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Mention in Dispatches Sicily Top Soldiers Sports Day
MBdr William Tiernay The original D-Day for the Who are they? Canadian Forces
tells his story Canadians in WWII appreciation night
our Troops overseas
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“Master Bombardier Tiernay was BDr WIllIaM TIernay is a reluctant
you hear the 25s
hero. We had all heard the rumours that a
deployed with 1st Battalion, The Royal not-too-often seen award would be given
going off, you hear RPG
out during the regimental parade of 7
Canadian Regiment Battle Group, Toronto regiment on October 29, 2007, but more than a
going off, the small arms,
few of us were taken aback when he was called forward to
in Afghanistan. While conducting receive his Mention in Dispatches clasp. always friendly,
so things were getting
mild mannered and soft-spoken, Tiernay was certainly not
waving a banner over his head, trumpeting the deeds that
a forward combat patrol on Oct 14,
were deemed worthy of the award. and so to drive home
its significance, the Brigade Sergeant Major, CWO Darling,
2006 the battle group Commander’s more than once uttered sternly “People, this is a big deal,
they don’t just give this to anybody” during his and the
tactical headquarters came under Commander’s visit to the regiment.
We’ve had a chance to catch up with MBdr Tiernay to
intense enemy fire, immobilizing their get the details of the story that’s summarized in a scarce the explosions and the battle that was going on around us,
few lines of the citation: MBdr Tiernay was deployed to couldn’t quite figure it out. So I’m looking at the other guy,
vehicle. Master Bombardier Tiernay afghanistan as part of the mini-UaV troop attached to the Zaremba, he’s in the back of the laV with us, he’s laughing
1rCr Battle Group. The kind of UaVs the troop was using at me, because he’s got a headset, so he can hear what’s
dismounted to assist in securing (the Israeli-built Skylark, one of the latest acquisitions
of the CF at the time) required them to be on the move
going on. I’m trying to decide between doing what [the
BSM] tells me, and what seems right, and eventually after
constantly. In order to take full advantage of this new he tells me the second time to put my rifle down, I turn
the area. Unfortunately attacks by technology, the UaV troop would move to the locations around, lay my rifle down.”
most favorable to flying and situated in a position best fit after jumping out of the laV, the confusion thickened
the enemy claimed the lives of two for UaV observation (this fact I’m sure had something to even further. “I turn around and I literally say ‘BSM, what
do with the troop’s nickname—“The lost Boyz”). the fuck am I doing here?’ because I can’t see the battle
soldiers. His courageous actions This day was just another one of those routine moves going on, I can hear it, but I can’t see anything.” Only
that the troop was so used to. Having had no luck flying “Quit fucking around, Tiernay!” and a fast-disappearing
prevented further casualties and from Patrol Base Wilson, the troop relocated to Sperwin shape of the BSM running to the front of the laV came in
Ghar, only to discover that there too, the stars were not response. “I guess I’m following you!” he thought.
brought great credit to the Canadian aligning in their favour. It was on their move back to PBW “as soon as I clear the back left corner of our laV,
that the events ‘mentioned in dispatches’ took place. that’s when everything becomes clear. There was another
Forces and to Canada.” after a brief halt on the road, and having just resumed
moving, “all of a sudden we came under contact, there
laV that was stuck in a ditch, I guess it has backed into
it or something, couldn’t get out, and we were going to
were machine guns, recoilless rifles, rPGs and whatnots
The Mention in Dispatches is indicated by an oak leaf pin over the medal ribbon. Photo/Sgt Fedorov
—Citation from the Governor General firing… I was in the little cab part of the laV, sitting
down, you hear the 25s going off, you hear rPG going off,
the small arms, so things were getting pretty hectic
for a little while.”
Gunshots alone are not always a cause for alarm
in afghanistan. “you hear a few pop-pops, it could
be a farmer celebrating his daughter’s wedding or
something”—but this was different. “It was a lot of rounds
going off so… that only means one thing.” not having The LoST Boyz (MBdR TieRnAy On THe FAR leFT)
a headset of his own, the confusion was overwhelming.
