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Posted by rmcclub on 29th July 2012
Posted by rmcclub on 29th July 2012
By Major Rob Parent – College Chief Instructor
The Annual Royal Military College of Canada Staff Ride was re-inaugurated three years ago when I returned to RMCC as a Division Commander. During my first tour at RMCC it was customary for RMCC senior commanders to travel to the major training CF establishments throughout Canada to both visit cadets in the “field” on course (a relative term for the Air Force and Navy) and conduct liaison visits with the Commanders and staffs of these schools. The aim or intent of these visits was of course to visit cadets but also talk to the staff of these training schools on specific RMCC cadet issues and to get a feel for the attitude of cadets on course and how well RMCC was doing preparing cadets for their summer training. It deemed important to build connections between the College and such entities as the Combat Training Centre in Gagetown, Canadian Forces Leadership and Recruit School in St Jean Quebec, Naval Officer Training Centre Venture in Esquimalt and of course 3 Canadian Forces Flying Training School in Portage Manitoba to ensure that our cadets were both well prepared and well motivated to go on course and that everyone (school staff and cadets) understood that RMCC staff very engaged in their performance on summer training and this would have a direct impact on their status back at RMCC in September.
The Staff Ride for 2012 was an unqualified success. First and foremost it allowed the Commandant BGen Tremblay, along with the new DCdts LCol Lemyre and College Chief CPO1 Davidson an opportunity to meet with and talk to cadets informally in their “service” environments. It is my impression that the cadets enjoy seeing their senior commanders on the ground and appreciate the effort (and time) the RMCC Command team has taken to visit. Just as important we learned that for the most part the cadets are highly motivated and well prepared for the challenges of their professional summer training. The hard work and commitment of the Training Wing to emphasize the “M” in RMCC has paid off and cadets are arriving fit and ready for the professional challenges that summer training represents. Whether it was on board an ORCA class patrol vessel on the waters off Victoria with NETPO, in the blue skies over the flat Manitoba prairie with the fledgling pilots on their Primary Flight Training Course, in the lush green woods of Gagetown New Brunswick undergoing high paced and physically demanding tactical instruction under the auspices of the the Combat Training Centre’s Infantry, Armour, Artillery and Engineer Schools or learning the basics of field leadership in the woods of Farnham in Quebec all the cadets were in high spirits and eager to take on the challenges of the summer.
Of course, not all the information was one way. Seeing how the respective services go about training their officers is both interesting and instructive. Some lessons I learned include the fact that the Air Force cadets have maid service is more than made up by the professional requirements and stresses each cadet faces during ground school and on the flight line. Time on the Grob aircraft is precious and trainees must master the intricacies of flight quickly or face a radical career change. In addition, the bridge of a ship is no place for the fainted hearted or the slow of mind. It just seems like you are moving slowly but even at 15 knots, tide, wind, lurking rocks and fool hardy boaters (as well as some very large ferries) make the bridge a place with a very small margin for error. And finally as an Army officer it does my heart proud to see the fundamentals of tactics and leadership passed on to a new generation even more professionally than the manner I experienced it so long ago with an instructional cadre of battle hardened and committed officers and senior NCOs. One of the most important takeaways from the visit was the need for more “Touch Points” between the services and cadets and the Commandant has made it a priority to ensure our cadets continue to be exposed to their environments throughout the academic year.
So all in all everyone learned and came to know (and understand) each other much better and this will go a long way in enabling our mutual task of preparing our cadets for the challenges that await them at the end of the RMCC experience. In the end, each cadet on summer training will return in September with a better knowledge of themselves, their peers and team mates and finally of their profession. In the words of the Commandant, “Knowing Yourself, Knowing your Team and finally Knowing your Stuff are the basic elements of professionalism and any cadet who learns this lesson over the summer is well on his or her way to a satisfying and successful career leading the way forward in the Profession of Arms.
Time and space and given the tight parameters of the Cmdt’s schedule it was not possible to visit every location where cadets are undergoing training this summer. Borden (the CF Logistics and EME Schools); Land Forces Central Area Training Centre (LFCA-TC) Meaford; and Val Cartier are three such locations.
Ed Note: Major Rob Parent is entering into his fourth year of his second tour of duty at RMCC. He has been a Sqn Comd (5 Sqn) and a Div Comd (C Div) as well as the SSO Ops and Trg and now the Chief Instructor (CI) for the past two years.
Major Parent, was the driving force in leading a groundswell of support from within the Ex Cadet community when varsity rugby was “dropped” from the college sports program almost ten years ago.
Varsity rugby was restored to its rightful place within two years and remains today as one of the most popular programs within the Athletic Department. Current and recent rugby players and coaches owe him a huge thank-you.
He has commanded at all levels within the Infantry including a Rifle Platoon, Armour Defense Platoon, Rifle Company, Support Weapons Company and finally as Commanding Officer of the Brockville Rifles. He has served overseas in Cyprus, Bosnia and Afghanistan. He has also served a tour with the Infantry School, 1 Canadian Divisional Headquarters and Land Forces Western Headquarters.
Most Cadets are not fooled by his typical gruff manner— they are aware that he’s really very kind and always looking out for their best interests. Behind his tough-talking exterior is a senior officer, who cares passionately about getting the best out of the officer-cadets and making sure that they are well prepared to serve Canada and lead troops. Those of us who know him well, recognize his warrior spirit (typical of a seasoned rugby player) and his willingness to go to the wall (or through it) in support of his people.
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We are always on the look out for ex-Cadets to add to our Class Notes section. If you are an ex-Cadet, and you have something interesting going on in your life, we want to hear about it! Whether it’s career related or more in your personal/family life, we want to know to know what’s going on with you. Just send a short write up, and, if you want, a recent JPEG photo of yourself, to email@example.com.
