Colonel Commandant’s Commendation2019-03-06T14:01:22+00:00

Colonel Commandant’s Commendation

The Colonel Commandant’s Commendation is an award that has been instituted as a means of recognizing exceptional service to The Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery.  As the office of the Colonel Commandant is the single most visible institution binding all Canadian Gunners, units and organizations, it is fitting that the award is presented in his name after receiving his personal approval.  To obtain maximum value from the commendation, it is only awarded for exceptional service to The Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery.  Care must be taken to ensure that the award is not awarded so often as to trivialize its status and must not duplicate or replace any existing award or commendation.  Also, the award must never be perceived as a “Second Prize” when another CF or formation award is not granted.  The aim of the Colonel Commandant’s Commendation is to provide a method whereby suitable candidates, either individuals, units or other organizations, may be recognized for exceptional and outstanding service to The Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery. Each submission should describe the reason for the nomination, and should include the recommended wording for the commendation itself.  The wording should be brief, to the point, and should not exceed 250 words. Narratives, where possible, should be in bilingual format.  Nominations for recipients are then sent to the Regimental Major to be forwarded to the Colonel Commandant for final approval.  Submissions must be approved and signed by a Commanding Officer.  The Colonel Commandant’s Commendation is a unique scroll, in bilingual format. It contains a brief narrative outlining the service for which the commendation is presented. The scroll will always be signed by, and where circumstances permit, be presented personally by the Colonel Commandant.  In those instances where the Colonel Commandant is not present, the scroll will be presented by a senior Gunner officer in a ceremony befitting the importance of the Commendation.

Record of Awards

If you notice a missing Commendation please contact RHQ RCA. There have been losses in the data base.

2018

Forward Observation Officer Party G12, G Battery, 3rd Regiment, Royal Canadian Horse Artillery

Forward Observation Party G12 from G Battery, 3rd Regiment, Royal Canadian Horse Artillery is hereby commended for its exceptional gunnery skill and exemplary teamwork in winning the Divisional FOO Engagement Competition held at CFB Gagetown as part of Rendez-vous 81 – the first Canadian Army divisional concentration in over 20 years. The Party comprised Captain Alan McIntosh, Master Bombardier Leonard Nearing, and Gunners Douglas Marr, Robert Lupton and Anthony Edwards. The Divisional Artillery consisted of all regular force regiments and batteries, based in Canada: 2 RCHA, 3 RCHA, 5 RALC and W Battery RCA. One FOO party from each field artillery battery engaged a divisional target; the party whose engagement was deemed most effective was declared the winner. The competition was conducted by the Instructor-in-Gunnery staff of The RCA School. Good shooting G12!

The Royal Canadian Artillery Band

The Royal Canadian Artillery Band is hereby commended for its outstanding contribution to the élan, ésprit de corps and heritage of The Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery. With roots dating to Quebec City’s “B” Battery School of Gunnery Volunteer Band of 1879, the RCA Band has long occupied a place in the forefront of Canadian military music. Renowned for its virtuosity, creativity, and style, it added special lustre to its reputation during its performance of Public Duties at Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle and elsewhere in London on the occasion of the 150th Anniversary of Canadian Confederation. Resplendent in full dress, precise and steady on parade, and masters of a repertoire of regimental and carefully curated Canadian popular music, the Gunner Musicians of the RCA Band instilled not only appreciation and enjoyment in their British audiences, but also pride and admiration in their comrades across The Royal Regiment and indeed, Canadians from Coast to Coast to Coast.

Master Warrant Officer Klaus Stockhorst, C.D. (Ret’d), 5th (British Columbia) Field Artillery Regiment RCA

Master Warrant Officer Klaus Stockhorst, C.D. (Ret’d) is hereby commended for his exemplary commitment to the preservation, display and interpretation of the history and heritage of The Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery. A stalwart volunteer staff member, since his retirement in Victoria, of the Museum of 5th (British Columbia) Field Artillery Regiment RCA, he acted ten years as curator and principal docent in which capacities he led the revitalization of the Museum – creating and refurbishing many intriguing and interactive displays and exhibits which have enhanced its approachability and relevance for current and future generations of West Coast Gunners and Friends of the Regiment and so assisted them in finding inspiration in the service and exploits of those who have gone before us

2017

Lieutenant-Colonel T.J. Hogan, C.D., RCA, National Defence Headquarters

Lieutenant-Colonel T.J. Hogan is hereby commended for his outstanding contribution to the well-being of the Regimental Family and the success of its endeavours in the National Capital Region. He is an exemplar of Gunner pride and an unsurpassed advocate of the comradeship and mutual support to be derived during extra-regimental employment from fellow Gunners – serving and retired; regular and reserve. An able and energetic participant in all aspects of regimental affairs, he played a key role in the success of the dedication of the John McCrae statue in 2015 and, for several years, was a valued member of the executive of the Ottawa Gunners Association where he worked tirelessly to facilitate communication between the various components of the local Gunner community, encourage the participation of serving members in regimental family activities, and to exploit the utility of retired members in helping to maintain the continuity of the Regiment and to support the professional development of the next generation. We are very much in his debt.

Brigadier-General D.A. Patterson M.S.M., C.D. (Late RCA)

Brigadier-General D.A. Patterson M.S.M., C.D. is hereby commended for the exceptionally admirable service he has rendered The Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery over the course of thirty-eight years from 1979 to 2017. During this time, he rose from the rank of Gunner in 2nd Field Artillery Regiment, RCA through that of Lieutenant-Colonel and Commanding Officer of his Regiment to that of General Officer appointed to Deputy Command of the 4th Canadian Division. Along the way, he distinguished himself on active service in Ethiopia, Sudan and Afghanistan and in ever more senior positions charged with the development and administration of the Army Reserve. Retiring as The Royal Regiment’s senior and most accomplished reserve officer of the day, his embrace of our Gunner values of loyalty, integrity, devotion, courage, perseverance, and honour did much to foster the credibility, relevance, and value of the Regiment in the eyes of Canadians and Allies alike. We are in his debt.

Honorary Lieutenant-Colonel W.F. Linton, 116th Independent Field Artillery Battery RCA

Hereby commended for his exemplary performance of duty as Honorary Lieutenant-Colonel of 116 Independent Field Artillery Battery, Royal Canadian Artillery. During his appointment, he worked tirelessly to raise the profile of the Battery throughout Northwestern Ontario and beyond. His accomplishments include resurrection of the Battery Senate; securing the granting by the City of Kenora to the unit of Freedom of the City; and renaming of the street on which stands the Battery armoury to “Artillery Way”. He has also strived to increase the quality of life for soldiers suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder by organizing hunting and fishing trips for both Regular and Reserve Force soldiers of all ranks and trades in the Lake of the Woods area. Moreover, Honorary Lieutenant-Colonel Linton effectively collaborated with the Lake of the Woods museum to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War and established a Kenora Military Ball. Together these efforts constitute an enduring model for those members of the community who would step forward to serve The Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery in honorary appointments.

