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TRANSITIONS 2007

Marching Out and Dining In
Men's Christmas Dinner

Lieutenant Colonel Vernon has put his stamp on the unit during his brief tenure of command to date by introducing a "back to fundamentals" approach to training appropriate to an infantry Regiment in an Army training for, and engaged in, war. This past autumn, the standard operating procedures at the ranges were changed when the unit slept in hooches rather than in barracks, and force marched to the day's activities. This new training regimen continued at the annual Men's Christmas Dinner; the morning sports day was replaced by two components of the Battle Fitness Test - the 100 metre fireman's carry/casualty evacuation and, not insignificantly, the 13km rucksack march with 50-lb pack, tactical vest, helmet and personal weapon. The weather was fine; cloudy but not too cool and Warrant Officer Bailey managed some nice photographs which will hopefully grace this site in weeks to come.

The Dinner itself stayed true to tradition; Private D.J. Nguyen, the youngest soldier on parade, changed places with Lieutenant Colonel Vernon. Nguyen had been surprised on Remembrance Day to find that a Highland Regiment wears the kilt - such garb is apparently unknown in the conscript military in his native Vietnam. After the brief change of command ceremony, the Officers, Warrant Officers and Senior Non-Commissioned Officers of the Regiment served a meal to the men of the Regiment as thanks for their hard work during the calendar year. Several soldiers on leave from pre-deployment training were on hand to break bread with their comrades in Calgary before departing for the war.

A smaller head table than usual was on hand, with the Honorary Lieutenant Colonel joining the RSM, Private Vernon and Lieutenant Colonel Nguyen. Retired Lance Corporal Floyd Rourke, holder of the Distinguished Conduct Medal, was once again present at this regimental function and of course accorded a place of honour at the head table, and a moment of reflection was made to remember the Christmas of 1944, aided by handouts of the battalion War Diary for that year, as well as a newspaper interview with the late Bill Lyster. Lyster had enlisted as a Private early in the war, graduated first in his class at Sandhurst (the first Canadian ever to do so, and after earning a Mention in Despatches as a Sergeant during the fighting at Dieppe in 1942) and returned to the Calgary Highlanders to eventually command a company. On Christmas Day 1944 he had the task of writing the family of one of the soldiers in his company who had been killed the day before. Lance Corporal Rourke (who was awarded his DCM for taking over a platoon in an attack near Oldenburg in April 1945) went on to serve in Korea, and has been a consistent attendee of regimental functions, continuing to provide a living link to the Regiment's past and a reminder of the sacrifice and courage displayed by our forebears. He is a reminder of the reputation earned by the Regiment in battle which our soldiers are now training to uphold as they have been upheld in the past, evidenced by the wide array of UN and NATO ribbons in evidence on many chests around the room.

Several promotions were also awarded at the Dinner; congratulations to:

Captain DR Davidson
Captain DK Hormann
Corporal ET Hebert
Corporal MM Chambers
Corporal TG Balansche
Corporal ER Bullock
Corporal WD Walker
Corporal TD Tunnicliffe

And congratulations to the following soldiers for completing their trades training:

Private CJ Dunsby
Private AJ Murdock
Private SCT Edworthy
Private NS Shier

The QMSI has confirmed that Private Edworthy is indeed related "to the guy they named the park after." It's his Great-Grandfather.

The Pipes and Drums put on their usual performance; the Pipe Major hastened to point out to the crowd assembled that the 10 pipers and 6 drummers were but a fraction of the usual parade strength of the band, which has had a very successful year. Photos of the band, and the Highland Dancers, will hopefully also be forthcoming.

Checking In
Calgary Highlanders Training for Afghanistan

Master Corporal Mark Nussbaumer sends this photo from a Canadian training facility showing Highlanders in training for overseas deployment.

MCpl Nussbaumer
C6 Pte Phalke
Signaler Cpl Campbell
MCpl "Action" Jackson
Cpl Coiban
Cpl Green
Cpl Dalidowicz
Cpl Lewis
Cpl Potts
C6 Cpl Valentine
Sgt Tucker

Click to enlarge photo at right.

