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Change of Command at the Canadian Forces Language School

By Lyne Leblanc, Canadian Forces Language School –

On 19 June, 2019 at the Asticou Centre, Colonel Andrew Atherton (centre), Commander Canadian Forces Base (CFB) Borden and Military Personnel Generation Training Group (MPGTG), presided over the Canadian Forces Language School (CFLS) Change of Command ceremony between Lieutenant-Colonel Loïc Roy (right, outgoing) and Lieutenant-Colonel Étienne Tremblay (incoming).

Military and civilian personnel met to celebrate their outgoing Commandant’s tenure and new career development as he joins the CFLS as a student to study Vietnamese.

LCol Roy mentioned several areas of challenges and successes during the last two years as Commandant, including some of the following:

  • The publication of the first-ever CFLS Strategy Plan;
  • CFLS “being” the Canadian reference point for thousands of former Foreign Military students who have passed through different campus either Det. Saint-Jean or Asticou, as part of the Military Training & Cooperation Program (MTCP);
  • The Implementation of the well-being committee’s recommendations; and
  • The need to improve CFLS’ reputation and visibility as a centre of excellence for members of the Canadian Armed Forces and Foreign Military students.

During the Change of Command, the Reviewing Officer and Guest of Honour, Col Atherton mentioned that “everyone is all important as the other. A Commandant position is a privilege that comes with its fair share of responsibilities.” CFLS is the focal point for CAF members to learn a second or a foreign language.

Col Atherton also took this opportunity to say thank you to LCol Roy to have positioned the school on a path to excellence.

Upon assuming command, LCol Tremblay addressed those gathered.

“Loïc, I want to thank you for the handover, the advice and background info you gave me, and especially for your passion and love of this school. You set the bar high and I accept this challenge. For all you have done for the school, thank you!”

“I realize the great opportunity and rare privilege that is being given to me today, and I’m equally realistic of the level of responsibility and the expectations that come with command,” he added.

The school would also like to thank Major-General Sylvain Sirois and Brigadier-General Daniel MacIsaac who attended the ceremony as guests of honour.

Photo provided by CFLS

This post is also available in: Français (French)

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