In Memoriam: LCol (Ret'd) Ron Gladstone
On October 17, at the age of 88, LCol (Ret'd) Ron Gladstone passed away at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital.
Ron began his work life as a member of the Royal Air Force where he served in Malaya. Afterwards, he started off his long career in policing with the London Metropolitan Police from which he retired as a Detective Constable in the New Scotland Yard. In 1955, Ron left the United Kingdom to join the Royal Canadian Air Force Military Police where he served for 28 years retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel. Afterwards, Ron served as the Deputy Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod for the Canadian Senate.
In his personal life, Ron was an avid storyteller with a quick-wit and an unbeatable memory. You could often find him volunteering to help where needed, reciting old poems, or sneaking copious amounts of human food to his beloved pets.
Ron is survived by his wife, Esther, children, Keith and Janet, grand-children, Ben and Amber, Doug and Jamie, Trista, Stephanie and Ryan, and Nicole, great-grand-children, Della and Finley, and sister, Audrey.
Ron was an active member of the Air Force Association of Canada, the United Services Institute, and the Freemasonry. Ron lived a full life and will be sadly missed by his family and friends.
As an expression of sympathy, donations may be made in his memory to: The Nanaimo & District Branch of the BC SPCA, 154 Westwood Road, Nanaimo, B.C., V9R 0G9,www.spca.bc.ca.
Today in MP History
27 October 1977
The Military Police Fund for Blind Children is established as a registered Charitable Corporation.
The MPFBC was first informally established in 1957 by Army Provost Marshal Colonel James Riley Stone after his daughter Moira passed away from cancer of the eye. Throughout its history, this registered charity, which is run and managed entirely by MP volunteers, has raised thousands of dollars to provide assistance to visually impaired children.
LCol Adam Battista, CWO Crystal Krammer, and all members of the Canadian Forces Military Police Academy (CFMPA) would like to cordially invite all distinguished MP Veterans to a Day of Remembrance Ceremony on Friday, November 4, 2016.
This ceremony will bring the Staff and Students together with our Veterans and former members to pay their respects and remember those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice while serving with the C Pro C, RCAF Service Police, RCAF Police, RCN Shore Patrol, RCN Police, and Canadian Military Police.
Those wishing to attend should arrive at 1015 hrs, 4 November 2016 at the main entrance of the Col Stone Building (538 Cambrai Rd, Borden Ontario) adjacent to the cenotaph. Guests should be seated no later than 1040 hrs. There will be a seating area for honoured veterans and or former members not wishing or unable to parade.
After the ceremony, all attendees are invited to attend The Thunderbird Centre, inside the Col Stone Bldg to enjoy a warm snack and beverages with past colleagues, staff, and students.
In Memoriam - Sgt (Ret'd) Kim Marshall
We’re just learning of the recent passing of a former member of the MP Branch.
Sgt (Ret’d) Kim Marshall, a 30-year veteran of the Canadian Forces who retired in 2003, passed away recently after a long illness. During his career, Kim served at a variety of locations, including 2 MP PL Petawawa, as well as the Ottawa SIU Section in 1990, and CFB Winnipeg where he retired.
The obituary, provided to CMPA by a friend of Kim’s, reads as follows:
To all of you who know and love Kim, it is with deep sadness that I post this message. Our beloved Kim passed yesterday evening at home. With his family surrounding him Kim took his last breath and peacefully slipped away.
Kim fought long and hard these past 10 months overcoming incredible obstacles with grace and humour and a warrior’s spirit. Kim lived the code of Bushido to the end. In every sense a true warrior, Kim was the embodiment of bushido values: Loyalty, courage, honesty, compassion, honour and a profound respect for life. He faced death calmly and with courage.
A service was held for Sgt(Ret'd) Marshall on 8 October 2016 at St. Luke's Aglican Church in Winnipeg.
Today in MP History
8 October 1993
The first United Nations MP Platoon in Bosnia-Hercegovina was inaugurated.
The UN MP Platoon included 6 Canadian MP, who were responsible for war crimes investigations within the Bosnian theatre.
Today in MP History
6 October 1986
Amendments to the National Defence Act were proclaimed that brought various orders and regulations into line with the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. This would have a major impact on how MP conduct investigations.
