Message from the Commanding Officer
Lieutenant-Colonel (LCol) rank insignia
LCol Alkema
LCol Alkema

Greetings Highlanders –


It’s a great day to be a Highlander!


As I’m enjoying the last few days of summer, I thought that I should send out a brief update on the status of the Regiment, and let you know what’s going on as we resume training.


We continue to navigate our way through a latent COVID environment.  There are restrictions to what we can and cannot do, the situation remains fluid, especially with COVID numbers on the increase with the Delta variant, and the current “4th wave”.  However, the Active Unit will resume in-person training this week.


I’ve briefed you all previously about our affiliation with 1 RCR.  Early in September, 4 of our soldiers will depart for CFB Petawawa and 3 months of training with 1 RCR.  Additionally, we are conducting training exercises with 1 RCR in September and October.  This is a significant step for the integration between the Regular Force and the Army Reserve, and will result in some excellent training and experiences, and will make the Regiment stronger as a result.


On Friday 15 October 2021 we are going to celebrate the Regiment’s 130th Anniversary. We had planned to host a Regimental “ceilidh” at Moss Park Armoury on the Friday evening, but with COVID restrictions, unfortunately, that is not going to happen.   Instead, we are preparing a 20-minute video celebrating our Regiment’s history.  This video is being prepared by Capt van der Toorn and Capt Lau, and will be “open” at 2000 hrs on Friday 16 October.  The Regiment will watch this video at MPA, and we invite you to join online at the same time.  There will be reminders and details regarding the link as we get closer to the date.


On Saturday, 16 October, the WO & Sgt Mess will be hosting their Annual Mess Dinner.  It will be held at a remote location, and attendance will be capped at 80.  During this event, the interim Executive of the Regimental Association will step down, and the new Executive will be announced.  This is big step, and concludes the project to restructure the Regimental Association.


As most of you are aware, I am quickly approaching the end of my three years as CO.  I will hand over command of the Regiment to Maj (LCol designate) Morische on Sunday 17 October, 2021.  Due to the current COVID restrictions, this will be a virtual event, with minimum personnel in attendance, very similar to last year’s Change of RSM event.  We will send out details and a link so that you can still participate in this Regimental event – albeit with your feet up and a cold adult beverage.


That’s it for now.  Stay safe, stay healthy; and I hope to see you at some point in the fall.



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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