New commanding officer takes the helm of Fort Malden #202 Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corps

 

2nd Lt. Jeff Turner (left) officially signs on as the commanding officer of the Fort Malden #202 Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corps as Capt. Pat Ryan and Capt. Ernie Gazdig look on. Turner takes over from Gazdig. Ryan is commanding officer of the corps in Tecumseh and served as reviewing officer last Wednesday night.

2nd Lt. Jeff Turner (left) officially signs on as the commanding officer of the Fort Malden #202 Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corps as Capt. Pat Ryan and Capt. Ernie Gazdig look on. Turner takes over from Gazdig. Ryan is commanding officer of the corps in Tecumseh and served as reviewing officer last Wednesday night.

By Ron Giofu

 

There is a new man at the helm of the Fort Malden #202 Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corps.

2nd Lt. Jeff Turner is the corps’ new commanding officer, taking over for Capt. Ernie Gazdig. The command was changed during a brief ceremony held last Wednesday night during the weekly cadet exercises at Amherstburg Public School.

“I accept the role with 100 per cent of my dedication,” Turner told the corps. “That’s my pledge to every one of you.”

The role of commanding officer usually goes to those who have achieved the rank of captain but Gazdig noted the transfer of power was approved by the cadet command office in Borden as Turner has necessary qualifications in his current rank and is taking courses to get promoted to captain.

Turner said he is currently on a lieutenant’s course and hopes to achieve that rank by May. He plans to continue taking courses so can move up to captain by late fall/early winter 2014.

The local cadet corps has 32 active cadets, five officers, five civilian volunteers and one regimental support staff, Turner noted. He believes the local corps is in a good position going forward.

“We have a great set of staff, a great set of officers and a small but strong corps,” said Turner.

Gazdig said a new commanding officer for a corps is preferred every three years and while his tenure has lasted longer than three years, he now has someone that he can turn the corps over to that has the necessary qualifications and willingness.

Noting he travels a lot now, Gazdig said his absences can take away from the corps and its staff.
“The corps needs someone on deck all the time,” said Gazdig, adding he will remain with the corps as a staff officer and will help Turner adapt to the commanding officer’s role.

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