6949 John Watson, Class of ’66 (1st photo, below) – His working career after the army was mainly in higher education, including a 5 year stint in the UAE as Vice Chancellor of the country’s Higher Colleges of Technology. Along with his wife Valerie, he returned from the UAE in early 2000 and took a job running a small company designing and building computer-based technical training for the oil industry. This has taken him to some interesting places, including several trips to Baku on the Caspian Sea. After he retired from regular work, he has continued to work in higher education as a consultant, including on a recent project in Oman. He is also a student of bridge and he is working on obtaining the certifications required for chartering sailboats. John, Valerie, and their dog and cat live in a 100 year old house in North Vancouver. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
7105 Marshall Beck, Class of ’67 (middle photo, above), will retire in December 2012 from his position as VP of Marketing Sales at New York Air Brake. He and Margaret will become snow birds, alternating between their 1000 Islands home and The Villages in Florida. Golf, motorcycling (BMWs), boating and travel will consume most of their time. They have three grand kids with more on the way. (email@example.com)
8980 Barry Sparkes, Class of ’71 (end photo, above), finally retired a few years ago after 38 years in the Navy. His last posting was in Command of CFMETR near Nanaimo on Vancouver Island. On retirement, he and Bonnie (his wife of 39 years) remained in the Nanaimo area where Barry has become active in the community; he is involved with the Rotary Club of Lantzville (Past-President and, now, Assistant Governor), a Commissioner on the city’s Parks and Recreation Commission, as well as being active in senior curling, softball and track & field, and a driver for Meals on Wheels. He makes up for the lack of sea-time by taking periodic cruises – next one through the Panama Canal in the spring. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
11075 Bob Gebbie, Class of ’76 – In his first year at Royal Roads (1972), Bob wrote a “Strong Vocational Test” in his Military Leadership and Management class. He discovered that he was best suited to become a YMCA instructor (and further down the list a military officer). So when Bob retired recently he became a certified triathlon coach and joined his wife’s “TriStars Training” business. Bob is now busier than ever as he coaches his TriStars as well as volunteering with the CFB Esquimalt triathlon team “TriForces”. He especially enjoys Saturday mornings where old and new ex-Cadets from both TriStars and TriForces enjoy coffee after their group bike ride. When you are in Victoria, contact Bob@TriStarsTraining.com to join him and other ex-cadets for a swim, bike or run.” (email@example.com)
11551 Ray Richards, Class of ’77, retired in 1993 after 20 years service with The Royal Canadian Dragoons and settled in Saskatoon, SK, with Judy, Jennifer and Michael. Ray’s “second career” is Project Managing high tech projects like the Canadian Light Source synchrotron facility. Ray is currently PM for 2 projects at the Sudbury Neutrino Observatory (SNOLAB). Leisure activities include being a one-man-Irish/Celtic-band playing local pubs and cultural events; playing and coaching several sports; maintaining their 80 acre property and organizing a 40th year RRMC reunion. Ray, Judy and their family’s glass continues to be “half full” with everyone enjoying good health, good fortune and good friends. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
14199 Serge Carignan, Class of ’84, retired from the Canadian Forces and joined the Federal Public Service as the Director of Combat SupportEquipment within the Land Division of the Material Group of the Department of National Defence. As Director he manages a staff of approximately 80 civilian and military personnel responsible to support and purchase various equipment capabilities. New projects that his team is working on include the Land Vehicle Crew Training System, Urban Operation Training Systems, Head Quarters Shelter System, Field Heater Replacement, Explosive Ordinance Disposal Equipment, Enhanced Counter Improvised Explosive Devices, and a multitude of Chemical Biological and Nuclear capabilities. His hobbies include biking and miniature war gamming. His four children have graduated from High School and three of them are now in College or University. Serge and Jacinthe celebrated 25 years of marriage and have two grand children. (email@example.com)
20550 Dominik Breton, Class of ’97, just passed the twenty years of service mark. He was posted to Canada Command in Ottawa in 1009, where he is the liaison officer to the Government Operations Centre (GOC), and as such is involved with facilitating communications between the two organizations, assisting in planning efforst for whole-of-government contingency planning in consequence and emergency management of national interest and supporting GOC operations in responses to emergencies of national interest and events related to national security that have a Canadian Forces nexus. He is married with two children, Maéli, who is 5 1/2, and Olivier, who is 3 1/2. He is currently having a house built in Aylmer to accomodate the growing family, and when not working he enjoys living life with friends and family. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
23592 Marie-Jose Diotte, Class of ’07, is currently employed as a Project Officer in LATEF (Land Aviation Test and Evaluation Flight) in Gagetown. She recently participated in the military national championship of Badminton and is happily living with her fiancé 23856 Capt Duaine Fetzner (Class of ’08), armour officer. Their wedding is scheduled for the beginning of April 2013, in Jamaica. MJ also plays Hockey with the Base team and Ultimate Frisbee in a summer league in Fredericton. (email@example.com)
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Article and Photos by 25366 Mike Shewfelt
In a ceremony held at the base of Mackenzie Building’s Memorial Staircase, 26042 Eric Scott and 25988 Simon Parent formally relinquished their status as Officer Cadets and moved to the ranks of the Non-Commisioned members.
College Commandant 14835 BGen Eric Tremblay, who conducted the ceremony, told them “we’re not really saying goodbye, as you’ll always be ex-Cadets. So good luck, always remember where you came from, and ask plenty of questions. The tools you have learned here will serve you well.”
Pte Scott is off to Gagetown in August for training as a Combat Engineer, while Pte Parent is awaiting a posting for training as an Avionics Technician.
22131 LCdr Sean Williams Primary Group Coordinator with the Directorate of Maritime Management and Support (DMMS) was honoured with an ADM(Mat) Merit Award for his outstanding contributions to the achievement of DGMEPM and ADM(Mat) goals and objectives. He has demonstrated commitment, resolve and perseverance in the mission of delivering exceptional materiel support year over year. This includes working on the improvement of the internal delegation of National Procurement allocation. He has written the Navy’s Readiness Direction, developed mission analysis options such as MOBILE and METRIC, and created a model used to help identify out year ADM(Mat) funding to the Fleet Maintenance Facilities (FMFs). In addition, he drafted several critical papers including the strategic importance of the FMFs, completed routine department reports, participated in numerous Materiel Sustainment and Management boards, and helped initiate new management boards such as the National Configuration Steering Group. His outstanding efforts all lead to the overall improvement in planning, executing, supporting, and reporting on materiel maintenance and accountability.
