Posted by rmcclub on 23rd October 2011
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Posted by rmcclub on 16th October 2011
Fall / Winter VERITAS Magazine Undergoing Major Changes in Format…
Individuals Encouraged to Join One-time Sponsorship List
Fall 2011 has been an exciting period for the RMC Club, publishers of VERITAS magazine.
We are very excited to announce that VERTITAS is currently undergoing a design and content refresh to align the publication with our growing quality expectations and assure that the title stays true to its intended purpose.
Publishing dates for the Fall/Winter edition have altered slightly to accommodate coverage of Ex Cadet Weekends from – Victoria, St Jean and Kingston. Fall/Winter distribution will now commence on 30 November.
Readers wishing to be published as sponsors and to pass on best wishes for this Fall / Winter edition should contact Editor-In-Chief, Bill Oliver, right away William.firstname.lastname@example.org include a phone number that they can be reached. Check out the Facebook notice.
Posted by rmcclub on 10th October 2011
Posted by rmcclub on 18th September 2011
Recently Added Memorials on the DHH Website
Researched by E3161 Victoria Edwards
Do you know of any military memorials which are not yet contained in the records of National Inventory of Military Memorials? Recently added memorials on the DHH website associated with the Royal Military College of Canada include:
• 35036-032 Dedicated to the RUSH-BAGOT Agreement, this plaque was
erected by the Ontario Heritage Foundation, Ministry of Citizenship
and Culture. http://www.cmp-cpm.forces.gc.ca/dhh-dhp/nic-inm/sm-rm/mdsr-rdr-eng.asp?PID=8239
• 35036-033 The Alumni of the Royal Military College of Canada erected these stained glass windows. Also see 35036-034; 35036-035; 35036-036; 35036-037; 35036-038; 35036-039; 35036-040; 35036-041
• 35036-042 This bronze plaque was erected by Alumni of the class of 1960 at the Royal Military College of Canada. Presented to the Commandant of the Royal Military College of Canada in September 2006, it commemorate the entry of class of 1960 members into the Old Brigade. The five sugar maple trees were planted on May 10, 2006,
along the Duty Drive.
• 35036-043 Dedicated to the Kingston Navy Yard, this plaque was erected by the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada.
• 35036-044 The plaque dedicated to Sir James Lucas Yeo was erected by Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada.
• 35036-046 The Class of 1963, as their gift to the College upon entry into the Old Brigade in 2009, have created and donated to RMC, this six feet eight inches high and 132 feet long Wall of Honour. This memorial is dedicated to recognize ex-cadets of the Royal Military Colleges (RMC, RRMC, CMR) and others with College numbers for
outstanding achievements and contributions to Canada or the world.
• 35036-047 This airplane was erected by the Royal Military Colleges of Canada Club and the 414 Squadron of the Royal Canadian Air Force and was presented by the Class of 1982 on October 6, 1996. The AVRO CF-100 Canuck mark 54414 is dedicated to the Electronic Warfare Squadron and to commemorate alumni of the Royal Military College of Canada. It was refurbished with the financial support of the Ex Cadet Club, in the colours of 414 (Electronic Warfare) Squadron.
• 35036-048 This stone plaque was erected in 1902 by their old comrades and friends of the Royal Military College of Canada and by friends of the deceased officers in the Corps of Royal Engineers. The tablet is dedicated to the memory of three Officers Graduates of the Royal Military College of Canada, #18 Huntly Brodie Mackay, Captain
Royal Engineers; #63 William Henry Robinson, Captain Royal Engineers; and #52 William Grant Stairs, Captain the Welsh Regiment.
• 35036-049 The statue called “To Overcome“ was made was by John Boxtel, and unveiled in 1991 represents the annual cadet obstacle course.
• 35036-051 Named in honour of General Sir Arthur Currie, Currie Hall was designed in 1922 by Percy Erskine Nobbs to honour the Canadian Expeditionary Force in World War I.
Posted by rmcclub on 6th September 2011
The NATO Training Mission – Afghanistan
By: 13337 Maj. Gen. Stuart Beare – Deputy Commander – Police in NTM-A
In the spring to fall of 2011, Canadian Forces Civilian Police are joining NATO Training Mission – Afghanistan (NTM –A) in substantial numbers. By the time over 900 CF and several dozen Civilian Police fully join the team, Canada will be the second largest national contingent of the 33 nations serving in NTM-A.
Each of us has our own lens through which we have seen the intervention and mission in Afghanistan evolve – from the earliest days of the 3PPCLI Battle Group in Kandahar in 2002, to Kabul in 2004, and back to Kandahar in 2006. Throughout that period of time conditions have changed significantly, huge investments and sacrifices have been made, and substantial progress has been made in many areas; particularly in Afghanistan’s Army and Police forces since the formation of NTM-A in November 2009 and the incredibly expanded scope and investment being made in the training mission.
Today as Deputy Commander – Police in NTM-A, I am proud to be a member of the team that is a key component to sustaining and accelerating this progress. I couldn’t be happier that Canada, the Canadian Forces, and our Civilian Police partners are becoming a substantially larger component of this effort from within NTM-A. Indeed, as members of the NTM-A team, we are playing a dynamic role in a vital mission that touches the whole of Afghanistan’s National Security Forces.
Without being here it is hard to appreciate the incredible progress made by the Afghan National Army and Police in recent years. Notwithstanding the many challenges, as well as the vital role NTM-A has played, and the role it will continue to play as we work towards the Afghan Army and Police’s sustained and irreversible progress.
Let’s look at this progress as seen through the story of a man named Wakil, an Afghan policeman who has served in a Southern Province for ten years and who lost an arm while fighting the Taliban.
Prior to NATO’s changed approach and commitment of new resources in 2009, Wakil, like most of his fellow police officers, never received any formal police training, wasn’t paid an adequate wage, and was never taught to read and write. He was recruited and assigned locally without formalized training. In addition, Wakil could not rely on his superiors for leadership because they also had never been formally trained.
Notwithstanding the efforts of many bilateral partners to the Police and Army training effort, lack of resources and an inadequate investment in the systems yielded an Afghan policeman and soldier who were poorly equipped and untrained. Thus, they were unable to successfully conduct his duties without significant Coalition Force assistance.
Afghan Police officers like Wakil were not paid a basic “living wage.” He received less than $100 per month, not enough salary to sustain his family. Wakil and 86% of his peers entered the force totally illiterate and innumerate. They were part of a “lost generation” who had no access to school. He could not write his own name or read his weapon serial number. With few training options, it was likely that he could spend his entire police career totally illiterate.
Most of Wakil’s uniform items, such as boots, tactical gear, clothing, and other equipment were made outside of Afghanistan. The quality of his police equipment was generally low. He was put on the streets without the basic equipment and vehicles needed to perform his duty.
The National Police accessions model used at that time was to recruit a new policeman, then assign him to a police district with the intention to train him at some future point.
Many of Wakil’s leaders were untrained or minimally trained due to a lack of nationally standardized training. While there were some great programs in certain provinces, the entire police training effort was disjointed and unsynchronized. For both Army and Police the quantity of leader programs were inadequate for the size of the force.
Today the story of Wakil and development of the Afghan National Army and Police have dramatically changed. All across Afghanistan there has been an incredible “untold story”; a story that is underwritten by a dramatic increase in both the quantity of the force, quality of training effort, and in efforts to build effective and enduring Afghan institutions.
Today’s Policemen and Soldiers are better trained because patrolman now receive six weeks of formal training, growing to eight weeks this summer, and soldiers receive high quality eight week training. This training is now delivered by a growing number of Afghan professional instructors who are being expertly coached and mentored by a growing body of professional military and international police trainers in the 70 training centers across Afghanistan.
Today’s soldier and policemen is well paid and receives a living wage commensurate with the national standard of living. New soldiers and patrolmen receive $165 USD per month with bonus and incentive payments that raise pay up to $250 in high risk areas. They are also eligible for a number of specialist pay incentives. Over 80% of the ANP and 95% of the ANA now receive their pay via electronic funds transfer or Pay by Phone; greatly reducing the opportunity for predatory corruption and the pilfering of his salary.
