By CWO Crystal Krammer, CFMPA CWO
Greetings from your CFMPA
Since our last submission in December, the members of the CFMPA enjoyed a nice long Christmas break and returned to their duties refreshed and ready for the commencement of another busy period.
10 Jan 2017, saw the intake of the new QL3 and MPOC courses. Our newest members quickly started to find their step under the helpful guidance of their staff members. As stated in our last submission we introduced the concept of both courses being mentored by a MP veteran, and we are happy to announce that Sgt (Retired) Ken Neilson is mentoring the QL3 platoon, which is now called “Neilson platoon”, and LCol (Retired) Paul Thobo-Carlsen (one of the CMPA's two Directors of History and Heritage) is mentoring the MPOC platoon, which is now the “Thobo-Carlsen platoon”. Both veterans proudly accepted the roles and challenge, and we are extremely excited to see how this relationship will unfold. The Academy staff and students welcome both of these extraordinary mentors to the team.
Bell Let's Talk Day
25 Jan 2017 was Bell Let’s Talk Day - Leveraging the technology available in the Colonel Stone Building, Canadian Forces Military Police Academy (CFMPA) staff and students were able to listen in to the CAF, Bell Let's Talk Panel discussion held at NDHQ on January 25, 2017. CFMPA is committed to helping the members of the CF MP Gp build their resiliency skills through the continued instruction and development of the Road to Mental Readiness for MP.
The End of an Era
Demolition has begun on the old CFMPA lines in Borden. Moving forward!
Our pace at the Academy is quickly picking up momentum. Within the next few days we will be preparing for the QL5 graduation which will see 27 MP members proudly accept their certificates and new qualification on 10 Feb 2017, and return to their units to start mentoring those newer members; and of course happily commencing the paperwork to start receiving their specialist pay.
20 Feb 2017, will see the kick off of our 6B course, this is an exciting course as we get to see our future Branch Leaders sitting in our class rooms, ready and eager to make changes for the better. We as staff learn just as much from these folks as they do from us.
The Academy CWO will be calling to order an Academy History Board which will meet quarterly to discuss history projects and work on the capturing and sharing CFMPA and Branch History. Sgt Beswick (the other half of the CMPA's History and Heritage team) will be the President and we will be looking for two veterans who would be interested in joining our team, and contribute to this new initiative. If you feel that this is something that you are interested in, please forward your name to the Academy CWO through one of the following reps: John Corbett; Wayne Kendell; Bob Thomas; or; Bob Smith.
This captures all that is going on at your CFMPA, the Home of The Branch! Until next time,
We've received several private messages today regarding someone allegedly wearing an RCAF uniform with Military Police accoutrements and medals that he's not entitled too.
While it's not within the CMPA's mandate to investigate allegations of this nature, it is in our mandate to support the interests of the men and women who have proudly served in the red beret in peace and war. As such, this information will be relayed to the appropriate investigative authorities for further action.
There has already been enough commenting on other Facebook sites regarding this person's actions and motivations, so I don't expect to see the same thing posted here. We've been alerted and we're dealing with it. A reminder that inappropriate comments will be deleted...let's keep things civil and let the investigation sort itself out.
Thanks very much to those of you who reported this to us.
On February 8, 2017, Warrant Officer Michael Joseph Lukacs of Edmonton passed away peacefully with his family by his side at the age of 47 years.
Mike is survived by his son, Clayton; wife, Jane; and her children, Chris and Casey; parents, Zoltan and Beverly; grandchildren, Aryana and Ben; sister, Amy (Kevin) Haner; nephews, Rhys and Caerwyn Haner; and special friend, Amy West.
A Celebration of Mike’s Life will be held Tuesday, February 21 at 1:30 p.m. at Our Lady of Loretto Chapel, Edmonton Garrison. Inurnment at a later date in Beechwood Cemetery, Ottawa, ON.
In lieu of other tributes, donations may be made to the Military Police Fund for Blind Children, National Defence Headquarters, 2200 Walkley Road, Ottawa, ON K1A 0K2 .
Mike's obituary can be viewed at www.parkmemorial.com.
A full Sad news for the MP family. Former Master Corporal Vikki Kenny passed away from viral meningitis at her residence in Calgary on January 25, 2017.
After graduating from college, Vikki joined the Canadian Armed Forces as an MP and served for ten years at CFB Borden, and spent another three years at Garrison Edmonton. In 2013 she transferred to the Reserve Force. She then moved to Calgary when she was employed by the Canadian Corps of Commissionaires for Southern Alberta, and also worked at the Calgary Drop-In and Rehabilitation Society
A private family service will be held at Immaculate Conception Church in Stratford, ON. A celebration of Vikki's life will take place at a later date in the summer.
A full obituary can be read and online condolences can be made at yourlifemoments.ca
Legends of the Thunderbird #5
“There once was a woman named Gauo who had four grandsons. Each of these grandsons began one of the four great Tsimshian tribes that we know today and men have wondered why they should have done so and where they received their crests of the Thunderbird as Thunderbird-World-Shaker, Thunderbird-Whale-Killer, Thunderbird-at-End-of-World and Thunderbird-Spirit-Corner. This came to pass when Gauo’s father could find no husband for her and he call all men and leaders of the animals about him. One by one he asked the men to marry his daughter but they would not. Then he went to more and more powerful animals, each of whom told him what they could do, but would not marry his daughter. Finally, a stroke of lightning came down from heaven and Thunderbird appeared in the guise of the handsomest and strongest of men and he took Gauo with him to heaven and they had many children. But Gauo wished her kind to return to earth so she besought Thunderbird who permitted four grand-sons to return and these are the forebears of the Tsimshian today”.
(As published in The Thunderbird Journal, Winter 1983)