Message from the Honorary Colonel
Falcon Head


 As we continue, amidst Covid related restrictions and related negative news, I want to share some recent positive stories that relate to, or involve, the 48th Highlanders.

The COVID-19 vaccine is part of your kit. BE READY.In Ontario, we have hit the target of giving at least one dose of Covid-19 vaccine to 40% of adults by May 6.  This is really encouraging, and on Friday, I heard from St. Mike’s Hospital that they are planning a revised version of their fundraising Gala for early October.  I am hopeful that they have the expertise to make a good prediction on easing out of the constraints and that we may be closer to see a return to a more normal situation that will allow us to gather and train at MPA very soon.

I have good news from the Regimental Senate which met on April 6 via Zoom and approved the terms of reference for the new Communications Committee, and Col Jensen as Chair of that committee.  We have already seen the benefits of this new initiative and it will continue to keep us all informed and engaged.  Other news from the meeting included a positive report from Capt Von Hahn, the new Chair of the investment committee; an exciting new addition for the museum which HCol Beal will have more to tell us about soon; and a report from BGen Young on the 15th Battalion CEF Memorial Project’s proposed new memorial at Hill 60 where LtCol Marshall was KIA in May 1916.

48th Act of Remembrance 2021Last weekend, April 24th and 25th, I attended the Zoom calls for the MacKenzie Shoot on Saturday and the Act of Remembrance on Sunday.  These were among the best virtual gatherings I have attended in the last 14 months. As the CO said in his last blog, it is important to maintain our traditions as best we can during the restrictions, and both these events were well thought out and conducted.

Norm Gogo Bday Cake

In closing, I want to make special mention of an important upcoming event in Penetang.  Last June, the Penetang Legion/Lions organized a drive-by, surprise 99th birthday celebration for Norm Gogo- one of our last WWII veterans.  Norm still drives and he lives independently at his house in town. He is clearly loved by the community, and he seems more like someone in his 60’s or 70’s.  The same group is now organizing a celebration for his 100th in June 2021.  I will be attending to represent the 48th Highlanders, and this year Al Kowalenko will drive up from Toronto to join me.  Norm is an inspiration and truly embodies the Highlander spirit.




HCol John MacIntyre





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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