In This Issue 35

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RMC Foundation 17th Annual Legacy Dinner

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In This Issue 35:

FYOP 2014: Two Weeks Down; Three To Go

More FYOP News: Harrier & Regatta Updates…

Training for the “M”

Gaining Leadership Experience Through Space / Apprendre à mener grâce à l’espace

Kingston Branch Receives Education on ALOY…

Keeping Tabs…

Tanks, Leadership and Extra Duties

Class Notes

CLAUDE SCILLEY: Unique is the bond among members of a championship team

(M) Soccer picks-up win; while (W) Soccer tie; & REUNION WEEKEND FUN RUN


Jobs – Careers / Carrières -

The Marker and Photo Memories…

RMC Review – Dec 1939…”The war has brought many and quick changes to the R.M.C. which was to be expected in the one national military College in the Dominion.”


We are aware of the many great events which were held at RMC Saint-Jean over the past weekend. We look forward to posting photos and articles when we receive them.

Temple de la renommée 2014 / Hall of Fame 2014 (51 photos)

Le Temple de la renommée du Collège militaire royal de Saint-Jean a pour but de reconnaître les personnes – militaires ou civiles – qui ont contribué de façon extraordinaire au FAC, à leur communauté respective et à la société canadienne, et dont le parcours est marqué par un passage au Collège militaire royal de Saint-Jean, que ce soit à titre d’étudiant ou d’employé. Cette année, seront intronisés, le Lieutenant-général (ret), et ex-Sénateur Roméo Dallaire, M. Gilles Ouimet, Brigadier-Général (ret). Cadieux et Sir David Ruddy.

The Royal Military College Saint-Jean Hall of Fame is established to recognize those who have brilliantly contributed to the Canadian Armed Forces, their community and Canadian society and whose careers was greatly influenced or related to Royal Military College Saint-Jean – either as student or staff. This year the inductees are Lieutenant-General (retd) and ex-Senator Roméo Dallaire, Mr Gilles Ouimet, Brigadier-general (retd) Cadieux and Sir David Ruddy.

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FYOP 2014 – Week One in the Books


Class of 2018 Arrive


FYOP 2014 – The First 24 Hours




Welcome New Sponsors. Thank You! Bienvenu aux nouveaux Sponsors. Merci!Updated


RMC Foundation Top 10 Classes – #4 – Class of 1953



Morale Building Quotes from Hannibal (247 – 181 BC)

“God has given to man no sharper spur to victory than contempt of death.”

“I will either find a way, or make one.”

Hannibal, son of Hamilcar Barca[n 1] (247 – 183/182/181 BC)[n 2] was a Punic Carthaginian military commander, generally considered one of the greatest military commanders in history. His father, Hamilcar Barca, was the leading Carthaginian commander during the First Punic War, his younger brothers were Mago and Hasdrubal, and he was brother-in-law to Hasdrubal the Fair.

Hannibal lived during a period of great tension in the Mediterranean, when the Roman Republic established its supremacy over other great powers such as Carthage, the Hellenistic kingdoms of Macedon, Syracuse, and the Seleucid empire. One of his most famous achievements was at the outbreak of the Second Punic War, when he marched an army, which included elephants, from Iberia over the Pyrenees and the Alps into northern Italy. In his first few years in Italy, he won three dramatic victories—Trebia, Trasimene, and Cannae, in which he distinguished himself for his ability to determine his and his opponent’s strengths and weaknesses, and to play the battle to his strengths and the enemy’s weaknesses—and won over many allies of Rome. Hannibal occupied much of Italy for 15 years, but a Roman counter-invasion of North Africa forced him to return to Carthage, where he was decisively defeated by Scipio Africanus at the Battle of Zama. Scipio had studied Hannibal’s tactics and brilliantly devised some of his own, and finally defeated Rome’s nemesis at Zama, having previously driven Hasdrubal, Hannibal’s brother, out of the Iberian Peninsula.

After the war, Hannibal successfully ran for the office of suffete. He enacted political and financial reforms to enable the payment of the war indemnity imposed by Rome; however, Hannibal’s reforms were unpopular with members of the Carthaginian aristocracy and in Rome, and he fled into voluntary exile. During this time, he lived at the Seleucid court, where he acted as military advisor to Antiochus III in his war against Rome. After Antiochus met defeat at the Battle of Magnesia and was forced to accept Rome’s terms, Hannibal fled again, making a stop in Armenia. His flight ended in the court of Bithynia, where he achieved an outstanding naval victory against a fleet from Pergamon. He was afterwards betrayed to the Romans and committed suicide by poisoning himself.

Often regarded as one of the greatest military strategists in history, Hannibal would later be considered one of the greatest generals of antiquity, together with Alexander the Great, Julius Caesar, Scipio, and Pyrrhus of Epirus. Plutarch states that, when questioned by Scipio as to who was the greatest general, Hannibal is said to have replied either Alexander or Pyrrhus, then himself,[11] or, according to another version of the event, Pyrrhus, Scipio, then himself.[12] Military historian Theodore Ayrault Dodge once famously called Hannibal the “father of strategy”,[13] because his greatest enemy, Rome, came to adopt elements of his military tactics in its own strategic arsenal. This praise has earned him a strong reputation in the modern world, and he was regarded as a great strategist by men like Napoleon Bonaparte.

