Trust Fund created for AFP/MP Sentry Dog and Nuclear Security exhibit at the National Air Force Museum of Canada
The CMPA is working with the National Air Force Museum of Canada, at 8 Wing/CFB Trenton ON, to create a new exhibit showcasing the role of RCAF Air Force Police and CAF Military Police in securing the nuclear weapons used by Canada’s air force during the Cold War.
The exhibit project lead is Lieutenant-Colonel (Ret’d) Paul Thobo-Carlsen, CMPA Co-Director of History & Heritage. The project technical advisors are Major (Ret’d) Wayne Kendall, CMPA Director of Membership (Veterans) and a former AFP sentry dog handler, and Lieutenant-Colonel (Ret’d) Andy Murtagh, who organized and implemented the Sentry Dog Program while serving as a staff officer at RCAF 1 Air Division Headquarters, Metz, France.
The exhibit will be implemented in two phases:
The National Air Force Museum of Canada has established a specific trust fund to collect the money necessary to create a professional looking exhibit. The money collected in this trust fund will be used only to build and maintain the AFP/MP exhibit, and donors will be provided charitable donation receipts for tax purposes.
Donations to the trust fund may be made by cheque to the “National Air Force Museum of Canada.” Please ensure all cheques are clearly annotated with “Attn: Air Force Police Exhibit Trust Fund” to ensure they are appropriately directed. Donation cheques should be mailed to:
National Air Force Museum of Canada
220 RCAF Road
Any former AFP or MP sentry dog handlers who wish to donate related artifacts in support of this exhibit should contact the CMPA (firstname.lastname@example.org) with the details of all items for consideration. Any artifacts subsequently accepted into the NAFMC collection will also be eligible for income tax receipts.
New Canadian Forces Provost Marshal (CFPM) BGen Simon Trudeau (left) assumes command of the Canadian Forces Military Police Group from outgoing CFPM BGen Rob Delaney (right) at a change of command ceremony presided over by LGen Alain Parent (centre), Acting Vice Chief of the Defence Staff, on May 28, 2018, at Cartier Square Drill Hall in Ottawa. Photo credit: Corporal (Cpl) MacIsaac, Canadian Armed Forces.
BGen Simon Trudeau is the new the Canadian Forces Provost Marshal (CFPM) and Commander of the Canadian Forces Military Police Group (CF MP Gp).
BGen Trudeau assumed the role from BGen Rob Delaney, at a change of command ceremony held May 28, 2018 in Ottawa. LGen Alain Parent, Acting Vice Chief of the Defence Staff, was presiding officer at the ceremony.
Canadian Forces Military Police provide a variety of operational, law enforcement, investigative and security services at military establishments across Canada and throughout the world, wherever members of the Canadian Armed Forces serve.
“We expect all Canadian Armed Forces members to serve with honour and fulfil their missions, but the expectation of trust is highest when considering the role of the Military Police who protect military communities – the foundation of our effectiveness and readiness as a fighting force,” said LGen Parent.
The CFPM is an advisor to the Chief of the Defence Staff on policing matters. He or she is an active member of the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police. As the new CFPM, BGen Trudeau commands all Military Police directly involved in policing duties. He is responsible for investigations conducted by any unit or other element under his command, as well as the selection, training and professional standards for the military police.
He enrolled in the Canadian Armed Forces in 1988 and commenced his Military Police career following graduation from the College Militaire Royal de Saint-Jean in 1992. He has held numerous leadership positions across various functions with the Military Police, including operational deployments in Bosnia-Herzegovina in 1997 and Afghanistan in 2002. Prior to his appointment as CFPM, he was Deputy Commander of the CF MP Gp.
In his comments at the change of command parade, BGen Trudeau took the opportunity to thank BGen Delaney for his service and outline his vision for the years ahead.
“On behalf of the women and men of the Canadian Forces Military Police Group, I thank Brigadier-General Delaney for his leadership these past five years. Under his watch we have transformed, expanded, and built on our proud history as a policing organization respected worldwide for its professionalism and integrity,” said BGen Trudeau. “I am looking forward to working with the dedicated and talented members of the MP Group to ensure that Canada’s Military Police remains operationally oriented as we implement Canada’s defence policy Strong, Secured, Engaged.”
