The Week That Was & More…

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  • 4 cadets commissioned in Currie Hall

  • RMCC Cadets Best (Simulation) NATO Delegation …

  • Professional Military Training – 24 Feb

  • (W) Fencers close second at OUA finals

  • IV Years Wine & Cheese

  • “The Ukrainians: God’s Volunteer Battalion,”

 

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4 cadets commissioned in Currie Hall

The commandant, BGen Sean Friday presided over a special commissioning ceremony at Currie Hall this past Friday, 26 Feb.

The ceremony may have been missing all the pomp of a May or even a November commissioning parade, nevertheless, the four individuals had that familiar look of relief, pride and happiness when they received their individual commissioning scrolls.

BGen Friday welcomed the many family and friends of the newly minted officers who were in attendance. He also suggested to the ‘four’ that from time-to-time to take a few moments to read the wording on the commission scroll as a reminder of what their responsibilities are as officers.

Master of the well run bilingual ceremony was Captain Lorri Weaver.

We pass on our congratulations to the four new Canadian Armed Forces officers:

25844 James Baltus; 26226 Spencer Hyland; 26503 Luke Brannigan; and 26591 Rachel Anderson

Photos of the Feb 2016 commissioning ceremony by James Howells – Here

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RMCC Cadets Best (Simulation) NATO Delegation …

Howard University, Converse College, Kent State University, and the Lemnitzer Center for NATO and European Union Studies, in collaboration with Embassies of NATO member states in Washington, DC, sponsor an annual simulation of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. This year, seven RMCC cadets [OCdt Milo Beattie (26958), OCdt Scott Blair (27132), OCdt Danielle Fielding (27476), OCdt Travis Fryxell (27294), OCdt John Jacob (26583), OCdt Daniel McCall (27087), and OCdt Tristan Thomson (27443)] participated in the 31st Annual International Model NATO Conference involving students from 27 different universities from Europe, Canada and the United States during the period 11-14 February 2016. The Model allows participants to gain a better understanding of the capabilities and constraints that shape the policies of NATO countries in determining matters of collective defence.

Normally, each university delegation is assigned to represent a member state chosen at random. The RMCC delegation was selected to represent our own country this year. This presented the participating cadets with a unique opportunity to learn more about Canadian policy, outside of a classroom setting, when they visited the Canadian Embassy in Washington, DC. The cadets were provided with an in depth understanding of various Canadian policy positions while at the embassy, and then applied this knowledge while in the Model NATO simulation.

During the entire conference, the RMCC cadets worked together as a unified team, even though they were assigned to separate committees, supporting each other whenever possible. This allowed the RMCC team to come out on top, winning the award for Best Delegation, along with many others listed below. The RMCC International Affairs Association would like to thank all the donors who through, the RMC Foundation, aided in the funding of this trip, as it was more than just a trip but also an exceptional learning and leadership experience.

* Individuals Awards won:

OCdt John Jacob (NAC):Committee Leadership Award and Best Delegate Award

OCdt Daniel McCall (PCSC): Best Delegate Award

OCdt Scott Blair (MC): Committee Leadership Award and Best Delegate Award

OCdt Tristan Thomson (NPG): Committee Leadership Award and Outstanding Delegate

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Professional Military Training – 24 Feb

For this week’s PMT first year cadets of RMC gathered in the new gym to sit through a briefing with Captain Payne. Captain Payne delivered an entertaining and informative brief on the matter of after action reports.

The cadets learned that this was an essential part of being a leader and ensuring that the duties carried out are always being improved while maintaining the good habits already established.

Whether formal or informal After Action Reports (AARs) are great ideas to recognize good work, point out mistakes, and gather ideas for a better execution the next time around. Captain Payne also made it abundantly clear that these should not be used as opportunities to bash subordinates and that to be a good leader, it is best to be subtle and constructive when pointing out faults.

-OCdt McLean, 27833

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II, III & IV Year PMT was summarized with thanks by OCdt (IV) Melvin Day, 26719

As for the 2nd year PMT, they were given a brief on the exciting exchange opportunities that are offered through RMCC. For many young officers, this is an excellent chance to be exposed to a foreign military, as well as a foreign culture, and further develop their ever growing network of contacts as they progress along their career. Although the selection process is extremely competitive, it is highly rewarding and offers an opportunity that will grant a lifetime of memories.

The 3rd and 4th year PMT sessions this past week were left to Squadron and Division Commanders’ discretion. This led to a multitude of different activities during the allotted time, all touching on the four different pillars of the RMCC program. Some held a town hall to talk about current and future plans at the college, as well as a chance for some of the cadets to ask career related questions. Other squadrons took the time to offer academic study periods as midterm/paper season is in full swing after the reading week break. Some squadrons and divisions even took the time to do some team building, promote physical fitness and also have a little fun over a friendly game of floor hockey.

