(Note: This post constitutes our final "Legend of the Thunderbird")
“Once, there was a sea monster which greatly troubled the Nootka, for it would wait at the mouth of the river for children to swim when it would catch and eat them. The Nootka did not know what to do for their children had to learn to swim if they were to catch Whale. So they asked Thunderbird and he told them to make belts of the whale skin and put it on a brave child. This child had then to swim out towards the sea monster and when he was swallowed, to shout “snake in belly” when the belt would kill the sea monster. “For” said Thunderbird, “I have turned the magic of the double-headed serpent into the skin of the whale and it shall turn the poison against the sea monster”. From that day on, the children of this child that slew the sea monster bore the crest of Thunderbird upon their canoes and his image shows where the shores are safe to the Nootka, to this day”.
(As published in The Thunderbird Journal, Winter 1984)
Updated...this time with a link to the documents...
The CMPA’s Scholarship Fund reflects one of our main purposes: to support and benefit its members.
Each year, the CMPA awards two $1,000 scholarship to members in good standing whose family members (spouse or children) are pursuing their first year of full or part time post-secondary education. One scholarship will be presented for entry into a university program, and one for entry into a college program.
The attached documents provide full details regarding the rules and application process. Deadline for submission is 30 July 2017. No extensions will be granted.
Email your submission packages to email@example.com
Good luck to all future applicants!
Not a day goes by that we don't get a question about "retirement badges". There's a lot of confusion out there, some of it of our own making due to confusing policies and mixed messages over the years. To be clear, the CMPA offers two seperate gifts to CMPA members that are releasing or retiring: the CMPA Departure Gift and the MP Retirement Credentials.
We’ve received a lot of feedback from members about the current retirement credentials program...concerns that the application process was overly complex, that it was excessively expensive for retired members…and some excellent suggestions were put forward to us for consideration.
As a result, we’re making a lot of fundamental changes to the Retirement Badge program.
First, the application process is going to be significantly streamlined to eliminate a lot of the bureaucracy, including the elimination of the role of the chain of command. There will still be a review conducted to ensure the applicant meets all eligibility requirements, but the initial request no longer needs to be staffed through your chain of command when you retire. You’ll have enough to do without a lot of extra paperwork.
You no longer have to purchase a 5-year membership to obtain the retirement credentials. So long as you have an existing CMPA membership that’s in good standing and meet the other basic requirements (not have your MP credentials under suspension, not be dishonorably released, etc.), the retirement credentials will now essentially be a “kit shop purchase” and all you’ll be required to pay is a one-time fee for the badge, ID card, and wallet.
You will no longer have to maintain a continuous CMPA membership after you retire in order to keep the retirement credentials. This was a particularly big bone of contention, and it’s now been eliminated. If you are in possession of retirement credentials that are expired or about to expire, you don’t have to “renew” them. We are reworking the design of the ID card to eliminate the expiry date. If you want to replace your ID card if its been damaged or you want to update the photo, you’ll only have to pay a modest fee to cover production and shipping
While we are making some changes to better serve our retired members, one thing that won’t be changing is the fundamental criteria for qualification: you must be retired (or in the process of retiring) to obtain the retirement credentials. In other words, you’ve must have completed your Terms of Service and be receiving a pension for that service. If you’ve been medically released as a result of an injury sustained on duty and are receiving a medical pension for that injury you also qualify for retirement credentials. However, personnel who release from the CAF without receiving a pension will not be considered to be “retired” and will not be eligible for retirement credentials.
However, every member of the CMPA who releases or retires will still be entitled to the CMPA Departure Gift (formerly called the “retirement gift”…which created a great deal of confusion as you might imagine). The Departure Gift is your actual MP badge that you carried on duty, encased in a shadow box. We’re also making a few minor changes to Bylaw #5, which governs the CMPA Departure Gift program, and we’ll be announcing those changes soon.
In the days and weeks to come, we’ll be publishing an updated Bylaw #6 that governs the retirement credentials, as well as a new application process. Speaking of paperwork on retirement, we are going to be producing a CMPA aide-memoire for inclusion in the DWD handbook to ensure that Departure gifts and retirement credentials every MP who releases or retires.