21866 Mr Pierre Tessier was awarded the Commander Royal Canadian Navy Commendation. From September 2009 to June 2010, Pierre Tessier distinguished himself through his superlative performance as the lead MEPM representative for the Strategic Review (SR). In this very demanding task with exceptionally challenging deadlines, considerable senior scrutiny and relentless demand for more data and additional analysis, Mr. Tessier excelled, delivering work of exceptional quality.
20405 LCdr Steve Whitehurst was awarded the Commander Royal Canadian Navy Commendation. Throughout fiscal year 09/10, a year of unprecedented challenge for the naval sustainment program, LCdr Steve Whitehurst distinguished himself through his superlative efforts as a member of MEPM’s strategic planning team. His impressive work articulating the critical challenges facing the program in the future was pivotal and fundamentally helped to shape the future of the naval sustainment program.
“If there’s ever a picture of a royal corgi on that leash, I’ll be swamped,”
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Photos layout & researched by 24647 Paul Lystiuk
Over the next few weeks we plan on posting a number of “oldies but goodies photos” from the past 10 decades & beyond. Most of these photos have little or no captions. We retrieved them from both the Royal Military College of Canada library archives and an old shoe box full of photos laying around Panet House. Some will be easily identifiable but most may only be recognizable by those in the photos. If you can help us out please leave a short comment. Who, When & What was the occasion?
Quiz from last week: The two dogs are found in the two pictures below.
This week’s Quiz: In one of the photos below, three members of the Army Gymnastic Team are shown under the sign RMC Gymnastic Meet, 24 Nov 1962. What does the badge in the front of their singlets signify?
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24647 Paul Lystiuk recently had the chance to sit down with Chad Blundy, Recreation & Intramurals Assitant.
After four very hardworking years with the RMCC Athletic Department, Chad Blundy is leaving his current position of Rec & IMs Assitant to pursue other life aspirations. I have had the privledge to know Chad on both a personal and professional level throughout his duration here. Having been involved with both the varsity hockey team and the intramural program, I know first hand the amount of dedication and commitment Chad puts into every challenge he takes on. Chad has went above and beyond to improve both programs that he has been invovled with and the college is better off because of it.
I would be heavily criticizedand rightly so by some varsity athletes if I failed to mention Chad’s latest contribution to the Atheltic Program, #BlundyFit. #BlundyFit is an off-season training plan that was intended for mainly for hockey players, however athletes from other team have since joined due to its gaining popularity. This is a complete workout program, specifically designed for various aspects of every sport, from conditioning, strength training and skill development. Chad has also gone to the extent of filming specific or difficult exercises and posting them on the internet so athletes who may not be in Kingston during the summer may still participate in the program.
I’m sure that I am not alone when I say best wishes and good luck in whatever the future has in store you.
Chad: Prior to coming to RMC I studied and played varsity hockey at McGill University for 5 years where I received a Bachelor’s Degree majoring in Kinesiology and minoring in Management. Following graduation I ventured down to Odessa, Texas and played professional hockey for the Odessa Jackalopes of the Central Hockey League. I always tell people that I was there just long enough for a burrito and a cerveza as I was only there for a couple of months before returning home to Oakville, Ontario and taking part in a number of different jobs that included being a strength and conditioning coach, a sports admin assistant, and selling Christmas trees. In 2007 I was given the opportunity to fill the position of Recreation and Fitness Coordinator at Sheridan College which gave me some excellent hands on experience that prepared me for the role of Recreation and Intramural Assistant at RMC when I was hired in 2008.
e-Veritas: What were your responsibilities as Assistant Rec & IM Manager?
Chad: My main duties as the Rec and IM Assistant consisted primarily of administering and overseeing the daily operations of the Intramural Sports program. This included booking facilities, managing equipment inventories, creating schedules, updating online and portal information, and mentoring OCdts in various positions such as the CWIMO, CSSOs, IM team captains, and referees. I was also very involved in helping to plan, organize, and execute the college’s two annual Sports Days, the Wing Harrier race, and various staff vs students sporting events. The Rec and IM Manager, Christine Powers-Tomsons, and I have worked very hard in the last few years to streamline a lot of the daily and weekly operations and procedures surrounding both Intramural and Recreation programs and activities. We have been fortunate enough to work with Sebastien Ival from College Information Systems and much of the information associated with Rec and IMs can now be found on RMCC’s portal. Registration, game results, and attendance reporting for IMs is also done using the portal, which has made things easier and more accurate, but it also added another aspect to my position as I was constantly monitoring and maintaining the data on it. I have also worked with a number of RMCC’s Rec clubs to try and secure them resources and facilities. For the past year I have acted as the Outdoors/Expedition Club admin supervisor and I have even stepped in to teach a variety of physical education classes from time to time.
e-Veritas: What were responsibilities as Assistant Coach to the Varsity Hockey Team?
Chad: I believe that it is the responsibility of any great assistant coach to be able to adapt to just about any situation that may come up and be ready to provide the head coach with feedback and advice whenever it is needed. I would like to think that this is a role that I filled with reasonable success. I wore many different hats in the 4 years that I worked with the hockey team. For my first 2 years I was asked to work specifically with the defensemen and the team’s penalty kill, and then for the last 2 years I have spent my time providing direction to the forwards and working primarily with the power play. Working in these capacities I was involved in helping with the growth of the individual skills of players as well as the development and implementation of team systems. Head Coach Adam Shell does a good job of using his entire support staff to help the hockey program run smoothly, allowing us to all feel a part of the team. Because of this, the other assistant coaches and I have often been called upon to do a variety of tasks such as design on-ice drills, run one-on-one video sessions, take specific statistics during games, and even perform curfew checks when on the road. I even sharpened the skates of some of the more superstitious players. I have also had the great pleasure of creating and directing the bulk of the team’s off-ice conditioning, which has given me an excellent opportunity to interact and establish some valuable relationships with many of the players; relationships that I am proud to have been able to create and turn into friendships now that I am moving on.
e-Veritas: What were you best experiences working with the cadets in the IM program?
