Feature photo: H17417 Judge John Ross Matheson, OC, CD presenting, The Captain Nichola Goddard Memorial Sword to CWC 25440 OCdt Landon Lavictoire, Oct 2011
Former CWC Looks Back with Pride
Article by: 25366 Anna-Michelle Shewfelt
25440 Landon Lavictoire (RMC 2012) left the Army in March of 2017. It was not an easy decision for him to make. It was at a time, he said, when he had to decide what his priorities were. As he explained, “My son was two and I was travelling every weekend for ten hours just to see him. Family is something that has always been extremely important to me and you only get one chance at being a father. I want to make sure I do it right.” Since leaving the Forces, he worked as a millwright before working on his real estate license in Kirkland Lake, Ontario, where he now lives with his family.
The transition to civilian life, he said, hasn’t been an easy one for him. “The military was all I knew for nine years. I had a good career, a house in Pembroke and a strong group of friends. I wasn’t really ready to give all of that up. Still, I don’t regret it.” He credits Veteran Affairs with making the transition as smooth as possible and with helping him complete his real estate license.
Lavictoire’s career in the Army, albeit brief, was a busy one and one he remembers with pride. Following graduation, he completed Phase 4 of his Artillery Training before being posted to E Bty 2 RCHA in Petawawa. Shortly thereafter he completed his Parachutist Course and took command of the Dismounted Mortar Troop. Out of all the exercises he took part in, one stands out the most. “In the spring of 2017, I had the privilege of being attached to 3 RCR and participating in a JOAX (Joint Operation Access Exercise) with my Forward Observation Party in Fort Bragg, NC. While there, we had the opportunity to conduct multiple jumps with the 82nd Airborne Division. The final jump, in particular, was a night jump into a 36 hour exercise.”
Lavictoire credits the time he spent at the College with preparing him for the challenges he faced as an Artillery Officer. He served as the Cadet Wing Commander during the first semester of his fourth year. This experience “challenged me in ways I never would have imagined.” As he went on to explain, “It prepared me to lead the excellent soldiers of the CAF once I got to the Regiment. I was prepared to deal with senior ranking officers and I was able to work very well within my leadership team at the troop level.” He credits the College with preparing him to be confident and competent in the field as well. “I was able to communicate effectively with my francophone soldiers and my troops as a whole appreciated my level of physical fitness.”
When asked what he remembers most about his time at RMC, he didn’t hesitate. “The hockey team,” he said. “We were there for each other through thick and thin. I had twenty best friends each year and I still keep in touch with most of them today. I also had the opportunity to be Captain in the first WestPoint game after a long break in that incredible tradition.”