‘We’re go­ing to be war fight­ers’: New com­man­der of 3rd Bat­tal­ion

Edmonton Journal - - CITY+ REGION - STEPHEN COOK

The new com­man­der of the Ed­mon­ton-based 3rd Bat­tal­ion, Princess Pa­tri­cia’s Cana­dian Light Infantry, was to the point when he gave his vi­sion for the unit.

“We’re go­ing to be war fight­ers,” Lt.-Col. Adam Moore said Wed­nes­day, shortly af­ter dis­miss­ing his new sol­diers for the first time. “We’re go­ing to be ready to an­swer Canada’s call, whether that be in sup­port of Cana­di­ans in need here at home or whether the gov­ern­ment de­cides Cana­dian sol­diers are needed abroad.”

Moore of­fi­cially took com­mand of 3 PPCLI af­ter a cer­e­mo­nial pa­rade at Cana­dian Forces Base Ed­mon­ton. Cur­rent and for­mer mem­bers of the well-known western Cana­dian unit were in at­ten­dance.

“It’s very hum­bling to be af­forded the op­por­tu­nity to com­mand the great­est sol­diers in the Cana­dian Army as part of (3 PPCLI),” said Moore, who pre­vi­ously served as a pla­toon com­man­der with the unit dur­ing Op­er­a­tion Apollo in Afghanistan in 2002.

His most re­cent post was as chief of staff for 1 Cana­dian Mech­a­nized Brigade Group, also head­quar­tered in Ed­mon­ton.

Cer­e­mo­nial scrolls ar­rived at the cer­e­mony via two para­troop­ers who jumped from a Grif­fon mil­i­tary he­li­copter fly­ing at ap­prox­i­mately 5,000 feet.

In his farewell speech to the sol­diers he had com­manded for two years, out­go­ing com­man­der Lt.Col. Derek Pro­har ex­plained with a mix of hu­mour and solem­nity how join­ing the PPCLI in 2001 changed his child­hood def­i­ni­tion of a hero.

“If you’re ever won­der­ing a what or why ... if you’re ever in need of some in­spi­ra­tion, I’ll of­fer you this: if you can han­dle shorts that are a lit­tle too short, mous­taches that are re­ally bad, hair­cuts that aren’t quite reg­u­la­tion and lan­guage that ... would make a dock worker blush, if you’re ever in need of a hero, I know the place for you.”

Pro­har de­ployed to Afghanistan four times. He earned a Medal of Mil­i­tary Val­our while at­tached to U.S. Spe­cial Forces, as well as a Mer­i­to­ri­ous Ser­vice Medal for work with the Afghanistan Na­tional Army.

The PPCLI also had a change of ap­point­ment for its Colonel of the Reg­i­ment, a cer­e­mo­nial po­si­tion. W.B. Ver­non, a re­tired ma­jor­gen­eral, was re­placed by re­tired bri­gadier-gen­eral V.W. Kennedy.

“The role of Colonel of the Reg­i­ment is core and es­sen­tial to our func­tion­ing as a to­tal unit,” said for­mer gov­er­nor gen­eral Adri­enne Clark­son, who was ap­pointed the reg­i­ment’s third Colonelin-Chief in 2007.

Clark­son is the only Cana­dian to have held the cer­e­mo­nial po­si­tion since the reg­i­ment was founded in the First World War.

LARRY WONG

Lt.-Col. Adam Moore takes com­mand of the 3rd Bat­tal­ion Princess Pa­tri­cia’s Cana­dian Light Infantry dur­ing a change-of-com­mand cer­e­mony at CFB Ed­mon­ton on Wed­nes­day.

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