Fall Commissioning Ceremony Starts Year Off Right

Cadets Join Ranks of Officer Corps

Article and Photos by 25366 Mike Shewfelt

The College started the year off right this past Thursday morning as 9 Officer Cadets received their commissions as Officers in the Canadian Forces. In front of family, friends, and honoured dignitaries, they marched on parade one last time at the College into a packed Currie Hall. Present for the occasion were the reviewing officer, LGen Peter Devlin, Commander of the Canadian Army, MGen Pierre Forgues, Commander of the Canadian Defence Academy, and BGen Eric Tremblay, College Commandant.

“Here at the College we produce officers, well-educated,” BGen Tremblay told the assembled guests. To the Cadets on parade, he said with a smile, “Well, your College tool box is now full.”

“You are joining the Officer Corps at an exciting time,” LGen Devlin added. “Afghanistan and other operations gave us the opportunity to demonstrate what we can do, and now we enter a new chapter on our road. It will be up to you to help bring in new equipment for the Army, Navy and Air Force, for example.”

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Those receiving their commissions were:

One Comment

  • Gene Fedderly

    November 15, 2014 at 2:02 pm

    I cannot express how much it irks me to see newly commissioned naval officers wearing army swords in an army fashion. If they don’t have enough naval swords, and the belts should properly be worn under their jackets, then they shouldn’t wear them at all. If you tried to put the shoe on the other foot and make army officers do things the navy way, they would quite appropriately balk.