Legends of the Thunderbird #1
“Thunderbird lives at Kunwaas, not far from Qalogwis. He is chief of the village of the birds and is the only one who owns a salmon trap. But his salmon are the killer whales, the only fish big enough for mighty Thunderbird. Not only does he catch them with his traps, but with his spears which are lightning bolts. He sits on top of his pole as does the Tsimshiam fisherman at his weir. As well as whale, he catches the double headed serpent which is a menace to the tribe. Thus, he keeps men from evil and, as he sits upon his pole, he can meditate on the ways of the lower-world and remember all that has passed since before the world began. He is the wisest of birds and the strongest”.
(As published in The Thunderbird Journal, Winter 1982)
By Lt T’ien, 301 Platoon Comd, and 2Lt Giguere 303 Platoon Comd, 30 MP Coy, 3 MP Regt
Military Police from the United States and Canada have come together as 5 Multinational Brigade Military Police Company to participate in this year’s Exercise Strident Tracer 2016 (ST16) in Gagetown, NB. The 5 Multinational Brigade Military Police Company is a consolidated unit comprised of approximately 90 personnel from the 211th Military Police Battalion (Army National Guard), 91st Military Police Battalion (Active Army), 3 Military Police Regiment, and 1 Military Police Regiment.
Each year, Exercise Strident Tracer takes place in Gagetown, NB, and builds upon the foundation of previous years training. For the majority of MP troops at ST16, the most highlighted aspect of training was not only the exercise of tactical MP scenarios, but the opportunity to participate as an integrated unit with unique multinational challenges.
"This year, all soldiers and officers got the opportunity to participate at their functional level, including, for some officers, getting dirty with the troops as members of the various training activities.” As one officer stated “As a Platoon Comd of a small platoon back home, it is hard fully appreciate the magnitude of our capabilities until multinational exercises such as Strident Tracer highlights these capabilities”. Canadian platoons were incorporated heavily with their American counterparts in what appeared to be a seamless integration. The commanders on the ground were a mix of Canadian and US leaders holding various positions of responsibility.
A large proportion of the exercise was working in support of key CIMIC and PSYOPS activities during key leader engagement (KLE) missions and VIP protection for the exercise Battalion Commander. The overall goal was to establish the proper foundations with a small village in order to build trust and cooperation. Military Police were tasked with conducting security operations in order to protect CIMIC assets from threats from both exterior forces and hostile intent within the village. As in realistic conditions, members of 5 Multinational Military Police Coy were confronted by neutral villagers, frustrated by the devastation of conflict, and learned to adapt to different levels of hostility while ensuring their core security objectives were maintained. Members of the Military Police also confirmed their ability to live fire as part of dynamic convoy operations. While it may be more frequent amongst other Reserve Force units, Military Police seldom get the opportunity to conduct live fire under such unique conditions.
While training is the key to these exercises, the majority of the troops receive something of far greater value during exercise ST16; the opportunity and experience of working side-by-side with American counterparts. On the ground, troops engaged in the understanding how their own unit operates in contrast to their coalition partners. While it is evident that training scenarios are simulated, realistic training creates the conditions where teamwork and cohesion are fostered at the very lowest level. Canadian and American Military Police have stepped outside their comfort zone to learn new manners of operating and act as force multipliers for the Commander.
To go along with all the excitement of EX ST16 there was a special opportunity to formalize the relationship of 3 Military Police Regiment and 211th Military Police Battalion. This partnership goes back to historical relations that developed between Halifax and Boston after the Halifax explosion of 1917. The Commanding Officers of 3 MP Regt, Major Henderson and of the 211th MP Battalion, Lt Col Blake came together to recognize the relationship of the two regiments at a special ceremony that was held at the 5 Multinational Military Police Company Headquarters on what was known as Camp Normandy during Exercise Strident Tracer 16. During the ceremony both COs signed a partnership document that will serve as the basis for future training opportunities. A platoon was on parade for the occasion with members from 3 MP Regt, the 91st MP Battalion and the 211th MP Battalion and was witnessed by several dignitaries notably including the Adjutant General of the Massachusetts Nation Guard, Major-General Gary Keefe, Col (P) Johnson, Col Cody and Commander Army MP Group, LCol Vanessa Hanrahan. Maj Gen Keefe was able to use this opportunity to recognise 3 soldiers (1 Canadian Soldier, 1 US Army active duty soldier and 1 Massachusetts National Guardsmen) whom stood out from the pack by their hard work and dedication, awarding them his Adjutant General of the Massachusetts National Guard coin.
Thank you to Lt Wychnenka, 1 MP.