomplished!


Cracks in the code

The Air Force Academy’s honor system might be losing its hold on the nation’s future officers

by Pam Zubeck

Can honor be taught? Can you test for it? Can you detect when it’s been forsaken?

For Fred Malmstrom, Air Force Academy Class of ’64, the answers to those questions are: yes, yes, and if you want to.

Malmstrom is a psychologist, researcher and historian of his alma mater’s falls from grace. He has found the academy — where, until last week, he’s served as an unpaid visiting scholar for honor since 1999 — doesn’t seem interested in his documentation of a decline in cadets’ respect for the honor code and an increase in infractions.

Academy officials have twice told the Independent that they weren’t familiar with Malmstrom’s work. Yet Malmstrom says that in early March, officials wanted to “clear” his findings prior to his presenting them at an upcoming conference.

Based on thousands of anonymous surveys filled out by graduates of the AFA, the U.S. Military Academy (West Point) and the Naval Academy between 1959 and 2010, Malmstrom has found that each academy is seeing an increase in alums who say they violated the code and didn’t get caught. But it’s particularly steep at the Air Force Academy, where nearly two-thirds of surveyed cadets who graduated between 2007 and 2010 say they violated the code.

Now, another barometer has delivered more bad news. The Defining Issues Test, a scientific yardstick for measuring moral thinking, has found no significant difference in the highest level of moral reasoning between academy seniors and seniors at other colleges and universities. It’s also found that one in four members of the Class of 2010 regressed to lower levels of ethical decision-making while at the academy, despite 60 hours of honor and character development training.

All at an institution where taxpayers pay more than $400,000 per graduate to create “leaders of character.”

Only one academy program was shown to improve cadets’ DIT scores — the Scholars Program, which includes about 200 cadets or about 5 percent of the Cadet Wing, who are chosen as the peak academic performers and given intense instruction from the most qualified professors. They also attend off-campus seminars and travel internationally, unlike other cadets.

Academy officials say it’s too early to fully understand why cadets didn’t do better on the DIT. And, they say, it’s not a reflection on the honor system. In a prepared statement in response to questions, Academy Superintendent Lt. Gen. Michael Gould says the academy is “constantly reviewing” the honor program.

“At the moment, it appears that we have shown a steady decline in both honor cases and convictions since 2005,” he says. “As always, we will continue to review the data to identify ways we can improve our processes.”

Gould’s comment actually conflicts with honor data provided by the academy, which shows cases and convictions went up in 2006-07 before falling in the next two years, going up again in 2009-10 and then declining.

Asked about the discrepancy, academy spokesman Meade Warthen says in an e-mail, “The trend averages for both cases and violations over the span of 7½ years is on a downward slope.”

Honor forsaken

All three military academies stress honor as the keystone in developing national leaders of character. The Air Force Academy’s code states: “We will not lie, steal or cheat, nor tolerate among us anyone who does.”

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Did you know that there were “Other” Military School Plans Before 1876?

Posted by rmcclub on 22nd April 2012

Did you know? Long before the Royal Military College was established in 1876, there were proposals for military colleges in Canada.

By: E3161 Victoria Edwards

Long before the Royal Military College was established in 1876, there were proposals for military colleges in Canada.

Although the Assembly of Lower Canada decided to establish a military college in 1815, agreement upon its organization was blocked by religious and racial conflicts.

Captain A.G. Douglas, a former adjutant at the British military college at Great Marlow, recommended the establishment in 1816 of a military college open to Catholic and Protestant boys at Three Rivers in a disused government house with himself as superintendent. His college was intended as a boarding school to educate the sons of officers, amongst others, in Latin, English, French, history, geography, drawing and mathematics.

In 1826, retired British navy and army officers who had settled in March township, near Ottawa, proposed a military college for boys on naval and military lines on the Great Lakes.

During the American Civil War, military schools staffed by British Regulars were established for adult male students to undergo a 3 month long military course in Toronto and Quebec in 1864, and at Montreal, Kingston, London and Hamilton in 1865. Although the military colleges in London and Hamilton had disbanded in 1865, the schools at Quebec, Montreal, Kingston and Toronto were retained at Confederation, in 1867. In 1868, schools of calvalry and artillery were formed in Toronto and a school of artillery was formed in Montreal.

