Common Denominator for 2016 FYOP Leaders: Commitment

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2016 FYOP Leaders –  Perspectives

Article coordinated by: 27832 OCdt (II) Pablo Cardona, 12 Sqn, e-Veritas Chief Correspondent

27094 OCdt Prutchick; “To develop 1st years and to leave a legacy of good and professional officers in 1 Squadron.”

27231 OCdt Beltramello; “I would like to see the 2 SQN first years come out of FYOP with all of the skills required to excel in all four pillars at RMCC and in their respective careers.”

27212 OCdt Sommer; “The officer cadets that influenced myself the most were the section commanders during my FYOP of 2014:  2LT Hartlen, 2LT Humeniuk, and OCdt Kelertas.”

27386 OCdt O’Brien; “My biggest challenge with FYOP 2016 has been with enabling the less capable/motivated members of the flight to realize their potential.”

27468 OCdt Bellerose; « I would say that the biggest challenge has been maintaining professionalism at all times and making sure that I always use appropriate language. Being a native French speaker, it’s been challenging to use proper English and communicating clearly in the fast-paced environment that is FYOP.”

27157 NCdt Lavallée; “I want to prove that screaming, punishing for no reason and scaring First Years won’t do any good. I love the way my staff and I are conducting ourselves in front of the Flight so far…”

27927 OCdt Généreux; “What motivated me to apply was a desire to be challenged through a leadership opportunity unlike most. FYOP gives the staff the chance to be the first impression of RMCC on the first year OCdts/NCdts and watch them grow as a team.”

27506 OCdt Robert Taylor “It is my first opportunity to be in charge of subordinates and get valuable leadership experience.”

27409 OCdt Lebrun; “Help ensure the first years are both physically and mentally prepared for the next four years at the college.”

27228 OCdt Beaulieu; “In my opinion, being a good leader involves being a role model that your subordinates can aspire to become and to always be there to help them become better people…”

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2016 FYOP Leaders –  Perspectives:

Name and College #: 27094 OCdt Prutchick

MOC: Army Logistics

Degree program: English with a Minor in Politics

Hometown: Windsor, Ontario

Hobbies/Interests: Fishing, Reading, Creative Writing, Yoga, Music, Fitness

FYOP position: Cadet Flight Leader, Alpha Flight, 1 Sqn

What motivated you to apply / accept a FYOP position?

To develop 1st years and to leave a legacy of good and professional officers in 1 Squadron.

What has been your biggest challenge during FYOP 2016 to date?

Dealing with people’s injuries and medical conditions; everyone has a different level of fitness and different physiological issues.

What kind of contribution would you like to make to FYOP?

I want to develop people’s skills but also their character and personality.

Which senior cadet(s) influenced you most as a I, II, III Year and how?

MY CFL and DCFL during my FYOP, because they developed character and taught valuable life lessons that applied outside of RMC too.

What– in your opinion– makes a good leader?

Compassion, understanding, professionalism, competence.

Which person(s) (excluding parents / family members) inspired you the most to be the person you are today?

My partner, she has shown me new ways to see the world; she is a feminist social worker and has taught me about peoples issues, how to talk to people with compassion, how to see gender and sexisms, and most importantly, how to understand individuals. I often use the skills she has learned as a social worker when I deal with my first years’ and their personal problems. I am by no means a social worker, but they are comfortable coming to me, and I have my partner to thank.

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Name and College #: 27231 OCdt Beltramello

MOC: Pilot

Degree program: Aeronautical Engineering

Hometown: Lakeshore, Ontario

FYOP position: Section Commander, Fighter Flight, 2 Sqn

What motivated you to apply / accept a FYOP position?

I was motivated to apply for a FYOP position because of the leadership opportunity it offered and the impact someone in my position can have on a new recruit’s performance and future. Every cadet at the college can remember his/her FYOP staff and the impact they had on their lives. If the new recruits are presented with an example of a fit, intelligent and competent leader during their first few weeks at the college, they will have an example to follow, which will give them a standard to strive towards. This motivation and example will help them develop good habits, which will follow them for their four years at the college and perhaps the rest of their careers. This opportunity to help shape the future leaders of the Canadian Armed Forces is what motivated me the most to become FYOP staff.

What has been your biggest challenge during FYOP 2016 to date?

Dealing with a multitude of individuals from many different backgrounds and getting them to work as a team.

What kind of contribution would you like to make to FYOP?