Hearing the BSM telling the radio “yeah, yeah, I got extract it. everything made sense now.” It was business
Tiernay back here with me” only made the fog thicker. as usual from that point on, at least in comparison to the
What came next seemed just plain surreal. “Master surreal theatre that unfolded only moments earlier.
Bombadier Tiernay, you’re coming with me,” said the BSM. MBdr Tiernay, BSM Montague and two other soldiers
Finally having received some sort of direction, along from the second laV quickly and efficiently hooked and
with the shot of adrenaline a body delivers when one is recovered the immobilized laV. They did so with driven
about to step from the safety of an armoured vehicle into professionalism and complete disregard for the danger
the middle of a battle, MBdr Tiernay was ready for action. they were placing their lives in. “I didn’t know this at the
Throwing his rifle to his shoulder and about to jump out time, but apparently bullets were dancing feet away from
the back, he hears “Don’t worry about your rifle Master us while we were hooking this laV.” looking back at
Bombadier, leave it here—you won’t need it.” the events of October 14, 2006, MBdr Tiernay remains
by Sgt Greg Fedorov “So I’m told the look on my face at that point was humble. “anybody would do the same for us,” he says.
priceless, ‘cause I thought maybe I didn’t hear him over “I was just doing my job.”
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1 PLQ Mod 6 (Inf) 20 May – 18 July
2 PLQ Mod 6 (Inf) 03 July – 29 Aug
1 PLQ Mod 6 (Land) 20 May – 27 June
2 PLQ Mod 6 (Land) 07 July – 15 Aug
1 MSE OP QL3 (ph1) 30 June – 25 July Here WIll Be no concentration, no big exercise, of lFCa’s
1 MSE OP QL3 (ph2) 28 July – 29 Aug three reserve brigades this summer. The focus this year—and
probably for a few years to come—is something else.
“It was the perfect storm,” says Major Bob Ferguson, our
Meaford Brigade’s G3. “We had many competing priorities. There was exercise
Maple Defender, the army’s annual rotation of reserve troops to our
1 Dvr Whl 07 Apr – 02 May best training centre in Wainwright. There was an exercise to Fort Irwin,
1 Dvr Whl 03 July – 30 July California, but that’s been postponed. and of course, there’s TF 3-08 for
1 Dvr Whl 28 July – 22 Aug afghanistan, which has absorbed a lot of the junior leadership.
3 PLQ Mods 1-5 01 June – 27 June “The cancellation of Maple Defender,” stresses Maj Ferguson, “is a
1 DP2 IPSW 09 June – 27 June clear indication from lieutenant-General leslie, the army Commander,
2 SQ 02 June – 27 June that arC is priority number 1, and that he intends to reduce or
7 SQ 03 July – 28 July eliminate any bleed-off to competing activities.”
3 SQ 06 Aug – 29 Aug arC—that’s area reserve Courses—is the place to advance and
4 DP1 (Inf) 29 June – 25 July be recognized. The school needs candidates, support staff, and most
6 DP1 (Inf) 29 July – 29 Aug important, switched-on instructors. Because the regular army is
1 DP1 (Armd Recce) 03 July – 30 July running additional serials in Gagetown, and because 2 CMBG is filling
1 DP1 (Armd Recce) 31 July – 29 Aug most of TF 3-08, we can’t expect the usual help from Petawawa. On
1 BDC/Grenade Destr 09 June – 13 June top of that, the area has doubled the number of PlQ Mod 6 land and
1 BDC/Grenade Destr 16 June – 20 June Infantry courses that will run in Ontario. There will also be three full-
time PlQ Mods 1-5, something that hasn’t happened since 2002.