Last Post
Ian (Scottie) McQueen

McQUEEN - Ian (Scottie) Wilson
January 13, 1916 – November 24, 2007

Ian (Scottie) Wilson McQueen of Calgary, passed away on Saturday, November 24, 2007 at the age of 91 years.

Ian was born in Stonehaven, Scotland and immigrated to Canada in 1920 with his father John, his mother Mary and his brothers Ray and Herb. The family eventually settled in Calgary. Ian married the love of his life, Beatrice Williams, on June 25, 1940 in Calgary and they had two sons Richard and Ralph. Ian started work at thirteen years of age, working at the Alberta Box Factory for ten years, until he took a welding course. He worked as a welder for West Steel and Demers and Chisholm until his retirement. Ian joined the Calgary Highlanders at twenty-nine years of age and went overseas, where he was a member of the forces that liberated Holland. Ian held a number of interests which included a love of fishing and duck hunting when young. He loved reading and was a very talented cook, silversmith and wood carver. Ian was an avid sports fan who loved the Calgary Flames. Ian and Beatrice were also long time Stampeder football season ticket holders. Ian was a long term member of the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch No. 1.and also played the snare drum in the Calgary Highlanders pipe band. Ian was a devoted family man with an easy smile who was proud to return to Doetinchem, Holland, in May 1995, as part of their tribute to the Canadian soldiers who joined in the city’s liberation.

Ian is survived by his son and daughter-in-law Ralph and Linda McQueen and Richard McQueen (Sandra); three grandchildren Corey (Patty), Donna (Randy) and Todd all of Calgary; great-grandchildren Caitlynn, Breanne and Jason. Ian is also survived by his ten other great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandson; brothers and sisters-in-law Donald (Max) and Doreen McQueen, Jimmy and Linda McQueen, Wilson (Wick) McQueen and by numerous nephews and nieces. Ian was predeceased by his first wife Beatrice (mother of Ralph and Richard), Virginia, Katherine; brothers George, Raymond, Freddie, Herb, Douglas, Dennis, Angus, Billie and Allister; and by his sisters May and Louise.

Memorial Services will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S, Park Memorial Chapel (5008 Elbow Drive S.W.)on Friday, November 30, 2007 at 10.30 a.m.
 

Forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com.
If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the charity of the donor’s choice. The family would like to thank everyone at the Brentwood Care Centre for their excellent care and attention towards Ian.
In living memory of Ian McQueen, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES Park Memorial Chapel, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Telephone: (403) 243-8200.

Commemorated
Remembrance Day

The Calgary Highlanders observed Remembrance Day 2007 in traditional fashion, with detachments sent to various locales and services around the city of Calgary. On 9 November 2007, Corporal Josh Morris, a veteran of Afghanistan, attended a ceremony at Bishop Carroll High School with Linda Loree, mother of Corporal Nathan Hornburg of the King's Own Calgary Regiment who was killed in action in September.

Assumed Command
Lieutenant Colonel Mike Vernon, CD

Lieutenant Colonel Mike Vernon, CD assumed command of The Calgary Highlanders on 13 October 2007, in a combined Change of Command parade that also recognized the anniversary of the Battle of Walcheren Causeway. Photos will be added to the site shortly.


Lieutenant Colonel Mike Vernon, CD, marches his Regiment past at the Change of Command parade.

Admitted
Member of the Order of Military Merit

Chief Warrant Officer Kent Griffiths, MMM, CD

Congratulations to Chief Warrant Officer Kent Griffiths for his admission to the Order of Military Merit in the rank of Member; a rare distinction achieved by few Calgary Highlanders. The presentation was made to CWO Griffiths (currently serving as Reserve Army Sergeant Major, and formerly as Brigade RSM of 41 Canadian Brigade Group, the formation headquarters to whom The Calgary Highlanders report to) on 9 November 2007, with membership backdated to 21 September 2006.

Brigadier General Gary O'Brien, MSC, CD, the highest ranking commissioned officer in the Reserves, was also a Calgary Highlander earlier in his career. Brigadier General O'Brien visited the Regiment on Remembrance Day 2007.

