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New Rangers commander installed

Dorothy Westerman
Northern News Services

Yellowknife (July 25/05) - The new commander of the Northern Rangers is no stranger to the North.

Maj. Christian Bergeron took over command of First Canadian Ranger Patrol Group (1 CRPG) during a change of command ceremony held last week at Canadian Forces Northern Area headquarters.

From 1999-2003 he was based in Yellowknife, in charge of the Junior Ranger program.

"For me, an office job would be punishment," Bergeron said. "I'm so glad to be back."

A native of Trois Rivieres, Que., Bergeron said he was asked last September to return to Yellowknife and take over command of the Rangers from Maj. Stu Gibson.

"I said yes right away. I love to be on the land," he said.

In 2003, Bergeron was transferred to Valcartier Quebec. For 14 months, he was training officer for the Multinational Force and Observers mission in El Gorah, Egypt.

In his new role, he said he wants to continue on with the established Rangers program.

"And get a better quality of life for the Rangers."

Gibson has been posted to Ottawa as a desk officer in the office of international operations.