BGen Delaney was appointed CFPM and group commander in August of 2013, and he is scheduled to deploy to Iraq this summer as the Ministerial Liaison Team Director – Operation IMPACT.
“It was an honour to serve with the Military Police for more than 25 years, and for five years to command an organization that provides steadfast police and security support to every Canadian Armed Forces installation in Canada and virtually every CAF operation worldwide,” said BGen Delaney. “We have the finest police officers in the world, and it has been my privilege to contribute to the ongoing strength of Canada’s Military Police capability.”
A message from CWO Crystal Krammer, outgoing Military Police Branch Chief:
"I am in midst of finishing off a project at the Academy before I depart, and I require your assistance.
I am looking for a high resolution picture of an early C Pro C member. This picture will be blown up to about 10 feet.
I currently had submitted one but the graphics designer has indicated that it is not of good enough quality. (it was taken from the internet)
Could you please see what you have in your arsenals for me? I am particularly looking for a gentlemen standing and perhaps looking left.
If you have something can you please send it to my civilian e-mail email@example.com.
All CMPA members are cordially invited to the upcoming Change of Command ceremony Brigadier-General R.P. Delaney, OMM, CD and Brigadier-General S. Trudeau, CD.
The ceremony will take place The ceremony, which is scheduled for Monday, 28 May 2018, at 1000 hrs, will take place at Cartier Square Drill Hall, 2 Queen Elisabeth Dr., Ottawa.
The event is open to all serving and retired members of the CMPA, however, it is requested that you RSVP before 18 May 2018 by contacting Nicole.Vidal@forces.gc.ca. Note, seating is limited and there is no guarantee to have a seat upon arrival.
Dress for all attendees is DEU 1A for military personnel, and business suit or equivalent for civilians.
Attendees are asked to be seated by 0945 hrs, and a reception for invited guests will follow the parade.
Additional details are contained in the downloadable invitation.
The February 2018 edition of the MP Branch Newsletter is now available online.
This issue features a farewell from CWO Krammer, MP Branch CWO, who will be retiring in May 18 after completing 30 years of service with the Military Police.
This issue also features articles about MP operations and exercises in Ukraine, Latvia, United Kingdom, and here at home.
You can find this month's issue along with all the previous publications by clicking here.
By 2Lt Suzanne Nogue, CFSU(O) Public Affairs
Originally published in 30 Nov 17 edition of "Guard of Honour"
For the second article in our Local Units Profile series, we sat down with Maj Claude Lemieux, Commanding Officer of the Military Police Unit (Ottawa) (MPU(O)), as well as MWO Marc Paulin, unit Sergeant-Major and Lt Adam Carleton, OIC of Services Platoon.
For most in the National Capital Region (NCR), their typical interaction with the Military Police occurs at pass control for NCR building passes and National Defence Identification Cards. However, behind the secured area, members from this unit work around the clock to provide police and security services to the NCR Defence community. Recognized for their excellence, professionalism, integrity and transparency, the unit provides a variety of services including, investigations, training for their staff and counterparts, security, patrolling, victim services and community outreach, to name a few. Not only do they work closely with military and DND personnel throughout the NCR, they also work closely with their civilian partners, such as at the RCMP, the Ottawa Police Services and the Ontario Provincial Police.
“90 percent of what we do at MPU(O) is how we can best support CFSU(O) and the Defence community,” said Maj Lemieux. “We’re part of the team and we work every day to do our absolute best to support […] we win as a team and we lose as a team,” added Maj Lemieux.
With CFSU(O) being the largest unit in Canada in terms of the number of military and civilian personnel it supports, MPU(O) operates in a very complex and unique environment. In addition to supporting the Commandant, DND buildings in the NCR and their staff, MPU(O) is also responsible for close protections services and OUTCAN units in Germany and throughout the United States. According to Maj Lemieux and MWO Paulin, the unit would not fulfill these mandates if it weren’t for their troops.
“All our missions are no-fail missions,” said MWO Marc Paulin. “We put a huge responsibility on our younger troops and they come through with flying colours. It’s really about the guys and girls that are here […] it’s phenomenal to be able to support them and see them succeed.”
“This is the place to be […] you can tell that the CoC really supports the troops and that they have your back,” added Lt Carleton.
