UP THE GLENS: SD & G High­landers in­duct new com­mand­ing of­fi­cer

Seaway News - - NEWS ONLINE NEWS - Adam Brazeau

CORN­WALL, On­tario – A re­serve reg­i­ment etched into the archives of Canada’s most his­toric bat­tles are adding some fresh blood and a fa­mil­iar face.

Lt.-Col. Steve Young relieved Lt.-Col. Rob Duda as com­mand­ing of­fi­cer of the Stor­mont, Dundas and Glen­garry High­landers at the Corn­wall Ar­mory on Nov. 16.

The reg­i­ment – known as the Glens – wel­comed Young dur­ing a change of com­mand cer­e­mony.

“It’s a great hon­our,” said Young, in­com­ing Lieu­tenant- Colonel. “There is a sig­nif­i­cant chal­lenge in en­sur­ing the tra­di­tions are per­pet­u­ated, and the reg­i­ment con­tin­ues to sup­port the com­mu­nity the way it has since 1804.”

The Glens are cur­rently fac­ing dwin­dling num­bers and the need to re­cruit new sol­diers is a top pri­or­ity for Young. For the new com­man­der main­tain­ing the sta­bil­ity of the famed reg­i­ment is a wel­comed chal­lenge.

“We’re light now and we need to bulk up the ju­nior ranks. As peo­ple re­tire and move on we need con­stant new blood, and that is the main fo­cus over the next three years,” he said. “Our job is to train new gen­er­a­tions for next time we’re called into duty.”

Out­go­ing Lieu­tenant- Colonel Duda has been with the Glens since 1992. He com­manded the SD & G High­landers for nearly four years. His new mil­i­tary role will be as a staff of­fi­cer at 4 Cana­dian Di­vi­sion’s head­quar­ters.

We’ve sent sol­diers to serve in Afghanistan, sup­port to the G8 and G20 op­er­a­tions and do­mes­tic op­er­a­tions dur­ing dis­as­ters,” he said. “Be­ing able to sup­port Canada when Canada needs us - is the ma­jor achieve­ment of my time as com­man­der.”

Duda said the 1812 bat­tle re-en­act­ments tak­ing place through­out re­cent Re­mem­brance Day cel­e­bra­tions are a real high­light of his ten­ure. He also trum­peted that Queen El­iz­a­beth is now the first Colonel-in-Chief of the SD & G High­landers. The Prime Min­is­ter an­nounced it dur­ing the bi­cen­ten­nial com­mem­o­ra­tion of the Bat­tle of Crysler’s Farm in Mor­ris­burg.

In April, 2012, Young joined the Glens as the deputy com­man­der of­fi­cer and trans­ferred to the in­fantry. With 34 years of mil­i­tary ex­pe­ri­ence and a leg­endary reg­i­ment be­hind him, he’s ready to lead.

“It’s a fam­ily –once a Glen, al­ways a Glen,” said Duda.

Adam Brazeau

Lieu­tenant-Colonel Steve Young, of the SD & G High­landers (right), shakes hands with out­go­ing Lieu­tenant-Colonel Rob Duda dur­ing a change of com­mand cer­e­mony at the Corn­wall Ar­mory.

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