In This Issue 8

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Flickr link which takes you to all our e-Veritas albums. HERE

SPECIAL THANKS TO OUR VOLUNTEER PHOTOGRAPHERS:

Melanie Hughes, James Howells, Tristan Thomson; Blake Simpson, Erik St Gelais; Colin de Grandpré; ALOY OCdt Victoria Pierrot & Denice Zoretich

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In This Issue 8:

Ex-Cadets & More in the News

7918 Allan Dunlop: Rare Feat, 7 Years as a member of the Cadet Wing

2016 Chasse-Gallerie: 8684 Peter Holt is Back!

Keeping Tabs…

15582 Heather Thorne-Albright: Went from Recorded Warning to Four Bars

College Chief: The Real Deal

Une expérience inoubliable – Battlefield Tour 2016 – Life changing experience

BF 2016: Emotional roller coaster

The Week That Was and More…

Parents of e-Veritas volunteers speak from their hearts

26972 Chantel Fortier (III): Little things meant a lot when times were tough

Future U.S. Chiefs of Staff Visit RMC as West Point Cadets

Morale Building Quotes from Sir Edmund Hillary

Deaths

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES - Nos offres d’emploi

 

ENCORE:

la Chasse-Galerie = Danny McLeod Athletic Fund

Ship For Less & e-Veritas strike-up sponsorship deal

6993 Scott Gibson & his “dream team” nailing any challenge that comes their way

8372, André N. Vachon – CMR ’60/’70: Author / Auteur

25281 Dana Batho: Creative thinking for military minds

24175 Lt (N) Natalie Mailhot-Montgrain Naval officer gives cadets the scoop

Atelier sur « La nouvelle militarisation de la politique étrangère russe » /

Workshop on the New Militarization of the Russian Foreign Policy


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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:

RCNC53 Robert A Stairs; 2935 David McPherson; 2944 John Reid; 3396 James Haxton; 6163 Raymond Bunner Lifetime Membership; 8184 Gary Stewart; 8963 Merlin Preuss; 11009 Robert Stephens; 11120 Murray McKenzie; 12701 Ronald Oostlander;

26452 Aaron Houston.

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 ‘Now’

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Ex-Cadets & More in the News

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  • 13738 Chris Hadfield’s familial connection to the Maple Leafs

  • Former astronauts Buzz Aldrin, 13738 Chris Hadfield share words with Alberta crowd

  • Royal Canadian Navy announces Code of Conduct

  • 19894 Erin O’Toole takes the 60-second challenge

  • 12921 Col. Gerry Blais Resigns Amid DND Overhaul Of JPSU System

  • Edmonton-based paratroopers jump into extreme conditions in arctic training

  • Curling lifer John Morris fell in love with the sport in Ottawa Valley

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7918 Allan Dunlop: Rare Feat, 7 Years as a member of the Cadet Wing

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7918 Allan Dunlop: Rare Feat, 7 Years as a member of the Cadet Wing

I look back at my years at CMR and RMC and have nothing but the best memories – and I have more memories than most having taken seven years to complete a five year programme (one medical repeat and a second when I flunked all on my own)! Another cadet did the same thing a few years before me but we never met.

I spent the first five years at CMR and the highlights?

First and foremost, the people, right from my roommates (the bilingual/bicultural exposure was so important and worthwhile) to the drill staff, RSM, professors and military staff. The Officer Commanding the Cadet Wing was Wing Commander Thériault who later became our Chief of Defence Staff. From the 60s, who can forget characters like Doc Harding, Dave Ruddy and Joe Stallard? Fine, fine professors, all three.

Second comes sports. In the eyes of the leadership, physical fitness was as important as academics and was reflected in the superb quality of the sports facilities and the variety of activities available. Being on a rep team was the only way recruits could travel outside the college so I immediately joined soccer and the harriers and had a ball.

”You worry about intramural sports and I’ll do the rest. Any questions?”

Major Danny McLeod

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2016 Chasse-Galerie: 8684 Peter Holt is Back!

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Arrival 2011 - Chaisse-Gallerie

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E3161 Victoria Edwards (RMC 2003) interviewed BGen 8684 Peter Holt (CMR RMC 1971) (Ret), one of 13 Ex-Cadets and two cadets who will raise money for the Danny McLeod Athletic Endowment Fund by paddling a voyageur canoe from Ottawa to Kingston this September, 2016. Readers can make a pledge or donation at www.rmcclubfoundation.ca.

Victoria Edwards: So here we go again! I’m delighted to have you kick off my interviews of Chasse-Galerie paddlers.

