Message from the Padre – #3
48th Stained Glass

Among my favourite photos in the Regiment’s vast archives are those of war time weddings. Each photo tells an amazing story of two people who chose to take a leap of faith and tie the knot in the face of a very uncertain future in dangerous and difficult times.

Perhaps the uncertainty of the times had a roll to play in their decision to seize the day and not to put off to tomorrow what could be done today. At any rate, when I look at the photos I am moved by the love in their eyes and the courage that must have been in their hearts.

Last weekend I had the privilege of officiating at the wedding of one of our Highlanders. As we went over the vows at the rehearsal one of the traditional lines jumped out at me in a new way. “Forsaking all others will you be faithful to this person so long as you both shall live?”

Faithful Forever. Dileas gu Brath.

A marriage may be inspired by love but it is built on fidelity – faithfulness.

Often the word faithful has a religious connotation and to say that one has faith is to say that one believes in a proposition such as “I believe that God exists.” But having faith in or believing in someone is really more about trust and reliability. It is about knowing that they will be there when you need them.

That kind of trust is nurtured and developed over time through repeated experiences until it becomes strong and unshakeable. It has been the foundation of our regiment for 130 years.

In this Thanksgiving season I am grateful for having had the opportunity to be a part of this regimental family and to have built good friendships with so many outstanding people. I am grateful for the faithfulness with which each of you serve our Queen and country. I am grateful for all who have gone before us, setting the example for us to follow.

May you have a blessed Thanksgiving.

Dileas gu Brath.

Maj the Rev’d Canon Don McLean Aitchison UE

Chaplain, Trinity College School


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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