Round Two: 22461 Claire Bramma Paying Back

Round Two: 22461 Claire Bramma prepares for her second opportunity to take part in La Chasse-Galerie 2016.

By: 27182 Officer Cadet (IV) Carmen Kiltz

Claire Bramma will be part of this year’s crew of fifteen who will take a 202km journey along the Rideaufrom Ottawa to Kingston in seven days.

Five years ago, Claire was asked to be a part of the 2011 La Chasse-Galerie team. (Top photo – first person on the left – front row)

“I accepted the challenge,” she said, “It was a great experience, and now I’m in a position to give back to the college.”

About Claire Bramma:

The RMC 2002 grad enjoys being active in a variety activities include long distance running of ten-kilometer, half-marathon, and full-marathon lengths, cycling, tennis, and golf. She plans to begin swimming once per week with the goal of trying a triathlon in the near future.

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Back in the day at RMC, the former 2 and 8 squadron member was a part of the varsity volleyball team, and eventually went on to play for CISM Volleyball for twelve years. In this time, she participated in the World Military Games and travelled to Italy, Croatia, the Netherlands, Germany, the United States of America, Cuba, and Brazil.

Claire was deployed to Afghanistan in 2004-2005 as a Troop Commander of 1 Combat Engineer Regiment (CER). She found the operational deployment rewarding, as it was an opportunity to put her training into practice. Her work involved sending out bomb dispersal teams and the building and maintenance of combat roads.

After the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, the currently serving Combat Engineering Officer was sent as a squadron commander to work as part of the Humanitarian Operation Task Force. They worked to clear rubble using heavy equipment and assisted the non-governmental organizations (NGO’s) in various ways. This included providing support for internally displaced persons, setting up a medium-term shelter project, and providing sanitation.

In 2012 Claire was part of the International Security Assistance Force which was established by the United Nations to assist Afghans in rebuilding key government institutions and to train Afghan National Security Forces. Here, in such a multinational environment, she gained a perspective on different types and levels of leadership. She worked as a geospatial officer and provided maps for the demand of efficient data. She had earned her Masters of Science in 2006 in England which gave her the required knowledge and training necessary for her work.

LCol Bramma is about to start her job as the commanding officer of the Canadian Forces Geospatial Unit and Mapping and Charting Establishment in Ottawa.

“I’m excited,” she said, “It will be a great honour.”

In thinking about the upcoming paddling journey,  the three-time winner of the Kelly Gawne Memorial Trophy (Best all-round Lady Officer Cadet in athletics) – 1999, 2000 & 2002 feels that it is significant to be a part of supporting the Danny McLeod Athletic Endowment Fund.

“I can contribute to making the best varsity and physical training experience for now and the future,” she says. She feels that it is important to give back, especially since she has been “blessed” to be part of varsity sports herself.

Claire has paddling experience from her last journey with la Chasse-Galerie, and notes that it is an endurance activity, and you “feel achy” after a few days of being on the river.

“It’s a lot of upper body and core strength,” she says. She has just moved to Ottawa and plans on paddling once a week on the Rideau Canal to train for the journey.

Best of Luck!

22461 Claire Bramma is one of fifteen Ex-Cadets who will raise money for the Danny McLeod Athletic Endowment Fund by paddling a voyageur canoe from Ottawa to Kingston this September, 2016. You can make a pledge or donation atwww.rmcclubfoundation.ca.

Our aim at e-Veritas is to conduct one-on-one interviews with all 15 participants (in no particular order) over the next few months of e-Veritas Issues. Seven down; eight to go!

5893 Dr. Tom Gee ‘63

8684 Peter Holt ‘71

8788 Geoff Bennett ‘71

8725 Fergus McLaughlin ‘71

8833 John Leggat ‘71

8836 Clark Little ‘71

8926 Ray Hook ‘71

9143 Bruce McAlpine ‘72

12192 Tom Lawson ‘79

M0288 Roxanne Rees ‘83

8710 Chuck Lemieux ‘71

15566 Helga Grodzinski ‘86

22461 Claire Bramma ‘02

27173 William Carpentier (RMCC) ‘18

27369 Andréanne Tremblay (RMCSJ) ‘20