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    WO Bonnie von Dungern received a Commendation from 4th Canadian Division and Joint Task Force Central Commander Brigadier-General Conrad Mialkowski, presented on his behalf by 4th Canadian Division Support Base Personnel Services CO Lieutenant-Colonel Iain Clark (left) and 4th Canadian Division Support Group Commander Colonel John Vass (right). Photo by S1 Elizabeth Ross, Garrison Petawawa Imagery

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    Master Warrant Officer (MWO) John Green received a Commendation from 4th Canadian Division and Joint Task Force Central Commander Brigadier-General Conrad Mialkowski, presented on his behalf by 4th Canadian Division Support Base Personnel Services CO Lieutenant-Colonel Iain Clark (left) and 4th Canadian Division Support Group Commander Colonel John Vass (right). Photo by S1 Elizabeth Ross, Garrison Petawawa Imagery

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    Base Surgeon Tim Peppin received a Commendation from 4th Canadian Division and Joint Task Force Central Commander Brigadier-General Conrad Mialkowski, presented on his behalf by 4th Canadian Division Support Base Personnel Services CO Lieutenant-Colonel Iain Clark and 4th Canadian Division Support Group Commander Colonel John Vass. Photo by S1 Elizabeth Ross, Garrison Petawawa Imagery

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Commendations presented for navigation and leadership skills during COVID-19 Pandemic

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Posted on Thursday March 11, 2021


GARRISON PETAWAWA - The real test of leadership does not occur when everything is smooth sailing; leadership is oftentimes tested during a crisis.

Three individuals at Garrison Petawawa were recently recognized for going above and beyond the call of duty during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Presenting the Commendations on behalf of 4th Canadian Division and Joint Task Force Central Commander Brigadier-General Conrad Mialkowski was 4th Canadian Division Support Base Personnel Services Commanding Officer Lieutenant-Colonel Iain Clark and 4th Canadian Division Support Group Commander Colonel John Vass.

The metaphor of ships and sailing were often referred to during the presentations as all agreed that the pandemic was unchartered waters.

Doctor (Dr.) Tim Peppin, Garrison Petawawa Surgeon was awarded the Commander Joint Task Force Central/4th Canadian Division Commendation for his support to Garrison Petawawa.

The Commendation reads that “His expertise greatly enabled the early establishment of health protection measures in the Garrison kitchen, acommodations and work spaces. Through liaison with the Renfrew County District Health Unit, his communication with the Garrison Population through a variety of methods enhanced morale in a friendly manner that built trust. Doctor Peppin was critical to the preservation of the entire Garrison’s health, to the credit of Joint Task Force Central.”

Master Warrant Officer (MWO) John Green was awarded the Commander Joint Task Force Central/4th Canadian Division Commendation for his leadership during the response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

His certificate reads that “his foresight and organizational skills meant that the Petawawa Garrison was already prepared with a highly effective isolation zone when the extent of the pandemic was realized. Throughout the response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Master Warrant Officer Green’s actions have brought credit to Joint Task Force Central.”

Warrant Officer (WO) Bonnie von Dungern received her Commander Joint Task Central/4th Canadian Division Commendation for her exemplary leadership and technical expertise in the planning and implementation efforts during Operation LASER, which is the Canadian Armed Forces’ (CAF) response to a worldwide pandemic situation.

WO von Dungern’s Commendation reads that “as the Kitchen Manager at Garrison Petawawa, she provided uninterrupted food service support to upwards of 400 members on self-isolation, sequestration or living in, whilst ensuring the safety of all staff and diners. WO Von Dungern developed innovative solutions with great confidence, dedication and professionalism in a very fluid environment. WO Officer von Dungern’s efforts brought credit to 4th Canadian Division.”

Colonel Vass expressed his gratitude to each of the recipients.

To Dr. Peppin he said that his expertise has been invaluable and has proved that we can protect the force and can continue training in a safe manner despite a pandemic.

To MWO Green he expressed appreciation for his continuance navigating through this pandemic, noting “this was probably not the job you signed up for when joining the military, but your contributions during these uncertain times is recognized at the highest levels and you continue to provide that expert advice so that soldiers can go down range safely.”

Colonel Vass also expressed his appreciation to WO von Dungern, saying it would not be lost on anyone that running the kitchen in Garrison Petawawa is a challenge at the best of times, let alone during a pandemic.

“The planning and prep you had to do so we could provide that resource safely is greatly recognized,” he said.

Perhaps the most vivid metaphor used during the presentations was by Dr. Peppin when he described his experience during the beginning of the pandemic as “looking at storm clouds on the horizon but the calm is in knowing that vaccinations are on their way.”