C&E Branch Newsletter #1-2024

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Honours and Recognition

1. I would like to pass on my offer of my most sincere congratulations to the following members for their recent promotions, appointments, and honours.

2. Her Excellency, the Governor General, the Right Honourable Mary May Simon, Chancellor and Extraordinary Commander of the Order of Military Merit, has given orders for the appointments of the following C&E Branch Members to the Order of Military Merit:

a. To be Officers of the Order:

i. LCol Martin Roy.

b. To be Members of the Order:

i. CWO Raymond Laplante;

ii. CWO Dany Vallerand; and,

iii. MWO Rodney G. Colbourne*.

3. On behalf of the King, Her Excellency the Governor General has approved national honours for the following deserving individuals:

a. Meritorious Service Cross:

i. Sig Thomas Garvin.

b. Meritorious Service Medal:

i. S1 Christopher McDermand;

ii. An unnamed member of CFIOG; and,

iii. Maj Jon M. Barnett*.

4. CMP selected the following Branch member to serve as a Remembrance Day Sentry for 2023:

a. Cpl Ka Chun Wong.

Senior Appointments

5. Senior Army and Royal Canadian Air Force Appointments for APS 2024 are as follows:

a. 21 EW REGT, CO, LCol D.Y. Begin*;

b. 2 CDSB SIG SVC, CO, Maj Daniel Dubois;

c. 3 CDSB SIG SVC, CO, Maj Tayze Mackenzie;

d. 4 CDSB SIG SVC, CO Maj J.M. Barnett*;

e. 4 CDSB SIGS SVCS, SSM, MWO A.J. Lapierre*;

f. 1 CMBG HQ AND SIG SQN, CO, Maj Casey Gergely;

g. 1 CMBG HQ SIGS SQN, RSM, MWO G.D. Given (on promotion)*;

h. 2 CMBG HQ AND SIG SQN, CO, Maj Benjamin Clarke;

i. 31 Sig Regt, RSM, MWO David. Fulton (on promotion);

j. 32 Sig Regt, RSM, MWO H.Y. Hua (on promotion);

k. 34 Sig Regt, RSM, CWO Serge Marcotte;

l. 37 Sig Regt, RSM, MWO Michael Mahar (on promotion);

m. 39 Sig Regt, CO, Maj D.V. Ferguson;

n. 8 ACCS, CO, LCol Melany LePage;

o. CFSCE, RSM, MWO J.T. Mcquigge (on promotion)*; and,

p. OUTCAN Coord, CO, LCol S. Arsenault.

6. I am very pleased to see our members recognized for their exceptional service to Canada and their outstanding leadership, dedication and commitment to the Communications and Electronics Branch and the Canadian Armed Forces.

New Branch Coin

7. The Branch has recently sourced a new C&E Branch Executive coin, The purpose of the coin is to spontaneously recognize excellence or achievement during visits or engagements involving members of the C&E Branch/Family. This could include unit visits, Branch Exec visits to other organizations, visits with industry or government partners, or visits to allies. This coin puts the Branch Executive in line with other higher-level teams within CAF/DND who likewise hand out a coin associated with their role or command.

C&E Branch E-Sports

8. E-Sports has Launched: For those who might not have heard, the C&E Branch has launched its E-Sports Initiative! This is a fun way for us to get together as a Branch and engage in monthly competitions across different genres in the gaming world. There are prizes, a year-round point-based series, and much more we are discussing to make this initiative as big as it can be. Its success, however, is all up to you! We have started our Discord channel where you can vote on the games, we will play during our first tournaments slated to take place in late March. We are looking for a big turnout, so please log in, join us, and let us know what you want to see!

9. Join us on CMCEN e-sports and Discord (no DWAN access).

CMCEN Highlights

On February 27th, 2024, Fort York Armoury in Toronto will host a gathering to pay tribute to the distinguished career of Honorary Colonel Kenneth Lloyd. With a remarkable journey spanning military service, law enforcement, and community leadership, HCol Lloyd’s contributions have left an indelible mark on the Canadian Armed Forces and the wider community.

Lieutenant-General Eric Kenny, Commander Royal Canadian Air Force presents two members of the Cloud-Based Command and Control team Commander’s Coins during a visit to the operations floor at 22 Wing North Bay on January 25, 2024. Photo by Master Corporal Jim Saunders, 22 Wing Imagery NCM

C&E has recently updated its membership distribution list. If you believe you have received this email in error, please contact us at [email protected].

* Entry added after initial publication.

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