I would like to see the 2 SQN first years come out of FYOP with all of the skills required to excel in all four pillars at RMCC and in their respective careers.

Which senior cadet(s) influenced you most as a I, II, III Year and how?

2Lt Blair-Jimenez and 2Lt Horlings influenced me the most because of their steadfast work ethic and values.

What– in your opinion– makes a good leader?

  • -Lead by example
  • -Fitness
  • -Competence
  • -Empathy
  • – Honesty

Which person(s) (excluding parents / family members) inspired you the most to be the person you are today?

There is something to be learned from each individual you meet. I draw my inspiration from the good qualities of the many great people that surround me.

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Name and College #: 27212 OCdt Sommer

MOC: Pilot

Degree program: Politics

Hobbies/Interests: Going to the gym, playing guitar and piano

FYOP position: Section Commander, Kaeble Flight, 4 Sqn

What motivated you to apply / accept a FYOP position?

The main reason why I applied was because I wanted to influence the first years in the squadron to be proud of their squadron. Pride for their squadron will, in the end, make the first years try hard in all pillars and bring others to a higher standard in order to show what their squadron is able to do.

Which senior cadet(s) influenced you most as a I, II, III Year and how?

The officer cadets that influenced myself the most were the section commanders during my FYOP of 2014:  2LT Hartlen, 2LT Humeniuk, and OCdt Kelertas.

What– in your opinion– makes a good leader?

For me, it is important to be a role model so that the people under my command can know how to act and perform at RMCC. Being a role model, leading by example, is an important attribute of a competent leader. In being a role model or leading by example, you also become a mentor to your subordinates, which instils respect and people who are willing to follow your orders to the best of their ability.

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Name and College #: 27386 OCdt O’Brien

MOC: Infantry

Degree program: Military and Strategic Studies

Hometown: Celista. British Columbia

FYOP position: Section Commander, Papa Flight, 5 Sqn

What motivated you to apply / accept a FYOP position?

I applied for a FYOP position because I wanted a position that emphasized face to face interaction and allowed me to expand the limits (physical and mentally) of my squadron’s first years.

What has been your biggest challenge during FYOP 2016 to date?

My biggest challenge with FYOP 2016 has been with enabling the less capable/motivated members of the flight to realize their potential.

What kind of contribution would you like to make to FYOP?

I want to give Papa flight a difficult and memorable FYOP because this way the program will be truly rewarding.

Which senior cadet(s) influenced you most as a I, II, III Year and how?

2Lt Blair-Jimenez and 2Lt Horlings influenced me the most because of their steadfast work ethic and values.

What– in your opinion– makes a good leader?

Being a good leader goes beyond just accomplishing the task at hand; a good leader inspires his / her subordinates to achieve excellence.

Which person(s) (excluding parents / family members) inspired you the most to be the person you are today?

Being a Christian, I give all credit to God for making me into who I am today.

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Name and College #: 27468 OCdt Bellerose

MOC: Pilot

Degree program: Space Science

Hometown: Born in Nova Scotia, grew up in Chicoutimi, Quebec

Hobbies/Interests: Fitness, hockey, rafting, extreme sports, listening to music, driving and eating good food

FYOP position: Section Commander, Romeo Flight, 6 Sqn

What motivated you to apply / accept a FYOP position?

After completing FYOP in first year, I wasn’t interested in becoming staff at all. However, I changed my perspective change during time at the college because of the changes that were gradually implemented to FYOP. When I got the offer to be a FYOP staff for 6 sqn I was interested because I knew that the other staff a similar point of view of how to behave as a FYOP staff. I then made my choice to use this opportunity to exercise my leadership skills in a concrete and realistic way. Also, I believed in my capacity to inspire our new squadron members to reach their full potential. Lastly, I thought it would be a great opportunity to make an impact on my future brothers/sisters in arms and make them love this great institution.

What has been your biggest challenge during FYOP 2016 to date?

I would say that the biggest challenge has been maintaining professionalism at all times and making sure that I always use appropriate language. Being a native French speaker, it’s been challenging to use proper English and communicating clearly in the fast-paced environment that is FYOP.

What kind of contribution would you like to make to FYOP?

As I previously stated, I want to get help every member of my flight unlock their highest potential and become the best military members they can be. I want to teach them how to work as a team and how to look after their peers. Finally, I want to make FYOP the most successful possible by preparing the first years to succeed at RMC and also by teaching them good military habits that they can keep for the rest of their careers.

