CAFA Directors, members and friends;
I am pleased to announce that at its Annual General Meeting held by Zoom meeting technology on 9 May 2020, CAFA members approved the appointment of Colonel (retired) Dick Cowling, CD as our association’s Honorary Patron.
Dick has asked that his address (below) to CAFA Members be distributed widely.
President, Canadian Airborne Forces Association
Members of the Canadian Airborne Forces Association;
My greatest joy in 36 years of Regular Force soldiering was being given command of the Canadian Airborne Regiment. I had served as the Regimental Major and very proudly as CO of 2 Commando under the leadership of that outstanding officer and gentleman, Herb Pitts M.C. To follow in his footsteps and receive command of some of the finest troops on this planet was my most satisfying military experience. Now, some 40 years later, I find myself again following in the footsteps of that great man as the Honorary Patron of the Canadian Airborne Forces Association. While I shall do my best to emulate his example, I am very aware that I have big boots to fill. While I am fully cognizant of the limitations of my responsibility as an Honorary, I am prepared to use whatever skills or knowledge I possess to help in any appropriate practical situations. I thank all of you for bestowing this great honour. I shall endeavour to be worthy of the trust you have placed in me.
Dick Cowling, Honorary Patron, Canadian Airborne Forces Association