There and Back Again: Ridler’s Triumphant Return to Canada

It’s been just under two years since I set out west and south and started my adventures with Erin in Northern California. But I had the opportunity to return recently and participate in a Canadian Army historical workshop. While I can’t discuss the details (mwa ha ha), it was terrific to be part of a very intensive yet informal game of full contact academics with some terrific talent. I naturally did my Omond Solandt song and dance, discussing his many wild skills as Canada’s preeminent defence research science Tzar. Wonderful presenters made for an engaging two days, thanks to the talents of Drs. Andrew Iarocci, Randall Wakelam,Peter Kasurak, John Rickard, and Allen English. I enjoyed every presentation (which is NOT the norm for any academic conference, let me tell you!), and the debates that followed, especially with Professor Terry Copp, whose work on operational research and military affairs is near and dear to my own heart (though I still challenge his views on some things!).

Special thanks to Major Andrew Godefroy, Ph.D. for leading this madcap intellectual expedition and for inviting me back to the old stomping grounds. It was a job well done and I hope it produces even more opportunities for the the Directorate of Land Concepts and Design. A shout out to Sgt. Kurt Grant for wrestling Power Point into submission, and for Mike Hennessy, my old supervisor, for throwing his intellectual acumen into the ring. Good times!




About ridlerville

Jason S. Ridler is a historian, writer, and improv actor. He is the author of A TRIUMPH FOR SAKURA, BLOOD AND SAWDUST, the Spar Battersea thrillers and has published over sixty stories in such magazines and anthologies as The Big Click, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Out of the Gutter, and more. He also writes the column FXXK WRITING! for Flash Fiction Online. A former punk rock musician and cemetery groundskeeper, Mr. Ridler holds a Ph.D. in War Studies from the Royal Military College of Canada. He lives in Richmond, CA. Visit him on Facebook at
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