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FYOP 2014: Two Weeks Down; Three To Go

Posted by rmcclub on September 8th, 2014

FYOP 2014: Two Weeks Down; Three To Go


The 62 young men and women selected to serve as First Year Orientation staff have all been working at a feverish pitch since the arrival over two weeks ago of the 179 members of the Class of 2018.

The staff breakdown: five per 12 squadrons and two Headquarters Staff - OCdts Alexandra LaPlante and Alexander Hart are the officer in-charge & 2 i/c  – respectively.  Both are the key action officers and are able to provide answers and insight on all FYOP daily business.

These cadets’ leaders come from all over Canada; are studying in a wide variety of Degree Programs and cover over a dozen military occupations.

A diverse group, indeed!

This leadership structure oversees the military training and development of the new arrivals over a five week period. This is not just some role-playing game with senior cadets pretending to be leaders. These hand-picked cadets get real-life experience in shaping future leaders at the very start of their military careers.

An awesome responsibility, indeed!

In theory, FYOP is cadet-run, with adult (commissioned officer) supervision. In reality, very few major decisions are made without the collaboration of the cadet officer in-charge and a commissioned officer – also known as the Military Staff Advisor. This year the staff officer is 23935 Captain Zackary Gatehouse. The 2008 RMCC graduate, with a tour in Afghanistan under his belt; arrived at the college in 2012 and has been an impressive and hard-working Squadron Commander from Day one.

He devotes a lot of his time and considerable energy to helping the staff achieve the goal of a highly successful 2014 FYOP.

When asked about the main challenges facing 2014 FYOP. “Minor injuries, nothing major; mostly because of the constant physical training, and try outs with varsity teams.” The former RMCC Sandhurst coach added, “…nothing to be too concerned with, pretty normal at this stage of FYOP.”

These nagging type injuries do cut into quality training time but are not considered show-stoppers.

For many years, RMCC officer-cadets have progressed through “Recruit Term” (the former name before FYOP) with the tools necessary to combine a high tempo university education with equally demanding military training.

From where we sit, officer-cadets from the  Class of 2018 are fortunate indeed to have such a dedicated crew, constantly passing on sage advice and looking after them.

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More FYOP News: Harrier & Regatta Updates…

Posted by rmcclub on September 8th, 2014

Click on photos for better viewing… More Harriers race photos here

Harrier 2014

By: 26972 OCdt (II) Chantel Fortier – 2 Squadron

“If it ain’t raining, you aren’t training….” In the fine words of many a MCpl, the 2014 Harrier Race began with glowering clouds broken only by the nervous smiles of first years swarming the parade square. As the first official event mixing FYOP with the rest of the Cadet Wing, there were shows of camaraderie and color from every corner. Especially, of course, the mascots.

It’s a tradition in the Harrier Race for first years to be entrusted with their squadron paraphernalia – a wild array of items ranging from gigantic mascot heads to flags, hats, and headbands. Despite the sullen weather, the Wing came together in a show of support for their initiates. The race began at 0830 and the Wing in its entirety thundered across the peninsula and up the familiar Fort Henry course to complete its 5k around the campus, Point Frederick, and the final stretch by the Senior Staff Mess.

For many of FYOP, still transitioning from civilian life, the race was a challenge, but the collectivity of the Wing bolstered their confidence. “I was fully qualified as a reservist before coming here,” said OCdt Sommer, a promising potential for 4 Sqn. “So I was somewhat more prepared for FYOP than my peers. Here at RMCC, the population is over a thousand, yet the level of teamwork and unit cohesion here is incredible for a unit of this size. I feel proud to be on the parade square today, and it inspires me to work hard to prove to them that I deserve a place among them.”

It was particularly inspiring to run the race and see the Wing’s support for FYOP. Despite rivalries common to Wing events, seniors ran alongside first years of all squadrons to cheer them on to the finish. At the end, the nervousness that dominated the parade square before the race had vanished, and even in the downpour, the FYOP future seems sunnier than ever.

More Regatta photos here


By: 26972 OCdt (II) Chantel Fortier – 2 Squadron

In wild contrast to the Harrier Race of Saturday morning, Regatta Day dawned bright and beautiful on the water. Pumped up from an unexpected afternoon of rest the day before, the first years marshalled themselves by the docks at 1255, eyeing the course that would be determining the next key event of FYOP 2014.

Rain or shine, the Regatta is a traditional event of FYOP that marks an opportunity for first years to truly capitalize on squadron pride. Colors ranged the docks as the squadrons gathered themselves to support their first years, and items acquired during the previous day’s race were reacquired with admirable shows of determination. The course requires cadets to gather in fifteen-man boats, rowing their way to a buoy on the far side of Navy Bay and back to their respective docks as quickly as possible. Led by OPI Anna Childerhose, 2 Sqn, the cadets were broken into their divisions for four initial rounds, with the winners (best times) progressing to the semi-finals and then the finals.