2016

Sergeant Thomas James Green, C.D., (Ret’d), The Royal Canadian School of Artillery

Hereby commended for his exemplary actions under tragic circumstances at Camp Shilo, Manitoba on 24 September 1963. While in command of a 105mm howitzer deployed on a live firing exercise and manned by soldiers undergoing basic training at the Royal Canadian School of Artillery, a projectile fitted with a defective fuse, exploded at the muzzle of Sergeant Green’s gun. One member of the detachment was mortally wounded while others, including Sergeant Green, sustained lesser injuries. Despite the ensuing shock, confusion and his own head wound, he immediately tended to the dying soldier while also supervising the provision of first aid to the other casualties, helping arrange their evacuation and personally securing the scene of the accident. Upon the arrival of the School Commandant, Sergeant Green was ordered to the base hospital. Following medical treatment which included the removal of a shell fragment, he returned directly to the field and resumed his duties as Detachment Commander for the balance of the exercise. This Non-Commissioned Officer’s actions on that day were denoted by exceptional presence of mind, fortitude and devotion to duty. Together these constitute an enduring example of soldierly virtue worthy of emulation by all members of The Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery and for which we remain duly grateful.

Lieutenant-Colonel Geoffrey George Jamieson, CD, (Ret’d), Royal Canadian Medical Service

Hereby commended for his singular contribution to the preservation and interpretation of the history and heritage of The Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery by way of his portrait paintings of some seven of the Colonels Commandant of the Regiment. Lieutenant-Colonel Jamieson’s paintings, which hang in the dining room of the Royal Canadian Artillery Officers’ Mess at the Home Station in Shilo, help to illustrate the continuity of The Royal Regiment’s service to Canada and point to the example and inspiration that may be drawn from its leaders down the years. They constitute an invaluable legacy that will distinguish the Mess and inform its members for generations to come. The Regiment is indebted to Lieutenant-Colonel Jamieson for the generous application of his artistic talent to the expression of our identity and esprit de corps.

Major Ron Paterson, M.M.M., C.D., (Ret’d), 7th Toronto Regiment RCA

Hereby commended for his outstanding contribution to the promotion of the heritage and public awareness of The Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery. Since joining 42nd Medium Regiment as a Gunner, his service with the RCA has spanned more than half a century. As Chairman of the “Limber Gunners,” the Toronto Artillery Foundation’s QF 25 Pounder equipped re-enactment group, Major Paterson has been instrumental in helping keeping The Royal Regiment in the public eye throughout the Greater Toronto Area and beyond. In addition to arranging and participating in as many as twenty public events each year, he has worked tirelessly to recruit and train new members; procure and maintain guns, limbers, tractors and associated vintage equipment; order blank ammunition; fit uniforms; secure sponsors; raise operating funds; and conduct outreach to cadets. The Limber Gunners’ role in military funerals including that of Corporal Nathan Cirillo is of special significance and a source of pride for all Gunners. Major Paterson’s leadership, dedication and energy not only inspire his colleagues but also denote him a leading member of the 7th Toronto Regimental Family and an example to all who value our history and tradition.

Ms. Rosa Hensley, The Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery School

A Public Servant for over 36 years and during 34 of these, Executive Assistant to some twenty Commandants of The Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery School, Ms Rosa Hensley has made an outstanding contribution to the operation of the School and the well-being of The Royal Regiment. Known to thousands of Gunners over the years, her exceptional poise, versatility and dedication have gained her the respect, appreciation and affection of all who have worked with her and won her recognition from military authorities far and wide. As loyal, proud and spirited a member of the Regimental Family as any uniformed Gunner, Ms Hensley leaves our company with our enduring gratitude for her service and our heartfelt best wishes for an entirely enjoyable and fulfilling retirement. She will be greatly missed.

2015

Captain David Burnett, C.D., (Ret’d), 7th Toronto Regiment RCA

Hereby commended for exemplary service to 7th Toronto Regiment, RCA and to The Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery at large. For over 35 years, Captain Burnett has been engaged in the provision of non-public support to his Regiment. The Toronto Gunners Association owes to him its creation and many of its achievements have been due to his leadership as President in which role, he has been a tireless friend and fund-raiser for the Regiment and a champion of the Regimental Family. The Gunner Luncheons he has convened have long been a popular venue for the enjoyment of distinctive Gunner comradery. He is also a Founding Member and current Trustee of the Toronto Artillery Foundation and an enthusiastic member of the “Limber Gunners” – a renowned artillery re-enactment group. In 2015, he chaired the 7th Toronto Regiment organizing committee for the Toronto Garrison Officers’ Ball and, by virtue of his exceptional drive, imagination and planning skills, helped to make it a great success and one that reflected most creditably on the Gunner community. Nationally, he is a dedicated supporter of the Royal Canadian Artillery Association. All of these undertakings, he has managed in addition to directing a leading Toronto information technology company. Captain David Burnett is truly a remarkable Gunner. His unsurpassed dedication and growing list of contributions to the welfare of The Royal Regiment stand as an inspiration to us all. He provides us no finer example of the adage, “Once a Gunner, Always a Gunner!”

Chief Warrant Officer William (Bill) Tremain, C.D., (Ret’d)

Hereby commended for his outstanding contribution to, and leadership of, Canada’s Airborne Gunner community. Over the past decade, he has laboured tirelessly to motivate, organize, connect and fundraise in support of the continued well-being, comradeship and good works of his fellow Airborne Gunners. An Airborne Gunner website and regular reunions of his airborne comrades have been products of his commitment. His most recent distinction has been the raising of over nine thousand dollars for the National Artillery Museum to include an Airborne Gunner display for the 2015 RCA Reunion. This has been in addition to his role in raising funds for an Airborne Gunner monument and a written history of Canadian airborne artillery. His dedication, enthusiasm and hard work are an inspiration to all who would preserve and celebrate the history and heritage of The Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery and denote him as an exemplary soldier, Gunner and paratrooper.

Chief Warrant Officer Gilles Aubé, C.D., (Ret’d), 2nd Field Artillery Regiment RCA

Chief Warrant Officer (Ret’d) Gilles Aubé demonstrated exceptional leadership while performing his duties as Sunray since 2010 of the 3e Batterie d’artillerie de Montreal (3 BAM), an historical re-enactment group associated with 2nd Field Artillery Regiment, RCA and to The Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery. He established, found the necessary financing and led 3 BAM’s activities with minimal initial support. Today, 3 BAM consists of more than one hundred volunteers, supports more than one hundred cadets and organises more than 150 activities per year, thus thus helping to build public’s support of the Army. The organisation stands out by virtue of its constant collaboration with the Royal Canadian Legion, its employment of a vintage 25 pounder field gun obtained from the the Irish Army, and by its restoration of several artillery monuments in Canada and abroad (Normandy and Italy). All these actions were made possible by CWO Aubé’s exceptional leadership, which reflects positively on the unit and on The Royal Regiment. His service in this capacity does great honour to The Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery and to the Canadian Armed Forces.

Honorary Colonel Charles de Kovachich, C.D., 2nd Field Artillery Regiment, RCA

Serving as Honorary Colonel of 2nd Field Artillery Regiment, Royal Canadian Artillery from 2008 to 2015, Charles de Kovachich went well above and beyond the expectations of this key appointment. In a display of exceptional dedication to the discharge of his responsibilities, he contributed most generously of his personal time, money and counsel not only to the particular needs of 2nd Field Regiment but also to the endeavours of the Montreal Artillery Association and the Royal Canadian Artillery Association and, indeed, to the well-being of The Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery at large. He took particular interest and was markedly successful in improving unit recruitment by means of enhancing the visibility and reputation of the Artillery both regionally and nationally. 34 Canadian Brigade Group and 2nd Canadian Division also benefited from his efforts to promote the profile of the Army. Moreover, employing his vast network of personal and business contacts, he rendered similarly valuable service to the good works of the Canadian Forces Liaison Council and Canada Company in aiding Gunners and other soldiers across the country. Possessed of endless devotion and a seemingly inexhaustible store of energy, Honorary Colonel de Kovachich’s service has done great honour to The Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery.

