Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence

June 22, 2010 11:00 ET

A New Commandant for the Royal Military College Saint-Jean

SAINT-JEAN-SUR-RICHELIEU, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - June 22, 2010) - Colonel Guy Maillet assumed command of the Royal Military College Saint-Jean (RMC Saint-Jean) this morning at a formal ceremony held at the College's Vieux Mess. The ceremony was presided over by Major-General Daniel Gosselin, Commander of the Canadian Defence Academy.

Colonel Maillet is succeeding Colonel François Pion, who was at the helm of RMC Saint-Jean since its reopening, and is retiring from the Canadian Forces. As part of the ceremony, a Change of Chief Warrant Officer Appointment also took place between Chief Warrant Officer Serge Beaudoin and Chief Petty Officer, First Class, Pierre Langlois. Chief Warrant Officer Beaudoin is also retiring from the Canadian Forces.

"Colonel Pion has done a tremendous job of developing RMC Saint-Jean into a first-rate academic institution," said Major-General Gosselin. "He has created an exceptionally strong foundation upon which the new Commandant will continue to build. I am certain that Colonel Maillet, with his high standard of professionalism and breadth of experience, will make a significant impact on the future leaders of the Canadian Forces."

Colonel Maillet enrolled in the Canadian Forces in 1979, and spent his first two years at the Collège Militaire Royal de Saint-Jean. He graduated from the Royal Military College of Canada in Kingston, Ontario, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Commerce in 1983. Since then he has also obtained two Masters' degrees, in War Studies and Strategic Studies. As an Armoured officer, he served with the 12e Régiment blindé du Canada at all levels of command, and eventually became the regiment's eighteenth Commanding Officer in 2001. Colonel Maillet comes to RMC Saint-Jean from Ottawa, Ontario, where he spent the last two years as the Director General Canadian Forces Grievance Authority.

The mission of RMC Saint-Jean is to train and develop first rate leaders who have the intellectual, physical, and linguistic abilities and skills to serve with distinction in the Canadian Forces. The College ensures officer cadets transition smoothly from high school to university by providing college-level and first-year university programs in Science and Social Science. Each program is offered in both official languages. 

Note to editors/ news directors: Digital imagery of the ceremony is available at http://www.cmrsj-rmcsj.forces.gc.ca/ , under the "Gallery" icon.

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