In This Issue 38

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“It brings back lots of old memories, it’s great to be here with all my buddies and that’s why I come down here every five years. Good for them [the first years] it’s good to see them following along. I wish them all the best and encourage them and tell them  -  don’t give up”.

10209 Chris Chance

In This Issue 38:

Legacy Dinner – In a Word – Slick

An Obstacle Course… Against the Clock

The First 32

Weather was Hot…Badging Parade Hotter!

Badging Ceremony: A Most Welcome Tradition

Keeping Tabs…

Two Giants Added to Wall of Honour

Wrap-up on Sunday – Like Icing on the Cake

The Return of the Old Brigade

Jen Ochej Meets Up With One of the First 32

(M) Soccer Wins 2 – Rugby Whips U of T – 58-22 / Cadets Win Pijper Cup

The Week That Was & More…

3069 W.A. McColl’s Diary: Ex Cadet Weekend 1952

Deaths | Décès




FYOP: Passing Off the Square

FYOP: Three weeks down, two to go


FYOP 2014: Two Weeks Down; Three To Go

More FYOP News: Harrier & Regatta Updates…


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


QUOTE(S) OF THE WEEK – from General Tom Lawson – Reunion Weekend 2014

“In our shared interest, for interest, we have conflicts in Ukraine, Iraq and Syria. The Ebola virus is raging in parts of Africa, and Al Qaeda remnants raging in others. And the South China Sea hold dozens of islands and shoals around which many nations gather their navies.”

«Les collèges ont produit un cadre d’officiers qui ont surmonté des obstacles tout en demeurant unis, sachant qu’ils peuvent compter les uns sur les autres.»

“Graduates depart RMC with some sense of appreciation for what they’d just been through, and for those who got them to completion, but mostly they are just excited about getting out and learning their trades, and practicing their art.”

«Un leader puissant ne doit pas avoir peur des opinions divergentes, car une nouvelle perspective peut souvent donner un meilleur aperçu de la situation dans son ensemble.»

“Take a note at this point, cadets, you may do many different things in your life, and you may go many different places, but you will always be a member of your RMC class.”

“Exactly 39 years ago, about 100 of my classmates and I were standing exactly where you stand this morning. And we can still remember the pride we felt as we joined our squadrons as equals.”

“When you consider the obstacle course, and the many days spent preparing to run it, it might seem to you, at first, that this tradition is little more than retribution on behalf of your senior cadets…”

“But it is probably already becoming clear to you, perhaps in light of the memories I shared of my own event so long ago, that in that one very long hour of running, climbing, crawling, lifting, and hanging…”

“…you put to use the very lessons that form the foundation of military life…”

“…determination, stamina, and above all, teamwork.”

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Legacy Dinner – In a Word – Slick

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2014 RMC Foundation Legacy Dinner

For the 17th consecutive year – The Legacy Dinner kicked off Reunion Weekend.

For all those in attendance – a good time was had by all. The audience included 40 sponsored cadets right up to the Chief of Defence Staff, General Tom Lawson (Class of ’79) (photo left) and who was the LXXIII commandant of Royal Military College of Canada.

Lieutenant-General (ret) Michel Maisonneuve (photo right) was flawless in his role of Master of  Ceremony. The current Academic Director of Royal Military College Saint-Jean kept everyone well informed with a mixture of matter of fact messages, sprinkled with timely humour and most importantly, right on schedule during the 41/2 hour black tie function.

Major presentations included:

Toronto Branch;

Ottawa  Ottawa Branch;

Chapitre Fort Saint Jean;

Class 1969 representative, 7943 Bill Lye  announced their Old Brigade entry gift.

In recent years the Legacy Dinner has taken on the form of a Mess Dinner with all the pomp and circumstance which one would expect at a high class military event. This includes: Dinner Music; – RMC Pipes, Drums & Dancers; Parade of Marches; various toasts such as – Loyal Toast; to the Colleges; to Fallen Comrades. Last but not least, thank yous’ to the Band, Chef and various behind-the-scenes staff.

The main organizer from the Foundation staff is Jennifer Jordan. Jennifer asked us to pass on her appreciation to :

Sponsors of cadets who attended the dinner:

H2612 Michael Webber

2652 Britt Smith

2908 Al Pickering

4610 Gus Nelson

6014 Fred Sutherland

7761 Michael Johnson

7855 Paul Hession

7943 Bill Lye

8147 Dave Lowdon

11386 Tony MacDougall

11623 John Carswell

11671 Anthony Hunt

11746 Derrick Bouchard

15946 Jill Carleton

M0472 Barb Maisonneuve

CMR Foundation


Toronto Branch

Ottawa Branch

Sponsors –

Platinum Official Dinner Sponsor:

Canso Investment Counsel Ltd

Bronze Sponsor –

TD Canada Trust

Special thanks:

WO Benelhour – CDH Kitchen and the serving staff

Ted Huber – Cadet Mess

Lori Alves- Macphail – Cadet Mess and serving staff

WO Norris – and NCdt Aalders and the Stage Band

OCdt 26962 Ovens – Piper

Pipes and drums and highland dancers

Limestone Music- Gary Trainor Audio Visual

Q Design – Drapery

JB Print – Teresa Bell – Program and Banner Printers

Floating Point Communications – Gabe Boisvert – Web and Program Designers

Rugby Team – Led by OCdt Ben Bennett

RMC Foundation Staff – Linda Mathieu, Angie Roberts, Nancy Marr and Rod McDonald


Legacy Dinner through the Eyes of a III Year Cadet

26659 OCdt (III) Danielle Andela

On this past Thursday, September 25th, I had the unparalleled delight of being a participant in the 2014 Legacy Dinner at the Royal Military College of Canada.

This dinner provides an opportunity for prominent members of the military community, ex-cadets and current cadets to mingle and share experience and stories. This Legacy Dinner was attended by both the Chief of Defence Staff, General Tom Lawson (keynote speaker) and President of the RMC Club Foundation, James Carruthers.

The event itself included a fantastic four course meal, beautiful displays by the Pipes and Drums Band, Highland Dancers and Stage Band, and several speeches from the head table guests.

The decorations and table settings were both elegant and beautiful and quite in keeping with the spirit of the occasion.

The Legacy Dinner was an amazing experience in which officer cadets had the opportunity to interact with senior officers, Ex-cadets and act as hosts for the sponsors who graciously secured them a seat at this exciting event.

Officer Cadet 26549 (IV) Kai Zhao (Photo left with Senator Joe Day and Danielle Andela had something to say about the event: “The dinner was another eye-opening experience for me thanks to the support of the RMC Club Foundation. The ex-cadets were excellent dinner company through their generosity, hospitality and good humour”.

All in all, the Legacy Dinner was a great success and it was an honour to be invited to such a prestigious event.

 All Photos by: 26573 Denice Zoretich – More Here & Here

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An Obstacle Course… Against the Clock

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An Obstacle Course… Against the Clock

By 26972 OCdt (II) Chantel Fortier 

It’s a widely accepted fact among the professors of the Royal Military College that attempting to keep the attention of their students on the highly anticipated Obstacle Course Day is a fruitless endeavour, especially for the first years. So it was with little surprise that most classes were cancelled on Friday, setting free around a thousand students to prepare for the shenanigans.

And were there ever shenanigans.

The entire college woke to a campus so covered in skylarks it seemed more fresh Dollar Store paint, paper and bedsheets than stone. 12 Squadron strung flyers over every conceivable surface and 1 Squadron set up a particularly memorable banner stretching two thirds the length of Mackenzie Tower, looming over the parade square. As the college began to gather, cheering on their first years to the front of each colorful space, 6 Squadron rode in on a yellow pirate ship and 10 Squadron’s unforgettable dragon car made an appearance. Everywhere was screaming, air horns, blasts of colored powder, silly string and challenges. Everyone was remembering their own day, watching as the first years shared nervously in the revelry, anticipating the race to come.