Fighter, the first years of 2 Sqn, began strong in the A Div starter round with a time of 2:18, closely followed by the victorious Romeo of 6 Sqn, B Div at 2:37, Tango of C Div and Savage, 10 Sqn, D Div tying for the best time with 2:17 each. The semi-finals placed Fighter, Savage and Grizzly on the line, with Fighter finishing at an astounding 2:12. Tango, Hunter and Victory rounded off the second heat of the semi-finals, with Tango in second place with 2:16 and Hunter bringing up the rear at 2:25. The finals were a nail-biting contest of cheers as the second years hailed in their FYOP flights, at last concluding with Fighter in at 2:16, Hunter at 2:44 and Tango at 2:45.

It was an afternoon full of bragging, competing and joy at the first years’ first weekend with the Wing. All of the times were incredibly close, ranging from just over two minutes and not once breaking three. With such a promising start, FYOP 2014 will no doubt continue to amaze and captivate their Wing, and perhaps surprise us when the obstacle course at the end of September joins them at last to the age-old community of RMCC.

Ed Note: We welcome, 26972 OCdt (II) Chantel Fortier – 2 Squadron as part of our e-Veritas team. Time permitting from her other essential commitments, we look forward to Chantel to continue submitting a number of other interesting articles from around the RMCC campus.

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Training for the “M”

Posted by rmcclub on September 8th, 2014

The Week That Was & More…

Articles coordinated by: 26659 OCdt (III) Danielle Andela – CWIIO

This week, the weekly Professional Military Training consisted of a welcome brief by the Cadet Wing Commander, OCdt (IV) 26339 Lizée, and Cadet Wing Training Officer, OCdt (IV) 26167 Trudel. For the second year officer cadets, new from CMR St. Jean, a brief was also attended regarding college traditions so they can integrate more quickly into the school. Here follow a few words from a cadet in each year as they attended the briefings:

Résumé du PMT du mercredi 3 septembre 2014

Ce mercredi 3 septembre, les élèves de deuxième année du collège militaire royal du Canada ont assisté à une présentation du CWC et du CWTO lors de la période de PMT. De plus, les nouveaux deuxième année arrivés du collège militaire royal Saint-Jean ont assisté une présentation sur les traditions du collège de Kingston.

Mot d’un ancien élève de Saint-Jean sur la présentation des traditions du CMRC :

Le 3 septembre dernier, les nouveaux élèves-officiers du collège militaire royale de Kingston assistaient à une présentation, portant à présenter les coutumes et traditions du collège. La présentation débutait avec la classe de 1876, « The old eighteens », et se poursuivait avec la parade de l’Arche qui commémore l’entrée et la sortie des élèves-officiers au RMC. La rencontre se terminait avec une court résumé du programme POPA, lequel vivent les nouveaux arrivants du collège, et de la cérémonie « passing of the square », cérémonie où les participants du programme doivent mérités leur entré au RMC en répondant à des questions historiques et culturelles en lien avec le collège ainsi qu’à une courte série d’exercice élémentaire.

- OCdt (II) 26738 Vendette

Résumé du mot de bienvenue du CWC et du CWTO :

Lors de leur mot de bienvenue, le CWC et le CWTO ont rappelé à la classe de deuxième année les objectifs du directeur des élèves-officiers concernant les nouvelles règles mises en place afin d’améliorer l’apprentissage continu lors du passage au collège en établissant des distinctions précises entre chaque année et en imposant un système d’avancement qui n’est pas seulement basé sur la séniorité, mais aussi sur la performance dans les quatre piliers du CMRC soit le bilinguisme, l’académique, le sportif et la composante militaire.

Le CWTO a aussi parlé de l’esprit de corps qui est un aspect important de la deuxième année au CMRC. En effet, il est important de renforcer l’esprit de corps dans la classe de deuxième année, car c’est l’année la plus critique au collège, dans le sens où il est facile qu’un camarade s’isole ou s’égard des valeurs du collège. L’essentiel est de renforcer le caractère d’équipe un aspect présent au collège et partout ailleurs dans les Forces armées canadiennes.

Des présentations de cette sorte permettent de mieux comprendre l’implication des élèves dans la dynamique entre la chaine de commande, la chaine d’autorité et le reste des élèves-officiers ainsi que d’apprendre l’histoire du CMRC pour les nouveaux arrivants de Saint-Jean.