This all means that instead of working at some brainless job at the
Sault St Marie mall, or scraping paint off docks in Muskoka, you can do something
worthwhile this summer. If you’re floating along in the private or
1 DP2 Arty Det 2IC 24 June – 25 July corporal ranks, think “Primary leadership Qualification.” Stop lounging
1 DP1 Arty 01 July – 29 July around on GDs and look at some career progression. This brigade needs
2 DP1 Arty 31 July – 29 Aug about 150 new master corporals. Can you spell “opportunity”?
1 DP2 OP Det Mbr 16 June – 20 June There’s one other thing that really matters this summer; it’s an
1 DP2 OP Det 2IC 24 June – 25 July absolute must fill. The Ceremonial Guard needs help so 32 CBG is
1 Arty Gun Tow 23 June – 27 June sending two sections, 15 June to the end of august. It’s a fantastic
1 DP3 Recce Det Comd 02 July – 25 July way to acquire the sharpest drill in the regiment, as well as advancing
international relations by, um, meeting tourists. Check with your chain
of command. If you’re not in a position to start PlQ, your platoon
Connaught commander can give you the details on a summer in Ottawa.
1 BMQ (CG, non band) 05 May – 30 May
1 BMQ (CG, band) 28 Apr – 23 May
1 PLQ Mods 2-5 (CG) 28 Apr – 27 May
1 PLQ Mod 6 (CG, band) 28 May – 10 June
Editor in ChiEf Col G.C. Mann, CD Managing Editor Capt J.L. Misquitta, CD Editor Capt R.H. Kennedy, CD
Staff WritEr / PhotograPhEr Cpl T. Fernandes dESignEr / Staff PhotograPhEr Sgt G.V. Fedorov
Corporal, it’s your turn. the Canadian army needs leaders for the
StEadfaSt is the regular newsletter of 32 Canadian Brigade Group and is published under the authority of its
21st century. get your leadership qualification and improve your job
Commander, Col G.C. Mann, CD. Views expressed in the newsletter do not necessarily represent official opinion or
policy. Its aim is to provide information found on the Brigade’s web site in order to promote espirit de corps throughout
32 CBG. Submission of articles and photographs is welcome electronically in email, MS Word or WordPerfect formats.
Photographs must be accompanied by cutlines that identify the activity and personnel (rank, first name, and surname).
prospects in the army and the civilian world too. get a raise. advance
1 BMQ (32 CBG) 07 July – 01 Aug The editor reserves the right to edit. on thE CovEr: Members of the Toronto Scottish Regiment march past the Royal
Ontario Museum on Bloor St, Toronto, after Remembrance Day ceremonies at Queen’s Park. 32 Canadian Brigade and be recognized. apply for summer PLQ now.
group Public affairs LCol George Taylor Denison III Armoury 1 Yukon Lane, Toronto, ON, M3K 0A1 Phone: 416 633
Number of courses running 6200 x2847 Email: email@example.com. www.army.forces.gc.ca/32brigade
This table is only a rough preview of the summer’s courses.
6 DP1 (Inf) 29 July – 29 Aug Exact dates and availability of courses are likely to change.
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Leafs honour troops, win game
by Cpl Terence Fernandes
Photo/Cpl Jean-Francois Neron, 8 Wing Trenton Imaging Section
T’S SaTUrDay nIGHT at the air Canada Centre. One soldier describes seeing Tie Domi and his female
The last-place leafs are hosting the Ottawa Senators. companion on the elevator: “It’s the first time I’ve ever
Fans, some knowing, some surprised, notice pockets been around a really good-looking woman and stared at
of green and shades of blue: all three elements of the the guy for ten minutes,” admits Corporal David Turner-
Canadian Forces. Bob of the royal regiment of Canada who, along with four
at 7:05, instead of the normal pre-game theatrics, a others from his unit, were invited to the Platinum Club to
Mission Impossible-esque soundtrack cues the flight of have a drink with TSn commentator Dan O’Toole.
four paratroopers repelling to centre ice from the rafters One soldier stopped Gen Hillier and only managed
by Robert Smol of the air Canada Centre. to say “Sir…” before the General interrupted him. “I
In the stands scattered across the platinum level remember you!” They started talking about a trip they
Deploying Reservists now have and atop the rink in a box suite are more than 200 CF took together a while ago in Kandahar: the CDS and
personnel. On the ice, Mats Sundin and Mike Fisher take Master Corporal Jordace young of the Toronto Scottish.
a little less to worry about the ceremonial face-off and a backseat to the boisterous The General had entered MCpl young’s laV and
ovation given to General rick Hillier, Chief of the Defence announced: “Hey, I’m ricky. I’m going up in the hatch.”
