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The Essex and Kent Scottish
- His Royal Highness - His Royal Highness Prince Michael of Kent, GVCO, CD
- Honorary Colonel - Phil Berthiaume, CD
- Honorary Lieutenant-Colonel - Dave Woodall
- Commanding Officer - Lieutenant-Colonel John Hodgins, CD
- Deputy Commanding Officer
- Regimental Sergeant Major - Chief Warrant Officer Cyril Cheng, CD
- Pipe Major - Dave Mercer
- Adjutant - Captain Aaron Lim
- Operations Officer
- Officer Commanding A Company - Major Dave Mimnagh
- Regimental Major - Major (Retired) Greg Childs, CD, ESM
HRH Prince Michael of Kent, GVCO, CD
Prince Michael of Kent has been our Colonel-in-Chief since 14 November 2001. He visited his Regiment in Canada in March 2002, October 2007 and June 2009; and at Dieppe, France in 2012. On 19 October 2015 in London, UK the CO presented Prince Michael with his Canadian Forces Decoration (CD) for 12 years of service in the Canadian Forces. Prince Michael is a member of the Royal Family and a cousin to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and HRH Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh. His appointment follows that of his father HRH Prince George, Duke of Kent (1937-1942) and his mother HRH Princess Marina, Duchess of Kent (1942-1968).
HONORARY COLONEL PHIL BERTHIAUME, CD
Honorary Colonel Berthiaume was born in Windsor in 1950. After graduating in 1971 from the University of Windsor with an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree in Geography, he joined the Armed Forces as an infantry officer. His initial posting was to 1st Battalion, The Royal Canadian Regiment, in London, Ontario as a platoon commander. During that posting, he served on unit deployment to Cyprus (1974/1975) and Op GAMESCAN, the 1976 Summer Olympics. Subsequent postings provided HCol Berthiaume with the challenges and experiences of: instructor at the Infantry School of the Combat Training Centre, CFB Gagetown; infantry company 2IC in Germany; Staff Officer Training with the Special Service Force; Adjutant and Company Commander, 3 RCR, in Winnipeg and Cyprus; Infantry Staff Officer at the Royal Military College of Canada; Chief Instructor and Deputy Commanding Officer of The RCR Battle School; and Base Operations Officer, CFB Petawawa. HCol Berthiaume returned to the Windsor-area in 1998 as the Deputy Commanding Officer of The Essex and Kent Scottish, the position that he held until promotion to lieutenant-colonel and appointment as Commanding Officer from June 2001 to March 2008. He was appointed Honorary Colonel of The Essex and Kent Scottish on 7 October 2014.
Colonel Berthiaume is a graduate of the British Combat Team Commander Course, Canadian Land Forces Staff College, USAF Academic Instructor School, and various other military qualification courses, including Planning for International Peacekeeping Operations and Basic Parachutist (Canadian and German).
Colonel Berthiaume transferred from the Regular Force to the Primary Reserve in September 2000, after more than twenty-eight years of Regimental service. He began a second career at that time as the Emergency Management Coordinator for the County of Essex. He is a qualified Community Emergency Management Coordinator, Train-the Trainer Instructor for the Basic Emergency Management Course, and Exercise Designer. For his outstanding contributions to community and country, he was awarded the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal by the Government of Canada in 2012.
Married to his high school sweetheart, Mary (nee Quinlan) these past forty-three years, they are the proud parents of Michelle, Joy and Andrew (an Infantry Sergeant currently serving with the 3RCR in Petawawa), and the exceptionally proud grandparents of Noah, Ryleigh, Alexia, Coleson, Calvin and Cameron.
HONORARY LIEUTENANT-COLONEL DAVE WOODALL
HLCol Woodall has spent his entire 48 year career in the building industry including the heavy construction, industrial, commercial, institutional and residential projects. He has worked in various roles throughout his career including estimator, quantity surveyor, engineer, administrator, project coordinator, company COO and CEO and is currently majority owner of his third generation general contracting firm - Woodall Construction Co. Limited in Windsor.
His education includes a Civil Engineering degree from the University of Windsor as well as specialized post-graduate studies in concrete and accounting. He is a member of the Engineering Institute of Canada, the Association of Professional Engineers of Ontario and the Canadian Society of Civil Engineers.