“When the Sun has his longest trail to cover, then must we consider what we must do to prepare to put out to sea and hunt whale. At these times do we rejoice as sons of Thunderbird, that we can come together and talk of these things and seek his counsel. For he is wise and has hunted whale since before the world began and is able to kill the double-headed serpent who can turn canoes to stone so that they sink. Then at the end of this counsel shall be a great Potlatch and a great giving of gifts and shall each chief give all his substance so that none invited are offended by a small gift. For from the wisdom of Thunderbird, shall we go out on the great waters and bring back whale, whose skin shall be made into a belt and whose flesh shall make us rich and whose bone shall be our treasure”.
(As published in The Thunderbird Journal, Fall 1984)
1 April 2011: The Canadian Forces Provost Marshal (CFPM), Colonel Tim Grubb, assumed full command of all MP who are directly involved in policing duties with the formation of the Canadian Forces Military Police Group (CF MP Gp).
Under this new structure, Military Police environmental and operational command policing assets were placed under the full command of the CFPM, who now had the dual role of CF MP Gp Commander. The Military Police Security Service (MPSS) and the Canadian Forces Service Prison and Detention Barracks (CFSPDB) were made part of the MP Services Group, while the Canadian Forces National Investigation Service (CFNIS) and Canadian Forces Military Police Academy (CFMPA) remained directly under the CF MP Gp structure.
1. ON 27 MAR 17, AFTER 26 PLUS YEARS OF LOYAL, DEDICATED AND DISTINGUISHED SERVICE TO THE CANADIAN FORCES MILITARY POLICE BRANCH, THE CAF AND CANADA, MWO JEFF HOLLETT WILL RETIRE AND TRANSITION INTO A NEW CAREER.
2. IN 1991, PTE HOLLETT COMPLETED BASIC TRAINING AT CFRS CORNWALLIS FOLLOWED BY FRENCH LANGUAGE TRAINING. IN DEC 1992 HE COMPLETED HIS TQL3 MILITARY POLICE COURSE AND WAS POSTED TO 8 WG TRENTON, ON. IN AUG 1997, JEFF WAS POSTED TO 9 WG GANDER, NL, JUST DOWN THE ROAD FROM HIS HOME TOWN OF GRAND FALLS-WINDSOR, NL. IN MAR 01, JEFF WAS POSTED A 6 HOUR FERRY RIDE TO HALIFAX, NS WHERE FOR 6 YEARS HE WAS EMPLOYED AS GENERAL AND DRUG INVESTIGATOR AT THE CFNIS ATLANTIC REGION DET. IN JUL 07, JEFF DEPARTED ATLANTIC CANADA HEADING WEST TO OTTAWA, WHERE HE WAS POSTED TO CFNCIU. UPON BEING PROMOTED TO WO AND LOOKING FOR A SLOWER PACE, JEFF PACKED UP THE FAMILY AGAIN AND TRAVELLED TO ROME, ITALY, WHERE HE SERVED AS THE MPSS DET WO. IN JUL 14, JEFF GOT TIRED OF THE WINE AND PASTA, SO HE PACKED UP THE FAMILY AGAIN AND WAS POSTED CFNIS IN OTTAWA WHERE HE WAS EMPLOYED AS THE NATIONAL CRIMINAL INTELLIGENCE COORDINATOR OF THE MP CRIMINAL INTELLIGENCE SECTION. AFTER 2 YRS OF MANAGING THE CRIMINAL INTELLIGENC OPERATIONS, JEFF WAS POSTED ACROSS THE OTTAWA RIVER TO THE CFLS TO LEARN FRENCH. IN OCT 16, JEFF WAS PROMOTED TO HIS CURRENT RANK OF MWO.
3. JEFF’S DEPLOYMENTS INCLUDE UN HIGH COMMISSION FOR REFUGEES SARAJEVO AIRLIFT IN THE ROLE OF AIRCRAFT SECURITY OFFICER IN 1993. THEN IN 1995, HE DEPLOYED TO PORT AU PRINCE HAITI AS PART OF THE AIRFIELD SECURITY FORCE. LASTLY, IN 2009, JEFF DEPLOYED TO AFGHANISTAN IN THE ROLE OF COUNTER-INTELLIGENCE OPERATOR.
