Land Force Central Area - Dept of National Defence

Land Force Central Area - Dept of National Defence

November 26, 2010 17:00 ET

Governor General Makes First Official Visit to Army Reserve Regiment

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 26, 2010) - As Colonel of the Regiment, His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General and Commander-in-Chief of Canada, visited the Governor General's Foot Guards, at Cartier Square Drill Hall. He assisted in the launch of the regiment's annual reunion weekend and took the opportunity to gain insight into the role of the Primary Reserve as a part of the Canadian Forces.

This was His Excellency's first visit to an army reserve unit since his installation as Governor General and Commander-in-Chief of Canada.

The Governor General's Foot Guards are best recognized in Ottawa for their bearskin headdress and scarlet tunics, but they are first and foremost a combat arms unit who train and deploy soldiers domestically and abroad to support Canada's defence missions.

Lieutenant Colonel Derek Cheff, the Lieutenant-Colonel Commanding the regiment, said the visit was special for all members of the regiment, serving and retired.

"The Regiment has a unique role. As an army reserve unit, we have an aggressive training program that prepares our soldiers to go wherever they are needed around the world. Since we were formed in 1872, we also have provided ceremonial and musical support to the Governor General at Rideau Hall," said Lt.-Col Cheff. "The Colonel of the Regiment being here today recognizes these two distinct commitments. But just as important, his visit highlighted the incredible involvement and support of our families, particularly in light of the high tempo of deployments to Afghanistan that we have had in the past few years."

The Governor General's Foot Guards is one of 14 Army Reserve units that fall under command of 33 Canadian Brigade Group. This Primary Reserve formation encompasses army reserve units of eastern Ontario.

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