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RMC and United Way 2017

Rick Melanson and Col Bernier recieve 3 awards on behalf of RMC from the United Way representatives

RMC was recently honoured by the Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington United Way at their appreciation luncheon for our outstanding contribution to the community! Col Bernier, Deputy Commandant of RMC, who spoke on behalf of RMC, attributed our success to “the outstanding effort and creativity of all our staff, faculty and students at the College. We are very proud to say that much of our success came from the generosity of our officer cadets, who are responsible for almost half of the approximate $ 65,000 raised this year.” This year, RMC was awarded the Sandstone Achievement Award, the Sapphire Britton Smith Foundation Award, and a Most Improved Award.

Air force MOC weekend

During the day of April 8, 2018, we participated in a weekend activity that consisted of familiarizing ourselves with the element we belong to. During the morning we were able to visit aircraft that were located in the hangars at the Trenton base. In the afternoon, we had meetings regarding our future careers. We received information about the different training to come. This allowed us to learn more about the Royal Canadian Air Force. This day was organized by the Trenton Wing, we are greatly thankful for the experience!

Navy MOC Weekend

The MOC weekend that took place on the 7 April 2018, was an exciting time for Officer Cadets and Naval Cadets to learn more about their trade and future as a commissioned officer in the Canadian Armed Forces. For the Naval Cadets, the MOC weekend actually kicked off Friday night with weepers (meet and greet) at HMCS Cataraqui. It was an amazing opportunity to informally meet and talk with officers from all different backgrounds and ranks ranging from A/SLt to Cmdre. The next morning all naval cadets attended many different exciting briefings in Currie Hall. Amongst the briefings, there was a briefing about different operations around the world that are taking place as well as the current fleet and its future given by Cmdre. Steve Waddell. There was also information about Maritime Tactical Operation Group (MTOG) given by its commander LCdr William Lund. A briefing about OP Regulus and the amazing opportunities two young officers got to experience and even a briefing on what happens for the first year after graduation given by an A/slt who had just graduated last year. After lunch, the cadets split into their respective trades and got to learn about the training that takes place. They also learned what kind of jobs they might have to do on the ship once training is finished. The day finished with everyone together again and having some end remarks transitioning into informal one on one question period. Overall it was a good day filled with exciting stories and experience and left cadets eager to have some of their own experiences in the future. Written by OCdt Patel

RMC take 2nd place at Sandhurst 2018

The RMC Sandhurst twam of officer cadets group photo after finishing second place in the competition

The Royal Military College of Canada (RMC) took home 2nd place overall and was the 1st place international team in the Sandhurst Military Skills Competition, achieving the gold standard! Congratulations to the Sandhurst team! The historic competition, dating back to 1967, took place at the United States Military Academy of West Point and was comprised of 64 teams, including teams from prestigious military academies all over the world. The two day long gruelling competition tested our officer cadet’s physical and mental abilities in a variety of ways, such as navigation across difficult terrain, rifle and pistol marksmanship, night operations, combat first aid, ruck running, and leadership challenges. Led by the team captain, Officer Cadet Adam Welsh and Second in Command, Officer Cadet Gavin Omand, Team Canada was a fierce competitor right from the start. RMC’s team has trained all year, morning and night, for this competition. With the help of their amazing staff: Captain Nicholas Payne, Sergeant Chad Monaghan, and trainer Tomasz Deren, they were able to go into the competition with confidence. RMC gave it everything they had, and were happy to have finished knowing they had pushed to their limits. Representing Canada on an international stage is no small feat, but these 11 officer cadets succeeded and by the end of the week were incredibly proud to call themselves Canadian. - OCdt Perigo

RMC at Sandhurst 2018

Group photo of Team RMC representing Canada in West Point, New York

RMC representing the Canadian Armed Forces and Canada at a Military competition in the U.S.! Military academies from around the world are participating in the Sandhurst Military Skills Competition held at West Point - The U.S. Military Academy, in New York this weekend. Go RMC! Go Canada!