At a pre-Confederation military school in Halifax, Nova Scotia, adult male students drilled and attended lectures on drill commands, military records, courts martial, the Articles of War, discipline and punishments, promotion of non commissioned officers, military accounts and pay and messing. After Confederation, military schools were opened in Halifax and Saint John.

In 1870-1, Canadian militia staff replaced the British regulars who were recalled from overseas station. From December to May, six schools conducted officer training for calvalry, infantry and artillery. The British Garrisons operated the schools at Halifax, Saint John and Quebec. Canadian militia staff and former British army drill sergeants operated the schools at Montreal, Kingston and Toronto.

The first full time units of the Canadian militia, A and B Batteries at Kingston and Quebec, organized gunnery schools on a year round basis in which artillery courses lasted from 3-12 months with the possibility of extension. Colonel P Robertson-Ross, adjutant general of the militia (1870-3) recomended the schools be organized as tactical brigades of three arms and that infantry and calvalry schools should also be put on a permanent basis . The Canadian government did not accept his advice.

Source: Richard Preston ‘Canada’s RMC: A History of the Royal Military College of Canada’ published by the RMC Club by U of Toronto Press.

Researched by E3161 Victoria Edwards

Ross McKenzie replies…

Unfortunately I don’t have any photos relating to the pre-RMC militia schools. I believe those later militia training organizations were known as “Schools” vice “Colleges”. I have occasionally received inquires asking for information about ancestors who supposedly went to RMC, but, in fact were graduates of the Militia School that operated here in Kingston.

These schools get a passing mention in Stanley’s “Canada’s Soldiers” and have been covered in other works on the Canadian militia -but, oft-hand, I can’t remember what these other sources are.

Ross McKenzie – RMC Museum Curator


More Did you know from Victoria Edwards…

Links between the Canadian Mapping and Charting Establishment and RMC

Frederick Borden, the minister of militia and defence, authorized the formation in 1903 of a small engineer-run mapping unit, whose job it was to help government agencies map all of Canada. The mapping unit employed graduate engineers from the Royal Military College (RMC), the only place in Canada where topographic mapping was being taught. The Mapping and Charting Establishment (MCE), a small, skilled engineering organization is as old as the army itself and predates the Canadian navy and air force. It has been located in Ottawa since 1903, where most of the work has been done, except for when units have been sent to war, dispatched on survey parties, or sent to support overseas operations. More about the storied tradition of military mappers in Canada can be found in: One Hundred Years of Canadian Military Mapping 1903-2003: An Illustrated History

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Deaths | Décès

Posted by rmcclub on 22nd April 2012

2753 DENSMORE, John George

September 5, 1921 – April 15, 2012

P. Eng. C.D., BSC MBA,

BSC Military, BSC Civil Engineering

Passed away peacefully in Arnprior and District Memorial Hospital Sunday April 15, 2012. Born in Maitland Nova Scotia, was the son of the late Dr. F.T. and Matilda Densmore. Predeceased by brothers Timothy and Rolfe. Beloved husband and friend of Verona for 56 years. Loving father and mentor to Rhys (Sylvia), Lesley (Bruce), Thompson (Barbara) and Diane (Brian). Cherished grandfather to Erin, III Year, 25840 Tucker, Brynn, Colin and Jenn (Eric). Great-grandfather to Gabrielle. Graduated with Honours RMC (class of 1942), Kings- Dalhousie University, Harvard University, M.I.T. He served with the RCE (overseas) during WWII and retired with rank of Major. Our thanks go to the exceptional care received from both doctors and nurses and staff of A2 of the Ottawa Civic Hospital as well as the Palliative Care Unit at Arnprior and District Memorial Hospital. A special thank you to Dr. Cathy Greenough.

Visitations at The Boyce Funeral Home Chapel, Visitation and Reception Centre 138 Daniel Street N. Arnprior where family received friends on Thursday, 19 April. A service celebrating John’s life was held on Friday April 20th. in Emmanuel Anglican Church, 287 Harrington Street, Arnprior. Interment in Nova Scotia at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations to “Partners in Caring” of Arnprior and District Memorial Hospital, 350 John St. N. Arnprior, Ontario K7S 2P6 would be appreciated by his family.

