My Day With the CDS and Commandant Sets Sail

Dream Position in the Cadet Wing…

By 24607 Jérome Deschênes

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The Reunion Weekend is always a great occasion to meet ex-cadets and to benefit from their generosity in time and experience. It was an immense pleasure for me to learn a few days prior that I was going to accompany, CDS,  General and Mrs. Natynczyk  on Saturday.

I was to escort them through out the day as his aide de camp.

I actually met the CDS during the obstacle course on Friday as he was going by and enjoying the scene and action like any other proud ex cadet or parent.   Visiting RMC this particular weekend was much like a vacation for the CDS. In fact, it was the 30th anniversary for his CMR Class of 1979.

He was on leave from all the busy emails and calls from Ottawa. I was only there to remind him of timings and places to be. And so, it was a relaxing atmosphere for him. This great day for me ended after the parade, a quick lunch and two memorial presentations. Gen Natynczyk wished to be in the attendance but to let the memorials shine and himself stay in the background. In the end he did not have time to visit a sail boat on sale but did see many people who served with him and with whom he served with over the past 30 years.  I was happy to have the opportunity to have many discussions with him and his wife about the CF but also about everyday subjects. At the end of the day he presented me with his coin. It made me proud to receive this coin “for excellence”. The coin is really symbolic and what was even more rewarding was the day spent with Gen Natynczyk and his wife and the warm hand shake at the end. CDS

Being the Aide de camp for the Cmdt since last year, I had the chance to see both Cmdts in action. I was not at the change of command parade because of summer training but have seen both the graduation parade and the badging parades from another perspective. As aide de camp we aid the planning and organization of cocktail receptions at the Cmdt house. Because we are two in this position we share other activities during the year. Miss Belcourt indeed went for the opening hockey game against McGill for example and I was assigned for the Legacy Dinner.

It remains that the biggest weekends are those of parades where we need to be aware of timings and transportation for the Cmdt, his wife and VIPs. We work closely with his staff in the Cmdt office, Capt Dominique Landry and Nathalie Filion-Poitras to ensure that everything goes smoothly. In all these occasions it is rewarding to see and speak to ex-cadets and other people that have great experience in all fields. Let’s not forget that we have a nice uniform with the aiguillettes.

La fin de semaine des anciens reste une occasion en or pour rencontrer d’ancien cadets et de partager leur savoir et leurs précieux temps. J’ai été grandement flatté de savoir, quelques jours avant, que j’allais être l’aide de camp pour le Général Natynczyk et sa femme. J’ai agit en tant qu’aide de camp pour la journée de samedi en les escortant à plusieurs évènements. En fait, j’ai rencontré le CEM la veille pendant la course à obstacle où il admirait, à l’image des autres parents admiratifs, les premières années s’exécuter sur les obstacles. Ces deux petites journées passes ici au CMR de Kingston étaient en quelque sorte des vacances pour lui. Il était en permission de tous les courriels et téléphones d’Ottawa. Mon travail consistait seulement à s’assurer qu’il soit à la bonne heure à la bonne place. Il s’agissait donc d’une journée très calme pour lui. Le Gen Natynczyk a souhaité laissé briller de plein feu les Élofs et les présentations commémoratives des CDS coinanciens tout en y assistant. Il n’a cependant pas eu le temps de voir un voilier en vente mais a pris le temps de discuter avec d’anciens collègues qui on servit sous ses ordres ou sous lesquelles il a servi au collège et ailleurs. J’ai eu le plaisir d’avoir le temps de discuter avec lui et sa femme d’une panoplie de sujet entourant les FC et la vie en générale. Il m’a remis en fin de journée son écusson. Je me suis senti très fier de recevoir cet écusson « Pour l’excellence ». Cet écusson est très symbolique et ce qui a été encore plus gratifiant fut la journée passé avec lui et sa femme ainsi que la poignée de main chaleureuse pour clore le tout.

Étant aide de camp depuis l’an passé, j’ai eu la chance de voir deux Cmdt à l’œuvre. Je n’ai pas eu l’opportunité d’être là pour le changement de commandement en raison de mon entrainement durant l’été. J’ai toutefois eu l’occasion de voir la parade de graduation et de la remise des insignes d’un autre point de vue. En tant qu’aide de camp nous aidons à la planification et à l’organisation de réception à la maison du Cmdt. Être deux à remplir cette fonction nous donne la chance de partager les tâches à accomplir. En effet, Mme, Belcourt a participé à la partie de hockey inaugural du CMR contre McGill et moi au diner héritage. Il reste cependant que les fins de semaines de parades sont les plus exigeantes. Nous devons s’assurer de connaître tout les horaires ainsi que les plan de transport pour le Cmdt, sa femme et les invitées d’honneur. Nous travaillons très étroitement avec le personnel du cabinet du Cmdt, le Capt Dominique Landry et Nathalie Filion-Poitras, pour s’assurer que tout se déroule à merveille. À tout moment il est enchanteur d’avoir la chance de discuter avec d’anciens élèves et autres personnalités qui partagent leur savoir dans tout les domaines. Il faut admettre que nous avons un bel uniforme avec les aiguillettes.

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Commandant Sets Sail on the Historical Cordite Vessel

On this sunny October day, the forth year students in MEE 469 Marine Systems Engineering got to escape the classroom to perform their laboratory on the historical Cordite vessel of the Department of Mechanical Engineering. All sailors were on their best behavior as Cmdre Truelove joined in the voyage. Completing performance calculations during the cruise, the students gained hands-on experience of the operational characteristics of the Cordite and were able to demonstrate their new found knowledge to the Commandant.

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The Cordite, designed and constructed by the Mechanical Engineering Department in the late 1950’s, was the first all-welded aluminum vessel built in Canada. Constructed of material donated by ALCAN and using MIG welding technology, the Cordite also incorporates a closed circuit cooling system, allowing the bottom of the vessel to act as a heat exchanger to provide cooling for the two diesel engines. The Cordite is still used for multiple laboratory’s in the Mechanical Engineering Undergraduate program.

One Comment

  • 3857 Dick Patterson

    October 25, 2009 at 9:07 am

    Remember, Cordite was the innovative baby of Col King, head of the Mechanical Engineering Department and a key instructor of mine.