With the big move to NDHQ (Carling) underway and a growing Defence community, the main challenge facing the unit is to remain operationally ready and in a position to support the Commandant, with the same existing resources. For members of MPU(O), it also brings exciting opportunities for unique training, increased stability and new detachments to their teams. Amongst all the changes, the main priority for Maj Lemieux remains the same: to take care of his team and provide them with the tools to succeed, while always supporting the mission.
“To be able to give my team exactly what I wanted 15 years ago as a young corporal […] what I wish I had, that’s the most rewarding for me,” said Maj Lemieux.
Peter and Marilyn Clark donate an original oil painting of Lieutenant Peter Seddon Oliver to the Canadian Forces Military Police Academy, Borden, ON, on August 2, 2017.
Lieutenant Peter Oliver of the Canadian Provost Corps was killed on 19 August 1942 during the amphibious landing at Dieppe, France. In honour of his sacrifice, the “Oliver Trophy” is awarded to the most outstanding MP QL3 candidate of every year.
Click Protective Services in Sudan - Members of CFPSU accompanied Minister of International Development and La Francophonie, The Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, to South Sudan this June. In June 2017, the Minister visited the area to assess Canada’s assistance with the country’s Famine Relief projects.
The Canadian Forces Military Police Academy will be hosting its annual Day of Remembrance in a few short weeks. There will be three platoons, and MP veterans are welcome to parade alongside CFMPA staff, students, and cadets if they wish.
Please ensure that you are on the grounds NLT 1030 hrs for sizing. The actual service will be approximately 40 minutes in duration.
Refreshments and chili after the parade, and there will be an opportunity for veterans int interact with staff and students.
WO Claude Gauthier, MMM CD, will be posthumously awarded the Quebec Medal of the National Assembly in recognition of his contribution during the Tehran hostage taking incident of 1979. Canadian embassy staff, including MP security guards, were instrumental in the safe passage and repatriation of several American Embassy personnel.
The medal will be presented to Claude’s widow, Murielle Moreau, on by members of the Quebec National Assembly at the Don Bosco Youth Leadership Centre in Montreal on 13 November 2017. A delegation of Canadian UN veterans will take part.
The 2017 Canadian Military Police Association Scholarship competition was announced on 30 April 2017, and closed on 31 July 2017. A committee of three members, representing a cross section of the Association, was convened to review and grade the applications in order to determine the winners. Among the criteria that were considered in assessing points are academic performance and potential; community involvement; financial need; and quality of the essay. This year, the applications were reviewed by Maj Steeve Gregoire, CWO Crystal Krammer, and Sgt(Ret’d) Kaven Daigle.
The winner of the University Scholarship was Alexis Raymond, son of CWO(Ret’d) Serge Raymond. Alexis has demonstrated outstanding academic performance and has been active with his school community and sports programs. He has been accepted into a “Baccalauréat en science commerciales spécialisé en comptabilité (coop)” at Ottawa University. He will be presented with a cheque for $1000 by Maj Steeve Gregoire at a later date this year.
The winner of the College Scholarship was Genevieve Langlois, daughter of WO Frederick Langlois. In addition to a solid academic performance, Genevieve demonstrated a strong community and school involvement with multiple organizations. She has also dedicated much of her teenage years with the Army Cadets and achieved many distinctions to recognize top performance and dedication. Genevieve will be taking a 2-year program with Georgian College in Pre-Health Sciences or Massage Therapy. She will be presented with a cheque for $1000 by CWO Crystal Krammer at a later date this year.
On behalf of the CMPA President, LCol (Ret’d) Douglas Boot, we offer both Genevieve and Alexis our most sincere congratulations and best wishes for their education and future endeavours.
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.
Merry Christmas from CFMPA
Article by CWO Crystal Krammer, CFMPA
Greetings, Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from the Home of the Branch - the Canadian Forces Military Police Academy!
Since our last submission, we have been extremely busy ensuring that we provide the best learning environment and instruction to our students. The past four months has seen us graduate a Close Protection Officer Course (CPOC); Force Protection Officer Course (FPOC); QL5A Course; Military Police Investigators Course (MPIC); QL3 course; and hosted a Problem Based Learning (PBL) course at our new facility.
