Colonel (Col) Bruce Ewing joined the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) in 1978 and served for two years as a soldier with The Princess of Wales Own Regiment in Kingston before joining the Regular Force as a student at the Royal Military College of Canada (RMCC) in 1980. Upon graduation in 1984 with a BA in Military and Strategic Studies, he became a member of The Royal Canadian Regiment (The RCR). He subsequently completed five tours of duty in infantry battalions: two with 3rd Battalion, The RCR in Winnipeg, Manitoba and Germany; two with 1st Battalion, The RCR in Petawawa, Ontario; and one with the Canadian Airborne Regiment, also in Petawawa.
Col Ewing was very fortunate to have been the Commanding Officer (CO) of several CAF units during his career. Assuming command of The Canadian Parachute Centre at CFB Trenton in May 2004, he saw the unit through its transformation into the Canadian Forces Land Advanced Warfare Centre (CFLAWC). Less than two years after giving up his first unit command, in 2008 he was appointed as the CO of the Canadian Forces Joint Headquarters (CFJHQ), the CF’s high readiness deployable HQ for contingency operations, and subsequently saw the unit through its disbandment and re-establishment as the 1st Canadian Division HQ. While commanding the CFJHQ, he also deployed to Haiti as the CO of the CAF’s Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) during the devastating earthquake that hit that nation in January 2010. Col Ewing was awarded the Chief of Land Staff Commendation for leadership while the Commanding Officer of CFLAWC as well as the Chief of the Defence Staff Commendation for leadership while Commanding Officer of the DART in Haiti.
International operational deployments include: a six month tour in Cyprus in 1986 with 3rd Battalion, The RCR; a year in Croatia in 1994⁄95 with the UN Protection Force HQ; a seven month tour in Afghanistan in 2003⁄04 with 2nd Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group (2 CMBG); a two month tour in Haiti in 2010; and finally, another year in Afghanistan in 2010⁄2011 with the NATO Training Mission helping to train the Afghan Police Force. Separate foreign postings include a year with 3rdBattalion, The RCR in Baden-Soellingen, Germany, and a three year posting as an Exchange Officer with the U.S. Army in Atlanta, Georgia where he was awarded the U.S. Army Meritorious Service Medal.
Other employment opportunities included: a posting to National Defence HQ as the Career Manager for Infantry Non-Commissioned Members; a year as a student at the Canadian Forces Command and Staff College; a posting as the Team Leader of the 2 CMBG Change Management Team; two years at the Land Forces Central Area HQ as the Operations Officer for Army forces in Ontario; and finally, almost a year as SSO Professional Development at the Canadian Defence Academy in Kingston during which time he also completed his Masters’ Degree in War Studies from RMCC. Colonel Ewing assumed the Regimental appointment of Chairman of the Regimental Executive Committee in September 2014.