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.
We originally posted the retirement message for MWO Denise Bolduc on 27 Oct 16. At the time, no Depart with Dignity ceremony was planned.
We've now learned that a DWD will occur on Friday 3 March 2017 for MWO Bolduc to celebrate her 28 plus years of loyal and dedicated service to Canada and the Military Police Branch.
To say farewell, the DWD ceremony will take place at Hyland Golf Course 2101 Alert Rd, Ottawa, on Friday from 1130 hrs to 1500 hrs. Cost is $20 per person.
Menu: Quarter Chicken, roasted potatoes, mix veg, garden salad, rolls, cookies and squares
In order to RSVP your attendance, or to send congratulatory messages, anecdotes or stories, please contact Sgt Cory Smith by e-mail NLT 27 Feb 17 at Cory.Smith@forces.gc.ca
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,