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TRANSITIONS 2016 (link to 2016 calendar)



Corporal Janzen


On Saturday November 19, 2016 the CO and RSM presented Cpl Janzen a Command Team Coin for his leadership in organizing the unit's Tough Mudder team (see here for more info) and for the high standard of professionalism demonstrated during collective training over the summer of 2016.


Corporal Janzen (centre) receives a challenge coin from the Command Team - at left, Regimental Sergeant Major C. Tucker, at right the Commanding Officer, Lieutenant-Colonel K. Clapperton.



Photo Caption


The following note came by email to the webmaster:

My name Is Fred Davey and was a member of The Calgary Highlanders many years ago. While looking at some of your historical photos I noticed one with myself included, however my last name was mis-spelled. It should be Davey and not Davies and I was hoping that it could be corrected. I have fond memories of the time I spent with the Highlanders and that photo really takes me back, especially standing beside friends and colleagues with whom I have lost touch so long ago.

The full-size photo, and corrected caption, can be seen at this link.



Looking for Speakers

Veterans Week 2016

The Canadian Forces is looking for support to Veterans Week running 5 to 11 November 2016. From the CANFORGEN dated 19 Oct 2016:


In the context of VETERANS WEEK (VW), from November 5 to 11, Canadians will take part in commemorative ceremonies and events across the country to remember the achievements of Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) members, our veterans and those who made the ultimate sacrifice.


The program aims to recognize the outstanding contributions of serving CAF members and veterans in defending peace, security and Canadian values during domestic and international operations, both past and present.


Soldiers are encouraged to meet Canadians during VETERANS WEEK and are invited to register as speakers through a web-based application form hosted on the defence team intranet website (


In order to help prepare for presentations, soldiers who accept the invitation to participate in VETERANS WEEK activites will have access to presentation guidelines, slide shows, QS and AS and speeches for different audiences. These resources will be available on a web page hoseed on the defence team intranet website (

Warrant Officer D. de Guzman-Tucker of 41 Canadian Brigade Group supplies the following:

Here is the "request a speaker" link. This link is for teachers, scout leaders, brownie leaders, rotary clubs, seniors' homes, etc... The requesting organization can put their theme in the special remarks especially if there is specific topic for their target audience/age group. This particular link is to get the organizations’ request on the system.

Here is the location where speakers can order handouts, posters, postcards, bookmarks, and activity books:


It is like any other task, the troops identify their interest through their chain of command to the Ops WO. If they want to speak at their old elementary school or high school or scouts club, they identify it at that time by name or CFTPO number if it’s listed on task board. If they don’t have a particular school, or they want to participate but not in a school setting they can say “ I’d like to speak at either of the following”:

  • in the evening only (and that is normally a scouts/brownie club that is looking).

  • to a seniors home (and that’s where they would normally get a chance to talk to vets or family members who lived through the war, etc..)

What happens is the Veterans Week speaking engagements are now managed by division. The schools or organization should request as soon as possible in order to get a speaker.

Command Team Challenge Coin - Corporal Hardiment

On 21 September 2016, Corporal A. Hardiment was presented a Calgary Highlanders Command Team Coin for demonstrating a high level of dedication by attending both Exercise GOLDEN COYOTE and Exercise COUGAR CONQUEROR over the summer and filling leadership roles within his platoon.






Challenge Accepted

"Tough Mudder" is an annual event begun in 2010. Currently running in locations across six countries, the event is a 10-12 mile mud and obstacle course designed to test physical strength, stamina, and mental grit. According to the official website: "With no podiums, winners, or clocks to race against, it’s not about how fast you can cross the finish line. Rather, it’s a challenge that emphasizes teamwork, camaraderie, and accomplishing something almost as tough as you are." This year a team of Calgary Highlanders accepted the challenge. To read the full article, click here.




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K50980 Private William (Bill) George Green

On Friday, June 24, 2016, the Regiment was informed of the passing of Private William (Bill) George Green, who served with The Calgary Highlanders in the Second World War. A funeral service for family will be held in High River on Wednesday, June 29 with a public service to follow.