Photo above: QL5 Course 1603, graduated on our first real snow storm of the season (9 Dec 2016) so we thought it would only be fitting to capture this as a class photo. This course was the very first QL3 course that the Cmdt of the Academy (LCol Battista) had put through during his tenure as the CFMPA Cmdt.
The CFMPA held the Red Beret ceremony on 12 Dec 16, and we were honoured to have MCpl Klein, (2 CER Petawawa) attend and read the poem “I wear the Red Beret”. MCpl Klein is the author of the poem and wrote it upon the request of his brother Padre Klein after the death of Matt Dinning and Randy Payne. The emotional delivery of the poem was truly felt by all and the staff and students were grateful for the opportunity to have him attend the event. The Red Beret Ceremony also saw the return of two of our CWOs who had been selected for key appointments within the greater CAF. CPO1 Syl Bolduc and CWO Necole Belanger attended the ceremony and assisted in presenting the red berets to the QL3 course.
QL3 Course 1602, graduated on 13 Dec 2016. This was the first graduation in the history of the branch where all elemental Commanders granted permission for the parading members and those MP in attendance to wear the red beret while dressed in parade dress (1As). We had 79 proud young men and woman on parade; and all parade positions were filled by students. The parade was quite remarkable and the students proudly represented in front of one of the largest contingents of family and friends the academy has witnessed (well over 350).
Upcoming in 2017
Once the Christmas holidays are behind us the CFMPA will be in full swing once again. Our next QL3 course will be significantly smaller in numbers with only one platoon. Under a new initiative to strengthen the ties between students and veterans we are going to trial a mentorship program where the platoon will be named after a veteran. The veteran selected will then attend the Academy approximately four times throughout the course and will sit and talk with the students for around 30 mins each visit. We are also going to trial this for the MPOC course.
The names of the two veterans selected for the upcoming courses will be announced in the new year once we have notified them. Should you be interested in taking on the role of a mentor for a future course please contact John Corbett, Bob Smith, Wayne Kendall; or Bob Thomas. They will then send the names to the Academy for selection.
On behalf of LCol Battista and all members of the CFMPA we wish you a Merry Christmas and a healthy happy and prosperous New Year.
Until next time,
The latest edition of the MP Branch newsletter is now available to read online.
Get caught up on all the latest news affecting the Branch in this official publication written by and for Canadian Military Police.
In this issue, read all about:
You can get caught up on previous issues (both English and French) by clicking here.
The CMPA Scholarship reflects one of our main purposes: to support and benefit its members. The scholarship provides financial assistance to members of the CMPA whose family members are pursuing their first year of full or part-time post-secondary education. Each year, one $1,000 scholarship will be presented for entry into a university program and one $1,000 scholarship will be presented for entry into a community college program. To eligible, candidates must have been accepted at a post-secondary institution (university or college), and must submit:
The 2016 Scholarship competition was announced on 24 Mar 16, and closed on 31 Jul 16. A committee of three members, representing a cross section of the Association, was convened to review and grade the applications in order to determine the winners. Among the criteria that were considered in assessing points are academic performance and potential; community involvement; financial need; and quality of the essay. This year, the applications were reviewed by CWO Crystal Krammer (MP Branch Chief), Maj Todd Barnes (CMPA Treasurer), and Maj Tim Utton (CMPA Vice President & Director of Communications).
The winner of the University Scholarship was Jared Hudson, son of CPO2 Roger Hudson. Jared had extremely strong application. The committee was impressed with his interest in pursuing a career in business, and the deliberate manner in which he’s set the conditions for his own future success by finding work that in a firm that allows him to gain experience in areas such as accounting and human resources. In his essay, he described how attending the international school in Belgium while his father was employed at SHAPE HQ helped him to develop his interest, and it was clear to us that that this experience was key to him developing the right attributes to succeed. He has been accepted into a Bachelor of Commerce program at Dalhousie University. Jared was presented with a cheque for $1000 by Maj Melanie Rheaume, CO MPU Halifax, and WO(Ret'd) Frank Leblanc, CMPA Atlantic Region Director.