Lieutenant-Colonel I.A. Kennedy, O.M.M, C.D., (Ret’d)

For his outstanding contribution to the celebration of the history and heritage of The Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery. A onetime RCA Bombardier and Lance Sergeant, Lieutenant-Colonel Kennedy went on to provide distinguished service as an infantry officer. Of late, he has turned to our lasting benefit, his command of the history of his former Regiment; his appreciation for the inspiration to be derived from the exploits of those who have gone before; and, his eye for the significance and effective display of artifacts of their service. Notable products of these attributes have been his conception and skilled fabrication of an award for the Top Graduate of the RCAS Forward Observation Officer Course incorporating the decorations and medals of Second World War FOO, Colonel Ike Buchanan – three-time recipient of the Military Cross; and, the Brigadier-General E.B. Beno Award for Leadership in the Rank of Sergeant – a stunning trophy based on a silver QF 18 Pounder Gun. Most recently, he was instrumental to the donation to 3rd Field Artillery Regiment (The Loyal Company) RCA of prized memorabilia associated with some of the most eminent of New Brunswick’s Gunner citizen-soldiers of the First World War – providing too, motivational advice and guidance to all involved in the project. All of these contributions allude to his ceaseless initiative, boundless energy and enduring Gunner pride. Moreover, they have, and will continue to help sustain the morale and esprit de corps and fighting spirit of The Royal Regiment.

Lieutenant-Colonel J.D.S. Masson, C.D., The Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery School

Lieutenant-Colonel J.D.S. Masson, CD is hereby commended for his outstanding contribution to the well-being and progress of The Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery. As Commandant of the Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery School and Deputy Director of Artillery from 23 November 2012 to 3 July 2015, not only did he provide sound, principled and innovative leadership to the Regiment’s essential training institution, he also reinforced its role as an intellectual engine in support of artillery force development. The Artillery Intellectual Framework document, a more effective and efficient “virtual” Artillery Advisory Board and his strong representation of the Director of Artillery at the Army Capability Development Board are products of his initiative. Similarly, his energetic collaboration with the RSM RCA and other non-commissioned leaders of the Regiment resulted in significant improvements to both Regular and Reserve NCM career progression models and individual training arrangements. Finally, in keeping with his commitment to the welfare of the whole of the Gunner family, he strengthened and celebrated relations not only with the serving members of units in Atlantic Canada but also with retired members who, when the Atlantic Gunners Association came to visit the School, always received the warmest of welcomes. Lieutenant-Colonel Masson sets, for each of us, an admirable example of professionalism in all its dimensions. The Royal Regiment is in his debt.

Lieutenant-Colonel S.B. Strachan, C.D., 3rd Field Artillery Regiment (The Loyal Company) RCA

A soldier for over 43 years and a Gunner Officer for 38, Lieutenant-Colonel S.B. Strachan is hereby commended for the exceptionally admirable service he has rendered these many years to The Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery. Having mastered the essentials of Field Gunnery in W Battery RCA and 3rd Regiment RCHA, he went on to become one of the foremost Air Defence Artillery experts in the Army. Noted for his pioneering contributions as an AD Instructor-in-Gunnery and later, CIG at the AD Artillery School, he added further lustre to his reputation during the course of his command of 128 and 119 AD Batteries and his four years as Deputy Commandant of the RCA School. Returning to the colours as a Reserve Officer in 2012 and assuming command of 3rd Field Artillery Regiment RCA (The Loyal Company), Lieutenant-Colonel Strachan applied his accumulated wisdom and skill to the provision of sound, principled and innovative leadership to this distinguished regiment. Respected for his gentlemanly ways; heartfelt and unwavering dedication to the well-being of his soldiers; energetic solicitation of community support from Saint John to Woodstock; and, constant pursuit of Gunnery excellence and ever stronger unit cohesion, he is a model of Artillery professionalism in all its dimensions. The Royal Regiment is in his debt.

Lieutenant-General The Honourable Roméo Dallaire, O.C., C.M.M., G.O.Q., M.S.C, C.D., L.O.M. (É. U.) (Ret’d), B.ès S., LL.D. (hon.), D.Sc.Mil (hon.), D.U., Ancien sénateur, Sénat du Canada

Hereby commended for his outstanding contribution to the well-being of the Regimental Family of 6e Regiment d’Artillerie du Compagne, ARC. One of the most distinguished and renowned members of The Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery in all of its long history, Lieutenant-General Dallaire, has led an illustrious and impactful life on the national and world stage as soldier, statesman, social advocate, humanitarian and author. And yet, notwithstanding the myriad of demands for his time and attention, he has so generously devoted to 6 RAC ten years of service as its Honorary Lieutenant Colonel in which capacity he has lent his experience, wisdom, good humour and, above all, his humaneness, to the inspiration and motivation of the Gunners of Levis, Montmagny and Quebec City. Not only they, but all of us who wear the badge of The Royal Regiment owe to him a debt of profound gratitude.

Lieutenant Paul Kernohan (Ret’d), 7th Toronto Regiment, RCA

Hereby commended for his outstanding contribution to the development and well-being of the Regimental Family of 7th Toronto Regiment, RCA. Since 1962, Lieutenant Kernohan has served the Guns with unwavering devotion as a Gunner, a Non-Commissioned Officer, a Commissioned Officer and a volunteer. He was a founding member, in 1979, of the Toronto Artillery Foundation and remains today its Treasurer and, frequently, its de facto Secretary, in which capacities he has worked tirelessly and diligently to maintain the Foundation’s by-laws, records, reports and returns and to otherwise preserve and safeguard its corporate knowledge. He has similarly supported the Toronto Gunners Association and the Limber Gunners. In 1992, he co-founded the “Historic Gun Committee” that raised money for the restoration of the 25 Pounder Gun, Limber and Quad – which for decades have been a showpiece and the public face of 7th Toronto Regiment. His creativity has been essential to the continued vibrancy and relevance of the Foundation, the Association and the Limber Gunners. Indeed, all components of the Regimental Family have been grateful beneficiaries, down the years, of his energy, reliability and steadfastness in the face of challenge. Paul’s 53 years of service, in all its forms, are a model and an inspiration for us all. What a fine example he is of our enduring adage, “Once a Gunner, Always a Gunner!”

2014

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2011

Major Richard Gratton CD

Major Gratton was instrumental in the development and launching of the revamped artillery website at www.artillery.net, which has now become one of the major communication tools for The Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery. One key element, was his recommendation to employ Mr. Daniel Wolfe to do the actual site construction. Throughout this process, Maj Gratton gave timely and constructive input and advice to both RHQ RCA and the Colonel Commandant regarding the way ahead for the new site. Because of his dedication, www.artillery.net was modernized and is now a vital component in The Royal Regiments’ Family Strategy. The Royal Regiment can be justly proud of its website, and this can be attributed to Maj Gratton. This commendation is presented to Major Gratton for his outstanding efforts on behalf of The Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery.