Photographed
Warrant Officer Michael Smith, MSM, CD

2 Oct 2007 Rideau Hall, Ottawa Ontario, Canada Military Valour and Meritorious Service medal presentations. Her Excellency the Right Honourable Michaelle Jean, Governor General and Commander-in-Chief of Canada presents Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division) (MSM) to Warrant Officer Michael Bradley Smith. From May to November 2006, Warrant Officer Smith served as the senior tactics and weapons maintenance instructor for the Armoured Vehicle General Purpose and Machine Gun course, two critical components of operations in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. His outstanding leadership and technical expertise contributed to a significant improvement in the operational effectiveness of UN patrols conducted in some of the world’s most unforgiving environmental conditions. In a diverse and complex mission, Warrant Officer Smith’s dogged determination, technical expertise and strength of character enhanced the operational effectiveness of over 200 African Union soldiers. The Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division) recognizes a military deed or activity performed in a highly professional manner, according to a very high standard that brings benefit or honour to the Canadian Forces. Photo by Cpl Bern LeBlanc

Announced
Madeleine Jeanne Peters - newest member of the Regimental Family

Corporal Jason Peters, training in Wainwright, sends the following:

Nicole and I are honoured to announce the birth of our daughter, Madeleine Jeanne Peters. Madeleine was born Friday, 28 September 2007 at 9:52 AM MST. Her birth weight was 7lbs 12oz and she was 21 1/4in long. I was in Wainwright at the time and wasn't able to haul ass home in time to make the birth. Shame on me. Good on Nic. At the moment she has brown hair and blue/grey eyes (I'm told this may change). Mother and daughter are both home and comfortable.

All photos are thumbnailed; click to enlarge.

Funeral Details
Corporal Nathan Hornburg, King's Own Calgary Regiment (RCAC)

A military funeral will be held for Corporal Nathan Hornburg, the first soldier of the KOCR to be killed on active service since the end of the Second World War. The service will commence at the Round-Up Centre at Stampede Park at 13:00hrs (1:00pm) on Thursday, 4 October 2007. Members of the public are welcome to attend.

Donated
Exercise Photos circa 1982-83

An anonymous benefactor has submitted these photos via email. Any details that can be supplied to the webmaster would be appreciated. A cursory glance shows a future RSS Warrant Officer, a future 41 Brigade RSM, and a future sergeant who would retire in 2004.

Update: Lieutenant Colonel Spaan has written to advise the photos are of Exercise BIGHORN conducted 17-19 Dec 1982. A younger Lieutenant Spaan can be seen in the right hand photo at the right of the picture, confirming the flight manifest as part of his duties as Unit Logistics/Transport Officer. Inside the Hercules can be seen Master Corporal Nixon (with mustache).

Further Update: WO Downey's brother has advised of the dates of Exercise BIGHORN and provides the following:

The 3 photos of the aircraft are from an exercise 17-19 Dec. 1982 (note the parkas) where the regiment visited a National Guard unit (I believe it is the 3rd Battalion 297th Infantry (Scout)) at Fort Richardson, near Anchorage,  Alaska. The Alaska National Guard unit then visited the Calgary Highlanders in May 1983 on an exercise in Wainwright.  The regiment boarded the aircraft on Friday afternoon  at Calgary International Airport and returned Sunday afternoon. The photo of the aircraft on the ground with the truck behind it is on the Tarmac at Elmendorf Air Force Base in Alaska. 

Also, I believe that the individual with the beard in the interior photo is MCpl Ed May.  The face at the bottom right of this photo is MCpl Ed Capulong.  Then Calgary Highlander MCpl (later PPCLI RSS WO) Darcy Wanvig is seated just beyond MCpl Nixon. 

All photos are thumbnailed; click to enlarge.

Inside a CC-130 Hercules.

CC-130 Hercules

Weapons training.

Boarding the aircraft.

Last Post
Corporal Nathan Hornburg, King's Own Calgary Regiment (RCAC)

The Regiment passes its condolences to the family, friends and comrades of Corporal Nathan Hornburg of Nanton, Alberta. According to a CTV news report, the 24 year old reservist was killed on 24 September 2007 by enemy fire during a mortar attack after he dismounted to repair the track on a Leopard tank. Broken tracks are "something that we see on a regular basis, unfortunately" said the commander of Canadian forces in Afghanistan, Brigadier General Guy Laroche. Three other soldiers were wounded in an ensuing firefight.