Like 86% of fellow recruits, Wakil entered the police totally illiterate and innumerate. Today however all students receives mandatory literacy training during recruit, junior leader, and vocational training. Recruits receive at least a basic level of literacy over their first years in the force with incentives and training options for greater literacy education throughout their careers. Today there are over 170,000 Afghan police and soldiers trained or in literacy training; over half of the current strength of the Afghan National Security Force.
The international community’s focused efforts over the last 20 months have yielded an Afghan policeman and soldier who are equipped with quality weapons, vehicles, tactical gear and technical equipment. In addition to the near $8B USD invested in vehicles, radios, uniforms and weapons, over $10B USD has been invested in facilities, such as training sites, headquarters, and educational centers across Afghanistan.
The accessions model fully instituted for the ANP today is to Recruit, Train and Assign or R-T-A. Today’s recruits receive mandatory basic police training before being assigned to a police district. Leaders are entering the force with better training than their predecessors. Staff Colleges are providing continuing education and professional development to all levels of the ANA and ANP. These courses are elevating the quality of leaders and building a foundation for professionalization.
In addition to basic training, people like Wakil may also receive additional specialty training, which did not exist 16 months ago. Courses like EOD, SWAT, Driver Training and Logistics are providing them with specialty skills that will make the ANP and ANA more independent of Coalition Forces.
After nearly 10 years as an untrained and illiterate Police Officer, Wakil graduated this spring from a southern Afghanistan Police Training Center. He has been now armed with the knowledge, skill, and basic level of literacy that enable him to truly embark on a career of service to his people, alongside others who share the same investment in them. To fully appreciate the dramatic impact mandatory literacy training is having, listen to what Wakil had to say about his literacy training experience:
“Most importantly we are being taught to read and write and to count. This knowledge gives me greater standing when I go back to my post in my community; it means I will be given more respect and have the same status as the village elders due to this knowledge. Through this I can better serve my country and protect the people I am responsible for.”
Wakil’s experience has been shared by thousands of others, both Army and Police, leading to a second chapter of this “Untold Story”; that being exponential growth of the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF). Since January 2010 ISAF and international forces have grown by approximately 40,000 troops. In that same period of time combined Afghan Army and Police have grown by over 100,000. The combined Army and Police continue to grow ahead of the 305,000 target for this fall and are on track to achieve 352,000 in fall 2012. With the near 300,000 ANSF, alongside ISAFs 170,000, the Afghan people are witnessing a shift in the quality and presence of security forces they have never seen before.
In short, Wakil serves now as a trained, equipped, well led, and enabled police officer within an ever expanding, increasingly professional, self-generating and sustaining ANP working alongside the ANA. Together they are serving Shohna ba Shohna (shoulder to shoulder) with incredibly capable coalition force partners to protect the 30 million people of Afghanistan.
Looking to the future, NTM-A will focus heavily on building even more quality and capacity into the Army and Police while sustaining this incredible growth and progress – specifically:
- Training over 2000 Afghan instructors who are capable of leading and training the Army and Police.
- Aggressively developing Afghan leaders to fill the leadership needs of the growing force in the field and in institutions.
- Building more literacy and vocational skills through mandatory literacy and the specialty skill courses needed for key support functions like logistics. communications, medical services, air operations and more.
- Instilling an ethos of Stewardship at all levels of training and education to protect the investments of the international community.
- Continuing to develop enduring institutions, self-sustainable systems, and enablers required for a self-sustaining and professional force.
The vision is for the Afghan government to take security responsibility and leadership by the end of 2014. Our shared mission is to ensure that this mission succeeds. It is the key to transition.
As I write this, today in Kandahar Canadian troops are doing heroic work in clearing, holding and in developing key districts alongside a growing team of Coalition Partners, and, most importantly, Afghan Army and Police forces. As Brig. Gen. Dean Milner tells it, he is working with Afghan security forces in numbers and with capabilities we could only dream of two years ago.
Milner and his combined Afghan / NATO team represent an incredible investment in national treasure. They represent a legacy of an impressive and vitally important period of security operations in some of the toughest parts of Afghanistan and they are doing themselves and their predecessors proud.
At the same time Canadian Troops and Civilian Police are serving and joining NTM-A in impressive numbers. They are adding fuel to the engine that is growing and developing Afghan security forces. They are joining NTM-A as we focus further on developing Afghan Ministries and their institutions that will ensure these security forces endure.
In sum, Canada’s shift to NTM-A brings much needed energy, capacity, knowledge and skill to a mission that will ensure Afghan Army and Police forces can serve and protect the people of Afghanistan across the entirety of their country, increasingly, and then ultimately, on their own.
Posted by rmcclub on 21st August 2011
Restoring the Historic Designations of the Royal Canadian Navy, the Canadian Army, and the Royal Canadian Air Force
The Canadian Forces (CF) are restoring the historic names the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN), the Canadian Army (CA), and the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF). Since February 1, 1968, the names for the sea, air, and land elements of the CF have been known as Maritime Command, Land Force Command, and Air Command.
By restoring the historic identities of the three former services, the CF are also restoring an important and recognizable part of military heritage. These were the names under which Canadians fought and emerged victorious from the First World War, the Second World War, and from Korea, under which they contributed to deterrence and defence of Europe and North America from the early days of the Cold War. These were also the names under which Canadians served on the first international peacekeeping missions.
The renaming of these former services will not impact the Canadian Forces Reorganization Act established in 1968. The CF will remain a unified military; in no way will the change to the names diminish capabilities or compromise operational effectiveness.
The Canadian Forces Reorganization Act (1968)
On February 1, 1968, the Canadian Forces Reorganization Act (Bill C-243, informally referred to as the “Unification Act”) came into effect, and amended the National Defence Act to unify the Royal Canadian Navy, the Canadian Army, and the Royal Canadian Air Force as part of Canadian Armed Forces (CAF). As of that day, the historic names of the three branches of the CAF disappeared. The abolition of the historic identities of the three branches of the CAF was unnecessary in terms of the integration and unification of the Armed Forces. Indeed, the restoration of these historic identities, as is now being undertaken, is in keeping with the terms of the Canadian Forces Reorganization Act.
The History of CF Environmental Names
The Naval Service Act was proposed in the House of Commons in January 1910, and became law on May 4, 1910, establishing the Naval Service of Canada. On January 30th, 1911, the Government of Canada, under Prime Minister Sir Wilfrid Laurier, officially requested the designation of “Royal” for the Canadian navy from the United Kingdom. The decision took place during the Imperial Defence Conference (a conference that settled the issue of jurisdiction of the Dominion Navies) which coincided with the Coronation of His Majesty King George V in June 1911.
The letter announcing the bestowing of the “Royal” designation was dispatched from the Colonial Office in London, and dated August 16, 1911. It was received by His Excellency Albert Henry George Grey, Governor-General to the Government of Canada on August 29, 1911. The awarding of the “Royal Canadian Navy” title was accepted as a great honour by Prime Minister Sir Wilfrid Laurier, as he believed it was a major step in Canada’s growing autonomy.
With the passing of the Canadian Forces Reorganization Act on February 1, 1968, which unified all commands of the CF, the RCN ceased to exist. The naval component of the CF was renamed the “Canadian Forces Maritime Command.”
Although the term “Canadian Army” had been used informally for years, the CA was only officially called by that name from 1940. Before that time, the militia included full-time regular and part-time units, and were the land forces acting in Canada’s defence. The Militia Act of 1855 was an attempt to professionalize these forces and rely less on British Regulars for continental defence, although this did not change significantly until after Confederation in 1867.
