Tag Archives: 32 Canadian Brigade Group

Episode 048 – CWO Bill Darling Part 2

Part 2 of the Episode with Chief Warrant Officer Bill Darling continues! Cpl Bill Darling, 1983 – hard at work! Bill’s uncle, HCol (LCol ret’d) Robert Darling, CD (a 3rd generation Highlander) & RSM (CWO) Bill Darling, CD 1999 HEGG David Johnston, CC, CMM, CD presenting CWO Bill Darling with his Military Medal of Merit in 2011

Episode 048 – CWO Bill Darling Part 1

William Darling joined the Canadian Armed Forces in 1979 as a Gunner with 2 Field Royal Canadian Artillery, located in Montreal, Quebec. After completing Recruit and Basic training, he completed his TQ1 Artilleryman training at CFB Gagetown. He remained with 2 Field as a Gun Detachment member, being promoted to Bombardier in 1980. In 1982 he relocated to Toronto, Ontario, re-mustered Infantry and joined The 48th Highlanders of Canada, becoming the Regiment’s first 4th generation Highlander. The Darling family has […]

Episode 047 – BGen Garry Thomson

Brigadier-General Garry S. Thomson, CD was born in Dundee, Scotland, attended High School in Thunder Bay and Kincardine, and university at Waterloo College, and holds a B.Sc. in Business from Pacific Western University, Los Angeles. From a police and military family, (his father was a wartime officer in the British Army, captured at Anzio Beachhead as a Platoon Commander, 6th Gordons, 1st British Infantry Division) he was an Army Cadet, then began his own military career as ROTP (Infantry) in […]

Episode 044 – CWO Scott Patterson

Chief Warrant Officer Scott Patterson, CD joined The Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada 1 Apr 1979, after transferring from Central Militia Special Training Unit.  He completed his Basic Parachutist Course January 1982 and Airborne Indoctrination Course August 1983, making his an original member of The QOR of C Jump Platoon. Scott was a devoted member of the Regimental Pioneers, participating in numerous commemorations and parades.  Some of his more enjoyable tasks have been as an instructor and platoon warrant for […]

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 […]

Episode 026 BGen Richard ‘Des’ DesLauriers Part II

Brigadier-General DesLauriers is the Canadian Military Engineer Branch Colonel Commandant and is celebrating the 111th Anniversary of the Corps on 1 May 2014. Please visit The Canadian Military Engineers Association web site for more information about this proud Corps. Follow me on Twitter @MikeLacroix32 and keep track of my results on #Mike100Workouts You can support this site by shopping on Amazon.  You still enjoy Amazon’s great prices, but a portion of your purchase goes to supporting the show.   Des […]

Episode 026 BGen Richard ‘Des’ DesLauriers Part I

Today’s guest is BGen Richard DesLauriers who enlisted as a Sapper Apprentice in 1964. Completing his Basic Sapper Training as part of the two year program at RCSME, Sapper DesLauriers was posted to 2 Fd Sqn, Gagetown, After this tour he returned to Chilliwack to 3 Fd Sqn where he remained until his promotion to Sergeant in 1973. He was then selected as a member of the International Commission for Control and Supervision in Vietnam and returned to 3 Fd […]

Episode 024 CWO Mike Lacroix Part IV

And now, Finally, the conclusion of the interview with CWO Mike Lacroix. Follow me on Twitter @MikeLacroix32 and keep track of my results on #Mike100Workouts You can support this site by shopping on Amazon.  You still enjoy Amazon’s great prices, but a portion of your purchase goes to supporting the show. Kieran helps with the clippers at the Cops for Cancer event in Vaughan. Kieran and Aidan gave the RSM a new haircut! The Toronto Scottish Regiment (Queen Elizabeth, the […]

Episode 024 CWO Mike Lacroix Part III

In an unprecedented third part of the episode, CWO Mike Lacroix describes the arrival of the Toronto Scottish at their new home in Etobicoke and becoming the 32 Canadian Brigade Group Sergeant-Major. Follow me on Twitter @MikeLacroix32 and keep track of my results on #Mike100Workouts You can support this site by shopping on Amazon.  You still enjoy Amazon’s great prices, but a portion of your purchase goes to supporting the show.   Members of the Toronto Scottish Regiment visit Hoevelakken […]

Episode 024 CWO Mike Lacroix Part I

Chief Warrant Officer Michael Lacroix enlisted in 1988 as a Private in The Toronto Scottish Regiment. He completed his Basic Infantry Reconnaissance, Machine-Gunner and Section Commander’s courses early in his career as an Infantry Soldier. He worked his way up to Sergeant by instructing on countless basic courses and, in 1994, became a full-time Army recruiter. During his first year as a Sergeant he completed his Senior Leaders Course and his Infantry Platoon Second-in-Command Course. In 1998 CWO Lacroix was […]

Episode 018 BGen Gary Stafford

Today’s podcast guest is Brigadier General Gary Stafford, OMM, CD. In 1970, Brigadier-General Stafford joined The Royal Regiment of Canada as a Private and progressed to the rank of Chief Warrant Officer in 1983. He held the position of Regimental Sergeant Major from 1983 to 1987. In 1988, Brigadier-General Stafford commissioned from the ranks, promoted to Captain and posted to Toronto Militia District Headquarters (now 32 Canadian Brigade Group) as the Recruiting Officer for one year. He returned to The […]

Episode 010 Maj Andrew Hrycajkiw

My guest for this episode is the G1 Branch Head at 32 Canadian Brigade Group Headquarters; Major Andrew Hrycajkiw.  Major Hrycajkiw is the first guest from the Logistics Branch.  He joined in 1996 after having to choose between policing or the Army.  He says in the interview that he truly grew and developed into the person he is today because of his experiences in his officer training courses.  As a Logistics Officer, he was very fortunate to experience a wide […]