New Chief steps into Naval Strategic Readiness role

Navy News / July 12, 2019

By Ryan Melanson

Senior chiefs and officers from across the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) gathered in Halifax on June 12 to mark the change of appointment for one of the navy’s most important non-commissioned officer (NCO) positions.

The occasion saw Chief Petty Officer 1st Class (CPO1) Darcy Burd take over from CPO1 Mike Dionne as the Naval Strategic Readiness (NSR) Chief Petty Officer.

Along with supporting the Director General (DG) NSR, the NSR Chief is tasked with planning out succession management for the navy’s cadre of current and future CPO1s as one of his many responsibilities.

CPO1 Dionne said he enjoyed that aspect of the job and was pleased to meet with senior chiefs on the coast, getting face-to-face input from those impacted by decisions made at the NSR level.

“Succession management doesn’t have to be so complicated, it’s about determining what people need and then providing people with the right tools to succeed in the future, and I think we’re heading in the right direction on that.”

CPO1 Dionne will move on to serve as Formation Chief for the Canadian Defence Academy in Kinston, Ont., while CPO1 Burd, who most recently worked as the navy’s Director, Senior Appointments, will step into the NSR role.

CPO1 Burd said the posting follows a high intensity stretch in his career that saw postings to 13 units, with five deployments, over the last 13 years. He thanked his wife Vicki for her support and for the sacrifices made over the years that have allowed him to reach this point.

He also thanked a number of mentors and leaders he’s worked with during his career, and also recognized the hard work of the junior ranks and future leaders who have supported him at various units.

“I love what we do every single day, and none of it is possible without everyone who came before me and everyone who’ll come after me,” CPO1 Burd said.

The ceremony was presided over by Rear-Admiral (RAdm) Steve Waddell, who was then DG NSR, and who has now accepted a posting to Norfolk, Va., as Vice-Commander of the United States Second Fleet. His successor in the DG NSR position will be Commodore Christopher Robinson.

RAdm Waddell said he was pleased the change of appointment ceremony was held outside of Ottawa and with so many navy colleagues present, both officers and NCOs, to highlight the importance of this particular position.

“The role of the senior chief has changed. It’s increasingly complex, with different leadership challenges,” he said. “It’s meaningful for us to be here to demonstrate the importance of this role as part of the institutional leadership in our organization.”

Article courtesy of Trident Newspaper