Perhaps that is the one aspect of FYOP that strikes home the hardest; the kinship, and therefore the tough expectation that each fresh year will earn their place by doing exactly what the year before them did – survive the five weeks of indoctrination training, culminating in a race that will make them want to give up, make them hurt, make them reconsider all of their limits. The most challenging part of that race is not the fatigue or the twenty-foot cargo net or the giant red wall – it’s getting everyone through, together, no matter what. In many cases, that meant dragging teammates that had reached their edge, that meant getting back up when every muscle cried out to stop and pulling those jerry cans to the end even when your arms are burning in protest. When spoken to after the race, 27087 OCdt McCall, s27124 OCdt Iver, both second years in their respective squadrons, proudly declared that regardless of the rankings, they had seen their first years throw every ounce of themselves into it and that alone was worth being proud of.

The end of the obstacle course is always the most moving. As Cadets come racing in, a storm of cheers arise from the watching parents and squadron members. There’s that final lap around the edge of the parade square, and then the bell – and it’s over. The look of relief and joy on each face as the bell rings out, signifying the victory of each Cadet, is tear-jerking. And then, perhaps the very best part, the first years are reunited with their parents. Many of them went around to the squadrons, hugging and cheering with their senior years. “I’m so proud of us – them – me!” laughed OCdt McDonnell, a first year engineering student in 2 Squadron. Later, the three girls of Fighter Flight tossed their arms around each other’s shoulders, and, when asked if they thought they’d drift apart after FYOP, reacted with incredulity. “We’re as close as sisters!” OCdt Fielding remarked. “FYOP made us close-knit, made us work together like nothing else. I can’t imagine that fading.”

Last year, when Lieutenant-Colonel Lemyre addressed the first years, he told the parents that their children would be changed. Five weeks of intensive, isolated training, physical and mental, would alter the shiny-eyed boys and girls they had left behind in August. As a first year, it is difficult to see that – missing home, missing family, you don’t feel much changed. But in the eyes of those watching, and in the eyes of those parents, they have. Many civilians will never try, let alone accomplish, half of what the first years did on Obstacle Course day, and even fewer would have the patience and determination to grab a lagging flightmate’s hand and drag them to the end. There is no such thing as giving up in such a community. And by shouldering that challenge, the first years have come together to join the larger college, and know that even when they are expected to give it their all, there will be hands behind them, pulling, pushing, edging them along.

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The First 32

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This year’s Reunion Weekend for the Royal Military College of Canada was a resounding success from the 17th Annual Legacy Dinner in support of the RMC Foundation, the First Year Obstacle Course and Badging Parade, the Wall of Honour presentation, sports competitions, Class dinners and the parade to the Memorial Arch.

Another significant event that took place, however, was the unveiling of a plaque commemorating the historical milestone of the entry of the first lady cadets in the Regular/Reserve Officer Training Programme at RMC.

As shown in the picture, the wall plaque bears the names and college numbers of all 32 lady cadets who entered RMC in the fall of 1980 with the Class of 1984. The plaque was unveiled on the occasion of the 30th Reunion of the RMC Class of 1984, the first RMC Class with Lady Cadets.

This commemorative plaque will be displayed in Mackenzie Building and serves as a visible historical record of the pioneering spirit and significant contributions these first Lady Cadets have made to RMC.

The presenters included the College Commandant, Brigadier-General Al Meinzinger, and the College Principal, Dr Harry Kowal (member of the Class of 1984). There were numerous other members of the Class of 1984 in attendance including a number of the Lady Cadets.

There were also a number of special guests in attendance including: Dr. John Plant, RMC Principal at the time and Major-General (retired) Frank Norman, RMC Commandant for the graduating class of 1984.

BGen Meinzinger stated that the location of the presentation in Mackenzie Building was chosen because of its location to the names and pictures of the members of the Old 18. He reflected that today lady cadets are an integral part of the Cadet Wing, but that demographics had to start somewhere and it started in 1980 with 32 very brave Lady Cadets, whose decision to entry the RO/RETP program has had a profound impact on the College and for that we are grateful.


 Photos by Curtis Maynard – More Here

Honouring the women of RMC (Click)

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Weather was Hot…Badging Parade Hotter!

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Weather was Hot…Badging Parade Hotter!


For the second consecutive day of Reunion Weekend, mid summer like temperatures were the order of the day.

Approximately 175 first year cadets joined their individual squadrons following a very rigours five week First Year Orientation  Period. The badging ceremony, where members of the Old Brigade were the major presenters of the RMC cap badge was the cenre piece of the two hour. Other badge presenters were Ex Cadets with a family connection.

The DIAS Party consisted of:

  • the Reviewing Officer, the Chief of Defense Staff for the Canadian Armed Forces, 12192 General Tom Lawson – front centre;

  • the Commandant of the Royal Military College of Canada, 16888 Brigadier-General Al Meinzinger – front left;

  • the National President of the Royal Military Colleges Club of Canada, 6440 Capt (N) (Ret) Anthony Goode – front right;

  • the RMC Foundation President 6604 Dr. Jim Carruthers – back left; and

  • the Adjutant of the Old Brigade, 5611 LCdr (Ret) Gerry Stowe back right.

The inspection of the cadets on parade involved a number of people:

General Lawson was accompanied by the Cadet Wing Commander, 26339 Officer Cadet Jean-François Lizée; and 6440 Capt (N) (Ret’d) Anthony Goode

Brigadier General Al Meinzinger and Dr Carruthers, were accompanied by The College Chief Warrant Officer, Chief Petty Officer First Class Keith Davidson and the Cadet Wing Training Officer, Officer Cadet Boris Trudel.

The Director of Cadets, LCol Mark Popov was accompanied by the Adjutant of the Old Brigade, LCdr (ret) Gerry Stowe; the training Wing Sergeant major, MWO Wallace Rideout and Deputy Cadet Wing Commander, Officer Cadet Zachary Day.

Following the inspection a number of prizes were presented including:

Le prix d’excellence en leadership militaire en troisième année est présenté par : Le chef d’état-major de la Défense, Général Tom Lawson

Présenté à : 26339 Élof Jean-Francois Lizee

Le prix d’excellence Howard B. Ripstein est présenté par : Col Honoraire O’Connor

Présenté à: 26497 Aspm Matthew Noonan (Marine)

26527 Élof Vladimir Melnikov (Armée de terre)

26532 Élof Ryan Metcalfe (Force aérienne)

The Royal Military College of Canada Award for Academic Excellence in Third Year is presented by: The Principal of the RMCC, Dr Harry Kowal

Awarded to: M2079 OCdt Christopher Jewitt

The Dr. P.F. Fisher Memorial Trophy and Scholarship is presented by: the Chief of Military Personnel, Lieutenant-General David Millar

Awarded to: 26305 OCdt Daniel Cruz

The Frank R. Kossa Memorial Scholarship is presented by Mr Thomas Burke, representing the Army, Navy and Air Force Veterans in Canada and the United States

Awarded to: M1042 OCdt William Buss

The J.W. Brown Memorial Medal is presented by: National President of the Royal Military College Club of Canada, 6440 Capt (N) (ret`d) Anthony Goode

Awarded to: M2079 OCdt Christopher Jewitt

The Professional Engineers of Ontario Foundation for Education, Undergraduate Scholarship for Academic Achievement and Undergraduate Scholarship for Non-Academic Achievement are presented by: Mr Mansour representing the Ontario Professional Engineers Foundation

Awarded to: 26693 OCdt Katerina Brooks (Academic achievement)

26664 OCdt Zacharie Marshall (Non-academic achievement)

The UTPNCM Drill and Physical Education Prize is presented by: The Director of Cadets, LCol Popov

