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    Exchanging a pace stick between Squadron Chief Warrant Officers is a tradition that was upheld on Thursday. It went from Chief Warrant Officer David Fredette (centre) to 427 Special Operations Aviation Squadron Commanding Officer Lieutenant-Colonel Clay Rook (right), who then passed it to CWO Ronald MacGillivary (left) (Photo by Patricia Leboeuf, Petawawa Post)

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    On Aug. 11, a Change of Appointment Ceremony was held between Chief Warrant Officer Ronald MacGillivary (left) and CWO David Fredette (right), presided over by 427 Special Operations Aviation Squadron Commanding Officer Lieutenant Colonel Clay Rook (centre). (Photo by Patricia Leboeuf, Petawawa Post)

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New Squadron Chief Warrant Officer for 427 SOAS

Military News

By Patricia Leboeuf

Posted on Thursday, August 18, 2016

427 Special Operations Aviation Squadron (427 SOAS) warmly welcomed a new Squadron Chief Warrant Officer as CWO David Fredette handed over his position to CWO Ronald MacGillivary during Thursday’s Change of Appointment Ceremony.

Members of the squadron, past and present, as well as friends and family gathered inside one of the 427 SOAS hangers to watch this significant event unfold.

Speaking to attendees shortly after signing the change of appointment scrolls and exchanging the pace stick, CWO MacGillivary graciously thanked those who provided him with the opportunity to become an integral part of the squadron and “to meet the needs of the Canadian Armed Forces in the times to come.

“I’m more than pleased to call this squadron my home,” he said.

In many ways, a Squadron Chief Warrant Officer is the glue that holds everything together, balancing bold plans with realities, and speaking truth to both officers and personnel under his command.

“Men and women, every single soldier, sailor and airman and airwoman is in safe hands when the Squadron (CWO) is on point,” said Canadian Special Operations Forces Command (CANSOFCOM) Commander Major General Michael Rouleau.

He welcomed CWO MacGillivary to his new role, and was also positive about CWO Fredette’s contributions over the past three years, proclaiming his time with the squadron has been nothing but beneficial to all.

“You have made a huge difference,” said MGen Rouleau. “The squadron is faster, better and stronger than it has been.”

427 SOAS Commanding Officer Lieutenant Colonel Clay Rook agreed, adding CWO Fredette was an important fire team partner, leader and trusted confidante. His contributions to the squadron’s success in achieving its missions was continuously remarkable.

“We wish you well in your time in Kingston and we hope to see you back,” said LCol Rook.

CWO Fredette was originally posted to the squadron in 2013, and has gone through a lot with its members.

“We’ve been through the desert, the jungle and the snow together,” said CWO Fredette, adding they’ve had about 40 deployments in seven different countries.

He had nothing but praise for the men and women he worked with, enumerating the countless achievements they’ve accomplished over his tenure. In three years, they’ve processed over 10,000 claims, flown about 14,400 hours, which includes an hour of maintenance for every six hours in-air, supported more than 25 courses, and much more is slated to occur.

“This is a world-class CANSOFCOM aviation squadron,” said CWO Fredette. “Every step of the way, I was never surprised, but I was always amazed by what you accomplished.”

Their relentless pursuit of quality will ensure the continued excellence of the squadron in missions to come, he added.

He ceded his position to his successor without worry, as he is confident that CWO MacGillivary will be an excellent leader. This was echoed by MGen Rouleau.

“You are in large measure my choice ... as much as you were the choice of the Air Force,” he said. “So we bring you here with open arms.”

CWO MacGillivary joined the Canadian Armed Forces in 1987 as a Communications Radar System Technician. After his training, he was posted to 424 Squadron at 8 Wing Trenton, maintaining the CH113 Voyager, CH115 Buffalo, and the CC130 Hercules. After nine years, in 1997, he was posted to 443 Squadron where he became a key component to the CH124 Sea King Community. He also sailed aboard the HMCS Huron, HMCS Calgary and the HMCS Vancouver.

In 2006, he was promoted to sergeant and posted to the Air Command Academy at 16 Wing Borden. In 2010, he began to call 12 Wing home when he was employed within A4 MHP working on the CH148 Cyclone technical training. He was promoted to Master Warrant Officer in 2012 and worked on the Cyclone project. On Aug. 11, he was appointed to his current position at 427 SOAS within CANSOFCOM.