Former RDC president named an honourary Lieutenant-Colonel

Recently retired Red Deer College president Ron Woodward has been recruited to employ his community-building skills with the Red Deer’s 749 Communication Squadron.

Ron Woodward

Recently retired Red Deer College president Ron Woodward has been recruited to employ his community-building skills with the Red Deer’s 749 Communication Squadron.

Woodward ditched his suit for a uniform on Wednesday as he was introduced as the reserve squadron’s honourary lieutenant-colonel at the Cormack Armoury.

The transition from his college role to his military position is not expected to be a big leap for Woodward, who looks forward to working with the young reservists and acting as a mentor and a liaison between the squadron and the community.

“This for me is a great honour,” said Woodward, who left the college last month after 11 years at the helm.

“Personally, it allows me to stay involved with the community in a public profile, which is something I enjoyed in my life at the college,” he added later.

“It does fit quite nicely into my own value system and my family traditions.”

Woodward’s father, two grandfathers and several uncles served in the military — in the navy, army and air force. Woodward himself has experience as a junior officer in the naval reserve in Saskatoon in the late 1960s and early 1970s.

As the public face of the squadron, Woodward looks forward to trumpeting the achievements of Canada’s military and its many successes.

“We hear little snippets of places they are and things that they’re doing, but I think that we don’t appreciate the breadth of involvement they have.

“I think the other thing that is a really important story to tell is about the training that’s provided to people in the military, both in the regular forces and the reserves. One of the things I have learned is Canadian troops are the best trained in the world,” he said, adding that assessment came from a U.S. officer he spoke with at a function last month in Edmonton for honourary colonels.

“That’s the kind of story that I hope I can share with people.”

Squadron commanding officer Capt. Sam Fasullo said Woodward’s deep connections in the community made him a good candidate for the position. Besides offering a public face for the squadron, Woodward will act as an advocate, mentor and advisor for the young men and women in the 42-strong squadron. He will also be a fixture at ceremonial events.

Woodward has been appointed for three years and joins about 150 other honourary officers across Canada. Decorated Korean War veteran Honourary Lt.-Col. Smiley Douglas, of Innisfail, held the position for the last three years.

Just Posted

Number of seniors who play bridge in Red Deer growing

Red Deer Bridge Club has been around for close to 60 years

PHOTOS: Buccaneers battle Wolfpack in AFL semifinal

The Central Alberta Buccaneers battled the Calgary Wolfpack in the Alberta Football… Continue reading

Raising awareness for Bikers Against Child Abuse

Second annual Raise A Ruckus Against Child Abuse was held at the Red Deer Radisson Hotel Saturday

Central Alberta Yogathon cancelled Saturday

Due to air quality concerns the fourth annual event will take place Sept. 15

City Hall Park construction begins next week

Construction to update Red Deer’s City Hall Park is set to begin… Continue reading

WATCH: Medicine River Wildlife Centre opens new playground

The grand opening of the playground was Saturday morning

Indonesia’s Lombok island jolted by multiple quakes

SEMBALUN, Indonesia — Strong earthquakes jolted the Indonesian tourist island of Lombok… Continue reading

Afghan president calls for Eid cease-fire, Taliban to reply

KABUL — Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has called for a conditional cease-fire… Continue reading

Montreal may have less influence after October provincial election

MONTREAL — When Coalition Avenir Quebec Leader Francois Legault recently dismissed the… Continue reading

Privacy issue with online pot sales after legalization needs watching: experts

TORONTO — Buyers who have to provide personal information to purchase recreational… Continue reading

Range of reactions to possible holiday to mark legacy of residential schools

The federal government’s intention to enact a statutory holiday aimed at remembering… Continue reading

Wildfire smoke from B.C. gets in the way of mountain scenery for tourists

JASPER, Alta. — Smoke from wildfires that’s blanketing parts of Alberta does… Continue reading

Fast food chains look to capitalize on vegetarian, vegan trend with new items

The once meat-dominated world of fast-food and casual restaurants is starting to… Continue reading

Thousands to attend funeral service for officers killed in Fredericton shooting

FREDERICTON — Hundreds of people have lined the route of a funeral… Continue reading

Most Read

Five-day delivery plus unlimited digital access for $185 for 260 issues (must live in delivery area to qualify) Unlimited Digital Access 99 cents for the first four weeks and then only $15 per month Five-day delivery plus unlimited digital access for $15 a month