26901 Cody Hartwick: Designated CSL 8 Squadron

 26901 Cody Hartwick: Designated  CSL 8 Squadron – 00183 Pilot – Aeronautical Engineering

What was your motivation to attend RMCC?

As a young boy, I gazed up into the sky as the Canadian Forces Snowbirds put on a display over Ramsey Lake in Sudbury, Ontario.

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From that moment on, I was hooked on the idea of one day sitting in one of those cockpits putting on a show for kids just like me. This motivated me to work hard in order to be able to pursue a career as a pilot in the Canadian Armed Forces. As I grew up, mentored by two cousins in the military and my brother 25990 Bradley Hartwick, my vision of becoming a RCAF pilot soon became a close reality. Throughout high school I was determined to achieve the best academic marks that I could, while consistently being a leader in my community, school, and sports teams. My hard work paid off when I was accepted to the Royal Military College of Canada in the ROTP Program. Every day when I wake up for morning form up, my initial sentiment of confusion is eased by realizing that I am living out the dreams of 7-year-old Cody.

What is your most favourable memory of your time at RMCC?

My most favourable memory from RMC is definitely from the First Year Orientation Program Obstacle Course. Having been in the military for merely 2 weeks, I was still very “green” to say the least. My FYOP staff was beyond professional and carefully groomed my flight-mates and myself into Officer Cadets of the Royal Military College of Canada. The Obstacle Course remains one of my favourite memories; the teamwork, leadership, and perseverance needed to complete it is very symbolic of our 4 years at the Royal Military College. Although my flight was nabbed of the first place prize, the friendships made across the rope bridge are friendships that will last a lifetime.

What– in your opinion– makes a good leader?

A leader can have a wide range attributes that make them a good leader such as intelligence, charisma, and the ability to motivate people. However, in my opinion, there are a few key attributes that make a good leader a great. The most important attributes a great leader can have are pride in themself, pride in their work, and most importantly pride in their organization and the team that they lead. Whenever a great leader signs their name on a document, or issues orders, they have to ensure that it has been completed to the best of their ability, and that this will benefit their team. A great leader must always ensure that they have put in their best effort in order to produce the best results. They must also be flexible and adapt to change. This is especially important at RMC as it is a constantly changing environment and so a successful leader here has to be able to adapt to the situation and plan accordingly.

What does Truth, Duty, Valour (TDV) mean to you?

Truth, Duty, Valour are three words that are thrown at us as soon as we cross under the Memorial Arch for the first time. They perfectly sum up the expectations that each Officer Cadet should have for themselves at the College. They must uphold truth and accept the reality of their environment. They must have a sense of duty and the responsibility of being a future Officer in the Canadian Armed Forces and act according to such guidelines. And finally, they must maintain courage in the face of a challenge. The Royal Military College is often described as a rollercoaster experience, where you will likely enjoy some of your greatest moments, and endure some of your greatest defeats. The College is a marathon that is intense in its design, in order to produce great leaders of tomorrow.

What makes your Squadron unique and / or special?

What makes Mackenzie Squadron special is our goal of providing a relaxing learning environment for all of our squadron-mates. We care about each other’s professional development and strive to ensure that everyone has the proper resources and guidance to allow them to achieve their best. While 8 Squadron may not be at the top of the Commandant’s Cup standings, I believe that we are leading the College in producing professional and well-rounded leaders for the Canadian Armed Forces.