Corporal Hornburg was taking part in Operation SADIQ SARBAAAZ (Honest Soldier) in the Panjwaii district, in conjunction with Afghan National Security forces, in terrain familiar to the Canadians who saw action there in the fall of 2006 during Operation MEDUSA.

Last Post
Master Warrant Officer (retired) Heinz Winkel, CD

The Regiment is sad to note the passing of retired Master Warrant Officer Heinz Winkel, who enjoyed a distinguished career in the Canadian Forces as both a regular and a reserve soldier. Master Warrant Officer Winkel maintained an ongoing presence at Regimental functions since his retirement, and passed away on September 11th, 2007.

A viewing will be held at Leydens Funeral Home on Thursday, 13 September 2007 from 1900 to 2100hrs. The Address of Leydens Funeral Home is 304-18 Ave SW.

A Memorial Service will be held at Mewata Armoury,  on the Main Floor, on Sunday, 16 September 2007. The Service begins at 1400 hrs. All members of the Regimental Family are welcome to attend.

Obituary:

WINKEL _ Heinz Ernst May 20, 1923 - September 11, 2007 Heinz Ernst Winkel of Calgary passed away at home with his loving family by his side. Heinz was born and raised in the town of Wittstock/Dosse, Germany. He leaves to mourn, his wife Shirley of forty years; his seven daughters and their families, Karin (Lloyd), Birgit (Alan), Edda (Ernie), Adrianne (Mike), Donna, Rebecca, Heather (Chris); fifteen grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren. He had numerous nieces and nephews here in Canada and Germany. Good friends and people he took under his wing. He is predeceased by his parents Ernst and Marie Winkel, his brothers Erich, Horst and Hartmut, also his first wife Thea. He is survived by his sister Anne-Marie who resides in Germany. Heinz was well known for his dedication to the military serving for the German army in 1939 beginning at the age of sixteen. After the war, he joined the French Foreign Legion. Upon moving to Canada with his family in 1956, holding various odd jobs, he soon joined the Canadian Forces and served in The Calgary Highlanders. He retired from the Militia as a Master Warrant Officer in 1973. His other affiliations include the Royal Canadian Legion, the Masonic Society, Al Azhar Shrine units: Oriental band and Legion of Honour. He was also a volunteer for the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics. His passions were cooking traditional German dishes for all his girls. His hobbies included painting and photography. Heinz had a dry sense of humour and entertained his army friends at the Sergeant's mess reminiscing of days and campaigns that shaped their lives. A pipe smoker and cigar aficionado, he took pride in working for Cavendish & Moore's sharing his knowledge and stories with customers. Many tourists would stop by to re-visit the shop for his colourful renditions of Calgary. A Military Service will be held to honour Heinz Winkel, Sunday, September 16, 2007 at 2:00 p.m. at the Mewata Armouries (801 - 11 Street S.W.). In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Heinz's name to the Canadian Cancer Society (No. 200, 2424 - 4 Street S.W., Calgary, Alberta T2S 2T4), the Calgary Highlanders and the Shriners Hospitals for Children (1529 Cedar Avenue, Montreal, QC H3G 1A6). Condolences may be forwarded by visiting www.leydens.com . Arrangements entrusted to LEYDEN'S FUNERAL HOME, RECEPTION and CREMATION CENTRE, 17 Avenue S.W. and 2 Street. Telephone: 228-4422.

 

 

Promoted
Summer Promotions

Congratulations to the following personnel on attaining the rank indicated over the summer:

Captain Braybrook
Master Warrant Officer Martin Woods
Warrant Officer Paul Holland

Decorated
Meritorious Service Medal

A Calgary Highlander has been awarded the Meritorious Service Medal (MSM). This medal, granted in recognition of distinguished service, had been awarded throughout the Canadian Forces fewer than 200 times in the last five years.

Warrant Officer Michael Bradley Smith, M.S.M., C.D.
Calgary, Alberta
Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division)

From May 4 to November 2006, Warrant Officer Smith served as the senior tactics and weapons maintenance instructor for the Armoured Vehicle General Purpose and Machine Gun course, two critical components of operations in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. His outstanding leadership and technical expertise contributed to a significant improvement in the operational effectiveness of UN patrols conducted in some of the world’s most unforgiving environmental conditions. In a diverse and complex mission, Warrant Officer Smith’s dogged determination, technical expertise and strength of character enhanced the operational effectiveness of over 200 African Union soldiers.