Staff, as he walks to centre ice to drop the puck. General Hillier used MCpl young’s rifle in the hatch
For many soldiers, this is their first ticket to a leaf as they drove from FOB Mas’um Ghar to Sperwan Ghar
n DeCeMBer the provincial government passed game. But the experience went beyond the boards for in the Panjwayi district. For MCpl young, this Maple leaf
game (the first he’s ever attended) was both a reminder of
Bill 2, titled “an act to amend the employment both soldiers and fans. Some fans would stop a soldier to
Standards act, 2000 to provide reservist leave and the shake hands, some would say thank-you, and others would and a thank-you for his service overseas.
“It was pretty cool,” he says. “We won! It’s about time
also ‘very much on
Health Insurance act to eliminate the waiting period awkwardly salute. Many of the soldiers met Don Cherry,
for military families.” Under this new law, reservists who Wendel Clark, and Doug Gilmour. we beat the Sens.”
the radar screen.’
normally have been at their civilian job for a period of
at least six months are to be given leave without pay if
deployed overseas or if called out in an emergency.
“We want to make sure that these young men and
women who put their safety at risk to serve their country
have on their mind only their mission and getting home issue that came up,” says Duguid. On the other hand,
safe to their families,” says Ontario Minister of labour the pending federal legislation does provide limited
Brad Duguid. “They should not have to worry about accommodation for career courses.
whether they have a job to return to when they get home.” “What they covered is annual training for a period of
The length of employment leave allowed under up to 15 days and training related to operations and any
the new provincial law is to continue “as long as the training that reservists would be compelled to take under
deployment or other circumstance continues, or for the national Defence act,” explains Charles Philippe
the prescribed period.” The reservist is not entitled to rochon, a manager with Human resources and Social
participate in any benefit plans provided by their employer Development Canada. “For the time being there would be
unless a regulation is provided to that effect. and at the no coverage for courses or career level courses.”
end of the deployment, the employer could postpone The federal law, if passed, would also contain
reinstatement for a period of two weeks or until the first prohibitions aimed at employers who, knowing their new
pay following the leave. obligations, might discriminate against reservists. It’s a
at the same time, federal legislation dealing with problem the United States, which has had a similar law for
both military leave and student loan protection has just some time, has experienced.
been passed by the House of Commons and at press time “This was very much on the radar screen,” says
was awaiting passage by the Senate. Bill 40, which amends rochon. “There is a prohibition clause in the Canada
four other laws, is intended to provide job protection to labour Code that will be added that prohibits employers
reservists working in federally regulated industries and from discriminating against reservists in terms of firing
the federal government. This federal law will also allow them or not promoting them.” It will also apply to hiring.
reservists who are students to maintain their active according to rochon, the lawyers drafting the law
student status with respect to Canada Student loans. This tried to avoid placing too much expense on employers
relieves them of the obligation to start paying back their so there would be little financial reason to discriminate.
loans while they’re deployed. That’s why the leave is unpaid and there’s no obligation
But in its current form, the provincial law does of the employer to contribute to benefit or pension plans
not oblige employers to grant leave for career or trade during the deployment.
qualification courses not linked to a specific deployment. now, it’s up to the rest of us to take advantage
“When we looked at that originally, that was not an of what the lawmakers have done.