- NCdt (II) 27026 Pouliot-Maillette

III Year report…

The start of each year at RMC brings its own unique changes and difficulties. To help ease this transition into some new regulations and additions to the CADWINS, the CWTO and CWC both briefed the Third year class at this week’s PMT. Explaining their intent and the added responsibility of being a junior leader at the college, the CWC and CWTO made their expectations of the class clear: Be leaders of the changes and set the example for the first and second year classes. In addition, the CWC explained the importance of setting yourself up now, for future success as Barmen. He also hit at the importance of taking each position in the cadet wing as important and to become an active leader in these roles, in order to advance our leadership abilities. Third Year has just begun, but it truly is an important one. Academics, leadership, bilingualism and athletics are truly coming together as it will culminate in the Class of 2016 taking control of the Cadet Wing in one short year.

- OCdt (III) 26634 Pathinather

IV Year report…

Following a successful Wing parade, the fourth year class piled into Currie Hall. This week’s PMT consisted of a short briefing conducted by the CWC and CWTO. It revolved around what is expected of fourth year Officer Cadets. Obviously as the seniors at the college, the burden of responsibility and mentorship lays on our shoulders. A reminder that being a role models for the junior years, as well as pushing forward with things that we want to improve are important aspects of our final year at RMCC.

- OCdt (IV) 26257 Zachary Day

Harrier Race: Pushing to the Limit

This past Saturday, September 6th, once again various members of the Royal Military College of Canada’s staff and officer-cadets participated in the annual Harrier Race.

The race followed a trek around campus and up Fort Henry, ending up back at the parade square where the participants caught their breath with fresh oranges and a healthy dose of rain.

In the large group of runners, along with the cadet wing leadership, one could see first year flights, squadron colours, dogs, strollers and college staff staff including the Commandant of RMCC, Brigadier-General Meinzinger; College Principal Dr.Kowal.

The event was a big success however, unfortunately, due to rain, the subsequent sports day events were cancelled. The members of RMCC, whether staff or officer cadets, ran hard and stuck together throughout this traditional race.


The Last Run of Joliette Squadron

As has been seen since the disbanding of 13 Squadron, Joliette, the ex-members could be seen running as a group during the annual Harrier Race. This run, however, was different from the others because the last members of Joliette Squadron are soon to graduate. So with this event we say goodbye to the long lost Joliette squadron and the sandstorm t-shirts we’re always looking for!

Previous e-Veritas article on 13 SquadronPioneer Squadron Commander Remembers…

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Gaining Leadership Experience Through Space / Apprendre à mener grâce à l’espace

Posted by rmcclub on September 8th, 2014

Gaining Leadership Experience Through Space

Submitted by: 26080 NCdt (IV)Jeremy J.P.J. Gaulin

The Royal Military College of Canada’s (RMCC) contribution to the International Space University program goes back to 20 years ago. Since 1994, the International Space University (ISU), in partnership with the RMCC physics department, offers summer employment to Officer Cadets (OCdts), where they receive the opportunity to be immersed in an international contribution to the space industry.

This year, ISU was based in Montreal. Although remaining in Canada, the cultural differences observed in the workplace brought an educational value to those who were lucky enough to participate. Learning to work with people with different background and cultures can be challenging and requires leadership abilities, most of which are crucial to any officers. In terms of educational value towards the space program, opportunities like these are hard to find.

Whether the day consisted of attending classes given by highly qualified experts, or whether we spend the day touring highly specialized space industries (Canadian Space Agency, Bombardier, International Civil Aeronautical Organization, etc.), the day was always filled with excitement. This international collaboration provided all participants with the opportunity to understand that a co-operation between collections of countries made it possible to solve even the most difficult problems. The opportunity to work with so many different cultures also exposed OCdts to a leadership experience essential to their training to become better officers.

Apprendre à mener grâce à l’espace

La collaboration du Collège Militaire Royal du Canada (CMRC) au programme de l’International Space University remonte à il y 20 ans. Depuis 1994, chaque été l’ISU, en partenariat avec le département de physique du CMRC, offre plusieurs positions de coordinateur audio-visuel dans une destination internationale.

Bien que cette année, le programme se soit déroulé à Montréal, l’immersion dans un domaine de travail extrêmement différent du collège est une valeur éducationnelle importante pour un ou une élof. Apprendre à travailler sur un site étranger civil avec des gens de tous les pays demande une manière différente d’interagir et de planifier. Pour ce qui a trait au côté spatiale, cette été à Montréal fût fortement intéressante.

Que ce soit d’assister à des cours magistraux donnés par des professionnels du monde entier dont des astronautes, de visiter les lieux de l’industrie spatiale locale (MDA, Agence Spatiale Canadienne, Bombardier, etc…), ou des nombreuses rencontres et activités parmi les participants internationaux, le programme fût définitivement une expérience professionnelle riche en apprentissage qui peut s’avérer utile à un futur officier voulant œuvrer dans le domaine de l’espace plus tard dans sa carrière.

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Kingston Branch Receives Education on ALOY…

Posted by rmcclub on September 8th, 2014

Caption: As per usual many members of the Kingston Branch mingle and catch up on the news prior to sitting down for lunch.