Which senior cadet(s) influenced you most as a I, II, III Year and how?

The senior cadet who influenced me was Alex Gorman, a graduate of the Class of 2015. He was my Section Commander during FYOP and he always respected the first years. He was a good example and succeeded at everything he did at RMC. Gorman had a lot of military skills and experience at RMC and he was always ready to share them with other people. He spent a lot of time hanging out in the hallway, socializing and making others laugh. He cared about the well-being of everyone around him. From what I saw of Gorman’s leadership, he was relaxed with his subordinates, letting them do their job because he trusted them. If something was wrong he was able to make his subordinates understand and their respect for him made them listen to him. I never saw him use corrective measures and he always got the job done to a high standard. His type of leadership relates a lot with my personality and my point of view of a good leader so that’s why Alex Gorman influenced me the most as an OCdt at RMC.

What– in your opinion– makes a good leader?

Well, of course all the points stated in the last question. A good leader has to get the mission done and take care of the well-being of his troops. To do that successfully, a good leader must be able to adapt his decisions as well as his leadership style according to situations and the type of person the leader is commanding.

Which person(s) (excluding parents / family members) inspired you the most to be the person you are today?

The first one is Sylvester Stallone especially with the story behind his Rocky movies. He worked hard to make those movies and the story of Rocky reflects his hard work in real life. It’s a great example of hard work and resiliency and the quotes in his movies are awesome. The second one is Hunter “Patch” Adams a doctor who made his own free community hospital and treated more than 10,000 patients completely free. He was using laughter as one of his therapies and he was into building compassionate connections with his patients. The work he has done is indescribable and the movie about him is really worth watching.

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Name and College #: 27157 NCdt Lavallée

MOC: MARS

Degree program: History

Hometown: Quebec City, Quebec

Hobbies/Interests: Varsity Hockey Assistant Captain

FYOP position: Cadet Flight Leader, Whiskey Flight, 8 Sqn

What motivated you to apply / accept a FYOP position?

First of all, I strongly believe that FYOP staff have a huge influence in the future of their First Years, not just at RMC, but over the course of their careers. They will always remember their FYOP experience, so by acting professional and treating them with respect, we, the staff, hope that they will learn to act in the same way when they lead subordinates. Also, it’s extremely rewarding to see a Flight that you’ve trained overcome the obstacle course and learn to work as a team.

What has been your biggest challenge during FYOP 2016 to date?

The first week was very challenging for me because of my commitment to the hockey team. We held our training camp last week, which meant that we had at least two practices a day. Combining that, morning PT sessions, and getting our First Years through all their in-clearance kept my staff and myself pretty busy.

What kind of contribution would you like to make to FYOP?

I want to prove that screaming, punishing for no reason and scaring First Years won’t do any good. I love the way my staff and I are conducting ourselves in front of the Flight so far. We make them work hard, but we are fair and there is a purpose behind everything that we do. It’s important that the First Years know that they can come to you at any time if something is wrong, but they won’t do it if they are afraid of you.

Which senior cadet(s) influenced you most as a I, II, III Year and how?

For my first two years, Alex Pym (Class of 2015) was definitely someone I looked up to. He was captain of the hockey team, CWSRO, and Aerospace Engineering student, all at the same time. Even though he was probably the busiest student at RMC, he was always available if we had issues or concerns. Last year, Graham Mater was also someone who influenced me in a positive way. I was one of his section commanders when he was a CFL during last year’s FYOP and the way he conducted himself in front of the First Years was incredible. He was always calm, never raised his voice and was extremely dedicated to his troops.

What– in your opinion– makes a good leader?

Caring for your people and treating them with respect and dignity. If you don’t do this, you will never be able to achieve anything within a group dynamic.

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Name and College #: 27927 OCdt Généreux

MOC: CELE

Degree program: Computer Engineering

Hometown: Grew up in a military, moved around a lot

Hobbies/Interests: Reading, working out, carving wood

FYOP position: Section Commander, Warrior Flight, 9 Sqn

What motivated you to apply / accept a FYOP position?

What motivated me to apply was a desire to be challenged through a leadership opportunity unlike most. FYOP gives the staff the chance to be the first impression of RMCC on the first year OCdts/NCdts and watch them grow as a team.

What has been your biggest challenge during FYOP 2016 to date?

The above being said, the biggest challenge to date has been constantly motivating the first years while keeping my own sense of purpose.

What kind of contribution would you like to make to FYOP?

