Canadian Forces Base Borden has a new head honcho.
Colonel Dan Rivière assumed command of the base during a small ceremony at Borden. He takes over from Brigadier-General Andrew Atherton, who first took control of the base in 2018. ” This is a base steeped in history and it is woven into the fabric of Simcoe County,” said Col. Rivière. “I look forward to working with you over the next few years as we continue to move Borden forward into its second century of service to Canadians.”
Col. Rivière has served on a number of overseas tours including deployments in Haiti, Bosnia-Herzegovina, and Afghanistan. Outgoing commander Atherton has been appointed as the Director-General of Professional Military Conduct in Ottawa.
CFB Borden houses the four of the Military Personnel Generation Training Group’s eight training facilities. The base is the largest training establishment in the Canadian Armed Forces. This continues a long-standing tradition there, first known as Camp Borden, which was established in 1916 and served as a major training centre for those who would go on to serve during the First World War.
Most recently the base served as a staging area for military members deployed to assist Ontario long-term care homes to weather the COVID-19 pandemic.