Condolences / Donations at


4677 Alfred Douglas YERXA

Alfred Douglas Yerxa, Lieutenant-Colonel (ret) Royal Canadian Corps of Signals, passed away 20 April in Kingston General Hospital after a month of intensive care for heart failure and a stroke. He is survived by his wife Diane and his sons David and Andrew.

Doug was raised in New Brunswick. He graduated from College Militaire Royale de St Jean in 1958 and Royal Military College of Kingston in 1960, with a BSc in General Science. He quickly expanded that degree with the two-year Telecommunications Engineering course in Blandford, UK, became a qualified Electrical Engineer and served in field Signal units, the Royal Canadian School of Signals, Tanzania, fixed-station communications and NDHQ. In 1976 he organized and controlled all communication systems for the Canadian Olympic Games. Upon retirement from the Army he became a senior Engineer with the C&E Branch systems development staff.

Doug obtained his amateur radio certificate shortly after graduation, was licensed as VE1ADQ and VE3GFX, and became a life member of the Royal Signals Amateur Radio Society before he left England in 1963.

He was an exceptional leader as well as a dedicated communications technician.

Doug’s remains will be cremated this coming week.  A small memorial service will be held in the Anglican Church in Sharbot Lake at 1900 hours Friday, 27 April.

Donations in Doug’s name to the Heart and Stroke Foundation would be appreciated.

Charles Hooker 4915



8035 GATES, Dr. Donald James

Dr. Donald James Gates passed away on April 6, 2012, peacefully in his sleep, surrounded by family and friends.

Don was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada on April 17, 1947 and moved to Sacramento, California about 30 years ago after graduating from the University of Alberta with a BS in biochemistry, MS in microbiology and a Ph.D. in experimental surgery. He was a nationally recognized expert and author in the drinking water field.

Pre-deceased by father, George Douglas Gates; mother, Alice Dorothea Jensen Gates; and stepmother, Catherine Grant MacAndrew Gates. Don was loved and admired by brother, Bob (wife Jo-Ann); sisters, Judy Larmour (husband Ron), Lynn Wilson (husband Ken) and Alice Rintoul (husband Dale), nine nieces and nephews, eleven grand nieces and nephews. He was also a dear and beloved friend of many in the northern California area, his neighbors in Citrus Heights, and fellow Royal Military College (of Canada) alumni and students.

No formal ceremonies are planned; his family in Canada will hold a private memorial to celebrate his life.

Published in The Sacramento Bee on April 20, 2012


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RMC Stands Tall In Grueling Sandhurst Competition

Posted by rmcclub on 22nd April 2012

The Running Nine, RMC’s Alpha Roster for the 2012 Sandhurst Competition. 

Determined Cadets Fight for Top 5 Finish

Article and Photos by 25366 NCdt (IV) Mike Shewfelt

In a bid to reclaim their title, RMC’s 2012 Sandhurst Team put five months of training to work this past weekend in the Sandhurst Competition at the US Military Academy at West Point. This competition is always extremely difficult, but this year’s event added several new twists for the teams competing in it. A new layout and several new obstacles were thrown into the mix in an attempt to up the difficulty of the course. This effort succeeded in spades, as what typically takes an RMC Sandhurst team 3 to 3 1/2 hours to complete took this year’s team 7 straight hours of back-breaking effort. And they were one of the first teams to complete the course, crossing the finish line 9th out of 55 teams.

RMC tightens their rope in preparation for the water crossing. It was this skill that allowed them to complete this obstacle well ahead of their competitors. 

This year’s RMC team, under the leadership of 25727 OCdt (III) Brandon Philp, got off to a strong start on the obstacle course, finishing with a time of approx. 16 min, just behind the Chinese team at approx. 13. RMC nailed the water crossing rope bridge, typically one of their strongest events, as RMC out-performed several American teams that were completing the obstacle at the same time as them.

Much more…

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