The Week That Was…& More

Qu’est-ce qui se passe au CMR Saint-Jean

 

Photo:  Le Sous-lieutenant Eric Dionne, du Collège militaire royal de Saint-Jean, a reçu le Médaille du service méritoire de Son Excellence le très honorable David Johnston, à Rideau Hall le 13 décembre dernier.  On le voit ici avec ses parents, Son Excellence le très honorable David Johnston et sa conjointe, Lieutenant Julie Rajotte-Caron.

Photo:  Second Lieutenant Eric Dionne, from Royal Military College Saint-Jean, received the Meritorious Service Medal from His Excellency The Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General and Commander-in-Chief of Canada, at Rideau Hall on 13 December.  We see him here with his parents, His Excellency The Right Honourable David Johnston and his wife, Lieutenant Julie Rajotte-Caron.

Un militaire du CMR Saint-Jean reçoit la médaille du service méritoire (MSM)

– un article du Capitaine Eric Le Marec, officier d’affaires publiques du CMR Saint-Jean

 Le Sous-lieutenant Eric Dionne, du Collège militaire royal de Saint-Jean, a reçu le Médaille du service méritoire de Son Excellence le très honorable David Johnston, Gouverneur général et Commandant en chef du Canada,  à Rideau Hall le 13 décembre dernier.  Cette médaille reconnaît une action militaire qui a été accomplie avec un grand professionnalisme selon les normes très rigoureuses et dont les Forces canadiennes ont tiré des avantages ou des honneurs. 

Le Slt Dionne s’est mérité cette distinction alors qu’il était en mission en Afghanistan comme caporal avant de recevoir son brevet d’officier en juillet 2011.  Voici le texte qui est a été lu lors de la présentation de sa médaille :

Au cours de son affectation en Afghanistan d’avril à  octobre 2009, le Caporal Dionne a joué un rôle de premier plan dans le succès des opérations et le mentorat offert aux soldats afghans. Son courage sous le feu ennemi lors des engagements successifs a aidé ses camarades canadiens et afghans à  persévérer.  Il a par ailleurs pris l’initiative d’enseigner à ses protégés les tactiques de reconnaissance, l’anglais et les mathématiques. Son leadership, sa détermination et son acuité tactique ont assuré la réussite de la mission, en plus de contribuer à d’importantes améliorations au sein de l’Armée nationale afghane, ce qui a rejailli sur l’Armée canadienne et sur le Canada.

Le Slt Dionne, originaire de Boucherville, est employé au CMR Saint-Jean.   


 

RMC Saint-Jean Military Member Receives Meritorious Service Medal (MSM)

an article from Captain Eric Le Marec, RMC Saint-Jean Public Affairs Officer

Second Lieutenant Eric Dionne, from Royal Military College Saint-Jean, received the Meritorious Service Medal from His Excellency The Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General and Commander-in-Chief of Canada, at Rideau Hall on 13 December. This medal recognizes a military deed or activity performed in a highly professional manner, according to a very high standard that brings benefit or honour to the Canadian Forces.

2Lt Dionne earned this recognition while he was deployed inAfghanistanas a corporal, prior to receiving his Officer Commission in July 2011.  Below is the text that was read for the presentation of his medal:

While deployed to Afghanistanfrom April to October 2009, Corporal Dionne was instrumental in successful operations and the mentorship of Afghan soldiers. During repeated engagements, his courage under fire inspired both his Canadian and Afghan comrades to persevere. He also took it upon himself to mentor his protégés in reconnaissance tactics, English-language skills and mathematics. His leadership, tactical acumen and commitment led to the success of the mission and contributed to significant improvements within the Afghan National Army, all of which reflected well on the Canadian Army andCanada.

2Lt Dionne, from Boucherville, is employed at RMC Saint-Jean.

 

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Christmas Tradition Continues at RMCC

Article & photos by: Captain Cynthia Kent – Public Affairs Officer – Royal Military College of Canada

On Thursday, December 15th a long standing tradition at the Royal Military College of Canada continued with the Non-Commissioned Members Christmas dinner.

After a morning of raucous sporting events with the NCM’s taking on the Officers, the Senior Officers, the Master Warrant Officers and Chief Warrant Officers and Chief Petty Officers served dinner to the NCM’s, ranks from Private to Warrant Officer.

The Commandant, BGen Eric Tremblay and the youngest NCM, Corporal Amanda Carter from CDA, exchanged tunics making Corporal Carter “Commandant d’un jour.”

A delicious meal of turkey and all the trimmings was served and very much enjoyed by all. That was followed by some mingling and good cheer at the Coggins Club.

The aim of the event is to provide some time to sit back and reflect on the accomplishments made throughout the year by the NCMs and to give an opportunity to Senior Staff to express their gratitude for the NCM’s professionalism and dedication.

 

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Pictured are the Cadets who served and ex Cadets Colonel (Ret’d) the Right ReverandG.L.R. Bruce (6090) Lieutenant-Colonel (Ret’d) Wyn van der Schee (6137).

Cadets giving back to the community

Article & photos by: Captain Cynthia Kent – Public Affairs Officer – Royal Military College of Canada

A group of Royal Military College of Canada Cadets got into the Christmas spirit by serving at the St. George’s Cathedral Charitable Lunch Programme’s Christmas lunch. Ten Cadets, along with parish volunteers, served the lunch and cleared the tables for about 75 people. The Cadets participation in the event was organized by two Ex Cadets : Colonel (Ret) the Right ReverandG.L.R. Bruce (6090) and Lieutenant-Colonel (Ret) Wyn van der Schee (6137). St George’s Cathedral operates a lunch programme for needy Kingstonians five days per week year-round. About 50 to 75 people are fed each day. For the past number of years, depending on exam commitments, RMCC Cadets have assisted in serving the Christmas lunch, which is in effect a Christmas dinner.

The Cadets servers were: Matthew Hoffart; Stephanie Pouliot; Melissa McCoy; Aaron Barry; Helen Lin; Josh Bennett; Eric Robb; Jeremy Appolloniand and David Bain.

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CADETS SERVE CHRISTMAS LUNCH

Submitted by 6137 Wyn van der Schee

Nine RMC cadets assisted in serving a Christmas meal to some of Kingston’s needy folks at noon on Thursday 15 Dec 11 in the Great Hall of St George’s Cathedral. The meal was prepared by a group of student cooks from the Pittsburgh Institution at Joyceville, assisted by a number of volunteers from the parish. The Christmas meal is an annual event, with RMC cadets serving as their exam schedules permits.

The event is part of a programme called Lunch by George that has been running since 1985. It began modestly with meals prepared at home by volunteers, but has grown over the years to a five-day per week operation, serving coffee at 0900 hrs, followed by soup at 1000 hrs and a full hot meal at 1100 hrs. Clothing and toilet articles are available for those who need them. The programme is funded by generous corporations and individuals, and is in a reasonably stable financial position.

It was heartening to watch the cadets take enthusiastically to both the task and the clients. There were many two-way conversations as the cadets learned something of street life and homeless shelters, and the clients sought to discover who these oddly and more or less uniformly dressed strangers were. The only giveaway was OCdt (I) Hellen Liu, who was dressed in combat clothing because her No. 5 uniform was on back order.

St George’s Cathedral and Outreach St George’s thank the cadets for their generous and enthusiastic participation. x