Awarded to: M1040 NCdt Blake Mackey

The Squadron Leader McAlpine Cadet Trust Fund for bilingualism is presented by: Mr. Jacques Gagné

Awarded to: 26015 OCdt Justin Hanlon

Le Strong Challenge Shield est présenté par le Commandant de le collège militaire royal de St-Jean, le Col Carignan

Presénté à : 26166 Élof Pascal Filiatrault-Veilleux

The Military Leadership Excellence Award in Second Year is presented by Chief of the Defense Staff General Tom Lawson

Awarded to: 26705 OCdt Cassidy Chang

The Royal Military College of Canada Award for Academic Excellence in Second Year is presented by: The Principal of the RMCC, Dr Harry Kowal

Awarded to: 26693 OCdt Katerina Brooks

Le trophée commémoratif de la promotion de 1942 est présenté à

Présenté à : 26864 Élof Daniel Falco en échange en Allemagne

La bourse d’études du Service féminin de l’Aviation royal du Canada (ARC) est présenté par le chef d’état-major de la défense Général Tom Lawson

Présenté à: 26596 Aspm Sophie Cormier

The Squadron Leader McAlpine Cadet Trust Fund Award for Military Excellence is presented by the Commandant, Brigadier-General Meinzinger

Awarded to: 27017 OCdt Jonathan Tallis

Le prix Grant est présenté par le Directeur Athlétique, M. Guy Dubé au nom de M. Darren Cates :

Présenté à: 26471 Élof Joseph Brière en échange au Quebec

Le prix d’excellence en leadership militaire en première année est présenté par le chef d’état-major de la défense Général Tom Lawson

Présenté à : 27158 Élof Dykens Dave Sauvageau

Le prix d’excellence académique du Collège militaire royale du Canada en première année sont présenté par : le Principal de collège, Dr. Harry Kowal

Présenté à : 26936 Élof Alexi Levert-Beaulieu

The Howard B. Ripstein Award of Excellence for First Year is presented by: Honourary Col O’Connor

Awarded to: 27103 Élof Evelyne Gauvin (Armée de Terre)

27158 OCdt Dykens Dave Sauvageau (Force aérienne)

26974 NCdt Alexander Webb (Navy)

The C. Raymond Grandy Memorial Scholarship is presented by: The Commandant, Brigidier General Meinzinger

Awarded to: 26936 OCdt Alexi Levert-Beaulieu

The Queen’s University Challenge Shield is presented by: The Director of Cadets, LCol Popov

Awarded to: 26899 OCdt Jordan Larocque

The Squadron Leader McAlpine Cadet Trust Fund Award for Athletics is presented by: the Commandant Brigadier General Meinzinger

Awarded to: 27090 OCdt John Livingston

Le prix Fulton est présenté par le Directeur Athlétique: M. Guy Dubé au nom de M. Darren Cates

Présenté à: 26964 Elof Alexandre Palardy

The Ontario Professional Engineers Foundation for Education provides two entrance awards to Grade 12 graduates entering an accredited RMCC engineering programme. The awards are presented by: Mr Mansour, representing the Ontario Professional Engineers Foundation.

Awarded to: 27337 OCdt Kyuhwan Lee

And: 27427 OCdt Emma Shiner

Le Médaillon Hope est décerné à la recrue démontrant le meilleur potentiel d’aptitude de commandement durant le Camp des recrues et qui est l’élève-officier/aspirant de marine choisi comme Chef de Promotion de première année.

The Hope Medallion is awarded to the recruit showing best potential of leadership during the Recruit Camp and who is First Year Officer Cadet/Naval Cadet selected as the Class Senior. The Hope Medallion is presented by: the Chief Defense Staff General Tom Lawson

Awarded to: 27386 OCdt O’Brien (Papa Flight)

Five Squadron was named winners of the Obstacle course which was held on friday. They were also captured  the Capt John Bart Teamwork Award.

The Captain John Bart Leadership Award was awarded to the best leader in each Squadron during the Obstacle Race. It was presented by: 6523 Mr. Colfer, class of 1965,  and Brigadier General Al Meinzinger
(Prize will be awarded at Foundation luncheon in Oct at a specific date TBA.
Présenté à: Awarded to:
Escadron 1/1 Squadron 27365 OCdt Belanna McLean
Escadron 2/2 Squadron 27231 OCdt Andrea Beltramello
Escadron 3/3 Squadron 27400 OCdt Jacob Peel
Escadron 4/4 Squadron 27487 NCdt William McClelland
Escadron 5/5 Squadron 27386 OCdt Kane O’Brien
Escadron 6/6 Squadron 27426 OCdt Caleb Shaw
Escadron 7/7 Squadron 27299 OCdt Liam Glenn
Escadron 8/8 Squadron 27283 OCdt Nicholas Donnelly
Escadron 9/9 Squadron 27518 NCdt Liam Moors
Escadron 10/10 Squadron 27506 OCdt Robert Taylor
Escadron 11/11 Squadron 27488 OCdt Trevor Melcher
Escadron 12/12 Squadron 27280 OCdt James Dolman

A few other (not RMC) awards were presented to individuals not on parade:


Dr. Philip Bates.


Major Cindy Suurd Ralph; OCdt (former Sergeant) James Ryan.

As we mentioned at the top of this article the badging presentation is the centre piece. This year was no exception.

Following a long RMC tradition, the parade was LCdr Catherine MacKinnon and Maj Dennis Newhook,  blessed the parade.

Three highly polished but reasonably (to the delight of those on parade) short speeches were the next order of business. Tony Goode led off, followed by the commandant and wrapped up by the CDS.

A portion of  the Commandants’ Badging Parade Address:

It is hard to explain at times the importance of our wonderful College traditions.

We know of course, that it is these very traditions and customs, like the one we are witnessing today and others throughout Reunion Weekend, which serve to build tremendous pride in this marvellous institution, in our cadets and in the Canadian Armed Forces.

RMCC’s history is quite remarkable and began with a very small first class of entrants whom we fondly refer to as the ‘Old 18’, names that our newest First years have committed to memory as all have done before them.

Il est merveilleux de constater à quel point nous sommes attachés à notre passé, par des liens tissés et renforcés grâce aux efforts des anciens élèves officiers et des membres actuels de l’équipe du Collège.

It is the ex-cadets in attendance here today, and the Cadets of the Royal Military College of Canada here on parade that are the life blood of this amazing national institution.

As cadets and ex-cadets, we remain connected in a profound way.

Now Ladies and Gentlemen, in order to underscore how profoundly we respect the connection between young and old, cadet and ex-cadet, junior and senior, I want to draw your attention to a couple of sterling examples.

I draw your attention to our band. Mr. Don Currie is 85 years old and continues to get up every morning for 6 AM practices with the College Band.

An ex-President of our Kingston Ex-cadet branch, he is an inspiration to all of us and continues to serve as a wonderful mentor and leader for our cadets.

His unrelenting commitment and dedication to the College and most importantly, to our cadets, is simply inspiring. As the cadets march off the square, you will see Don playing the trumpet – Please give him a cheer. Thanks Don.

I did also want to acknowledge our Club and Foundation as it is through their efforts that this Reunion Weekend is made possible. Please join me in also thanking these two very important organizations along with their Presidents on the dais here today, Dr. Jim Carruthers and Mr. Tony Goode, for their steadfast commitment to the College and Cadet and ex-cadet constituencies.

J’aimerais aussi remercier le capitaine-adjudant de la Vieille Brigade, M. Gerry Stowe, pour la magnifique coordination d’aujourd’hui. We could not have pulled today off Gerry without your leadership and professionalism. Thank-you.

The importance of the connection between ex-cadets and currently serving cadets has been displayed to you today as Old Brigade members and ex-cadets reach out to pass a College cap-badge to the RMCC Class of 2018, to include the passing of College Coins to our newest cohort of UTPNCMs.

