By Sanya Chen, IM Group Communications –
Sergeant (retired) Bruce Riopelle was released from the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) in 1999 before the CAF could issue him with his Canadian Forces’ Decoration (CD1). Nowadays, Sgt (ret’d) Riopelle is working as a Commissionaire at Canadian Forces Station (CFS) Leitrim.
On 12 February 2018, in a special ceremony, members of CFS Leitrim appointed Sgt (ret’d) Bruce Riopelle as Sergeant-Major, handing him the pace-stick, giving him the opportunity to lead a troop on Parade, and presenting him with his CD1.
“It was important to us that we acknowledge his service with respect and dignity, and ensure that as a member of both the CAF and unit family he received the CD1 he very much deserves,” said Station Chief Warrant Officer (SCWO) Greg Monk, who was present at the ceremony.
SCWO Monk knew this was an example that needed to be set. “It was also an opportunity to actively display to my troops that a soldier’s journey through the CAF doesn’t end upon release or retirement. We have a lifelong obligation to our brothers and sisters in arms from the moment they volunteer to serve.”
Congratulations to Sgt (ret’d) Riopelle on this memorable day!
Photo: CFSU(O) IMAGING SERVICES/Corporal Michael J. MacIsaac
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