The Comd Home Station receives his Pennant at last!
On 24 Mar 14, Col Rick Felstead, Honorary Colonel of 26 Field Regiment RCA presented the pennant to the BComd LCol Stephen Joudrey on behalf of the Regimental Colonel RCA.
The Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery and CFB Shilo have had a long history together, starting before the First World War. In 1960, as a result of this long-standing association, CFB Shilo was named the Home Station of the RCA. As such, the Base Commander of CFB Shilo is also appointed Commander Home Station. A tradition within the artillery is the use of artillery-specific pennants for Commanders of artillery sub-units, units and formations. These pennants follow the red over blue pattern. In recognition of the significance of the position, Regimental Headquarters RCA developed a pennant, which features the Shilo Stag on the red over blue for Comd Home Station. This is the first time the pennant has been presented to an incoming Commander Home Station.
The Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery
The Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery (RCA) has been part of the fabric of Canadian history since the earliest days of our nation. Since Confederation, the Gunners of Canada have served bravely in all of our national conflicts and have played a full role in establishing the fine reputation for peacekeeping that Canada holds today. Over 130,000 Canadians served as Gunners in the two World Wars alone. The Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery has two mottos: “Ubique” (Everywhere) and “Quo Fas et Gloria Ducunt” (Whither Right and Glory Lead). The first motto “Ubique” takes the place of all battle honours in recognition of the artillery’s service in all battles and campaigns. Many of the units and batteries of The Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery are older than Canada itself, and the history of artillery in Canada is older yet. The first company of artillery to be formed in Canada was organized in Quebec in 1750. Today, The Regiment is formed from two important components: the Regular Force and the Reserve Force. Both components providing personnel for both International and Domestic Operations. The Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery, proudly standing on guard for Canada.