The Canadian Forces Support Group, which oversees the National Capital Region, welcomed its newest commander in a ceremony in Ottawa in July.
Col. Andre Delhommeau assumed command of the Canadian Forces Support Group (Ottawa-Gatineau) (CFSG(O-G) from Commodore Daniel Bouchard in a ceremony that was presided over by the Deputy Vice Chief of the Defence Staff, MGen. Blaise Frawley.
“The last two years have been extremely challenging and difficult for our country and the Canadian Armed Forces. Commodore Daniel Bouchard’s leadership and dedication guided CFSG(O-G) through these tough times to ensure the personnel in the NCR continued to receive the critical support and services they required. I as well as the Vice Chief of Defence Staff, Lieutenant-General Allen are extremely proud of his and the Group’s accomplishments during this time on a job well done. I would also like to extend a big welcome to Colonel Andre Delhommeau and congratulations for assuming command of CFSG(O-G). This headquarters plays a vital function in the NCR which comes with a variety of challenges and issues unlike any other base in the Canadian Armed Forces,” said MGen. Frawley.
The Incoming Commander
Col. Delhommeau comes into his new position after serving in the Strategic Joint Staff in Ottawa. According to the Department of National Defence, he brings “a plethora of experience” into his new job. Some of these experiences include:
- Commanding Officer of Canadian Forces Station Alert
- Wing Administration Officer and Deputy Wing Commander of 8 Wing Trenton
- Overseas tour at the International Security Assistance Force headquarters in Kabul, Afghanistan as a staff officer in the Air Component Coordination Element
- Canadian Task Force Commander/Kosovo Force Chief of the Joint Logistics Operations Centre for
- Operation KOBOLD in Kosovo.
“It is an honour to assume Command of CFSG(O-G), the largest base in the Canadian Armed Forces. I look forward to working with such dedicated and talented personnel that make up the headquarters and I will do my utmost to ensure this Group continues to provide seamless critical services to the military and civilian personnel within the NCR. I also welcome the opportunities to work in the future with key stakeholders in the region,” said Col. Delhommeau.
Commodore Bouchard has assumed the position of Commander of the Canadian Armed Forces Transition Group in Ottawa, Ontario.
“This Group over the past two years has dealt with a tremendous amount of issues such as the pandemic, various large storms, the downtown trucker convoy, and vaccine rollouts. I am extremely proud of the CFSG(O-G) team as they managed to continue to provide outstanding service to the NCR community during such a difficult time. It has been an honour to lead this organization and I will forever cherish the hard work and memories that we achieved over the past two years,” said Commodore Bouchard.
About CFSG (O-G)
The commander of CFSG O-G oversees the base for the National Capital Region, the largest in Canada, based on personnel according to DND.
The Group provides administrative support to approximately 24,000 military and civilian personnel in the NCR and also provides military, first aid, and safety training. The Connaught Range and Primary Training Centre (CRPTC), situated twenty-two kilometers West of Ottawa at Shirley’s Bay on the Ottawa River, is part of the formation’s critical infrastructure. It provides training support resources for the Canadian Armed Forces, other agencies in the NCR, and for specified national activities.
The group also offers fitness and sports programs, security services, musical support via the Central Band of the Canadian Armed Forces, and Public Affairs Support Services and Imaging Services.