By Sara White
Greenwood, Nova Scotia, lawyer recognizes opportunity to serve, learn
as the new honorary colonel of 14 Air Maintenance Squadron.
David Proudfoot now has two ethical codes to abide by: the legal profession requires him to provide services ethically, to all; and his March 21, 2019, investure as honorary colonel of 14 Air Maintenance Squadron at 14 Wing Greenwood, Nova Scotia, came with a requirement to read the Canadian Armed Forces code of ethics.
“I did; it’s my duty,” he said during his investiture ceremony. “It says, ‘at all times and in all places, the CAF will respect human dignity.’”
Honorary Colonel Proudfoot said the honour of this new role is a credit to many others: his father, who volunteered for Second World War service in 1943 after hearing of Holocaust atrocities; and the military members he himself now joins in the honorary role. “All of you—if you are not here, I’m not here,” he said. “And, it goes deeper than that. It’s that commitment that means we can go to work, vote, live and be free, because you guys go to work every day. This is my opportunity to give credit to the people who raised me up and showed me you rise when you lift others; and, to be an advocate for you.”
Squadron commander Lieutenant-Colonel Amy Tsai-Lamoureux welcomed Honorary Colonel Proudfoot to 14 AMS, a 25-year-old aircraft maintenance squadron that stands shoulder-to-shoulder with aircrews to answer the call and serve the country. “We believe in service,” she said. “The role of honorary colonel is to serve as a bridge between the squadron and the local community, and it’s only as meaningful as we want it to be. I challenge you all to work alongside Honorary Colonel Proudfoot and strengthen the ties between our squadron and the community.”