Warrant Officer Michael Smith, MSM, CD with the Right Honourable Stephen Harper, Prime Minister of Canada.
Photo courtesy Prime Minister's Office

Checking In
KAF Platoon

Corporal Steve Mulrain sends some photos of Calgary Highlanders in training for Task Force 1-08, preparing for deployment to Afghanistan. Click to enlarge.

Cpl Campbell and MCpl Nussbaumer fire the C-6 Cpl DeBourke fires the C-9 On the firing line

Highlanders stack up to clear a room Clearing a room in the simunition range

Dismissed
Final Parade - Training Year 2006-2007 - 30 May 2007

The final parade of the training year was held on Wednesday, 30 May 2007. In addition to the usual messages of thanks from the CO and RSM, on behalf of all the officers, warrant officers, and NCOs, a number of presentations were made:

2nd Clasp to the Canadian Forces Decoration: Master Warrant Officer Bob Besse

Thirty-two years of service in the Canadian Forces were recognized by the award of a second clasp to the CD to Company Sergeant Major Bob Besse.

Clasp to the Canadian Forces Decoration: Warrant Officer Glenn Fedoruk

Warrant Officer Glenn Fedoruk was presented a clasp to his CD representing 22 years of service.

Clan of the Gallant Canadians

Several admissions were made to the Clan of the Gallant Canadians:

Master Corporal Kenny (Clansman)
Renee Griffiths (Henchman)
Margaret Stewart (Henchman)

Ladies Auxiliary 2007 Scholarship

This year's scholarship went to Private A.J. Henwood of the Regimental Pipes and Drums.

Visited
Prime Minister Stephen Harper: The Military Museums May 2007

Prime Minister Stephen Harper visited The Military Museums and had the chance to talk to several Calgary Highlanders about the upcoming deployments to Afghanistan; he also toasted the Regiment with their own motto - Airaghardt (Gaelic for "Onward", the motto of both the City of Calgary and the Regiment). One of the Prime Minister's functions in Calgary was at The Military Museums (formerly the Museum of the Regiments). Harper's father was an avid Canadian militaria collector, and had published a book on First World War Canadian Expeditionary Force cap badges.


Prime Minister Harper at centre, with Calgary Highlanders. From left CSM Kelly, Cpl Toussaint, WO Woods, Capt McLean, Capt Boyle,
HCol Gibson, PM Harper, LCol (ret) Moffat, Lt Collier, former HCol Mannix, Capt Cox, WO Smith, 2Lt Leek. PMO Photo, click to enlarge.

Calgary soldiers joining Afghan war Reservists say they're ready to go
by Joel Kom, Calgary Herald
(Published: Saturday, May 26, 2007)

The Calgary Highlanders will send 64 members to Afghanistan next year, Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced in Calgary on Friday. Harper, speaking at the Roundup Centre, also revealed the Military Museums Society will receive a $5-million federal boost for its expansion. "For months they have given up family and leisure time for training," Harper said of the Highlanders, the reserve infantry regiment of 41 Canadian Brigade Group. "Now they're ready to serve Canada for six months in this very dangerous part of the world."

The Highlanders weren't letting news Friday of another Canadian military death in Afghanistan sway their resolve. The deployment will be one of the largest for the Highlanders since the mission began. In a little more than eight months the group of volunteers will drop their full-time lives in Calgary because of a part-time passion. Emmett Kelly, a project manager overseeing Calgary condo construction, is one of them. "I've been given the opportunity now with Afghanistan," said the 42-year-old after the event. "After 26 years (as a reservist), I think I'd have to kick myself in the ass if I didn't do it." A master warrant officer, Kelly will be trading his office job in Calgary for battle fatigues in Kabul, from where he'll co-ordinate operations for about 120 soldiers.

His wife and three children have been prepared for his six-month deployment, but that isn't making it easier for all of them. "The son's said nothing," he said of his 14-year-old boy. Kelly will be following 27 fellow Highlanders who returned from Afghanistan last year. The biggest thing he learned from them was simple: never let down your guard.