4. IN FEB 17, JEFF ACCEPTED EMPLOYMENT WITH THE PUBLIC SERVICE, WHICH WILL KEEP HIM, HIS WIFE TRACY AND DAUGHERS TAYLOR AND JENNA IN OTTAWA FOR THE NEXT FORESEEABLE FUTURE. ALTHOUGH JEFF AND HIS FAMILY ARE ENTHUSIASTICALLY LOOKING FORWARD TO THE NEXT CHAPTER OF THEIR LIVES, THEY ARE THANKFUL OF THE NUMEROUS FOND MEMORIES WITH THOSE COLLEAGUES AND FRIENDS THEY CROSSED PATHS WITH OVER THE PAST 26 YEARS.
5. FOR MEMBERS OF THE BRANCH, FRIENDS AND FAMILY TO GATHER AND CELEBRATE JEFF’S CAREER, A DEPART WITH DIGNITY FUNCTION WILL TAKE PLACE ON 19 MAY 17, WITH FULL DETAILS TO BE ANNOUNCED WHEN CONFIRMED. MEANWHILE, CONGRATULATORY MESSAGES, ANECDOTES, STORIES AND PHOTOS ARE WELCOME AND MAY BE SENT TO MWO GLENN HALL BY EMAIL, AT GLENN.HALL@FORCES.GC.CA. ADDRESSEES ARE REQUESTED TO GIVE THIS MESSAGE THE WIDEST POSSIBLE DISTRIBUTION THROUGHOUT THEIR ORGANIZATION.
1. AFTER 34+ YEARS OF LOYAL AND DEDICATED SERVICE TO CANADIAN ARMED FORCES AND TO CANADA, WO JIM ROSE WILL RETIRE ON 31 MAR 17.
2. WO ROSE ENROLLED IN THE PRIMARY RESERVES ON 14 SEP 1982 WITH 1 ROYAL NEWFOUNDLAND REGIMENT BEFORE ACCEPTING A COMPONENT TRANSFER TO THE REGULAR FORCE ON 2 APR 1990 AS AN ARMOURED CREWMAN. HIS FIRST POSTING WAS TO THE ROYAL CANADIAN DRAGOONS IN PETAWAWA WHERE HE SERVED IN A NUMBER OF DIFFERENT ROLES, INCLUDING A DEPLOYMENT TO THE FORMER REPUBLIC OF YUGOSLAVIA AS PART OF THE ROYAL CANADIAN DRAGOONS BATTLE GROUP AND UNITED NATIONS PROTECTION FORCE UNDER OP CAVALIER.
3. IN 2002 WO ROSE REMUSTERED TO MILITARY POLICE. HE WAS POSTED TO CFB GAGETOWN, NB, FROM JANUARY 2003 TO JULY 2005. DURING THIS TIME WO ROSE DEPLOYED TO PORT AU PRINCE HAITI AS PART OF OP HALO. IN 2005 WO ROSE WAS POSTED TO THE CANADIAN FORCES NATIONAL INVESTIGATION SERVICE. AS A RESULT OF HIS WORK AS LEAD INVESTIGATOR ON A MULTI JURISDICTIONAL MAJOR CASE FILE WHILE WORKING WITH THE CFNIS, WO ROSE WAS PRESENTED WITH THE CHIEF OF DEFENCE STAFF COMMENDATION FOR HIS LEADERSHIP AND PROFESSIONALISM.
4. IN 2012 WO ROSE APPLIED FOR AND WAS ACCEPTED TO UNDERGO TRAINING AS A POLYGRAPH EXAMINER. SINCE 2013, WO ROSE HAS BEEN EMPLOYED AS A CAF POLYGRAPH EXAMINER. HE WAS SOUGHT OUT BY BOTH DND AND A NUMBER OF CIVILIAN LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES TO CONDUCT POLYGRAPH EXAMINATIONS IN SUPPORT OF BOTH CRIMINAL AND SECURITY INVESTIGATIONS.
