CORNWALL, Ontario - There will be a new commander of the famed SD and G Highlanders next month - and he already has his work cut out for him.
Maj. Steve Young will be elevated to the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel and assume command of the storied reserve regiment at a ceremony Nov. 16 at 2 p.m. at the Cornwall Armory.
Young has a military-sized responsibility looming in his new role. His chief responsibility will be filling the ranks of the unit with new reservists.
Over the years the ranks have become depleted, as more Glens have moved on to full-time soldiering instead of remaining reservists.
It's left the roster of available reservists short.
Young should know - he had to be brought in from the outside to replace outgoing Lt.-Col. Rob Duda.
"The Cornwall area provides a lot of first-rate soldiers for the regular army," said Young, who said the unit will go on a recruitment drive shortly after he takes over. "I'm looking forward to the challenge."
Young, a native of Moncton, N.B. previously commanded an armoured unit in Trois Rivieres, Que., but has spent the last 18 months acquainting himself with the tradition of the Glens.
He replaces Duda, who has been with the Glens since the early 1990s and commanded the unit for a little more than three years.
"Once a Glen, always a Glen," said Duda. "You never really leave. It's very much a family.
"I'm excited about my new role...but I'm sad to leave the regiment I've served since 1992."
Duda is slated to become a staff officer at 4 Canadian Division's headquarters.
His family is steeped in military tradition, and the Windsor native joined the cadets at age 14, before becoming a member of the militia when he turned 17.
"I'll still wear my kilt," he said with a smile.