Chad: That is actually a tough question as there have been so many great experiences that I have had over the last 4 years. I guess at the top of the list would have to be the opportunity to work with some highly motivated individuals within the cadet wing. We realize that the Intramural program has often received a bad reputation in the past as it is sometimes viewed as just one more “mandatory” task that OCdts are required to perform. However, when given the chance to work with a CWIMO, CSSOs, or team captains who have an honest love of sport and who care about how the leagues and programs are run, it gives me energy and enthusiasm to stay on campus until IMs are done at 2300 hrs or later to make sure things run smoothly. I love it when OCdts come to us with new ideas as it shows that they are invested in what is happening at the college.
Beyond this, there are the 8 sports days and 4 Harrier Races where I have had the pleasure of working very closely with OCdts. These are massive events with many moving parts that require weeks and weeks to plan and organize, and then they are amazingly done and over with inside of 8 hours. Christine and I often get a lot of credit, but there is no way that these activities could be executed successfully without the hard work of OCdts.
I am also happy to have been around for the establishment of some new and exciting clubs such as scuba and skydiving, as well as the continued development of other clubs such as women’s rugby, triathlon, outdoors/expedition, swimming, and rowing. Over the past few years the Athletics Department has seen a dramatic increase in the number of activity requests being submitted by the rec clubs. This is a great sign that OCdts are immersing themselves in college life and pursuing interests that they feel passionately about.
Chad: Like with the Rec and IM programs, I have a lot of fond memories about working with the hockey team. The first would be the opportunity that I had to work with OUA athletes and be part of a team. After spending the majority of my life being involved with sports teams in general and hockey specifically, it has been an honour to be a part of the program at RMCC, to grow and develop as a group, and to all work together towards a common goal. Maybe I am biased because I played ice hockey at the Canadian university level, but I have always maintained that CIS and OUA hockey is some of the most underrated elite level hockey in Canada (if not North America). Working with the team has taught me a lot about myself as a former hockey player, a coach, and as a person.
A couple of specific memories that I will always remember have to include defeating the University of Ottawa in overtime in 2008. I was acting as temporary head coach for the game as Adam was unfortunately called away for a family matter. The team had been on a bit of a losing streak and was suffering from some injuries. The boys held it together and showed a lot of character to score early into the extra period to win 8-7.
Another great memory was beating Western in a shootout in the last game before the Christmas break in 2010. We had actually lost a tough one 4-3 against Waterloo the night before in a game that we could and should have won. Coming into the game against Western the cards were stacked against us as we were fighting off the disappointment from the night before, we hadn’t had a single win yet that season, and Western has been ranked #1 in the Western Conference for as long as I can remember. Anyways, the lead changed hands a couple of times throughout the game and we had to score with less than 2 min to go in the third to send the game into overtime. We survived overtime and pushed it to a shootout where Andrew Flemming stopped all 3 shots and Alex Leclerc scored for us. I still remember the celebration… it was like we had just won the Stanley Cup.
One final memory that I will cherish going forward is the thought of being part of the return of the RMC-West point hockey game this past season. Even though the result wasn’t what we North of the Border had hoped for, the significance of re-establishing this historical hockey series will continue on long after Bill Oliver retires from E-Veritas (which could be another 50 years). I have had the good fortune of being involved with a number of notable points within the hockey history books: playing for McGill University, the oldest hockey team in the world; coaching in 4 Carr-Harris cups, the oldest hockey rivalry in the world; and now experiencing the RMC-West Point game, the oldest international hockey rivalry in the world. Every hockey player wants to feel like they are a part of something substantial, and thanks to RMC, I do.
e-Veritas: Final Thoughts?
Chad: I’d just like to take a moment to thank everyone that I have had the chance to work with, both staff and OCdts, throughout the last 4 years. Working at RMCC has been significant in my development, both professionally and personally, and it is because of this that my departure is very bitter-sweet. I have made some good acquaintances and even better friends. I am proud to have been associated with the Canadian Forces and to have been a part of sports teams representing both RMCC and CFB Kingston. Best of luck.
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Article and Photos by 25366 Mike Shewfelt
“It will be usable by Aug 20,” said 9802 John Lesperance, Project Manager for the Dome, “although it won’t be fully complete until the end of August. There are also a couple of long term items that won’t be in place, such as the three scoreboards (money for which was donated by the Class of 1962), which we hope to have in place by Reunion Weekend.”
The dome, which has yet to be named, is a marvel of modern engineering. “The Farley Group, which built it, have said it’s the second largest dome in North America, although we haven’t confirmed that. The dome itself has dimension of 85 m x 120 m, and it is 85 feet tall in the centre. It is heated by natural gas, insulated, and has a back up generator to keep the inflation unit going in the event of a power loss. The entrance has handicapped accessible washrooms and a bus lay-by out in front.”
The dome itself is designed to withstand the elements. According to Mr. Lesperance, there are sensors in place that will automatically raise the internal pressure of the dome in the event of high winds, and other sensors will automatically raise the internal temperature of the dome in the event of snowfall. “It will withstand wind speeds of up to 80 mph,” he said, “and the dome is designed so that snow will simply fall of the sides. There is a 5 m wide paved area around the sides of the dome that will allow us to remove the snow before it puts pressure on the dome walls.”
