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Announcement on Director of Cadets Position/

Annonce sur la position du Directeur des élèves-officiers;

Fort Brant Offically A Part of RMC;

Ex Souvenir 2008 – battlefield tour;

RMC band holds fundraising concert;

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Announcement on Director of Cadets Position/

Annonce sur la position du Directeur des élèves-officiers
The position of Director of Cadets has been in existence, in some form, since the opening of the College in 1876 when it was originally filled by Captain Joseph Ridout. Following his departure, the position has been filled by Majors and Lieutenant-Colonels and, most recently, officers at the rank of Colonel. Following in the footsteps of his esteemed predecessors in 2006, Col Bernard Ouellette has done a tremendous job in the position. In a CF-wide effort to refine the number of officers at most senior ranks, the DCdts position will be one of nearly 100 Colonel positions to revert, in 2008, to Lieutenant-Colonel rank.
This being the case, I am now announcing that LCol Tony O’Keeffe will take over the office of DCdts following Col Ouellette’s departure this summer, while Cdr Darren Rich will take over as my Chief of Staff. Until formal hand-overs take place in APS 08, all named officers will remain in place. Informal hand-overs can commence at the convenience of those mentioned above, all of whom have my deepest appreciation for their efforts.

La position du Directeur des élèves-officiers existe, de différentes façons, depuis l’ouverture du Collège en 1876 avec initialement en poste, le Capitaine Joseph Ridout. A la suite de son départ, le poste fut occupée par des majors et des lieutenants-colonels et plus récemment par un officier du rang de colonel. Suivant les traces de son prédécesseur en 2006, le Colonel Bernard Ouellette a effectué de l’excellent travail dans ce poste. Dans un effort de rationalisation du nombre d’officiers de rang supérieur à travers les Forces canadiennes, le poste du Directeur des élèves-officiers sera l’un des quelques 100 postes de colonel qui redeviendront, en 2008, à des postes de lieutenant-colonel.

Étant donné la situation, j’annonce maintenant que Lcol Tony O’Keeffe occupera le poste du DÉlof à la suite du départ de Col Ouellette cet été, et que le Capf Darren Rich deviendra mon nouveau Chef d’état-major. D’ici la passation officielle des pouvoirs de la PAA 08, les officiers nommés resteront en poste. Une passation des pouvoirs non-officielle peut commencer, à la convenance de ceux mentionnés ci-dessus, qui ont tous ma plus profonde gratitude pour leurs efforts.

BGen TJ Lawson
Commandant
Royal Military College of Canada/
Collège militaire royal du Canada

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Fort Brant Offically A Part of RMC

The Honourable Peter Gordon MacKay, Minister of National Defence and Minister of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency officially opened the new dormitory at the Royal Military College of Canada (RMC), which is named Fort Brant, building 86 on Monday, March 3, 2008. The dormitory, houses 9 Squadron and Otter (UTPNCM) Squadron.

It was named in honour of Joseph and Molly Brant. Chief Joseph Brant was
a Mohawk leader and British military officer of the American Revolution.

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Ex Souvenir 2008 – battlefield tour

By: 24359 III OCdt Stephen Paish – 8 Sqn

Over the past week, students and staff from RMC have undertaken a significant learning experience: Ex Souvenir 2008, otherwise known as the College’s battlefield tour. The tour followed a similar itinerary to that of previous years, visiting the major battlefields of Northern France and into Belgium. Particular points of interest ranged from World War I areas such as Vimy Ridge and Passchndaele to the site of the Juno Beach landings on D Day. The variety of spots visited yielded many lessons in turn.

The military historians on the trip shared their indepth knowledge and imparted valuable lessons to officers in training. Lcol Delaney and Major Boire provided examples of problems of ground related to fire and movement. One of the most vivid of these is the problem of the reverse slope encountered by Canadian troops at places such as Verrieres Ridge. Being able to see the ground on which key battles were fought allowed the group to achieve a more robust understanding of the tactical problems soldiers of the two world wars faced in the field. Places like Passchendaele, Verrieres, and Vimy drove home Dr Hennessy’s point that “Ground must be experienced to develop Coup D’oeil [grasp of the eye].” Complementing the infantry and armoured experience of Lcol Delaney and Major Boire, the perspectives of the Canadian Engineers was presented by Col (Ret’d) Dawe and Dr. David Harries. This gave the group a new point of view on the problems faced when mounting offensive operations.

We learned aspects of Canadian war history that are often overlooked. Dr Finan provided a detailed and provocative description of bagpipes and the Canadian Army as well as the valiant actions of Private Richardson at Regina Trench. Dr Lukits also reminded the tour of how acts of remembrance have been given form and subsance through literature. It was quite intriguing to hear readings of war poetry and excerpts from memoirs as these often overlooked works play an important role in shaping our national concept of remembrance.

Lessons learned from the trip also include insight into other cultures. For a good number of cadets, this was their first visit to Europe. The new and exciting experiences, ranging from the intense strength of French coffee to the relaxed pace of European life, served to highlight the need to take into account cultural differences. All cadets have benefited from this aspect of the tour, and it is sure to be of great use to them if they find themselves working in multinational coalitions in the future.

All of those involved with the tour found it an extremely moving experience. Not only were we able to see the ground where so many have died for Canada, but we put names to the numbers of the dead through visits to numerous cemeteries. While the importance of remembrance was firmly entrenched in the minds of those who went on the tour, I am sure no one will forget the moment they heard Dr. Finan’s bagpipes play as they walked the grounds of Dieppe cemetery.

Overall the trip was an overwhelming success. All involved learned a variety of lessons, ranging from the importance of ground in tactics to the way we pay tribute to our war dead. These lessons will be extremely useful for the cadets in both their personal lives and when the time comes for them to command troops. As ex-cadets you should be proud. The RMC Club Foundation has made the trip possible by a generous donation. Without the Foundation’s help the cadets may never have learned what they did. This is why I am proud to report Ex Souvenir 2008 a complete success.

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RMC band holds fundraising concert

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3 Comments

  • Robert Charette

    March 3, 2008 at 1:59 pm

    J’aimerais féliciter Tony O’Keeffe pour sa nomination au poste de directeur des élofs. Tony est un super athlète et un excellent modèle pour les élèves-officiers. Je tiens à lui souhaiter bonne chance dans ses nouvelles fonctions.
    Robert Charette
    Ancien professeur de français au centre des langues du CMR(maintenant à la retraite)

  • Ralph Awrey

    March 3, 2008 at 5:59 pm

    Thanks again for another top notch e-veritas. All involved do an excellent, professional job.

    5045 Ralph Awrey

  • Lionel Boxer

    March 3, 2008 at 8:10 pm

    Joseph Brant was also a Freemason – see: http://www.earlyamerica.com/review/1998/brant.html

    “… Also during this trip Brant received the Masonic degrees in either Falcon Lodge or Hirams Cliftonian Lodge in London in April 1776. He had the distinction of having his Masonic apron given to him from the hand of King George III.

    Brant died on November 24, 1807, at the age of nearly sixty-five years, at his own house on Grand River, Ontario, and was buried by the side of the Episcopal church he had built there. In 1850 Freemasons restored his tomb and placed an inscription on it, and a bronze statue of him was unveiled at Brantford in 1886.”