Brigadier-General E. B. Beno, O.M.M., C.D., (Ret’d), Colonel Commandant RCA

Awarded this commendation for his enthusiasm, boundless energy and leadership as the Colonel Commandant of The Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery from 2007 to 2011. His vision to re-invigorate the artillery family through reaching out to the retired community and connecting our units and personnel through a fully functioning Regimental Headquarters has been felt across our great Regiment. Brigadier General Beno’s personal drive and support have resulted in a myriad of programs moving forward including the establishment of Artillery Senate, the review and publication of The RCA Standing Orders and the regeneration of the Heritage Campaign. The generous giving of time, advice, encouragement and support to all Gunners has been truly a superb example to all and it is with deepest appreciation that this Commendation is given.

Colonel Doug Briscoe, O.M.M., C.D. (Ret’d), (Late RCA)

In recognition of the outstanding leadership demonstrated in his capacity as Executive Director of the RCA Heritage Charitable Campaign, Colonel (Retired) Doug Briscoe is hereby commended for his enthusiasm and exceptional persistence in the challenging task of fund raising for the Royal Regiment. Through his leadership, foresight and organizational ability, he developed a national fund raising organization and implemented a major fund raising campaign. He achieved considerable fund raising success but most importantly built the foundation of a campaign model that will be vital to future success. Colonel Briscoe has been a superb Executive Director, an unfailing supporter of the Royal Regiment and a great Gunner. Good Shooting.

Colonel Tim Sparling, C.D., (Ret’d), (Late RCA)

In recognition of the exceptional leadership demonstrated in his capacity as National Secretary of the RCA Heritage Charitable Campaign, Colonel Tim Sparling is hereby commended for his intellect, loyalty and persistence in the establishment and management of the National Campaign office of the RCA Heritage Charitable Campaign. Through his pragmatism and foresight he established himself as the foundation of the National Office and his tremendous contribution was instrumental to the success of the campaign. Colonel Sparling has been an outstanding National Secretary, a loyal supporter of the Royal Regiment and a great Gunner. Good Shooting.

Honorary Lieutenant-Colonel Charles de Kovachich, CD, 2nd Field Artillery Regiment RCA

In recognition of the leadership demonstrated in his capacity as Quebec Regional Director of the RCA Heritage Charitable Campaign, Honorary Lieutenant Colonel Charles de Kovachich is hereby commended for his commitment and energy in the establishment and management of the Quebec Regional Office. Through his foresight and fund raising expertise, he developed an effective regional fund raising organization and implemented a major fund raising campaign. In so doing he contributed greatly to the success of the national campaign. Honorary Lieutenant Colonel de Kovachich has been a tremendous Regional Director, an unfailing supporter of the Royal Regiment and a great Gunner. Good Shooting.

Major Marc George, C.D., (Ret’d) The Royal Canadian Artillery Museum

In recognition of the leadership demonstrated in his capacity as Regimental Major and Director of the RCA Museum, Major (Retired) Marc George is hereby commended for his intellect, enthusiasm and loyalty in supporting the establishment and management of the RCA Heritage Charitable Campaign. Through his tremendous historical knowledge, his commitment to heritage and his great organizational ability, he ensured superb support to the campaign under, at times, difficult circumstances.  His untiring efforts were instrumental in the success of the Heritage Program and the Charitable Campaign. Major George has been an outstanding regimental leader, an unfailing supporter of the RCA Heritage Campaign and a great Gunner. Good Shooting.

Lieutenant-Colonel Mike McKay, C.D., AdeC, (Ret’d), 11th Field Artillery Regiment, RCA

In recognition of the outstanding leadership demonstrated in his support to the RCA Heritage Program and the RCA Heritage Charitable Campaign, Honorary Lieutenant Colonel Mike McKay is hereby commended for his enthusiasm and exceptional commitment to the Royal Regiment. Through his leadership and loyalty, he has been instrumental in the accomplishments of the Heritage Program. His leadership on heritage projects, most significantly the Lt Col John McCrae Statue, and the Heritage Campaign, has set the benchmark for Gunners everywhere. His success in fundraising is unparalleled. Honorary Lieutenant Colonel McKay has been an exceptional leader, a superb fund raiser, an unfailing supporter of the Royal Regiment and a great Gunner. Good Shooting.

30th Field Artillery Regiment, RCA

The Bytown Gunners were instrumental in the success of Fortissimo 2011, celebrating the 140th anniversary of the formation of the Regular Army, and The Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery. From the very inception of this project, 30th Field Regiment exhibited an enthusiastic “can-do” attitude – and they achieved great success. Through diligent planning, the dedication of all its members, and the leadership exhibited, the Bytown Gunners engaged RCA participation from across Canada – Regular Force and Reserve Regiments and civilian re-enactors. Overcoming all challenges and obstacles, 30th Field found solutions which achieved the intent of the leadership of the Royal Regiment. The results of their work were borne out by the numerous favourable comments received from spectators and from the participants, who remain proud of their role in showing off our Colours on Parliament Hill. All ranks of 30th Field Regiment, RCA are to be commended for this exemplary display of dedication to the Royal Regiment and for truly enabling the Guns to “Connect with Canadians.

Captain Douglas Thurber C.D., RCA

Commended for his professionalism and organizational skills in the execution of the OP PALACI 50th Anniversary celebration at Rogers Pass, BC on 10 September 2011. Held concurrently with celebrations of the 125th Anniversary of Glacier National Park and the 100th Anniversary of Parks Canada, Capt Thurber was the lead planner and organizer for CF participation with Parks Canada. His coordination of units throughout Western Canada ensured that the movement of personnel, monuments and guns, combined with the firing of the Gun Salute, the RCA Band Concert and the Mess Dinner, supported a superb Parks Canada celebration. Through this partnership with Parks Canada, Capt Thurber has presented The Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery in a most positive manner that truly connects with our fellow citizens.

Toronto Limber Gunners, 7th Toronto Regiment, RCA

Since its establishment in 1997, the Limber Gunners of Toronto have gained wide recognition as promoters of Canadian Artillery tradition. They have restored, maintained and displayed the equipment and dress that represents the finest days of The Royal Regiment in its mobilization during World War II and the Korean War. Their dignified presence has garnered respect and admiration and they are exemplary ambassadors for Canadian Gunners past and present. For their loyalty, dedication, and devotion to the preservation and promotion of the heritage of The Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery, they are awarded the Colonel Commandant’s Commendation.

Major M.J. Draho, C.D., RCA

Awarded the Colonel Commandant’s Commendation for his tireless work, commitment to excellence, and exceptional dedication to The Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery. The Colonel Commandant, Director of Artillery and Instructor-in-Gunnery Courses enjoyed great success during their visits to Larkhill, UK as a direct result of his efforts. He coordinated excellent venues and briefings and ensured that the visitors experienced the best that Larkhill and the surrounding artillery units had to offer. His efforts have solidified the ties between The Royal Canadian Artillery and the Royal Artillery. Through his outstanding dedication he has brought great credit to The Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery.”

Ms. Jeanette Ouellette

The Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery has been privileged to witness the outstanding support provided to one of our own by Jeanette Ouellette. Her thoughtful care, compassion and assistance to Bombardier Phillipe Ogbemudia and his family was truly an inspiration and spoke volumes as to her professionalism and character. She is a outstanding example of those who support our soldiers in their time of need. The Royal Regiment is truly grateful. Accordingly, I hereby present this outstanding Canadian the Colonel Commandant’s Commendation in recognition of our gratitude and for her outstanding efforts on behalf of The Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery.

