22444 Erik Doucet: Fond memories of his days – debating & piping at RMC
“I was fortunate enough to visit Memorial University in St John’s, Yale, University of Pennsylvania and almost all major universities in Quebec and Ontario due to being part of the debating society of RMC.
We rarely won any competitions, but learned a lot about presenting arguments for any topic and from opposite spectrums.
After RMC I completed operational training as an Air Traffic Controller and enjoyed postings to Moose Jaw, Cold Lake and Cornwall (as an Instructor).”
When asked about his ‘piping’ past & present
“I am absolutely still piping. It’s turned into a very big part of my life actually.
I was taught how to play the bagpipes by MWO John “Onie” Langille at RMC. Before going on Summer OJT in Greenwood, Shearwater and Trenton, he arranged for me to play with those bands.
The 8 Wing Trenton Pipe Band competed in Grade 4 competitions and in 2003 (after I had graduated RMC), we won the North American title and came in 2nd in Scotland at the Worlds. Mind you, this was in Grade 4 (Grade 1 being the highest). That band did not compete seriously since. This summer, the 8 Wing Pipe Band entered competition again under a new Pipe Major. I was invited to join them and we actually took the North American title again.
I’m currently the Pipe Major of the local Pipe Band here in North Bay. As luck would have it, an RMC classmate of mine (Phil Desmarais #22288) was posted to my unit last summer and he’s our lead drummer. He was also in the RMC Pipes and Drums.
I’m now posted to 22 Wing North Bay as the Operations Officer for 21 Aerospace Control and Warning Squadron; our unit is responsible for the execution of the Canadian NORAD mission 24/7.”
Major E.J. Doucet, RCAF
Operations Officer, 21 Aerospace Control & Warning Squadron
Canadian Air Defence Sector / 22 Wing North Bay
“As a side note, the current CO (Mark Lachapelle), DCO (Phil Desmarais) and Ops O (myself) of 21 AC&W Sqn are all RMC class of 2002.”