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D-Day British General alexander and including the British 8th
army under General Montgomery and the american 7th
army under General Patton. Most members of the 48th
were anxious, like other soldiers in the Canadian division,
Italian) forces who were dug in on the island after their
recent defeat in north africa.
landing on a beach near the town of Pachino, as
the 1st Brigade’s reserve unit supporting the assault by
the 48th highlanders to finally “get into the fight.” after three long years of the rCr and the Hasty Ps, the Highlanders had first to
waiting, they were ready to take on the axis (German and overcome the frustration encountered when their assault ☞
of Canada go into battle
by Capt Steve gilbert
T WaS the Canadian army’s original D Day. not June royal Canadian regiment (rCr) and the Hastings and
6 1944 in normandy, but July 10 1943 on the island of Prince edward regiment (Hasty Ps).
Sicily. The 1st Canadian Infantry Division, stationed in like the rest of the Canadian force, the 48th had spent
Britain since 1939, and having spent most of the time the late spring at a battle school in Scotland, learning
since training on necessary but seemingly endless battle and practicing many tactical skills, including assault
drills, was finally going into action. It had the 1st Canadian boat landing techniques. They had then embarked on
Tank Brigade under command. The 48th Highlanders of the troopship Derbyshire on June 28 and headed out in
Canada was one of the Division’s nine infantry battalions, convoy to join the massive Sicily invasion force. afloat
a part of the army’s 1st Infantry Brigade, along with the was the entire allied 15th army Group commanded by
oPeRaTIoN huSky WAS THe lARGeST AMpHiBiOUS OpeRATiOn MOUnTed Up UnTil THAT TiMe. 26,000 CAnAdiAn DISPaTCh RIDeRS, SUCH AS THeSe FROM THe 48 th, deliveRed CRiTiCAl MeSSAGeS FROM vARiOUS pOinTS in THe BATTleField.
soldiers landed at Pachino in very strong winds, which made the landings difficult but also ensured the element of surprise. Seen in the Their biggest fear was the snipers who merely had to wait for their dusty trail to appear in the distance. Photo / 48th Highlanders of Canada Museum
picture is a Landing Ship Tank deploying a Sherman to the shores of Pachino. Photo / National Archives Canada
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occasion... He just kept going, leading his little group of 5
Highlanders along dead ground… Kay was within 20 yards
of the topmost German position, and still unobserved,
when he suddenly launched a surprise attack from its
flank… It was an important and formidable position; 17
Germans were in it; they had three machine guns, all
firing at [his comrades] in the valley. Though wounded
in the arm, Cpl Kay himself hurled 32 grenades into and
around the position. every German in the position was
either killed or seriously wounded.”
The Highlanders had engaged in the regiment’s first
actual combat since the Great War. They had suffered nine
casualties (four killed and five wounded) but triumphed
over a tough and experienced enemy.
ahead lay even tougher engagements at the Sicilian
towns of assoro, agira and regalbuto. The enemy
conducted a skillful fighting withdrawal against the
allied formations. Finally, when the regiment reached
the Simeto river and the town of Carcaci, within sight of
Mount etna, their kit bags arrived, 27 days after the their
initial landing on the southeast coast of the island.
The regiment was given a lengthy, 19-day rest before
embarking for mainland Italy. They had proven their
fighting ability in Sicily. almost two years of continuous
LIeuTeNaNT-GeNeRaL aNDReW MCNauGhToN, COMMAndinG 1St CAnAdiAn
combat, many more gruelling battles, and steadily
Army in 1943, issued the order on April 27 to detach both 1st Canadian Infantry Division
and 1st Canadian Tank Brigade to Sicily. Photo / National Archives Canada mounting casualties awaited them in Italy and, later,
in northwest europe. Throughout, the Highlanders
Here the Highlanders encountered strong resistance would display the same resilience and dependability that
from the 2nd Battalion of Germany’s 15th Panzer regiment. emerged in their first victory at Valguarnera.