Lieutenant-Colonel L.J.M. Généreux, C.D., RCE

Commended for his outstanding service to The Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery during his tenure as Commander Home Station. LCol Généreux has shown unflagging support for Artillery history and heritage at Base Shilo in that he has enthusiastically supported Regimental Headquarters, The Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery, the annual Canoe River Memorial service and the RCA Junior Officers’ Course. LCol Généreux has been instrumental in the continuing success of the RCA Museum. His support to the National Artillery Museum has been second to none and has ensured that the precious collection of The RCA Museum will be properly cared for and preserved for future generations. Gunners are very much indebted to LCol Généreux for his time in command at CFB Shilo.

Material Technicians, 4th Air Defence Regiment, RCA

For exceptional expertise, tenacity in the face of field adversity and passionate dedication to 4th Air Defence Regiment, RCA in support of Exercise POTENT KNIGHT 2010 and the dedication of a 40mm Bofor gun at the Juno Beach Centre. In spite of bitter winter conditions, frozen tools and materials and lengthy periods without heat, the Material Technician team skilfully completed an unprecedented number of projects to better the Exercise. Furthermore, they have brought great pride to the Regiment by ensuring that a 40mm Bofor gun was restored to its original glory for its dedication to the Juno Beach Centre during the 67th D-Day Landings commemorative ceremonies in France. Through their tireless efforts, this team has brought great credit to the Royal Regiment and the Canadian Forces.

Chief Warrant Officer R.R. Wynn, O.M.M., C.D.

Hereby recognized for exceptional leadership and professionalism through 36 years of dedicated service to The Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery. Throughout a number of key appoints he has responded magnificently to the challenges that arose during an extremely demanding and fluid time period for the Royal Regiment. As the NCM Career Manger his tireless efforts, wise counsel and knack of satisfying the conflicting needs of the Canadian Forces, Army, The Royal Regiment and individual Gunners has left a positive and indelible mark on the Royal Regiment. The great regard with which he is held by all ranks throughout the Royal Regiment is testament to his outstanding commitment and sense of duty to all Gunners.

Colonel G.E. Burton, C.D., (Ret’d), 11th Field Artillery Regiment, RCA

Hereby recognized for outstanding leadership and professionalism through 49 years of dedicated service to the Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery.  He has carried out his duties as Honourary Lieutenant-Colonel and most currently as Honourary Colonel of 11 Fd Regt in a highly commendable manner. Col Burton is a founding member of the Artillery Support Group (ASG) and has served as its Chairman since 1990.  He follows the Col Comdt’s philosophy to “think national, act locally.” Col Burton has been an active participant at the RCAA AGM for the past 30 years. He served twice as the President of the RCAA and is currently on the Advisory Board.  Col Burton was the Chairman for the 2009 RCAA AGM Planning Committee which resulted in a very successful RCAA AGM.  Col Burton took the leadership role in raising funds in support of the Artillery Heritage Campaign, donations to date, exceed $110K – a significant accomplishment.  Through his tireless efforts Col Burton has brought credit to not only his unit but the entire Royal Regiment.

2010

Captain G.M. Popovits, C.D., RHQ RCA

Acting as Regimental Major and Regimental Adjutant for The Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery during much of 2007 to 2010, Captain Geoffrey Popovits managed and coordinated a multitude of initiatives, maintained the Regimental publications and funds, and rendered superb support to the senior artillery leadership and all ranks of The RCA. It is with great pleasure that The Royal Regiment presents this Colonel Commandant’s Commendation to Captain Popovits in recognition of his outstanding efforts on behalf of The Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery.

Chief Warrant Officer (Ret’d) Gilles Aubé, M.M.M., C.D.

In 2010, The Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery was privileged to receive a number of 25 Pounder howitzers from the Irish Defence Forces Artillery Corps. Chief Warrant Officer Aubé, a true friend of The Royal Regiment, through his diligent efforts, was largely responsible in making this possible and The Royal Regiment is truly grateful.  Accordingly, we hereby present this fine Canadian the Colonel Commandant’s Commendation in recognition of our gratitude and for his outstanding efforts on behalf of The Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery.

Stephen Gregory, President Quebec Chapter, Canada Company

In 2010, The Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery was privileged to receive a number of 25 Pounder howitzers from the Irish Defence Forces Artillery Corps. Stephen Gregory, a true friend of The Royal Regiment, through his diligent efforts, was largely responsible in making this possible and The Royal Regiment is truly grateful.  Accordingly, we hereby present this fine Canadian the Colonel Commandant’s Commendation in recognition of our gratitude and for his outstanding efforts on behalf of The Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery.

Master Warrant Officer (Ret’d) Ron Piccini, C.D.

President of “The Manitoba Gunners” from 1992 to 2006, MWO (Ret’d) Piccini was an outstanding leader and organizer who gave unconditional dedication and service to the Association and the greater Gunner Family. Through Ron’s tireless efforts and at his own expense he contacted every member prior to an event to ensure their attendance. Unquestionably, his contribution as President was instrumental in maintaining the Association and keeping it viable and active, as it remains to date. For his outstanding service to The Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery and especially to the Gunners of Manitoba, Master Warrant Officer Ron Piccini is awarded the Colonel Commandant’s Commendation.

Lieutenant-Colonel J. S. Sinclair, C.D., (Ret’d)

For over seventy years of loyal, dedicated and outstanding service to the Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery in war and in peace.  James Sinclair enlisted in August of 1940.  As a member of 17th Field Regiment, RCA he served in Italy as a Sgt. in the Survey Section in 1943 and 1944.  He returned to the UK for officer training, graduating from OTU in April, 1945 and was discharged November, 1945.  Col. Sinclair moved to Regina and in 1949, while a member of the provincial civil service, rejoined the military as a Lt. in the 10th Field Regiment and 20 Militia Group HQ.  Following promotion to Lt. Col he was appointed Commanding Officer 10 Field Regt in 1963.  He retired following transfer to Prince Albert.  Col Sinclair continued association with the 17th Field Regt assisting with reunions, maintaining contact with individual members and in furthering knowledge of the Regiment.  He also served on the Board of Directors of the Royal United Services Institute and Officers’ Mess in Regina. In his eighties he continues to be a committee member of the RUSI and participates in every Remembrance Day march past ceremony. Colonel James Sinclair exemplifies the expression: “Once a Gunner, Always a Gunner!”

The Gunners of Saskatchewan

The Gunners of Saskatchewan, past and present, are commended for their dedication and service to The Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery over the past 100 years.  Through their unselfish commitment, they have provided outstanding support to Canada when needed. 10th Field Artillery Regiment, RCA is one of the fine Regiments that epitomises this commitment to excellence and is truly deserving of this Colonel Commandant’s Commendation for 100 years of exceptional service to Queen and country.

Chief Warrant Officer (Master Gunner) Mike McDonald, M.M.M., M.S.C, C.D.

Hereby recognized for exceptional leadership and professionalism throughout his years of dedicated service to The Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery.  The level of respect with which he is held throughout the Royal Regiment is testament to his outstanding commitment and sense of duty.  The value of his contribution in all that he has accomplished, most recently as the RSM RCA has been most significant.  He has been a truly outstanding soldier and Master Gunner – a role model for all Gunners.  His tireless energy, wise counsel and ability to cut through to the heart of the matter at hand have left an indelible and positive signature on all aspects of the Royal Regiment.

Captain Matthew Walsh

Awarded the Colonel Commandant’s Commendation for his outstanding loyalty, perseverance, and dedication to the Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery.  He has achieved technical and tactical prowess in all his endeavours and provided exceptional support to his fellow officers. Intelligent, affable, and tenacious, he is an exceptional officer in all respects. His incredible determination to complete his training and education, despite his epic personal struggle, is inspirational to all Gunners.  His courage is exemplary and he is a true and brave hero in the face of great personal adversity. Capt Walsh is a great credit to The Royal Regiment.

