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Friends joined Bill Turner’s family for a celebration of his 90th birthday birthday on Saturday, 17 September 2011 at the Fort Frontenac Officer’s Mess. Four generations of Turners helped to make this a very happy event.  2816 BGen WW (Bill) Turner was commandant at RMC from 1973 – 77.



Kimberley soldier on Libya mission

A native of Kimberley, B.C., and a graduate in mechanical engineering from the Royal Military College of Canada, Maj Pasiechnyk deployed on Operation MOBILE from Ottawa, Ont…

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McGill mentor Nobes to serve as guest coach at NHL’s Red Wings camp

McGill Redmen bench boss Kelly Nobes has been invited to attend the Detroit Red Wings training camp in Traverse City, Mich., Sept. 16-18. Nobes received the invitation from Detroit head coach Mike Babcock, a former McGill all-star defenceman, who skated for the team from 1983 to 1987.

“It’s a great opportunity for me and the Redmen hockey program,” said Nobes, a native of West Hill, Ont., who returns for his second season at McGill after guiding the Redmen to 24-2-2 regular-season finish. The team went on to capture the OUA’s Queen’s Cup league title and a silver-medal finish at the CIS national championship in Fredericton last March.

Babcock is the only coach in hockey history to have won five different major championship rings (Stanley Cup, Olympic gold, IIHF World Championship, IIHF World Junior Championship, CIS Championship). He is entering his 10th NHL season (including the strike year) and owns a 373-188-19 record in 656 regular season games.

SOURCE: Earl Zukerman, Communications Officer Athletics & Recreation [email protected]

Ed note: Kelly Nobes received his head coaching start at RMC where he was behind the Paladin bench for five seasons.



Queen’s and RMC-Founded Military Research Institute Opens

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When Bruce Barteaux (11338, Class of 1978) was an Officer Cadet at RMC, one of the first ways he made his mark was in winning the Recruit Obstacle Race. He had always enjoyed running and keeping fit but it was the Varsity Wrestling team that claimed him for his requisite sport, although during the off-season he kept him in shape by running. Upon graduating, he very quickly realized that wrestling was not a sport that translates well into life outside the campus, but not wanting to leave athletics behind him, he began running even more in earnest. A few road races let him know he was actually not bad at it, and the National Capital Marathon in 1980 was the first of 71 (so far!) races of that distance. However, at the age of 56, and still serving after 38 years in the Army, he shows no sign of slowing down, and is still taking on much bigger challenges than mere marathons.

Bruce has been running Ultramarathons for more than a decade now, and has proudly worn the Canadian jersey at World Championships in the 100-Km distance, and more recently in 24-Hour races, where each competitor runs for the entire 24-hour period, trying to maximize the distance covered in that time. Bruce’s best performance so far was at the 2010 World Championships in Brive-la-Gaillard, France, where the final horn found him at the 207.23 Km mark!

His next challenge will be the 2nd Commonwealth Ultra-Running Championship, to be held in Llandudno, Wales, where the 24-Hour event will begin at noon on 23 September. This stand-alone competition’s success is intended to pave the way toward seeing ultramarathons included in future Commonwealth Games, and eventually in the Olympic Games.

As if this goal is not lofty enough, Bruce has designated his race as a special event for The Terry Fox Run. Since 1999, Bruce has run a minimum of 100 Km for cancer research each September, many of these runs being events he has planned and organized by himself to raise both funds and awareness of the Terry Fox Foundation’s goals. This year his participation in the Commonwealth Championship falls close enough to the day of the Terry Fox Run, that he is dedicating his efforts toward that cause. He hopes to encourage people who are dealing with cancer in themselves or a loved one, and also to inspire others to participate in the Terry Fox Run. He would welcome pledges to his own Terry Fox event, which can be made by visiting, clicking on Special Events, and entering Bruce’s name. The following link is a shortcut to the same page:

The attached photos were taken in June 2011, during the annual 6-Hour race held on the RMC peninsula, where Bruce broke the long-standing Canadian Age Group record with his final distance of 68.652 km. The photo with the Canadian flag was taken seconds after the end of the first Commonwealth 24-Hour Championship race, in Keswick England, September, 2009.