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Latha math to our active unit and cadets, our veterans/former serving members, and our current serving and extended regimental family!

Covid-19 has certainly provided us all with challenges. For me personally, it has been a time of reflection and gratitude. I am proud of how our regiment has pivoted, finding opportunities to stay connected and fit during this time of physical distancing. As an example, it has been fun watching the leaderboard and competitive spirit at work with the Ruck March Challenge. It’s a great way to “see” active unit Highlanders (and some retired too).  Our improved online presence and social media engagement, along with the new Regimental Association are examples of the collaboration, resourcefulness and commitment of our community – I second HCOL MacIntyre’s comments and thanks to the teams who have worked tirelessly on these projects. Well done, teams!  Ours is a caring community with people who are actively investing in our legacy and our future.  In addition, the photo challenge is also keeping our family connected and engaged. Please keep sharing!  One of the silver linings of Covid is that we have all learned how to connect on platforms such as zoom and Microsoft Teams.  Our Senate is reviewing new ways to engage with our 48th community in the near term and post-Covid.  More to follow.

Like our HCol, I have not served in the active unit, but as a regimental family member, I have always felt at home in our community. I will always be grateful for feeling accepted as an LGBTQ person when I appeared at Moss Park Armouries with a female partner many years ago.  At a challenging time in my life, I always felt at home.  This acceptance has allowed me to bring my authentic self amongst the regimental family and in other areas of my life, including my work as a wealth advisor at ScotiaMcLeod along with my volunteer and charitable commitments.  It positively inspired my commitment to equality and helping others to achieve their potential.

Attached is a photo of me, my partner Constance and my first cousin, Capt. Bill Darling.  I have a daughter, Brooke, and three bonus daughters, Grace, Alice and Eleanor. Along with our children, my partner Constance and I also have fur family, a cat and dog (both foster fails and super shedders – the cat remains the alpha in the house).

The Army’s values are: Duty, Loyalty, Integrity and Courage along with STRONG. PROUD. READY. Recent communications from our CO have beautifully underscored many of the values of our regiment: fitness, mentally and physically; tactical agility + responsiveness; community protection + rebuilding; honour; respect; and faithfulness, which is essentially our motto: Dileas Gu Brath (faithful forever).  These values aren’t just words.  They require critical thought and action, continually.   It takes work and learning by all of us to be committed to our regiment’s objectives, to bring about change, to ask for help, etc.  LCol Alkema has advocated for these values, showing leadership not just with his communication, but also with consistent action.  A big thank you to our CO for setting such a great example for us all, along with the leadership of our RSM Reesor – his comprehensive knowledge of our regiment, and generosity in sharing his time and resources has provided ballast during this time.

I am inspired by this new generation of Highlanders and the contributions that you are all making in your service to our community and beyond, especially during this relentless pandemic.   Many of you in our active unit and our regimental family are doing work and showing leadership that is unseen.  Please know that you are appreciated!

Post-Covid, I look forward to gathering in person again and participating in events such as the always exciting McKenzie shoot.


HLCOL Sasha Darling


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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