More PMT photos by Luke Brannigan – Here

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(W) Fencers close second at OUA finals

The RMCC women’s fencing team finished second at the OUA Championships banner 21 Feb; finishing second to Queen’s University.

RMC’s second place finish was aided by three team medals and two individual. The Paladins’ individual medals came from Cecily McDonnell and Adolina Gawne, who picked up Epee silver and Sabre bronze, respectively. Gawne, along with Julie Cho, Alexandra Horeczy, and Mary-Anne Iver, helped RMC’s Sabre Team take home bronze. RMC also took silver in both Team Epee and Team Foil.

Three RMCC competitors were chosen OUA all-stars. Cecily McDonnell and Adolina Gawne in the individual competition and Mary-Ann Iver in team.

Congratulations to coach, Patricia Howes and all team members for this excellent result.

OVERALL TEAM STANDINGS

 Queen’s – 294

RMC – 289

Western – 227

York – 176

Toronto – 154

Carleton – 106

McMaster – 101

Brock – 63

Ryerson – 58

Trent – 22

Ottawa – 7

Guelph – 0

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IV Years Wine & Cheese

Article by: 26659 OCdt (IV) Danielle Andela

The RMC Class of 2016 met with fellow classmates and wine connoisseurs the evening of Thursday, February 26th to wine and dine and enjoy a semi-formal affair.

The intent of the fourth year Wine and Cheese event is to familiarise the officers-to-be (who will be expected to attend and plan functions such as this) with different types of wine and the various cheeses and foods with which they can be eaten.

As in past years, the food most certainly did not disappoint!

The Formal Cadet Mess was transformed into an elegant and professional setting where Officer and Naval Cadets in their finest semi-formal wear mingled and enjoyed a night of classy food and company.

A huge thank you from the Class of 2016 goes to the Assistant Manager RMCC Messes, Lori Alves-Macphail and Mess Supervisor of the Cadet Mess, Robin Hillier for the exhaustive and meticulous work done organising the event, as well as the many members of the cadet wing who volunteered their time as servers.

 More photos from the IV Years Wine & Cheese by Melanie Hughes   Here

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Caption: Members of the audience, the film’s directors and friends, after the screening of “The Ukrainians: God’s Volunteer Battalion” at RMC, 22 February 2016 (photo courtesy of Ivan Yasniy)

“The Ukrainians: God’s Volunteer Battalion,”

Nearly 200 OCdts, RMC professors, Queen’s University students and staff, as well as members of the general public, attended the Kingston screening of a documentary film, “The Ukrainians: God’s Volunteer Battalion,” shown at Currie Hall on Monday, 22 February.

Co-sponsored by the Department of Political Science and the Ukrainian Canadian Club of Kingston, the film documents the 2014 Russian invasion of eastern Ukraine and, in particular, the lengthy Battle for Donetsk Airport that witnessed Ukrainian volunteers stepping forward to defend Ukraine, the regular army having been caught unprepared for both the Russian occupation of Crimea (February-March 2014) and subsequent incursions into eastern Ukraine, which continue to this day.

Despite several truces proclaimed at Minsk, the film shows how fighting continued without let-up to the present day, although regular army forces have now taken on more of the fighting, incorporating into their ranks those whom Professor Lubomyr Luciuk, the evening’s organizer, described as “Ukraine’s minutemen.”

Filmed and produced by Leonid Kanter and Ivan Yasniy, this documentary evoked the chaos, destruction, and heroism of close quarters combat – while the Ukrainians were eventually forced out of Donetsk airport, itself utterly destroyed, the valour of these fighters – of whom some 60% were described as being Russian-speaking citizens of Ukraine including even some volunteers from Russia – demonstrated the Ukrainian nation’s resolve to defend its territories against unprovoked aggression.

During a lively Q&A following the film screening, the directors, along with Sergiy Fomenko, the founder of the ‘Path to Freedom’ organization, and a Ukrainian “cyborb soldier” nom de guerre “Fezzan,” answered questions about who they were and why they took up arms in defence of Ukraine. “Fezzan” pointed out that when his troop went to war all they had were hunting rifles and knives. Later their weaponry improved, to the point where there was one assault rifle for about every 10 fighters.

Just before he left the front lines, only a week or so ago, the situation was even better, with one Kalahnikov rifle for every 3 soldiers. In contrast their opponents, the so-called ‘separatists’ of Ukraine’s Donetsk and Luhansk regions, were well-equipped with regular Russian army weaponry, including main battle tanks, artillery, and rocket launchers – the Ukrainians were thus forced to arm themselves by first defeating their enemies.

The large audience appreciated having a “front line” report from young men only recently aged in battle, offering a good round of applause in particular for “Fezzan” – one of Ukraine’s top snipers who will soon be returning to the eastern front.

The film tour is continuing across Canada, with screenings in Winnipeg, Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver and Toronto.