The symbolism of this rite of passage is extraordinarily important as it reaffirms our Cadet’s connection to the College and its heritage while also recognizing the responsibilities being assumed as Officer-Cadets and as future officers within the profession of arms.

Now, as full-fledged cadets of the College, know that you walk in the footsteps of those that went before you, officers that have served their country with distinction.

Ce serait manquer à mon devoir que de ne pas féliciter les nouveaux élèves officiers de première année : vous n’êtes plus de nouvelles recrues, vous êtes désormais de jeunes élèves-officiers et des membres à part entière de l’Escadre des élèves-officiers.

As you now know, the First Year Orientation Period was designed to challenge you. I bet your happy it is over.

As you may recall, I gave you some advice shortly after your arrival.

  • Work hard (which you have done)
  • Support one-another – you have done this too
  • Take responsibility for your successes and failures
  • Understand it is the team that matters.
  • And that your eventual success during FYOP would be correlated to how well you work as a team

You stand on this parade square this morning, about to physically join the Cadet Wing because you succeeded in all of these areas.

As exemplified by your amazing success running the obstacle course, you have learned that placing the context of the team ahead of oneself is what truly matters.

And I know your pain… having run the obstacle course last week with my team which included of course the College Chief, our Principal and even Dr. Howie Coombes.

To our first year cadets, please know that I am extremely proud of each of you. Je vous félicite de votre détermination et de votre dévouement. Bravo!

Je profite aussi de cette occasion pour témoigner ma reconnaissance au personnel du FYOP de l’Escadre des élèves-officiers et de l’Escadre d’entrainement.

Vos efforts professionnels au cours des cinq dernières semaines ont porté fruit, et les résultats de votre service diligent envers le Collège est visible aux yeux de tous aujourd’hui.

To the families and friends here this morning, please accept my sincerest thanks for your love and support. Please recognize today that the successes of your sons, daughters, friends and family are also your successes.

To the newest class of Royal Military College of Canada cadets, joining the Cadet Wing signals the completion of FYOP and marks the moment in time when you begin your journey of striving for excellence on the road to becoming an officer within the profession of arms.

Wear your new RMCC cap badge and guard your new College Coin with pride. Know that the road ahead leads to your promising future… so seize this opportunity with every ounce of determination and energy. Well done to each of you. Vérité, Devoir, Vaillance, Truth, Duty, Valour.


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Badging Ceremony: A Most Welcome Tradition

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Badging Ceremony: A Most Welcome Tradition

By 26972 OCdt (II) Chantel Fortier 

The Obstacle Course parade on Friday was a riot of color, noise and excitement – and now Saturday would reflect the solemn commemoration of the Class of 2018 joining RMC’s ranks.

In this tradition, RMC is alone. Few other universities of Canada have initiation periods, and none require their first years to develop as isolated units within each fraternity – in this case, the twelve squadrons making up the College’s student population. Even more remarkable still, there is a powerful sense of pride in being a member of the RMC community, a sense that is denied to all first years until they complete the nightmarish First Year Orientation Period, commonly known as FYOP.

Unlike other schools, where the first day marks an entrance into the university’s history, first years are required to prove themselves and more importantly their common identity as a team of thirteen to fifteen individuals, and only after they have done so will they be recognized as members. This formality is marked by the Badging Ceremony.

It has become tradition that the first years, wearing their dark blue formal uniforms, stand off to the side of the parade square as the College makes its rounds in the familiar scarlet 1800s-style tunics. While the College demonstrates its drill and deportment to reviewing officers of the highest brass, they are made to stand quietly, wearing the Canadian Forces cap badge (referred to by senior years as a ‘cornflake’), and watching the proceedings.

Halfway through the parade, the Class is marched on, standing in front of the silent College procession. It is at this point that one of the College’s favorite traditions takes place; Ex-Cadets and members of the Old Brigade come forward, bearing the coveted RMC cap badges, and go one by one to each Cadet. After speaking to these graduates of RMC, the newly initiated are permitted to switch out the badges (whereupon the cornflake will be buried as deeply as possible in the closet while still being grudgingly accessible, just in case). It is this link between the former and the new Cadets that marks what RMC cherishes – remembering.

As the Forces move on and each generation of new officers arrives, it is a critical lesson to remember and befriend the past, understanding where it comes from so past mistakes may be avoided and past triumphs acknowledged. This is the burden that first years of RMC take on, having met and exceeded what the College expected of them. It is this that makes them different from any other university of this country. As they turn, welcomed into the sea of red, the Badging Ceremony will ensure that this is the start of what will inspire them to become the best of themselves.

Photos by Curtis Maynard – More Here

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Keeping Tabs…

Posted by rmcclub on September 28th, 2014

Associate Professor at Royal Military College of Canada

Chief Operating Officer at Canadian Energy Pipeline

Helping Business Leaders Grow by Unleashing Creative Energy of their People through Group and Individual Mentoring

Director Enterprise Information Management Services at the Department of National Defence

Manager, Assets Management

Lawyer at Office of the Judge Advocate General

Shepherd at Narrowcontent Inc.

Logistics Officer in the Royal Canadian Air Force

Corporate Operations Executive & Social Entrepreneur

Independent Writing and Editing Professional

Staff Officer at Department of National Defence

Executive Officer HMCS WINDSOR at Department of National Defence

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Two Giants Added to Wall of Honour

Posted by rmcclub on September 28th, 2014

“The wall of honour, in many respects, is the ultimate validation of what RMCC is striving to accomplish – training and educating great leaders for future service to the Canadian Armed Forces and the nation.”

BGen Al Meinzinger – Wall of Honour ceremony – 27 September 2014


Over-Flowing Crowd At Wall of Honour

By 27019 NCdt (II) Cloé Baillargeon and various other sources

As we commemorate the 100th anniversary of the beginning of WWI, the inauguration of  749 Honourable General H.D.G. Crerar PC, CH, CB, DSO, CD, a hero of WWI and WWII, as well as 13738 Colonel Chris A. Hadfield OOnt, CD, MSC. first Canadian to become Commander of the International Space Station, in 2013, on the Wall of Honour reminds us all, cadets and ex-cadets, of the true meaning of the values Truth, Duty, Valour, transmitted through this Institution that we are attending or did attend.

The ceremony, held on sat afternoon of Reunion weekend, meant to honour these two great men who, after attending military college, went on to reshape Canadian history. General Crerar entered and graduated from RMC; while Chris Hadfield entered Royal Roads and graduated from RMC.

Chris Hadfield entered the Wall of Honour area from the intersection of Verite and Precision where a Piper in scarlets awaited him. The Piper piped the famous former astronaut and other dignitaries to the Wall and their designated seats.

Mr. Tony Palmer, grandson of General Crerar, unveiled the plaque honouring his grandfather. The inscription reads Soldier, WW I Field Commander, WW II Commander of the Canadian Army, Diplomat which describes perfectly the career of a man whose influence as been praised by historian 5105 J.L. Granatstein, as “No other single officer had such impact on the raising, fighting, and eventual disbanding of the greatest army Canada has ever known.”

The unveiling of Colonel Chris Hadfield’s plaque which profoundly illustrates the character of an Aviator and Astronaut Extraordinaire. Colonel Hadfield’s speech gave way to a special presentation by the President of the Canadian Space Agency, 12320 General (ret) Walt Natynczyk and 21364 Major Jeremy Hansen.

The RMC Club took the opportunity to bestow  Honourary lifetime memberships to both Chris Hadfield and Walt Natynczyk.

The ceremony was beautifully conducted by 26015 OCdt Justin Hanlon who was supported by 26399 OCdt Alex Popa and 26624 OCdt Marc-Antoine Pelletier.

