In This Issue 36

Posted by rmcclub on September 18th, 2016

 

Merci, au revoir Ottawa; RMC here we come!

Articles & photos by: G1628 Major John R. Grodzinski, Ph.D

On Thursday, 15 September 2016, ex-cadets, both retired and serving, and their supporters, from across the country, gathered in Ottawa to commence La Chasse-Galerie 2016, a fund-raising activity in support of the Danny McLeod Athletics Fund of the RMC Foundation.

The Fund honours the late H25917 Major (Retd) Danny McLeod, MC, the first Director of Athletics at the College. The expedition recalls the mythical band of voyageurs who made a deal with the devil to fly them from their remote camp to their distant loved ones. This the fifth and final Chasse-Galerie expedition. Previous trips occurred in 2000, 2001, 2006 and 2011.

The expedition comprises 15 paddlers, including 27173 OCdt William Carpentier (Class of 2018) and 27638 OCdt Andreanne Tremblay (Class of 2020), who will paddle their 36 foot-long canoe on a 202 km journey on the Rideau Canal from Ottawa to Kingston. Stops along the way, include Long Island Locks, Manotick, Merrickville, Edmonds Lock, Smiths Falls, Chaffey’s Lock, and Jones Falls, with arrival at Kingston scheduled for the afternoon of Thursday, 22 September 2016. Following the paddlers are other ex-cadets and their partners, who provide logistical support from their ‘base’ on a houseboat.

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During the final preparations near the Bytown Museum at the Ottawa Locks on Friday, 19401 LCol Chris Renahan, the Director Cadets, along with Drill Sergeant Major MWO Wallace Rideout, presented a College banner to 12192 General (Retd) Tom Lawson, the senior ranking paddler on the expedition. The paddlers then boarded the canoe and, under the careful supervision of 8788 Geoff Bennett, and a rousing tune played by trip Piper Tom Lawson, gave a salute as they passed 15706 LGen Paul Wynnyk, the Commander of the Canadian Army. Following a hearty rendition of the College Cheer, the paddlers then commenced the first leg of their journey.

Present throughout the preparations and the departure was HW25917 Sheila McLeod, who thanked the paddlers for their work in honouring her late husband. Also present was a member of previous expedition, 4860 General (Retd) John de Chastelain, and Darren Cates, the Director of Athletics.

A College party led by the Commandant will greet the paddlers when they arrive in Kingston, near the Memorial Arch on Thursday, 22 September, after which the members of the Aboriginal Leadership Opportunity Year, will drum the paddlers to their final stop, where they will conduct a Smudge Ceremony, comprising the creation of a cleaning smoke used to purify the body, aura, energy and space.

The participants exceeded their original fundraising goal, and raised a total of $155,000!

Overall, the Chasse-Galerie expeditions have raised over $250,000 for RMC athletics and still counting.

For those who have had not the time to ‘sponsor’ their favourite paddler; it’s not too late. Just phone Jennifer Jordan (RMC Foundation) at 613-541-6000 ext 6807 or pay online by clicking “Donate Now > Athletics > Danny McLeod Athletic and then type the name of your favourite paddler in the Comments window. Your donation is tax-deductible and will be matched by one of the sponsors.

 Congratulations and well done to the 2016 Cass Galerie Crew – Safe travels!

5893 Dr. Tom Gee ‘63; 8684 Peter Holt ‘71; 8788 Geoff Bennett ‘71; 8725 Fergus McLaughlin ‘71; 8833 John Leggat ‘71

8836 Clark Little ‘71; 8926 Ray Hook ‘71; 9143 Bruce McAlpine ‘72; 12192 Tom Lawson ‘79; M0288 Roxanne Rees ‘83

8710 Chuck Lemieux ‘71; 15566 Helga Grodzinski ‘86; 22461 Claire Bramma ‘02; 27173 William Carpentier (RMCC) ‘18; 27369 Andréanne Tremblay (RMCSJ) ‘20

