Christmas wishes from the Base Commander

Captain (Navy) Sam Sader, Base Commander, and his wife Irena Sader, and son, Armand Sader, pose for a family photo at the Wardroom. Photo by Master Corporal André Maillet, MARPAC Imaging

Captain (Navy) Sam Sader, Base Commander, and his wife Irena Sader, and son, Armand Sader, pose for a family photo at the Wardroom. Photo by Master Corporal André Maillet, MARPAC Imaging

This is a very special time of the year when all members of the Defence Team are encouraged to take some well-deserved rest while connecting with loved ones and friends. I hope you are able to enjoy the festive season to recharge from what has been a busy and highly successful year.

Since taking command of CFB Esquimalt last June, I have been consistently impressed by the leadership capacity and mission focus of personnel at all levels of our organization. I want to thank each of you for contributing to our overall mission success.

As I look back on 2019, I see so many accomplishments worthy of note. Foremost is the stellar support to deployed operations, highlighted by the sustainment provided to enable the recent deployment of HMCS Ottawa. Closer to home, the Esquimalt Harbour Remediation Project and ongoing construction of B-jetty have continued to progress as planned. These important projects will ensure we have the infrastructure to support a modernized fleet as we move into the future.

I am also very proud of our community efforts and generosity toward the National Defence Workplace Charitable Campaign. There were many enjoyable events organized at the unit level, as well as formation wide initiatives. From tug-o-wars to chilli cook-offs, everyone has had the chance to get in on the fun while giving to charities. I encourage you all to continue your generosity throughout the year as every little bit you contribute makes a big difference for those in need.

In terms of giving, I would also like to highlight the countless volunteer hours Defence team members, both civilians and military, have given to the community. Whether taking time out for local sports teams or organizations such as HeroWork and Soldier On, it fills me with pride to see members of our team connecting with Canadians and always being “Ready to Help”  beyond the borders of our base.

The holidays can be a difficult time for many, and so I urge you to look out for each other and be prepared to offer a hand to help, shoulder to cry on or ear to listen when you see someone in need. Also, take a moment to think about our teammates who are away this holiday season, and the ones here at home who are missing them. Their sacrifice is the reason we are free to celebrate the holidays with our family, friends and shipmates.

Our success depends enormously on the support of our families, so enjoy a well-deserved, restful, and safe holiday focused on your loved ones. With the many blessings that the festive season brings to all, my family and I wish you and your families a Merry Christmas and a happy, healthy New Year!

Capt(N) Sam Sader and Family

 

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