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Change of appointment – Junior Ranks Mess PMC

Sgt Benoit Guertin (left) accepts a gavel from CWO Daniel Thomas. (Photo: Emily Nakeff)

The Junior Ranks Mess has welcomed a new President of the Mess Committee (PMC).

Outgoing President, Sergeant (Sgt) Benoit Guertin received a gavel from the Supervising Officer, Chief Warrant Officer (CWO) Daniel Thomas as a farewell gift in recognition of their contribution to the junior ranks. The change comes after Sgt Benoit Guertin received a promotion from his rank as Master Corporal (MCpl). This was the official welcome for MCpl Ray Huynh, who stepped up from his role as Vice PMC in December 2022.

“For a junior rank, this is probably the most open display of leadership that you can do within your rank. And you did phenomenal,” CWO Thomas said during the small ceremony.

CWO Thomas congratulated Sgt Guertin on his promotion and thanked him for a job well done before formally welcoming the incoming President who he said has “very large boots to fill” but knows he’s up to the job.

“Being a PMC is a rewarding job, but is one of the hardest jobs on base, especially the junior ranks. You’re in charge of trying to keep the largest membership happy,” said CWO Thomas.

CWO Daniel Thomas (left) passes the gavel to incoming Jr Ranks PMC, MCpl Ray Huynh. (Photo: Emily Nakeff)

MCpl Huynh has new ideas he’s excited to implement, and has started with making TGIT begin earlier, at 1630 hrs.

“I look forward to boosting the comradeship of the junior ranks, because a lot of people come through here and they’re only here temporarily, but this is a nice little space they can come to and chill with friends or meet new people,” said MCpl Huynh.

Outgoing Sgt Guertin wished MCpl Huynh the best of luck. Reflecting on his time in the position, he said there were a lot of fond memories, but the Yuk Yuk’s comedy night was his favourite event to put on.

“Before this [role] I was never really part of the mess, even as a member,” said Sgt Guertin. “I learned a lot about how it all works, discovered a lot of fun things to do with the mess, and I’ve had amazing experiences with everybody here.”

By: Emily Nakeff, Editor

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