Sheila McLeod and the crew arriving in Smiths Falls – Sunday afternoon

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Tks to our volunteer photographers for this Issue:

Scott Howells; Colin de Grandpré; Stefan Janjic – Ben Burnell; Wilson Ho; Tristan Thomson; and Tim Robichaud
(Sorry, if we missed anyone)

In This Issue 36:

A look back 5 years & all you want to know about 2016 Reunion Weekend

Ex Cadets & More in the news

The Genesis of the Army Run: An e-Veritas Special Report

Photos: Golden Oldies and a few not so ‘golden’

Keeping Tabs…

WALL OF HONOUR CITATIONS 2016 / CITATIONS DE 2016 AU MUR D’HONNEUR

Tempo picking up leading into the BIG weekend

The Frontlines of FYOP: Week Three Gets Harder!

From the mouths of first years: FYOP end in sight

Top Guns Endorse 2016 Truth, Duty, Valour Campaign

Language Policy, Bilingualism and the Military:

An Interview with Canada’s Commissioner of Official Languages

RMCC Profs. acclaimed at the national & local level

Recruits’ Obstacle Race, 1949

Deaths

CAREER OPPORTUNITIESNos offres d’emploi

 

Previous articles you may have missed:

THE CADETS ARE BACK – A CALL TO COLLEGE ALUMNI

RMC FOUNDATION LAUNCHES 2016 TRUTH DUTY VALOUR FUNDRAISING CAMPAIGN

8788 Geoff Bennett (RMC 1971): Mastermind behind the La Chasse-Galerie 

RMCC: The new academic year gets underway

From the Frontlines of FYOP & Insightful (I) Year Perspectives

Common Denominator for 2016 FYOP Leaders: Commitment

26885 NCDT Benjamin Antworth – D Division – Cadet Division Leader: On top of things early

Must be September – Pace picks-up on the peninsula

Reminiscences of the Royal Military College By One of the Old 18

RMC CLASS OF 1970 – ATHLETICS WALL OF DISTINCTION PROJECT

Reunion Weekend 2016 on the Peninsula

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A tip of the hat to the following members who just recently updated their Club membership status - Chapeau aux membres suivant qui ont tout récemment mis à jour leur adhésion au Club:

2933 Maurice Lalonde; 3068 Sidney Lundel.

 

For memberships due to expire soon; please contact us asap with your renewal.

Thank you in advance for your kind cooperation.

Club Membership Info Join, Update or Renew

 

Varsity Sports scoreboard:

(W) Soccer:

Fri 16  Sep – Carleton 4 – RMC 0

Sun 18 Sep – Ottawa 3  RMC 0

(M) Soccer:

Wed 14 Sep Queen’s 3 -  RMC 0

Fri 16 Sep – Carleton 4 RMC 0

(M) Rugby:

Sat 17 – McMaster 23 RMC 5

More OUA sports details Here

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A look back 5 years & All you want to know about 2016 Reunion Weekend

Posted by rmcclub on September 18th, 2016

First…Remembering 2011 in photos

Now, all you want to know about 2016 Reunion Weekend

2nd Annual Reunion Weekend Fall Classic Golf Tournament.  We have almost 50 golfers registered so far so there is lots of room to add teams and individuals. This was added last year and more than 100 golfers enjoyed a 18 hole scramble tournament with carts at the nearby Garrison Golf and Curling Club.   http://rmcalumni.ca/events/2016-club-reunion-weekend-golf-classic-le-classique-de-golf-du-club/

The matrix provides a summary of the various class activities for respective classes on the Friday and Saturday evenings as known at this time.  Classes with updates / changes please notify Bryan Bailey right away: bryan.bailey@rmc.ca

Complete details for Club & Class socials / military (obstacle race / Sat & Sun parades) / Sat sports:

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Ex Cadets in the news

Posted by rmcclub on September 18th, 2016

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  • Canada’s military chief: Troop arrivals to start next spring

  • Remise des insignes aux nouveaux élofs du CMR Saint-Jean: «On fait de très bons Canadiens!»