ALOY Starts 7th Season In Good Shape


The Aboriginal Leader Opportunity Year (ALOY) program just launched its seventh year at the Royal Military College of Canada. Specifically, it was created in August 2008 to provide a military education and learning experience for members of aboriginal communities in Canada.  For someone who has been around since the beginning – “You’ve come a long way, baby.”

The Kingston Branch during their monthly September Luncheon, organized a very interesting presentation which was led by C Division Commander, Maj Jon Hamilton, a member of the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry (PPCLI). He was accompanied by 2013 ALOY graduate OCdt Alura Castle from Vancouver, British Columbia. OCdt Castle is now entered in I Year and is currently going through the rigorous First Year Orientation Program (FYOP).

All in attendance were grateful to receive a first-hand account of what has become a very successful program. ALOY officer cadets sign a formal one year contract; they are actually on the RMCC grounds for a 10 month program which involves: university level study, military training, athletic development, and aboriginal culture.

Currently there are 17 cadets as part of the 2014/15 ALOY program from almost every region of Canada. The overall purpose of ALOY is to provide a highly positive, productive & preparatory educational and leadership experience.

The 39 year old, 14 year CAF veteran who was born in Peterborough, ON stressed the point that ALOY is not a recruiting tool for the Canadian military but rather an opportunity to instill the importance of service to Canada. Past graduates of the program have provided ervice to Canada in a number of ways, including positions at the community, provincial and federal levels.

One of the intangible benefits, ALOY has opened the door to a better understanding of Aboriginal culture by non-natives. For example, at RMCC, there are a number of aboriginal cultural events that are held throughout the school year that are open to all staff and students to participate including, sweatlodges and smudges.

Following the formal presentation a number of questions were asked by members of the audience to both Major Hamilton and the well spoken OCdt Castle who handled them with ease and grace.

All in attendance agreed it was a great and interesting topic; most of us left with a much better understanding on the value of ALOY.

A tip of the cap to Branch Secretary, Andrew Robb who organized the event and coordinated and arranged for the two excellent speakers..

More photos by Curtis Maynard Here

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Keeping Tabs…

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Broker at Right At Home Realty, Inc

Strategic planning with integrity

Telfer Executive MBA Candidate 2015 at Telfer School of Management – École de gestion Telfer

Associate at MIltons IP

Trade Commissioner at High Commission of Canada to India and Embassy of Canada to Nepal/Bhutan

Assistant Marine Engineering Officer/Head of Department at Canadian Armed Forces (CAF), Royal Canadian Navy (RCN)

Staff Officer

Business Development Manager at Raytheon Canada Limited

442 Transport and Rescue Squadron Commanding Officer at Department of National Defence

Chief Operations Officer at Transwest Air

Consultant at NTT DATA Americas

Project Senior Officer at Department of National Defence

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Tanks, Leadership and Extra Duties

Posted by rmcclub on September 8th, 2014

ED Note: The following article by Major Eric Angell (22140) is the 3rd  of four armoured corps related articles which were all written during the Spring of 2014. They were originally scheduled to appear in the Summer edition of the Veritas magazine. Due to a large number of other submitted articles, space limitations became a problem. Consequently they have been reassigned to e-Veritas.

The articles are well done, still relevant and are aimed at the cadet readership. Others will certainly find them interesting too.

In an effort to prevent overload we have decided to spread these articles over four Issues. The links to the first two articles are provided below.


Tanks, Leadership and Extra Duties

Major Eric Angell (22140)

Given that I am currently the Officer Commanding (OC) A Squadron (Leopard 2) at Lord Strathcona’s Horse (Royal Canadians), I will start by extolling the virtues of the tank. The tank, more specifically the Leopard 2, is the consummate war machine. Those who have had the incredible fortune to work in or around tanks will know what I mean; I hope the rest of you unfortunate people can envision the tank’s awesomeness from my words alone.

I do not claim to be a truly great leader, or to possess the “secrets” of leadership that I can pass along to you, the readers. However, I have made it this far so I must be doing a few things right. First off, you will make mistakes (Big Ones!) with potentially life and death consequences. The key is to do everything you can to avoid mistakes (through careful thought and planning) and to accept responsibility. You made the mistake, so own up to it. Your soldiers will respect you for it.

I firmly believe that to be a good leader, you must first be a good follower. As a leader you must be unafraid of really getting to know your subordinates, their families, their motivations etc. A great way to do this is to spend time with them at work and in the field. Assist them when you have the time, turning a few wrenches now and then can be a great opportunity to get to know your subordinates.

I also believe that mentorship is vital to the success of the military. We cannot expect the leaders of the future to excel, if we don’t put any time and effort into ensuring they succeed and are allowed to make and learn from mistakes. You are the “mentee” now, and will be for the next little while. Do not be afraid to ask questions and to take the advice of your NCOs. I guarantee that they have been there and done that! Also, observe other leaders and determine what are the good traits to emulate and what are the bad traits to avoid. Even though you should never attempt to copy someone else’s leadership style, you can nevertheless learn many good lessons from simple observation. Like the Kaiser said: “I never learn from my own mistakes, I prefer to learn from the mistakes of others” (loosely translated from German). Be yourself, and be honest to yourself. Also remember that once you have made the transaction from “mentee” to “mentor” you have the obligation to pass on your hard earned knowledge to those coming behind you.

