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New CO for 2 CMBG

GARRISON PETAWAWA – The tomahawk has been passed to a new commander of 2 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group.

Sean Chase/Daily Observer Dressed in traditional regalia are (left to right) Blaze Belaire, Melissa Labrecque, Cali Duchene, Victoria Bergeron (bottom), Kellie Murdock and Alexis Gauthier. Events marking National Aboriginal Day were held at Pembroke's waterfront on Wednesday.

Celebrating Canada's First Nations

It was a unique display of pride and history as Canada's First Nations peoples were celebrated for their contributions to our nation Wednesday at Pembroke's waterfront.

Doug Fee, past president of the Kiwanis Club of Pembroke, retrieves a winning turtle during the third annual Great Muskrat River Rubber Turtle Race, held Saturday. Close to $7,000 was raised, which will be used to finance Kiwanis' good works in the community.

Kiwanis turtle race a winner

The Kiwanis Club of Pembroke held its third annual charity turtle race on Saturday, raising nearly $7,000 for its ongoing works.

Sean Chase/Daily Observer 2 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group (2CMBG) commander Brig.-Gen. Conrad Mialkowski (second from left) presides over the changing of command of 2 Service Battalion from Lt.-Col. Corinna Heilman to Lt.-Col. Kieran Kennedy (left). Looking on is 2CMBG brigade sergeant-major Chief Warrant Officer Shawn Mercer and 2 Service Battalion regimental sergeant-major Chief Warrant Officer Pat White (right).

New CO for a world-class CSS battalion

The soldiers, sailors, airmen and airwomen of 2 Service Battalion welcomed home Lt.-Col. Kieran Kennedy as the combat support unit conducted their change of command ceremony Monday.

Sean Chase/Daily Observer Sherry Romanado, parliamentary secretary to the minister of veterans affairs and associate defence minister, visited Garrison Petawawa on June 13 to focus on the issues facing military families. In the photo are (left to right) 4th Canadian Division Support Group (4CDSG) commander Col. Mark Misener, Kathleen Doucette, chairwoman of the Petawawa Military Family Resource Centre (PMFRC), Romanado, PMFRC executive director Claudia Beswick, and 4CDSG Formation Sergeant-Major Chief Warrant Officer Bill Richards.

More funding promised for military families

The federal government's new defence policy promises more resources and funding to help military families that frequently get posted and Military Family Resource Centres across the country.