RHU summer beautification / Embellissement estival des unités de logement résidentiel

Borden Residential Housing Unit (RHU) winner, 25 Moro Loop/ Gagnant du concours d’embellissement des ULR de Borden, 25, boucle Moro. This year’s Residential Housing Units (RHUs) summer beautification judging took place between 1800 & 2000 hrs on Tuesday, July 24. Base Borden Community Council Mayor, Susan Endean, Deputy Mayor, Eric Filiatreault, accompanied by Lieutenant Colonel (LCol), Shaun O’Leary and 4 councillors, viewed over 80 RHUs to find the winners. All were extremely impressed with the efforts made and thoroughly enjoyed seeing the results of the hard work done by RHU…

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Mentoring tomorrow’s leaders / Guider les leaders de demain

Out of all of the cadet training centres across Canada, one stands out amongst the rest. With the responsibility of training over 3,000 cadets each summer, Blackdown Cadet Training Centre is Canada’s largest. In order to support such a large concentration of cadets, Blackdown relies on a staff composed of 250 staff cadets, close to 200 members of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF), both non-commissioned members (NCM) and Officers, and approximately 80 civilian instructors. For the members of the Canadian Armed Forces working as adult staff at Blackdown, the high…

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“Vimy” visits Borden summer camp / « Vimy » visite le camp d’été de la BFC Borden

Borden summer camp participants met a special guest at the Buell Fitness & Aquatic Centre on the morning of 27 July 2018.  Vimy, the Canadian Invictus Games mascot wagged his tail and danced with more than 50 campers and staff to Taylor Swift’s song, “Shake It Off”. Accompanying Vimy was Ryan Cane, Senior Manager Recreation and Community Programs, Personnel Support Programs (PSP) who explained, “Having Vimy here highlights PSP Borden’s commitment to adaptive programming and showcases the [Community Recreation] department’s efforts in promoting inclusion. As a part of the PSP…

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Team Canada announced for Invictus Games Sydney 2018 / L’Équipe Canada dévoilée pour les Jeux Invictus 2018 à Sydney

Brigadier-General Mark Misener, Commander of the Joint Personnel Support Unit and Head of Mission for Team Canada, today unveiled the list of 40 athletes who will represent Canada at the 2018 Invictus Games in Sydney, Australia from October 20 to 27. The announcement was made at an event at HMCS Scotian, Nova Scotia’s Naval Reserve Division. Brigadier-General Misener was joined on stage for the announcement by Michel Doiron, Assistant Deputy Minister Service Delivery at Veterans Affairs Canada, and by Michael Burns, former CEO of Invictus Games Toronto 2017. The 40…

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Army instructor ensures soldiers’ hardest days are in training, not on deployment / Un instructeur de l’Armée s’assure que les journées les plus difficiles des soldats aient lieu à l’entraînement

A Canadian Army (CA) soldier who completed an intense resilience training program with the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) likens the challenge to “trying to keep a candle lit in a blizzard” and says the experience has made him a better soldier and person. Sergeant Louis-Felix Cote, a senior instructor at the Royal Canadian Armoured Corps School (RCACS), participated the NZDF’s Aumangea Programme in 2016 and was successful enough that he was invited to return the following year to observe the training as a facilitator. “It changed a lot in…

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Profession of Arms: Where Leadership Begins! / La profession des armes : là où commence le leadership!

As a non-commissioned member (NCM) I have often wondered where I stood within the military, trying to determine what it means to be in the “profession of arms”? Recently I read an article in the Royal Canadian Air Force Journal, written by Chief Warrant Officer (CWO) Necole Belanger, on being a member of the profession of arms; a Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) CWO’s perspective. I found the article to be meaningful, powerful and moving. One of her most thought provoking statements was “I am a professional within the profession…

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CFOne Appreciation Day was a success! / La Journée de reconnaissance des FC a été un succès!

Giggles and cheers can be heard from the children playing in the large bouncy castle that sets the family-fun theme for the annual CFOne Day that took place at Canadian Forces Base (CFB) Borden’s CANEX on July 20th, 2018. A free BBQ was held for all to enjoy, with hot dogs, cake and popcorn.  Pop and water were donated by Pepsi Co. which was welcomed by attendees on this hot summer day. Vendors that hold partnerships with CANEX lined the building and were offering giveaways and demos to those in…

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Col Atherton attends the Graduation of the Two Week General Training Course / Col Atherton la graduation du cours de deux semaines d’Instruction générale

On Friday, 20 July, 2018 Colonel (Col) Atherton and Chief Warrant Officer (CWO) Charrette attended the the graduation of the first serial of general training cadets at Blackdown Cadet Training Centre(CTC). The two-week course provided the 300 cadets on parade with an introductory summer training experience where they participated in a variety of activities from each specialty, including Drill and Ceremonial, Music, Marksmanship, and Expedition. In his remarks, Lieutenant Commander (LCdr) Dermott, the Deputy Commanding Officer for Blackdown CTC, thanked Col Atherton and CWO Charrette for attending.  LCdr Dermmott spoke…

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RCEME School Change of Command Team / Passation du commandement de l’École du GEMRC

The silence of the scorching hot morning of 13 July 2018 at Canadian Forces Base (CFB) Borden was broken by the peculiar growl of “Christine”, a white 1955 Dodge truck with incredible historical significance within the Corps of the Royal Canadian Electrical Mechanical Engineers (RCEME), which trundled unevenly but proudly across the Sicily parade square. Staff and students of the RCEME School assembled to bid a fond farewell to the outgoing School Command Team of Lieutenant Colonel (LCol) Jeff Spitzig and Chief Warrant Officer (CWO) Jeffrey Saunders, and provide a…

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