RCA Apprentice Reunion – 2012, was held 22-24 May

 
The following copy of an Email says it all:
Hello to all: Attached are some pictures from the recently concluded RCA Apprentice Reunion held in Victoria, BC 22 – 24 May 2012.  It did appear that Les Hall, the Chairman of the Reunion Committee, and his wife Maddie, were working 24 hour days before and during the three day event, and they are to be congratulated for their superb efforts.  And thanks as well to Jim Cotter and Barry Lapointe for their outstanding support over the last three years organizing the reunion. I have no doubt that all those who attended would heartily agree with the comments.                                                                                                                                            
There were the standard three elements of the reunion, a Meet and Greet at the CFB Esquimalt Wardroom on 22 May, a Banquet held at the CFB Esquimalt Chief’s and PO’s Mess on the evening of 23 May, and a farewell breakfast held at the CFB Esquimalt Wardroom on the morning of 24 May. 
The highlight of this outstanding reunion was, without question, the reading at the banquet by Jim Cotter, of a letter received from the Col Comdt, LGen (Ret’d) Mike Jeffery.  LGen Jeffery was himself an Apprentice, and his letter went to great lengths to detail his thoughts and memories of those years under command of the Apprentice Training Battery at CFB Shilo.  One could not help but notice the nodding of heads in agreement with each and every cogent comment.
I regret I did not take pictures of all those who attended.  Les Hall did take group pictures and I would hope to send them off at a later date.  In addition, I do trust the names are correct.  Amendments are always welcome and encouraged.
Ubique HJ

SENIOR APPOINTMENTS 2012 – GENERALS AND FLAG OFFICERS

It is with pleasure that The Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery forwards a recent CANFORGEN relating to our General Officers. Congratulations to LGen Beare and MGen Howard on their new appointments and to Col Henley on his forthcoming promotion to BGen.

CANFORGEN 106/12 CDS 025/12 251730Z MAY 12

SENIOR APPOINTMENTS 2012 – GENERALS AND FLAG OFFICERS
THE FOLLOWING PROMOTIONS AND APPOINTMENTS OF GENERALS AND FLAG OFFICERS HAVE BEEN APPROVED FOR 2012:
LGEN S.A. BEARE WILL BE APPOINTED COMMANDER CANADIAN JOINT OPERATIONS COMMAND IN OTTAWA
MGEN A.J. HOWARD WILL BE APPOINTED CHIEF OF TRANSFORMATION IMPLEMENTATION AT NDHQ OTTAWA
COL J.D. HENLEY WILL BE PROMOTED BGEN AND APPOINTED DEPUTY COMMANDER LAND FORCE ATLANTIC AREA HALIFAX AS SUCCESSOR TO BGEN A.T. STACK

RCA Kitshop – May Sale Flyer

The RCA Kitshop sale items for the month of May

Special Gun Salute Honours Queen – 21 May 2012

OTTAWA – In celebration of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee – 60 years of reign – The Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery (RCA) fired a 60-gun salute at the Canadian War Museum, commencing at noon today.

“It was a distinct honour for the Royal Regiment to pay this tribute to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II with this special gun salute,” said Colonel Christopher Simonds, RCA Regimental Colonel. “This honours Her Majesty’s long service to “The Guns” as the Queen is the Captain-General of the RCA, a post she has held since 1952.”

By policy and tradition a 21-gun Royal Salute is typically fired every year on the official birthday of the Sovereign. Extraordinary gun salutes like this, however, are also a part of Canadian tradition for recognizing Crown accessions or jubilees. For example, a Royal Salute of 41-guns was fired on the occasion of the birth of Prince William in 1982, and a 100-gun salute fired in support of Manitoba’s Centennial in 1970. This salute does not affect, nor replace any other 21-gun salutes planned to be fired at provincial capitals.

“This is a great honour for our “gunners” to fire this salute on behalf of the RCA and for all gunners across the country,” said Lieutenant-Colonel Finley Mullally, the commanding officer of the Ottawa-based 30th Field Regiment, RCA. Also known as the Bytown Gunners, this unit traditionally provides the National Salute Troop for the firing of such ceremonial salutes.

Four C3 howitzers from the 30th Field Regiment were positioned on the south-east corner of Canadian War Museum grounds for the event. Each gun fired a blank round, in succession with a standard interval, for a total of 15 for each gun to achieve the 60-round total.

 

Home Station Reunion 2012; 28 June to 2 July 2012. Late Registration still avail

RCA REUNION 2012 AT A GLANCE

 

Three years has passed since the last Regimental Reunion was held at CFB Shilo, The Home Station of the Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery. The feeling of those attending the last reunion in 2009 indicated that another reunion in 2012 would be a welcome event. It will allow us to renew the close friendships and relive the fine and lasting memories that we forged in our years of service to Canada and Canadians. As we have tried to do in the past, we seek to make the Reunion a better experience for those attending by considering the feedback we receive. As a result, we have made a number of suggested changes to the programme. We have:

a. adjusted the fee schedule to allow those who only wish to attend the Meet & Greet to do so;

b. changed the menu for the Meet & Greet to a BBQ dinner;

c. changed the menu for Sunday’s departure to sandwich fare and road type food for your convenience;

d. planned to provide coffee more or less continuously, free of charge.

