New Commander for the Combat Training Centre

Article / June 28, 2017 / Project number: e-ar-17-06-ctc-coc

By Captain Ian McIntyre, Combat Training Centre

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Oromocto, New Brunswick — Command of the Combat Training Centre (CTC) officially changed hands at a ceremony held at 5th Canadian Division Support Base Gagetown on June 23, 2017.

The new Commander of CTC, Colonel John Errington, assumed command from Brigadier-General Craig Aitchison at a ceremony in the presence of the Honourable Jocelyne Roy Vienneau, Lieutenant Governor of New Brunswick. The ceremony was presided over by Major-General Simon Hetherington, Commander of the Canadian Army Doctrine and Training Centre in Kingston, Ontario.

“As you know, the promotion and advancement of lifelong education is very near to my heart,” said Hon. Vienneau. “It is so important that strong leaders like those we celebrate today are given every chance to succeed. Ceremonies like this make me optimistic about our future as a people and as a nation.”

Col Errington is a highly experienced and educated senior officer. In addition to multiple operational deployments, he was the recipient of the Meritorious Service Medal in 2012 and has commanded such esteemed regiments as Edmonton’s 3rd Battalion Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry.

“Every change of leadership sees fresh new ideas and approaches,” said Maj-Gen Hetherington. “Brigadier-General Aitchison’s time was punctuated by a spirit of professionalism and excellence and I have full confidence that Col Errington will build upon that strong foundation to deliver unparalleled individual Canadian Army training to prepare soldiers to succeed in an evolving global security environment.”

As the senior officer at CTC, Col Errington is the individual training authority for the Canadian Army. He is responsible for training, generating and maintaining combat-capable, multi-purpose forces to meet Canada's defence objectives.

“It is both an honour and a privilege to take command of the Combat Training Centre,” said Col Errington. “Building on past successes, we will reinforce the links between Recruiting, Individual Training, the Field Force and Collective Training with the goal of producing soldiers who have the strength and resilience to operate as effective members of the Canadian Army.”

More than 2,000 Regular Force members, Primary Reservists and civilian employees contribute to making CTC a true learning organization, providing relevant, credible, realistic, demanding and safe training that meets the needs of the Canadian Armed Forces. The schools of the CTC conduct over 600 course serials and train, on average, between 12,000 and 3,600 Regular and Reserve Force soldiers annually.

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