New commander takes cost of British Columbia Dragoons – Okanagan |

New commander takes charge of British Columbia Dragoons - Okanagan |

2022-05-30 05:14:55

The British Columbia Dragoons held a Change of Command Ceremony in Kelowna on Sunday.

The commanding officer rotates each three years on common, however the ceremony isn’t normally such a public spectacle.

“The handover itself we regularly do on a base, for instance once I took command three years in the past, we did it on the Vernon Navy Camp,” mentioned lieutenant-colonel Kevin Mead.

“Significantly with the pandemic, and the restrictions lifting and notably with the occasions of final Remembrance Day we felt it was exceedingly vital to make our presence identified in the neighborhood.”

The incoming commanding officer is an Okanagan native with 26 years of army expertise, Lieutenant-Colonel Trevor Waaga.

“Once I joined this regiment, I labored my manner up by way of the ranks, and now I’ve the chance and the honour to take over as commanding officer,” mentioned Waaga.

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“It’s virtually surreal. I’ve been within the unit and within the army now for 26 years and it has taken me in all places – Canada, the US, and really all around the complete world. So, it’s positively a degree of delight that I may come again right here and command the unit.”

After a three-year time period that included main the armoured reconnaissance regiment by way of the pandemic, 20-year army veteran lieutenant-colonel Mead, says it’s powerful to go.

“There’s nothing greater than I like than main troopers. I’ll miss all the folks in addition to the crew, that is such an amazing place,” mentioned Mead.

A pipe band led reservist troopers with the BC Dragoons to the cenotaph.

After the ceremony, the RCMP escorted the parade by way of downtown Kelowna returning to headquarters, exercising the liberty of the town granted to the BC Dragoons in 1963.

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“That is a kind of only a few organizations which can be invested within the freedom of the town Kelowna to have the ability to work alongside the RCMP and the town to have the ability to march proper down Lawrence and have the ceremony at metropolis park the place the general public may witness,” mentioned Mead.

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