Fusiliers deputy com­man­der re­flects on a rare op­por­tu­nity

Sherbrooke Record - - FRONT PAGE - By Gor­don Lam­bie

For three weeks in the month of Au­gust Ma­jor An­dré Morin, the sec­ond in com­mand of Les Fusiliers de Sher­brooke, was of­fered a rare and un­usual op­por­tu­nity. Based on his record and work with the lo­cal re­serve reg­i­ment to date, Morin was se­lected as the only Cana­dian to at­tend the École supérieure des of­ficiers de réserve spé­cial­istes d'état-ma­jor (ESORSEM) in Paris, France, where he was trained in large scale mil­i­tary op­er­a­tions along­side 14 other rep­re­sen­ta­tives from nine al­lied coun­tries.

“Canada has one spot in this course,” Morin told The Record “and I got nom­i­nated to be the Cana­dian can­di­date.”

The deputy com­man­der of the re­serve reg­i­ment ex­plained that although Canada has its own ver­sion of the course that he took in France, this in­ter­na­tional ex­change is seen as an op­por­tu­nity to share best prac­tices and de­velop bet­ter over­all strat­egy.

“For me it was about learn­ing how the French plan their op­er­a­tions,” Morin said. He shared that the fo­cus of the course is what is re­ferred to in Canada as “brigade level op­er­a­tions,” and fo­cuses on how to plan bat­tle strat­egy with as many as 2,000 per­son­nel and equip­ment on land, sea, and air.

“The course went kind of well for me,” Morin said, speak­ing with hu­mil­ity given the fact that he got the high­est pos­si­ble grade in the pro­gram.

Re­flect­ing on the ben­e­fits of the op­por­tu­nity he was given, Morin said that be­ing in the re­serves can some­times give one a fairly nar­row per­spec­tive of strat­egy and mil­i­tary or­ga­ni­za­tion. By bring­ing to­gether peo­ple from so many dif­fer­ent coun­tries and back­grounds, he said that the course of­fers a chance to see the big­ger pic­ture and ex­plore new pos­si­bil­i­ties.

“It re­ally gave me new in­sight into how to up­grade what we are do­ing,” he said.

Aside from the sub­ject of the course, Morin added that its lo­ca­tion was awe in­spir­ing.

“The Ecole Mil­i­taire was a place where Napoleon Bon­a­parte ac­tu­ally went,” the Ma­jor said, not­ing that the build­ing is in the shadow of the Eif­fel tower. “It is amaz­ing to get to be a part of that his­tory; just be­ing there was a priv­i­lege.”

FRENCH ARMY’S PUB­LIC AF­FAIR STAFF (“SIRPA”).

Ma­jor An­dré Morin, the sec­ond in com­mand of Les Fusiliers de Sher­brooke.

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