Anti-vaxxer vet pleads guilty

B.C. resident James Topp, a retired Army warrant officer and reservist who publicly protested federal coronavirus vaccine requirements while in uniform pled guilty November 14 to charges of conduct to the prejudice of good order and discipline at the start of his court martial. The maximum penalty is dismissal with disgrace. [node:read-more:link]

Israeli protests involve reservists

The right-leaning Israeli coalition government’s ramrodded legislation to curb Supreme Court jurisdiction took place against a backdrop of widespread protests and now the leadership is concern about the role of military reservists. More 11,000 have threatened to end their voluntary service and Defence Minister Yoav Gallant is seeking consensus to ensure the military is “separate from political discourse.” [node:read-more:link]

More U.S. reservists for NATO

The deployment of 3,000 troops from the U.S. Individual Ready Reserve to NATO’s eastern flank has been approved by President Joe Biden. But rather than Increasing the number of Europe-bound troops, the reservists would effectively fill in the shrinking pool of active-duty troop available for rotations. [node:read-more:link]

Military recruitment still flagging

Brigadier-General Krista Brodie, who heads Canadian Armed Forces recruitment and training, continues to wrestle with a 16,000-member shortfall in the Regular and Reserve forces. She also says the CAF faces a relevancy problem because general public awareness of their role has diminished. Vacancies in urgent need of filling include medical officers, naval operators, aviation specialists, communications, and technical tradespeople. [node:read-more:link]

Former CAF reservist guilty of fraud

Micheline Pollock, a former Canadian Armed Forces reservist who pled guilty to conspiracy to defraud the U.S. Army and Navy in connection with her Dubai-headquartered company’s construction projects in Africa, has been sentenced to time served and ordered to pay nearly $7.2 million in restitution. Arrested in Tbilisi, Georgia, in September 2020, she was extradited almost immediately and, after her grand jury indictment, was held pending trial. [node:read-more:link]

Valcartier compensation deadline looms

January 15 is the deadline for current and former Canadian Armed forces personnel stationed in Valcartier, Quebec, between 1995 and 2000 to apply to join a class-action lawsuit over contaminated water supplies. Claimants are eligible for up to $1,000 for each month they lived at the base where trichloroethylene, a carcinogenic degreasing agent, had leaked into groundwater over several decades [node:read-more:link]

Military “mobilization” ends in Russia

Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu said today that the "partial mobilisation" of 300,000 reservists to fight in Ukraine was complete, with 82,000 already deployed and that “no further measures are planned.” The remaining 218,000 were evidently in training and Shoigu said any further recruitment would be limited to volunteers and professional troops [node:read-more:link]

Military ombudsman renews criticism of DND

Gregory Lick, the Canadian Armed Forces ombudsman, says the Department of National Defence continues to miss the mark in its treatment of ill and injured Reserves personnel and the Canadian Rangers. Nine serious shortcomings were identified by his office during four investigations between 2015 and 2017, but Lick reported today that recommended improvements have not been fully implemented. [node:read-more:link]

Army Run 2022 postponed

The death of Queen Elizabeth II has forced postponement of this year’s Canada Army Run, scheduled for September 18. The increasingly popular event in Ottawa, which raises funds for programs for ill and injured military personnel and their families, now is set for November 6. [node:read-more:link]

“Desecration” or respect?

After videos surfaced during the weekend of Canadian and U.S. flags being draped over the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, and someone bowing his head, Defence Minister Anita Anand has labelled the action “desecration.” It has resulted in renewed calls for tighter security at the National War Memorial but neither Anand nor Veterans Affairs Minister addressed that issue. [node:read-more:link]

Naval reservist facing summary trial

Royal Canadian Navy reservist and independent Toronto MP Kevin Vuong, elected as a Liberal in the 2019 general election, faces a military summary trial today on a charge of failing to disclose that he had been charged with sexual assault in 2019. The trial on a charge of “conduct to the prejudice of good order and discipline” is being conducted by Captain Etienne Landry, the reserve’s deputy commander. [node:read-more:link]

Jailed former Reservist sued

The National Capital Commission is suing a former Army reservist, Corey Hurren, for $350,000 to cover the cost of repairing the gate to Government House he damaged three years ago. The NCC also is seeking $100,000 in punitive and exemplary damages from Hurren, who is serving a six-year sentence less time served. [node:read-more:link]

Reservist protestor faces court martial

A Canadian Army reservist has been notified that he once again faces a court martial for criticizing federal coronavirus measures while in uniform and later leading a protest march to Ottawa. His lawyer says WO James Topp, charged in February with two counts of conduct to the prejudice of good order and discipline, originally faced a military trial but that offer was rescinded and his case was referred to unit commanders only to have that reversed. [node:read-more:link]

Former reservist gets prison time

Patrik Mathews, a former Canadian Army reservist from Manitoba, was sentenced today in a Maryland court to nine years in prison, to be followed by three years of supervised release, for U.S. authorities said was his participation in a neo-Nazi plot to instigate a race war. Under investigation by the RCMP, Mathews crossed into the U.S. and was missing for several months before his arrest in January 2020. [node:read-more:link]

Former CAF Reservist in U.S. plot

Patrick Jordan Mathews, a former Canadian military reservist, faces a sentencing hearing in a Maryland court Oct. 28 for his involvement in a plot to murder a Virginia politician and break a murderer out of prison. The former Manitoba resident and U.S. Army veteran Brian Mark Lemley have pleaded guilty and another co-defendent was sentenced to five years in December for helping Mathews to enter the U.S. illegally. [node:read-more:link]


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