RMCC Rolls Out Red Carpet for Ambassador of Korea
College Mom and Her Helpers Host 6 Squadron – IV Years
IV Year Meets Up With Her Prof. for an Informal But Interesting Chat
AMS St Jean sur Richelieu & Montreal Field Study Trip / SMA Voyage d’études St-Jean-sur-Richelieu et Montréal
Retired members of the RMC staff & their monthly luncheon
Caption: (L) Royal Military College of Canada Principal Dr Harry Kowal, His Excellency Cho Hee-yong Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Korea to Canada and Commandant Brigadier-General Al Meinzinger
Caption:(R) RMCC hosted the Ambassador of Korea for his presentation as part of the Class of ’58 Lecture series – administered through the RMC Foundation to the 4th year class on the Strategic Partnership between Korea and Canada for the 21st Century. Prior to the presentation, the Ambassador inspected a quarter guard of cadets and signed the guest book at the foot of the Memorial Staircase.
College Mom and her helpers host 6 Squadron – IV Years
Around noon on Monday, 26 January, the 4th years of 6 Squadron were invited by the Commandant of RMCC, BGen Meinzinger, to have a nice lunch time meal with him, the Principal, Dr Kowal and their wives – Joy (front row right ) and Cheryl (front row left).
To say that this was appreciated is an understatement.
I had the chance to sit with the Principal, Dr. Kowal, and discuss with him our previous weekend at West Point. He had acted as a judge for the debate, and sitting with me was OCdt Haggart-Smith, the captain of our debate team. This led to an interesting conversation about the debate topic, which I must admit went over my head having been an engineering topic. The conversation continued as we moved over to sit by the Commandant, who had also been present at the debate. As expected, we were strongly encouraged to eat as much food as we possibly could, specifically the carrot cake generously given to us by BGen Meinzinger’s mother.
This lunch break was a great opportunity to be able to speak in an informal setting with both the Commandant and Principal, a rare occurrence that I would recommend to anyone to take up.
These lunches are possible through a generous donation from an Ex Cadet which is administered through the RMC Foundation.
Article by NCdt 26255 Kevin Morgan
IV Year Meets Up With Her prof for an Informal But Interesting Chat
NCdt Wendy Gracias, 26434, is a 33 year old honours psychology student at RMCC. She enrolled in the CF in July 2011 and began her university education in August 2011 at CMR Saint-Jean and transferred to RMC Kingston in August 2012. NCdt Gracias has volunteered her time to do various activities at the college including organising winter and graduation balls, she participated in the college’s Peer Assistance Group, and most recently she has been working with the First Response Team to provide first aid for events around the college. NCdt Gracias will be graduating in May 2015 and will continue to pursue her career as a personnel selection officer. In her introductory article for e-veritas, she conducted an interview with Dr Allister MacIntyre, a well-respected Department Head, faculty member in the Department of Military Psychology and Leadership, who not only grew up in a military family, but also severed as an officer of the CF until 2006, when he joined the MLP department as a civilian faculty member.
On 28 January I had the pleasure of interviewing the Cape Breton born native and we discussed some of the more memorable events in his military and teaching career, both of which are as extensive as they are interesting. I managed to narrow down our one hour conversation to three of what I considered to be the highlights.
First, I asked the 31 year military veteran what advice he would give to the class of 2015. He described the importance of the networks built at RMC, and how maintaining connections with our fellow classmates will become increasingly important as we move through our careers. Having attended a civilian university, he did not have the opportunity to form a large network such as this, and thus encourages officer cadets to not only maintain existing connections but also to expand our networks by cultivating new relationships with officer cadets in all years.
Next, I asked if he could describe one aspect of his teaching career at RMCC that he enjoys the most and his response was “the students”. Dr MacIntyre explained that due to the small class sizes, he is able to get to know his students quite well. This is one of many benefits of teaching at RMC that would not be possible in a civilian university with classes ranging upwards of three hundred students.
Lastly, I asked if there is a memorable teaching moment that he would like to share. Without hesitation he described to me a recent phone call from a student he had taught nearly 7 years ago. The former student was at a crossroads in his career and, having recalled a story on a similar topic that Dr MacIntyre had told his class years earlier, he reached out to his former professor for advice. Teaching moments can extend well beyond the walls of the classroom and this, I believe, is a priceless advantage that RMCC students have over other universities. We have the ability to get to know our faculty members, and develop various types of relationships built on trust and respect, and these relationships that can continue to thrive long after we leave the college.
To conclude my first e-veritas article, I would like to extend my gratitude to Dr MacIntyre for taking the time to sit down with me and share some interesting ideas not only with myself, but with all e-veritas readers.
Applied Military Science St Jean sur Richelieu and Montreal Field Study Trip
By Capt Matt Robinson
From 19 – 20 January 2015, the Applied Military Science (AMS) program conducted its fourth Field Study Trip (FST) to Mawashi Protective Clothing, Logistik Unicorp, Rheinmetall Canada and STC Footwear. The focus of the trip was to learn about the products available in industry and how these companies interact with the Canadian Armed Forces. We also took the opportunity to tour the facilities at 202 Workshop and the newly formed Army Equipment Fielding Center to gain insight on what they do and to view possible opportunities for future employment.