In 1914, the Canadian Expeditionary Force (CEF) was created and deployed to fight overseas in the First World War. In 1917, following its victory at Vimy Ridge, the Canadian Corps of four divisions came to be commanded by a Canadian general, Sir Arthur Currie, until it was demobilized upon the cessation of the conflict. In the Second World War, after Canada had independently declared war in September of 1939, the nation’s land forces underwent a significant reorganization, culminating in the 1940 titling of the Canadian Army (Overseas), the Canadian Army (Active) the Canadian Army (Reserve). Canada again demobilized its expeditionary force when the war ended, but the Regular Force and Reserve Force were known as army units until The Canadian Forces Reorganization Act came into effect.
In February of 1968, Force Mobile Command (FMC) was stood up and the Canadian Army ceased to exist. Although their official title is now Land Force Command (LFC), and has been for quite some time, the “army” has always been the colloquial term referring to Canada’s land forces. The Army was never given the prefix “Royal” as this honour is bestowed on individual Army units.
His Majesty King George V bestowed the “Royal” designation on the Canadian Air Force in 1923 but the title only became official when “The King’s Regulations and Orders” were promulgated on April 1, 1924.
Under the new organization, the RCAF was to be administered by a director responsible to the Chief of the General Staff. The RCAF was separated into three components: an Active (permanent) Air Force, an Auxiliary (part-time) Air Force and a non-active Reserve. The authorized establishment of the active air force on the day of the RCAF’s birth was a modest 68 officers and 307 airmen; the actual strength was 61 officers and 262 airmen. The dark blue uniform and insignia of the CAF was now replaced by the sky blue RCAF uniform patterned after the RAF uniform. The insignia, ensign and badges were similar to those of the Royal Air Force. “Sic Itur Ad Astra” gave way to the RCAF motto “Per Ardua Ad Astra” (through adversity to the stars).
In February 1968, the 45,000 officers, men and women of the RCAF, including 19 types of aircraft and support material, were incorporated into the single Canadian Armed Forces. This transformation initially fragmented the RCAF and the change from the air force blue to the CAF green uniform and to different rank titles was viewed with dismay by many personnel. RCAF headquarters was disbanded and air activities were carried out by a number of functional components. For example, support to land forces was performed by tactical air units under Land Force Command (Army). Maritime Command (Navy) took over functional control of coastal and embarked aircraft. Although the Army and the Navy retained their headquarters, the Air Force was left without a central authority until the establishment of Air Command in 1975.
The “Royal” Designation
Many Commonwealth nations use the “Royal” designation for their military forces. These include Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, the Bahamas, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, St. Lucia and, of course, the United Kingdom.
Restoring the historical titles of the three former commands is an important way to recognize the CF’s history and aligns Canada with other key Commonwealth countries, whose militaries continue to use the “Royal” designation.
The Royal designation is used for many units of the CF, including:
Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery;
The Black Watch (Royal Highland Regiment) of Canada;
Lord Strathcona’s Horse (Royal Canadians);
Royal 22e Régiment;
The Royal Canadian Dragoons;
The Royal Canadian Hussars (Montreal);
The Royal Canadian Regiment;
The Royal Hamilton Light Infantry (Wentworth Regiment);
The Royal Highland Fusiliers of Canada;
The Royal Montreal Regiment;
The Royal New Brunswick Regiment;
The Royal Newfoundland Regiment;
The Royal Regiment of Canada;
The Royal Regina Rifles;
The Royal Westminster Regiment;
The Royal Winnipeg Rifles;
Royal Military College of Canada; and
Royal Military College St-Jean.
The Royal designation is also used by other national institutions of Canada that include the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, the Royal Canadian Mint and the Royal Canadian Legion.
Posted by rmcclub on 14th August 2011
The Dawe Factor
By: 22323 Ryan Slate
Writing this short piece on LCol (Ret’d) Peter Dawe’s retirement from the RMC Club comes with some personal embarrassment for not submitting it earlier! I would echo all of the sentiments written about Peter in the previous issue of Veritas, and would like to celebrate his contributions from another angle.
Leading by doing – not telling- is a scruple that Peter showed as an oarsmen and as an advisor to the RMC Rowing Team. The Dawe family has a history in rowing and for the brief periods of time that RMC Rowing flourished in the later 1990’s and more recently, Peter was a driving force. I titled this letter The Dawe Factor because nearly all of the successes of the RMC Rowing Club involved Peter.
Rowing at RMC has had a tumultuous journey. The club has gained momentum for a while, but then seems to stall for a period of time. From the perspective of a former RMC rower and current RMC rowing coach, it is not hard to recognize that the common denominator in all of the club’s advances was Peter’s inspiring leadership. Stagnant periods in the club’s history came at times when LCol Dawe was under utilized.
The Dawe factor emerged in the late 1990’s when Peter, in his humble way, raised funds to purchase a racing shell in memory of former Cadet Liam Hassett. In the same fundraising effort, he was instrumental in acquiring a 4-person racing shell named after the College’s motto. Peter and Ed Ough, who coached the RMC program for 4 years, arranged to have Liam’s brother Gavin Hassett come to Kingston to spend time on the water with aspiring RMC rowers. Gavin’s impressive rowing resume at the time included World Championship and Olympic medals in the lightweight 4’s event.
LCol Dawe was there for the rowing program during the Westpoint Weekend rowing competitions. He was there in 2001 for the first ever Canadian University Rowing Championship title won by current coach Ryan Slate in the heavyweight men’s single. Peter was on-hand to commemorate ex-Cadet Rory Moore’s extra-ordinary efforts and achievements as RMC Rowing Club President in its high days. LCol Dawe came through again on the recent NPF grant that allowed RMC to purchase an 8-oared racing shell that will be in action for the first time this Fall.
His influence on the rowing community reaches beyond RMC. As a Kingston Rowing Club Board Member, Peter spearheaded a project that resulted in the purchase of 15 Honda outboard motors that have been servicing that club for over 10 years. Ex-Cadets involved in rowing during their time at the College descended frequently on Peter’s office in the Panet House to say “hello” and thank him for the genuine care he showed them over the years. To name a few, Kevin and Jennifer Hastey, Timothy Bowman, and Rory Moore recently dropped-by.
It is my sincere hope that Peter continues to provide moral support to the Rowing Team. His presence is powerful and his love for RMC is infectious. I have told Peter that he has a standing invitation to join me in the coach boat to watch the rowers in training. But, I know Peter well enough to say that he’s a “do-er”, not a “watcher”, and if he does come to join our rowing team for a training session, I am willing to bet that he will be in the boat – hauling on an oar – with the boys!
Peter Dawe may be reached: email@example.com
Posted by rmcclub on 7th August 2011
The 2011 PEACE Games: Medals & Memories in Rio
By: Patricia Howes
How do you adequately capture an experience of Olympic proportion? Do you list only the stats, give the play-by-play of the bouts and team matches, and state the endless list of technical moves and tactical plays that lead to the ultimate victories and defeats? This would be a good reporting of the basic facts but somehow this seems ineffective, unfulfilling, and fails to capture the reality of what was a once-in-a-lifetime experience like Rio. It is very hard to put into words, the depth and breadth of the human experiences, shared by any team at the 2011 Peace Games.
It is, in retrospect, a series of moments strung together to form one unbelievable period-in-time shared by a special few who made up our Canadian team. The moments are a mix of highs and lows, with lots of average mixed in to keep it real, but ultimately what will be remembered, and cherished, are those moments that cause us to reflect back and say to ourselves “remember when….”. This team, our fencing team, was made up of a special group of dedicated, hard working individuals with a shared passion for doing something historic, that had never been done before, with a goal of doing that task very well. On the piste the Canadian fencers fought with courage, pride and solid determination against many of the best Olympic, national team, and military athletes in the world.
The Canadian CISM Fencing Team had never competed at a Military World Games prior to Rio 2011. This was our debut onto the international stage at this games level. Since learning that Brazil would host fencing, and that we had a shot at sending a CF team, the staff and athletes worked diligently over the past months training and preparing for this amazing sport opportunity. While still fulfilling their military duties, which also included deployments, training courses and university degrees, the team members were committed to their mission to prepare for the Military World Games. With four training camps in the past year, the members had the opportunity to build a strong and cohesive team. Our goal was to compete in all three disciplines of foil, epee and sabre in both the men’s and women’s events. When the format changed in May, to include both individual fencing as well as the standard team events, the athletes were undaunted to double their competition time. Fencing in Rio became an endurance challenge with six full days of competition.
