Article by MWO Denis Cournoyer, CFMPA RSM
On the 22 Apr 2016, family, friends and co-worker attended the Remembrance Ceremony of Cpl Matthew Dinning and Cpl Randy Payne. Sgt Dave Houthuyzen requested to be the OPI for the event and he did an outstanding job. The day started at 0600 hrs, with the “Payne training”. Candidates from the MP QL3, MPOC and 6A joined their efforts with the staff to complete this intense PT session. At 1500 hrs, a ceremony of life was conducted in Stewart Square in front of the Cenotaph. This very emotional ceremony reunited several friends and family that hadn’t seen each other in years. All guests were invited afterwards to the Thunderbird Center for refreshments and of course war stories. BZ, Sgt Dave Houthuyzen, you did an amazing job!
On the 30 Apr 2016, CFMPA hosted the 1909 Collingwood OPP Army Cadet Corps for the day. This annual event is led by the candidates in house demonstrated through several stations all type of aspect of the Military Police trade. From crime scenes to driving simulator the future generation were all smiles throughout the day.
On the 1st May 2016, at 0700 hrs CFMPA loaded a bus filled with candidates and staff to participate in the Ontario Police Memorial Fund parade. Yes, it was rainy and cold; however, all staff and candidates proudly represented the Military Police. Other police agencies from all over were present and Military Police veterans also participated. Overall it was a great day and the candidates really enjoyed participating in this significant event.
On the 7 May 2016, MPOC and MP QL3 0016 conducted a BBQ/ Car Wash at Sobeys in Angus. In a 4 hrs period they raised an impressive $900.00 for the Military Police Fund for Blind Children. Apparently the highlight of the day was to throw a bucket of water on the RSM after getting the blessing from his wife!!!
On the 17/18 May 2016, the Red Beret and Graduation parade were held for the MP QL3 1601. For the first time, CFMPA held an outdoor parade on its ground, hosting over 250 guests and graduating 85 new MP. Through a revised training schedule, CFMPA staff combined their efforts (as always), and provide the best training to form new MP ready and eager to serve their Branch and Country. Guardhouses across Canada are extremely happy to receive so many new MP. It should be noted that the 3 MP QL3 platoons combined forces with the MPOC course and raised over $8000.00 for the Military Police Fund for Blind Children in 4 ½ months. Congratulation to all and good luck.
What is coming up?
9 Jun 2016 – CFB Borden Centennial parade
As part of the commemoration events of CFB Borden centennial, military units from CFB Borden, the Grey and Simcoe Foresters, RCMP, OPP, City of Barrie Police, District E Legion, and Cadets will be participating in the unveiling of the Memorial Wall at the north entrance of CFB Borden. (10:40 seated VVIP arrival 10:50).
On a personal note, this will be my last SitRep that I will provide in favor of CFMPA. It has been truly a privilege to be CSM and RSM for this unit for the past two years and I will never forget what was accomplished here during this time. Thank you to the Chain of Command for their trust, thanks to the staff for their support and dedication and also a big thanks you to the veterans for your friendship and helped us doing some amazing events throughout the last two years. New challenges are coming my way with the CFNIS HQ and I would like to wish all the best to CWO Crystal Krammer who will take over the Academy CWO and Branch Chief positions.
Again thank you all for your support!