Jersey Day at RMC

Members of the RMC community gather aound the statue of Brucie wearing Jerseys in support of the Broncos Jersey Day

Our hearts and thoughts are with the community of Humboldt, SK. For those who would like to offer monetary support to the players and families affected, you may donate to the GoFundMe page: https://ca.gofundme.com/funds-for-humboldt-broncos. For those at RMC who would like us to share your photos today, please send them via private message. #HumboldtStrong #JerseysForHumboldt Canadian Armed Forces Forces armées canadiennes

Army MOC weekend 2018

During MOC weekend, the officer cadets from RMC in the army element got the unique opportunity to glimpse into the future of their career path. Starting on the evening of the 6th of April, Friday night, MOC weekend for the army officer cadets was kicked off by a meet and greet in the RMCC mess with distinguished guests from all over the army element. Early on the following Saturday morning, the officer cadets got bussed up to CFB Kingston for a series of presentations by several important figures of the Canadian Army on the topic of today’s Canadian Army. These individuals included Major-General Turenne, the Deputy Commander of the Canadian army; Chief Warrant Officer Tofts of the Army Doctrine and Training Centre; and Colonel Errington, the Commander of the Combat Training Centre. What was most importantly learned that morning was an insightful look into Canada’s army of today. In the afternoon, after returning to the RMCC campus, the army element officer cadets were split up into MOC groups where members from their trade group would present information on what to expect for their given future roles. Overall, MOC weekend was an enriching experience for every moment that it was. By OCdt Tsui

The 2018 Concert in Scarlets

On March 24th, the RMCC Band showcased its talents at the annual Concert in Scarlets. Even before the day of the event, all sections, Brass and Reed, Choir, Drums, Highland Dance, Pipes, and String Quartet all worked incredibly hard to prepare. All of these efforts came to fruition that afternoon. The Brass and Reed offered a fantastic rendition of the Phantom of the Opera, the Choir performed admirably with a four-part harmony of Go the Distance, and the String Quartet offered a brilliant performance of the Emperor. From the Highland side of the Band, the Pipes showed their skills with the Battle of the Somme, the Drummers displayed their exceptional Drum Salute, and the Dancers gave their all with their performance of the Scottish Broadswords. This event gave the RMCC Band the opportunity to showcase their talents to the community, and College attendance was rewarded with points towards the Commandant's Cup. All in all, it was a fantastic afternoon of memorable music, and great effort was given by all. Written by Sean Stevens

RMC Bike-A-thon

Bike-A-thon is a fundraiser event for “Soldier On” which is performed at the Royal Military College almost every year. Each squadron fundraises and also bikes overnight to gain the furthest distance. The squadron that bikes the furthest distance and shows the most squadron pride earns points towards the Commandant’s Cup. The donations give points towards the final ranking for the event as well. The event took place at the New Gym on 16 March 1900hrs - 17 March 1000hrs. The final results including overall distance, squadron spirit, donations, and final sprint enthusiasm, 11 squadron came in 3rd place, 3 squadron in 2nd place, and 10 squadron in 1st place. A total of $2,130.75 was fundraised during the 2018 RMC Bike-A-Thon. Throughout the 15 hours, all squadrons showed great effort and squadron spirit. Overall, the event was a success. Written by OCdt Choi

Drill competition

On March 3, cadets from the Royal Military College of Canada were on the parade square to compete in the annual drill competition. Drill is important because it is the basic form for moving troops in unison from one point to another. This is mainly used for military ceremonies, however, its purpose is to instill discipline within the troops. 11 Squadron finished first followed by 8 Squadron and 1 Squadron.

Battlefield Tour 2018

A few days after returning from the battlefield tour, the experience still seems surreal. For a week, we visited the battlefields of the Great War and World War II where Canadians served, fought and fell in the territories of Pas-de-Calais, Normandy and Ypres. Through the words of our teachers and the view of the landscape, we were able to visualize what Canadians had to face on the various battlefields, allowing us to move on to a higher level of understanding and admiration for what young Canadians have had to face. In addition, several Canadian, French, German and Commonwealth cemeteries were visited, which made true the magnitude of the costs that the war had on these generations of the first half of the 20th century. It was a very emotional week, filled with joy, sadness, anger and misunderstanding at times. The joy of knowing that Canadians have served with honor, courage and dedication in conflicts that may have seemed far away from home. The sadness of seeing the costs of the war through thousands of cemeteries brimming with crosses and gravestones. The anger and misunderstanding to hear how some officer decisions have led to tragic stories like the Dieppe Raid. Nevertheless, it was a sensational experience that allowed us to cast a great deal of reality on everything we had read, seen and studied before. Moving forward, we have a greater understanding of the impact we could have on the lives of Canadians when we are in command. A small stone from Dieppe Beach in the corner of my office will always serve as a reminder of the importance of doing our job well and taking into account the concerns of our colleagues. Thank you to the RMC Foundation for providing us with this unique opportunity that, for me, has profoundly changed me. Written by Ocdt Guérard

