A For­ward of­fi­cer

Bri­gus na­tive en­joy­ing ca­reer in the Royal Cana­dian Navy

The Compass - - FRONT PAGE - BY BILL BOW­MAN

Com­man­der Ge­orge For­ward be­lieves the time he served as a young sea cadet with Effie M. Mor­ris­sey sea cadets cer­tainly whet his ap­petite for a ca­reer at sea.

But look­ing back on it now, the sea­soned naval of­fi­cer says, “I think it was grow­ing up (in Bri­gus) sail­ing with my grand­fa­ther, Ge­orge Pomeroy, that re­ally sealed the deal.”

For­ward’s grand­fa­ther had sailed with the le­gendary Capt. Bob Bartlett on the Effie M. Mor­ris­sey, af­ter which the sea cadet corps was named in 1976, when it was started by his fa­ther, Ed­ward.

“His (grand­fa­ther’s) sto­ries of his time in the Arctic with Capt. Bob Bartlett, his con­voy work dur­ing the war, and his time spent sail­ing on some of New­found­land’s most fa­mous ves­sels was cer­tainly a cat­a­lyst to join­ing the navy,” Cmdr. For­ward says.

Cmdr. For­ward is cur­rently serv­ing as Se­nior Staff Of­fi­cer Lo­gis­tics Op­er­a­tions for the United Na­tions/ African Union Mis­sion in Dar­fur ( UNAMID), as well as Cana­dian Task Force Com­man­der of Op­er­a­tion SATURN — the de­ploy­ment of a Cana­dian Forces team to serve with UNAMID, the hy­brid op­er­a­tion by the African Union ( AU) and the United Na­tions (UN) in Dar­fur.

On Nov. 9, two days be­fore Re­mem­brance Day, The Com­pass spoke with Cmdr. For­ward via satel­lite phone from his lat­est post in Dar­fur.

He talked about grow­ing up in Bri­gus and a 15-year mil­i­tary ca­reer that has al­ready taken him around the world.

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