Colonel David Marshall C.D.

As Director of Artillery during a period where the demands being placed on the Army to not only conduct combat operations, but to do so while expanding and transforming to meet current and future demands, Colonel Dave Marshall demonstrated exceptional leadership, agility of mind and determination.  Despite the challenges, he ensured that the Royal Regiment was increasing its ability to bring the fight to the enemy while moving forward on a wide range of new and future capabilities crucial to the needs of the Army.  In doing so, he succeeded in bringing the degree of solidarity and collaboration between the Regular and Reserve Force components of the Regiment to a level not before experienced.  He has been instrumental in creating a climate where there truly is one Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery.  Through his efforts, he has earned a place amongst the Great Gunners in our proud history.

Major Beauchamp

Presented with the Colonel Commandants Commendation in recognition of his exceptional performance and tireless dedication during his tenure as 2IC of 4th Air Defence Regiment. Major Beauchamp unselfishly accepted the position of 2IC over the task of an operational tour, an opportunity rarely offered to a person of his seniority. His outstanding leadership and staunch professionalism were direct contributors to the units ability to force generate SUAV and ASCC capabilities. Furthermore, he passionately participated in the evolution of the Artillery Transformation; bring his vast experience to the team. Last but not least, through his guidance and tutelage, the Regimental non-public funds were redesigned and revamped into a vivacious and highly efficient fund. His strong work ethic and devotion to duty were key enablers in the success of his unit and clearly brought great credit to The Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery.

Major LeBlanc

Commended for his selfless dedication to duty as the principle staff officer to the Director of Artillery.  While supporting the Director in all matters affecting the Royal Regiment in a time of high personnel tempo, significant levels of artillery project management and continued Army transformation, Maj LeBlanc has had to additionally perform many of the traditional tasks conducted by the Regimental Headquarters RCA due to manning shortages.  His ability to coordinate a consolidated Artillery response with ad hoc staff support dispersed throughout the Army field force and HQs was commendable throughout the past two years. His loyalty and determination have been repeatedly recognized by the entire Artillery Council and the Army Commander.  Maj LeBlanc’s efforts have brought significant credibility to the Office of the Director, the Colonel Commandant and the entire Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery.

2009

Major M.B. Schotsch

Major Schotsch, along with his team from 11th Field are presented with the Colonel Commandant’s Commendation in recognition of exceptional leadership, unselfish dedication and tireless effort during the planning and conduct of the RCAA AGM 2009.  Specifically, Schotsch and team expertly planned and executed all aspects of the three day event. Their set of Administrative Instructions will be a model for AGMs to come.  The team did this while continuing their regular duties during a tremendously busy operational tempo.  Only through their attention to detail and dogged perseverance could they have accomplished such a monumental task.  Through their efforts, Major Schotsch and the 11 Field Regiment Cadre have brought great credit to their unit and the Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery.

Lieutenant-Colonel J.J. Schneiderbanger, C.D., LdSH(RC)

Commended for his outstanding service to The Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery during his tenure as Commander Home Station.LCol Schneiderbanger has shown unflagging support for Artillery history and heritage at Base Shilo in that he has enthusiastically supported the annual Canoe River Memorial service, the RCA Junior Officers’ Course and the RCA Reunion.He also ensured that an appropriate cairn was provided in memory of the Apprentice Training Battery in Artillery Park. LCol Schneiderbanger has been instrumental in the continuing success of the RCA Museum.His support to the National Artillery Museum has been second to none and has ensured that the precious collection of The RCA Museum will be properly cared for and preserved for future generations.Gunners are very much indebted to LCol Schneiderbanger for his time in command at CFB Shilo.

Chief Warrant Officer (Master Gunner) W.A. Campbell, C.D.

Awarded the Colonel Commandant’s Commendation in recognition of his outstanding leadership, loyalty, and dedication to the Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery.  CWO Campbell selflessly served the Royal Regiment without fail for 35 years, wherever and whenever duty called.  An active member of the Master Gunners’ Association for 17 years, CWO Campbell’s commitment and contribution to the technical advancements in Gunnery, and the maintenance of the history and traditions of the Royal Regiment, have been immeasurable.  As President of the Master Gunners’ Association from 2006 to 2009, his impeccable organization and planning skills ensured the enormous success of three consecutive Annual Master Gunners’ Conferences. His dedication and tireless effort helped maintain cohesion among Master Gunners, and contributed greatly to the well-being and esprit de corps of The Royal Regiment.

Chief Warrant Officer Don Walker, MMM, CD

Hereby recognized for exceptional leadership and professionalism through 42 years of dedicated service to The Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery.  The level of respect with which he is held throughout the Royal Regiment is testament to his outstanding commitment and sense of duty.  The value of his contribution in all he has accomplished, most recently as RSM RCA has been most significant.  He has been a truly outstanding Soldier and Master Gunner – a role model for all Gunners. His tireless energy, wise counsel, and ability to cut through to the heart of the matter at hand have left an indelible and positive signature on all aspects of the Royal Regiment.

Warrant Officer J. F. Desroches, C.D.

Awarded the Colonel Commandant’s Commendation for his outstanding leadership, and exceptional dedication to Artillery transformation, at The Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery School.  Warrant Officer Desroches led by example and expertly coordinated the efforts of subordinates while displaying unwavering dedication to the delivery of individual training to Field Artillery Developmental Period One Courses.  He consistently demonstrated a genuine enthusiasm toward shaping the future of the Artillery.  Warrant Officer Desroches skillfully coached and mentored inexperienced junior officers and Junior NCOs to develop a cohesive team whose unparalleled efforts have resulted in the training of one hundred and fifty one new Gunners in a twelve month period.  He was able to accomplish this with very limited resources by employing very thorough planning, initiative, and creativity.  Warrant Officer Desroches’ tireless effort in this regard has brought great credit to both The Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery School and The Royal Regiment as a whole.

Major Dale Murray, C.D., (Ret’d) 5th (British Columbia) Field Artillery Regiment, RCA

Hereby commended for exceptional service and unselfish dedication to the Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery through his work on the 5th (BC) Field Regiment Museum and Archives. His far sightedness and hard work continued the development of the museum and archives which are proactive in communicating the contribution of Coastal Defence and Field Gunners on the west coast and the role played in establishing and force generating other units of the artillery and army of Canada.  The museum with its associated library and archives and has been instrumental in fostering awareness of the artillery and the militia in the local community and nationally.  The archives have become an international source for researchers and historians alike.  His dedication has helped to make 5th (BC) Field Regiment Museum and Archives one of the finest in telling a Regiment’s history.  Maj Murray is also commended for establishing the 5th (BC) Field Regiment Foundation, which has done much in fostering the well being of the Regiment’s history and provides sage advice to the serving commanding officer.

Major (Ret’d) Brad Woollven, C.D.

Hereby commended for exceptional service and unselfish dedication to the Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery through his development of the 5th (BC) Field Regiment Museum and Archives.  His hard work over a prolonged period developed a museum and archives which are effective in chronicling the contribution of Coastal Defence and Field Gunners on the west coast and the role played in establishing and force generating other units of the artillery and army of Canada.  His proactive efforts in acquiring artifacts for the Archives and Museum have made it an entity frequently sought out for research.  The museum with its associated library and archives and has been instrumental in fostering awareness of the artillery and the militia in the local community and nationally. His dedication has helped to make 5th (BC) Regiment Museum and Archives one of the finest in telling a Regiment’s history.

