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March 6, 2017

ROBUST AND RELIABLE-BCAOC WEEK 6: There Are No Landmarks in the Sky

The Basic CELE(Air) Officer Course (BCAOC) serial 0002 newsletter team is testing a new name for the newsletter this week, “Robust and Reliable,” in response to a complaint from a certain Canadian Forces Joint Signal Regiment (CFJSR) lieutenant (you know who you are) who chirped the writer about the BCAOC course trailing behind the Basic Signal Officer Course (BSOC) in the witty titles department.  Other titles we are considering include:

Determining the Needs”
“Prepare to Receive”
“Decentralized Control”
“Disoriented Control, Certain Execution”
“Nec Temere, Nec Timide”(Neither Rashly nor Timidly)”
“Air-Breathing Threats” and
This is for you, Brent.”

Feel free to submit an alternate title in the comments section below… we may consider it. BSOC, we now leave it to you to come up with equally witty content.

First off this week (before we delve into the nitty-gritty, super exciting week of PowerPoints and homework) we’d like to congratulate the BSOC DP 1.2 0003 course members on graduating this past Friday. We know you guys put in a lot of work to pass your courses and we are all tremendously excited for you to head to your new postings and finally let us access the choice parking spots. Good luck! Army Huuaaah!

BCAOC week six kicked off with a flurry of frantic typing, printing, and stapling due to the submission of 19 nearly-20-page-long reconnaissance (recce) reports to the course instructors. After going through each of the undoubtedly thrilling reads, the staff are probably all intimately familiar with Gore Training Area 3’s suitability as a Command Post (CP) location. Watch out for resubmissions next week… another small forest will be devastated. More space for aerodromes.

Coffee: this delicious beverage is a brewed drink prepared from roasted coffee beans, the seeds of berries from the “Coffea” plant, native to tropical Africa, and currently cultivated in over 70 equatorial countries around the world. Coffee can have a stimulating effect due to its high caffeine content, and as a result is one of the most popular drinks world-wide and forms the lifeblood of BCAOC candidates.

During classes this week, the candidates began learning about personnel administration, including Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), and airfield maintenance. They completed evaluations on aerospace doctrine and the Operational Planning Process via an in-class discussion and a written test Thursday morning. The content spanned a jaw-dropping 22 PowerPoint presentations, which amounted to almost 30 hours of class time, and were then condensed into a 45-minute long Enabling Check (EC). Simultaneous sighs of frustration and relief could be heard throughout the classroom that morning.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2Lt Drolet and Lt Bowering engage in some ADR. By the end it was King versus Pawn, and Drolet reigned victorious

In between classes, the BCAOC candidates were put to work preparing letters of invitation for their mid-June graduation dinner (featuring the renowned Shot Glass Ceremony where candidates take a shot then read the side of their glass to find their posting). This task involved stalking Lieutenant Colonels and Colonels all over the CELE(Air) trade for their work addresses, discovering the possible positions they could hold in the future and the incredible variety of potential acronyms that could accompany their names. 2Lt Smith learned firsthand that it is hard to covertly stalk someone if you CC them in your emails. Our sincerest apologies go out to LCol Cyr. (But seriously sir, please come to the graduation dinner, we’d be honored by your presence. For more information on the Grad Dinner, please contact 2Lt Bowles, Matthias.Bowles@forces.gc.ca)

Due to the Royal Military College of Canada (RMC) being empty for Reading Week, the Kingston Military Community Sports Centre (KMCSC) was free of the usual youthful clutter and noise. So many gains were made: 2Lt Mirza did leg day twice and 2Lt Popa actually went to the gym.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Captain Dubois-Boudazza and 2Lt Mirza take a break from lifting to play foosball during TGIT

Friday involved the candidates conducting situation and handover briefings all day under the direction of the course instructors. These briefings were done to practice for the upcoming exercise JIMMY MESSENGER, which will take place in four weeks. One after another, the candidates briefed each other and the instructors on the progress of the notional Canadian Olympic Regatta Kingston (CORK) and the status of 99 Communication and Information Systems (CIS) Flight CP, personnel, and equipment. As the day advanced, the CORK situation intensified as road closures and vehicle breakdowns escalated to riots, gunmen, missing children, and boat collisions. Thankfully, by the end of the day the notional riots had been dispersed, the notional gunmen had been apprehended, the missing notional child was found, and the notional boats… well, the boats sank, but all personnel were safely evacuated. All thanks to the notionally stellar organization and presentation efforts by the BCAOC class, of course!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2Lt Luczynski describes the direction of highway 401.

To keep their spirits up and their minds sharp, the candidates attempted to participate in the 100-cup “Roll Up the Rim” challenge. Out of the measly 10 cups that 2Lt Thompson managed to scrounge up, only two were found to be winners. This 2/10 result was a good average for the BCAOC candidates, who range from Lt Fry’s luck at winning two out of three cups, to caffeine-addicted 2Lt Thompson’s batting average of four out of forty-five.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The candidates exhibit the various styles of rolling up the rim, and their addiction to caffeine, gambling, and disappointment.

Though the stresses continue to mount for the candidates of BCAOC 0002, they look forward to many more weeks of learning … and Tetris.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A rare image of a winning rim in its natural habitat.

 

 

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