Be clear in your intent and direction, leave room for initiative, but never for misinterpretation. I learned this lesson the hard way, which takes me back to my point about owning your mistakes, and also the last part of the title. I did more extra duties as an OC than as a subaltern!

Lastly, never forget or take for granted how awesome your job really is. Being in the military is without a doubt the coolest job on the planet. Remember that, enjoy it, and have fun.


Previous articles from two previous armoured corps related articles:

 Coles Notes on the Workings of the armoured corps

RMCC to Battle Captain

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Class Notes

Posted by rmcclub on September 8th, 2014

8475 Rem Westland, Class of ’70  had an interesting  article that appeared in the Ottawa Citizen this summer which may be of interest to other ex-cadets (or other readers) who have run for public office or are contemplating doing so…

Running For Public Office…

This overview and the diary that follows will be of interest to a great many people. The book was written most specifically, however, for those who consider running for public office at the federal or provincial level in Canada after having proven themselves in the course of their chosen careers. This is what happened to me.

To prove yourself in any line of work takes at least twenty years of challenges missed and met, risks endured and overcome, failures acknowledged and successes acclaimed. The reader I have foremost in mind is therefore a man or woman who is a novice candidate and is likely to be in the middle years of life.

To be a “novice candidate” means more than being a person who is stepping into the electoral process for the first time. It also means you do not have a family background in politics. You are not following the footsteps of a parent or a grandparent who has, around the dinner table or through family lore, let you know what to expect. You are not networked within the structures of the political party you are about to represent on the public stage. You may even have altogether avoided being identified with one political party or another. To this point in your career you have kept your political leanings private.

Con’t…Much More

Ex-Cadet wins the Royal Canadian Navy’s Female Athlete of the Year

24032 Lt(N) Chantel Helwer (nee Lemay) (Class 2008) only started fencing in her first year at the college but found a lifelong passion for the sport.  In her four years at the college she won numerous medals at the university and provincial level but that was only the beginning.

2013 was a big year for the former Paladins fencer.  She was in her second year of studies as a law student at the University of Manitoba and the Deck Officer of HMCS CHIPPAWA, yet she achieved a number of personal bests.  She won the silver medal at the first Canadian University Championships, placed 45th at the World University Games in Russia, 85th at her first World Championships in Hungary and had a top result of 88th at a World Cup in France.  As a result she was named the Royal Canadian Navy’s top female athlete for 2013 and is in the running for the overall Canadian Armed Forces female athlete of the year which will be announced 24 October 2014 at the CF Sports Awards Ceremony in Ottawa.

Recently Lt(N) Helwer was selected as a member of Team Canada which will be competing at the Commonwealth Fencing Championships 10-15 November 2014 in Scotland.  This event is only held every 4 years and only 4 athletes per country are selected to attend.  Her long terms goals are to compete for the Canadian Armed Forces at the 2015 World Military Games in Korea and to qualify for the 2016 Olympics in Brazil.

In the 10 years since Lt(N) Helwer started fencing she has fenced in 13 countries and won 43 medals and she is not done yet!  You can follow her fencing career at and if you would like to help support her busy season including the Commonwealth Fencing Championships and other International events then check out

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CLAUDE SCILLEY: Unique is the bond among members of a championship team

Posted by rmcclub on September 8th, 2014

Unique is the bond among members of a championship team


Few things can rival the bond that arises from the shared experiences of those who are part of a sports team, but at Royal Military College there was a perk that went with being a varsity athlete that students on other campuses wouldn’t necessarily appreciate.

“You don’t get out much from RMC,” Murray Ramsbottom said on the telephone from Victoria, “unless you’re on a representative team of some description.

“I don’t say it unkindly, but the opportunity to get away from the institution, and sample something other than institutional meals (was something to look forward to). The meals weren’t bad at RMC in the late fifties, but they weren’t great, and it was nice to get out on those occasions when we travelled for our away games.”

Ramsbottom was on the senior volleyball team while he was at RMC, but he was also a member of the football team that in 1959 won the Ottawa-St. Lawrence Intercollegiate Athletic Association championship, a rare achievement for a small college competing in a league with Ottawa, Carleton, McMaster, Waterloo and the Ontario Agricultural College, now the University of Guelph.

“As I recall the student body was just a little over 400 when I attended,” he said. “You had to draw from that very modest number of gentleman cadets to form all of your teams. We were very fortunate, and well coached, I suggest, to be able to win the Ottawa-St. Lawrence (championship) with a very few individuals.

“It was quite an accomplishment.”

RMC finished third in what was known at the time as the Ontario Intercollegiate Football Conference, with a 4-3 record, beating Carleton twice, Waterloo and, in the final game of the season, the University of Ottawa, to finish as the top team among those from the Ottawa-St. Lawrence association.