The 48th ’s D Company (known in WW II terminology as
and marched. It grew
ThIS PICTuRe, FeATURinG A FUll-BeARded SGT H.e. COOpeR OF THe 48 th, AppeARed in All THe MAjOR CAnAdiAn dAilieS. WHile THe pUBliC SAW THe
Sicilian reality, distant commanders saw an unshaven soldier. The result was a prompt declaration that all soldiers will be shaven at all times. The photogenic Sgt Cooper only fearfully dusty. It was
dust, dust, dust.
got his razor and his kit bag 27 days after the Regiment landed on the beaches of Sicily. Photo / National Archives Canada
boats were grounded on offshore sandbars. Their CO, lCol official regimental History, Dileas, records what one
Ian Johnston, dealt with this first rather irritating obstacle Highlander wrote in his diary:
by arranging for some smaller amphibious craft to ferry “We marched and marched. It grew fearfully dusty.
the Highlanders ashore. Once there, they quickly moved It was dust, dust, dust. We marched. I was thirsty, thirsty,
inland and dug in to help consolidate the western flank of thirsty – and there was no water. We marched and
the 1st Brigade’s beachhead. They were, however, without marched. Our tin hats would fry eggs. We marched. Men
their kit bags or their carriers. The ships carrying both had collapsed from exhaustion. We marched…” Dog Company) attempted a right flanking movement on
been scattered from their offshore moorings by air attacks. Moving up the divisional line of advance and driven the enemy position, a ridge, which dominated the town’s
as a result, the Highlanders would go on one long route forward by continuous pressure from higher HQ to defenses. With most of Dog Company pinned down by
march through the Sicilian campaign and live and fight in maintain speed, they entered Sicily’s southern settlements. enemy fire, courageous junior leadership saved the day.
the clothes they wore when they landed. These were towns with new, and for these young soldiers, Corporal Bill Kay won the Distinguished Conduct
Soon after they finally reached the Pachino beaches, exotic names—rosolini, Giarratana, Vizzini. as the 1st Medal by successfully leading his five-man section in
the battalion began a forced march inland through the Brigade vanguard, they easily captured Caltagirone, an attack on the German right flank and forcing the
hot, dry, dusty and ruggedly primitive countryside. which had been the headquarters of the opposing Herman withdrawal of the entire enemy force from its strong aFTeR TWo WEEkS On CRAMped TROOp SHipS, THe 48 th BeGAn THeiR
march north in the dusty Sicilian summer toward the mountainous centre of the island.
Throughout the following days, the heat, dust and Goering Division. Then, on 17 and 18 July 1943, came their position. again from Dileas: “Cpl William Frederick Seen in the picture is Pte Ted Brown, writing a letter and ignoring the mosquitoes.
mosquitoes would severely test them. Volume 2 of the first real battle, at Valguarnera. Kay, and the third section of no 17 Platoon, rose to the Photo / 48th Highlanders of Canada Museum
The old Dog
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a Forester for all seasons By Capt P.C. Bawden
n SePTeMBer OF 1972 at the age of 17, a thin and from Sgt Cottenden remembers it. From section attacks
energetic young man entered the Barrie armoury. to Driver Wheel courses to machine-gun lessons, he gives
Private Cottenden was a straight-a student in high them his all. Homemade training aids like a drive train
school on his way to Queens University with a made entirely of wood, and a vocabulary uniquely his own,
scholarship for engineering. But his university career never fail to keep the students engaged.
would soon fall victim to a stronger desire to work with Wherever the training is the toughest, you’ll find him;
his hands in the great outdoors. He eventually found his he always looks for the challenge. as for
way to the forests of Grey County, where he earned his
living cutting firewood and raising pigs.
at the same time he remained active in the Militia.
He was never lacking for energy; early stories indicate
that he could dig a trench two or three times faster than
the average soldier. It was common for him to run to the
armory with his rucksack laden with gear.
is taking shape
32 Canadian Brigade Group’s
newest armoury is set to open
in Etobicoke in early 2009 SGT CoTTeNDeN AS THE COLONEL’S DRIVER (KENTuCKY VARIETY) IN THE 1970s.
