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    As well as the Change of Appointment, certain members of the team received awards and commendations. Lieutenant Colonel Richard Raymond and former Regimental Sergeant Major Chief Warrant Officer Marty Walhin presented Chrissy Jolicoeur with a certificate of appreciation for her hard work organizing the first Garrison Petawawa Cultural and Diversaty Festival. (Photo by Patricia Leboeuf, Petawawa Post)

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    As well as the Change of Appointment, certain members of the team received awards and commendations. Lieutenant Colonel Richard Raymond and former Regimental Sergeant Major Chief Warrant Officer Marty Walhin promoted Major Crystal Sura. (Photo by Patricia Leboeuf, Petawawa Post)

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    The Change of Appointment between Chief Warrant Officer Marty Walhin (left) and Chief Warrant Officer Lindsay Parsons (right) was made official on May 30, presided over by Lieutenant Colonel Richard Raymond. (Photo by Patricia Leboeuf, Petawawa Post)

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    As well as the Change of Appointment, certain members of the team received awards and commendations. Lieutenant Colonel Richard Raymond and former Regimental Sergeant Major Chief Warrant Officer Marty Walhin presented Warrant Officer Rick McCormack with his Canadian Forces Decoration for 12 years of service. (Photo by Patricia Leboeuf, Petawawa Post)

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    As well as the Change of Appointment, certain members of the team received awards and commendations. Lieutenant Colonel Richard Raymond and former Regimental Sergeant Major Chief Warrant Officer Marty Walhin presented Daphny Gebhart-Turcotte with a certificate of appreciation for her hard work organizing the first Garrison Petawawa Cultural and Diversaty Festival. (Photo by Patricia Leboeuf, Petawawa Post)

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    4 CDSG Ops Svs Commander Lieutenant Colonel Richard Raymond (left) and Garrison Sergeant Major Master Warrant Officer Dave Lehtinen (right) present Chief Warrant Officer Marty Walhin with a new pace stick. (Photo by Patricia Leboeuf, Petawawa Post)

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    (Photo by Patricia Leboeuf, Petawawa Post)

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    (Photo by Patricia Leboeuf, Petawawa Post)

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New RSM for 4th Canadian Division Support Base Operations Services

Military News

By Patricia Leboeuf

Posted on Thursday, June 2, 2016


Outgoing Regimental Sergeant Major (RSM) Chief Warrant Officer Marty Walhin wrote a speech for the occasion of his departure from 4th Canadian Division Support Base Petawawa Operations Services (4 CDSB Ops Svcs).

It was the first time in his 29 years of military service that he had ever done so. He wanted to make sure he remembered to thank as many people as possible for their help along the way. The list was long, thorough and sincere. He spoke from the heart, admitting he hoped he left the unit in a better standing.
Over his three years in the role, he has made strong bonds and partnerships, leaving a positive impression on all those around him.

“I was only here for 10 months, but I certainly felt a bond and felt comfortable right from the first time I met CWO Walhin during my house hunting trip,” said 4 CDSB Ops Svcs Commander Lieutenant Colonel Richard Raymond. “... He made me look forward to taking command here.”

During the May 30 Change of Appointment, he praised his former RSM for his loyalty, his honesty, his leadership and his friendship. These traits aren’t found in all command teams, but were definitely a major factor of this particular partnership, confirmed the Lieutenant Colonel.

CWO Walhin will assume the mantle of the Corps of Royal Canadian Electrical and Mechanical Engineers’ (RCEME) Sergeant Major.

“It’s going to be a really good experience and a challenge,” said CWO Walhin. “... I’m looking forward to it.”

When he looks back at his time with 4 CDSB Ops Svcs, he feels pride. Because he arrived just as the unit was being formed, he was able to help build it from the ground up.

“I had little knowledge of what 4 CDSB Ops Svcs was, what the whole transformation was about so I came in a little in the dark,” said CWO Walhin. “But I can tell you though, that it didn’t take me too long to figure out what it was; 4 CDSB Ops Svcs is a small team of extremely dedicated, professional, internalist military and civilian personnel.”
With such strong staff, he did not feel that he needed to wish his successor any luck.

He only hoped that he would have as much fun as he did in the role.

Chief Warrant Officer Lindsay Parsons has stepped into CWO Walhin’s former position.

“It is an honour and and privilege to be selected to be the RSM,” said CWO Parsons. “... I look forward to working with everybody in the room. During the handover, I learned quickly that everybody is truly a professional.”

As well as a Change of Appointment, 4 CDSB Ops Svcs celebrated some of its members with awards and distinctions. Warrant Officer Rick McCormack received his Canadian Forces Decoration for 12 years of service. Chrissy Jolicoeur and Daphny Gebhart-Turcotte received a mention for their dedication and countless hours bringing about the first ever Garrison Petawawa Cultural and Diversity Festival. Captain Crystal Sura was also promoted to Major and commended for her achievements with the unit.