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BGen Ray R. Romses, OMM, CD
Brigadier General Raymond R. Romses, OMM, CD began his service as an army cadet in 2296 RCA RC(Army)CC in Lethbridge, Alberta in 1967. He attended camps at both Vernon and Banff as a course cadet and later staff. In 1969 he joined the 18th Field Regiment RCA (militia) and served as a private soldier. After graduating from the University of Lethbridge BGen Romses was commissioned in 1975 as a Lieutenant into the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry (PPCLI). For over 35 years he then served in a wide variety of positions whilst on numerous postings in Calgary, Halifax, Montreal, Ottawa, Petawawa, Toronto, Denmark, and the United Kingdom.
BGen Romses commanded at various levels including: the First Battalion Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry (1989-91), Canada’s Special Forces unit – Joint Task Force Two (1992-94), Canadian Forces Base Calgary (1994-96), Commander Land Force Atlantic Area (2003-05), and Commander Canadian Defence Liaison Staff (London, England) (2005-08).
BGen Romses international experience included two United Nations Cyprus tours (1978 and 1991), a posting with the 3rd Battalion British Parachute Regiment (1981-82), service whilst CO 1PPCLI with both the Allied Command Europe (ACE) Mobile Force and NATO Composite Force, completed a NATO Stabilization Force (SFOR) tour as Canadian Contingent Commander in Bosnia (1998), was Chief of Staff of the Multinational Stand-by High Readiness Brigade for United Nations operations (SHIRBRIG) (1999-2001) in Denmark, completed a United Nations tour in Ethiopia and Eritrea as the Force Chief of Staff from November 2000 to May 2001, and whilst Commander CDLS (London) he was also accredited as Canada’s Defence Attaché to the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland. In this latter capacity he was responsible for managing Canada’s defence relationship with those two countries.
BGen Romses completed his duties in London, England and then retired from the Canadian Forces effective 1 April 2009 and lives in Lethbridge, Alberta. He is currently President of the Dominion of Canada Rifle Association, President of the Army Cadet League of Canada (Alberta), a Director of 702 Wing Royal Canadian Air Force Association, Director of the Southern Alberta Commissionaires, and is Chairman of the Lethbridge Military Museum Committee. He was also President of the Lethbridge United Services Club from February 2010 to February 2012 and a Director of the Last Post Fund (Alberta) from May 2010 to August 2012.
On August 15, 2013, BGen Romses was appointed Colonel Commandant of the Royal Canadian Army Cadets.
BGen Romses has a Bachelor of Arts Degree (1975-UofL), Master of Arts (2004-RMC), and was honoured as the University of Lethbridge Distinguished Alumnus of the Year in 2005. He is married to Carol Romses (née Ririe formerly of Magrath) and they have one son, Roger.