(LEFT PHOTO). ABOVE IS A YOuNG MAJ JOHN FISHER (LEFT) WITH SGT COTTENDEN.
He yeT-TO-Be-naMeD armoury in etobicoke The site has two buildings. One is exclusively for the dedication, we’ve seen him fly up from his Florida home
will house the headquarters and a company of police while the other, measuring 3,600 square feet, is This same energy occasionally led to mischief and many times to attend winter training. Clearly, he’s not just
the Toronto Scottish regiment along with their primarily for DnD. trouble – like the time many years ago in Ipperwash where in for the paycheque. From Ice Storm to war fighting, he’s
famous Pipes & Drums. The facility is being The armoury (seen above) is two storeys tall. From a live pig was released into a parade. and there are other been there.
built as a joint project with the Toronto Police Service, the bedrock up, the basement will have lockers, a change stories; let’s just say he has sewn on and removed more Sgt Cottenden is a living example of the hearty
which gets a new Training Centre of it own. room, and storage space for quarter master stores. The rank badges than your average nCO. woodsman that every Forester strives to be. It was Field
“We partnered because we see a lot of synergies [with main floor will include the drill hall, a new small-arms While the Foresters have endured some indiscretions, Marshal Wavell who summarized the qualities of a good
the Toronto police],” says Second lieutenant andrew rupf, trainer, classrooms, and offices. The second floor will they have equally benefitted from his dedication and infantryman as a poacher, cat burglar and gunman. Sgt
a project coordinator from the area engineer office. contain the band room, the messes, and a library. instructional ability. every student who has had a lesson Cottenden is a very good infantryman.
The Brigade responds to a
simulated flood in Aurora
The CoMMaNDeR HAS deClARed dOMeSTiC OpeRATiOnS a top priority flood; tasks like search and rescue, presence patrols, dyke construction,
of 32 CBG. From december 7 to 9, our domestic Response Unit deployed evacuation, and the provision of fresh water, emergency first aid, and area
to Aurora, Ontario, for an emergency response field exercise. The scenario security. Seen above is the dRU’s temporary headquarters in Aurora. late
called for a quick reaction to a simulated flood that had overwhelmed local this year, 32 CBG will be part of a province-wide emergency response
and provincial emergency services. Soldiers conducted tasks relevant to a exercise under the direction of Canada Command.
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EvEry yEar in January at Ex guiding Light, thE CoMMandEr of 32 Canadian
BrigadE grouP rECognizES thE forMation’S toP SoLdiErS: onE PrivatE
or CorPoraL, onE Junior nCo, onE SEnior nCo, and onE Junior offiCEr.
thESE PEoPLE SEt thE Standard for EvEry othEr MEMBEr of thE BrigadE.
C S M C
oRPoRal benjamIn eRGeanT bRyan aybe ‘ToP SenIoR aPTaIn aDam PaRkIn
Frank not only has time Burns has done it all. He’s nCO’ is too small is truly both a model
in, but he gives all his got all the basic courses. an honour for and an inspiration to his
free time to the army. He’s also got the exceptional: Warrant Officer Dave peers,” says lCol Bruce
His strength is in his tireless observer controller, basic parachutist, Goldenberg. He has already McCullough, his Commanding
dedication to the Canadian Forces. basic helicopter operations, the marched past that rung: on the Officer. He devotes hours upon
This past year, Toronto US army basic mountain warfare Queen’s york rangers OrBaT he hours to the regiment—most
was only his home away from course, jumpmaster, rappel master, comes in as a Squadron Sergeant- of them unpaid. all the more
Petawawa. He spent time at the aerial delivery, parachute instructor, Major, normally a slot for a Master commendable when considering
base on course with leadership basic demolitions, and the urban Warrant Officer. he has 1) a family, and 2) is VP of
Company and on training for TF 3-08 for what will be operations instructor. On his urban ops instructor he But broadening his arcs is nothing new. Deployed asset Securitization Group at TD Securities—a job that
his second overseas. finished as the top candidate and was recommended to with TF 3-06, where he served with PySOPS, WO occupies more than 70 hours a week. regardless, Capt
In between his two stints in Petawawa, he spent time return to the Infantry School as an instructor. Goldenberg looked after the other overseas rangers Parkin is a mainstay on parade and in the field. at the
in the summer training new soldiers at lFCa’s Training Back at the unit, Sgt Burns is the go-to guy for parachute and sent reports back to the regiment detailing their gruelling ex roger’s Challenge, Capt Parkin was part of
Centre Meaford. you might be thinking at least he had activity. He’s the senior jumpmaster for the Queen’s Own condition. and, although he later worked with PSyOPS the winning patrol, and was one of only nine to finish.
