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Friday is the one that essentially sided with the officer-cadets that were making violent and aggressive sexual comments towards underage female cadets right? He thought the other officer-dude blasting the officer-cadets for their behavior was too harsh and not RMC like.
Friday has been part of the problem for awhile now, in the mid 2000s he was disappointed with a guilty verdict of a NAV officer in our squadron on sexual assault charges. He expressed in a morning briefing after another officer was found not guilty of an alcohol charge not long after; his faith was a little bit restored in the court martial system.I worked for LCol Popov when he was at 1 Cdn Div HQ. He struck me as someone who lived and breathed the military ethos and was very much a "if its messed up, let me know and lets figure it out" kind of leader. He has my respect to this day.
He got put through the wringer because he didn't play politics. He didn't see his position as one to springboard to the next higher role. He was trying to fix a military problem with a military solution.
I have been formed up and blasted multiple times in my career for everything from one dude getting arrested for assault downtown to getting a blast for someone putting wood in the metal dumpster behind the RQ. I also got a blast as a 15 year old in civiland when someone accepted expired coupons at my afterschool job. When warranted, it is useful to get the point across.
If it is against the sensibilities of these future leaders to get a dressing down, how are they going to survive as a Troop Commander, or worse, as a Staff Officer? And given the topic of the blast... damn right I would have given the same speech.
I am glad that Friday is stepping aside. I also wouldn't be surprised to see him investigated in the future. His actions and judgement, if LCol Popov is to be believed true (which I have every reason to), are disgraceful and bordering on criminal. I hope he gets what's coming to him.
· Lieutenant-General J.J.M.J. Paul will be appointed Commander Canadian Army, in Ottawa.
· Major-General S.R. Kelsey will be promoted to the rank of Lieutenant-General and appointed Deputy Commander Allied Joint Force Command Naples, in Naples Italy, replacing Lieutenant-General J.J.M.J. Paul.
· Major-General E.J. Kenny will be promoted to the rank of Lieutenant-General and appointed Commander of the Royal Canadian Air Force, in Ottawa, replacing Lieutenant-General A.D. Meinzinger, who will retire from the Canadian Armed Forces.
· Rear-Admiral A.I. Topshee will be promoted to the rank of Vice-Admiral and appointed Commander of the Royal Canadian Navy, in Ottawa, replacing Vice-Admiral C.A. Baines, who will retire from the Canadian Armed Forces.
No. Remember, all LGen / VAdms are well past the point where they can retire. Attrition at that level is to be expected.I haven't been paying much attention to these things for long, but isn't it a bit odd to have new commanders for the RCN, CA, and RCAF appointed at the same time?
Agreed. He was my CO in ALG in 2010/11 (I was CERA) and we've had sporadic contact since. Mayhaps he'll have the floundering MARTECH trade taken out back of the barn and put out of it's misery. One can hope......Happy to see Topshee as CRCN. Sailed with him on TOR back in ought 6 for a couple years, he was our XO.
Great crew and command team back then.
I suppose what I was getting at is more along the lines of, it seems odd to me that the commanders of the three elements are all leaving at once, weeks after an absolute dud of a defence budget.No. Remember, all LGen / VAdms are well past the point where they can retire. Attrition at that level is to be expected.
LGen Cadieu said "screw it, I'm going full send somewhere else"
A senior leader in the Canadian Armed Forces has retired and travelled to Ukraine to help defend the country from Russia's invasion while still under investigation for alleged sexual misconduct.www.ctvnews.ca
I agree, and same with Baines. Even though he was allowed to stay in his job, he lost the moral authority to lead a large portion of the RCN.LGen Cadieu was right to retire. As he said, even if he's exonerated, his reputation is tarnished such that it would make being the commander of the Army untenable.