CAF Story | You’re On Your Own Son! 

Video / April 05, 2022


(GW) We've decided this is what he wanted to do and that he thought this would be the regiment that he wanted to be a part of. And I didn't stand in the way of that either. But he had to make it all on his own. He didn't get any special treatment from dad.

(DW) I'm Sergeant Devon Witol. I'm from the Governor General's Foot Guards. I'm the Operations NCO most of the time, but today, I'm going to be the Guard Commander for the arrival guard for the Governor General.

(GW) The Governor General's Foot Guards were actually established for almost 150 years ago, in 1872, to provide ceremonial services to the Governor General, and they realized that following the Confederation, something like this was needed for the National Capital Region.

(DW) So, typical day at my job, as the Operations NCO, I mostly handle technology for the regiment. I handle data entry into our databases. I'm also the Information Management Officer, so I handle a lot of the
accounts' access for other people. I'm also the Unit Security Supervisor. So I handle security mostly online with COVID, but I've been handling a lot of our technical aspects on that as well.

(GW) Today's quarter guard is being commanded by Sergeant Devon Witol. Of course, it's an obscure name, but nonetheless, Sergeant Witol is in fact my oldest son, and is the full-time Ops NCO, here at the Governor General's Foot Guards.

(DW) So, as the Guard Commander today, my job is to make sure the troops actually do all things new. I have a lot of experience with a lot of ceremonial stuff from just my history with work with the Guards. So, I was picked for this task, mostly because I am part of the full-time staff, here.

(GW) When my son first thought he had an interest in joining the military, I did not push him to join the Governor General's Foot Guards. I didn't push him one way or the other.

(DW) I originally joined the Governor General's Foot Guards because I needed to work to put myself through university. Because I have a relationship regiment, my dad recommended... as a job opportunity... Definitely encouraged me to go towards that.

(GW) I think that today's parade is going to go just fine. I have no concerns whatsoever with the skill set that our troops have, and I know that there's a real dedication amongst these troops. There was a lot of keenness to be back in together, and being able to perform. And I think it bodes well for the ongoing military training when we start back up again in September.

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