The winner of the College Scholarship was Eric Meilleur, son of Sgt Frank Meilleur. The committee was extremely impressed with Eric's interest in pursuing a career in politics, demonstrated by his active participation in his school’s model UN. In his essay, he described how attending school in both Turkey and Russia while his father was employed at different MPSS units helped him to develop his interest, and it was clear to us that that this experience was key to him developing the right attributes to succeed. He will begin his post-secondary education with a 2-year University Studies program at North Island College, followed by a 2-year program at University of Victoria. On behalf of the CMPA, Eric was presented with a cheque for $1000 by Lt Evan Foster, OC of 12 MP Flight Comox, BC.
On behalf of the CMPA President, LCol (Ret’d) Sylvie Beaudry, we offer both Jared and Eric our most sincere congratulations and best wishes for his education and future endeavours.
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.
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.
By Capt J.P. Coulombe, Joint Task Force - Ukraine Public Affairs Officer
Article originally published 29 Jul 16 at www.forces.gc.ca
Ukrainian Armed Forces (UAF) assistant instructor, Major Onipko, stands surrounded by UAF students as trainees as a Canadian Military Police Instructor explains the technique of footprint casting during the Canadian led Military Police Investigator Course in Kyiv, Ukraine as part of Operation UNIFIER, on the 21st of July, 2016. (Photo: Joint Task Force Ukraine)
After seven months, the rotation of personnel currently deployed on Operation UNIFIER, Canada’s training mission in Ukraine, is standing ready to hand over the task to a new group from Western Canada. Since first deploying on this operation, this rotation has not only contributed to training over 1700 Ukrainians on 46 different training courses, but has paved the way for the future by training instructors that will enable Ukraine’s Armed Forces to continue the training.
Relying on the strong foundation laid by the previous group, this rotation of personnel from 2nd Canadian Division (2 Cdn Div) was able to continue the good work and explore new avenues to further develop Ukraine’s military capabilities.
Junior Leadership Academy Training (JLAT) - part of the legacy
One of the significant achievements of Operation UNIFIER is a direct result of the deployed troops' professionalism and training. Chief Warrant Officer Daniel Parenteau, JTF-U Sergeant Major, explains: “One of the reasons Ukrainians requested more and more junior leadership training comes from the positive experience they have had with our young Canadian leaders. Witnessing skilled and professional 25-year-old master-corporals and young sergeants as instructors made the Ukrainian leadership realize that not only can the young leaders do the job, but that they can bear responsibilities and help support the chain of command.”
During this rotation, the training company has successfully trained 96 candidates on the JLAT, a total of 124 since the start of Operation UNIFIER. These young Ukrainian leaders are now dispatched throughout the country where they can put into practice their newly-acquired instructional techniques and leadership skills.
Combat First Aid Instructors
The medical line of effort has been at the forefront of this rotation’s achievements. The basic combat first aid training was by far the most popular among Ukrainian troops and follow-up courses quickly caught the attention of the Ukrainian leadership. The medical personnel from 2 Cdn Div streamlined the process, and put together an enhanced Combat First Aid (CFA) course as well as CFA instructor course. The medical instructors continued to deliver CFA to all trainees within the 55-day training bloc while simultaneously selecting and qualifying top candidates on the enhanced and instructor courses. The pilot courses yielded 27 instructors in Starychi, most of whom immediately returned to work at the 184th training center, training new recruits. A few weeks later, handpicked candidates from all around Ukraine gathered in Kiev for another successful iteration of the course.
“I am really proud of the work our medical instructors accomplished here, but mainly of the fact that this was done hand in hand with the Ukrainians, tailored to their needs,” said Lieutenant-colonel Tim Arsenault, JTF-U commander. “We leave behind a comprehensive instructional package that will allow the newly-qualified instructors to train more and more Ukrainian soldiers.”
Involving the Ukrainians was instrumental to all this success. Now they not only understand the material but they believe in the method because it is adapted to their reality both in the classrooms and in the field. Ukraine currently has 45 trained medical instructors available who will take over the CFA training while Canadians mentors help them and continue to develop more instructors.
Sharing police skills from one course to the next
Military police training is also another success story here in Ukraine. Canadian military police members have been in and out of the country training over 200 Ukrainians so far. From one visit to another, they have started using former top students as assistant instructors. During the last iteration of the Military Police Investigations Course, four assistant instructors helped to teach classes with the Canadians. The Ukrainian assistant instructors were teaching a large percentage of the course under the supervision and mentoring of the Canadian military police. The commander for this line of effort, Major Paul Mellema, is happy with the progress: “The quality of the candidates we receive from the Ukrainian Military Law and Order Services is excellent. They are very enthusiastic and eager to learn new skills and techniques. The use of former top students as assistant instructors works very well. By having them take over more of the instruction, we can start to detach ourselves and transition into mentoring roles, setting them up for success in independently delivering the courses.”