On July 20th 2011, the second day of fencing competition, the first Team Canada medal was won by MCpl Jean Lelion (Montreal) in the men’s individual epee event. MCpl Lelion won 5 bouts (1 loss) in his first round of pools defeating many strong opponents. In the subsequent Direct Elimination (DE) rounds he went on to defeat India, China, and Chile. He met his toughest opponent in the semi-finals against professional full-time fencer Ruben Limardo from Venezuela, losing a close bout by a score of 11-9. The result left Lelion with a hard fought bronze medal, while Limardo went on to claim the CISM gold medal. Canadian Forces teammate, Cpl Hugues Boisvert-Simard (Valcartier), had an equally outstanding day of competition with 4 wins and 1 loss in the first round pools. He advanced to the DE round with a bye, won his first two DE matches against Kuwait and Italy, then just missed the medals with a defeat against China, and finished 5th overall in a field of 58 top world-class athletes. Lt Brendan Kilburn (RMC grad 2010) had 3 wins/3 losses in the first round, won his first DE to get out of the top 64, and finished 27th overall in the top 32. In Team action Men’s Epee did very well fighting through their competition until the Bronze medal match, where they were defeated by Poland. The Canadian Men’s Epee team performed very well under pressure and placed 4th out of 16 teams, giving fellow teammates, visiting senior officers, and Team Canada fans lots to cheer about at the Peace Games. This truly was our showcase team for CISM Fencing and inspired our other athletes to fight strong in competition.
In Men’s Foil individual action 2Lt Michael Dubois-Boudazza (RMC grad 2010) and 2Lt Eric Castellani (RMC grad 2011) each won 1 bout in the first round, while III OCdt Tucker Densmore won 3 and lost 3 bouts. Castellani and Dubouis-Boudazza won their first DE matches taking them from the top 64 to the top 32, while Densmore had a bye to the round of 32. All three lost their DE matches in the 32’s but finished overall in the top half of the competitors: Densmore 20th, Castellani 28th, Dubois-Boudazza 29th. In team competition Men’s Foil finished 7th place out of 12 teams.
In men’s sabre our athletes crossed over from their primary weapon to compete for Canada in an alternate weapon, since we were not able to bring our men’s sabre team to Brazil. While this discipline is not their specialty, the athletes all won bouts in the first round but only Lt Kilburn was able to win a DE. He advanced out of the round of 32 but lost 13-15, in an outstanding and heart-stopping match to a Korean (currently ranked #2 in the world) who was the eventual Gold Medallist in men’s sabre. Final standings for Men’s Sabre are Lt Brendan Kilburn (RMC grad 2010) 28th place, 2Lt Castellani 34th, 2Lt Michael Dubois-Boudazza 36th place. In team competition Men’s Sabre was 12th out of 14 teams.
The women’s fencing team also fought hard against top athletes from around the world. With three days of individual and three days of team competition there was little time to relax at the fencing venue. In women’s foil, top results came from 2Lt Nicky Sapera (RMC grad 2011) who had 2 wins in the first round, and advanced with a bye to the top 16, but lost to the eventual gold medalist. 2Lt Sapera finished with a final standing of 11th place. Lt Michelle Guertin (RMC grad 2010) had 2 wins in the first round, and advanced with a bye to the top 16, but lost her DE to finish in 12th place. Capt Marilyne Lafortune (RMC grad 2006 & 08) also had 2 wins in the first round, and advanced with a bye to the top 16, but lost her DE to the eventual silver medallist and 2004 Olympic bronze medallist, to finish 13th overall. Women’s Foil did very well in team as well, defeating a strong team from Columbia 45-38 to advance to the bronze medal match against Venezuela on the elevated finals piste. Team Canada had established a solid tactical plan to defeat the aggressive Venezuelan team, but an early lead for the opponent set the tone for the match, and the Canadians were not able to upset their competitors. However, the women’s foil team finished a solid 4th place overall.
In women’s sabre top performances came from S(Lt) Chantel Helwer (RMC grad 2008), who had 2 wins in the first round, advanced to win her first DE in the round of 32, then lost to the eventual gold medallist to finish in 13th place. Capt Sarah Rogers (RMC grad 2008 & 10) also had 2 wins in the first round, and advanced to win her first DE, then lost to the silver medallist to finish in 14th place. Capt Natalie Jones (RMC grad 2006) had 1 win in the first round, and advanced to win her first DE, then lost to the bronze medallist to finish in 15th place. In team competition women’s sabre faced tough matches from the beginning of the day against Venezuela and Italy. They re-energized in an excellent match against the top ranked Ukrainian team, and finished the day with a 45-11 victory against host Brazil, to secure a final 6th place finish overall.
Women’s epee fought hard collectively and finished in 8th place in team competition. Individually they were competitive, but had a tougher time making it out of the 32s, and finished with Lt Jackie Power (RMC 2009) in 18th place, Capt Sarah McRae (RMC 2006) in 19th place, and II OCdt Laura Smith in 22nd place. A highlight moment for women’s epee was when the youngest team member, 20 year old OCdt Smith, was winning 4-2 against Polands’ Piekarska, who is currently ranked #3 in the world cup rankings. Undaunted by the 6’2” opponent, (Smith is 5’3”) the Canadian epeeist went hit for hit with the opponent until tied at 4-4. The winning hit belonged to the Polish fencer, but the sense of victory and accomplishment went to the Canadian for her incredible feat against all odds.
And so, in retrospect those are the stats and facts that sum up the results of the Canadian fencers in Rio; 34 wins in individual pool bouts, 12 wins in direct elimination bouts, and 6 wins in team matches. This is definitely a set of results to be proud of, and an experience not soon forgotten, by the athletes and coaches who lived and breathed every tense moment on the piste. However, for all the members of the team, it will not necessarily be the stats that are remembered, but rather those other special moments that we will recall for years to come.
We arrived, and we were so excited about being there, and what was going to happen…..We were asked for autographs from the little Brazilian children watching us compete…..We went to training with three other countries in that small gym, and then eventually the countries just started to train together with each other, sharing the pistes, training outside…..We made a huge Canada banner out of the red & white banners to hang from our balcony with our flags…..We couldn’t go anywhere without someone wanting a “pin-pin” from Canada…..We got shushed by the television crowd at CISM Club because our card game was more rousing than the soccer game they were watching…..That feeling of ‘wow’ that hit you during the Opening Ceremonies at the Olympic Stadium…..We figured out they turned the water off every afternoon in the village…..we learned to live without hot water…..The Chinese General invited us to come and train in China in the future…..We met other military athletes from around the world and they all seem to know someone in Montreal…..The whole mess hall of 500+ people sang happy birthday to our fencing coach…..They raised the Canadian flag at the medal ceremony, and how proud you felt to see that Canadian flag rising because we had won a medal…..We had our picture taken with our 8 year-old fan Leonardo and his friends, and then the next day he sent a drawing to our team “allez Canada” it said, with a Canadian flag, because he couldn’t be there that day and he wanted to wish us good luck…..We handed out Canada banners and got other countries to cheer for us during matches…..We lost count of how many high fives we had shared in six days of competition…..We had eaten our 27th serving of rice and black beans…..We had no time off for a Team Dinner so we made our own BBQ at the village and had just as much fun…..We realized how many people wanted our Canada jackets, shirts, hats….literally the clothes off of our backs…..We saw how warm and friendly the Brazilian people were and how amazing all the volunteers were to us…..