HLCol Woodall is a past Officer Commanding of Delta Company - the civilian support arm of The Essex and Kent Scottish. He has assisted in the creation of the two Dieppe Memorials, the annual "Trot with the Troops" family fun run, the Delta Company "HIRE" program and is a supporter of local activities to recognize veterans.
He currently resides in Windsor, Ontario with his wife Melanie and is a father of three and grandfather to four.
LIEUTENANT-COLONEL JOHN HODGINS, CD
Lieutenant-Colonel John Hodgins was born in Regina, Saskatchewan and began his military career through the Regular Officer Training Plan (ROTP) in 1988, attending Royal Roads Military College and The Royal Military College. Upon graduation LCol Hodgins was posted to 1st Battalion, Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry (PPCLI), where he served as a platoon commander and assistant adjutant. In 1994, he deployed with his battalion on Op Harmony as part of the United Nations Protection Force in the former Yugoslavia. Upon his return, he was posted to the Canadian Airborne Regiment and served as a platoon commander with 2 Commando.
In July 1995, LCol Hodgins was posted to Edmonton, Alberta where he served with the in the 3rd Battalion, PPCLI serving as a platoon commander in a parachute company, and later served as a rifle company second-in-command, Pioneer Platoon Commander, Acting Officer Commanding Combat Support Company, and second-in-command of Administration Company. In 1997 he deployed overseas again with the Lord Strathcona's Horse (Royal Canadian) Battle Group on Op Palladium as part of the NATO Stabilization Force in Bosnia-Herzegovina.
In 1999, LCol Hodgins was posted to Windsor as the local detachment commander of the Canadian Forces Recruiting Centre. Having set down roots in the community, he completed a component transfer to the primary reserve in 2002. He joined The Essex and Kent Scottish and was appointed Officer Commanding Alpha Company.
In 2010, LCol Hodgins was appointed to the position of Deputy Commanding Officer of the unit, and appointed Commanding Officer in September 2015.
In his civilian career, LCol Hodgins is highly active in the business world. Having achieved a Bachelor of Arts (Commerce and Commercial Economics) at The Royal Military College in 1992, he went on to complete his Masters in Business Administration from The Richard Ivey School of Business (University of Western Ontario) in 2010. LCol Hodgins is the Chief Executive Officer of Acrolab Ltd, an advanced thermal engineering and manufacturing company based in Windsor, Ontario.
He is happily married to his wife, Donna Messier-Hodgins, with whom he has three daughters. He enjoys travelling with his family, and is active with a number of charitable organizations in Essex County.
CHIEF WARRANT OFFICER CYRIL CHENG, CD
Chief Warrant Officer Cyril Cheng was born in Hong Kong in March 1965. He began his career with The Essex and Kent Scottish in 1982 and has been a proud member of the unit ever since. During this time, he has filled many roles within the unit such as rifleman, Section Commander, Platoon Warrant Officer, Company Sergeant Major, and finally Regimental Sergeant Major. Throughout his time in the military, he has completed numerous qualification courses, including the basic parachutist course; the basic demolition and dud destruction course; the Tactical Combat Casualty Care course; the British military Human Intelligence (HUMINT) Handling course in the UK, and the foreign weapon instructor course at Gunsite in Arizona.
Chief Warrant Officer Cheng has deployed overseas on numerous occasions throughout his career. In his early career, he deployed as a rifleman on Operation Flyover in Germany, and then as a UN peacekeeping soldier on Operation Snowgoose in Cyprus between 1985 and 1986. As a senior non-commissioned officer, he served as a Human Intelligence Operator and Team WO on two separate deployments to Bosnia in 2001 and 2003. Most recently, Chief Warrant Officer Cheng deployed to Kandahar, Afghanistan, as a team leader for an Operational Mentoring Liaison Team (OMLT) in 2008. In this capacity, he provided tactical mentorship to an infantry company of the Afghan National Army.
In his civilian career, Chief Warrant Officer Cheng is a Customs Officer with the Canada Border Services Agency. In his free time, he enjoys expanding his skill base in order to improve his utility within both his civilian law enforcement and military occupations. Chief Warrant Officer Cheng often dedicates his own time and resources in order to attend and instruct on various tactical courses, both in Canada and in the United States.