Funeral Date: Wednesday, 29 June 16

Location: Snodgrass Funeral Home

Address: 301 Macleod Trail, High River

Private Service: 11:00hrs

Public Service: 13:30hrs

Bill Green enlisted at the No. XI District Depot at Vancouver on 8 April 1943. He is the second soldier from the right in the top row.

Bill Green's medals: left to right, the 1939-45 Star, France-Germany Star, Defence Medal, Canadian Volunteer Service Medal with Overseas Clasp, and the 1939-45 War Medal.

Annual Commanding Officer's Run
25 May 2016


On Wednesday 25 May 2016 the Commanding Officer, Lieutenant-Colonel Clapperton, led the unit on the much anticipated annual CO's Run.  This year's route took the unit along six kilometres of the scenic Bow River pathway.  The run was interrupted every kilometre to allow for callisthenic training which included push-ups, sit-ups, flutter-kicks and (everyone's favorite) burpees.  Many thanks to all that attended.


Post run cool down and stretching on the parade square at Mewata Armoury. (Photo courtesy Sgt Oliver)


Corporal George Morasch


On 4 March 2016, the Commanding Officer and Regimental Sergeant Major visited the home of Second World War veteran George Morasch and his wife Fern. With them was Lieutenant-Colonel Mike Vernon, who continued his series of veteran interviews. The video he shot can be seen on the videos page.



George Morasch, and his wife Fern, along with Lieutenant-Colonel Kyle Clapperton and Regimental Sergeant Major Chris Tucker.

LCol Vernon reports: "On 4 March I interviewed Cpl George Morasch about his experiences with the regiment (in the Second World War).  He took part in the attack on Hill 67 then was evacuated to a field hospital in Bayeux.  He never really explained what happened to him (i.e., no physical wound) , except to say he couldn’t stop coughing after the battle.  He never returned to the front lines after that.  Somebody found out he could type and he was made a clerk, finishing the war as a Highlander still but attached to the North Shore (New Brunswick) Regiment in Holland."


Paid Tribute
Fallen Canadians honoured during commemorations of the liberation of Groningen


In April 1945 the 2nd Canadian Infantry Division, including The Calgary Highlanders, liberated the city of Groningen from the Germans and Dutch Nazis. The battle there was the largest instance of urban fighting the Canadian Army participated in during the Second World War. As part of the commemorations of the battle for the 70th anniversary of the liberation, Dutch soldiers of a local reserve unit began paying tribute to Canadian soldiers that fell during the battle. The story can be found at this link.




May 2016


Officer cadets training with Major Ryan Palmer (Officer Commanding Headquarters Company) as part of Exercise AGGRESSIVE GRIZZLY on the weekend of 13-15 May 2016. Compare this photo to the one below of Exercise ROAMING GRIZZLY. Summer has arrived in southern Alberta.


April 2016
Article and photos by Maj A. Beauchamp


Check Points and Check-Ins: The Calgary Highlanders search vehicles and build relationships on Exercise SPLIT GRIZZLY.


Soldier skills and section drills are the building blocks of a successful infantry platoon just as maintaining a strong relationship with the community is the foundation of a successful army reserve unit. Over the weekend of April 13-15, 2016 "A" Company, The Calgary Highlanders, deployed to Rocky Mountain Cadet Camp, to build soldier skills while also using this as an opportunity to connect with the community.


The training on Exercise SPLIT GRIZZLY focused on the conduct of vehicle check points. A vehicle check point is a task performed to control the flow of personnel and vehicles in to or out of an area. Within the vehicle check point there are a number of tasks that soldiers perform such as cut-offs, search teams, and a quick reaction force. Each of these tasks tests a different soldier skillset while also challenging leaders within the platoon. As many of the soldiers of "A" Company had never performed vehicle check points initially the training focused on occupation and simple scenarios with compliant participants to reinforce soldier skills and solidify platoon drills. A cadre of soldier and non-commissioned officers contributed their experience for tour to Bosnia or Afghanistan to aid the training and add realism to scenarios. As the weekend progressed the scenarios became more complex and called on soldiers to use an appropriate escalation of force, react to enemy ambushes, establish casualty and detainee collection points, and integrate with a quick reaction force. The exercise culminated on Sunday with the establishment of a snap vehicle check point which brought all the skills and drills together in a platoon context.


