RCAS Gunner to Represent the Canadian Army on Remembrance Day
Article / November 9, 2016 / Project number: 16-0304
By Captain Nicholas Kaempffer, The Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery School
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Gagetown, New Brunswick — The Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery School (RCAS) is proud to announce that Master Bombardier Guillaume Lemay has been selected to represent the Canadian Army (CA) as a Sentry at the National War Memorial on Remembrance Day, 2016.
Six Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) member and a member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) have been selected to participate in the 2016 Remembrance Day Sentry Program. A seventh member of the gathering is a special guest of the Chief of the Defence Staff, General Jonathan Vance.
Each member of the Sentry Program was nominated by their respective services based on criteria including deployment experience, community involvement, physical fitness and deportment.
Their visit to Canada’s capital begins a few days prior to November 11, where they are honoured at a special dinner and receive a tour Parliament Hill among other events.
A superb soldier with impeccable drill, dress, and deportment, MBdr Lemay embodies the demanding expectations and performance expected of a Gunner serving the RCAS, the CA and the Canadian Armed Forces as a whole.
“On the 11th of November, I know that Master Bombardier Lemay will represent the Canadian Army at the Remembrance Day vigil in Ottawa to the highest of standards. That he would be selected as a Sentry for the National War Memorial, when so many deserving files were put forward, very much speaks to his qualities as a Gunner, soldier, and junior leader,” said Lieutenant-Colonel Vincent Giroux, Commandant of the RCAS.
LCol Giroux continued, “When Canadians from coast-to-coast stop to reflect and honour those who gave up their lives in service to our country, Master Bombardier Lemay will have our full support as the Canadian Army Sentry at the National War Memorial.”
Hailing from Lévis, QC, MBdr Lemay is an Observation Post Second-in-Command within W Battery’s Artillery Tactics Group. Starting his career as an Artilleryman in the Canadian Armed Forces as a Primary Reservist in 2009, MBdr Lemay transferred to the Regular Force in 2012 and was posted to5th Canadian Division Support Base Gagetown.
The top student on multiple courses, he was quickly identified for his leadership, dedication, physical fitness, and intelligence – consequently, he received recognition from both the Commandant of the RCAS, and the Commander of the Combat Training Centre for his service to The Guns.
Further, he was nominated for and successfully completed basic parachutist training in 2013, a testament to his courage, resolve and toughness. He is the proud father of his son Ethan Lemay, who just celebrated his first birthday.
The Remembrance Day Sentry Program is part of the Canadian Armed Forces Recognition Program, which was established to recognize Regular Force and Reserve Force sailors, soldiers, airmen and airwomen during ceremonies that are held throughout the year.
Nominations are extraordinarily competitive and are driven by the Chain of Command, who must identify potential Sentries from those who have a high level of physical fitness and deportment, while possessing a record of exemplary conduct.
Those individuals who pass through a rigorous selection process and are appointed as a Sentry have the rare honour of representing Canada at the National War Memorial on Remembrance Day.
The members of the 2016 Remembrance Day Sentry Program are:
- Sentry Commander: Petty Officer 2nd Class P.R.J. Desjardins, Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship Corner Brook, Halifax, N.S.
- Royal Canadian Navy Sentry: Leading Seaman K.J. Ruttan, Canadian Forces Base Esquimalt, Esquimalt, B.C.
- Canadian Army Sentry: Master Bombardier G.A. Lemay, The Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery School, Burton, N.B.
- Royal Canadian Air Force Sentry: Master Corporal G.E. Arsenault, The Canadian Forces School of Aerospace Control Operations, Cornwall, Ont.
- Military Personnel Command member: Health Services Nursing Officer, Lieutenant (Navy) A.S. Atkins, 1 Canadian Field Hospital, Edmonton, Alta.
- Royal Canadian Mounted Police Sentry: Corporal C.K. Barrett, Chemical/Biological, Radiological/Nuclear/Explosive Section, Ottawa, Ont.
- Special Guest to the Chief of the Defence Staff: Sergeant L.E.L. Ford, 3rd Battalion, the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry, Edmonton, Alta.
MBdr Lemay said, “I am honoured to represent the Canadian Army on Remembrance Day, forming the vigil with other members of the Canadian Armed Forces and the RCMP at the National War Memorial. Just like my brothers and sisters in arms across Canada, when I stand as a sentry, my thoughts and heart will be with those who made the ultimate sacrifice so we could live safe, prosperous lives in our great country. Je me souviens!”
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