RETIREMENT FROM THE CAF – 20895 MAJOR T.K. (Todd) SOMERVILLE, CD, MBA
MAJ SOMERVILLE ENROLLED IN THE CAF IN NOV 92 AS A RES F MEMBER AND WAS ACCEPTED INTO THE ROTP, JOINING THE REG F ON 22 JUN 93. HE COMPLETED BOTC AT CFOCS AND PROCEEDED TO THE MAGNIFICENT ROYAL ROADS MILITARY COLLEGE IN COLWOOD, BC, WHERE HE JOINED THE LAST EVER CLASS OF FIRST YEAR OCDTS. UPON THE UNFORTUNATE CLOSURE OF RRMC IN 95, HE WAS POSTED TO RMC, PLAYED RUGBY AND GRADUATED IN 97.
A FIRST ATTEMPT AT BSOC RESULTED IN A REFORMATORY YET CAREER SHAPING POSTING TO 5PPM IN 98. UPON BEING DEEMED WORTHY OF BSOC COMPLETION, HE RETURNED TO VALCARTIER AS OC GARRISON POLICING. DURING HIS TIME IN VALCARTIER, HE HAD THE PRIVILEGE TO BE PART OF THE LARGEST CONTINGENT OF MP ASSEMBLED SINCE THE KOREAN WAR AS PART OF OP QUADRILLE. HE WAS THEN ATTACHED TO 1 MP PL FOR OP GRIZZLY AND SUBSEQUENTLY DEPLOYED TO OP PALLADIUM IN OCT 02 AS THE TFPM/MP PL CO.
UPON HIS RETURN FROM THE FORMER YUGO, HE WAS POSTED BACK TO RMC AS STAFF. WHILE IN KINGSTON, HE COMPLETED OP NJIMEGEN AND AOC WHILE HAVING THE OPPORTUNITY TO CREATE A MOSTLY POSITIVE IMPRESSION OF MP TO A LARGE CADRE OF FUTURE OFFICERS.
HE JOINED 2 MP UNIT IN TORONTO IN JUL 06, WHERE HE FOCUSED ON THE FG OF RES F MP FOR OP ATHENA AND PASSING CP TRG. PROMOTED TO MAJ IN JUN 07, HE WAS APPOINTED AS WSAMPO OF 14 WG MP WHERE SECURITY AND FP TASKS WERE AS PROMINENT AS POLICING RESPONSIBILITIES. IN JUL 08, HE DEPLOYED ON OP ATHENA AS PART OF THE NATO HQ AT KAF WHERE HE LED MULTINATIONAL SECURITY AND POLICING FORCES.
UPON HIS RETURN, HE WAS AFFORDED THE TREMENDOUS OPPORTUNITIES TO AUGMENT THE NATO CMC’S CP TEAM FOR A BRIEF PERIOD AS WELL AS LEAD AIR COMPONENT MP ON OP PODIUM.
POSTED TO THE NCR IN JUL 10, HE IMMEDIATELY DEPLOYED AGAIN TO OP ATHENA AND COMMANDED THE LARGEST CP PL TO DATE WHILE WORKING THROUGH THE TRANSITION TO OP ATTENTION. UPON HIS RETURN TO CANADA, HE WORKED AS THE CEFCOM PM AND THAN CJOC PM COS OPS WHERE HE PROVIDED GUIDANCE AND OVERSIGHT TO MP DEPLOYED ON EXPED OPS. HE RETURNED TO 2 MP REGT WHEN HE WAS APPOINTED CO ON 8 AUG 13. COMMANDING 2 MP REGT WAS A CHALLENGING, REWARDING AND HUMBLING EXPERIENCE FOR WHICH HE WILL BE ETERNALLY GRATEFUL.
THE CHANGE OF COMMAND PARADE WILL OCCUR IN PETAWAWA ON 14 MAY 16.
MAJ SOMERVILLE HAS DECIDED TO CONTINUE HIS SERVICE TO CANADA BACK IN HIS HOME PROVINCE, WHERE HE HAS ACCEPTED A POSITION WITH FISHERIES AND OCEANS CANADA AS THE AREA CHIEF OF CONSERVATION AND PROTECTION FOR SOUTHWEST NB. HE LOOKS FORWARD TO SPENDING MORE TIME WITH HIS FAMILY, PARTICULARLY HIS THREE RAMBUNCTIOUS NEPHEWS AND DARLING NIECE. HE WILL PROBABLY HAVE TO LEARN HOW TO FISH AT SOME POINT.
A DEPART WITH DIGNITY FUNCTION WILL BE HELD AT A LOCATION TO BE DETERMINED. PERSONNEL WISHING TO SEND ANECDOTES OR WELL WISHES ARE ENCOURAGED TO CONTACT SLT L. MARCINIW AT [email protected]
15187 Col David R. Weger, OMM, CD (RRMC 1986) retires as of 15 June 2016 having completed 35 years of loyal and dedicated service. Colonel Weger joined the Canadian forces in 1980 as an infantryman with the rocky mountain rangers and transferred to the regular force a year later under the regular officer training plan. He subsequently attended Royal Roads Military College in Victoria, British Columbia graduating in 1986 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in military history and strategic studies.
After serving briefly as an infantry officer colonel Weger transferred to the health care administration officer classification. In 1988 he was posted to Canadian forces Europe headquarters in Lahr Germany as a medical operations staff officer. During this period he was afforded the privilege of commanding the Canadian forces medical services marching contingent for her majesty queen Elizabeth the queen mothers 90th birthday celebrations in London.
In late 1990 then-Captain Weger, deployed to Qatar during the lead-up to the first gulf war as the medical operations officer for Canadian support unit (Qatar). Returning to Canada in 1991, he was posted to 2 field ambulance in Petawawa Ontario serving with the unit as ambulance platoon commander, second-in-command Evacuation Company and adjutant. Posted to Canadian forces hospital Halifax in 1994 he took up duties as the hospital services officer and then as personnel administration officer.
Upon promotion to major in 1996 colonel Weger returned to 2 field ambulance as the deputy commanding officer. Over the ensuing two years he deployed with the unit in response to both the Manitoba flood and the eastern Ontario ice storm. In 1998 Colonel Weger transferred to the newly created health services operations officer classification and was posted to undertake post-graduate studies in health policy and management at the University of Alberta. Upon completion of his master of public health in the spring of 2000 he was posted to Canadian forces health services group headquarters in Ottawa.
Colonel Weger assumed command of 1 field ambulance in Edmonton Alberta in 2002 upon promotion to lieutenant-colonel. He reluctantly relinquished command of the unit three years later and was posted back to Canadian forces health services group headquarters as g5/g7 plans training and doctrine. In this capacity he served as the primary strategic level health services planner for the move of task force Afghanistan from Kabul to Kandahar, and for the establishment of the Canadian led multinational hospital in Kandahar.
Colonel Weger was promoted to his current rank and assumed duties as director health services personnel in august 2007. He subsequently served as director health services delivery, chief of staff and deputy commander for the CF health services group. He is a graduate of the Canadian forces staff school, the land force command and Staff College and the Canadian forces college advanced military studies program.
Colonel Weger and his spouse Evelyn will be remaining in the Ottawa area for the time being, while they ponder longer-term plans for permanent relocation to a warmer climate.
A depart with dignity ceremony is scheduled for Tuesday 7 June 2016, commencing at 1330 hours at the army officers mess 149 Somerset street west Ottawa, Ontario. Questions may be directed to Capt. Kleckner by email at [email protected].