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    The passing of the pace stick from outgoing Regimental Sergeant Major (RSM) CWO Pat White (centre) to incoming RSM Master Warrant Officer Kim Pyke by 4 CDSB Petawawa Pers Svcs Commanding Officer LCol Steve Nolan was part of the Change of Appointment ceremonies June 17. (Photo by Patricia Leboeuf, Petawawa Post)

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New RSM for 4 CDSB Petawawa Personnel Services

Military News

By Patricia Leboeuf

Posted on Thursday, June 30, 2016

4th Canadian Division Support Base Petawawa Personnel Services (4 CDSB Pers Svs) has a new Regimental Sergeant Major (RSM) in Master Warrant Officer Kim Pyke.

She took over “Roto 1” from outgoing RSM Chief Warrant Officer Pat White during a Change of Appointment Ceremony on June 17. He was the first RSM of this newly formed unit, one of five units and three branches created three years ago during the restructuring of 2 Area Support Group, now 4th Canadian Division Support Group.

“Master Warrant Officer Kim Pyke, it is with great pleasure that I hand over this great unit to your capable hands,” said the outgoing RSM. “I’m confident they will provide you with the same support and continue with their unit to provide the best service, second to none.”

In her first address as RSM, MWO Pyke was quick with her words, mindful that the soldiers had been standing on parade in the hot sun for a long time.

“I’m very happy to be here and I’m falling in behind somebody with very big shoes to fill,” she said. “What I do want to say is thank you to CWO White for handing me over a machine that is running very well, and I will do my best to keep it well oiled.”

She added she is looking forward to getting to know everybody, and becoming part of the team.

4 CDSB Pers Svcs is in charge of the administrative needs of soldiers and civilian employees on bases across Ontario, including those deployed overseas. The unit also provides support for Military Family Resource Centres (MFRCs), the Canadian Forces Housing Authority (CFHA), SISIP Financial, CANEX and the Conflict Resolution Centre (CRC).

Setting up a new unit is no easy task, particularly amid significant changes within the military, CWO White confirmed.

“It doesn’t seem possible that three years have passed,” said CWO White. “It is impressive how far we have come.”

A few highlights of his time in the unit included having Garrison Accommodations help coordinate the destruction of two substandard service quarters and erect two modern buildings in their place; readjusting pay procedures; providing educational training for all willing soldiers at the Garrison and in Toronto; and realigning shortfalls due to the Army’s transformation. The unit has supported Chaplain services in launching the Sentinels Program, pushed the Language School into offering additional courses over and above the mandated needs, helped secure additional funds for MFRC programs for children with special needs, and hired a bylaw officer to keep the residential housing area safe and clean. The kitchen has also successfully rolled out a healthy menu.

“Every initiative, coordination, program, adjustment was so our soldiers and their families can receive the best possible service we could offer,” said CWO White. “You all should be very proud of your accomplishments.”

During his tenure, he served under two commanding officers: Lieutenant Colonel Daniel Blanc and Lieutenant Colonel Steve Nolan. He praised both for their leadership, and for their willingness to give him the latitude to “let me do my job.” He also had words of gratitude for former 4 CDSG Commander Brigadier General Marc Gagne and current Formation Sergeant Major CWO Bill Richards as well as Chrissy Jolicoeur for her invaluable administrative work.

He was also grateful to his loving family for their years of patience and understanding.

As the first RSM of the unit, a good portion of the task of creating a strong group fell on CWO White’s shoulders. Over the last three years, he has built a multifunctional team of a vast array of trades across many ranks and using civilian members and other agencies.

“I would simply like to thank CWO Pat White for his counsel, his assistance and his hard work as we faced some very hard challenges over the last year,” said LCol Nolan. “I will miss you greatly.”

He also extended a warm welcome to his new RSM.

“As the old guard moves on ... to those of us that remain, ours is the task to uphold the high standards that has been achieved and to go that much further in providing high quality services to the soldiers of the Garrison, and from what I can tell so far, you are clearly up to the task,” said LCol Nolan.