Interview With the Cadet Wing Commander: OCdt Stefan Bobes

Interview With the Cadet Wing Commander: OCdt Stefan Bobes

By: 27747  OCdt (II) | Tyler Zhao 11 Squadron – e-Veritas correspondent

The Cadet Wing returned to RMC on August 28th in order to welcome another new academic year. We at E-Veritas sat down with the new Cadet Wing Commander, OCdt Stefan Bobes. Mr. Bobes gave some insights about himself and his goals in the upcoming semester.

Why did you join the ROTP program as a pilot?

“My main vision is to enhance the professionalism.”

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I always wanted to be a pilot when I was in high school. I looked into it and found out that that the military provided the best opportunity, then I realized, my real dream is to fly jets, and the only way to do that is to join the military. It’s definitely just a small kid, normal dream of becoming a pilot, that’s all.

What do you find most rewarding from your time at RMC?

Definitely the leadership experiences but at the same time, the academic programs are extremely well designed. As an engineer I am very fortunate to have small learning groups and a much better environment compared to other universities. Those two components combined not only creates better officers but also enables us to become better people.

Can you tell me your favourite memory so far of your time here?

Some of my best times at the college were being a FYOP staff for Romeo flight 2015. Just watching them the first day we started waking them up for morning PT, seeing their faces and everything that was going on through their minds and at that point, how confused they were and just their general lack of teamwork. Then at the end of FYOP, at the obstacle course, as they join the cadet wing, it’s a great feeling for you because you feel that you guided them to that point. That’s the rewarding part of this place, you can actually teach people, and see them grow. It felt like I was very useful to the college.

Who are your role models that you model your leadership style after?

My first year captain, his name is Capt. Scott Blakie. He was a very good looking, in shape, well spoken air force dude, just overall a well rounded officer. He was the CWC in 2008/09. Throughout the year I got to work with him, so as a junior cadet I really looked up to him. That’s the officer side of who I model my leadership after. On the officer cadet side, I really got to follow Mr. William Carle because he was always a year above me and he always helped me throughout different situations. He was definitely my biggest cadet role model but overall I think my biggest model is still Capt. Blakie because he made me his wingman throughout first year and to this day we still talk, and our paths will cross again in the future for sure.

What do you enjoy doing in your free time?

If I have a little bit of free time, I definitely like to go to the gym, I like training, working out. Also it’s a good way of leaving stress behind, not talking about business and just focusing on yourself, otherwise I really enjoy movies, because it’s a fun, easy thing to do. If I have leave, then I definitely want to travel. I’ve been on Europe trips, and a bunch of trips with the college and I’m always looking forwards to future trips.

What is your vision for the school as the CWC?

My main vision is to enhance the professionalism. I’d say this kind of goal is under a different branch but making cadets more confident in themselves because confidence and professionalism go hand in hand. It’s a whole group of things that contribute to it(professionalism) but I believe confidence is the biggest one. I want to accomplish that, but I also want to keep in mind that it’s a process, to get the confidence level higher and obviously to keep the morale high. As much as I’d like to keep mission focus, I also have to keep the interest of the cadet wing in mind and bring that up whenever. It’s a balance I’d like to bring this semester, an equilibrium between the mission and the cadet wing’s interest. We’ll find ways to do it, there’s always a way to do it. We have a great team this year and I’m sure we can accomplish that goal.

In your opinion what is the most challenging aspect of cadet life at RMC.

The way RMC functions, the hardest part is definitely that you work in the same place you live in, so there’s no buffer between professional and personal life. You don’t have a chance to disconnect from life at the college. Everything is integrated here, always together. It creates additional stress but at the same time, you can see the other side of the situation, which is you have the time, the extra help and your friends to support you, so you always have to see the good side of things.

Advice for the junior cadets?

For junior cadets, you have to work hard and listen to advice from the seniors, definitely ask for help in anything. If you don’t know anything, ask, whether it be academics, military, athletics, just ask. At the end of the day, someone has an answer or a solution or you if you need it. To get through this program you need a good group of friends, so surround yourself with the best people that you can.