16459 Mike Lucas: Took awhile to find a home town

16459 Mike Lucas: Took awhile to find a home town

By: WJO

Born in Greenwood, NS,  16459 Mike Lucas and his family moved around a lot during his youth. So much so that by the time he was in grade 11 at Lahr Secondary School, West Germany he conceived the idea of applying for military college.

The decision likely wasn’t a tough one as he came from a military background – father, grandfather, and great-grandfather all served in the military.

Mike was not quite 19 years old when he arrived at RMC in 1984.

When asked to pinpoint a ‘few’ favourite memories from his milcol days, the former AERE officer quickly replied. “Meeting my best friends, partying downtown, walking through the arches (both times), Navy training.”

He concedes that his biggest challenge while an officer cadet were his academics.  “Everything else was secondary.”

A former staff member that left a lifelong impression on him is Petty Officer Emond who was a member of the Drill Staff at RMC.  “Good guy, was involved with the Pistol team.  Learned what a good NCM was.”

Other than his AERE training which took place at CFB Borden he worked from National Defence Headquarters in Ottawa. Although he did get to travel a lot.

Mike has been involved in the IT industry since 1989, when he was a Lieutenant in the RCAF, building datacenters across Canada and Germany to support Aircraft Maintenance functions.

He took his release from the military after serving his compulsory time of four years.

Early on in ‘civilian’ life he worked at IT Consulting, then sales. Over the past 19 years he is Vice-President at Zycom Technology Inc. and Owner, Zycom Technology Inc.

In between he completed a Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.)  Business – with the focus on Strategic Management and Planning at RMC.

Consequently, although not ‘hands on’ at the college he considers Kingston his home town. Also, he has close friends teaching at RMC – in short, he has a pretty good feel on what has been happening on around the peninsula these past few years. And in his view it  has not always been pretty.

“The cadets seem very motivated to perform well.”

The Class Secretary for the Class of 1988 quickly adds, “I don’t think there is a consistent philosophy that drives military leadership.  Each commandant seems to pick and choose pet projects that don’t necessary seem to improve the college or the cadet experience.”

An interesting perception indeed. Hopefully, when Mike returns for his 30th anniversary next September he and his classmates, and all other returnees will like what they see. We’re betting on it!