Special acknowledgements must be given to Naval Captain (retired) 5877 Ted Davie – Class of 1963, Wall of Honour Co-coordinator and Captain Melissa Simoneau, RMCC WoH Co-coordinator;  both of whom had a 1001 details to sort out; many at the last minute which ensured a first class ceremony.

A more comprehensible biography of the inductees can be found here :

Hadfield humbled by honour

RMC’s Wall of Honour ‘the ultimate validation’

History of the Wall of Honour

More photos by Curtis Maynard Here

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Wrap-up on Sunday – Like Icing on the Cake

Posted by rmcclub on September 28th, 2014

March to the Arch…


When you have been involved with a couple of dozens Reunion Weekends, like we have, you would think that we would pretty well know what to expect.

Well that is not the case. The incredible weather being what it was this September – something you would expect in the Kingston area for June, pretty well  threw all the expectations out the window. Most years for the main parades people are looking for blankets to keep warm.  This year it was water – to drink.

Sunday was just grand.  A great turnout on the parade by almost all the returning classes and then some. The guys and gals from the Class of 1999 were very conspicuous by their absence. From our count – zero on parade.

All classes ‘marched off’ at 1040 and returned about 60 minutes later. At the Arch, a new chaplain was pinch-hitting for the regular chaplain Paul Robinson. 22291 The Reverend / Judson Bridgewater, BA, MDiv, CD filled in very nicely.

When the Classes returned to the parade square, there were three main presentations: Two swords and the sports trophy (check sports for photo).

1. Captain Nichola Goddard Memorial Sword

The Captain Nichola Goddard Memorial Sword is presented to the Cadet deemed to be the best ROTP artillery cadet entering fourth year. 22458 Captain Goddard, who graduated in 2002, was killed in action serving her country in Afghanistan on the 17th of May 2006. Her professionalism, exceptional leadership, and love for life will not be forgotten.

The sword was donated by the late H17417 Honorary Colonel. Judge John Ross Matheson, OC, CD. The sword was presented by the senior serving gunner on parade, 14835 MGen Eric Tremblay, who is presently the Commander of the Canadian Defence Academy and the previous Commandant of RMCC.

The sword was presented to: 26317 Élof Sarah Staples

2. The Captain Matthew Dawe Memorial Sword

The Captain Matthew Dawe Memorial Sword is presented annually by the Dawe family to the Cadet deemed to be the best ROTP combat arms cadet entering fourth year. 22596 Captain Dawe, who graduated in 2004, was killed in action in Afghanistan on the 4th of July 2007. Capt. Dawe was an outstanding officer and his many qualities serve as an excellent role model to any junior leader.


The sword was presented by his father S150 LCol (Ret) Peter Dawe Sr and his mother Reine. Both General Lawson and BGen Meinzinger assisted with the presentation.

It was awarded to: 26081 OCdt Jean-Nicolas Gibeault

We had the opportunity to randomly speak with a large number of people. Including those  from the 1950s  and every decade up to ’09. Without exception – happy faces, good moods, a lot of hugs and handshakes.

We look forward to seeing all the 4s and 9s Classes back here five years from now. Bottle that weather and bring it back in 2019.


A special word of thanks to so many people who worked front and centre but also to those who worked behind the scenes. To pull off an event such an event like Reunion Weekend takes a whole lot of work by a whole lot people.

With very few exceptions, the RMCC staff can be very proud on how they treated all over visitors for Reunion Weekend 2014.

Click on photos for better viewing – More photos by Curtis Maynard and Kai Zhao – Here

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The Return of the Old Brigade

Posted by rmcclub on September 28th, 2014

The Return of the Old Brigade

By 26659 OCdt (III) Danielle Andela

Reunion weekend marks the end of the First Year Orientation Period for the Class of 2018, however the first years are not the only people involved in the weekend. The Old Brigade consists of ex-cadets who graduated fifty years or more ago from the Royal Military College of Canada. These ex-cadets participate in many of the College events such as the Legacy Dinner, Obstacle Course Coining Ceremony, Badging Parade and the Arch Memorial Parade. They wear the Old Brigade tie and beret which were chosen to distinguish the Old Brigade members from the younger ex-cadets.

Lieutenant Commander (retired) Gerald L. Stowe, Adjutant of the Old Brigade took the time to talk a little bit about how the Old Brigade came to be and some of their traditions: “The Old Brigade was created because the annual dinner was getting too big, so the older ex-cadets said that anybody who entered the college fifty years ago or more, we should have our own dinner. The members would have their dinner and the spouses or partners would have their dinner in another room and when they were finished dining they would join. Now we all dine together.

The Old Brigade now is everybody who entered the college fifty years ago or more or in the case of the UTPNCM (University Training Plan for Non-Commissioned Members) at the age of sixty seven. Our first function is the coin presentation after the obstacle course. The coins are fairly new. They were produced when Lieutenant Colonel Doug Youngson was the executive director of the club back in 1990 something. The plan to give them to all the cadets came sometime after that and then, around 2001, the Old Brigade adjutant said: “why don’t we have the Old Brigade give them the coins”. Every time I meet a cadet, I think “gee I was here 65 years ago” so it’s a long time ago that I was a cadet and I remember what my obstacle course was like and what my graduation was like.

Saturday morning we have seats reserved for the badgers in the front row. One will be badging the people who are too sick to go on parade; in fact he has a cane. That’s the real bonding between the old guys and the new guys. Sunday morning, we form up on parade. We have five squadrons with two main ones, the Old Brigade and the recruits of the Old Brigade – we still call them recruits. This is the climax of the weekend and that is basically a memorial parade. Ninety nine percent of the first and second squadrons will be in their beret and tie but after that, it gets a little dicey and the guys who are on their five year reunion will show up in leather jackets and jeans.”

After the obstacle course, several members of the Old Brigade explained how it felt to be chosen to present the cadets with their college coins (these coins have the student number of the cadet engraved on them):

I was following all the squadrons but I always watch the Frigate; I saw the Frigate go over the main climbing wall here. They’re always good going over there; I was a Frigateer as you probably guessed so that’s why I like to watch them. It hasn’t been that long ago since I was on parade since I have only been retired a few years but it was nice to be back on this parade in a different role.

- 8190 Mr. Don Timperon


My problem was that I started with Brock, when I came in here years ago, but I graduated with Pontiac; so I started with Brock, then I went to follow another and a bunch of friends of mine were in LaSalle, so I picked up with LaSalle; these guys move a lot faster than I do. It brings back a lot of memories. You’ll hear all of us say that it’s not the same but it is the same. When you’re so tired and wet and just the mud stuff, lots of memories. We started in the corner of LaSalle, ran across as a squadron, around behind the old hospital and down into, before the engineering building was built it was just a soccer field with a gully, into the gully, under the tarps with mud and dry ice and then right into the lake. Then we went back over and did some stuff in the centre area and then into the Fort; we used to use the Fort quite a bit. I’ve come back a couple of times, but I feel very privileged to be a part of the ceremony. I think it’s a great thing.

- 8037 Mr. David Gregory


After the Badging Parade some members of the Old Brigade took the time again to talk about how they felt being a part of this traditional ceremony:

It feels wonderful [being back at RMC], The nicest thing, of course, is meeting my classmates. It’s been five years and five years since we entered the Old Brigade so it’s nice to be back. It’s painful seeing the cadets on parade; parading was not one of my favourite activities at RMC. It’s good that somebody else is doing it besides me. I think there are a lot of similarities and it’s nice to see the cadets enjoying it and starting their own careers.

- 6305 Mr. Dick Row


It was a big event, lots of parents watching, and grandparents. They needed to learn and they will! We get to the College fairly often so that’s how we keep in touch. I was on a couple of committees for a while. My grandson was out there today with you and I’m very proud.