ADJUTANT - CAPTAIN AARON LIM
Biographical information is not available at this time
MAJOR DAVE MIMNAGH
Major David Mimnagh was born in Kincardine, Ontario in 1982. In 2001, he moved to London, Ontario to attend the University of Western Ontario (now called Western University). He graduated in 2006 with a Bachelor of Science (Physics) and returned in 2008 where he completed a further four years towards a Bachelor of Engineering Science (Mechanical).
In 2002, Major Mimnagh enrolled in the Canadian Forces Primary Reserve with the 4th Battalion, The Royal Canadian Regiment (4 RCR). During his 11 years with 4 RCR he held the positions of Finance Officer, Platoon Commander, Rifle Company Second-in-Command, and Adjutant. From 2004 to 2006 he was employed as staff during Reserve Summer Training at the 4th Canadian Division Training Centre (Meaford), both as a Course Officer and Demonstration Platoon Commander. In 2010, Major Mimnagh was once again a platoon commander during Op CADENCE which provided security for the G8 Summit in Huntsville, Ontario. He has also instructed with the 31 Canadian Brigade Group Battle School on the Infantry Platoon Support Weapons Course, Primary Leadership Qualification, and the Basic Military Officer Qualification.
Major Mimnagh deployed to Afghanistan in 2012 on Op ATTENTION Roto 1 as the S3 Operations for the Kabul Military Training Centre Training Advisory Group. He recently completed the Primary Reserve Army Operations Course at the Canadian Army Command and Staff College in Kingston. In May of 2013, Major Mimnagh transferred to The Essex and Kent Scottish and was appointed as Officer Commanding Alpha Company in September 2013.
PIPE MAJOR DAVE MERCER
Biographical information is not available at this time
MAJOR (RETIRED) GREG T. CHILDS, CD, ESM
Born and raised in Chatham, Ontario Major Childs attended the John McGregor Secondary School, joining their Cadet Corps at an early age. On the recommendation of his father, an Essex Scottish WWII veteran, he joined The Essex and Kent Scottish Regiment (E&K Scot). As a Master Warrant Officer, he joined the Regular Army with the rank of Lieutenant for a limited engagement, then transferred back into E&K Scot. Major Childs has held the appointments of Platoon Commander, Company Commander, Regimental Major and Deputy Commanding Officer. For many years he was the CO's representative on the Regimental Association Board of Directors. Major Childs has completed 44 years of service with E&K Scot and retired in August 2010.
After 33 years service, he is a retired Detective from London Police Force as a Forensic Identification expert investigating homicides and other major crimes. He was a bomb-disposal Sergeant for 20 years, instructing frequently at the Canadian Police College. Police Sergeant Childs was the protocol officer for London Police.
He is married with two adult children.
news & updates
Battlefield Tour 2017
A battlefield tour for serving and past members of the Essex and Kent Scottish, their families and the general public is scheduled for 12 to 23 August 2017. The same tour company that led our tours in 2006 and 2012, Battle Honours Inc, will conduct this tour through England, France and Germany and include the 75th anniversary of the Dieppe Raid. See the flyer opposite and the link in the LEFT margin.
Posted August 26, 2016
DUTY NOBLY DONE
The Official History of the Essex and Kent Scottish, DUTY NOBLY DONE, published in 2006 is SOLD OUT. If you want to purchase a copy then try secondary sources like eBay.ca or kijiji.ca
Posted June 03, 2016
REUNION IN OCTOBER
The bi-annual reunion of the regimental family of The Essex and Kent Scottish will be from Friday, 14 October to Sunday, 16 October. Events will be in Windsor and Chatham. For details click on the newsletter link in the LEFT margin.
Posted August 26, 2016
SEARCHING FAMILY RECORDS
Almost every week we get an inquiry asking for information, photos or military records of past members of the Regiment. This most often concerns veterans of World War II. ALL personal records of members of the Regiment are sent to National Defence Headquarters then on to Library and Archives Canada immediately after release from the Army. Go to the link LIBRARY & ARCHIVES CANADA below or consult the PowerPoint below on how to access military records of family members. Thanks for your cooperation.
Posted December 23, 2015
REGIMENTAL MANUAL UPDATED
The Regimental Manual (Change 7) linked on this Home Page has been approved by the Senate and is the most up-to-date source for customs, dinners and dress.
Comments or suggested changes are most welcome.
Posted August 19, 2016