  • Canada’s most senior female military officer to lead NATO Defense College

  • For Hell to Peace: Veterans Helping Veterans raises money to get homeless veterans off the streets

  • Garrison Petawawa United Way campaign kicks off with a splash

  • 6584 Keith Ambachtsheer: FINANCIAL TIMES: PENSION SOLUTION LIES IN LONG-TERM THINKING

  • 9143 Bruce McAlpine: 4 Disciplines of Execution

  • 14797 Richard Martin – Monday Stand To!

  • 17999 COMMANDER DAN J. LANDRY, will swallow the anchor – 3 Oct

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The Genesis of the Army Run: An e-Veritas Special Report

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Caption:  Stu Beare (119) and Guy Thibault in the red shirt running behind #121 in a previous Army Run.

The Genesis of the Army Run: An e-Veritas Special Report

By 27832 OCdt (II) Pablo Cardona, 12 Sqn e-Veritas Chief Correspondent

Last weekend, e-Veritas spoke exclusively with the minds behind the Canada Army Run, retired 13337 LGens Stuart Beare and 13551 Guy Thibault; this is their story.

On Sunday September 18, thousands of excited people flooded downtown Ottawa at the ungodly hour of 0700. The eager crowd anxiously awaited the cannon-fire that kicked off the 2016 Canada Army Run, an annual race which promotes the Canadian Armed Forces to everyday Canadians.

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Photos: Golden Oldies and a few not so ‘golden’

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Keeping Tabs…

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Keeping Tabs…

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WALL OF HONOUR CITATIONS 2016 / CITATIONS DE 2016 AU MUR D’HONNEUR

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Three new citations for WoH to be unveiled on Sat of reunion weekend

Bringing the total to 27 citations since the opening in 2009

The Class of 1963, as their gift to the College upon entry into the Old Brigade in 2009, created and donated to RMC, a Wall of Honour to recognize ex-cadets of the Royal Military Colleges (RMC, RRMC, CMR) and others with College numbers for outstanding achievements and contributions to Canada or the world.

Three Wall of Honour Honorees – 2016:

H15200 Honorary Colonel the Honorable Joseph Gilles Lamontagne

CP, OC, CQ, CD

1919 – 2016

 

H15200 Colonel honoraire, l’honorable Joseph Gilles Lamontagne

CP, OC, CQ, CD

1919 – 2016

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7771 Honorary Colonel James William Leech, CM

1947 -

7771 Colonel honoraire James William Leech, CM

1947 -

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1596 Lieutenant-General Guy Granville Simonds

CC, CB,CBE, DSO, CD

       1903 –1974

  1596 Lieutenant-général Guy Granville Simonds

CC, CB,CBE, DSO, CD

1903 –1974

 

 Jim Leech will speak at the induction ceremony to be held: 2PM Saturday afternoon on Reunion Weekend.

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Tempo picking up leading into the BIG weekend

Posted by rmcclub on September 18th, 2016

This post is currently a work in progress…

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***WORK IN PROGRESS… (Waiting for more last minute articles & photos) 

We had planned to post some photos / articles from a number of events that took place on the weekend; including the Army Run which was held in Ottawa.

Due to a number of incidents including being stuck on the 401 due to a traffic accident (which did NOT include the RMC bus) Consequently our photographers and writers  were unable to submit their work.

Check back later for updates. Sorry for the inconvenience.

  • Obstacle Course – good to go!

  • Officer cadets on target

  • Culture room for ALOY cadets

  • OCdt Claire Theriault – Log (Army) 00328 – Business Administration – CSL 6 SQN

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From the Frontlines of FYOP: Week Three Gets Harder!

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From the Frontlines of FYOP: Week Three Gets Harder!

By: 27829 OCdt (II) Dan Ortega, 1 Sqn

Here at RMC the First Year Orientation Period (FYOP) is in full swing, finishing its third week. This marks the second last week of FYOP and further prepares the first years physically and mentally before the demanding Obstacle course at the end of next week.