Students and staff departed RMC on the morning of 19 January and arrived in St Jean sur Richelieu to visit Mawashi Protective Clothing, Logistik Unicorp, and Rheinmetall Canada on the first day of the FST. Once there, staff and students were given an initial brief followed by a tour of each facility. Of particular interest were advances being made in soldier systems at Mawashi Protective Clothing and the new products that they are developing for use as load bearing exo-skeletons.
The following day the AMS staff and students visited 202 Workshop, the Army Equipment Fielding Center and STC Footwear in Montreal. The visit at 202 workshop and the Army Equipment Fielding Center focused on how they do business and what they may be able to do for us in the future from a technical perspective. Following lunch, students and staff departed for STC Footwear where we were able to view first-hand the complicated process involved with manufacturing a pair of boots from initial design through fabrication to what we were wearing on our feet that day.
The material presented during this FST served to supplement and anchor knowledge relevant to the courses currently underway at AMS. It was particularly beneficial for the development of both the staff and the students to have subject matter experts available to deliver the value-added content as part of our academic programme.
Photo: 242- An AMS student studies a Leopard tank powerpack
Photo: 264- AMS Students receive information on how boots are made at STC Footwear.
Sciences Militaires et Appliquées Voyage d’études St-Jean-sur-Richelieu et Montréal
Par Capt Matt Robinson
Les 19 et 20 janvier 2015, les membres des Programmes d’État-Major Technique de l’Armée (PEMTA) et d’Adjudant Technique de l’Armée (PATA) du Département des Sciences Militaires Appliquées (SMA) effectuèrent leur quatrième voyage d’étude vers Mawashi Vêtements de Protection inc., Logistik Unicorp, Rheinmetall Canada et Chaussures STC inc. L’emphase du voyage fut mise sur l’apprentissage des produits disponibles au sein de l’industrie et sur la façon dont ces entreprises interagissent avec les Forces Armées Canadiennes. Enfin, les étudiants eurent également l’opportunité de procéder à une visite du 202e Dépôt d’atelier de la Garnison Montréal, de même qu’à une visite du Centre de la mise en service de l’équipement de l’Armée nouvellement mis sur pied afin de prendre connaissance de leurs activités tout en considérant de possibles opportunités supplémentaires pour une future affectation.
Le matin du 19 janvier les étudiants, accompagnés du personnel instructeur, quittèrent le CMRC en direction de St-Jean-sur-Richelieu afin de procéder à une visite de Mawashi Vêtements de Protection inc., Logistik Unicorp et Rheinmetall Canada pour la première journée du voyage d’étude. Une fois sur place, les membres reçurent un briefing d’introduction suivi d’une visite des lieux à chaque endroit. Les avancées faites par Mawashi Vêtements de Protection inc. au niveau des systèmes du soldat de même que leurs nouveaux produits en développement en termes d’exosquelettes porteurs reçurent un intérêt particulier de la part des membres.
Le jour suivant, les membres procédèrent à une visite du 202e Dépôt d’atelier, du Centre de la mise en service de l’équipement de l’Armée ainsi qu’à Chaussures STC inc. à Montréal. Lors des visites du 202e Dépôt d’atelier et du Centre de la mise en service de l’équipement de l’Armée, l’accent fut surtout mis sur la conduite de leurs opérations tout en exposant d’une perspective technique ce qu’ils seront en mesure d’offrir aux étudiants dans le futur. Suivant le dîner, les étudiants et le personnel instructeur se déplacèrent ensuite vers Chaussures STC inc. où ils eurent l’opportunité de voir en temps réel le processus complexe impliqué dans la manufacture d’une paire de bottes, allant du design initial à la fabrication jusqu’au produit final porté par les membres aujourd’hui.
La matière présentée lors de ce voyage d’étude fit office de connaissances supplémentaires pertinentes aux programmes PEMTA et PATA présentement en cours au département des SMA du CMRC. Il fut particulièrement bénéfique pour le personnel instructeur, de même que pour le développement des étudiants, d’avoir ces experts techniques disponibles afin de présenter un ensemble de connaissances d’une valeur ajoutée au sein du programme académique.
Photo 242 – étudiant SMA étudie le moteur de char Léopard
Photo 264 – Les étudiants du SMA recoivent les étails regardant la manufacturation des bottes à Chaussures STC.
Retired members of the RMC staff & their monthly luncheon
The monthly gathering of retired members of the RMC staff took place at the River Mill Friday 30th January. This is a select group that is only open to retired members of the RMC staff, military or civilian that meets monthly on the last Friday of the month at select eating spots in Kingston under the direction of Professors Bin Binhammer and Rod Harris-Lowe. (Photos by: Don Coulter)