2008

Lieutenant-Colonel (Ret’d) James Bryce, C.D., The Royal Canadian Artillery Association

Hereby awarded the Colonel Commandant’s Commendation for his exceptional dedication to duty and his life-long devotion to The Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery. As the two-year President of the RCA Association, Lieutenant-Colonel Bryce has worked tirelessly to ensure that the Association was alive and well and that it was progressing and growing in terms of numbers and relevance. Through leadership and dedication as President he has inspired Gunners everywhere, and has positioned the Gunners as the most steady, meaningful and progressive association in the Conference of Defence Associations. Additionally he has been tremendously supportive of the chain of command in providing wise council on the many issues associated with Artillery transformation, while at the same time supporting his Regiment, the 42nd Field, where he is Honorary Lieutenant-Colonel. Lieutenant-Colonel Jim Bryce is highly commended for his years of outstanding leadership, professionalism and awe inspiring dedication to The Royal Canadian Gunners – and is most deserving of this Colonel Commandant?s Commendation.

Chief Warrant Officer J.D.C. Coulombe CD

Presented with the Colonel Commandant’s commendation in recognition of his exceptional leadership, unselfish dedication and tireless efforts in significantly increasing the Regiment’s contributions to The Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery Regimental Fund. Specifically, he played a critical role in conveying the importance of the RRCA fund and in educating the Sr NCO’s of the benefits of the fund. He expertly outlined the importance of preserving artillery historical traditions and values and the need to define, promote and support the distinctiveness, character and well being of the RCA. His teamwork approach was truly reflective in the presentations and information he provided to the NCM’s of the Regt. Through his efforts, CWO Coulombe has brought great credit to his unit and the Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery.

Major T.J. Hogan CD

Presented with the Colonel Commandants commendation in recognition of his persistent work in promoting The Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery Regimental Fund. Through his exceptional leadership, unselfish dedication and tireless efforts he was instrumental in increasing the Regiment’s Officer contributions to 100%. Specifically, he played a critical role in conveying the importance and the benefits of the RCA fund. His teamwork approach was truly reflective in the guidance and mentorship he provided to the Battery Commanders and Junior Officers of the Regiment. In addition, he was instrumental in gaining approval for all Junior officers and Gunners to receive their first issue of the RCA Regimental tracksuits, greatly improving the morale of the Regt. Through his efforts, Major Hogan has brought great credit to his unit and the Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery.

Ms Rosa Hensley

For her exceptional professionalism and inspirational dedication to the Artillery since assuming her duties as an Administrative Professional at the RCAS.  Ms. Rosa Hensley’s commitment to personal excellence, flexibility in light of monumental technological evolution, and genuine enthusiasm in contributing to the shaping of the future of the Artillery contributes greatly to the delivery of world class individual training to the field force.  Ms. Hensley has displayed tremendous poise, unwavering loyalty, and commendable dedication to the Artillery, diligently fostering the Gunner spirit in all that she undertakes. Through her tireless efforts, Ms. Rosa Hensley has brought great credit to her unit and The Royal Regiment.

Artillery Support Group of 11 Field Regiment, RCA

The Artillery Support Group of 11 Field Regiment, RCA has supported and embraced the Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery Heritage Program, and has been the very embodiment of the program in their own community of Guelph, Ontario. The Artillery Support Group has been incredibly proactive in telling the “The Story” of the Gunners of Canada and in supporting the National Heritage Campaign. Their moral support and financial contribution have been exceptional. Through their efforts, they have communicated the important message of the values of service, commitment and sacrifice; values which dedicated Gunners have demonstrated throughout the history of Guelph and Canada.

Master Gunner (Ret’d) Rod Croucher

For his exceptional professionalism and inspirational dedication to The Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery as President and long-time member of the Atlantic Gunners Association. Rod Croucher’s commitment to excellence, devotion to the upholding of longstanding Artillery tradition, unparalleled historical expertise, and genuine enthusiasm in contributing to the shaping of the future of the Artillery has ensured the adage of “once a Gunner, always a Gunner” remains. Mr. Croucher has displayed tremendous poise, unwavering loyalty, and commendable dedication to the Artillery, diligently fostering the Gunner spirit in all that he undertakes. His most recent initiative of re-dedicating a 105mm Howitzer from the old Town Hall in Oromocto, New Brunswick to a high visibility location in front of the Oromocto Legion has heightened Gunner esprit de corps immensely. Through his tireless efforts and countless hours of toil keeping retired Gunners involved in preserving the past and contributing to the future of the Artillery, Master Gunner Rod Croucher has brought great credit to the Atlantic Gunners Association and The Royal Regiment.

Chief Warrant Officer (Ret’d) Tom Tomaso, MMM, CD

Hereby commended for exceptional service and unselfish dedication to the Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery through his continuing efforts in maintaining a network of serving and retired Gunners across Canada. Gunners, everywhere, greatly appreciate the daily messages and notifications, and the opportunity to keep in contact with fellow Gunners through Tom. His efforts have greatly enhanced morale and cohesion in the Royal Regiment. His leadership and hard work has put action to the often heard phrase “Once a Gunner, always a Gunner.”

Captain (Ret’d) Henry (Harry) Joseph Rice, MMM, CD

Hereby commended for exceptional service and unselfish dedication to the Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery through his continuing efforts in maintaining a network of serving and retired Gunners across Canada. Gunners, everywhere, greatly appreciate the daily messages and notifications, and the opportunity to keep in contact with fellow Gunners through Harry. His efforts have greatly enhanced morale and cohesion in the Royal Regiment. His leadership and hard work has put action to the often heard phrase “Once a Gunner, always a Gunner.”

Sergeant (Ret’d) Dave Morris, CD

Dave Morris is hereby commended for exceptional service and unselfish dedication to the Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery through his continuing efforts in maintaining a network of serving and retired Gunners. His leadership of the Eastern Ontario Gunners Association has provided an invaluable venue for Gunners to keep in contact with the Artillery family. His efforts have greatly enhanced morale and cohesion in the Royal Regiment. His leadership and hard work has put action to the often heard phrase “Once a Gunner, always a Gunner.”

Colonel Roch Lacroix, CD

In recognition of the outstanding leadership demonstrated in his capacity as Director of Artillery Colonel Roch Lacroix is hereby commended for his enthusiasm and exceptional efforts in the complex process of Artillery force development. Through his leadership, intelligence, humour and foresight, he was able to elevate the Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery from the brink of oblivion to its rightful place as the first among equals within the Army’s fighting team. At the same time, his inclusive, even-handed approach ensured that all gunners – field, air defence, regular, reserve and retired – were treated with the respect and dignity that each member of the Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery deserves. Colonel Lacroix has been an outstanding D Arty, and a Great Gunner. Good Shooting.

Major Paul Payne

In recognition of the outstanding leadership demonstrated in his capacity as Battery Commander 45 ( Fire Support) Battery from July 2006 to May 2008. Major Payne was the driving force throughout the complex process of fielding critical operation IT for the M777, HALO II, LCMR. MUAV, and SUAV to the Field Force, as well as the establishment of a world-class CF Forward Air Control program. His leadership ensured that the emphasis was focused towards the elements essential to a responsive Artillery Force Generation base for successful operations in Afghanistan. Major Payne responded magnificently to the challenges that arose throughout an extremely demanding and compressed planning period, and the results of his exceptional efforts have reshaped the Artillery and improved the Army’s operational effectiveness.