We felt like celebrities at the Closing Ceremonies when we were throwing pins, souvenirs and candies into the crowds and it all seemed so surreal…..We took our final team photo at the Closing Ceremonies and we knew it would all be over soon…..We said goodbye, one by one, as we all went our separate ways back to our regular lives…..Obrigada Brazil, Obrigada Rio, Obrigada CISM, Obrigada Team Canada, Obrigada Esgrima…..
“Men`s Basketball played 5 games vs Trinadad-Tobago, Cyprus, USA, Greece and South Korea. Games were held in 18,000 seat area. Team competed very hard but lost all games to more talented and skilled teams. 2LT Nick Cooke played well scoring 25 pts vs Trinadad-Tobago and battled elbow injury for the rest of the tournament. Overall the experience was great for all, the Brazilian people, volunteers and organizers were warm and friendly making all participants welcomed.”
Scott James – RMCC Varsity Head Coach (M) Basketball (Scott was an assistant coach at the Rio Games.)
Posted by rmcclub on 24th July 2011
Posted by rmcclub on 17th July 2011
THE VETERANS: DISCOVERING CANADA’S PAST THROUGH THOSE WHO WERE THERE
By Colonel (Ret’d) Andrew Nellestyn OStJ HCE MPPE PhD PEng, Co-producer The Veterans
Some three years ago Daniel R. Rodrique, a documentarist and author, took a bold and ambitious step. He decided to produce a documentary series on Canada’s veterans and serving men and women in the CF which would be of unique historical importance and which would feature not only the sacrifices made by these gallant men and women but would cast this in the mold of the CF’s contributions to nation building and world security. The documentary would be called The Veterans. A production team was formed and what was first assessed as a one-year project became a gargantuan effort which would take three years to complete. And all on a voluntary, not-for-profit basis.
The Veterans illustrates the impact of Canada’s participation in foreign conflicts and crises on Canada, Canadians and the Canadian Forces (CF). The documentary is also a production in which veterans and serving men and women of the CF talk of their experiences in their own words and convey the legacy for which they wish to be remembered. It consists of 52 episodes each of 40 minutes in length.
The documentary has two streams:
1. The history and evolution of the CF from WWII through to and including Korea, peacekeeping, the Cold War, the Balkans, Iraq and Afghanistan. It deals with all aspects of operations in these theatres: defence, security, economic development, governance, humanitarianism, etc. It examines the impact of the changing nature of war on doctrine, operations, education, training and equipment. Every branch of the three services (Navy, Army and Air Force) is featured be this operational, support (health services, chaplaincy, logistics, maintenance, etc.). The contributions of such organizations as the Salvation Army, St John Ambulance, the Red Cross, CFPSA/CFPSP and Tim Horton’s as well as NGOs are illustrated. The impact of defence Science and Technology and the formation of the defence industrial base are also discussed. Counterterrorism and counterinsurgency and whole-of-government strategies and activities, in other words, the evolving and changing nature of warfare are expounded upon. DFAIT, CIDA, CSC and other departments of government are included wrt their contribution to Team Canada Afghanistan and the ISAF whole-of-government mission.
2. The history and evolution, that is, the coming of age, of Canada from WWI through to and including Afghanistan are examined. WWI was chosen as the start point. WWI heralds Canada’s coming of age as it marks the first time Canada exercised full sovereignty: the command of the Canadian Expeditionary Force by General Currie and his reporting channel to Ottawa vice the British Foreign Office in London. WWI also began the transformation of Canada to an industrial nation. The documentary touches on the impact on Canadian society, changing lifestyles and values, governance and Canada’s increasing and influential role on the world stage such as economics, finance, trade, diplomacy, participation in international institutions, membership in the G Heads-of-Governments club, the IMF, World Bank, WTO, human rights, etc.
The documentary has been widely and most favourably commented upon and supported by the media. Participants in The Veterans are drawn from all walks and levels of society and include many leading men and women in the private sector, academia, government and the military. Equally important is the participation of Non-Commissioned Members (serving, retired and veterans). The episodes are introduced by Senator Pamela Wallin.
The documentary features MGen (Ret) Mackenzie, WO Willy MacDonald (PPCLI), General (Ret) Hillier, MCpl Erik Poelzer (EME), Capt Ray Wiss MD, the MND, the CDS, LCol Sebastian Boucher CO NSE Roto 10 Afghanistan, CWO Gilles Godbout RSM NSE, Col Bob Elvish (EME), Maj Devon Matsalla (EME), BGen Dean Milner Commander TFK, LCol Mike St-Louis CO TFK BG, General (Retd) Paul Manson, VADM (Retd) Ralph Hennessey, Ambassador Tim Martin DFAIT Kandahar Provincial Reconstruction Team and a host of other retired and serving military personnel. The RCR, R22iemeR and the PPCLI deployments to Afghanistan are featured. Colonel (Retd) Andrew Nellestyn filmed on location and interviewed CF personnel during Roto 10 which was based on the 1st Battalion R22iemeR Battle Group and drawn principally from CFB Valcartier.
A selection of pre-released episodes can be seen on www.pwu.ca by clicking on the Veterans logo. The contributions of the Reserves and the importance thereof in missions such as the Balkans and Afghanistan are also featured. HColonel Blake Goldring expounds on the challenges faced by the Reserves and offers options as to how best to maintain this important element of the combat arms order of battle. Episode 19 featuring the MND and CDS sets the theme and tone for the series. Episode 24 Capt Ray Wiss MD, author of FOB DOC and A Line in the Sand, is a most informative and gripping account of the Afghan theatre. It is noted that the episode numbering on the PWU website will be re-ordered for the final release.
The documentary’s principal financial supporter is the Power Workers Union (PWU) of Ontario. Other contributors, both financial and in-kind, include corporate Canada, individual Canadians, universities, policy institutes, professional organizations, departments of the Federal Government, veterans, serving men and women of the CF, Navy, Army and Air Force Associations and private foundations.
The documentary will be officially released in November 2011. It is intended that The Veterans be officially released/premiered (on an episode excerpt basis) at the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa during the CWM’s Remembrance Day Week 2011 activities.
This is a unique historically significant documentary in that, unlike other documentaries about veterans which consist principally of talking heads with little national and global context, The Veterans examines all the dynamics related to Canada’s participation in foreign conflicts and crises which impacted, and continue to do so, on Canada, Canadians and the CF. It is these factors which set The Veterans apart from other documentaries about those men and women who served and are serving in Canada’s military.
The documentary will be gifted to the people of Canada and be available free of charge. It will be accessible on the Internet and will be shown by various television broadcasters. Interviews were conducted in both official languages.
The target audience is today’s and tomorrow’s young men and women, tomorrow’s leaders, so that they may know not only of the sacrifices made by those who served Canada during war but also how veterans shaped and build a proud nation. The focus for young Canadians will be on civics, citizenship, nation building and leadership.
The Veterans production team also created a documentary on Currie Hall for the RMC Foundation narrated by John Cowan. Additionally, John narrates a documentary on WWI which was filmed at the CWM.
Indeed RMC is featured in the documentary as its role in training and educating officers, peace and security missions and nation building has been and continues to be considerable. RMC, indeed the CMCs have had a most positive and lasting impact on shaping the CF and Canada; comparatively much beyond that of other Canadian post-secondary educational institutions.
RMC punches above its weight!
LEST WE FORGET
Posted by rmcclub on 26th June 2011
DART honoured with new medal for Op HESTIA
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Less than 24 hours after the devastating earthquake rocked Haiti on Jan 12, 2010, members of CFB Kingston’s Disaster Assistance Response Team were on the ground, ready to begin humanitarian operations on OP HESTIA.
On June 9, 2011, those members were honoured at a public ceremony at CFB Kingston by being presented with the new Operational Service Medal, with the Humanitas Bar, by Major General David Fraser, the outgoing Commander of 1st Canadian Division in Kingston.
“I offer my congratulations to all receiving this new medal. We ask an awful lot of you by sending you into unknown, complex situations, and you make us proud,” he said. “You have proven with deeds, not words, that you are worthy of wearing this medal, and it is your commitment that has put this formation on the map.”
