A Forward officer
Brigus native enjoying career in the Royal Canadian Navy
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.