Class Notes

The Weight of Command:

Voices of Canada’s Second World War Generals and Those Who Knew Them

5105 J.L. Granatstein (CMR / RMC 1961)

Available August 1, 2016

Hardcover, 312 pages, $34.95

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Edited and introduced by one of the foremost military historians of our time, this carefully curated collection brings to life the wartime experiences of the Canadian generals who led the troops during the Second World War. The interviews are based on lengthy conversations that J.L. Granatstein had with the surviving generals, their key staff officers, fighters under their command, and their families. Generals McNaughton, Crerar, Simonds, Foulkes, and Burns are among those discussed. The content is revealing and conversations frank. We learn of the generals’ failings and successes — and of the heavy weight of command borne by all.

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  • 3156 D. Norman Morris (RRMC / RMC 1953) receives award in Elora, ON.
  • M0488 Dawn Ottman (Otter Squadron Class of 1991) dealing with PTSD and a bully
  • 19171 Eric Kenny (CMR / RMC 1994) – Farewell to 4 Wing and CFB Cold Lake
  • 19958 Paul Doyle (RRMC / RMC 1995) recently assumed command of 4 Wing Cold Lake

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On Sunday, June 10th, 2016 No.3156 D. Norman Morris (RRMC / RMC 1953) (photo right, holding plaque) and his wife Heather were awarded The Florence Nightingale Memorial Community Service Award. This award is made each year on the first Sunday of the Elora Festival by St. John’s Church and The Elora Festival.

The award is made for outstanding volunteer service in both St. John’s church and the Elora (Ontario) Festival. In his citation Colin Fox, photo left) a prominent resident of Elora, told of how the volunteer service of Norman and Heather actually covered many years in all the communities in which they lived.

In Elora, Norman served as Treasurer and Board member of the Festival while Heather was a volunteer usher. Norman founded the St. John’s Men’s Club which he chaired for eight years until he stepped down this year. Heather has been a member of the Altar Guild, The Quilters and Knitters and has been a Church office volunteer since its inception.

It was also noted by the Rector that these two persons quietly helped other members of the church who were alone and needed assistance. During their eleven years living in the U. K,, Norman was President of the UK Branch of the Ex-Cadet club and both were active in the church, the RNLI and the RBL poppy appeal.

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M0488 Dawn Ottman (Otter Squadron Class of 1991) dealing with PTSD and a bully

“Yesterday I was called crazy in front of others and told that the person wanted to watch the show (that is, watch me loose my cool) because he thought it was entertaining to do so. When I identified myself as a veteran struggling with PTSD, he told me (and everyone there) that I was then all kinds of crazy. I asked him to stop being so cruel and leave me alone (twice) but he persisted…..after all, he had an audience and it was obvious that he was enjoying the attention this afforded him. Meanwhile, this veteran was embarrassed as he continued to humiliate me. Three times, I asked him to be kind and three times he ignored me. He was a bully and that’s how bullies behave….without any regard for anyone.

Some may say that it is just human nature as it is natural for people to struggle with dealing with people with mental disability but I would rather he had ignored me (as most people do to avoid those that have mental illness). Yet, for the veteran, even avoidance often confirms a lack of willingness to try and understand and, for us, that translates into an unwillingness to help.

And don’t expect us to tell you that we are mentally unwell. Soldiers, are taught to be proud and self-sufficient and knowing this, it is not difficult to understand that with a load of pride, the veteran is not going to tell anyone what is wrong. Pride and the fear of criticism holds our tongues.

Yesterday was an example of why we don’t look to family and friends for help……we don’t need nor want responses like “get over it!” I suggest that instead, these people need to get over themselves and make a larger effort to help.

I have always been an idealist and I see it as our duty to be kind human beings (a Jesus type of kindness) that actually sees people with disabilities….really sees them! People need to demonstrate that type of kindness….a kindness wherein we move toward the mentally ill veteran, instead of away from him/her. The vet didn’t ask for PTSD, still, it is their reality. And it remains every single person’s responsibility because this disability is not theirs alone: their disability is due to their willingness to sacrifice their mental well-being for the well-being of the very same friends and family that now reject/make fun of them.

PTSD is not a visible disability but it is a very real one.

Some mental illnesses are easier to spot than others. PTSD is not one of these. In fact, veterans with PTSD often mask their symptoms and although this may make it difficult to “see,” the disability is there.