Peter Holt: Thanks for getting touch, Victoria. Good to hear from you – and to know that you are alive and well in the wonderful world of ADM (Mat)! Speaking of the ADM (Mat) gang, one of my claims to fame is that I tried my best to educate MGen Alec Patch and 15677 Col (ret’d) Shawn Myers (RRMC 1986), and gave 14240  RAdm (ret’d) Patrick Finn (CMR RMC 1984)  a few pointers as well; So we can probably have a good talk about what a poor job I did there;)  My proudest moment was when the final organization I led, DGLEPM, was awarded a CDS unit commendation for the outstanding work we did in support of the Afghanistan mission. Seriously, talking about myself is not one of my favourite things to do. I do have lots of stories, I suppose, but I can’t see where anybody would be interested? However, I will do my best to answer your questions.

Victoria Edwards: This will be your 2nd fund-raising canoe trip down the Rideau. What gave you the idea?

Peter Holt: How I got involved is still the same, I guess my singing was good enough to get me back in the crew. 8788 Geoff Bennett (bourgeois), the instigator of Chasse-Galerie, contacted me in 2001, and again in 2006, 2011, and 2016 to crew. My plans were scuttled by military commitments in 2001 following the Sept 11 terrorist attack on America at the World Trade Center Towers in New York City and The Pentagon in Washington. Then, my second chance in 2006 didn’t work out due to family commitments. I was “third time lucky” in 2011 and I’m looking forward to taking on the ‘singer’ role once more in 2016.

Victoria Edwards:  In your role as singer for the canoe trip, how are singing and morale linked?

Peter Holt: In my view singing and morale are closely linked. You can likely figure out what I do on these long, hot walks to keep everyone’s spirits up.

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Keeping Tabs…

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Keeping Tabs…

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15582 Heather Thorne-Albright: Went from Recorded Warning to Four Bars

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15582 Heather Thorne-Albright ADC/CWAdO – Class of 1986

I have to admit, when I was asked to write about myself for this issue I was a little hesitant. I am proud of the career that I have had and the choices that I have made but I find it quite daunting to write about myself. To be selected for “bar slate” came easily for some, but not for me. I had a Review Board in Chilliwack and I was on Recorded Warning in First Year at RMC; so imagine what it meant to me to graduate with First Class Honours and Four Bars.

I remember telling the First Years during our Winter Slate introductions that “Bar Wars” had been pretty intense that year and as they could see……I lost! CWAdO was probably the most dreaded bar position to get. Life as an Aide de Camp had been busy and I was so looking forward to being a slasher. I can still see my Squadron Commander, then Capt Natynczyk, laughing across the table from me in the Mess Hall when the slate was announced and they called my name. But it allowed me to work closely with Colonel Harky Smith and I will cherish that time and that learning opportunity always.

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College Chief: The Real Deal

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The Real Chief Keith Part I: A Challenging Career

Interview conducted in two parts  By OCdt (I) Pablo R. Cardona (27832)

Prologue:

Imagine yourself as a young NCM responsible for the maintenance of shipboard weapons systems. Being new and relatively inexperienced, you knock on the door of the Chiefs and POs mess in search of your Petty Officer supervisor. When the PO arrives, he is disheveled and appears intoxicated. He knocks you on your back, shoves his foot on your throat, and threatens you, “never bother me before 1000hrs again”. Surely none of us would have ever thought that this could happen in the Canadian Armed Forces. Yet, in the early 1980s that happened to hard-working southern Ontario farm-boy Keith Davidson.

Chapter 1: Rough Beginnings

Although Chief Petty Officer First Class Davidson grew up in a small southern Ontario farming community, his love of the ocean had haunted him since his earliest recollections.  His mother begged the Stratford, Ontario branch of the Navy League of Canada’s Commanding Officer to let him join the organization, a year before he became eligible. When he turned 13, he joined the Royal Canadian Sea Cadet Corps and served as a cadet reaching the rank of Chief Petty Officer 1st Class at the age of 16 and as planned, joined the Royal Canadian Navy at the age of 18. (Perhaps a sign of things to come). His choice to join the Royal Canadian Navy after high school was directly related to the positive experiences in both the Navy League and the Sea Cadet Corps.

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Une expérience inoubliable – Battlefield Tour 2016 – Life changing experience

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 Battlefield Tour 2016: Cadet Journals

These Journals were written by a number of cadets, and collected and put together by OCdt Jamie Doucette.

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“After grabbing some grub and a beer at a local bar, we headed back to the hotel to catch some much needed Z’s in order to tackle the next day of the Tour.”

26555 OCdt Alex Beaulieu

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« Le fait qu’un cimetière allemand soit en France aide à croire que malgré toute cette violence, l’homme est bon».

26432 Élof Marie-Élaine Bernier

 

“By being on the ground and seeing the rows of graves, I believe I can speak for the group in saying that it was a truly breathtaking and humbling experience.”

26711 OCdt Josh Horlings

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“This trip has strengthened my feeling of pride and purpose in our Canadian Armed Forces and I am thoroughly excited to graduate next year and begin my service.”