Exercise SPLIT GRIZZLY also allowed "A" Company an opportunity to build relationships. On Saturday afternoon "A" Company hosted Rachel Moore, the recently appointed Alberta Chair of the Canadian Forces Liaison Council. While visiting the training Ms. Moore had an opportunity to speak with soldiers and see how they train. This provides important context in to enable the Canadian Forces Liaison Council to advocate for soldiers. Exercise SPLIT GRIZZLY also provided "A" Company an opportunity to recognize Rob and Bonny for Hidden Trails Adventures for their assistance during a casualty evacuation on Exercise ROAMING GRIZZLY in March. Finally, after training was complete on Sunday "A" Company had the privilege to connect with two cadet units who were also training in the area. The cadets from Royal Canadian Sea Cadet Corps ‘344’ Victoria and Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron ‘604’ Moose visited with soldiers from "A" Company to learn about the army reserve and see a variety of equipment and weapons carried by infantry soldiers.

All the soldiers who participated on Exercise SPLIT GRIZZLY should be proud of the development of their skills and also the professionalism and commitment they displayed while connecting with the community.

Photos (click to enlarge): (top left) Major A. Beauchamp (Officer Commanding "A" Company), 2nd Lieutenant van Caeyzeele, and Warrant Officer J. Moreau (Company Quartermaster Sergeant) present a plaque to Rob, representing Hidden Trails Adventure Company, for their assistance with the ROAMING GRIZZLY exercise the previous month.


Vehicle approaches a Calgary Highlanders checkpoint on Exercise SPLIT GRIZZLY, April 2016.




March 2016
Article by Cpl Burt, Photo by Maj A. Beauchamp



On the weekend of 11-13 March 2016 soldiers of The Calgary Highlanders travelled to Rocky Mountain cadet camp for Exercise ROAMING GRIZZLY, their first collective field training exercise of the year. After drawing weapons at Mewata Armouries, we set off for the cadet camp. Upon arriving we set up a CP and went to ground. In the morning we had a chance to practice battle procedure, which is often overlooked on weekend exercises due to the time crunch. At 1000hrs the four sections set off and conducted reconnaissance patrols and manned 24-hour Observation Posts (OPs). After a short rucksack march my section stopped and sent out half our section to reconnoiter an Objective Rendezvous (ORV). After finding a couple possible ORVs we returned to grab the rest of our section and set up our ORV. My section was tasked with watching an intersection and parking lot that had quite a lot of civilian activity. After setting up a three-man OP the rest of our section left to find a secondary location for our OP, just in case we were compromised. After our patrol we returned to our OP and started the routine required to maintain 24 hour operations. Our section’s routine consisted of 2 hour shifts during the day, and hour long shifts after the sun went down. In addition to observing our named area of interest, the troops in the ORV ate, slept, watched the radio, and made coffee to pass the time. After a long night of watching and waiting our OP was contacted by the ‘enemy forces’ and we collapsed and returned to the CP.


The exercise was a good training opportunity for new and experienced troops alike and offered opportunities to practice field craft and other essential infantry skills. Unlike many weekend exercises that are loaded with many different training elements this exercise gave troops a chance to focus on one element, and do it well.

Cpl Burt
1 Platoon, "A" Company, The Calgary Highlanders


Close Quarter Combat Basic Course

February 2016
Article by Pte DA Engel, Photo by Maj A. Beauchamp

Course photo of CQCB, taken at the 3rd Canadian Division Training Centre

From February 3 - 27th The Calgary Highlanders hosted the first ever weekend Close Quarter Combat Basic (CQCB) course at Mewata Armouries and the 3rd Canadian Division Training Centre in Wainwright.

Although the course was announced with fairly short notice the turnout was strong with 28 eager soldiers enrolled. The class consisted primarily of Calgary Highlanders. Soldiers arrived for the course with varying degrees of physical combat experience, ranging from bar brawls to not having ever thrown a punch in their life.