There are a couple of details left to resolve before the dome can be used for its intended purpose of allowing RMCC to complete its intramural sports programs. A crew is currently installing the artificial turf (a product known as Xtreme Turf Premiere), which should be in by Aug 1. “After that,” said Mr. Lesperance, “we have a day of training planned for Aug 8 on how to maintain the dome and the turf, and we have to finish the bus lay-by. Once that’s done the dome will be usable, although the scoreboards won’t be in just yet.”
Once completed, the dome will house a Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) standard soccer field and a rugby pitch. The soccer field can be split into two or three separate fields as required.
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25366 Mike Shewfelt recently had the opportunity to sit down with G1628 Maj John Grodzinski, Associate Professor in the College’s Department of History.
Maj John Grodzinski: I really didn’t know what to expect as I had never taught in an academic environment before. While teaching at the university level shares some similarities with instructing on a military course, the workload and expectations, from an academic perspective, are considerably different.
Although I was aware of the four pillars that Cadets were expected to complete, I had little idea of the challenges they imposed. Time is at a premium at the College, particularly for those students in some of the more demanding programmes, and I am often amazed and impressed by those cadets who can balance a busy academic schedule with military training, intramural or varsity sports, and, in some cases, bar positions.
e-Veritas: What are some of the highlights of your time at the College, both the good and the bad…?
Maj John Grodzinski: My experience at the College has been very good. Certainly there are times where a failure to complete their work on the part of my students or some annoying aspect of College administration bothers me; however, this is a great place to be, a wonderful unit to serve in. My favourite experiences have been on field trips, whether they are visits to museums, battlefield tours or at competitions with the varsity fencing team, that provide an opportunity to better know the cadets and to discuss coursework in a different environment.
e-Veritas: What do you like about working with the Cadets…?
Maj John Grodzinski: I enjoy the spontaneity and energy of the Cadets. They have such energy and they demonstrate a knack for getting themselves into unique problems. Following their progress as they mature through four years of their studies and training is rewarding. During that time, you witness the changes in a group of young adults, who, at one point, seemed incapable of doing anything right, and who now display a sense of confidence and a basic understanding of leadership that demonstrates they are ready for the first challenges of commissioned service.
As I was not a Cadet and my studies here were at the graduate level, I had a lot to learn about College culture. My wife, who is a College graduate, and some of my friends who attended the College, provided great help in understanding the nuances of Cadet life. However, my perspective has changed considerably when my son joined the Cadet Wing. Suddenly, FYOP, the obstacle course, the demands of the academic year, parades, parties, PT tests, varsity sports and summer training took on a new meaning. Since my wife and I encourage our son to bring his friends home with him on those rare weekends he can visit, I’ve also gained a better appreciation of Cadet life.
e-Veritas: Do you have any advice that you would share with the Cadets…?
Maj John Grodzinski: Enjoy your time at RMCC as your experience at the College will guide you through your life and career. Study hard, read often, think, develop your writing and speaking skills and challenge yourself always.
For a look at other professors that e-Veritas has highlighted in the past, click here.
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By 25782 OCdt Brandon Friesen
This past week, I had the honour and pleasure of interviewing someone who has had a considerable amount of time and influence at the Royal Military College of Canada. As a matter of fact, Dr. John Amphlett has around thirty-six years on me at this fine institution, due to the fact that I am in my fourth year of studies and he has taught, managed, and coached here longer than I have been alive. It was truly a rewarding experience to hear him recall his time at the College and the many roles he performed during his outstanding tenure.
Upon meeting Dr. Amphlett outside RMC’s Senior Staff Mess, I noticed that he had a small limp; he was recovering from a leg injury. “It’s the first time I’ve been slowed down,” he said jovially. After talking with him for the rest of the morning, I believed it, for he has taken every opportunity to find busy and meaningful ways to involve himself with the College.
Dr. John Amphlett arrived at RMC in 1967 to do a Post Doctoral Fellowship with Dr. Dacey, the Head of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering and later the Principal of the College. In 1969 several permanent teaching positions opened up in this department, and Dr. Amphlett applied for one.
Since that choice, he has taught many courses to just about every type and year of student at RMC. He taught at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, and, due to the fact that in those days everyone did a common 1st year program, he even lectured Arts students along with Engineering and the Sciences. Dr. Amphlett has seen quite a good sample of cadets at the college, and this is merely from the academic side.
When I asked him how working as a professor at RMC had changed over his forty years of teaching, he stated that the biggest change was mostly in the attitude of the classroom compared to how “regimental” it used to be. It had grown and still grows a little more laid-back over the passing years. I was surprised to hear that cadets used to be required to salute any civilian faculty on campus! Among other things, such as the introduction of women to the College, another large change that Dr. Amphlett mentioned was how technology has changed the way classes were taught. However, he told me he was still a “chalkboard type of guy.”
Dr. Amphlett was not only a professor; on top of that a coach for the varsity rugby team for eleven years from 1968-79. He remembered it as “a truly rewarding experience, getting to know the cadets outside the classroom, learning how many of them dealt with all the different aspects that they had to manage while trying to do their academics, military duties, and at the same time play competitive sports.” The team regularly took trips to the UK, courtesy of the British Military, to play the Sandhurst, Dartmouth, Cranwell, and Larkhill teams. These visits were an eye-opener for how other military schools were run, as well as a great incentive for the cadets to do well in their classes, since only students doing well in academics could go. To Dr. Amphlett’s knowledge, none of his players missed one of these very desirable trips, for they all had C or B averages.
The rugby team also played games against West Point and the US Naval Academy, whom they regularly trumped, and of course, Queen’s University. RMC’s rugby games against Queen’s carried the weight of the rivalry between the two schools, for these were the only varsity teams from either university to play each other due to the various leagues the other teams were in. Dr. Amphlett remembers one seasonin particular where his rugby team beat Queen’s four times, and each of those wins was by more than twenty points. It was one of the highlights from his extracurricular responsibilities at RMC.
