In a ceremony steeped in tradition, commands were changed at the Canadian Forces Base Edmonton yesterday morning.

“A famous English philosopher once said, ‘The art of progress is to preserve order amid change and to preserve change amid order,’” said incoming commanding officer Maj. Yannick Lemieux. “This is precisely what this ceremony represents.”

Command of 1 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group Headquarters and Signals Squadron was changed from Lt.-Col. Paul Whynacht to Lemieux as the first of many command changes taking place this week kicked off.

“I am truly humbled and honoured to stand here today in front of a group of such experienced and talented soldiers, who in the past years have proven to the whole world that they are indeed Canada’s best,” Lemieux said.

“I hope that over the next weeks and months, we will quickly develop what a functioning unit requires the most. That is the bonds of trust, sacrifice and respect within its ranks.”

Whynacht handed over his squadron with a heavy heart.

“I would say it’s a great morning, except that this marks the end of probably the best time in my career,” Whynacht said.

“The last two years really have been the highlight of my career. It’s the memories of you (soldiers of 1 Sig) that I will cherish and I can never thank you enough for the support you’ve given me.”