Sunday, September 2, 2018

Rick Wright

Lieutenant-Colonel Wright is a retired Canadian Forces Veteran. Following his distinguished career in the Canadian Forces, Mr. Wright has been a devoted volunteer. He has been an active member of the Armed Forces Communications Electronics Association in Ottawa, Shilo and Calgary, and served as the Calgary Chapter president from 1996 to 1998. In 2003, he was the co-director of the Calgary Organizing Committee for the centennial celebrations of The Royal Canadian Corps of Signals. Mr. Wright volunteered to act as the president of the Calgary Branch of the Royal Military College Club from 2004 to 2006 and is currently director-at-large. Since 2005, he has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Communications and Electronics Branch Museum Foundation, in Kingston, Ontario. Mr. Wright has been a volunteer member of the Board of Directors of the Royal Alberta United Services Institute since 2007.  He joined the Calgary Chapter of the Canadian Association of Veterans in United Nations Peacekeeping in 2001.  Mr. Wright  has served his association in many capacities including as project director for the construction of commemorative parks, master of ceremonies for events, Alberta director, and currently serves as CANVUPnational vice president.
Way to go Rick!

Saturday, September 1, 2018

Linda Wright

If you ever need inspiration to defend and educate on the role of the Canadian Military, just look at the humongous effort of Linda to keep it front and centre.

Linda was recently awarded the Sovereign's Medal for Volunteerism and the Minister of Veterans Affairs Commendation.

Way to go Linda and Rick.

Her Facebook entry reads:

I am feeling humbled and very proud to have been honoured with both the Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteerism in May and, last night, the Minister of Veteran’s Affairs Commendation.
I received both for doing work that I love and will continue to do so.
I would also like to congratulate the other 17 deserving people who were with me last night and my husband and son who were both there.
Thank you all.

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Senator John McCain

Sunday, May 13, 2018

7985 J.A.M. Richard Michon (1945 - 2018)

Although I have no details at this moment, I have been informed by a reliable source that Richard passed away recently. I am trying to obtain precise details.

Je n'ai pas de details, mais j'ai entendu d'une source digne fiable que Richard est decede recemment. Je suis en train d'obtenir d'autre informations.

Monday, April 30, 2018

Toronto Mess Dinner April 27, 2018

10 members of the Class attended the Toronto Branch Mess Dinner. Can you identify all of them?

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Are Canada's Military Smart Enough? A Debate

Some light reading forwarded to me by MMJ


When a Veteran leaves the 'job' and retires to a better life, many are jealous, some are pleased, and others, who may have already retired, wonder if he knows what he is leaving behind, because we already know.

We know, for example, that after a lifetime of camaraderie that few experience, it will remain as a longing for those past times.
We know in the Military life there is a fellowship which lasts long after the uniforms are hung up and dust collects back of one’s closet.  We know even if he throws them away, they will be on him forever and with every stride and breath that remains in his life. We also know how the very bearing of the man speaks of what he was and in his heart still is.
These are the burdens of the job. You will still look at people suspiciously, still see what others do not see or choose to ignore and always will look at the rest of the Military world with a respect for what they do; only grown in a lifetime of knowing.  Never think for one moment you are escaping from that life. You are only escaping the 'job' and merely being allowed to leave 'active' duty.

So what I wish for you is that whenever you ease into retirement, in your heart you never forget for one moment that you are still a member of the greatest fraternity the world has ever known.

NOW... Civilian Friends vs. Veteran Friends in Comparisons:

CIVILIAN FRIENDS: Get upset if you're too busy to talk to them for a week.
VETERAN FRIENDS: Are glad to see you after years, and will happily carry on the same conversation you were having the last time you met.
CIVILIAN FRIENDS: Have never seen you cry.
VETERAN FRIENDS: Have cried with you.
CIVILIAN FRIENDS: Keep your stuff so long they forget it's yours.
VETERAN FRIENDS: Borrow your stuff for a few days then give it back.
CIVILIAN FRIENDS: Know a few things about you.
VETERAN FRIENDS: Could write a book with direct quotes from you.
CIVILIAN FRIENDS: Will leave you behind if that's what the crowd is doing.
VETERAN FRIENDS: Will stand by you no matter what the crowd does.
CIVILIAN FRIENDS: Are for a while.
VETERAN FRIENDS: Are for life.
CIVILIAN FRIENDS: Have shared a few experiences...
VETERAN FRIENDS: Have shared a lifetime of experiences no citizen could ever dream of...
CIVILIAN FRIENDS: Will take your drink away when they think you've had enough.
VETERAN FRIENDS: Will look at you stumbling all over the place and say, 'You better drink the rest of that before you spill it!' Then carry you home safely and put you to bed...
CIVILIAN FRIENDS: Will ignore this.
VETERAN FRIENDS: Will forward this.
A veteran - whether on active duty, retired, served one hitch, or reserve is someone who, at one point in their life, wrote a blank check made payable to 'The Government and People of Canada ' for an amount of 'up to and including my life'.
From one Veteran to another, it's has been an honour to have met, worked, and known you and to have enjoyed your company. Thank you for your service to Canada and defending the freedoms we enjoy today. 

Forwarded to me by Cajo