Tag Archives: Commission From the Ranks

Episode 054 – Capt Terry “Stoney” Burke

Captain Terry (Stoney) Burke joined the Royal Canadian Regiment in October 1964.  He completed basic recruit training at the Regimental Depot, in Wolseley Barracks, in London, Ontario. In October 1965, he was posted to the Second Battalion of the RCR, in Fort York, West Germany, where he became a member of the Assault Pioneer Platoon. Over the next three years he completed the Junior NCO Course and was promoted Corporal in December of 1968. In November of 1969 he returned […]

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 028 LCol Matthew Richardson

Lieutenant Colonel Matthew Richardson has over 30 years of leadership and management training and operational experience through dual police and military careers. As a police officer, he planned and led over 1000 successful ETU operations in Niagara and on Multi-jurisdictional operations in Toronto, Hamilton, Waterloo, Ontario and Niagara Falls and Buffalo, New York. As a soldier Matt was promoted to Battalion Command of the Lincoln and Welland Regiment in 2006. In April of 2010, he embarked on a 10-month deployment […]

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 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 014 Maj Bruce Mair Part 2

In part two of this episode, Bruce will reflect on those that have influenced him and the challenges he’s had to overcome. Follow me on Twitter @MikeLacroix32 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. MWO Andy Price (Linc Welld R), Maj R. Bruce Mair (Link Welld R) and your host, CWO Mike Lacroix (32 CBG) The Mair Family

Episode 014 Maj Bruce Mair Part 1

In this episode, I will be interviewing another life-long friend, Major Bruce Mair of the Lincoln and Welland Regiment.  Bruce joined the Toronto Scottish Regiment as a Private and has also served with the Hastings and Prince Edward Regiment.  As a Master Warrant Officer, he took his commission to Captain and has been subsequently promoted to Major.  He currently holds the appointment of Deputy Commanding Officer. You can support this site by shopping on Amazon.  You still enjoy Amazon’s great […]

Episode 009 Lt Ryerson Maybee

The guest this episode is Lt Ryerson Maybee of the Queen’s York Rangers (1st American Regiment) (RCAC).  Lt Maybee is a Officer in the Armoured Corps who started as a Non-Commissioned Member, and commissioned from the rank of Warrant Officer.  He is a highly skilled instructor and leader.  He has served in the former Yugoslavia as well as in Afghanistan. As a Warrant Officer, Ryerson had the distinct duty to be a Liaison Officer to fallen soldiers and their escorts […]

Episode 003 Capt Pat Woods

Captain Pat Woods has served with The Canadian Grenadier Guards, The Governor General’s Foot Guards and The Hastings and Prince Edward Regiment. Listen as Capt Woods describes his service with the CRIC in Bosnia as a Warrant Officer, as well as continuing his service as a commissioned officer. 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. The Canadian Contingent in Freetown, Sierra […]