"You have to be sharp, you have to be ready," he said. "You have to be a sponge for six months."

Afghanistan was the main focus of last night's speech, with Harper repeating his message that Canada will commit as long as is necessary. His remarks came on the heels of his visit to Afghanistan earlier this week, where he opened the door to Canadian troops remaining there past the February 2009 deadline, saying Canada shouldn't obey "arbitrary deadlines." His speech Friday came hours after the latest Canadian casualty from the war.

"The mission there has been long, hard and difficult, as the tragic death earlier today of Cpl. Matthew J. McCully reminds us," he told a crowd of about 500. The same message was also repeated across the country, where Canada's top soldier spoke to a Toronto business audience. "It's always tough when we lose a soldier," Chief of Defence Staff Gen. Rick Hillier said. "There's no way you ever get used to it, no way you ever want to get used to it. "(But) we're making incredibly good progress. . . . We can't reduce the risk of attacks to zero as we saw again last night," he added later.

Harper said the contribution to the Military Museums would ensure soldiers' stories are well-told in new facilities expected to open in November. The new museum will include two new galleries devoted to the Navy and the Air Force, as well as 20,000 square feet of space to house one of the largest military history libraries in Canada.

Prepared
Pre-Deployment Training May 2007

A collection of photos courtesy of Private Anji Clark of Calgary Highlanders training for Afghanistan - here.

Remembered
The Glorious Memory of the 22nd of April

Due to overwhelming operational commitments, this year's wreath laying at City Hall to commemorate the anniversary of the Battle of Kitcheners' Wood, fought on 22 April 1915, was done by a small but distinguished band. Alderman Ric McIver was present to represent the City of Calgary, along with his wife, and along with the Commanding Officer, Lieutenant Colonel Tom Manley, CD, laid a wreath in remembrance of the Regiment's first full scale combat action in the First World War. The 10th Battalion Calgary Highlanders Association was represented by three attendees and also provided piper Ken Rogers. The Association's wreath was laid by Floyd Rourke, DCM. Also representing the Regiment was the Regimental Sergeant Major and two corporals tasked as drivers.

Alderman Ric McIver and the Commanding Officer during the laying of the wreath at City Hall.
Behind them are Mrs. McIver, Regimental Association members Wayne Stretch, Darrel Knight and Floyd Rourke, DCM.
Regimental Sergeant Major Flint Walters, CD, looks on.

At left, Floyd Rourke, DCM, and above, Corporal Haywood during the brief ceremony at City Hall. Below, piper Ken Rogers, and the plaque on the old City Hall building, first erected after the First World War and later amended to honour the sacrifice of the Regiment in the Second World War.

Remembered
90th Anniversary of Vimy Ridge

The Battle of Vimy Ridge was commemorated across Canada and in France on 9 April 2007. In addition to services in Yellowknife and Calgary, soldiers of the Regiment participated in a large service at the Vimy Memorial. Pictured below are Corporals Bailey and Wanvig during the service in France. Combat Camera photo.

Finalized
St. Julien's Plans

This year's St. Julien's cermonies will be subdued due to the fact that 65 Calgary Highlanders are in pre-deployment training for the mission in Afghanistan. A reunion is planned for January 2008 (when the Highlanders get block leave); this year's 10th Battalion Calgary Highlanders Association reunion dinner is therefore cancelled. Scheduled events instead are:

  • Wreath laying: City Hall, 1000 hrs, Sunday 22 April 2007 - this will consist of a regimental delegation of the CO, RSM, and President of the Association.

  • Regimental Parade: Mewata Armouries, 2030hrs, Wednesday 25 April 2007 - this will be a very modest service of rememberance conducted by all members of the Regiment as well as the Pipes and Drums. Members of the Regimental Association are invited to join the regiment on parade.

  • Officers' Mess Dinner: Friday 27 April 2007 - by invitation only.

The Regiment apologizes for the lateness of this notice.

Last Post
Sergeant Major Kozicky

The Regiment passes its deepest conolences on to the family, friends and comrades of Helen C. Kozicky, who passed away 24 March 2007 at the age of 91. Helen Kozicky had been one of the first female soldiers to serve as a Calgary Highlander rather than as a member of the Canadian Women's Army Corps. She retired from the military as a Warrant Officer. In March 1989, the pipe tune "Sergeant Major Kozicky" was composed by Pipe Major R.W. Henderson and named in her honour.

