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Friday May 31st, 2013

Posted at 2:00pm

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The Essex and Kent Scottish, an infantry reserve unit based out of Windsor and Chatham, will conduct a Change of Command ceremony this Sunday afternoon.

A Change of Command ceremony is steeped in tradition – rich in military history. It provides the outgoing leader with an opportunity to say “good bye” to those who have been under his command, and for the new commanding officer to meet his personnel.

The Change of Command is a formal and symbolic transfer of authority and responsibilities marked with much pomp and circumstance. The ceremonies represent great symbolism that includes the passing of colours, standards or ensigns, an inspection and review of soldiers, gun salutes and performances by military bands. The passing the “Colours” from one Chief to another represents the transfer of trust and well being. It ensures that the unit is never without their Commander. It also perpetuates the seamless tradition of vigilance, service and integrity.

Lieutenant-Colonel Ben Reavely will succeed Lieutenant-Colonel Morris Brause as Commanding Officer of The Essex and Kent Scottish.

Lieutenant-Colonel Brause completes his five-year term as Commanding Officer, having assumed command of The Essex and Kent Scottish in March 2008. Lieutenant-Colonel Brause will continue his military service in a staff position while deployed in Kabul, Afghanistan.

Lieutenant-Colonel Reavely has served with various reserve units in Ontario since 1997. He will be the 41st Commanding Officer of The Essex and Kent Scottish.

The ceremony will take place at the Major F.A. Tilston (VC) Armouries, located a 4007 Sandwich St, Windsor, ON. All guests asked to be seated by 1:30pm. Parade commences 1:45pm.
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