Course candidates typically showed up around 0630hrs at Mewata to partake in a quick “Queen’s Breakfast” before training began at 0700hrs sharp with stretching. These stretches were essential to avoid injury during the day’s somewhat inaptly named “warm up.” To most, the phrase “warm up” may imply a light exercise designed to increase the heart rate, improve flexibility, and, in general prepare for an actual workout. This “warm up” consisted of 20 minutes of intense cross-fit style workouts. The sight of candidates hunched over garbage cans encouraged other to opt for a “light” breakfast and lunch thereafter. For the next four hours our time consisted of physically intensive instruction where candidates continuously practiced various striking, choking, and throwing techniques on each other. 

At noon, the class broke for lunch. Normally ravenous troops took cautious helpings of food for fear of the afternoon’s “warm up”. Afternoons began much like the mornings, with stretching following by an intense work out - or “beasting” - and then several more hours of striking, choking, and throwing each other around. At 1700hrs  candidates were dismissed to go home and lick their wounds. Unsurprisingly, sleep comes without much difficulty on these nights although the morning is usually accompanied by feelings of having been run over by a LAV the previous day.   

During the course the candidates were instructed on the following subjects: 

  • Vulnerable points of the body (i.e. pressure points)

  • Short / mid / long range striking techniques

  • Chokes

  • Throws

  • Takedowns

  • Ground fighting

  • Non-lethal / lethal techniques

  • Sentry removal

  • Defense against weapons (e.g. knives)

  • Counters

  • Bayonet fighting

The training was intense but extremely valuable and candidates benefited not only from learning how to apply these techniques but also experiencing what it is like to be on the receiving end. Throughout the course all candidates experience what it is like being slammed on the ground, pressure pointed into total submission (including those unpleasant knee strikes to the peroneal nerve), and choked nearly unconscious...repeatedly.

Probably the most valuable aspect of the training was when candidates were given the opportunity to apply the techniques in a variety of scenarios. The candidates were put into situations unaware of how actors (i.e. the instructors) would react. Candidates were expected to use their training in the principles of the “continuum of force” to deal appropriately with a variety of situations; sometimes this ended with the actors complying, while other times it ended with an all out brawl. The scenarios were valuable for showing candidates how important it is to be prepared for the unexpected and how critical it is to practice CQCB techniques to the point they become muscle memory.

The fourth and final weekend took place in Wainwright. Each candidate was expected to complete both Basic and Advanced Bayonet ranges and successfully engage in a two minute pugil battle. The first bayonet range required completing the Wainwright obstacle course (including the 6 foot wall) in its entirety while bayonet fighting six targets. The second bayonet range involved pepper-potting, bayoneting 10+ targets, clearing trenches, making it through concertina wire (that in February also involves wiggling through several inches of water) and another 6 foot wall. These bayonet ranges were intense physical trials that made the previous “warm-ups” look easy. The training was finished with two minute rounds of pugil fighting where candidates had the opportunity to beat the hell out of one another with gladiator sticks. This is an excellent exercise for teaching just how exhausting a two minute fight actually is. 

All in all, the course was an amazing experience. It provided candidates with practical tools for defending themselves, and others, when the fighting gets up-close-and-personal. The course also provided great opportunity for challenging oneself to their physical limits. It was a great accomplishment for all who completed the course.


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Ray Hoffman


The Regimental Association has passed on the news of the loss of a Second World War veteran.

To our membership, we've just found out that one of our few remaining Second World War veterans, Ray Hoffman, has passed away.  For those that would like to attend his memorial it is tomorrow, February 5th, at the Royal Canadian Legion in Cochrane.




I regret to inform you that one of our few remaining Second World War veterans, Ray Hoffman, has died.  A memorial service will be held Friday Feb 5 at 1400 at the Royal Canadian Legion 15, located at 114 5th Ave West, Cochrane.  I plan to attend but it would be nice if there was Unit representation though I recognize that this is very late notice.


The official obituary can be found at:





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