Not including the important steps from the other lines of effort, it is evident that the mission in Ukraine continues on the right track. Ukraine can now count on 169 soldiers with enhanced instructional skills in various domains on top of the soldiers and officers who now benefit from more training and a better understanding of the Canadian methods.
Article by Capt Dan Partello, CFMPA
Photos: Sgt Mike Catania, CFMPA
On 27 May 2016, CFB Borden hosted Health and Fitness day at the Base. Sponsored by Personnel Support Programs (PSP), the event was designed to raise awareness of the importance of health and fitness to the defence community.
One of the day's events was 4-hour spin class marathon; teams consisting of two members would take turns pedaling while attempting to obtain the highest caloric consumption. Pictured here are Canadian Forces Military Police Academy (CFMPA) staff members Sgt Elton Adams (right) and Sgt Jamie Deslaurier (left), who came out on top as CFB Borden’s Health and Fitness Day MP Spin-a-Thon Champions!
CFMPA Commandant LCol Adam Battista also competed in a competed in the “Borden’s Fittest Soldier” competition. LCol Battista is pictured carrying an 80 lb sand bag as part of a timed obstacle course involving rowing, tire flips, a sled push and drag, an agility run followed by wall jumps, a 40 lb medicine ball throw and several variations of weighted carries.
Article by Capt Joanna Labonte, Public Affairs Officer, CF MP Group
Kickstands up for the Military Police National Motorcycle Relay (MPNMR) will be on 31 July 2016 in Victoria, British Columbia.
The MPNMR will travel across Canada, raising funds for the Military Police Fund for Blind Children (MPFBC). The final destination is Gander, Newfoundland and Labrador on 22 August 2016.
The planning committee is still looking for national riders to take part in the relay and expects there will be great support and fundraising efforts on each leg of the coast-to-coast journey. Each year, hundreds of people across the country ride in the relay, volunteer to make the MPNMR a shining success and raise funds, which all go to visually impaired children.
The MPNMR was founded in 2009 as a way to build comradery between Military Police motorcycle enthusiasts. It has grown to become a great supporter of charities such as the MPFBC. No longer limited to Military Police personnel, the MPNMR is now open to anyone (military or civilian) who wishes to join for a day, a province or the entire national relay.
To learn more about the relay and how to get involved in your area, click here to visit the MPNMR webpage, or visit their Facebook page.
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!
MP Blind Fund Donates $13,000
Article by Capt Joanna Labonte, Public Affairs, CF MP Gp
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Article by Capt Joanna Labonte, Public Affairs Officer, CF MP Gp
Originally from Sept-Îles, Québec, retired Military Police member Master Corporal André Girard served with the Canadian Armed Forces for 15 years. In September 2007, while deployed in Afghanistan, André was shot in the head during a military patrol in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan. His injury was serious and his recuperation and rehabilitation have been a long and challenging journey. He has worked hard to rehabilitate and has since medically released from the CAF. As a military veteran, André now serves as a member of Team Canada on the 2016 Invictus Games. At this year’s games, André competed in the indoor rowing competitions. André explains that next year will be ten years since he was injured in Afghanistan. “I want to show the world, not only did I survive my injury, but ten years later, I am hoping I will make the team again and go for gold on home soil.”
We’ve added a new feature to the site. Under the “Media” tab, you’ll now be able to access the official MP Branch newsletter! Click here to read to visit the newsletter page now.
The CMPA doesn't produce this newsletter; it’s a communication tool owned by the two MP Branch Advisors and coordinated by members of the CF MP Gp HQ staff. CMPA was recently given permission to post the newsletters on our public website. When we do, we may make some minor edits to preserve operational security.
Through the newsletter, you’ll be able to keep track of current events, Branch issues, and career information for serving members.
The newsletter itself is a fairly new initiative for the MP Branch: the first issue was released in January 2016, and the second issue was released in March. Now that we’re caught up, the next issue is scheduled for release in June.