All this turned out to be quite the workload, for he would regularly return home around seven or eight o’clock each night. Then there were rugby games on Saturday and Sunday, not to mention the trips to England and the United States. After his eleven years of coaching, Dr. Amphlett left his position of coach in order to spend some more time with his growing family. However, he was still interested in remaining involved with the cadets, so he became Chairman of the rugby team for the next eight years. On top of this, he was Chairman of the Recreation Club, the Athletic Awards Committee, and later the Hockey team. The Recreation Club, in those days, was responsible for providing finances for the equipment and extracurricular activities of the Rep teams and Clubs at the College.
I asked Dr. Amphlett if taking on these extracurricular responsibilities helped him relate to the workload of the cadets studying at RMC. He agreed and said that RMC definitely asked a lot more than any other university. The high participation in sports was something he could appreciate, seeing the cadets from both the academic and varsity point of view. He suggested, to his disappointment, that RMC has started to lean more heavily on the academics pillar than that of athletics. He suggested that sports compliment and improve academics, allowing people to clear their minds from their studies for a while and refresh.
Winding the interview down, I asked how Dr. Amphlett spends his time now that he is retired. He told me that while initially thinking that it would be dull and slow, it has been the opposite and now he is busier than before! He is still involved in research, even if not directly, and he travels for both research and recreation. China, Thailand, Vietnam, Australia, and Japan he mentioned; he has seen over thirty countries so far. When he is back home in Kingston, he participates in two choirs: The Kingston Capital Men’s Chorus and the Kingston Senior Choristers. He had played quite a bit of golf until his recent leg injury; now he has taken up lawn bowling as a new pastime.
When I asked Dr. Amphlett to give a few final comments to the readers of E-Veritas, he wanted to stress that rugby is always a good sport for a military. It requires incredible teamwork as well as individuality. He said “a team can have the best fifteen athletes, but be swamped by a team with technique.” In parting, he added “teaching here was a good career move; I thoroughly enjoyed my time at RMC.”
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MONTRÉAL, QUÉBEC–(Marketwire – 25 juillet 2012) – Aujourd’hui, 50 hommes et femmes de la région de Montréal ont été reçus en qualité d’officiers dans les Forces canadiennes lors d’une cérémonie d’enrôlement au Régiment des Royal Canadian Hussars. Le Colonel Guy Maillet, commandant du Collège militaire royal de St-Jean (CMR Saint-Jean) était l’invité d’honneur.
Les nouveaux élèves-officiers, qui se sont enrôlés dans le cadre du Programme de formation des officiers de la Force régulière des Forces canadiennes (PFOR) et le Programme d’Initiation au Leadership à l’intention des Autochtones (PILA), consacreront les quatre ou cinq prochaines années aux études universitaires. De plus, ils apprendront les principes de base du leadership et poursuivront leur instruction militaire pendant l’été.
«L’assermentation d’aujourd’hui est une étape importante dans la vie de ces individus et leurs familles, a déclaré le Colonel Maillet. Par l’entremise d’un processus de sélection rigoureux, ces élèves-officiers ont été sélectionnés parmi 2,000 candidats en raison de leur potentiel de leadership, leur bagages académiques et leurs réalisations sportives. Ces jeunes ont toutes les raisons d’être fiers de leur engagement alors qu’ils s’apprêtent à servir le Canada. J’ai hâte de rencontrer ceux qui fréquenteront le CMR Saint-Jean à leur arrivée le 29 juillet prochain.»
Les 50 nouveaux élèves-officiers, qui représentent la Marine royale canadienne, l’Armée canadienne et l’Aviation royale canadienne, suivront une formation initiale avant de commencer leurs études. Au cours de l’été 2013, les élèves-officiers devront suivre la qualification militaire de base des officiers à Saint-Jean-sur-le-Richelieu, au Québec.
Le Programme de formation des officiers de la Force régulière offre des études universitaires de première classe, ainsi que des possibilités de relever des défis sur les plans personnel et physique et de développer des compétences en leadership. Le Programme débouche sur une carrière à titre d’officier commissionné dans les Forces canadiennes. Les élèves-officiers sélectionnés fréquenteront le Collège militaire royal du Canada, à Kingston, le Collège militaire royal de Saint-Jean, ou une université civile canadienne, dans les cas où un programme d’études en particulier n’est offert à ni l’un ni l’autre des collèges militaires. Source
Press Release, 25 July 2012
Today, 50 men and women from the region of Montreal became the newest officers in the Canadian Forces (CF) during an enrolment ceremony held at the Royal Canadian Hussars Regiment. Colonel Guy Maillet, Commandant of Royal Military College St-Jean (RMC Saint-Jean), was the guest of honor.
The new officer cadets, enrolled through the Regular Officer Training Program (ROTP) and Aboriginal Leadership Opportunity Year (ALOY), will spend the next four or five years studying at university. Moreover, they will learn the precepts of leadership while undergoing military training during the summer.
“This morning’s Swearing-in is an important step in the lives of these individuals and their families,” said Colonel Maillet. “By means of a rigorous selection process, they have been selected from amongst 2,000 applicants due to their leadership potential, their strong academic background and their athletic achievements. These men and women and their families have every reason to be proud of their commitment as they begin their service to Canada. I look forward to seeing those that will study at RMC Saint-Jean upon their arrival on 29 July.
The 52 new Officer Cadets, who represent the Royal Canadian Navy, the Canadian Army, and the Royal Canadian Air Force, will be attending orientation training before beginning their post-secondary education. In summer 2013, the Officer Cadets will undergo their Basic Military Officer Qualification training in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec.
The ROTP combines a first-class university education with opportunities to overcome personal and physical challenges, and further develop leadership skills, preparing for a career as a commissioned officer in the CF. The Officer Cadets will be attending either the Royal Military College of Canada in Kingston, Ontario or the Royal Military College Saint-Jean in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Québec. In cases where a specific academic program is not available at the military colleges, the Officer Cadets may attend a Canadian civilian university.
“I’m excited about going to Quebec for my first year of military life. Although I studied French all the way through high school, listening and speaking it daily will greatly assist in allowing me to become totally bilingual which is required.”
