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 only 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 150 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 awarding the Colonel Commandant’s Commendation.

Record of Awards

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

September 2011

BGen (Ret’d) E. B. Beno, OMM, CD.  Brigadier General Ernest Beno is 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 (Retired) Doug Briscoe, OMM, CD (Donor – Bronze) – 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 (Retired) Tim Sparling, CD (Donor – Bronze) - In recognition of the exceptional leadership demonstrated in his capacity as National Secretary of the RCA Heritage Charitable Campaign, Colonel (Retired) 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 - 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 (Retired) Marc George, CD (Donor – Bronze) - 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.

Honorary Lieutenant Colonel Mike McKay, CD, AdeC (Donor – Silver (MDM Insurance Services)) - 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.

August 2011

30th Field Regiment, Royal Canadian Artillery. 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.

Capt Douglas Thurber. Capt D Thurber is 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.

June 2011

Toronto Limber Gunners.  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.  “Major MJ Draho is 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.”

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 is 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.

4th AD Regt, Material Technician team, “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.”

February 2011

CWO R.R. Wynn, OMM, CD is 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.

January 2011

Colonel Gary Burton, CD is 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.

Novemeber 2010

Capt G.M Popovits –  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.

October 2010

L’Adjudant-chef (ret.) Gilles Aubé, MMM, CD – 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 (Retired) Ron Piccini was President of “The Manitoba Gunners” from 1992 to 2006. During his 14 years in office, he 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.”

September 2010

Lt. Col James S. Sinclair CD2 (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 Officer’s 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.

June 2010

Chief Warrant Officer (Mr Gnr) Mike McDonald, MMM, MSC, CD – is 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.

Capt Matt Walsh – Capt Matt Walsh is 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.

May 2010

Col Dave Marshall – 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, Col 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 is 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 is 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.

September 2009

Major MB 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.

July 2009

Lieutenant-Colonel John J. Schneiderbanger  – is 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.

June 2009

Chief Warrant Officer (Master Gunner) Wade A. Campbell, CD - Is 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.

April 2009

Chief Warrant Officer Don Walker, MMM, CD – is 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 Joseph F. Desroches, CD – Is 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.”

March 2009

Major (ret’d) Dale Murray, CD – Maj (Ret’d) Dale Murray is 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, CD - Maj (Ret’d) Brad Woollven is 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.

September 2008

LCol (Ret’d) Jim Bryce -  Lieutenant-Colonel (Ret’d) James Bryce is 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.

August 2008

Chief Warrant Officer J.D.C. Coulombe CD – CWO Coulombe is 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 – Major Hogan is 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.

July 2008

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.

May 2008

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 – Chief Warrant Officer (Ret’d) Tom Tomaso 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 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 – Captain (Ret’d) Harry Rice 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 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.

April 2008

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 – 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.

March 2008

Adjutant Ghislain Angel - 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 22e Regiment 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 22e Regiment 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.

February 2008

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.

January 2008

Major Paul Lansey - is 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.”

September 2007

Major General J.A. MacInnis, CMM, CD  - Major General MacInnis is 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.”

June 2007

Colonel (Retired) Ian Barnes – For his exceptional devotion to The Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery Museum as Chair of the Board of Directors. Col (ret’d) 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

May 2007

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 Rosemaire Boone   -

Mr Ross Neale – Mr. Ross Neale is 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.

October 2006

Captain Otis Berringer   -

Ms Debbie Gallagher   -

September 2006

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   -

March 2006

Captain M.J. Draho   -

Warrant Officer D.R. Elson   -

Captain Welling   -

December 2005

Honorary Colonel Tootel   -

May 2005

Major A. Southby   -

2004

Captain Dave 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.

June 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 T.R. 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 T.R. Cameron’s hard work has brought great credit upon himself, his unit, and The Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery.

April 2002

Captain J.R.V. Dufour   -

Colonel E.H. Rowe  -

August 2001

Major  A.D. McIntosh -  For his dedication to the continuing development of the highest possible standard of Artillery training. Over a period of at least three years he committed himself to filling an organizational and planning vacuum created by the elimination of a formal Senior Staff Officer Artillery office. As a result of his efforts, The Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery is regaining a large measure of training effectiveness in a manner consistent with evolving Army Structure.

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