Be kind to a veteran today……and be grateful that you DON’T know what they know.”

TDV,

M0488 Captain Dawn Ottman (Otter Squadron Class of 1991)

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19171 Eric Kenny (CMR / RMC 1994) – Farewell to 4 Wing and CFB Cold Lake

“Our time as a family living in Cold Lake is coming to an end, and with it time to reflect on incredible memories and a desire to thank all those who supported us.

When we arrived in 2014, the fourth posting here for Angie and I, the local economy was booming, housing prices were rising rapidly, large numbers of members were releasing from the forces, and our budget was tight. It was a challenging time for members and their families. I therefore felt it important to prioritize them over operations. Without qualified and motivated members, we simply could not achieve the mission our government asked of us.

We looked at ways to improve quality of life, while offsetting the cost of housing through subsidized programing. We built the splash park, created a free movie club, increased subsidized PSP programs and activities, built on the Snowfest, increased availability of single quarters while adding air conditioning and common areas to a few of the buildings, and brought a Tim Horton’s kiosk to the CANEX to name only a few of the many initiatives we built together.

At the same time, significant investments were made to revitalize the RHUs (such as exterior and interior retrofits), with twelve new RHUs now available for lease, and eighteen RHU condos being built for next year. We focused on beautifying the base to ensure those who chose to live here, did so in a safe and pleasant location.

While doing all this we met our NORAD mandate, prepared and showcased our aerial demonstration capability with the Snowbirds and the CF-18 Demonstration Team, and responded to many Search and Rescue missions.

Training took on greater importance as we needed to recover from a loss of experienced personnel. We generated new CF-18 technicians, CF-18 pilots, radar controllers and technicians and prepared our personnel for deployed operations.

What sticks out in my mind is how the Wing and Base always came together when duty called – support to wildfires in Fort McMurray, floods in southern Alberta, Operation REASSURANCE in eastern Europe, and of course, Operation IMPACT in the Middle East. This on top of the six to seven smaller operations our members supported in Canada and around the world on a constant basis.

And then we did exercises, such as AMALGAM DART, SPRING FORWARD, RIMPAC, COUGAR SOUTH, PUMA STRIKE, MAPLE RESOLVE, RED FLAG – Alaska, and most recently, MAPLE FLAG 49.

Each member was involved in some way or another. Each gave 100% to make sure we succeeded – and that is exactly what we did.

All of these successes occurred because of you – our members and their families. We are stronger because of you. Our community is better because of you. This is our home, our community, and you made it great.

Angie, Melanie, Jason and I are leaving for Winnipeg. We do this with mixed emotions. We have spent many years in Cold Lake over several postings. Each time we returned, it felt like we had never left and each

time we believe Cold Lake had more to offer.

I want you to know how extremely proud I am of everything you have done and continue to do for our great nation. I could not have asked for a better team to lead and I look forward to watching your continued success from afar. Thank you for your service and thank you to your families for their support.

Auf Wacht – Vigil Borealis”

 9171 Eric Kenny (CMR / RMC 1994)

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19958 Paul Doyle (RRMC / RMC 1995) recently assumed command of 4 Wing Cold Lake

On receiving his Pilot Wings in 1996, Paul was selected to fly the CF-188 and has flown with 425 Tactical Fighter Squadron (TAC F Sqn) at 3 Wing and with 410 Tactical Fighter (Operational Training) Squadron (410 Tac F (OT) Sqn) at 4 Wing as a line pilot, a Fighter Weapons Instructor and Flight Commander. From 2012 to 2014, the graduate of the Joint Command and Staff Programme from the Canadian Forces College in Toronto and the USAF Air War College was the Commanding Officer of 410 Tac F (OT) Sqn.

For staff tours, he has been posted to 1 Canadian Air Division / Canadian NORAD Region in Winnipeg in the Fighter Section and was recently the Director of Fleet Readiness. He has also served at NORAD HQ at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs, Colorado as the NORAD Director of Inspections and with the Commander’s Initiatives Group.

For operational experience, Paul has flown in Europe in support of NATO operations in the Balkans from Aviano Air Force Base in Italy and across North America with NORAD for Operation NOBLE EAGLE. He has also served in a staff capacity with the 609th Air and Space Operations Center at Al Udeid Air Force Base, Qatar.