Master Warrant Officer J.R. Benoit CD

In recognition of the outstanding leadership demonstrated in his capacity as Battery Sergeant Major 45 ( Fire Support) Battery from July 2006 to May 2008. Master Warrant Officer Benoit was the driving force throughout the complex process of fielding critical operation IT for the M777, HALO II, LCMR. MUAV, and SUAV to the Field Force, as well as the establishment of a world-class CF Forward Air Control program. His leadership ensured that the emphasis was focused towards the elements essential to a responsive Artillery Force Generation base for successful operations in Afghanistan. Master Warrant Officer Benoit responded magnificently to the challenges that arose throughout an extremely demanding and compressed planning period, and the results of his exceptional efforts have reshaped the Artillery and improved the Army’s operational effectiveness.

Warrant Officer Ghislain Angel CD

Served with the X Battery Fire Support Coordination Centre as part of Operation Athena Rotation 4 in Afghanistan. His extensive technical knowledge enabled X Bty to achieve unparalleled success throughout the build-up and deployment with the 3rd Battalion Royal 22Regiment Battle Group. Under extremely high-risk and unusual conditions, and demonstrating exemplary composure, he conducted fire missions using the TUAV, near friendly troops. He also effectively coordinated the Battle Group’s air space, synchronizing close air support aircraft, all types of UAV, artillery fire and helicopter traffic. Through his specialized knowledge, he also enhanced equipment effectiveness, for example, identifying an M777 radar defect that was causing 200-metre range errors and solving a coding problem on Excalibur rounds. Moreover, through his initiative and dedication, he found errors in the Excalibur manual and wrote new instructions to ensure its safe use. He was the key player in the digitization of six new M777s and played a leadership role in organizing and carrying out calibration tests so that new data could be collected, with a view to optimizing equipment performance. WO Angel developed extensive expertise in parts digitization, including EPIAF and PIAF fuze setters. His exceptional performance in a complex and dynamic environment, working under difficult and perilous conditions, is noteworthy. His meritorious actions were directly responsible for enabling the 3rd Battalion Royal 22Regiment Battle Group to complete its missions, and there is no doubt that WO Angel contributed to protecting the lives of Canadian soldiers and our allies.

Colonel Jeffrey Jaeger

For his exceptional leadership and inspirational dedication to CF Forward Air Control program development and implementation in support of Canada’s operational commitments and Artillery transformation. Colonel Yaeger leads by example, confidently challenges the status quo in the refinement of Forward Air Control expertise, and demonstrates a genuine enthusiasm in shaping the future of the Canadian Artillery to meet future operational requirements. As Director JACI, Colonel Yaeger has displayed tremendous poise, flexibility of thought, and commitment to Canadian Artillery transformation and coalition interoperability, while at the same time diligently fostering the Gunner spirit in an effort to preserve a long-standing tradition of excellence in the face of a diverse and challenging contemporary battlefield. Through his tireless efforts to improve coalition interoperability and operational effectiveness in support of the global war on terror, Colonel Yaeger has brought great credit to the United States Army in his support of The Royal Regiment.

Major Paul Lansey

Commended for his outstanding assistance to The Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery as the Canadian Forces Heritage Officer responsible for The Royal Regiment within The Directorate of History and Heritage.  His dedication, helpful attitude and untiring cooperation with Regimental Headquarters RCA has resulted in significant achievements in preserving and improving RCA Heritage on a national level.

2007

Major-General J.A. MacInnis, CMM, CD, Colonel Commandant RCA

Commended for selfless dedication during his six years of service as Colonel Commandant of The Regiment of Canadian Artillery.  He displayed the utmost concern for the welfare of all Gunners.  Major-General MacInnis has greatly enhanced both the visibility and the unity of The Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery during a difficult period of transformation.  A torchbearer of our values and traditions, his tireless efforts to preserve RCA heritage have been most exemplary.  Major-General MacInnis has provided a great legacy for current and future generations of Gunners to build upon.”

Colonel (Ret’d) Ian Barnes, CD

For his exceptional devotion to The Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery Museum as Chair of the Board of Directors. Colonel Ian Barnes has been a driving force in bringing vision and strategic guidance to the museum. His contribution has helped to make The RCA Museum one of the finest of a military nature in Canada. His commitment to professionalism and dedication to the success of The RCA Museum is a continuing credit to The Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery

Chief Warrant Officer R.R. Wynn

Major Andrew Wood

For his exceptional leadership and inspirational dedication to Artillery transformation since assuming his duties as the Directorate of Army Doctrine 8-2. Major Wood leads by example, confidently challenges the status quo in the crafting of doctrine, and demonstrates a genuine enthusiasm in shaping the future of the Canadian Artillery. As the Directorate of Army Doctrine 8-2, Major Wood has displayed tremendous poise, flexibility of thought, and commitment to Artillery transformation, while at the same time diligently fostering the Gunner spirit wherever he goes in an effort to preserve a long-standing tradition of excellence in the face of a diverse and challenging contemporary battlefield. Through his tireless efforts, Major Wood has brought great credit to his unit and The Royal Regiment.

Ms Rosemarie Boone

Chief Warrant Officer (Ret’d) Ross Neale, CD, 26th Field Artillery/XII Manitoba Dragoons

Hereby commended for exceptional service and unselfish dedication to the Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery through his development of the 26th Field Regiment/XII Manitoba Dragoons Museum. His vision, leadership and hard work over a 27-year period, developed a museum of which all soldiers and veterans can be proud. The museum with its associated gallery, library and archives and has been instrumental in fostering awareness of the artillery and the militia in the local community.

2006

Captain Otis Berringer

Ms Debbie Gallagher

Warrant Officer A.P. Alexander

Warrant Officer R.P. Bourque

Warrant Officer A.G. Johnson

Warrant Officer J.C. Lannigan

Mr. Rick Sanderson

Master Warrant Officer K.C. Smith

Master Warrant Officer A.R.J. Veronneau

Captain M.J. Draho

Warrant Officer D.R. Elson

Captain Welling

2005

Honorary Colonel Tootel

Major A. Southby

2004

Captain David Gillan

For exceptional services as Adjutant of The Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery School.  His thoroughness, professional knowledge, loyalty, respect for tradition, and genuine care for the welfare of the soldiers is an inspiration for the Commandant, RSM and all ranks of the Artillery School.

2002

Bombardier K.D. Wood

For exemplary service while employed at the Artillery Gallery of the newly renovated CFB Petawawa Military Museum.  Through outstanding dedication to duty, artistic vision and technical skill, Bombardier K.D. Wood, contributed significantly to the overall success of the Artillery Gallery and the promotion of the heritage of The Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery.  Bombardier K.D. Wood’s hard work has brought great credit upon himself, his unit, and The Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery.

Bombardier T.R. Cameron

For exemplary service while employed at the Artillery Gallery of the newly renovated CFB Petawawa Military Museum.  Through outstanding dedication to duty, artistic vision and technical skill, Bombardier Cameron, contributed significantly to the overall success of the Artillery Gallery and the promotion of the heritage of The Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery.  Bombardier Cameron’s hard work has brought great credit upon himself, his unit, and The Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery.

Captain J.R.V. Dufour

Colonel E.H. Rowe

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