5. WO ROSE HAS BEEN OFFERED AND ACCEPTED A POSITION AS A POLYGRAPH EXAMINER WITHIN THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. JIM WISHES TO THANK THE MANY SINCERE AND DEDICATED MEMBERS OF THE CANADIAN ARMED FORCES HE HAS WORKED FOR, WITH AND ALONGSIDE OVER THE YEARS.
6. A DWD WILL BE HELD ON 7 APR AT 1900 IN KINGSTON AT THE RMC SENIOR STAFF MESS, 9 POINT FREDERICK DRIVE, KINGSTON, ON. IT IS JIMS WISH THAT FRIENDS AND FAMILY JOIN HIM FOR LIGHT SNACKS, CATCH UP AND TO CELEBRATE AN OUTSTANDING CAREER. DRESS FOR THE DWD IS CASUAL. FOR THOS WISHING TO ATTEND PLEASE CONFIRM YOUR ATTENDANCE WITH SGT FRANCUZ VIA RESPECTIVE EMAIL BELOW.
7. CONGRATULATORY MESSAGES CAN BE FORWARDED TO SGT FRANCUZ AT TOMASZ.FRANCUZ@FORCES.GC.CA
The latest edition of the MP Branch newsletter is now available to read online.
In this latest issue, read all about Canadian MP serving domestically and in operations, as well as in their off-time. The newsletter also includes information on charity initiatives, postings, retirements, and other news of interest to serving and retired MP.
Some of the articles this month include:
Previous issues in both English and French are available by clicking here.
1. AFTER 35+ YEARS OF SERVICE TO CANADA AND THE MILITARY POLICE BRANCH, LCOL GUY SAVARD RETIRED FROM THE CANADIAN ARMED FORCES (CAF) ON 9 JANUARY 2017.
2. LCOL SAVARD ENROLLED IN THE CAF IN 1981 AND COMPLETED HIS BASIC OFFICER TRAINING IN CHILLIWACK, BC. IN 1982, HE WAS POSTED TO 2 MILITARY POLICE PLATOON, CFB PETAWAWA. IN 1987, GUY WAS PROMOTED TO CAPTAIN AND BECAME THE BASE SECURITY OFFICER AT CFB NORTH BAY. HE REPORTED TO THE CANADIAN FORCES SCHOOL OF INTELLIGENCE AND SECURITY (CFSIS) AT CFB BORDEN IN 1990 WHERE HE WAS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE BASIC SECURITY OFFICERS’ COURSE. IN 1992, GUY WAS PROMOTED TO MAJOR AND ASSUMED THE ROLE OF CHIEF INSTRUCTOR AT CFSIS. IN 1994, HE WAS POSTED TO ST-HUBERT AS THE BASE SECURITY OFFICER FOR CFB MONTREAL. IN 1996, MILITARY POLICE OPERATIONS IN THE MONTREAL AREA WERE CONSOLIDATED AT CFB ST-JEAN AND GUY RELOCATED THERE TO TAKE COMMAND OF THE AMALGAMATED UNIT WHILE ASSUMING THE ADDITIONAL ROLE OF GARRISON ST-JEAN COORDINATOR. IN 1997, HE WAS POSTED TO OTTAWA AND ASSUMED THE ROLE OF DEPUTY PROVOST MARSHAL - POLICE 3 AT NATIONAL DEFENCE HEADQUARTERS. UPON COMPLETING CF COMMAND AND STAFF COLLEGE IN 1999, GUY WAS PROMOTED TO LIEUTENANT-COLONEL AND BECAME PROVOST MARSHAL FOR THE LAND STAFF HEADQUARTERS IN OTTAWA. IN 2001, GUY DEPLOYED TO SARAJEVO AS THE CHIEF FORCE PROTECTION OFFICER FOR SFOR. IN 2002, GUY WAS POSTED TO WINNIPEG AS THE 1 CANADIAN AIR DIVISION PROVOST MARSHAL. HE WAS POSTED BACK TO OTTAWA IN 2004 AS THE VICE CHIEF OF THE DEFENCE STAFF’S J3 MP WHERE HE SUPPORTED CF TRANSFORMATION AND EFFECTIVELY SERVED AS PROVOST MARSHAL FOR THE STRATEGIC JOINT STAFF, CANADIAN EXPEDITIONARY FORCE COMMAND, AND CANADIAN OPERATIONAL SUPPORT COMMAND. IN 2006, GUY JOINED THE JOINT DOCTRINE STAFF WITH CHIEF FORCE DEVELOPMENT AT THE CF EXPERIMENTATION CENTRE. IN 2007, GUY ASSUMED COMMAND OF THE CANADIAN FORCES NATIONAL COUNTER-INTELLIGENCE UNIT. IN 2011, GUY WAS APPOINTED AS THE CANADIAN DEFENCE ATTACHÉ IN DAKAR - SENEGAL WITH ACCREDITATION TO CAMEROON, NIGERIA, GHANA, IVORY COAST, SIERRA LEONE AND MALI. GUY RETURNED TO CANADA FIVE YEARS LATER IN 2016 AND FINISHED HIS LONG AND FRUITFUL CAREER WITH THE TRAVEL AND CONTACT SECURITY SECTION AT DIRECTOR GENERAL DEFENCE SECURITY.