The First years have come a long way from when they first entered the college. They have progressed from learning the basics of inspection standards and college knowledge, to balancing FYOP with university classes.

By the end of the second week they officially met the second year cadets in their respective squadrons, who are there to help them with school and pass on general advice about RMC life.

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From the mouths of first years: FYOP end in sight

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FYOP: First Year Perspective: Week three in the books!

Coordinated by: by 27832 OCdt (II) Pablo Cardona, 12 Sqn, e-Veritas Chief Correspondent

Due the nature of FYOP, we  haven’t been able to speak or interact much with the First Years, much to the detriment of our coverage. Fortunately, thanks to the efforts of OCdt Simon Ewing, the FYOP IC, we have been in contact with first years from multiple flights for their perspective on this unique time in their lives.

Following is another installment from a number of first years:

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Top Guns Endorse 2016 Truth, Duty, Valour Campaign

Posted by rmcclub on September 18th, 2016

Commandants, Foundation President Endorse

2016 Truth, Duty, Valour Campaign

As Commandant of the Royal Military College of Canada I fully support the new 2016 Truth Duty Valour Campaign launched by the RMC Foundation.

As the needs and requirements of the Canadian Forces change and evolve to meet a changing world, so must the educational and training programs offered at the Colleges, including the Opportunities to Enhance Excellence funded through the RMC Foundation.

Last year RMCC introduced a new leadership model in the officer cadet training program focused on and dedicated to the “pursuit of excellence”, a program that will provide greater balance between the four components, while enhancing the leadership opportunities provided to the officer cadets.  As we move forward into the future, we will continue to refine our program and introduce new elements that will support our principal aim of enabling the unique excellence potential of every one of our officer cadets.

Activities supported by the Foundation are an important part of the overall program.  To maintain flexibility to adjust to the evolving needs of the College, the Foundation needs flexibility in its funding sources; and this flexibility can be strongly enabled through the application of funding to the new TDV Campaign.

Opportunities to Enhance Excellence, as envisioned by the College leadership and funded through the RMC Foundation, are very important to the success of our excellence goals.  I encourage all members of the alumni, and all those who support our mission to develop officers to serve with distinction in the Canadian Armed Forces, to support this campaign.

16855 Brigadier-General Sean Friday, Commandant Royal Military College of Canada

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You may have seen a notice in E-Veritas last week announcing the TDV Fundraising Campaign to support the Colleges.

As one of Canada’s Royal Military Colleges, RMC Saint-Jean is a relatively new and growing institution; one that is breaking new ground in junior officer development in response to the needs of the today’s Canadian Armed Forces.  In partnership with the RMC Foundation we are addressing these changing needs with new, innovative programming that Enhances Excellence; activities such as the Paris/London cultural visit, the Washington 10 mile race, Robbie Burns and our Cultural Heritage Week are a few examples.

Over the past 5 ½ years the donors and the RMC Foundation have provided RMC Saint-Jean in excess of $400 thousand dollars in support of activities.  But if the RMC Foundation is to keep pace with the College it must have flexible funding sources.  Donations to the TDV Campaign give the Foundation the greatest flexibility to Enhance Excellence amongst the cadets and that is what this campaign is all about.

I wholeheartedly support the TDV Campaign and encourage you to visit the RMC Foundation website to find out more.  Look for further information coming out soon on this worthwhile initiative to raise funds in support of RMC Saint-Jean.

18562 Colonel Simon Bernard, Commandant du Collège militaire royal Saint-Jean

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Last week the RMC Foundation announced that it was launching a new fundraising campaign in support of our Royal Military Colleges.

Why is this support needed?  Some feel it is because the federal government has reduced its support to the Colleges and so the alumni is now being asked to pitch in to replace funding lost due to budget tightening.  Not so!

