Primary Leadership Qualification (PLQ) course
Bombardier Rozario received the Cpl Corey Graham award for "excellence in the eyes of their peers" The winner is selected by his or her peers as best exemplifying the qualities of junior leadership.
Western Museum of the Armed Forces
Former member, Ian Newby is featured in the local newspaper. Check out the other photos from 2023 here.
Okay, there was something about taking off for three weeks to Arizona with limited connectivity. That's why I finally managed to get caught up today and posted the new 2024 page. Check it out. There's some new info about a 68 Battery camp reunion, a Yorke Island clean up, Wednesday lunches and an update on the New Year's Day levee.
The Regiment held their annual Soldier's Christmas Lunch. Details are somewhat sparse but we have received photos of the Turkey Shoot winner receiving her prize. Well done Master Bombardier Liang! The photo also shows the youngest Gunner wearing the Commanding Officer's shirt while Bombardier Martinez has switched roles with the RSM. Check out the other photos from 2023 as we switch over to the new year!
The Royal Canadian Artillery Association is planning an 80th Anniversary Liberation of Holland Commemorative Battlefield Tour from 2 to 11 May 2025. Check out the details here. Sounds like a great opportunity. Drop me a line if you intend to take part.
Bombardier David Douglas Trotter was a member of the 5th Siege Battery, Canadian Garrison Artillery, CEF which 15th Field Artillery Regiment, RCA perpetuates. A collector, Elliot Metcalfe acquired Bombardier Trotter's tunic and has produced a great blog post. Check out his story here.
Gunner Howard Samuel McIlwraith, MM has been added to our Military Medal list. He was a member of the 31st Battery, 8th Brigade, Canadian Field Artillery, CEF before transferring to 13th Battery, 4th Brigade, Canadian Field Artillery, CEF where he was awarded the Military Medal. His citation reads:
This man with others on the morning of November 3rd 1917, formed the personnel of two gun crews that went into action. These two crews kept their guns in action although during the whole period the area within a radius of 500 yards was subjected to a continuous bombardment with shells that were coming in at an average rate of twenty per minute. Ammunition was set on fire in the position and one of the shells was so close that the Gunners were knocked down by the force of the explosion. An N.C.O. and the Gunners with conspicuous bravery stuck to their guns, and maintained fire. They were absolutely without cover, and miraculously escaped injury. Within three minutes of withdrawing the men from their guns, one of the guns was hit and the whole shattered.
Bombardier George McGregor, MM has been aded to our Military Medal List. He was a member of the 31st Battery, 8th Brigade, Canadian Field Artillery, CEF. He was later transferred to 7th Battery, 2nd Brigade, Canadian Field Artillery, CEF where he was awarded the Military Medal. There were no details recorded on his citation card.
Hope your holidays have been festive and safe.
After an absence of two years, because of COVID-19, the Warrant Officers and Sergeants New Year's Breakfast was re-started last year and we're hoping to have one this New Year's morning! The breakfast has been ongoing and now in its seventh decade starting in the early 1960s - a history is attached. This year, we are happy to welcome and include two new members to this custom - Sergeant Anders Grasdal and Sergeant Jason Han.
A formal invitation for the Breakfast and Levee is attached. Along with serving members and associates, spouses and partners are most welcome to attend.
The Breakfast is at 0800 hours for 0830 hours at Frankie's Italian Kitchen and Bar located at 765 Beatty Street in Vancouver. Frankie is not a relative of mine. The dress is DEU with ribbons and shoes and although challenging to get up on this holiday, I would encourage every member to attend at least one breakfast in their career. The Levee is back in the Warrant Officers and Sergeants' Mess at 1030 hours. Please pass this on to anyone I may have missed.
Please find below the photograph from last year's Breakfast with all those who attended.
Have a safe, healthy and happy NEW YEAR
Donato Calogero (Calocero)
Another very successful Tea was held in the Officers' Mess. Congratulations to the organizers who had to overcome an unscheduled power outage in the Armoury that lasted throughout the event. Mind you, the candles added to the ambience of the Mess! Check out the other photos in the 2023 yearbook.