This year Airborne Gunners are going to gather as well at the Home Station allowing for Gunners to attend both events in the one trip.

More Information and Regisitration Forms are  available here.

You can find the Reunion 2012 page by going to the left side menu, under “Canadian Gunner Assoication”, then ” Home Station Reunion 2012 – 28 June to 2 July 2012, Airborne Gunner Reunion also. ”  Updates will be posted here as needed.

Kingston and 2 RCHA, Freedom of the City Parade – May 26th

Schedule Outlining The Weekend’s Events

Meet & Greet Reception – Fort Frontenac Officers’ Mess – May 25th at 7:00 p.m.

Freedom of the City Parade – May 26th at 10:00 a.m.

-           The Regiment marches on.

-           CO marches forward to the main door of City Hall and taps three times with the hilt of his sword:

-           CO introduces himself; and,

-           CO states that the Regiment is here to exercise the right of Freedom of the City of Kingston.

-           General Salute/Gun Salute.

-           Mayor, Cmdt RMC and DArty inspect the Regiment and military band.

-           Mayor/Cmdt RMC/CO give speeches.

-           CO presents Mayor with gift.

-           Mayor proclamation stating the unit is welcomed and invited to exercise its freedoms.

-           CO asks the mayor for permission to march the Regiment through the city with drums beating and bayonets fixed.

-           The Regiment marches through the streets of Kingston.

Post Parade Reception – Fort Frontenac Officers’ Mess – May 26th at 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Static and Dynamic Displays – City Park – May 26th from 12:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.

As you are aware, the 2nd Regiment, Royal Canadian Horse Artillery is conducting a Freedom of the City in Kingston on May 26th, 2012.  The City of Kingston and the Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery have shared a very long and mutually beneficial relationship.  One of the first two permanent force units of the Canadian Army, A Battery (perpetuated by A Battery, 1st Regiment Royal Canadian Horse Artillery in Shilo, MB) was established in Kingston on October 20th, 1871.

The 2nd Regiment, Royal Canadian Horse Artillery has also enjoyed a very special relationship with the City of Kingston due in no small part to its proximity and the historical role Kingston has played in the Canadian Artillery’s development.  The Regiment participates in the annual Historic Hockey tournament, dispatches representatives to Kingston for Remembrance Day ceremonies and was honoured to exercise the Freedom of the City of Kingston in 1983 and again in 1996.  It has thus been fifteen years since the last time 2 RCHA exercised this very great honour.

Historical Notes

ORIGINS -FREEDOM OF THE CITY

“The privilege of being granted the “Freedom of the City” is an ancient and honoured tradition which began in the 15th century and was developed when cities and towns were surrounded and protected by walls.  During the War of the Roses in England, cities were constantly endangered by military units attempting to march through, and sometimes, inhabit them.  Historically, before the unit could pass through the city walls, the Chief Constable would demand to know the reason why the unit had arrived.  He would then escort their commander to the chambers of city council.  If the city leaders felt that the unit could be trusted, the unit would be granted the privilege known as the “Freedom of the City”.  This allowed the unit to enter the city without first being required to disarm; that is, with drums beating, banners flying, and weapons carried.”

HISTORY: ROYAL CANADIAN ARTILLERY

“The Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery (RCA) has been part of the fabric of Canadian history since the earliest days of our nation. Since Confederation, the Gunners of Canada have served bravely in all of our national conflicts and have played a full role in establishing the fine reputation for peacekeeping that Canada holds today. Over 130,000 Canadians served as Gunners in the two World Wars alone. Many of the units and batteries of The Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery are older than Canada itself, and the history of artillery in Canada is older yet. The first company of artillery to be formed in Canada was organized in Quebec in 1750. Today, The Regiment is formed from two important components: the Regular Force and the Reserve Force. Both components providing personnel for both International and Domestic Operations. The Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery, proudly standing on guard for Canada.”

HISTORY: 2ND REGIMENT ROYAL CANADIAN HORSE ARTILLERY

“The 2nd Regiment Royal Canadian Horse Artillery was authorized as the artillery component of the Canadian Army Special Service Force for the United Nations service in Korea.  It began forming in Shilo, Manitoba on 7 August 1950.  D, E, and F Batteries, together with Regimental Headquarters, totalling 39 Officers and 635 other ranks. On 19 November, 1950 the regiment departed Shilo for Fort Lewis, Washington, U.S.A. aboard two troop trains.  On 21 November 1950, at Canoe River, near Valemount, British Columbia the second troop train collided with an eastbound passenger train.  Seventeen soldiers were killed and an additional 42 were injured.  In 1989 the Regiment erected a memorial cairn at Valemount, B.C. Since fighting in the Korean war, 2 RCHA has been garrisoned in Winnipeg, Manitoba; West Germany; Gagetown, New Brunswick; and finally in Petawawa, Ontario where it is presently stationed. Today the Regiment is part of the 2nd Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group.

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