RMC Ice Climbing Trip

From March 3rd to 4th, 10 officer cadets from the RMC Climbing Club travelled to Bracebridge, Ontario for a weekend Ice Climbing trip. Following a few unseasonably warm weeks, the club lucked out with sunny and cool weather that made for beautiful climbing conditions. After meeting up with the climbing guides, a quick lesson, and at least a few falls, the officer cadets quickly gained confidence in the new tools and skills which made for quite an exciting day. A few of the climbers tried out the more difficult rock/ice mixed form of climbing which takes aspects from each discipline and makes for a surprisingly difficult form of climbing. This trip would not have been possible had it not been for the help of the help of the Military College Foundation and the club would like to graciously thank them for the wonderful opportunity. Written by Evan Courtis

Thirty-third annual International Simulation Conference of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization

From February 15 to 18, 2018, six delegates and a bailiff were fortunate enough to represent the United Kingdom at the thirty-third annual International Simulation Conference of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization held at Howard, Washington, DC. In addition to receiving the honor of distinguished delegation, members of the Royal Military College of Canada demonstrated a high level of negotiation and cooperation by winning awards in each of the six committees. Without a doubt, this experience of international crises was very enriching for the participants. It is necessary to thank the United Kingdom Embassy in Washington for hosting the participants as well as the Military College Foundation for this unique experience that would have been impossible without them. Written by Ocdt Pageot

Kingston Canadian Film Festival - Clearing the Way:Combat Engineers in Kandahar

On Sunday, March 4, Major Andy Belyea, Assistant Professor at RMC and Afghan War veteran, will introduce the documentary, "Clearing the Way": Combat Engineers in Kandahar, at the Kingston Canadian Film Festival. The documentary is based on the book of the same name by Col. Mark Gasparotto (Ret'd), and tells the story of 23 Field Squadron, Canadian Combat Engineers from August 2006 to February 2007 who were a part of the 1 RCR Battle Group in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan. Several members of 23 Field Squadron who participated in the film are expected to attend both screenings and the Q&A following the screenings Saturday & Sunday. Director, Paul Culliton and members of the film crew will also attend the Sunday screening & Q&A. What: "Clearing the Way”: Combat Engineers in Afghanistan Where: Isabel Bader Screening Room, Isabel Bader Center for the Performing Arts. When: Sunday, March 4, at 9:30 a.m. For more information contact, Marc Garniss, Festival Director : marc@kingcanfilmfest.com Or: Paul Culliton, Producer-Director, Joint Media Group: culliton@rogers.com

Flag Day and RMC

RMC officer cadets on the parade square with the Canadian Flag on the tower

Did You Know? In 1964, Dr. George Stanley, the Dean of Arts at the Royal Military College of Canada (RMC) created the design for what is still our National Flag! The Great Flag Debate began early in 1963 when Prime Minister Lester Pearson was elected. The conversation was officially raised in the House of Commons in June of 1964. At this time there were three designs up for debate. One of these designs was brought forward by Liberal MP John Matheson. Matheson’s design was created by Matheson’s friend Dr. George Stanley, the dean of arts at RMC. The new Canadian flag would closely resemble the RMC Pennant (a white center bordered by two vertical red stripes and the RMC coat of arms in the center)- but instead of the RMC coat of arms there would be a single red maple leaf in the center. The design was considered very elegant and free of any controversial references that were found in both the Red Ensign and the Pearson Pennant. On the 15th of December 1964 Stanley’s Design was officially approved. Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II approved the design in January of 1965 and the official flag was flown across Canada on February 15th 1965. On the first Flag Day at RMC all of the officer cadets, and military staff formed on the parade square to witness the raising of the flag. Air Commodore Leonard Birchall, Commandant of RMC, read the Act of Parliament proclaiming Stanley’s design as Canada’s National Flag. The Red Ensign was lowered from the mast for the last time to the sounding of a bugle. At the second sound of the bugle, the new national flag of Canada was raised across the country for the first time.