26840 NCdt Mackenzie Labrecque

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“Despite visiting these important locations, it was on this day that I began to see the change in warfare from the grinding attrition of WW1, to the objective-oriented manoeuvre warfare seen in WW2.”

26653 OCdt Michael Cherry

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«Cette étape avait comme but de nous faire voir et comprendre les batailles qui eurent lieu suite au débarquement de Normandie».

26964 Élof Alexandre Palardy

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“I never knew when I would be able to see Paris, but I am glad I was able to witness it with my best friends while finishing off the most enriching experience thus far in my life.”

26554 OCdt Brittany Germain

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“The Battlefield Tour is a trip I wish every Cadet at RMCC had the chance to participate in. Learning about the First and Second World Wars in a classroom and learning about them standing on the battlefields are two entirely different experiences.”

26572 OCdt Jamie Doucette

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BF 2016: Emotional roller coaster

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Battlefield Tour – 2016

26613 Ocdt (IV) Kyra Smith – 9 Squadron -  CSTO

The Battlefield tour offered at RMC is an experience unlike any other. The emotional roller coaster in a foreign country leaves every cadet breathless. Witnessing the fields in person where many Canadians, and other brave soldiers, fought and lost their lives, as well as the plains where they were successful and brought glory to their names, brought about many different emotions.

We began our trip with an overnight flight to Paris, stopping firstly at La Somme, where we visited the battlefield of Beaumont Hamel, and the monument to the Newfoundland Regiment men who lost their lives in this bloody battle. Dr. Coombs, professor of history at RMC, demonstrated the small distance they managed to travel, before being brutally taken down by a machine gun. The trenches were preserved so we could see the line of advancement, and from there we could look just a little further where the machine gunner was situated that gunned down the entire regiment. Dr. Coombs added an emotional element to the visit by recounting a personal testimony detailing the involvement of his distant relatives in this specific battle.

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The Week That Was & More…

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  • 4 cadets commissioned in Currie Hall

  • RMCC Cadets Best (Simulation) NATO Delegation …

  • Professional Military Training – 24 Feb

  • (W) Fencers close second at OUA finals

  • IV Years Wine & Cheese

  • “The Ukrainians: God’s Volunteer Battalion,”

 

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Parents of e-Veritas volunteers speak from their hearts

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A core lifeline which has ensured the survival of e-veritas over the past 11 years has been the solid volunteer support from cadets. This year three of the best are now in IV Year and only a few months from graduating. We hope that this early article is not a jinx.

The parents of 4th Year E-Veritas Staff, OCdts Denice Zoretich (Photographer), Erik St-Gelais (Photographer) and Danielle Andela (Writer) reflect on the journey they’ve supported their children through at RMC.

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26972 (III) Chantel Fortier: Little things meant a lot when times were tough

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26972 Chantel Fortier (III) – Pilot – English major;  going for honours next year.

What were your inspiration & motivation to attend RMCC?

I originally learned of RMC through former members of my Air Cadet squadron (88 Airdrie Lynx). They described RMC as not only a historical institution with a legacy of pride and support behind it, but as a place to challenge yourself. Descriptions of the Arts departments in particular snagged me; as a prospective university student, positive reviews from trusted friends of the degree programs really hit home for me.

What is your most favourable memory of your time at RMCC?

 

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Future U.S. Chiefs of Staff Visit RMC as West Point Cadets

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The Royal Military College of Canada, Kingston 1921 –1925: Future U.S. Chiefs of Staff Visit RMC as West Point Cadets

Pt 10

At the beginning of our second year at the R.M.C. I was officially confirmed as class senior and held responsible for its conduct and discipline. This year was one of consolidation. The academic course was intensified and became more interesting as we began to move into the application of some of the pure mathematics and science studied in our first year. There were no crises and, with one notable exception, no particularly remarkable events. The exception was an invitation from General Douglas MacArthur, then Superintendent at West Point Military Academy, addressed to our own Commandant asking the R.M.C. to send a hockey team to West Point to play a match. The hockey team visited West Point in the spring of 1923, thus initiating the series of annual games between the two military institutions.

As in our first year. I continued to serve in ‘B’ Company, and lived in Fort Frederick dormitory, and in administering the class had found it necessary to have a responsible deputy in the dormitory on the other side of the square, the Stone Frigate. This role of deputy in ‘A’ Company eventually evolved upon Jack McMahon, another old Ashburian, whose integrity was unquestioned and who was highly respected by all our class mates. At the end of our second year when the “stripe list” (cadet promotion list) was published, I and Jack McMahon were both appointed lance corporals in that order of seniority, I to continue as class senior for the third year and Jack being confirmed as class second-in-command.

“I have seen mutiny on the high seas, and it’s mutiny I read in the eyes of you two”.

Sir Archie Macdonnell

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Morale Building Quotes from Sir Edmund Hillary

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Morale Building Quotes from Sir Edmund Hillary:

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Deaths

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Deaths

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