KOZICKY _ Helen C. Miss Helen C. Kozicky of Calgary passed away at the Carewest Colonel Belcher Care Centre on March 24, 2007 at the age of 91 years. She is survived by one sister Nettie Mooth, a sister-in-law Ollie Kozicky, both of Calgary and a brother-in-law Paul Niedzwicki of Balzac; one niece, numerous nephews and several other relatives. Relatives and friends are invited to Prayer Services at Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Ukrainian Catholic Church (704 - 6 Street N.E.) on Wednesday, March 28, 2007 at 7:00 p.m. Divine Liturgy will be served at Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Ukrainian Catholic Church on Thursday, March 29, 2007 at 1:00 p.m. with Rev. Serhiy Harahuc officiating. Arrangements entrusted to LEYDEN'S FUNERAL HOME, RECEPTION and CREMATION CENTRE (17 Avenue and 2 Street S.W.). Telephone: 228-4422. www.leydens.com .


On the occasion of the Presentation of Queen's Colour by the Colonel-in-Chief, Helen Kozicky presents Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II a petit point of the regimental cap badge, McMahon Stadium, 30 June 1990.  Lieutenant Colonel Allan Maitland looks on.

 

Celebrated
Regimental Birthday

The Calgary Highlanders commemorated the birth of the Regiment on 1 April 1910 in the traditional style; this year's parade was more formal than in years past. Parading in full dress with Regimental Colours, 62 of the more than 100 soldiers on parade were marking their final unit function before departing for work-up training for overseas deployment to Afghanistan. Brigade Commander Colonel Art Wriedt was the inspecting officer.

In anticipation of a much smaller regiment come St. Julien's weekend, annual award of trophies was made on this occasion instead, as well as the traditional birthday honours list of inductions into the Clan of the Gallant Canadians.

Photos and information to be published as it becomes available.


Lieutenant Colonel Tom Manley, CD, at the head of his Regiment.


The Regimental Pipes and Drums, under Drum Major James Stewart and Pipe Major Mike Giles.


Regimental Quarter Master Sergeant Gaudet - one of the Regiment's Regular Support Staff - paraded in his Air Force blue. Master Corporal Alexandra Lange, behind him, was awarded the Canadian Forces Decoration for 12 years' long service and good conduct. Her medals recognize service in Afghanistan.

Trained
With PPCLI on the Ranges

Sergeant Paul Holland and Master Corporal Dino Avelino check in from the the LAV III gunner/crew commander course and send in the following photos from the range exercise. Both NCOs are tasked out with 1 PPCLI. Click the pictures to enlarge.

Celebrated
Robbie Burns Night - 19 January 2007

Sergeant Chris Tucker Reports:

I would like to start off by thanking everyone who attended the WO & Sgt Mess Robbie Burns dinner this year. Your attendance made the event a resounding success. We feel, due to the number of positive comments, a good time was had by all. A special thanks goes out to all the members and associate members of the regiment who sold tickets and/or bought tables. It always brings a tear to my eye when an event drinks an establishment dry of beverages but I also see an area of improvement. Next year we will not run out of beverages. Another issue was the surprisingly large number of people trying to purchase tickets in the last week before the event. Unfortunately, we were unable to accommodate everyone looking for tickets due to the demand. Hopefully this will encourage people to purchase their tickets well in advance when the tickets go on sale in September of next year.

 

Praise and accolades go out to firstly Sergeant Ian MacDonald for his Address to the Haggis. It was delivered in brilliant form true to the style it was written in. Thank you, Ian. Next of course is the planning committee made up of Warrant Officer Glenn Fedoruk and Master Warrant Officer Emmett Kelly who helped me get pointed in the right direction. If you noticed the beautiful printing job on the tickets, menus, posters, etc. you were not alone. All was designed and printed by Deanna Schmidt who did a wonderful job and added a touch of class to the planning. Last, Warrant Officer Dave Turnbull, thanks to your dedication in managing the ticket sales this year. Placing all the ticket sales centrally and having one point of contact was a new concept that worked quite well and will be repeated next year. Without his help the event would never have taken flight.


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