OCdts. On Parade

22461 Major Claire Bramma (RMC 2002) says the harsh realities of her
mission are hard to miss.

The Engineer Squadron was deployed to Haiti
for a 60-day project to assist in removing debris from the destroyed
infrastructure. They are expected to return to Canadian soil by the end
of March. A military engineer with the 55 Engineer Squadron of the 3rd
Battalion, Royal 22e Regiment based in Quebec, the 30-year-old landed in
the Haitian city of Leogane on Jan. 19 as part of a joint task force.


“I believe that not one building was not affected so basically, it was just
overwhelming how much debris was everywhere,” said Maj. Bramma,
recalling her first observations of the wreckage, during a phone
interview from Haiti. “It was very, I would say kind of claustrophobic,
but we soon got used to it and since we’ve arrived, we’ve made a lot of

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“I had some tension at the start of my career as a young lieutenant,” she told the BBC’s World Update programme.

“But a lot of young lieutenants get that sort of resistance when they come in. Basically, you have to earn your stripes.”

17312 Lt Col Jennie Carignan (RMC 1990)



10219 Lt.- Col. (Ret.) Wayne Cross (RRMC 1974) was the guest speaker at the Brockville Air Cadets’ annual mess dinner at the Mallorytown Legion last month. In his talk about “living the dream,” Cross reflected on the dreams he has had over his lifetime. As a boy, he wanted to be like Gene Autry, a country singer who he described to his young audience as the rap star of his generation. But a visit to his brother, a Canadian Forces pilot, inspired a new dream: to attend the Royal Military College and fly jet fighters.

Cross described the challenges he faced in achieving this goal, but he made it to RMC, excelled and became a fighter pilot. But new interests led to another dream: to become a leader -a servant of people -while solving problems and enjoying some travelling. He lived this dream through several command positions in his military career. Cross went on to describe the three types of people he had met over his life: “those with no dreams at all (happy, but without go als or ambition); those with a dream, but no plan (I found these people to be generally unhappy with life); and those with a dream well lived.”

He encouraged the cadets to “set realistic goals and plan how to reach them. Don’t live the dreams of others. Live your dreams.” As for Lt.-Col. Cross’ first dream, he didn’t become a Gene Autry, having never learned to play the guitar or ride a horse. However he is proud to have “lived a life full of things important to me and others.” Retired from the regular force, he now serves the cadet program as a squadron commander at the Connaught Cadet Summer Training Centre in Ottawa.

Officer Cadet Jennifer Cross, a final-year student at RMC, took time off from her studies to attend the dinner and answer many questions about the college. In the past four years, two air cadets from Brockville have gone on to attend RMC.   Source


Golf is just around the corner – support your local tournaments!

Jubilant RMC foursome captures spirit and trophy in back-to-back Ottawa Charity golf tournaments.  (L to R)  are ex cadets Ross Betts, Earle Morris, Wayne Hodgson and Bill Rogers.

June 2008 – Football Canada’s Annual Charity Golf Tournament organized by Bob Swan, former Athletic Director of RMC

July 2008 – The Jim Stonehouse Annual Memorial Golf Tournament in support of the Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation.

Ex Cadet Bill Rogers inspired by Earle Morris’ curling patent “The Stabilizer”

As many e-Veritas readers know Earle Morris invented The Stabilizer which has gained notoriety in the curling community.

Bill Rogers approached Earle (the father of Olympic gold medal winner John Morris -(M) curling) last summer with an idea that he had concerning a curling stopwatch and Earle convinced Bill to go ahead with a patent of his own.

While Bill  came up with the idea, his son Jeff is the programming wizard behind The ROG (pronounced Rodge). Together they have co-invented the world’s first fully programmable curling stopwatch that is now available as an App on the Apple Store.

Sales to date are from Great Britain, Norway, Brazil, US, Korea and of course Canada.

Check out www.TheROG.ca for details including the User Manual.

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