“We came along at the end of the season,” Ramsbottom recalled of a team that won four of its last five games. “Things didn’t start too well, with a couple of losses, but under the firm hand of Hank Tamowski, our coach, things came together and by the end of the season the team was playing very well.”

Tamowski, a Royal Roads grad and an air force officer who was a squadron leader at RMC at the time, had played two years with the Ottawa Rough Riders in the middle 1950s. “He brought a lot of football expertise to the task at RMC and was able to pass that on to us with good results,” Ramsbottom said.

The Redmen won their last game that fall. Played in Ottawa, RMC prevailed 32-19, with Vince Steiner scoring three touchdowns, all on pass receptions. Russ Donaldson and John Vrana scored the other majors that day, with Vrana’s coming after an Ottawa kick was blocked at the Gee-Gees’ 45-yard line. George Kerr kicked two converts.

Bill McIntyre, who narrowly won the league scoring title that year over Steiner, scored all three Ottawa touchdowns.

A split end on offence and a corner linebacker on defence, Ramsbottom was in his fourth year at RMC.

“I wasn’t very big, 6-1 and 156 pounds, but in intercollegiate football in those days that wasn’t out of line,” he said. “There were a number of players on our own team who were even lighter than that. You had to make up in enthusiasm what you lacked in heft.”

Ramsbottom is modest about his role on the team. “I was not an outstanding football player by any stretch of the imagination,” he said. “My memories are pretty well associated with some of the individuals who were.”

Among them was Steiner, a running back “par excellence” who was, Ramsbottom recalled, “a joy to play with,” as well as Dick Cobbold and some “stalwarts along the line:” Butch Miller, John Whitaker and Walt Cotie—“great individuals and excellent football players.”

“(Steiner) was full of enthusiasm, energetic and an outstanding running back,” Ramsbottom said, “strong and powerful but very elusive as well. It was great fun to block for him, because it didn’t matter which way you hit your block, Vince was able to get around it for good yardage. He was an outstanding player. I think he could have played pro.”

Ramsbottom came to RMC after being encouraged to do so by his sister.

“Bless her heart,” he said. “She was a graduate nurse from Kingston General Hospital and she had encountered RMC cadets during her three years there and she spoke very highly of the college. My parents were of modest means and the prospect of a scholarship with a university education under the Regular Officer Training Plan was attractive.”

Ramsbottom was born in Perth but raised in Rideau Ferry, a hamlet at the south end of Big Rideau Lake in eastern Ontario, where his father owned the general store. “I have happy memories of that part of the world as well.”

Ramsbottom studied engineering in his first two years at RMC and general science for the last two, before joining the RCAF as an aerospace engineer.

It was an exciting time to be in the field.

“My 35 years in the forces were very rewarding. I enjoyed those years tremendously, worked with a lot of wonderful people, travelled, was lucky enough to serve in Europe for almost five years,” said Ramsbottom, who spent a year at Royal Air Force Staff College in Bracknell, England, almost four years in Germany, at Baden-Soellingen and then with the 4th Allied Tractical Air Force (4 ATAF) allied tactical air force at Ramstein.

Ramsbottom recalled the final two assignments of his career as being particularly rewarding. After attending National Defence College in Kingston in 1981, he was posted to the CF18 project office to be part of the fighter-acquisition program, where he was Deputy Project Manager for three years and then promoted to serve as Project Manager.

“It came in on time, under budget, and met all operational requirements,” Ramsbottom recalls, proudly. “I got a lot of satisfaction out of that assignment. I was in the right place at the right time, I guess, but it really was a tremendous challenge and tremendously gratifying to bring a new fighter aircraft into the Royal Canadian Air Force.

“We only do that about every 35 years in the Canadian military environment and to be there and play a major role was extremely enjoyable.”

Ramsbottom rose to the rank of Brigadier General and he completed his career as the senior aerospace engineer in the Canadian Forces, taking early retirement in 1990.

“My memories go back to RMC, the friends that you make there,” he said. “The camaraderie of the football team carries right through your career, and the tremendous people that you work with, you work for, that support you in your tasks, have left me with a tremendously warm (feeling) and a great sense of satisfaction for my 35 years. It was good fun.”

Ramsbottom then worked in the aerospace private sector before retiring a second time in 2004. He and his wife settled in Edmonton to be close to their daughter and two grandchildren. They all moved to Victoria in 2007, where Ramsbottom served as president of the local Rotary Club as it celebrated its 100th anniversary there.

He remains an avid golfer.

“It can be a frustrating game,” he admits, “but at my stage of life I realize that I’m never going to be a good golfer, so you just go out to enjoy your friends, the quality of the course and the warmth and the sunshine, and if you happen to have a good golf game, that’s a bonus.”

Ramsbottom’s sister, Maxine Cohrs, and her husband, Norman, still live in Kingston, and Ramsbottom said he enjoys visiting the city where he went to school.

