Message from the HONORARY COLONEL
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As I write my first contribution to the weekly blog, I am reminded that the new website is the result of a significant amount of dedicated time and effort in getting us to this point.  It clearly demonstrates what can be accomplished when the Active Battalion, Senate and Regimental Family work together. Of significant importance, in this achievement, was the involvement of the CO, Capt Lau, and senior retired officers on the Senate- Col Elms, Col Jensen and BGen Young along with Senator Jaime Watt (who brought the capability of his firm, Navigator into the project) and the steady technical capability of Sgt (Ret) Adam Bernard.

Observing this teamwork and energy has enhanced my enthusiasm in my new role as your Honorary Colonel.  I am the first civilian to have this role with the 48th Highlanders and recognize that civilian Honoraries must bring value through their work and community experience.  I grew up in Northern Ontario, but I have spent my working career in the finance industry in Toronto.  I am married to Jan, with three adult children, and two grandchildren.  My business activity is centered in Toronto and involves investing in and working with Canadian companies.  In addition to my work, I am active with community involvement that has included in the past supporting microfinance in emerging countries, cancer support in Canada, community foundations in Canada, St. Michael’s Hospital.  I am currently active as the Vice-Chair of the YMCA of Greater Toronto; and Chair and founding supporter of Our Children’s Medicine, an organization that places indigenous young adults into full and part time employment. As your HCol, I am here to support the CO, the Senate and the Regimental Family, and work to better connect and inform the business and not for profit sectors in Toronto about the 48thHighlanders of Canada.

I will close with a note on my Highland background.  My ancestors came to Nova Scotia from the Scottish Highlands around 1800, and I am reading a book, ‘Flight of the Highlanders, The Making of Canada’, about that migration.  The large Scottish influx to Canada started after the Battle of Culloden in April 1746.  But after that battle, some of the clans that were not part of the fight began forming reserve regiments.  When the English tried to blend the Highland regiments into their units, the Highlanders successfully resisted the integration, and refused to give up their kilts for breeches, and, since they only spoke Gaelic, they could not, in any case, understand the English officers.  

Those reserve regiments are the roots of 48th Highlanders of Canada, and I am proud to wear the kilt, and say-


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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