Lieutenant-Colonel (LCol) rank insignia
LCol Alkema
LCol Alkema


Hello Highlanders –

I trust this finds you well – or as well as you can be, in the midst of the third wave of the COVID-19 Pandemic, and another stay-at-home order in Ontario.

I’m going to take this opportunity to bring you up to speed on five items:

  1. HCol MacIntyre – we received formal confirmation of HCol MacIntyre’s appointment as Honorary Colonel of the 48th Highlanders of Canada. Prior to this appointment, he served three years as the HLCol.  I know that he works diligently and tirelessly for the Regiment, and the best interest of the soldiers, NCOs, Officers, and Regimental Family.  Sir – congratulations.
  2.  Training – when the Province announced another stay-at-home order, our in person training also stopped. There are some exceptions – Individual Training (IT) is allowed to continue.  This is so that the backlog of soldiers who have not completed their entry level courses can be cleared.  We can conduct remote / virtual training, and some Individual Battle Task Standards testing. The Comd has scheduled a teleconf with the COs for tonight, and further details will be forthcoming after the Comd’s briefing.
  3. Ruck March Challenge & Competition – we are into the final 4 weeks of the Ruck March Challenge. I’m extremely proud of the effort that all participants have made.  I’m also extremely proud of how supportive the participants are of each other – all the comments posted on Strava, and the photos are well received and responded to.  It’s great to see Highlanders looking after each other, and reinforcing the efforts made by all.We also participated in a one-week Ruck March Competition against the Lincoln & Welland Regiment.  The results are in – the Linc & Weld R won the competition marching a total distance of 3,014.64km over a 7-day period; our participants marched 2,831.63kms.  Well done Highlanders!  I’m extremely proud of your efforts and participation. Congratulations to LCol Canavan and their Team.
    Highlanders – Three cheers for the Linc & Weld R.

    Act of Remembrance 2020
    Act of Remembrance 2020
  4. Act of Remembrance Event – we have pre-recorded the Act of Remembrance Parade at St Andrew’s Presbyterian Church. Similar to what we did for Remembrance Day last November, we will hold a virtual Regimental Act of Remembrance Parade over ZOOM on Sunday, 25 Apr 21 at 1030hrs.  Everyone who attends and is in CADPAT will be authorized to sign in for the Full Day.  ZOOM Call details will be issues shortly.
  5. Mackenzie Shoot – given the restrictions on social events, the Mackenzie Shoot will also be conducted virtually. Six to eight officers will join the WO & Sgts Mess for a ZOOM call dinner complete with haggis, pasta, and red wine – the traditional fare for this dinner.   It’s important that we maintain our traditions as best we can during the pandemic restrictions.

And on that note, I’ll sign off the net.  Stay safe, stay healthy, stay positive.


Niner – Out

R.A. Alkema




ON EXERCISE URBAN FALCON 2022, Soldiers of the 48th Highlanders, had their urban ops skills put to the test as they practiced fighting through and clearing subway cars through a subway station with simmunition rounds. In their exercise scenario, their mission was to rescue and secure a hi-jacked train from a well trained enemy. They fought against a simulated enemy force of other infantry Master Corporal’s and Sergeants, who set traps and obstacles in their path to test how they would react. Attached to the regiment in this exercise were a small amount of medics and Intelligence personnel from @25fdamb as well as @2intcoy_2cierens, which enabled soldiers to practice intel gathering/handling as well as dealing with casualties in a realistic manner.

Video filmed by Capt Lau and Cpl Chung
Video edited by MCpl Clark

Voici ce qui s'est passé lors de l'exercice Urban Falcon 2022. Les soldats des 48th Highlanders ont vu leurs compétences en opérations urbaines mises à l'épreuve alors qu'ils s'entraînaient à combattre et à dégager les voitures de métro à travers une station de métro avec des balles de vaccination, dans un scénario où leur but était de sauver et de sécuriser un train détourné d'un ennemi bien entraîné. Ils se sont battus contre une force d'opposition de caporal-chef et de sergents, qui ont tendu des pièges et des obstacles sur leur passage. Au régiment dans cet exercice se trouvaient un petit nombre d'infirmiers et de personnel du renseignement de @25fdamb ainsi que de @2intcoy_2cierens, ce qui a permis aux soldats de pratiquer le rassemblement/manipulation de renseignements ainsi que de faire face aux victimes de manière réaliste.

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On March 5th and 6th, Soldiers of the 48th Highlanders, with members from @2intcoy_2cierens and @25fdamb, who augmented our soldiers as an opportunity to practice their trade skills under the Tactical-Control of an infantry platoon, run through their “prepare for battle” phase during their simulated mission on Exercise Urban Falcon 2022, in which the soldiers were put under the stress of fighting in close quarters, and learning to maneuver and communicate in an entirely new environment.

Video editing by MCpl Clark
Video filmed by Capt Lau and Cpl Chung

Les membres des 48th Highlanders, avec des membres de @2intcoy_2cierens et @25fdamb, qui ont augmenté nos soldats comme une occasion de pratiquer leurs compétences professionnelles sous le contrôle tactique d'un peloton d'infanterie, pratiquent la phase de « préparation à la bataille » au cours de leur mission simulée dans le cadre de l'exercice Urban

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