Military Transfer of Command ceremonies are historically significant and steeped in tradition. On Friday, Nov. 24, 2023, Canadian Forces Base (CFB) Kingston hosted an official Transfer of Command ceremony, welcoming in new leadership at the local base.
Lieutenant-Colonel Iain Clark assumed command of CFB Kingston from Brigadier-General Sonny Hatton during the ceremony here in Kingston, which was presided by Brigadier-General Josh Major, Commander of the 4th Canadian Division. Brigadier-General Sonny Hatton has been the Canadian Forces Base Kingston Commander since June 29, 2022. Brigadier-General Hatton was recently promoted in recognition of his 29 years of service to the Canadian Armed Forces and is posted out-of-sequence to United States Central Command in Tampa, Florida. There, he will be employed as the Vice J3 Operations.
“As a member of the Canadian Armed Forces who has spent almost a third of my career at CFB Kingston, I feel privileged to have been given the opportunity to command this unique Base. Working with incredible soldiers, sailors and aviators, the various lodger units, and the local community has been the highlight of my career to date. I have full confidence that Lieutenant-Colonel Iain Clark will excel in his new role, supporting the various CAF units at CFB Kingston and continuing to grow our relationships with the local community,” stated Brigadier-General Sonny Hatton, MSM, CD, outgoing Commander, CFB Kingston.
As commander of Canadian Forces Base Kingston, Lieutenant-Colonel Clark is responsible for ensuring the well-being of all Defense Team members working there, as well as supporting units on Base and their operations.
According to a release from the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF), Lieutenant-Colonel Iain Clark was appointed Deputy Base Commander at CFB Kingston on July 14th, 2023, and is well-suited to assume command of CFB Kingston until the Canadian Army can appoint a new Base Commander. The Transfer of Command ceremony took place at the Warrants’ and Sergeants’ Mess. A reception followed, to say goodbye to General Hatton, thank him for his contributions to the base and local community, and to welcome Lieutenant-Colonel Iain Clark as the interim Base Commander.
CFB Kingston is home to over 45 lodger units and employs approximately 8,000 military members, public servants, and contractors throughout the year. According to the release, CFB Kingston houses diverse lodger units such as the Canadian Defence Academy, the Royal Military College of Canada, 1st Canadian Division Headquarters, numerous other headquarters, Regular and Reserve units, and training institutions.