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Article / November 17, 2015

By: Captain Jeff Fillmore

The soldiers of the 1st Battalion, Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry (1PPCLI) welcomed their new Commanding Officer, Lieutenant-Colonel Wade Rutland, to the Battalion with a Change of Command Ceremony that took place the morning of November 5, 2015.

Members of all ranks were present and assembled at the Lecture Training Facility Drill Hall at Canadian Forces Base Edmonton under the Regimental Sergeant Major, Chief Warrant Officer Darren Hessell, for the start of the parade at 10 a.m. The parade was handed over to Major Harpal Mandaher, Acting Commanding Officer of 1 PPCLI, who called the officers onto parade and began the ceremony.

The parade was fortunate to have the Colonel of the Regiment, Major-General (retired) W.B. Vernon in attendance for the parade as well as Colonel Trevor Cadieu, Commander of 1 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group (1 CMBG), as the Reviewing Officer. Following the General and Regimental salutes, Colonel Cadieu was invited to inspect the parade, where he paused to chat with various members in the guards and concluded with an inspection of the Royal Canadian Artillery Band.

The feature of the parade saw the outgoing and incoming Commanding Officers sit with Colonel Cadieu to sign the official documentation handing over command of 1 PPCLI to Lieutenant-Colonel Rutland. After an exchange of handshakes, Colonel Cadieu, Major Mandaher, and Lieutenant-Colonel Rutland each took their turn to address the parade.

In his address, Colonel Cadieu acknowledged the vast efforts 1 PPCLI contributed in support of Operation LENTUS combatting the wildfires in northern Saskatchewan, along with the Battalion’s most recent successes working with neighbour units as part of Exercise PATRICIA STEELE conducted in Wainwright.

Lieutenant-Colonel Rutland expressed his appreciation for his wife and family’s efforts (and those of other families facing similar circumstances), who conducted a complete move across the country while he completed his most recent deployment in the Middle East as a Chief of Staff. Prior to his deployment, Lieutenant-Colonel Rutland was employed within the National Capital Region as part of the Vice Chief of Defence Staff organization. During this period he had the honour of serving on the PPCLI Regimental Executive Committee as a Regional Representative, which included assisting with the 100th anniversary celebrations in Ottawa.      

Following his speech, Lieutenant-Colonel Rutland assumed his position as the new Parade Commander and led his Battalion in a regimental march past along with the advance in review order. As part of the general salute to Commander 1 CMBG, the national anthem was played, followed by the general salute for the departure of the Colonel of the Regiment. 

All guests and members of the Battalion were invited to attend a brief reception at 1 PPCLI, where food and refreshments were available to compliment the exchange of conversation and greetings amongst new and old Patricias.

1 PPCLI is happy to welcome Lieutenant-Colonel Rutland back into the Battalion and looks forward to the opportunities and challenges that the future holds.

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