Did you know: RMC facts

DYK: 1 Squadron – Hudson is named after Henry Hudson, English explorer and navigator in the early 17th century, known for exploring and mapping present-day Canada, having a significant influence on the fur-trade. He is the namesake of the Hudson’s Bay Company.

Women in International Security - Queen's Social

WIIS Queens annual social poster

Women in International Security - Queen's will be holding its Second Annual Social at the Grizzly Grill on Thursday February 15th from 5:00 to 8:00 pm. Enjoy a bite to eat on us and mingle with students, professors, military personnel, and others in the Kingston community who are passionate about international peace and security! We would also like to thank the event sponsor, Knezy Mourawed LLP.

Kingston Climbing Competition

On Feb. 4th, there was an annual climbing competition hosted by the Boiler Room (Climbing gym). There were two teams: beginner and intermediate which was also divided into men and women categories. From our RMC team, Christophe Nguyen placed 2nd in men's beginner level and Normand placed 8th out of 34 men competing for the intermediate level! It was an exciting experience to meet other climbers in Kingston as well as to be challenged by them. The climbing club will compete again next year and train hard for the next challenges to come! Written by Hanna Baik

College Success Centre

officer cadets and staff at the grad opening of the success centre

This week RMC held the grand opening of our College Success Centre! Many sections of the College as well as a number of Defence Team partners were set up in Massey Library to provide all at RMC information regarding the services they have available through the Centre. The RMC College Success Centre was developed to enhance the quality of life on campus for students, faculty, and staff. The Centre is a one-stop shop where people can come for academic help, meet with a financial planner, discuss healthier eating and access other programs and services personalized to individual needs.

Truth Duty Valour - New RMC App

App poster - INTRODUCING the RMC Mobile App: Truth Duty Valour / “What you need to know, who to talk to, and where to go.”

Did you know? RMC now has a mobile App! “Truth Duty Valour” This is a great resource for students, faculty, staff, and anyone who wants to learn more about the Royal Military College of Canada. It's a free download! Find it in the App Store or Google Play today! (Android and iOS)

OUA men’s fencing championship

On the weekend of the 3rd and 4th of February 2018, the Royal Military College of Canada hosted the OUA men’s fencing championship. Universities from all over the province of Ontario meet to compete for the 2017-2018 season banner. The tournament is divided into two categories. On the Saturday, the four best fencers from all three weapons (epee, foil and sabre) from each university compete individually in a direct elimination style competition. On the Sunday, it’s the team competition where teams each university sends a team to compete in the same fashion as the individual portion. Points are given based on the final ranking of all the fencers that finish in the top 16 individually and in the top eight in teams. Here are the final rankings for the 2017-2018 men’s fencing OUA: Carleton University came in third, Royal Military College of Canada came in second and University of Toronto came in first. Written by Gerson Zamor

College Success Centre Grand Opening

Need a tutor? Looking for information on how to invest, save or set a budget? Want some more resources to work on your second language? Have questions and you’re not sure who you should ask? Welcome to the College Success Centre! The College Success Centre will be conducting an open house 08 Feb 18 from 0830 to 1600, and 09 Feb 18 from 0800 to 1500, on the First Floor of the Massey Library. This event is open to all cadets, students, staff, and faculty.

Ontario men's curling regional championships

The RMC men's curling team represented CFB Kingston from the 20th to 24th of January. As the hosts of the Ontario regional championships they won enough games during the round robin to enter the playdowns before being knocked out by the overall winner: North Bay.

Bell Let's Talk at RMC

Be part of the conversation. Together, we can break down the barriers to mental health care. #BellLetsTalk #StartTheConversation ‪#‎CAFLetsTalk

The CMRSJ Broomball tournament

The CMRSJ Broomball tournament was a great experience for everybody that participated. The tournament started on the evening of Friday the 26th of January and ran through the weekend, with the finals being held on the afternoon of Sunday the 28th. The tournament allowed for both experienced players, and players trying out broomball for the first time. The sport can be difficult to learn but it is lots of fun. One of the best aspects of the tournament is its level of competitiveness. Even between inexperienced teams, it is obvious that both teams want to win, regardless of who is playing. For the weekend, All RMC students slept in the C-16 drill hall on cots, allowing teams to stay together in between the games. Each year has been very well organized, making It lots of fun for the cadets and other military members involved. Written by Cole Davis

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