38 Signal Regiment marks inaugural Change of Command

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Article / January 16, 2017

By Cpl Natasha Tersigni PAO NCM

An historic milestone occurred on January 14 for 38 Signal Regiment (38 Sig Regt) when Commanding Officer Lieutenant Colonel (LCol) John Groves handed command of the Regiment to LCol Jackie Janzen. The Change of Command ceremony took place at Minto Armoury and was the first official transfer of power in the Regiment’s history.

LCol Groves assumed command of the newly formed 38 Sig Regt in March 2012, which saw the amalgamation of signals squadrons in Saskatoon, Regina, Winnipeg and Thunder Bay. Throughout his five years at the helm, LCol Groves has witnessed the Regiment’s extensive growth and is excited for what the future holds under LCol Janzen’s command.

 “We have stabilized the Regiment in terms of number of members and now the challenges are finding collective training opportunities within the Regiment so all squadrons can come together and train,”  said LCol Groves.

 “I am looking forward to LCol Janzen taking over as Commanding Officer; this has always been the succession plan. She has been the Deputy Commanding Officer of 38 Signal Regiment; she has operational deployment experience and is staff qualified. LCol Janzen has all the qualifications necessary to lead and with six months experience as the acting Commanding Officer, she is settling into the chair nicely.” 

Having served in the Canadian Armed Forces for 20 years, including deployments to Bosnia and Afghanistan, LCol Janzen has the experience and expertise needed to lead the troops for years to come. She is excited about her new position and is looking forward to continuing her service with 38 Sig Regt.

 “From the moment I became an officer my dream has been to be a Commanding Officer of a unit; I am extremely grateful for this opportunity,” said LCol Janzen.

 “This regiment has come a long way in the last six years. From four independent squadrons to one regiment that spans 1,500 kilometres and four cities; it is no easy task to be in command. However the hard work and dedication of LCol Groves, the Regimental Sergeant Major, Chief Warrant Officer Rupert Klyne, and the squadron command teams and the staff have strengthened the Regiment and have built a foundation from which we can continue to grow.” 

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