Where are they now?

  • Back in Canada following 3 Years Abroad

  • 6611 Author Doug Cope Keeping Us On Our Toes!

  • 1976 “N” Flight mini-reunion

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Back in Canada following 3 Years Abroad

After 6 years in the Project Management Office (PMO) of the Montreal University Hospitals construction projects, Patrick Pressoir left the project in late 2012 to embark on a family adventure to Morocco.  His wife took on an international assignment to open a new Bombardier manufacturing facility in Casablanca so they packed up and moved the entire family to North Africa for a couple of years.

While there, Patrick started an virtual marketing agency and did some freelance consulting work.  After making the best of their time abroad, they moved back to the Montreal area and he recently accepted the post of Director of Procurement at Héma Québec.

Despite the new job Patrick intends to continue running marathons and his online marketing agency, TheMarketingGuerrillas.com, offering a variety of services to select clients.

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6611 Doug Cope Keeping Us On Our Toes!

This is just another gripe or complaint from an old coot ex-cadet. I am certain you receive many.

Well here is the story.

One of my friends from Ottawa was at RMC last week to see his youngest daughter, Olivia Frank, graduate.

When I checked the related issue of eVeritas I saw that there was the text of an interview that a young cadet reporter had with my friend and his daughter.

All that was fine except this young reporter obviously had only a vague knowledge of a place called Royal Roads.

It was surprising to discover that this reporter seemed to think that the place was named after or founded by Cecil Rhodes.

If they still require first year cadets to know the old eighteen I would have thought that they might have also given them a brief history of Canada’s military colleges so they at least know how to spell the names correctly.

Maybe they should make my book, The Roadants, compulsory reading in first year history.

The particular excerpt.

Cheers

6611 Doug Cope 

Editor 1 : We subsequently corrected the error.

2: The Roadants book by Doug Cope is available from the RMC Club Gift Shop

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1976 “N” Flight mini-reunion

On 25 May Chez Lucien in Ottawa played host to a mini-reunion of three veterans of Brock Squadron’s 1976 “N” Flight. In attendance were 12488 LCdr (ret) Gord Aucoin, 12497 LCol (soon to be retired) Chris Blodgett, and 12570 Mike Kennedy.

Over their Chez Lucien burgers and beer, the three attendees reminisced about that fateful day, 22 August 1976, about the good times and bad that unfolded during the weeks and months that followed their arrival at the College, and in particular, about the unforgettable characters they were fortunate enough to meet along the way. All three were among the fifteen members of the Flight that successfully completed recruit year, during which time they all distinguished themselves through their remarkable ability to collect circles and drill.squads.

Particularly noteworthy is the fact that Aucoin and Blodgett were roommates in recruit camp. Not only did they both survive that experience without killing each other, but to this day they apparently remain best buddies 39 years after we all met one another. It’s but one example of the kind of lasting friendships that are forged under fire at RMC, and that you never see anywhere else.

The three miscreants are all planning to attend the Class of 1980 reunion this fall, and the word is out that they are hoping that all other veterans of ‘N” Flight who are still alive and kicking will join them. Stay tuned for further reports about their misadventures then and now.

3 Comments

  • Mike Kennedy #12570

    June 1, 2015 at 10:44 am

    One thing we neglected to mention is that back in 1976, circles and drill squads were recorded manually. If we had tried to keep track of them electronically, as likely would be the case in this day and age, if we had recorded all of the circles and drill squads the three of us had received, it would have blown up the computer.

    On another note, I read Doug Cope’s book The Roadants, and would HIGHLY recommend it. The book is an excellent recounting of what life was like at Roads in the early 1960’s. It is a great book based no doubt in large part on the author’s own personal experiences, and I enjoyed it very much. (Much better than “Bonk on the Head” which I did not like.)

    Apart from setting what must have been a Wing record for summary corrections, one of the things that differentiated “N” Flight of 1976 was the fact that all but one of our seniors were Roadants. Because of this, even though none of the “N’Flight recruits ever set foot into Roads, we certainly learned a lot about the place. Reading Doug Cope’s book put a lot of things into perspective for me, I never fully realized just how different the two Colleges were until I read the book.

  • 11564 Doug (Shag) Southen

    June 2, 2015 at 2:06 pm

    Miscreants indeed.

    I am certain I gave a few summary punishments to Kennedy, not sure about Blodgett and Aucoin…………..and I still remember the CSTO (Ken Zelenka) marching those zunters around the square holding onto a pace stick so they moved their arms and legs in the correct marching fashion.

  • Mike Kennedy #12570

    June 2, 2015 at 5:48 pm

    I can confirm that Doug did give me at least two drill squads that I remember very well. This was on a Sunday at lunch, around the third week in September 1976. The offence involved was talking in the mess to another recruit, which at that point in time was not allowed.

    The other recruit I was talking to was Blodgett, but for some reason, he did not get anything.

    Not too long after that, Doug stopped me again in the mess, this time for walking down some aisle I wasn’t supposed to use. This time, he did not give me anything, but he did order me to report to Ken Zelenka, saying “You report to Mr. Zelenka, and tell him that you greatly inconvenienced me.”

    By this point in time, I had finally reached a point where I had started to see through “the game” and did not take this order seriously. Hence, I did not report as ordered. What’s more, I did not get caught.

    That may be one of the few times I managed to beat the system !