Kirsten Pallister – will be attending the RMC in St. Jean, Que. for her first year of a four-year program Article
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Article and Photos by 25366 Mike Shewfelt
For the Cadets of the College who share the peninsula with HMCS Ontario each summer, having the Sea Cadets around means longer line ups in the Dining Hall, fire drills at ungodly hours, and other assorted impacts of having a bunch of kids running around the campus. That is how we see it, and that is often all we see. There is, however, far more to HMCS Ontario than that.
This past week, as the Sea Cadets took the parade square for the graduation of the Basic Training Course, it was easy to see the pride felt by all involved, from the Cadets on parade to the Officer of the ship’s company to the parents in the bleachers. It is a pride that is not out of place on the College parade square, and a pride which any RMCC Cadet would know well. We as Officer Cadets can sometimes look down on the Sea Cadet Staff, but the truth is they take as much pride in their work as we do in ours.
As Capt(N) (Hon) Hugh Segal, Senator and Reviewing Officer for the Graduation Parade, pointed out, the road that the Sea Cadets are on right now will lead some of them through the Arch in a few years as Officer Cadets. “Your country needs you,” he told the parade. “For some of you, that will be as Naval Officers, and for others, it will be service in the civilian world. How you choose to do it is up to you, but your country needs you.”
In addition to being a Senator, Capt(N) (Hon) Hugh Segal is also an honorary degree recipient from RMCC and an honorary member of the RMC Club of Canada #151.
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A tip of the hat to the following members who just recently updated their Club membership status: Chapeau aux membres suivants qui ont tout récemment mis à jour leur adhésion au Club: 6332 Gaetan Dextras; 3220 William O James; 20657 Danie Parenteau; 6375 Kenneth C Eyre; 6607 Kenneth W Cklarkson; 15666 Jeffrey D Miclash;8698 Pierre L Lagueux; 5585 Rodger Miners; 3667 Don Gray; 3671 Norm Freeman.
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This is the first in a four part series on the politics and people involved with the creation of the Royal Military College of Canada. It is taken from pages removed from the “Queen’s Quarterly 74, no. 3 (Autumn 1967), ” found in the shoe box of old photos in Panet House.
By Adrian Preston
Modelled more on West Point than on Sandhurst but under imperial control until 1919, the Royal Military College, Kingston, from its establishment in 1876 offered a four year course designed to prepare students for civil as well as military employment, with salutary results and others less salutary.
It has been well said by a former Commandant of the National Defence College that defence colleges, like high dams or nuclear reactors, have become essential prestige symbols for newly-emergent nations. With equal force, this kind of remark concerning the inseparability of nationhood from the creation of formal military educational institutions could apply to the nineteenth century proliferation of Staff Colleges following the many European wars of unification and to the earliest military academies that accompanied the emergence of the modern nation-state in the Swedish wars of Gustavus Adolphus in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Almost without exception, these institutions, which have aimed at providing progressively higher and broader levels of instruction as modern war and international relations have become increasingly complex, were born of war or crisis. Sandhurst, St. Cyr and the Imperial Defence College are cases in point. The scientific study of war with which the academies, staff and defence colleges were centrally to be concerned was invariably meant to reflect the national determination to advertise if not use its military power. In the case of Canada, however, this was not so.
The unusual character of the Royal Military College – the first academy to be established in the self-governing colonies, and one that emphasised a civilian rather than a strictly professional military education – was its twentieth rather than nineteenth century approach to the broad educational problems of national security. This peculiar distinction emerged from the competing claims of two intrinsically incompatible traditions. On the one hand, there were the British concepts of discipline, organisation and imperial strategy transplanted by Wolfe which unalterably directed the course of local Canadian defence policy for almost two centuries, undiminished by subsequent steps towards autonomy, and established a persistent belief in British regimentalism as the true custodian and model of professional pride and proficiency. As opposed to this, there was a traditional suspicion of Ancien Regime origin, excessive even or a new nation and stranger than that historically associated with Great Britain or the United States, that regular standing armies and all the apparatus of professionalism are susceptible to Caesarism or Civil War and are inconsistent with the hard facts of Canada’s economic and geographical position. An aspect of maturing autonomy, there has developed a corresponding belief in the Canadian Militia as the first line of local defence to be directed against an increasingly imaginary American continentialism, a sense of political involvement that has frequently led to unsavoury examples of unblushing patronage and interference, with consequences detrimental to professional efficiency and esprit de corps.
In the early 1870’s, this struggle between conflicting concepts of the functions and status of military power had been exacerbated by two major international developments. For the British, the re-opening of the Central Asian question had made imminent the possibility of a major continental, perhaps global, war against Russia over the defence of India. At the same time, the German and Italian wars of unification had closed her traditional sources of foreign mercenary contingents upon which she had chiefly relied to supplement her own meagre manpower in the earlier coalition war against Russia in the Crimea. A small but insistent demand for increased colonial military cooperation for overseas imperial purposes had sprung up, and to many arch-imperialists and defence experts who frequented the Royal Colonial Institute and Royal United Service Institution there seemed no reason why Canada could not become a third great recruiting ground along with India and Ireland, providing in her backwoodsmen, voyageurs and mariners troops admirably suited for the irregular kinds of warfare that would play so large a part in any war policy against Russia. Indeed, Disraeli himself responded to the Russian crisis by ignoring the implications of Confederation, modifying Cardwell’s withdrawal policy, and inaugurating a subtle but determined program designed to reassert and retain real British control over Canadian military affairs for possible overseas imperial service in a major war. Viewed from the peculiar angle of vision of Whitehall, the founding of R.M.C. was one important in this program.
