December 12, 2014 - 7:28 PM
KAMLOOPS – The Rocky Mountain Rangers are about to have a new Colonel leading both companies in Prince George and Kamloops.
On Saturday, Lt.-Col Tyler will hand over leadership of the Rangers to Lt.-Col Dionne in a change of command ceremony at the Meadow Creek Armoury in Prince George.
The Rocky Mountain Rangers is the only infantry reserve unit in the province’s interior. Its headquarters, the JR Vicars Armoury, is based in Kamloops.
Tyler, who plans on retiring next year, joined the army as a member of the Royal Canadian Regiment and has served in Bosnia and Afghanistan. He also served with the Joint Task Force North in the Canadian Arctic. Tyler assumed command of the rangers in 2011 and focused his efforts toward improving capability and efficiency of the unit.
Dionne, of the Royal 22 regiment, has served in Canada, Europe and the United States with multiple deployments which include Haiti and Iraq.
Both companies of the Rangers parade separately in their respective communities, but often work together at the Canadian Armed Forces Camp Chilcotin near Williams Lake.
The rangers have earned battle honours in both world wars and in Afghanistan.
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