- 7265 Mr. Lloyd Beverly


The culmination of all the weekend activities was the Arch Memorial Parade and after this ceremony, ex-cadet 6165 Mr. Jack Caverson spoke about the weekend and the ceremony:

It’s good [marching through the arch] but we’ve done it before. When you first come to the College you march through the arch. Mostly, the weekend was to see friends. It has a lot to do with the College but the College is your classmates. I spent four years in the Stone Frigate and it was a great four years. It was a long walk over to all the meals but I enjoyed it very much. After fifty years, they [the first years] are starting to look very young but it’s great to see them and it amazes us because of the number of recruits are huge in comparison to what we saw. My recruit class started out at 75 at RMC, then at the end of our second year we were joined by “Roads” and CMR here. We graduated at one hundred and sixty which was the biggest class ever at that time.


Reunion Weekend was, as always, a time for people to come together. Officer cadet with family, ex-cadet with classmates and officer cadets with ex-cadets. Remembering the past and the people who sat in the very rooms of these new members of the Cadet Wing over 50 years ago is an important RMC tradition and the Old Brigade is a fundamental part of that tradition.

More Old Brigade photos here

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Jen Ochej Meets Up With One of the First 32

Posted by rmcclub on September 28th, 2014

14390 Kate Armstrong – One of the First 32 – No Regrets

By: Jen Ochej

This weekend, the Class of 1984 celebrated their thirtieth reunion— and theirs is a class with a special distinction: the cadets graduating from RMC in 1984 were the first year, ever, to include women among their ranks. Kate Armstrong was one of those women.

“It was tough [being in the first class with women]. I think there was some support for us to be there, and then of course there were people that didn’t want us there at all. And they tended to be more [vocal],” Armstrong recalls. “I don’t even know what it was like for the guys. The guys in my class were amazing, but I’m sure that they had lots of pressure too.”

Growing up in British Columbia, Armstrong came to RMC in a roundabout fashion. With three older brothers in Air Cadets, she naturally followed suit when, in 1974, young women were allowed to join for the first time. Following a first trip with the cadets to Victoria, Armstrong wasn’t sold on remaining in cadets, but her parents pushed her to honour her commitment.

“When I got home I said to my mom, ‘Yeah, air cadets are not for me,’” Armstrong explains. “And she said, ‘You can’t just join and then take from it, you have to give back. You’re an air cadet now, so you better find something you like.’ And that was kind of the values of my parents, how they were.”

Taking her mother’s advice, the new young air cadet decided to pursue the glider pilot program, obtaining her gliding license at sixteen. That particular choice would lead Armstrong to develop an interest in flying, and to decide to become a pilot.

When it came time to pursue post-secondary options, she borrowed her father’s car and drove to the recruiting centre in Vancouver— where she was told, simply, that there were no women pilots. She was instead encouraged to apply to RMC, which would be her best chance to later become a pilot.

Initially wait-listed, she enrolled at Simon Fraser University and set off for Chilliwack to complete Basic Officer Training the summer after high school— and before summer’s end, she would find out that she had been admitted to RMC after all.

“At the end of first year, I was told that there was an opportunity for me to re-classify to Pilot, because they were opening it up to a trial for women. There were sixteen women being accepted. It was two years’ training, and then two years in the squadron… but I had to quit RMC to go and do that training, and at that point there was no way I was leaving without my degree,” Armstrong remembers. “I knew there was a lot of pressure on us— we were kind of carrying the torch for if women could make it through or not. It didn’t really matter why women quit, it just mattered if they did. So I kind of took that on, that ‘I need to get through here.’ It doesn’t matter how great my reason for not finishing was, I didn’t want to be left with the perception that I couldn’t do it. And also for women who wanted to come behind.”

Following her time at RMC, Armstrong spent nine years in the Forces; first in Kingston, then in Ottawa at NDHQ, and finally in Toronto. At the end of her Short Service Engagement, she elected not to renew her contract and instead moved back to her home province of British Columbia, where she took a position with BC Hydro in Labour Relations.

“When I first got out, I was terrified, because I… honestly didn’t know that I had anything to offer in the ‘real world’. I didn’t know what I was going to do,” Armstrong explains. “That’s how I ended up setting my sights toward Labour Relations, ‘cause I had worked with collective agreements, and I was comfortable from the leadership training we had and everything. [But] when I got out, and I got that job, I still totally didn’t understand if I could bring value. [But] it didn’t take long for me to realize how amazing my work experience was.

“By the time I left the military, I had had a job where I had 120 people reporting to me, and I was in charge of [about] eighteen warehouses, and it was a big deal to have that experience. And then at the end, when I was working for Powerex [a subsidiary of BC Hydro]— and this company makes hundreds of millions of dollars every year— we had I think 120 people that reported to our CEO. And that perspective of it was just incredible to me… I had no idea the depth and breadth of the experience that I was having. And then reflecting back on it later, it was just— it served me tremendously.”

In the years since leaving the Forces, Armstrong spent twenty years with BC Hydro and its subsidiary, Powerex, and pursuing other interests such as white water rafting and sailing— even taking a year’s sabbatical to sail to Mexico, French Polynesia, Hawaii, and back. More recently, the ex-cadet has completed a Bachelor’s degree in Counselling and written the first draft of a novel, finally devoting time and energy to the passion for creative writing that sat on the back burner for many years.

Armstrong’s education and career path took many twists and turns and required her to surmount obstacles today’s young cadets need not face, but thirty years out from her graduation it’s clear that she is eminently grateful for the experience.

“The thread of those connections that I made have lasted through my life. I graduated thirty years ago and I’m still close with lots of my classmates, and I have no regrets of having gone [to RMC]. I’m glad that that’s how my experience turned out. It was a good experience.”


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(M) Soccer Wins 2 / Rugby Whips U of T – 58-22 / Cadets Win Pijper Cup

Posted by rmcclub on September 28th, 2014

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:


Sat 27 Sep UoT 22 @ RMC 58 Box Score

(M) Soccer:

Sat 27 Sep RMC 1 @ Trent 0 Box Score

Sun 28 Sep RMC 2 @ UOIT 1 Box Score

(W) Soccer:

Wed 24 Sep RMC 0 @ Ottawa 5  Box Score

Sat 27 Sep RMC 0 @ Trent  2  Box Score

Sun 28 Sep RMC 0 @ UOIT 4  Box Score

Upcoming Games:


Sat 4 Oct Western @ RMC 3 PM

(M) Soccer:

Sat 4 Oct RMC @ Nipissing 2:15 PM

Sun 5 Oct RMC @ Laurentian  2:15 PM

(W) Soccer:

Sat 4 Oct RMC @ Nipissing 12 PM

Sun 5 Oct RMC @ Laurentian 12 PM




Caption: Club president, Tony Goode (centre with baret) presents wining trophy to the current CWC, OCdt JF Lizée. Pictured left is BGen Meinzinger, General Lawson. Back row Pat Dray and John McCormick both holding the positions of: GM, coach, player for the two losing hockey teams.

Cadets Win 12602 Thomas A Pijper Cup


For the past 21 years every Reunion Weekend Ex Cadets and Cadets meet up and play various sports in what has become known as Red & White sports.

From year to year, the sports may change. Usually hockey, volleyball (M) & (W); rugby (M) – some years (w) rugby).  For a number of years a bunch Ex Cadets came back and played against the (w) soccer team which was always a good event and raised $$$$$$$ for the (w) soccer program. In recent years – OUA schedule commitments prevent this popular event from happening.  Water polo has appeared to fallen off the radar too much to the chagrin of Ex cadets.

This year there were two volleyball matches; two hockey games – for the second year in a row – the entry old brigade year formed a team. (M) rugby also play.

This year Cadets prevailed: winning both hockey games and the (w) volleyball.

By doing so they have won the Pijper Cup for 2014.

