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  1. Rick Goebel

    Justin Trudeau hints at boosting Canada’s military spending

    Actually, the Calgary Highlanders had eight of them. I don't clearly recall how long we had them, but we did have them.
  2. Rick Goebel

    Fallen Comrades (retired members)

    BGen (Retd) Ovas Wagg, former Commanding Officer of the Calgary Highlanders and former Commander South Alberta Militia District and Prairie Militia Area has passed away. More details are available Ovas Wagg Obituary.
  3. Rick Goebel

    The Great Gun Control Debate- 2.0

    Conspicuous by its absence is a line like “As a result of our actions of May 2020, gun crimes were reduced by x%”.
  4. Rick Goebel

    All things Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV)

    To a degree, it doesn’t matter. According to Provisional weekly death counts: Interactive tool we haven’t been experiencing catastrophic levels of deaths overall during the pandemic. It looks worse than it really is on this graph because the graph is truncated at 4500 deaths and above. Truncated...
  5. Rick Goebel

    All things Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV)

    Today I read a Calgary Herald article (‘I started to think this was a conspiracy.' Then she caught the virus, and everything changed) advocating for Covid precautions which had a High River MD saying “People who are frustrated enough to flout public health measures are trying to make a point...
  6. Rick Goebel

    Controversial vehicle - upsets residents

    Maybe they should have called it a Peacekeeping Memorial since we actually used the Cougar on Peacekeeping in former Yugoslavia but indeed, as FJAG said, "the only war we ever had it for was the Cold War".
  7. Rick Goebel

    Fallen Comrades (retired members)

    Former Artillery and Infantry Officer, he passed away at age 83.  He commanded the HF of C and was Honourary Colonel of 7 (Toronto) Regiment RCA.  He was an keen supporter of the Order of Saint John and the Order of Saint Lazarus.  He was my CO when I was commissioned.  His obituary is at...
  8. Rick Goebel

    SCC and Trinity Western University

    (It shouldn't matter to citizens that a government could round up and put into internment camps other citizens or residents such as Japanese?  The CAF was better off when it hunted down and persecuted homosexuals?) Blackadder1916, there is an enormous difference between what Rocky Mountains...
  9. Rick Goebel

    Honours & Awards (merged)

    There are criminals and criminals.  The criminals given the Jubilee medals were criminals of conscience, with whom you might or might not agree.  This article, http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/mp-defends-giving-queen-s-jubilee-medal-to-jailed-woman-1.1198998, mentions a comparison with Martin...
  10. Rick Goebel

    Politics in 2017

    Sorry, I got carried away.  It is indeed 15 and 15.  My apologies.
  11. Rick Goebel

    Politics in 2017

    Anybody else notice that the new version of cabinet is no longer gender-balanced?  Because it's 2017?
  12. Rick Goebel

    The Great Gun Control Debate

    I think that the jury is important to, at least in Calgary in the 80s: "In April, druggist Steven Kesler sold his pharmacy in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Recently described by the Calgary Herald as "a legend in the area for nearly 20 years," Kesler had become nationally renowned in the wake of an...
  13. Rick Goebel

    Questions Regarding Becoming Female Officer

    There isn't only the question of how far away from the troops you are but also how close to higher you are. I spent most of my first 15 years in the reserves in a building that housed only the rifle company I was in.  This could be a bad thing since, when I was Company 2 I/C, I was also OIC...
  14. Rick Goebel

    Infantry Officer Training and Progression

    It is interesting that, in the latest edition of The Infantry Corps Newsletter (http://www.ducimus.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/Infantry-Corps-Newsletter-Volume-2-Issue-2-final.pdf), there are two articles on Infantry officer training. One, from the Infantry School, introduces an increase in...
  15. Rick Goebel

    Walts, posers & wannabes (merged)

    Frank Gervais, the Ottawa man recently posing as a soldier, doesn't appear to have been homeless.  Carl Dale, the Kingston man recently posing as a soldier doesn't appear to have been homeless.  The Toronto man recently posing as a soldier appears to have been a beggar but may or may not have...
  16. Rick Goebel

    Divining the right role, capabilities, structure, and Regimental System for Canada's Army Reserves

    It would be interesting to know whether the annual collective training events in 2015 were set up as "all to attend" or as people being selected for certain specific slates.  I recognize that you might get only 3,600 show up when you had an "invited" slate of 4,000 due to changes of life plans...
  17. Rick Goebel

    Divining the right role, capabilities, structure, and Regimental System for Canada's Army Reserves

    Not the same guy.  This one was Calg Highrs and 4RCR.  Never Regular.
  18. Rick Goebel

    Divining the right role, capabilities, structure, and Regimental System for Canada's Army Reserves

    FYI, one of my reserve contemporaries served as a Task Force Commander in Bosnia as a Colonel.  Another served as Deputy Com­mand­ing Gen­eral for Polit­i­cal Mil­i­tary Inte­gra­tion in the Com­bined Secu­rity Tran­si­tion Com­mand — Afghanistan as a Brigadier General.  Both were what I like to...
  19. Rick Goebel

    Packing a Ruck

    Back in the dark ages of the early 1990s, 1 Bde had a discretionary 32 km ruck march for infantry only and as a culmination of a sequence of the 13 km as the fitness test, the 2 x 16 km as a unit competition, and then the 32 km.
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