From the Commanding Officers desk… 1 February 2021
Falcon Head

GREETINGS HIGHLANDERS –

 

It’s a great day to be Highlander!  Let me share some good news with you.

You’ll recall that back in May, the FALCON Staff issued a Bulletin on my behalf announcing that we were undertaking two major Regimental projects:

  • Restructuring the Regimental Association; and
  • Updating our Social Media profile.

I issued an update in September letting you know the status of both Teams.  Since then, Col Elms has sent out via Facebook a number of updates regarding the Regimental Association Restructuring.  The work of that Team is largely complete, and the transition from the Restructuring Team to the Interim Executive will take place shortly.  The following individuals have agreed to be part of the Interim Executive:

  • Co-Chairs – Geordie Elms / Greg Young
  • Vice Chair – Kevin Brogan
  • Secretary – Guy Bowie
  • Fin O – Tom Birchall
  • Social Media Comms – Adam Bernard
  • Member at Large – George Boast

Col Elms and BGen Young Greg will act as Co-Chairs and continue the mentoring and transition process to the full executive slate to be presented to the founding General Meeting in Sep/Oct.   Col Elms and BGen Young will have stepped back by mid-summer 2021, and the transition will be complete.

Capt Javin Lau and his team of MCpl Kwan, MCpl Cui and Cpl Clark have done excellent work sending out Facebook and Instagram updates and notices – photos and videos of training, promotions, awards.

In the background Col Jensen worked tirelessly with Navigator, Capt Lau & his team and Adam Bernard to develop a new Regimental website.

There have been countless members who provided support – review of material, surveys, discussions about formats, structures, platforms – these two projects have involved serving members of the Regiment, former officers and NCOs, the Museum, the 15th Bn project, the Senate.

To everyone who has helped – thank you!

We have an Association that now reflects the needs and wishes of our former members; and we have an effective communications system involving the website, Facebook and Instagram.  If you want information about the Regiment, you will have no trouble locating it.

Here is a link to our new website: 48thHighlanders.ca

I invite you to visit the new website – it’s filled with information, music, video clips and photos.  It also links to Facebook and Instagram.

I also encourage you to register with the Regimental Association (free membership) – this simple step will ensure that you continue to receive notifications of upcoming events, developments and the FALCON.  Simply visit the web site and click on Log-in.  For the serving soldiers, NCOS and officers, please do this now so that you will continue to be connected with your fire team partner and friends even when your active service is finished.

As we move forward, this will be the way that the FALCON will be distributed, so all those who currently receive their copy by email, will also have to register – please do so now, before something ore important comes along and diverts your attention.

As always, I’m also hoping that you’ll invite any former members of the Regiment and the Regimental Family that you are in contact with, to get back in touch with us as well, so that we can keep you up to speed with what is going on in your Regiment, and with the people you soldiered with.

These two projects have taken a significant amount of effort and time, but they have fundamentally changed the Association and the way we communicate / stay connected; moving the us into the 21st century – better reflecting who we are, and better able to meet the needs of our current soldiers, our former soldiers and all members of the Regimental Family.  I am quite impressed with the results of both projects, and trust that you will be also.

DILEAS GU BRATH

R.A. ALKEMA
LCOL
CO

 

OUR LATEST IMAGES FROM INSTAGRAM

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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