We captured a few photos from the two hockey matches, rugby and the “friendly” up Fort Henry. Nothing in at press for volleyball. Perhaps we can dig some photos up over the next week.

More sports photos here

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The Week That Was & More…

Posted by rmcclub on September 28th, 2014

Caption: Le 17 septembre dernier, le Collège militaire royal de Saint-Jean tenait un diner spaghetti, sa toute première activité organisée dans le cadre de l’édition 2014 de la Campagne de charité en milieu de travail du gouvernement du Canada (CCMTGC). Le commandant-adjoint du CMR Saint-Jean, le Lieutenant-colonel Patrice Legault, a donné le coup d’envoi de cette campagne avec un mot d’ouverture rappelant à toutes et à tous l’importance de cette levée de fonds qui bénéficie de l’appui de tous nos échelons supérieurs. Il a également remercié le comité organisateur du CMR Saint-Jean chapeauté par le Capitaine Jean-Marc Cousineau.

Nous remercions tous ceux qui ont participé à ce diner et espérons certainement vous revoir en grand nombre à nos prochaines activités.

Encore une fois, merci à tous et bonne campagne!

Caption: On 17 September, Royal Military College Saint-Jean held a spaghetti-lunch, its very first activity organized as part of the 2014 Government of Canada Workplace Charitable Campaign (GCWCC). The Deputy Commandant, Lieutenant-Colonel Patrice Legault, kicked off the campaign with opening words that reminded everyone of the importance of this fundraising initiative supported by the entire chain-of-command. He also thanked RMC Saint-Jean’s organizing committee headed by Captain Jean-Marc Cousineau.

Thanks to everyone who participated; we hope to see many of you at our next activities.

RMCC Reunion Weekend preparations petty well dominated the agenda leading up to the big weekend. However, “other things” were going on too. A few of them included:



By: 26596 NCdt (III) Sophie Cormier PAG Training Coordinator

The Peer Assistance Group (PAG) is a program that is meant to provide assistance from Officer (Naval)-cadet to Officer (Naval)-cadet; when a cadet has an issue that he or she needs to discuss, they can go see the people who have PAG signs on their doors. PAG members are not counselors, social workers or psychiatrist, but they are very good listeners and can provide excellent resources to those in need, such as phone numbers for sexual assault centers and mental health services.

On September 1st, PAG staff met with the first years to discuss their First Year Orientation Program. The two-hour talk between PAG members and first years served to give the first years, time to relax, at the same time giving PAG a chance to make sure that if any first years were being treated unfairly, this would be brought up the chain of command and rectified immediately.

On August 27th, the PAG staff met with second year Officer-cadets in the cadet mess to explain their program and encourage the second years to join. Following this meet and greet, on September 13th, 16 new members of PAG gathered to receive their initial training. It all began with a brief from the Director of Cadets, LCol Popov, who believes the PAG program is important at RMCC, just like similar programs are important in other units. Then, under the guidance of Gordon Howse and his staff from the Dispute Resolution Center staff, the cadets learned how to react appropriately to someone discussing a problem with them. They even got to role-play with each other, practicing their new skills so that they became more natural. Later in the afternoon, the new PAG members got to talk to the RMCC Padre, Major Newhook, as well as Capt Vincent and Rennick, Base social workers and Mrs Christine Sulek-Popov. The day concluded with some administration points as well as a suicide awareness brief from Dr. Lagacé-Roy, a military psychology and leadership professor at RMCC.


par 26596 Aspm (III) Sophie Cormier Organisatrice d’entraînement du GAP

Le groupe d’assistance aux pairs (GAP) est un programme qui est destiné à fournir de l’assistance, d’élève-officier (Aspm) à élève-officer(Aspm) ; lorsque les cadets ont des problèmes qu’ils doivent discuter avec quelqu’un, ils peuvent aller voir les gens qui ont des enseignes de GAP sur leurs portes. Les membres du GAP ne sont pas des conseillers, des travailleurs sociaux ni des psychiatres, mais ils sont très bons pour écouter et peuvent fournir d’excellentes ressources à ceux dans le besoin, par exemple le numéro de téléphone pour un centre d’agression sexuelle ou pour des services de santé mentale.

Le 1 septembre, le personnel du GAP a rencontré les premières années afin de discuter de leur programme d’orientation pour les premières années. Les deux heures alloués au GAP ont servi à donner du temps aux premières années pour relaxer ; en même temps, le personnel du GAP a eu la chance de s’assurer que si les premières années n’étaient pas traités de manière appropriée, ce serait mentionné à la chaine de commandement et rectifié immédiatement.

Le 27 août, le personnel du GAP a rencontré les élèves-officiers (Aspm) de deuxième année dans le mess des cadets afin d’expliquer son programme et les encourager à se porter volontaire pour le programme. Après la rencontre, le 13 septembre, 16 nouveaux membres du GAP se sont réunis pour recevoir leur entrainement initial. La journée a commencé avec quelques mots du directeur des cadets, LCol Popov, qui a confiance dans l’importance du GAP au CMRC, tout comme des programmes semblables sont importants dans d’autres unités. Puis, sous la direction de Gordon Howse et de son équipe du «centre de résolution des conflits », les cadets ont appris comment réagir de manière appropriée lorsque quelqu’un discute de problèmes avec eux. Ils ont même eux la chance de jouer des jeux de rôle pour pratiquer leurs nouvelles compétences afin qu’elles deviennent plus naturelles. Plus tard dans la journée, les nouveaux membres du GAP ont eu la chance de parler au padre du CMRC, Major Newhook, ainsi qu’au Capt Vincent et Rennick, travailleurs sociaux sur la Base et Mme Christine Sulek-Popov. La journée s’est terminée avec quelques points administratifs et quelques mots du Dr. Lagacé-Roy, un professeur en psychologie militaire et leadership, sur le suicide.



Alors que la semaine dernière s’est avérée l’une des plus occupées depuis le début de l’année scolaire, il est important de mentionner le passage d’un éminent spécialiste français au département d’histoire.

Professeur d’Histoire à l’Université de Strasbourg, en France, le Dr. Jean-Noël Grandhomme, en réponse à une collaboration interuniversitaire, a eu la bonté, pour une cinquième année d’affilée au RMC, de présenter devant une salle bien remplie une conférence publique abordant des enjeux toujours d’actualité. Faisant suite au sujet de l’année dernière, les Brigades rouges (organisation paramilitaire basée en Italie durant les années 1970), il a élaboré avec éloquence sur les divers mouvements de contestation armée qui ont affecté la France depuis les années 1970.

Au moment où le Canada renouvelle son engagement dans la lutte contre les mouvements terroristes, affectant ainsi les Forces canadiennes, le parallèle dressé entre la situation française de l’époque et la situation mondiale actuelle se révèle un outil fascinant pour comprendre les enjeux politiques et culturels des nouveaux mouvements extrémistes.

Nous tenons donc à remercier Dr. Grandhomme pour son temps et sa présence.

par 27019 Aspm (II) Cloé Baillargeon



By 26659 OCdt (III) Danielle Andela

This past Wednesday, once again, the officer cadets of the Royal Military College of Canada took the two hours of their Wednesday PMT time to train in a variety of ways:

Since we are now approaching the finish line of FYOP and have parade practice each night, traditional Wednesday morning parade was cancelled to give cadets time to work on homework and uniforms before the dress rehearsal for the badging parade. For second years, the morning was a chance for us to meet with our division commanders.

B Division Commander, Major Hook, took this time to test us on our knowledge of current affairs and to stress the importance of understanding global events in order to predict and understand future conflicts and operations that we may be involved in and need to explain to our subordinates. We took time breaking down and understanding the Ukraine Crisis and the context in which it occurred, a process that can be applied to understand other conflicts. He also took the time to answer any questions and address any issues we may have, placing emphasis on time management during this period where the military pillar is especially demanding.