Whether it be the opportunity to intern with the Canada’s delegation to NATO in Brussels, exchanges to U.S. and French military academies, climbing and hiking trips planned, organized and executed by officer cadets to India, Nepal, Guatemala, Kenya and Chile or the ever-popular and valuable European Battlefield Tour, the kinds of activities being supported through donations to the Foundation could not have been anticipated when we attended at the College, and were certainly never intended to be funded by the government.

These Opportunities are being funded by the alumni and others who understand the merits of an RMC education, who understand just how much they benefitted from their time at the Colleges and now wish to give back, to help those who follow in their footsteps to become not just the best, but the best they can possibly be.

Our Royal Military Colleges have changed – they have grown and evolved to meet the challenges that graduating junior officers will face when they arrive at their first postings.  These graduates, the men and women they will lead, the Canadian Forces and Canada as a whole can only benefit if these exciting, talented young men and women are provided with the best possible education and training while they are Officer Cadets, before they arrive and face these challenges.

In partnership with the Colleges, that is the mission of the RMC Foundation.  But we can only achieve this goal with your support – and most critically, by being able to direct your support when and where it is needed most.  And that is why your donations to the TDV Fund are so important – without them many of the Opportunities that are benefitting so many of today’s officer cadets would not be possible.

Please support the Truth Duty Valour Campaign today.  I encourage you to visit our website at https://www.rmcfoundation.ca/index.php/ways-to-give/donate-now/ and consider making a donation in support of the Colleges and Cadets today.

11386 Tony MacDougall, President RMC Foundation

THE CADETS ARE BACK – A CALL TO COLLEGE ALUMNI RMC FOUNDATION LAUNCHES 2016 TRUTH DUTY VALOUR FUNDRAISING CAMPAIGN

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Language Policy, Bilingualism and the Military: An Interview with Canada’s Commissioner of Official Languages

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Language Policy, Bilingualism and the Military: An Interview with Canada’s Commissioner of Official Languages

27472 OCdt Eliza Bruce (III) -e-Veritas correspondent

 

It was a privilege to listen to Graham Fraser’s address to RMC faculty, as Canada’s Commissioner of Official Languages.  He graciously came to the campus to talk about his work with Canada’s dual language policy and the significant impact it has had on the country’s culture, positive features and reputation, and struggles as a result of attempting to meet the needs of its main speaking groups.

In his opening introduction, Dr. James Denford mentioned that while it is the 140th anniversary of RMCC, its bilingual learning component is only 40 years old.  He especially remarked that the Officer Cadets at the college must “recognize that they need to serve their soldiers, sailors and air men and women in their subordinates’ language of choice, not their own,” and how in this context The Language Centre has played a “critical role…over the last forty years in developing this capacity in our young officers.”

Mr. Fraser’s speech was followed by a very informative question and answer period, in which many issues were touched on, such as inclusion for fully bilingual speakers in more than one dominant language, and addressing the needs of prominent Aboriginal language group communities.  I had the honour of interviewing him in both languages afterward, as follows:

1)      How does your role in the promotion and protection of both languages covered in the Official Languages Act change the practice of and interactions in either language for the average Canadian citizen? How can they see such actions in daily life?

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RMCC Profs. acclaimed at the national & local level

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  • The Royal Society of Canada welcomes the 2016 Members of the College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists

  • Dr. Joey Bray: Ron Weir Teaching Excellence Award in Engineering

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Recruits’ Obstacle Race, 1949

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1949 RMC Obstacle Course

Excerpt from the 1949 Review

The morning of the 23rd of November was eyed with much apprehension by the present class of recruits, for this was the day they were to run the 1949 edition of the obstacle race. As fortune would have it, there was several inches of fresh snow covering the course, much to the delight of the second year cadets who turned out in full force, along with the staff and visitors, to watch this popular event.

The course was constructed by the recruits, much to their dismay, under the supervision of second year cadets. Thanks to the fiendish ideas of many of the veterans who ran the New One Hundred’s edition of the race, the course was much longer and somewhat more of a nightmare this year.

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Deaths

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DEATHS

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