OCdts. On Parade

Dr. Nandor Dreisziger came to Canada with his parents in 1956 from Hungary. He graduated from the University of Toronto with a Ph.D. in Canadian history and a graduate diploma in Russian and East European Studies. From 1966 to 1967, he worked as Historical Researcher with the Public Archives of Canada. He joined the faculty of the Royal Military College, Kingston, where he taught a variety of Canadian and European history courses from 1970-2005.& nbsp; He was a full professor after 1985 and Professor Emeritus of the Royal Military College after 2005. He was the author of “Hungarians From Ancient Times to 1956” a collection of essays relating to Hungarian subjects (Legas, 2007). He was principal author of “Struggle and Hope: the Hungarian-Canadian Experience” (McClelland and Stewart, 1982), and editor of such volumes as “Mobilization for Total War,” “Ethnic Armies” (Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 1981 and 1990), and “Hungary in the Age of Total War, 1938-1948” (Columbia Uni v eristy Press/East European monographs, 1998). His articles appeared in leading academic journals in Canada, the United States, Hungary, the United Kingdom and elsehwere. He served as President of the American Assocation for the Study of Hungarian History and of the Hungarian Studies Assocation of Canada. He is the founding editor of the “Canadia-American Review of Hungarian Studies,” which in 1981 was renamed the “Hungarian Studies Review.” In 1993, Professor Dreisziger received the Officer’s Cross of the Republic of Hungary for his scholarly work on Hungary and the Hungarian dia s pora. The fonds was received by the National Archives of Canada from Professor Nandor Dreisziger of Kingston in 2006.




14458 Colonel Harry James Kowal (RMC 1984) was born 8 May 1962 in Zweibrücken, Germany. He grew up in Petawawa, Ontario and enrolled in the Canadian Forces in 1980, gaining qualification as an Aerospace Engineer in 1985. Colonel Kowal served his first tour at National Defence Headquarters in Ottawa in the Directorate General of Aerospace Engineering and Maintenance as the Life Cycle Material Manager for helicopter engines until 1988.

His next posting was at 4 Wing, Cold Lake from 1990-1994 where he served as an Aerodynamics Specialist for the Aerospace Engineering Test Establishment (AETE). He then proceeded to the Royal Military College of Canada in Kingston until 1997 as an Assistant Professor in the Mechanical Engineering Department in addition to performing the duties of Squadron and then Division Commander. From 1997 to 2001, he fulfilled the positions of Aircraft Maintenance Officer (AMO) and Aircraft Maintenance Support Officer (AMSO) for 14 Air Maintenance Squadron at 14 Wing, Greenwood and, in 2002, he was appointed Commandant of the Canadian Forces School of Aerospace Technology and Engineering (CFSATE) at 16 Wing, Borden. Upon the completion of this tour in 2005, Colonel Kowal served for one year as the Branch Head for Doctrine Development at the Canadian Forces Aerospace Warfare Centre in Trenton, prior to becoming Commander 16 Wing for the next two years.

Colonel Kowal holds a Bachelors Degree (1984) in Mechanical Engineering and a Masters Degree in Defence Studies (2002) from the Royal Military College (RMC) of Canada as well as a Masters Degree (1990) and a Ph.D. (1997) in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Tennessee Space Institute (UTSI). He is also a graduate of the Canadian Forces College Command and Staff Course 28 (2002), a Licensed Professional Engineer and a Qualified Flight Test Engineer. In July 2005, he was awarded the Air Command Commendation in recognition of his leadership and contribution to Aircraft Technician Transformation.

Colonel Kowal was promoted to his current rank in 2008 and is serving as the Director A4 Maintenance at 1 Canadian Air Division in Winnipeg.

14458 Harry James Kowal (RMC 1984) est né le 8 mai 1962, à Zweibrücken, en Allemagne, mais il grandit à Petawawa (Ontario). Après s’être enrôlé dans les Forces canadiennes en 1980, il obtient son accréditation professionnelle d’ingénieur en aérospatiale, en 1985. Il accomplit sa première période d’affectation au quartier général de la Défense nationale, à Ottawa, où il occupe le poste du gestionnaire du cycle de vie des moteurs d’hélicoptères en tant que membre du personnel du Directeur général – Génie aérospatial et maintenance, jusqu’en 1988.

Il se rend ensuite à la 4e Escadre Cold Lake, où il accomplit sa deuxième période d’affectation à titre de spécialiste de l’aérodynamique au Centre d’essais techniques – Aérospatiale (CETA). Il est ensuite affecté au Collège royal militaire du Canada, à Kingston, en tant que professeur adjoint au sein du corps professoral du département du génie mécanique; il y reste jusqu’en 1997, après avoir également rempli les fonctions de commandant d’escadron, puis de commandant de division. De 1997 jusqu’en 2001, il occupe les postes d’officier de maintenance des aéronefs (OMA) et d’officier du soutien de la maintenance des aéronefs (OSMA) au 14e Escadron de maintenance (Air) de la 14e Escadre Greenwood. En 2002, il est affecté au poste de commandant de l’École de technologie et du génie aérospatial des Forces canadiennes (ETGAFC), à la 16e Escadre Borden. Lorsque cette période d’affectation prend fin en 2005, il se rend au Centre de guerre aérospatiale des Forces canadiennes de Trenton, où il occupe le poste de chef du Service du développement de la doctrine pendant un an, avant d’accéder au poste de commandant de la 16e Escadre et d’exercer ses nouvelles fonctions pendant deux ans.

Le Colonel Kowal possède un baccalauréat en génie mécanique (1984) et une maîtrise en études sur la défense (2002) du Collège militaire royal du Canada, ainsi qu’une maîtrise (1990) et un doctorat (1997) en génie aérospatial de l’institut de l’espace de l’Université du Tennessee (UTSI). Il a également suivi le cours 28 du Collège d’état-major et de commandement des Forces canadiennes, qu’il a terminé avec succès en 2002; de plus, il est ingénieur agréé membre d’une association professionnelle ainsi qu’ingénieur aéronautique de vols d’essai qualifié. En juillet 2005, on lui a décerné la Mention élogieuse du Commandement aérien en reconnaissance de son leadership et de sa contribution dans le cadre du Projet de transformation des techniciens d’aéronefs.

Promu à son grade actuel en 2008, le Colonel Kowal exerce les fonctions de directeur – A4 Maintenance de la 1re Division aérienne du Canada, à Winnipeg.


E2563 Major Kelly I Callens (RMC 2004) assumed the position of Second-in-Command of Lord Strathcona’s Horse (Royal Canadians) on June 25th 2008. Major Callens has a BMASc from the Royal Military College of Canada. He is a graduate of the Canadian Land Command and Staff Course and the United States Army Armor Captain’s Career Course. Major Callens and his wife Adriana have one daughter, Eline and twin boys, Arie and Ian. He is an avid fly fisherman and gentleman farmer. Read the rest of his biography HERE.

Leave a Comment