“We go on these missions as part of our job,” said Major David McQueen, Deputy Commanding Officer of the DART in Haiti. “We don’t do it to get an honour or receive a medal; it’s just part of our jobs. But to receive it is something special. I really appreciate being able to receive this on behalf of all Canadians.”
The speed with which the DART deployed is a testament to the training and readiness, and personnel were able to affect change sooner.
“We are trained to deploy on very short notice in this unit,” he explained. “We started working the evening we arrived, and the medical staff were even treating people as they were getting on the plane to be evacuated. The Canadians worked very hard right from the beginning, and that ability to do good work is just amazing, and this deployment is certainly a career highlight for me.”
The medical staff were indeed hard at work in the unpredictable environment in Haiti. Lieutenant Commander Paul Cervenko, the Base Surgeon at CFB Kingston, was shocked to see how much damage was done, and how little there was to work with. The medical staff saw more than 9,979 patients in all.
“You don’t have time to be overwhelmed; you just do your job the best you can. I had confidence in my team and my training,” he explained. “A lot of credit goes to the people that I worked with, and also our support back home. When we heard how ordinary Canadians were supporting the Haitian people and the mission, it really kept people going.”
Members of the DART will wear their new medal with pride and as a reminder to the people they were able to help.
“[The Haitian people] really appreciated us being there,” Maj McQueen said. “Canadians on the ground, providing water and health services, gave them such a sense of safety and security. As a member of the team that made that happen, it was an amazing feeling to be able to have that level of impact on a community.”
Posted by rmcclub on 19th June 2011
Francis Castein has had a successful few years in the 2928 Royal Canadian Army Cadets Corps in Truro. The 18-year-old recently received an award recognizing her service, dedication and exemplifying the highest standards of leadership as the corps’…
Beginning a new chapter
First appeared in: Truro Daily News – June 14, 2011
By: Monique Chiasson
When Francis Castein reflects on the career she is about to embark on, only one word comes to her mind.
“Indescribable,” said the 18-year-old from Manganese Mines.
Castein has completed her army cadet training in Truro and is about to enter a 10-year military contract with the Canadian Forces. The contract consists of a $40,000 a year scholarship for all five years at the Royal Military College in Kingston, Ont. The other five years of her tenure will be employment as a military logistics officer.
Castein begins the journey when she is sworn into the Canadian Forces July 14.
In mid-August, she will attend a Canadian Forces initiation recruit camp in Quebec and then go to the Royal Military College.
“I know it’s going to be hard and I’m really scared, but I know I can do it. I want to ultimately be a military lawyer,” said Castein. “When I was 14 I said I wanted to do this. Everything I set out to accomplish I have done and this is an honour.”
The teenager’s accomplishments include beginning navy league cadets at age 10 and then entering the 2928 Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corps, where she received the highest level (chief warrant officer) three years ago.
“It hasn’t been about me the last few years. It’s been about what I can give back in the corps and being a role model,” said Castein.
Other goals achieved include receiving the Colonel Robert Perron award for being the most physically fit cadet in Canada; making the top 12 Top Teens in Canada; participating in cadet and biathlon provincials as well as cadet nationals and a biathlon national event; and representing Nova Scotia in the 2011 Canada Winter Games.
She also has travelled to Australia and New Zealand for army cadet programs.
In addition, just last week, she received the Duke of Edinburgh Young Canadians Challenge gold award for her commitment to community service and volunteering, physical recreation and a letter-writing campaign to Canadian soldiers.
“Just getting by is not exciting. I work hard and am determined. When I tell myself I am going to do something, I do it,” said Castein.
Keri Winkelaar, the cadet corps’ previous commanding officer, has high praise for Castein.
“You joined at 12, so quiet and shy … look at you now: loud, outgoing and confident,” Winkelaar told Castein in a letter that was shared with the Truro Daily News.
“You never let us down, just kept getting better … Truro is going to miss your dedication and service,” added Winkelaar.
Castein thanks the town, her family, friends and the corps for their support in helping make her dreams come true.
Posted by rmcclub on 29th May 2011
McNaughton-Vanier scholar brings worldly experience to RMCC
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No stranger to Kingston, Ann Fitz-Gerald returned in January to become this year’s McNaughton-Vanier Scholar at the Royal Military College. A one-year position, this Canada-based research post has given Ann the opportunity to re-live her academic and scholarly experience.
“One of the most rewarding things about this post is to be hosted by my Alma Mater, and also to come back into contact with some great academics who very much impacted on my life,” she explained.
Ann received two undergraduate degrees from Queen’s University (Commerce and Political Science), her Masters from RMC, and her PhD from Cranfield University in the United Kingdom.
Fitz-Gerald reflected that, back in 1993, attending RMC was “a slight culture shock.” She said, “I was the only female civilian student. I was also surrounded by people who were attending post-graduate courses as part of their duty, and therefore I was all of a sudden surrounded by people who were very committed to academic life, determined to make the most out of every opportunity. I had to act sharply and judiciously, and to read everything there was in order to be as active in the classroom debates as the rest of the students were. Admittedly, there was a bit of a cultural difference between RMC and mainstream undergraduate life, but it was a transition that I really enjoyed, and as a result I became a ‘serious’ student.”
When asked what she gained from receiving a military education, Ann explained: “What I wouldn’t have got from mainstream university is the discipline, and the opportunity to attend graduate school with mid-career professionals. I learned a lot from their operational experience and, at the end of the day, we were all students in the classroom; there was no apparent rank structure. It was always handy to go out for a beer with the senior folks who had been around, and to have those easy, informal discussions in the pub, or in the mess. That was something I found enormously useful. That set me up very well for understanding the military perspective in international organizations I’ve worked with like NATO, and for the ground-based experience in operations that I’ve worked in support of.”
Ann has been involved in National Security Strategy and security sector related work in many countries. This has included reviews, assessments, capacity-building programmes and policy development exercises. The two experiences that stand out most in her mind was the time she spent in Botswana and Indonesia.
“In Botswana, there were representatives around the table from what the Botswanan government called the “House of Chiefs.” They really brought the tribal and traditional societal perspective to the table, and this isn’t always evident elsewhere. You normally get a real capital-city, political-elite perspective that often doesn’t transfer well out in to the rural areas of the country, and the larger the country, the more difficult that transfer of ideas is. In Botswana – similar to present-day Somaliland – you see formal state structures and mechanisms that reflect the real societal fabric.”
Her time in Indonesia stands out because the country is so large, and spans across countless different groups of islands, and one of the key issues for National Security there is a balance between the aspiration to achieve unity across society, but pay due respect for the diversity across society as well.
“It’s interesting how the set of five values in Indonesia that was pushed pre–Suharto regime has re-emerged again as being so important to National Security Policy and Strategy development out there. It’s called Pancasila – and that’s a word in Bahasa for ‘five values.’ They include such things as social justice, one almighty God, unity, diversity, and tolerance, but they wrap it up all in one word so that even the most disinterested and ill-informed (often illiterate) sector of society can identify with something that makes them ‘Indonesian.’ This sense of unity is quite important when considering national security issues, and something that we have struggled with in other regions, including Afghanistan. It reflects the importance of having a real foundation for National Security, made up of core values which, in turn, inform national interests,” she said.
Ann finds these two experiences memorable, especially in terms of developing policy for countries like Afghanistan.
“I find that there is a real lack of platform that connects the core of society to the periphery and rural areas in Afghanistan. We’re learning very quickly that our Westphalian and Eurocentric approaches to state-building don’t transfer easily to non-Weberian societies where there are others systems of governance beyond the state. We have to learn how to speak and connect with non-state actors, or traditional and religious leaders, and we lack the tools in the international community to do that effectively.”
With so much global experience, Ann is more than qualified to handle the responsibilities of the McNaughton-Vanier Scholar. She is expected to contribute positively and actively to academic life at RMC, to be available to support both undergraduate and post-graduate students, to give lectures or be used as a guest-lecturer for relevant degree programs, and to contribute to seminars and conferences. Ann will be contributing to a Military Education Symposium in June, which will take place in Ottawa.