Ideally, my contribution to FYOP would be to do my fair share of the work with the other staff of Warrior flight and hopefully instill in the first years a true desire to be here at RMCC.

Which senior cadet(s) influenced you most as a I, II, III Year and how?

In my past two years the senior cadet that influenced me the most has been 2Lt Kyle Ryan (now graduated) as he was an example of exceptional leadership and he demonstrated the importance of maintaining good relationships with everyone around us.

What– in your opinion– makes a good leader?

In my opinion, a good leader is someone who is able to prioritize effectively, communicate clearly, and make competent and informed decisions.

Which person(s) (excluding parents / family members) inspired you the most to be the person you are today?

The people outside of family members who have inspired me the most to be the person I am today are the several karate teachers I have had growing up. They developed in me a work ethic and desire for continual improvement which stays with me to date.

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Name and College #: 27506 OCdt Robert Taylor

MOC: Armoured

Degree program: Business Administration

Hometown: Kingston, Ontario

Hobbies/Interests: Golfing, spending time on the water, skiing

FYOP position: Section Commander, Savage Flight, 10 Sqn

What motivated you to apply / accept a FYOP position?

It is my first opportunity to be in charge of subordinates and get valuable leadership experience.

What has been your biggest challenge during FYOP 2016 to date?

Dealing with all of the first year’s kit deficiencies. None of them have name tags or rank slip-ons, and many don’t even have canteens or combats.

What kind of contribution would you like to make to FYOP?

I want to bring out as much personal drive in the first years as possible so they can push themselves to winning the obstacle course.

Which senior cadet(s) influenced you most as a I, II, III Year and how?

Jeffrey Arnold and Ian Mancini, my FYOP section commander and flight leader, respectively.

What– in your opinion– makes a good leader?

Being able to influence others to complete a task effectively.

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Name and College #: 27409 OCdt Lebrun

MOC: Engineering Officer

Degree program: Mechanical Engineering

Hometown: Kingston, Ontario

Hobbies/Interests: Animals, cycling, motor biking

FYOP position: Section Commander, Victory Flight, 11 Sqn

What motivated you to apply / accept a FYOP position?

Help first years and maintain personal fitness

What has been your biggest challenge during FYOP 2016 to date?

Having several tasks that need to be completed within a short period of time as well as helping the first years at the same time.

What kind of contribution would you like to make to FYOP?

Help ensure the first years are both physically and mentally prepared for the next four years at the college.

Which senior cadet(s) influenced you most as a I, II, III Year and how?

NCdt Dorian Gunn through strong leadership qualities and an eagerness to help me whenever I needed it.

What– in your opinion– makes a good leader?

Compassion, commitment, charisma and fitness

Which person(s) (excluding parents / family members) inspired you the most to be the person you are today?

My girlfriend

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Name and College #: 27228 OCdt Beaulieu

MOC: Pilot

Degree program: Aeronautical Engineering

Hometown: Dégelis, Quebec

Hobbies/Interests: Playing guitar, skydiving

FYOP position: Section Commander, Hunter Flight, 12 Sqn

What motivated you to apply / accept a FYOP position?

I decided to become FYOP staff so that I could have some influence on the next generation of OCdts at the College. I believe FYOP is one of – if not the – best leadership opportunities that the College offers upper years. It is great preparation for our careers as leaders in the Canadian Armed Forces. As a Section Commander, I have a direct influence in shaping attitudes of OCdts, attitudes which they will carry until Graduation day.

What kind of contribution would you like to make to FYOP?

My goal is to prepare the first years to succeed in all aspects of life at RMC. I want to make sure that they are well-rounded and capable of dealing with the demands of the four pillars. I aim to make them model cadets who will constantly strive for excellence

Which senior cadet(s) influenced you most as a I, II, III Year and how?

When I was a Junior Cadet, the leadership of some of my seniors inspired me to work hard to achieve my goals, including being FYOP staff. In my first year, NCdt Thow and OCdt Jobin demonstrated exemplary leadership, which I have tried to emulate. They both taught me that it is possible to be a role model for everyone and to be respected while maintaining a teacher-student relation with subordinates.

What– in your opinion– makes a good leader?

In my opinion, being a good leader involves being a role model that your subordinates can aspire to become and to always be there to help them become better people. My goal is to motivate the first years to develop their own drive to make them each want to excel and succeed on their own. I hope to achieve this during FYOP and hopefully make the future students of this college better people.

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