3. LCOL SAVARD’S SERVICE HAS EARNED HIM THE SECOND CLASP OF HIS CANADIAN FORCES DECORATION, THE CANADIAN PEACEKEEPING SERVICE MEDAL, THE NATO MEDAL FOR THE FORMER YUGOSLAVIA, AND THE FRENCH NATIONAL DEFENCE MEDAL. MOST NOTABLY, HE WAS ENROLLED INTO THE ORDER OF THE LION FOR SENEGAL—THE SENEGALESE EQUIVALENT TO COMMANDER OF MILITARY MERIT.
4. GUY IS MARRIED TO MARLENE KENNY AND THEY HAVE ONE DAUGHTER WHO HAS BROUGHT GRANDCHILDREN INTO THEIR LIVES. GUY INTENDS TO ENJOY THE NEXT YEAR AWAY FROM WORK, SPENDING TIME WITH HIS GRANDCHILDREN AND PLAYING AS MUCH GOLF AS MARLENE WILL TOLERATE.
5. GUY EXPRESSES HIS THANKS TO ALL THOSE WHO SUPPORTED HIM THROUGHOUT HIS CAREER AND IS GRATEFUL FOR EVERYONE WAS PART OF HIS JOURNEY. IN KEEPING WITH HIS WISHES, AN INFORMAL GATHERING WITH RETIREMENT PRESENTATIONS IS SCHEDULED FOR 1130 HRS, 17 MAY 2017 AT THE ARMY OFFICERS MESS, 149 SOMERSET STREET WEST IN OTTAWA. A GENERAL INVITATION IS EXTENDED TO ALL. ATTENDEES ARE REQUESTED TO RSVP TO CAPTAIN DAN COLLINGS BY EMAIL TO Daniel.Collings@forces.gc.ca. A RETIREMENT BOOK IS BEING PREPARED FOR PRESENTATION TO GUY AT THIS EVENT. LETTERS OF APPRECIATION, BEST WISHES, CONGRATULATORY MESSAGES, CAREER ANECDOTES, OR PHOTOS ARE ALSO WELCOME TO BE FORWARDED TO CAPTAIN COLLINGS FOR INCLUSION IN GUY’S BOOK.
“The Mink is the son of the Sun and lives at Qalogwis. He is foolish, amorous and full of curiosity. He killed his friend Land Otter because he coveted his wife and Frog-Woman disliked him because he has a long face, small eyes and smells. He is very greedy and fond of sea eggs. He steals clams from the houses of the women by the shore and when they complain, he turns them into starfish. Yes, Mink is greedy and covetous, but most of all he is foolish. One day he thought he would carry the Sun in his father’s place. So, arising early and before his father, he took the shining ball out to make the day, but he could not carry it and dropped it on the earth between Bella-Bella and Bella Coola where it set the forests on fire. Then were all men and animals greatly afraid for they thought the whole world would burn. They called out to Thunderbird who sent Tsona, his cousin. He put on his magic garment and there was thunder, lightning and a great hailstorm which out the fire. Even today, when the forests burn, Thunderbird will protect his people and spread his cloak and bring the rain. For his cloak is the clouds, which bring the rain in season”.
(As published in The Thunderbird Journal, Spring 1984)