This kind of thinking tended to ignore the fact that geographically and strategically Canada constituted a dangerously vulnerable military liability. It was potentially the region for a serious distractive threat in any war against Russia. Canada’s extensive coastlines were unprotected against marauding Russian cruisers. On the west coast, there was no naval base or defended war anchorage closer than the Falkland Islands with which to confront the growing Russian naval power centred on Vladivostok and Petropaulauski – the easternmost points of Russia’s North-Pacfic frontier. There were no connecting road, rail, or telegraphic communications except through American territory, and the close Russo-American relations, as manifested in the Crimean and Civil Wars, meant that Canada wa always susceptible to Russian-incited Fenian invasions at indiscriminate points along her southern border.
Most important of all, however, the British soldier-imperialists failed to appreciate the significance of Confederation, and the great practical, social, and constitutional issues that were inherent in the very process of nation-building. Financial and constitutional considerations outweighed those of strategy and imperial defence, and obscured the need to provide an effective substitute for Cardwell’s withdrawn garrisons, let alone earmark a Canadian contingent for overseas imperial service. When the Russian conquered Khiva in 1873, generating a war scare that was to sustain the colonial and Indian defence movements for the next forty years, Canada possessed no professional standing army, no senior officers experienced in the planning of continental strategy or the handling of large formations in war, in fact no organised military means to make an effective contribution to an Imperial coalition. She had no need for large numbers of officers trained in the conventional professional sense, and had no clear conception of the usual relationship between armed force, military academies and dominion autonomy. It was the intention of the Imperial authorities to stimulate for their own purposes an awareness of this relationship. Out of the conflict between the British military and Canadian constitutional traditions that ensued emerged the special and peculiar structure and curriculum of R.M.C. The Duke of Cambridge’s papers in the Royal Archives, Windsor, contain a small amount of unpublished correspondence from Carnarvon, Selby Smyth, Dufferin and Lorne which suggests the nature of this struggle as it centred on R.M.C., and it is from this correspondence that the following paragraphs are largely drawn.
“The Founding of the Royal Military College – Gleanings from the Royal Archives” will continue in the next e-Veritas.
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Charlie was predeceased by his wife, Norma Lorraine Gray in 2002.
Charlie is lovingly remembered by: his daughter, Charlene Edey (Don), grandchildren Jocelyn (Darryl Tkachyk), and Brian (Pamela), great-grandchildren, Brooke, Thomas, Everley, and Oliver; his daughter Kelly Shillabeer (Jackie Bugera); his son Joe Gray (Lynne), grandchildren, Christine, Shannon and Kimberly, and their families; sister, Christeena (Neena) Luxton; and his dedicated caregiver, Lindi Rempel.
Born in Edinburgh, Scotland, Charlie and his family relocated to Canada where he attended Western Canada High School in Calgary and Royal Military College in Kingston, Ont. With the onset of WWII, Charlie left Royal Military College and joined the Royal Canadian Engineers serving in Canada, the United Kingdom, Italy and Northwest Europe. He was a Major commanding the 4th Field Company RCE, 1st Division during the liberation of Holland. In June 1945, Charlie was awarded the Distinguished Service Order for his efficient and courageous leadership, while under heavy fire. Charlie was the Commanding Officer of the 25th Field Squadron RCE from 1955-1957, and as a Lt. Col. commanded the 8th Field Engineer Regiment, RCE from 1962-1966. From 1991 to his retirement in 1995, Charlie served as Honorary Lt. Col. of the 33rd Field Engineer Squadron. Other awards, decorations, and service medals bestowed on Charlie include: 1939-1945 Star, Italian Star, France-German Star, the Defense of Britain Medal, the War Medal 1939-1945 and the Canadian Forces Decoration.
Upon his return home in 1945, Charlie and Norma were reunited and married in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
He completed his BSc. in Mining Engineering at Queens University, Kingston, and worked in Ontario, then moved to Alberta where he began a long and fulfilling career in the petroleum industry. Charlie completed his professional career with consulting work in the Soviet Union and Pakistan. Charlie had a political life serving as an alderman in Red Deer in the early 1960’s and ran in the 1971 Provincial election as a Social Credit candidate.
Charlie’s intelligent and curious mind led him to follow interests as diverse as gourmet cooking, gardening, sailboat construction and design. He was a voracious reader and graceful swimmer.
Above all Charlie loved his family; he cared for his friends and colleagues and loved to help people. Charlie was much respected for who he was and will be remembered with much love by many.
A Memorial Service will be held at 2:00 on Monday, July 30, 2012 at the Anglican Parish of Christ Church Calgary (3602 8 Street SW, Calgary).
To email expressions of sympathy: firstname.lastname@example.org subject heading: Charles Gray.
In lieu of flowers, a donation in Charlie’s name can be made directly to the Calgary Health Trust, Vets’ Angels Program, c/o Ewan Cameron #145, 251 Midpark Blvd S.E. Calgary T2X 1S3, Tel: 403-257-0875 or a charity of your choice.
Arrangements entrusted to Mountain View Memorial Gardens, Funeral Home and Crematorium, 1605 – 100 Street SE ~ Calgary, AB Tel: (403) 272-5555 www.mountainviewmemorial.ca
BOYD, Lt. Colonel Bruce Howard, CD, PEng, MSc – Bruce Boyd was born on September 24, 1929 in Toronto. Died peacefully in his sleep on July 18, 2012. Survived by his beloved wife Bernice, daughter Heather and son Bruce. Col. Boyd enrolled at RMC (3019) in 1949 and graduated in 1953. Subsequent Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the University of Toronto in Engineering and a distinguished career as a professional engineer. Continuous service in the Canadian Forces reserve from 1953 to 1983. Commanded 45th Technical Squadron RCEME, 709 (TOR) Communications Regiment for a five year term. Further service as Chief Instructor, Field Officer Qualifications for Central Area. A funeral service will be held at 12:00 p.m. on Wednesday, July 25th at the Morley Bedford Funeral Home, 159 Eglinton Ave. West (2 lights west of Yonge St.). In lieu of flowers, please send donations in memory of Col. Bruce Boyd to Royal Canadian Legion Fort York Branch No. 165 at 4900 Yonge Street, Toronto, ON M2N 3G2.