The week that was: In & around the peninsula & beyond

  • ALOY at the Range

  • History Department conducted its annual symposium

  • RMC liaison team at NDHQ

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ALOY at the Range

Article by: OCdt Mark Winstanley

Last Sunday on October 30th the ALOY flight participated in the Personal Weapons Test One (judged at 100 meters) and Two (judged at 200 meters) as part of their Basic Military Officer Qualifications.

The weapon of choice was the Canadian Forces C7A2.

For several ALOY Cadets’ this was their first time firing a weapon. Officer Cadet Bradburn and Officer Cadet McCulloch, with no prior weapons experience, managed to rank the highest among the flight, with each scoring 82 and 92 respectively.

Each interval consisted of the prone, kneeling, sitting, and standing position. As such the ALOY participant’s confidence diminished with each interval progression. However, morale was brought up exceptionally after having the honour of witnessing  Major (ret’d) Michel Boire (and ALOY academic counsellor) hit 30 consecutive bulls-eyes, blindfolded, with both hands tied behind his back, from a distance of 500 meters. Professor Boire definitely taught all of ALOY that practice does indeed make perfect.

The ALOY flight also had the opportunity to manage the “butts” at the range. Led by Mr. Fryxell and Ms. Dillman half the ALOY flight at a time was able to learn the ropes of managing the targets for those firing their C7A2’s.


The day ended with everyone in the flight passing the Personal Weapons Tests. Everyone had a great time, and if there were enough time, the ALOY flight would be hogging the range day in and day out.


History Department conducted its annual symposium on 2,3 and 4 November

From various sources

This year’s topic was air force education over the past century and speakers from as far away as Singapore and Australia presented their research with 65 people in attendance.

The topic attracted the keen interest of LGen Mike Hood, Commander RCAF who opened the symposium which was deemed a great success by all. Many ex-Cadets were among those presenting or organizing: 8662 Dr Al English (key note presenter – photo left); 10763 Dr Randy Wakelam (organizing committee); 16916 Dr David Varey (organizing committee); 15450 Col Norm Saulnier Director Professional Development, 2 Cdn Air Div; and 20495  LCol Clay Rook, CO 427 Sqn.

Two recent grads had the opportunity to attend and you will see from their comments that the symposium was a great learning opportunity.

26039 2Lt Danielle Vortisch

An in-depth, historical symposium from the different perceptions of military and civilian presenters from around the world has allowed a development of knowledge and appreciation as to the evolution of air power and professional education within the air force.

The three day symposium held at the Royal Military College of Canada was an intellectual and interesting seminar that has increased my historical understanding as well as expanding my views of training vs education with regards to professional development.

As a graduate of RMCC in Civil Engineering, being a part of the symposium was very stimulating and rewarding, providing me with an opportunity to learn from remarkable professionals and experts, covering the historical journey of strategic lessons and skill of air power that have been utilized to evolve the capabilities of today in order to continuously excel and better the future of an Air Force.


26583 2Lt John Jacob

Just Around the Corner

Winston Churchill once said, “Those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it.” Thankfully, the last three days at RMCC Kingston have proven that there are scores of academics and military members alike who have carefully examined the history of professional air force education with the hopes of determining how the next generation of Air Power leaders will be developed.

LGen Hood addressed the symposium on the first day and declared that he was setting the conditions for success, not today, not next year, but for the RCAF of 2030. That is an Air Force in which I will no longer be a 2Lt. While the symposium addressed complex and nuanced issues from the service academy to advanced staff colleges, the event was highly relevant to a junior officer such as myself because the lessons learned from training and education methodology in the past (and the application of appropriate solutions and improvements) will be precisely the positive change the RCAF Commander needs in order to achieve his 2030 vision.

I have a lot to look forward to in my career – my trade training as an ACSO, my operational tour in the air – but as one former ACSO in attendance pointed out: my office won’t be at 30,000 ft forever. I am very thankful for the support from CFAWC and 1 CAD which allowed me to develop an understanding of the professional development that my generation of officers can look forward to.


RMC liaison team at NDHQ

Article & photos by Victoria Edwards

RMC’s Brenda Piazza, George Lachance, Graham Duke (photo left) , and Officer Cadet Harrison (photo right) were in Ottawa on Thursday and Friday Nov 3-4. They were advertising RMC’s undergraduate program, Department of Continuing Education, and Graduate programs.

Although many DND/CF personnel know the cadet program, there is less awareness about the programs open to DND employees, CF members, spouses and the general public.

On Thursday, they were at the Startop location and at Pearkes on Friday.