Big Norm Stands Down
|Big Norm fires his final shot.|
As befits anyone with four decades of service, there were a lot of awards and souvenirs and letters of commendation and congratulations.
Speaking of stories, 3BAM almost didn't get there. The fact that we found the location at all was entirely due to my navigation with the aide of my iPhone and Google maps which I finally decided to use in earnest after we'd floundered around for a while in the wrong part of town. I shouldn't be too smug though as I later got myself accidentally locked out of the armoury when going to the cloakroom to get something in my coat. I tried calling on Sunray for help using my phone but do my despair, he'd left his own phone in his minivan and I had to walk around the armoury to and pound on the mess window to get them to let me back in through another door. It's a good thing it's a prefab structure with only one floor: if like with most armouries, the mess was up on a second floor I would have been locked out for a lot longer.
Anyway, my little mishap notwithstanding, it was a fun event and as is almost always the case with such events, I saw someone I have not seen in many years, in this case John Fortin, now a warrant officer in the regular force and and AIG at Gagetown. Stand Down Big Norm. Job well done!
2RCA Has a New CO
|Lcol Garon prepares to walk out on the parade square at CDN for the last time|
Patterson, now a Brigadier-General, the tallest guy in the picture. Standing next to him the rear row of the photo is then Colonel (ret) Michel Pronkin who commanded the regiment at the time and gave our course a lot of support when we needed it. Next to him in the rear row is L/Col Joe Lewis, then the DCO and next to Lieutenant-Colonel Pelletier stands RSM Joao Barros, then a bombardier with already 16 years of service at the time, and now the longest serving member of the unit.
|Lcol Pelletier, having assumes command of the parade.|
3BAM was present of course to fire a salute to the Colonel Commandant of Artillery, retired Brigadier General J.J. Selbie and to fire a salute to the outgoing CO, Colonel Richard Garon. We were joined on the occasion by two retired 6RAC members CWO (ret) Paulin Roland and Sgt (ret) Simon Morissette who'd we'd run into last year at Lévis-Lauzon.
Once again, it was the regiment's honourary colonel, Charles de Kovachich who put all the money out of his own pocket to make certain that I was on hand to capture the moment. There were three other photographers present, including one from the DND, but I'll be damned if we've seen more than one or two of the photos. Rather than talk on and on about it however, I simply dedicate the rest of this entry to posting photos with a few words about what's in them.
|Col (H) Charles de Kovachich recites regimental history to invited guests before the parade.|
|Col (H) De Kovachich is presented an award for his outstanding work by the Colonel Commandant, Bgen (ret) J.J. Selbie.|
|Outgoing CO Lcol Richard Garon receives a presentation from RSM Barros|
|Bgen (ret) Selbie addresses the guests before the mess dinner.|
|Left to right: Lcol (ret) Bill Cloutier, Lcol (ret) Joe Lewis, Lcol Michel Bourque, Lcol (ret) Jim Brazill, Lcol Sylvie Pelletier, Col Bill Kalogerakis.|