Afterwards, we received a lecture from a Royal Canadian Regiment (RCR) Sergeant on the role of a section commander in the infantry, in which he described the relationship between a junior officer and his or her platoon. This vital section commander knowledge will be used the future and can be applied generally to any kind of leadership positions wherein the leader works for his subordinates in order to accomplish the mission. For many, it also put our training during BMOQ into context. As the junior leaders of RMCC and the CAF, we will need to practice this leadership knowledge now so we can successfully apply it in the future.

- OCdt (II) 27144 Ian Ferrier

This week the class of 2016 received two briefs. One pertaining to SMESC and the other on the completion of CF-98. Being two important skills for future officers, the training wing wanted to ensure that after some more relaxed summers for some (SLT), the principles of SMESC were refereshed. As much as paper work is disliked, it is important and the class of 2016 is sure to remember that!

- OCdt (III) 26634 Kevin Pathinather

During PMT this past Wednesday, the fourth year class worked on practicing their sword drill. Having already learnt the majority of the movements, it was mostly a review. One new aspect, that had yet to be covered, was the slow march and salute. This is important because it will be done on the Graduation Parade in May. The review didn’t take long, and the 4th year cadets are now up to speed, in contrast to the rest of the Wing, with their sword drill.

- OCdt (IV) 26257 Zachary Day

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3069 W.A. McColl’s Diary: Ex Cadet Weekend 1952

Posted by rmcclub on September 28th, 2014

“I have to concentrate pretty hard on a stiff straight face because these recruits are obviously scared as hell on their first charge and I can’t get over the fact that it’s not me in their boots.”

As we’ll see , the beginning of October ’52 was rich in events. One of the highlights of that month was the attendance of Major-General A.B. Perry, No. 13 of the original class of 18, at a memorial service held at RMC during a weekend that would also see the largest parade in the college’s history,  parade which would be reviewed by Brig. J.M. Rockingham.



29 Sep 52

It was a long sleepy day for the 4 above mentioned cadets – too much weekend. Pete Chisholm + I hold our first orderly room cases. I have to concentrate pretty hard on a stiff straight face because these recruits are obviously scared as hell on their first charge and I can’t get over the fact that it’s not me in their boots. All our recruits are pretty keen with three or four exceptions.

2 Oct 52

Another wing drill parade after classes. We have only had two now and badly need drill for the opening ceremonial parade. The worst flight from the standpoint of spirit, will to make a good show, or whatever you want to call it, is the third year flight. They’ve had little or no drill all summer I suppose, little responsibility on parade. Recruits have what they lack but just haven’t got the drill experience.

3 Oct 52

With the arrival of the RCR Band, we have realized that tomorrow is really going to be the opening day. The “dress rehearsal” after classes showed that we could stand a lot of improvement. Mr. Coggins was there too in his inimitable way. His wife who we all know has been a helpless invalid for years now died two days ago and her funeral was yesterday. I’m sure he’ll lose something of that strained look he used to have at times. After the parade I got a working party of recruits and we started putting down the lines on the rugby field. By 1900 it was pretty dark so we stopped.

4 Oct 52

This morning early we found that some of the lines we put down last night were in the wrong places and some terribly curved. So the lime had to be whisked away with brooms. We finally got the field well laid out. Parade was at 1100, a two hour one. Tony Hampson made several slips, but it’s his first big parade. The whole show was much better than yesterday’s practice. Brig. Rockingham had muttered an “inspiring” address after the prize giving. He cuts quite a swath with his long crooked cane. Mother & Dad arrived in time to see the parade and came out for the rugby game with McGill Indians in the afternoon. There was a tremendous wind blowing which our team took advantage of to win 21-2. Donny played a very good game and no doubt will go to Halifax. We had dinner at the Fort Henry Hotel with Mr. & Mrs. McDougall and then Dad wanted to see Don so we came back to the College & I buzzed off to our class wiener roast. It’s really been a full day!

5 Oct 52

Church parade this morning was very good – Col. Bannister gave one of the best sermons I’ve ever heard him preach – on intolerance. The ex-cadets fell in and marched up to the arch with perhaps 30 from the class of ’52 at the extreme end of the column. Then Fritz, Rev & I went in for a feast at McDougall’s where we gorged ourselves. Tonight we saw some shots from the movie they were making here last year. It was so badly cut there was no continuity or story and a lot of the part remaining was pretty horrible.



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Posted by rmcclub on September 28th, 2014

JONES, DR. Richard Edward – BA MA PhD MS Royal Military College – Registrar and Professor – 1963 – 1987 December 14 1921-September 2, 2014 Peacefully at St. Mary’s of the Lake Hospital, on Tuesday, September 2, 2014 with family at his side. Son of the late Richard Jones and Ethel (Hobbs). Richard “Dick” is survived by his wife Norma Struzzo-Jones; children Cynthia (Simon) Davies, Haida Gwaii; Elizabeth (Red) Swaine, Saint Margaret’s Bay; Michael (Lisa) Jones, Vancouver; grandchildren, Sarah, John, David, Mare, Lisa, Kevin, Geoffrey, Alex, Chapman, Logan, Mary and many great grandchildren. He was predeceased by his wife Mary Milsap and daughter Catherine Jackson. Richard instilled knowledge, integrity and independence in his children and grandchildren. He was born in Gloucester England, grew up in Coventry and endured the blitz as a first aid attendant. In 1940 he attended the University of Birmingham for petroleum geology. He learned to fly with the RAF in California and in 1944 established the Number One Instrument Flying School, at Deseronto, Ontario, specializing in instrument flying and astronavigation. He was a true scholar with a BA, MA, PhD and an MSC. He had a voracious appetite for knowledge and a great ability to share it. He appreciated the arts especially classical music and opera. He was a pilot, a professor of geology and geography. Richard was registrar at the Royal Military College, Kingston from 1963 to 1981 and returned to academic life at RMC from 1981 to 1987 as a professor of geography and oceanography. As a geologist he had a love for mapping in the Canadian bush and the camaraderie of mining. He will be missed by his family and many who learned from him. Friends will be received at the GORDON F. TOMPKINS FUNERAL HOME , 435 Davis Drive (Centennial Dr and Taylor-Kidd Blvd) on Friday, September 5th from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial in St. Joseph’s Church, Palace Road, on Saturday, September 6, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. Cremation will follow. For those wishing, donations to the UHKF St. Mary’s of the Lake Palliative Care, would be appreciated by his family. Source



Michael Bryce Sullivan March 29, 1938 – September 10, 2014 Mike passed away peacefully at home as he wished. He battled Pulmonary Fibrosis for many years. He is survived by his loving wife, Frona, Lynne (daughter), Bill (son), siblings Eileen and Tim. Predeceased by sister Sharon. Mike spent 27 great years with IBM in both Western and Central Regions, following 4 years at Royal Roads and RMC. He is remembered by many wonderful friends and will be missed. No service at Mike’s request. Donations in Mike’s name to Animal Advocates Society of BC, would be gratefully appreciated.




3604 Karl M. FERGUSON 

Karl M. FERGUSON October 20, 1932 – August 9, 2014 Born in Trois Rivieres, Quebec on 20 October 1932; died on 9 August 2014. Leaves behind a sister, Jean Roulson, nieces and nephews and a son, Steven Ferguson. Karl was particularly proud of being a mechanical engineering alumnus of the University of New Brunswick. In his working career, he was employed at several manufacturing and food processing firms mainly in Canada and a stint in Ireland. He was a keen curler, an exercise program participant and an avid winemaker. He was a garage sale enthusiast; he could not pass on a deal. A celebration of Karl’s life was held Saturday, September 20, 2014 at 2:00 pm. Please consider a donation to Parkinson’s Society, BC -

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