David Johnston named as next Colonel of The Royal Canadian Regiment

David Johnston
Mr. David Johnston. Photo: Sergeant Ronald Duchesne, Rideau Hall

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Petawawa Post

The Royal Canadian Regiment (The RCR) is pleased to announce, His Excellency, The Right Honourable David Johnston, the 28th Governor-General of Canada, will become the next Colonel of The Regiment of The RCR.

“I am deeply honoured to be appointed Colonel of The Regiment, The Royal Canadian Regiment.  The RCR has long served Canada faithfully,” said The Right Honourable Johnston. “The Regiment’s history has contributed so much to Canadians’ pride in the men and women who serve in our armed forces.”

Johnston will replace Major-General (Retired) James Ivan Fenton during a ceremony to be held in Kingston on August 5, 2018.

The Colonel of The Regiment holds the pre-eminent position normally for three years, and is responsible for the conduct of regimental affairs and of representing the regiment to the public. The Colonel of the Regiment is second in order only to His Royal Highness, Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, who was appointed Colonel-in-Chief of The Royal Canadian Regiment on December 8, 1953. Mr. Johnston was Governor General of Canada from October 1, 2010 to October 2, 2017.

“I will be honoured to welcome The Right Honourable David Johnston to The Royal Canadian Regiment on behalf of all members of the Regiment serving and retired,” said MGen (Ret’d) Fenton. “Mr. Johnston is exceptionally well suited to assume the Colonel of The Regiment appointment having served as a Honourary Colonel and indeed as Commander in Chief. He is well known for his ideals and personal qualities as a statesman and a gentleman. The Regiment can only benefit from his guidance and experience.”

The Royal Canadian Regiment is comprised of three regular force infantry battalions located in Petawawa, Ont., and Gagetown, N.B., and one reserve battalion in London, Ont. They form part of the 4th Canadian Division. The RCR was formed as The Infantry School Corps on December 21, 1883. Since that date, the Regiment has been involved in nearly every conflict and operation which has seen the deployment of Canadian Armed Forces units or personnel.

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