“We all have our great memories,” he said. “Rather than any outstanding contribution that I personally made to the team, my memories are of the camaraderie, the association we had among the players on the team, the friendships that we made, the opportunities to travel a little bit.

“I really enjoyed it. I enjoyed the team spirit. I enjoyed the enthusiasm that Hank Tamowski was able to generate in our team; I enjoyed playing with outstanding individuals like Vince Steiner.

“It was special.”


Ed Note: Claude Scilley is a regular contributor to e-Veritas and  has been reporting on athletics at RMC since 1972. You can follow his coverage of university sport on his blog

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(M) Soccer picks-up win; while (W) Soccer tie; & REUNION WEEKEND FUN RUN

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Men’s and Women’s Fencing OUA – Fencing
Hockey OUA- Men’s Hockey CIS – Hockey
Rugby OUA – Men’s Rugby
Men’s Soccer OUA – Men’s Soccer CIS – Men’s Soccer
Women’s Soccer OUA - Women’s Soccer CIS - Women’s Soccer
Men’s Volleyball OUA – Men’s Volleyball CIS – Men’s Volleyball
Women’s Volleyball OUA – Women’s Volleyball CIS – Women’s Volleyball


Recent OUA Results:


Sun 7 Sept – Brock 24  @ RMC 20 – Box Score

(M) Soccer:

Sat – 6 Sept Nipissing 8 @ RMC 0 Box score

Sun – 7 Sept Laurentian 0 @ RMC 1 Box score

(W) Soccer:

Sat – 6 Sept Nipissing 2 @ RMC 2  Box score

Sun – 7 Sept Laurentian 1 @ RMC 0  Box score

Upcoming Games:


Sat 13 Sep RMC @ Queen’s  1 PM

(M) Soccer:

Sat 13 Sep RMC @ UOIT -  3:15 PM

Sun 14 Sep RMC @ Trent -  3:15 PM


(W) Soccer:

Sat 13 Sep RMC @ UOIT -   1 PM

Sun 14 Sep RMC @ Trent -  1 PM





By: 6891 Bill Aikman

Anyone for a run around Fort Henry?

Reunion Weekend at the end of September will include a fun run around Fort Henry for Old Brigade members, other ex-cadets and present-day cadets.

In essence this is a re-creation of the Cadet Wing Harriers Race including members of all elements of the college student body, past and present.   The plan is to start from the College Parade Square at 1500 hours on Saturday, September 27, and run completely around the Fort Henry Hill before returning to the parade square with smiles on our faces.

Ex-cadets of classes having reunions this year, from recent grads to Old Brigaders, are particularly invited to join the run.  If any of the classes wish to gather a group together from their year for the run, that would be even better. And, of course, present-day cadets are welcome too.  The college’s Harriers teams – both male and female – have already agreed to participate.

If the younger groups want to make a bit of a race of it, they are welcome to do so, but the Old Brigade members will not be racing – the completion of the run will be reward enough.  Afterwards, all participants are invited to gather at a nearby mess to quench their thirst and celebrate the comradeship that is such a great part of the college experience.

The run has been going on for several years now, and we hope to have 30 or more runners – both older and younger – join us.  Anyone interested in participating is requested to contact the organizer, 6891 Bill Aikman at to confirm arrangements.

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 The “Giant”, HMS ST. LAWRENCE, rounds Point Frederick and heads into Navy Bay accompanied by Prince Regent, Princess Charlotte, and Netley Sep 1814.

Dateline Kingston:  10 September 1814, the largest ship the Royal Navy ever launched in fresh water during the age of sail enters Navy Bay.

A first-rate ship of the line, she carried 112 guns, was 194 feet long, and displaced 2,304 tons.  Commodore Yeo made her his flagship and appointed Captain Frederick Hickey as Flag Captain.  During the War of 1812, control of the lake passed back and forth between contending forces.  But in its final months the Anglo-Canadians held sway.  While ST. LAWRENCE never saw action, her sustained and powerful sailing presence and the success of the Royal Naval Dockyard, with two more first-rate ships (CANADA and WOLFE) in the stocks, denied the enemy lake dominance and secured the vital supply and communications routes west.

After the war HMS ST LAWRENCE was decommissioned and its hull used as storage for a local Kingston brewery.  Later it was sunk close to shore in Kingston harbour (near the Tett Centre for Creativity and Learning), where its remains, in shallow water, have been explored by divers and underwater archaeologists.

The site below discusses St Lawrence and has a video of what remains today.

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Jobs – Careers / Carrières

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Engineering ManagerChef ingénierie

Agropur, Granby

Product return & losses Analyst- Analyste Retours et pertes de produits

Agropur, Markham

Maintenance Technical AgentAgent technique Entretien

Agropur, Notre-Dame du Bon Conseil

Senior Civil EngineerIngénieur civil senior

Aecon Groupe Ltée, Canada

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The Marker and Photo Memories…

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RMC Review – Dec 1939…”The war has brought many and quick changes to the R.M.C. which was to be expected in the one national military College in the Dominion.”

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