Balancing her work with research is a constant challenge for an academic. Ann does her best to orientate her teaching responsibilities, as well as her overseas advisory and consulting responsibilities with her writing, but it’s not always ideally arranged.
“Academia is a vocation and a passion; one must always be looking for opportunities to interview people when you’re out servicing these consultancies and projects. You have to be prepared to learn as much from your students as they would learn from you. I feel very privileged to be teaching, both in the UK and overseas, classrooms full of cross-government and cross-civil society, mid-career professionals, and future leaders. My Masters programme in Security Sector Management program in Ethiopia includes the Chief of Defence Staff and the Minister of National Defence, so I have the great privilege of learning just as much, if not more, from my students, as they hopefully learn from me. They are also as much a part of my research base as my independent work is.”
Ann has also recently returned from facilitating post-referendum negotiations between the Northern and Southern Sudan Security Chiefs. These discussions took place in a small town called Debre Zeit, approximately 1 hour north of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
“I was asked by the African Union and United Nations High Panel to facilitate the talks between the Northern and Southern Security Sector Representatives on issues related to the Common Border Zone, and the strategic issues relating to security management.”
These parties have had their differences over the years, and have endured violent conflict and extreme levels of poverty, particularly in the south. However, there is an opportunity here, despite some of the difficulties around issues concerning oil, and the contested region of Abeyei; there are a tremendous number of mutual and common interests between the two sides. There is a good degree of resource dependency for better development opportunities in the future. “However, Sudan sits in a region that hasn’t enjoyed relative security and stability in a long time, and therefore this issue does not just concern Sudan, but it concerns the region as well. There is a great interest in taking a regional approach to issues concerning post-referendum Southern Sudan, and I and others do hope that the donor community becomes engaged in supporting a locally and regionally driven approach to developing capacity in human skill sets in that region,” Ann explained. “We often expect things like professionalism of the military forces and other security forces, good degrees of government oversight and accountability, and we have to balance those expectations with a realistic view of the human capacity in those areas, particularly in Southern Sudan.”
It will take some time to affect positive change in these areas, and according to Ann, “we’re talking about generational change. If we develop opportunities from small seeds, this can lead to a degree of apathy towards sources and drivers of instability and conflict. It opens new opportunities for many groups and communities to turn to, whereas in the past, no such opportunities have existed.”
Ann has enjoyed all of her experiences overseas, and is grateful for all of the opportunities she’s had to learn about different societies.
“Things like going for supper at the home of a local person or group provides more knowledge than you could gain from any university. I hold up Ethiopia as a country that I have really enjoyed working in, because I see such a thirst for change, a thirst for knowledge, and the application of that knowledge into practice. I also see a lot of realism applied in Ethiopia, and an acknowledgement that stability for your own country has to be gained by contributing to the stability of neighbours as well. For example, Ethiopia takes an unconditional approach to accepting members of the defence forces from Southern Sudan, Somalia, and elsewhere, because it feels that such measures are contributing to stability and conflict prevention for the region. I think measures and programs like that are very laudable, particularly in a developing country.
The other experience which stands out is my work in Northern Ireland, which helped remind me that these problems and issues relating to security and development are often viewed through the lens of the developing South, and that we should appreciate the applicability and the utility of many of these ideas, frameworks, and methods, that we develop with the South in mind for Northern purposes as well.”
Ann is looking forward to the rest of her time at RMC, and feels “enormously privileged to have this reflection time to organize and develop my thoughts from many regions, and to try to translate that into something which pushes the intellectual frontiers forward.”
Note: The McNaughton-Vanier Scholar is a Canada-based research post is for one year and is named after General Andrew G.L. McNaughton (left), who was the first Commander of the Canadian Army in Britain during the Second World War, subsequently the Minister of Defence in Canada, and Ambassador to the United Nations. General Georges Vanier is a World War I notable solider-scholar who became the Governor-General of Canada.
Posted by rmcclub on 15th May 2011
Book Review / Revue de Livre par Marc Drolet LCol (retraité) M0058 CMR ‘81
Frédéric Lemieux. Gilles Lamontagne : Sur tout les fronts
Del Busso Éditeur, 2010, 669 pages. 36,95$
Dans Gilles Lamontagne : Sur tous les fronts, l’historien Frédéric Lemieux raconte la vie fascinante d’un homme qui a marqué la vie québécoise et canadienne du 20e siècle.
Le titre, bien choisi, nous fait effectivement découvrir toutes les facettes de la vie bien remplie de Gilles Lamontagne.
Né à Montréal en 1919, l’homme est le benjamin d’une famille canadienne-française de manufacturiers de peinture. Plutôt que d’intégrer l’entreprise et de perpétuer la tradition familiale, Lamontagne s’engage dans l’Aviation royale canadienne en 1931. Pilote de bombardier, il est abattu en mars 1943 et passe 26 longs mois de privations dans les camps de prisonniers de l’Allemagne nazie. C’est la première fois qu’un ouvrage raconte de façon inédite cette terrible expérience.
Par la suite, l’époque où Gilles Lamontagne est maire de Québec (1965-1977) occupe une place centrale dans l’ouvrage, et pour cause. Pendant 12 ans, Lamontagne réforme et gouverne une ville en pleine transformation qui entre dans la modernité. Ces chapitres sont essentiels pour comprendre l’importance de ce maire dans le développement de la capitale du Québec.
Lamontagne devient ensuite député libéral à Ottawa et ministre dans le cabinet de Pierre Elliot Trudeau à une époque mouvementée de la vie politique canadienne. Ministre des Postes, Lamontagne affronte d’abord une très dure grève avant d’être nommé ministre de la Défense. La guerre froide et la menace atomique marquent son mandat, tout comme l’achat d’avions F-18 et le référendum sur la souveraineté du Québec de 1980. Enfin, Lamontagne termine sa carrière en tant que lieutenant-gouverneur du Québec.
C’est la première fois que la vie fascinante de Gilles Lamontagne est racontée en entier dans un ouvrage historique rigoureux. La vie de sa famille et surtout de son épouse, Mary Schaeffer, une femme avant-gardiste et chaleureuse, ajoute un côté plus intime au livre.
Gilles Lamontagne : Sur tous les fronts est préfacé par le maire de Québec, Régis Labeaume, qui témoigne de l’affection et de l’estime dont jouit à Québec celui que l’on appelle encore « Monsieur le maire ».
J’ai apprécié au plus haut point le style d’écriture vivant, simple et direct de Frédéric Lemieux. Ce dernier n’hésite d’ailleurs pas, en toute honnêteté, à exposer les côtés moins reluisants de certaines décisions politiques de Lamontagne, spécialement en tant que maire de Québec. L’ouvrage se lit comme un roman et compte près de 150 photographies qui le rendent très attrayant.
C’est un livre est à lire absolument pour apprécier le parcours d’un homme aujourd’hui âgé de 92 ans. Merci Frédéric pour ce livre formidable.
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Revue de Livre par Marc Drolet LCol (retraité) M0058 CMR ‘81
In Gilles Lamontagne: “Sur tous les fronts” or ‘on all fronts’, the historian Frédéric Lemieux tells us about the fascinating life of a man who marked the Canadian and Quebec life of the 20th century.
The very appropriate title ‘on all fronts’, makes us discover all facets of the life of Gilles Lamontagne.
Born in Montreal in 1919, the man is the youngest of a successful French Canadian family involved in manufacturing paint. Instead of integrating the family enterprise and perpetuate the tradition, Lamontagne joins the Royal Canadian Air Force in 1931. As a bomber pilot, his aircraft is shot down in March 1943 and spends 26 long months of deprivations in the Nazi prisoner camps. It is the first time that such a terrifying experience is covered in a Canadian publication.
