Colonel of the Regiment Change of Appointment
By Maj Sandy Cooper
Colonel (retired) Greg Hug handed the reins over to Brigadier-General (retired) Craig Hilton at a ceremony in Ottawa on March 13, 2019. These two men have served as mentors to countless generations of Strathcona soldiers and officers alike, and we continue to learn from their wisdom.
In the Canadian Army, this position is reserved for retired officers who have achieved great things both during and after their service. Colonels of the Regiment are the guardians of their unit traditions, the keepers of the secrets, and the examplars of what leadership means.
Greg was, and continues to be, all these things. Shortly after his appointment, while on holiday in the Caribbean, he suffered a terrible accident on the water, rendering him quadriplegic. Through this tragedy, and with the support of his amazing wife Maria, he persevered as our leader, providing us the guidance we needed to continue to serve Canadians.
It would have been understandable if Colonel Greg stepped down. Indeed, perhaps that was what was expected. But he didn't let a little thing like a life changing injury slow him down. No. He kept going, and shepherded the regiment through many seminal events, including the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Moreuil Wood.
If ever there was an officer who has personified our unit's motto, it is Greg. What an honour for us to share a military family heritage with him. Perseverance.