Newly appointed 2 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group (2 CMBG) Commander Colonel Jason Adair leads the March Past. (Photos by Patricia Leboeuf, Petawawa Post)
(Photos by Patricia Leboeuf, Petawawa Post)
(Photos by Patricia Leboeuf, Petawawa Post)
The Change of Command Ceremony for 2 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group (2 CMBG) was held on the evening of June 28. It marked the transfer of command between outgoing Commander Brigadier General Michael Wright (left) and incoming Commander Colonel Jason Adair (right). It was overseen by Reviewing Officer Brigadier General Jocelyn Paul, 4th Canadian Division/Joint Task Force (Central) Commander (centre). Looking on are Division Sergeant Major Chief Warrant Officer (CWO) Keith Olstad (back left) and 2 CMBG Brigade Sergeant Major CWO Shawn Mercer (back right). (Photo by Patricia Leboeuf, Petawawa Post)
As part of the Change of Command ceremony, Task Force Tomahawk’s namesake tomahawk changed hands. From left are incoming Commander Colonel Jason Adair, Sam Mercredi, Brian Sarazin and outgoing Commander Brigadier General Michael Wright. (Photo by Patricia Leboeuf, Petawawa Post)
(Photo by Patricia Leboeuf, Petawawa Post)
New Commander for 2 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group
By Patricia Leboeuf
Posted on Thursday July 5, 2018
After one year as the leader of 2 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group (2 CMBG), Brigadier-General (BGen) Michael Wright was promoted to his current rank, said farewell to his troops and welcomed Colonel (Col) Jason Adair to lead in his stead.
He has been posted to the Canadian Forces Intelligence Command (CFINTCOM) in Ottawa as the Chief of Staff.
Though well deserved, the promotion was bittersweet for BGen Wright. He admits to having truly enjoyed every single day of his time in the position of Brigade Commander, and will look back on the past year with pride.
“It was a privilege to be given the opportunity to command at all,” he said to the hundreds of personnel standing tall on Worthington Parade Square. “There are so many talented officers across the Canadian Army that I truly appreciate the opportunity to command a brigade.”
He holds the soldiers of 2 CMBG and what they accomplish on a daily basis in the highest esteem. In high readiness, nearly 1,800 soldiers or over 40 per cent of the brigade have deployed on missions to Latvia, Ukraine, Kuwait, Iraq, Egypt, Israel, Afghanistan, South Sudan and soon to Mali. They’ve also used their skills nation-wide, supporting government objectives.
“These soldiers have trained across the continent and around the world,” said BGen Wright.
Many of them have excelled in sports competitions and proven themselves to be excellent ambassadors by hosting special events.
“The soldiers of this brigade have inspired me every day,” said the outgoing Commander.
At his Change of Command parade on June 28, BGen Wright also shared his appreciation of the various Command Teams he worked with, their outstanding leadership and unwavering support. They accomplished every objective with professionalism.
“You are among the best leaders the Canadian Army has to offer,” said BGen Wright. “May I ask that you give the same support to Col Adair.”
The transfer of command was made official with the traditional signing of command scrolls as well as the passing of a tomahawk, which was overseen by Reviewing Officer Brigadier General Jocelyn Paul, 4th Canadian Division/Joint Task Force (Central) Commander.
“As your Brigade Commander, he has once again demonstrated that he deserves all the trust that the Army put in him,” said BGen Paul of BGen Wright.
He also had positive words for Col Adair. He had no doubt he will be able to take good care of the men and women under his command.
“You are the best-suited guy for the job,” said BGen Paul. “We trust your judgment, your professional expertise and keep in mind you are not given the brigade. The brigade has been lent by you from the Army and the Canadian Armed Forces.”
Having known Col Adair for 14 years, BGen Wright feels confident that he is leaving 2 CMBG in capable hands.
“I have always been impressed by your dedication, your determination, and your passion for our profession,” said BGen Wright. “I know you will lead the brigade through the support phase into the road to high readiness and will leave with the same impression as me.”
As Col Adair took over the parade, he admitted he was glad that they were all on the same team.
“You have a swagger in your step, you radiate quiet confidence and I’m not surprised,” said Col Adair. “I’ve known your reputation for years.”
Col Adair joined 3rd Battalion, Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry (3 PPCLI) in 2000 and served as a Platoon Commander on Operation Apollo in Afghanistan. He was posted to 2 PPCLI in 2004 where he served as a Company Second-in-Command, Adjutant, Operations Officer and Company Commander. He deployed to Afghanistan in 2006 and 2008 and to Whistler during the 2010 Winter Olympics.
After attending the United States Marine Corps Command and Staff College, Col Adair served at the Canadian Expeditionary Forces Command as the Staff Officer to the Commander and J5 Middle East. He also served at the United States Central Command where he was employed as Planner. In 2013, he became the Chief of Staff of the 1st Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group and then commanded 3 PPCLI from 2014 to 2016. He was seconded to the Foreign and Defence Policy Secretariat of the Privy Council Office and he presently serves as the special advisor to the Minister of National Defence.