Episode 043 – Col Dwayne Hobbs

Colonel Dwayne Hobbs joined the Essex & Kent Scottish in 1988. In 1992, while a student at the University of Toronto, he enrolled in the Reserve Entry Scheme Officer (RESO) program with the Toronto Scottish Regiment. Following completion of Phase IV Infantry at the Combat Training Centre in 1995, he commanded at the Platoon level for multiple iterations of Combat Readiness Evaluation cycles.

In 1996, he joined the Staff of Toronto District Headquarters as the G6 and completed the Militia Officer Staff Course and the Intermediate Tactics Course. In 1998, he commanded 4 Platoon Bravo Company of the 1 RCR Battle Group in Bosnia. From 1998 until 2001 he held Company Second-in-Command positions for large Reserve collective training exercises and was eventually appointed Operations Officer of the Toronto Scottish Regiment. He was consequently involved in the preparations for the Queen Mother’s 100th Birthday celebrations. He completed the Dismounted Company Commander’s Course in 1999 and Militia Command and Staff College in 2000.

Colonel Hobbs was deployed on Roto 65 of Op DANACA as the Contingent Operations Officer and served in the Golan Heights during the withdrawal of Israeli troops from Lebanon and during the Al Aqsa intifada. Upon return to Canada he served as the G3 Plans for 32 Canadian Brigade Group Headquarters until he was selected to be the Officer Commanding for the Composite Reserve Infantry Company for OP PALLADIUM Roto 13 where he served with the Royal Canadian Dragoons Battle Group from June 2003 until May 2004.

Upon returning to Canada, he served in the Land Staff under the Land Force Reserve Restructure project where he worked as the Desk Officer for CBRN, Domestic and Information Operations capabilities while concurrently serving as the Deputy Commanding Officer of his home unit. He completed the Joint Reserve Command and Staff Course at the Canadian Forces College in 2005. In 2005, he returned to Toronto and assumed command of the Toronto Scottish Regiment (Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother’s Own). Concurrent to his time in command he served as the Information Operations Advisor to Defence Research & Development Canada’s Adversarial Intent Section. He relinquished command in January 2008 to serve as the Officer Commanding the Joint Provincial Coordination Centre as part of Task Force Kandahar. For his service, Col Hobbs was awarded the Chief of Defence Staff Commendation. He returned to DRDC Toronto in June 2009 and was appointed Commanding Officer of the 32 Canadian Brigade Group Battle School. On 5 October 2010, Col Hobbs was appointed Deputy Commander, 32 Canadian Brigade Group. On 1 January 2012, he assumed the role of Deputy Commander of the Influence Activities Task Force (Kingston, ON) and subsequently promoted to full Colonel.

Besides all of his time in Command, the highlights of his career include dining with the Queen Mother at Clarence House, briefing Toronto Mayor Mel Lastman during the snowstorm of 1999, serving very briefly as the United Nations Christmas tree officer for the Middle East, being presented the Supreme Allied Commander Europe’s coin in Kandahar, and receiving the CDS Commendation for his service overseas.

Colonel Hobbs lives in Muskoka with his wife, Laura, and enjoys politics, history, film, travel and of course hockey and golf time permitting. In his civilian life, Colonel Hobbs is the Director of the Global Security Operations Centre for Scotiabank.

 

Portrait

Colonel Dwayne Hobbs, CD – Commander of 32 Canadian Brigade Group

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Lt Hobbs and the Platoon House of 4 Platoon Bravo Company of the 1 RCR Battle Group in Bosnia 1998.

Remembrance Day

LCol Hobbs leads the Toronto Scottish Regiment (Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother’s Own) in the annual Church Parade in November, 2007.

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LCol Hobbs and CWO Mike Lacroix travel to Pleasantown, California with the Pipes and Drums of the Toronto Scottish Regiment, who performed with the band of the United States Marine Corps.

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Col Hobbs reviews the Change of Command Parade of the Royal Regiment of Canada.

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Col Hobbs checks his equipment prior to a Blackhawk flight in South Dakota during Exercise Golden Coyote.

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Col Dwayne Hobbs Presents CWO Mike Lacroix an Infantry Officer’s Sword to mark the conclusion of his service as the Brigade Sergeant-Major and the pending commissioning to the rank of Captain.

 

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