OCdts. On Parade

Luke Pierce

24045 Luke Pierce (RMC 2008)

“I’m thrilled to be in the position that I’m in,” said Pierce on Monday. “This is a good hockey team with a lot of potential. I think that we can accomplish great things in the second half of the season.”



19506 Jay Janzen (RRMC 1994)

“The army is aware of pay issues affecting some reservists conducting pre-deployment training at Petawawa and we’re working quickly to address them,”



17432 LCol Thomas Bradley, CD (RRMC 1990)

Base commander found a future in ‘the family business’

“Canadians work alongside Afghanis and if injured are flown out on helicopters piloted by Americans and treated by multinational medical teams that include personnel from the Netherlands, the U.K., Bulgaria and Denmark.”



21678 Meagan McGrath (RMC 2000)

McGrath’s major feat


Martin dominates Howard to gain Olympic berth

John Morris the third on the Martin rink (Team Canada) is the son of ex cadet 7301 Earle Morris (RMC 1967).

The circumstances – how, when, & why Kevin Martin & John Morris teamed up – check here.


Ryan GreggC

22658 Ryan Gregg (RMC 2003)  (Click, click on photo for full view)

Soldier returns flag from Afghanistan for Cziraky


It’s not very often that one gets the opportunity to meet a genuine hero.

Luckily for me, last Saturday I not only got to meet a hero, but I was privileged to hear him speak about his service to our country and the citizens of Afghanistan.

Ryan Gregg moved with his family to Bobcaygeon when he was just eight years old. He attended Bobcaygeon Public School and then Fenelon Falls Secondary School. After graduation he went directly to the Royal Military College in Kingston and obtained a civil engineering degree. He was commissioned as an officer and then went on to pursue a master’s degree. From there he was posted to Moncton. He was deployed to Afghanistan in April of this year.

Speaking to a group of about 70 people, Captain Gregg’s mission on Saturday was twofold; to return to Doris Cziraky the flag which he proudly flew over his base camp and to share with those gathered the “ground truth of what the troops are doing over there”. Making it very clear he was not interested in or open to discussing politics, he wanted only to enlighten his audience about the work our troops perform on a day to day basis. He also wanted everyone to know that our soldiers posted on the other side of the world watch the same news as us and know all about the support of the Canadian public, mentioning specifically the Highway of Heroes.

Captain Gregg, a member of the Kandahar Provincial Reconstruction Team, is tasked with providing support to governance, reconstruction and development in the Kandahar region. The group is comprised of military and civil representatives. Gregg’s Specialist Engineer Team (SET) is comprised of 13 military members and one Afghan national. The team provides engineering advice and design, project management, contract management and quality control to infrastructure projects “outside the wire”.

The team’s recent projects include bridges, tactical infrastructure, solar power and basic services. Gregg gave an enlightening photo presentation of some of the one hundred and eight projects his team has completed. Schools, police stations, roads, mosques, bridges and even the governor’s palace have all been reconstructed in the past eight months. Projects range in cost from $30,000 to $5 million dollars.

Captain Ryan Gregg

Captain Ryan Gregg

Gregg spoke with obvious passion for his work and commitment to perfection. He spoke about the two thousand dedicated and “smart” Afghans who work for $4 per day, building and rebuilding. When they do it wrong, Gregg makes them take it down and do it over. When bomb blasts destroy a structure, the Afghan workers appear at the crack of dawn the next day and clear away the rubble, sometimes with their bare hands, and begin work at rebuilding.

I cannot imagine what life is like for people living in the Kandahar region. Temperatures often reach 63 degrees, it only rains once or twice a year, and children kill. Bombs destroy and people rebuild, time after time after time. When a school is destroyed at night, children show up the next day, happily looking forward to the day.

I imagine the people in that region must be truly grateful for the likes of Captain Ryan Gregg. I also imagine that people in this region must be truly grateful too. This young man personifies all that we imagine our armed forces to be, and so much more.

It’s not every day you get to meet a hero. I am glad I got the chance.    Source

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