weekends off. not really. Weekends off in Meaford were and even volunteers to support 3 rCr in their airborne work. full-time, he still maintained a flawless attendance “In physicality and mental toughness, he leads
a luxury, and they were spent in the seemingly endless He’s been working full-time as the Unit emplanation Officer. record with the rangers. by example, and demands high standards from his
papermill of pre-deployment. He coordinates para training with 8 Wing, CFlaWC, and “He has demonstrated a leadership and organizational subordinates,” says the CO, who describes him as a “pillar”
He has never missed a regimental field exercise. 3 rCr, booking parachutes and riggers, and organizes ability well beyond his rank,” says lCol Bruce of the regiment. He consistently gives strong guidance to
He’s one of those soldiers that is always on parade. He refreshers for jumpers within lFCa. McCullough, his Commanding Officer. “He not only has junior officers. In the absence of his squadron commander,
finished his Battle Fitness Test to ‘exempt’ standard and On Operation athena, Sgt Burns was part of the potential for the next rank, but is performing as the next he takes over without difficulty, demonstrating his
then shot ‘marksman.’ His easy-going character allows Defence and Security Platoon. He exceeded the standard and rank, and successfully.” superior potential for advancement.
him to demonstrate leadership to his section without set the example. On tour he was, as he is here, a top soldier Described as a “consummate professional,” WO Despite his career and family, and the pay cut he’ll
becoming overbearing or unprofessional. and an example for junior leaders in the brigade. Goldenberg sets the example and demands the same suffer, Capt Parkin will deploy overseas with TF 3-08.
“He’s been an excellent example of a soldier to his “Sgt Burns’ leadership style and his dedication are high standard from his peers and subordinates. He “He is one of the most dedicated, conscientious, and
peers since he joined,” says Major John Mcewen, the unmatched,” says lCol Delaney, Commanding Officer of performed admirably on his tour of duty, and was professional officers I have had the pleasure to serve with,”
DCO of Cpl Frank’s own 48th Highlanders of Canada. the Queen’s Own rifles of Canada. recommended for “immediate” promotion. says lCol McCullough.
The Centre is now set up in throughout the GTa, southwestern Ontario, CFB Borden
and lFCa TC Meaford. among its many programs are
by current programs. They also offer general briefings to
units at any time.
Toronto—and it’s here to help
Casualty Support, Casualty administration, Transition anyone wanting more information can call the
assistance, Pastoral Outreach, return to Work, OSISS and regional Manager, lucy rossignol, at 416-633-6200 x 2661
others. The local office can set up education briefings and or her assistant Manager, Percy Purpura, at local 2662.
can help members who are having trouble understanding you can also check the website: www.forces.gc.ca/centre.
InCe 1999, THe CenTre has been helping ill service. Until recently, those needing this kind of help had the services and benefits they’re entitled to. They can help
and injured soldiers get on with their lives, helping to phone Ottawa. now, all of us can access these services people find their way through medical administrative
others to start new careers, and offering support at Denison armoury in Downsview. releases. The new office might also help with funding for
to families of CF members who have died in the The Centre is for both regular and reserve members ☞ equipment or services that are needed but not covered
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Medically and physically fit, not an adMinistrative
burden, will have approval froM their co and are
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