Thereafter, the period when Gilles Lamontagne is mayor of Quebec (1965-1977) occupies a central place in the manuscript, and for reason. During 12 years, Lamontagne reforms and govern a city in full transformation which enters in modernity. These chapters are essential to understand the importance of Gilles Lamontagne the mayor, in the development of the capital of the Province of Quebec.
Following this period Lamontagne becomes a Member of Parliament as a liberal deputy in Ottawa and minister in the cabinet of Pierre Elliot Trudeau during one of the most eventful time of the Canadian Politic. Canada Post Minister, Lamontagne first faces a very difficult labor conflict before being appointed Defense Minister. The cold war and the atomic threat mark his mandate in the Ministry of Defense, as for the purchase of the controversial fighter aircraft F-18 and the 1980 referendum on the sovereignty of Quebec. Finally, Lamontagne completes his career as Lieutenant-Governor of the Province of Quebec.
It is the first time that the fascinating life of Gilles Lamontagne is told in whole and rigorously in a document. The life of his family and especially his wife Mary Schaeffer, a forward looking woman adds a much more intimate side to the book.
Gilles Lamontagne:‘On all fronts’ is introduced by Mr. Regis Labeaume current mayor of Quebec City, and his testimony reveals the great esteem and affection which enjoys Lamontagne who is still referred to in Quebec as ‘Mr. Mayor’.
I highly appreciated the literary style of Frédéric Lemieux, lively, simple and direct. He does not hesitate in all honesty, to expose the less gleaming sides of some political decisions Lamontagne made, especially when he was Mayor of Quebec City. The book reads like a novel and includes close to 150 photographs which make it very attractive and lively.
It is a highly recommended book to read and include in one’s library, to appreciate a man’s life, who is now 92 years old. Thank you Frédéric Lemieux for this great book.
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Book Review By M0058 LCol (ret’d) Marc Drolet CMR ‘81
Sqn Ldr Andrew Carswell AFC, CD, father of 11623 John Carswell recently had a book published by John Wiley and Sons Canada about his experiences as a Lancaster bomber pilot and prisoner-of-war in Germany .
Andrew is the brother of 2473 Captain Jim Carswell RMC ’40 (deceased) and the grandfather of 25741 Colin Carswell (Class of 2013) so there’s a pretty strong RMC connection.
The book is now available at Chapters and Indigo as well as other bookstores in Canada, the U.S. and U.K.
Readers of the book will notice a photo of Andrew in his RCAF Sgt Pilot’s uniform with his brother in his RMC uniform.
A POW’s Journey from Hell to Freedom…Gets a Thumbs Up from MGen Tom Lawson
“His story exemplifies the courage and integrity of the generation that sacrificed so much for the cause of freedom … The greatest single attribute these men who enlisted possessed was the virtue of high moral character and a willingness to do their duty … It is my pleasure to recommend this book wholeheartedly. Read it, it will make you proud to be a Canadian.”
12192 T.J. Lawson, Major-General, Assistant Chief of the Air Staff National Defence, Canada
Posted by rmcclub on 15th May 2011
As a means of celebrating May as Museums month, E3161 Victoria Edwards reasoned that e-veritas readers may appreciate articles with this theme; first are paintings of RMC officer cadets c. 1973 engaged in various activities and architectural paintings by Mr Arthur John Ensor in the Beaverbrook Collection of War Art at the Canadian War Museum.
In the 1970s, Arthur John Ensor (1905–1995) was a British-Canadian painter who had served in the Royal Air Force, produced a series of watercolour paintings and coloured pencil sketches of Royal Military College of Canada in Kingston, Ontario, which are currently in the Beaverbrook Collection of War Art at the Canadian War Museum. The RMC scenes include officer cadets engaged in various activities and architectural paintings:
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* Royal Military College – Football game c. 1973
* Royal Military College – Massey Library c. 1973
* Royal Military College Cadets, Map Making with Stereo Viewer c. 1973
* Measuring Flow Resistence to a Solution of Calcium Carbonate at RMC c. 1973
* Land Survey Crew at RMC c. 1973
* Calibrating Radar Waves, Electrical Engineering Department at RMC, c. 1973
* Fort Frederic and the Royal Military College c. 1973
* The Sawyer Building at RMC c. 1973
2243 Robert Montague Powell`s sword of honour and cocktail shaker are part of an online exhibit at the Canadian War Museum. He received this sword, which was manufactured by Wilkinson Sword Co. Ltd., from the Royal Military College of Canada. This “Sword of Honour”, awarded to him as the graduating cadet with the highest standard in academics and military training.
He received the cocktail shaker inscribed RMC truth duty valour, 1931-1935 on his 1935 graduation from the Royal Military College of Canada.
The shaker is insribed with the signatures of graduates:
2205 Hugh Armstrong; 2206 John Baird; 2208 P.G. Baskerville; 2210 J.B. Caldwell; 2211 BGen John Christian; 2212 Thomas Daniel; 2213 George Davidson; 2214 Harold Davis; 2215 G.T. Dawson; 2217 Niesu Drinnan; 2218 Ian Drum; 2220 C.R. Gallow; 2221 D.S. Gillies; 2223 John Hornibrook; 2225 Wensley King; 2227 Joseph Lamontagne; 2228 J.H. Leckenby; 2229 H.W. Love; 2230 W.R. MacBrien; 2231 Doctor William MacKay; 2233 Major Chester McKergow; 2235 E.F. McManus; 2236 T.A. McPherson; 2238 Edmund Munro; 2239 J.M. Neilson; 2241 Captain Alan Nicholls; 2242 WCW.C. Patterson; 2243 Robert Powell; 2245 J.H. Ready; 2247 Gordon Savage; 2249 BGen Harry Sterne; 2250 R.S. Stronach; 2251 J.W.D. Symons; 2253 Cameron Ware; 2254 Arthur Wickson; 2256 Richard Wotherspoon; 2257 Wing Commander Henry Wrenshall; 2258 Fred Carson; 2259 Frederick Clifford; 2261 RH MacDonald; 2263 Ronald Wilkins; 2264 Arthur McKibbin; 2274 JA Collin.
The silver cocktail shaker was manufactured by J. M. Mounts for E.P. Copper. Commissioned as a lieutenant in the Royal Canadian Naval Volunteer Reserve in 1936, Powell held a variety of postings during the Second World War, including on motor torpedo boats based in England.
He commanded the corvette HMCS Belleville at the end of the war. He died 17/03/2004.
This drafting instrument set, in the collection of the Canadian War Museum, was used at the Royal Military College of Canada c. 1931-1935. The wallet case is covered in black leather cloth and lined with green velvet. It was manufactured by Instruments Limited – Ottawa and Toronto. The set of vintage drafting tools, which appears to be almost new, includes a pencil, drafting pens, dividers, pen and pencil compasses, planimeter, spring bows, semi-circular protractors (clear lucite) among other pieces.
The Royal Military College of Canada (RMC) celebrated its 125th anniversary in 2001.
A single stamp, designed by Jim Hudson of Moncton, features a dynamic and striking “Standing on Guard” theme to portray the commitment, discipline and standards of excellence the RMC represents. The stamp was issued on June 1, 2001 in Kingston, Ontario.
Related artifacts in the collection of the Canadian Museum of Civilization include commemorative souvenir sheet of stamps, official first day cover, postcard, envelopes, envelope seals and notecards. The lithography (4 colours) were printed (quantity 5,000,000) by the Canadian Bank Note.
`The Graduates` was painted in oil by Ms Wendy Tretheway and Mrs May Louise Leach as part of a commission of 20 paintings about “Family Life in the Military’ in 1991. The painting of 14998 Megan Marnitz Tretheway, (RMC 1986) (Ms Wendy Trethway`s daughter-in-law) and 13868 Mike Fabbro (RMC 1983) in front of the Memorial Arch in front of the Memorial Arch at the Royal Military College of Canada in Kingston is in the Beaverbrook Collection of War Art in the Canadian War Museum.
Ms Wendy Trethway was interviewed by Victoria Edwards on August 22nd, 2010.