On May 26 at 10 a.m., the Fort St. John Army Cadets will have their annual ceremonial review at the Fort St. John Curling Club. During the review, a ceremony will be held honouring Captain Gregg Nicoll, who is retiring after 18 years with the core and 10 as a volunteer.
Below is his biography, written by Captain Geoff Bough, Commanding Officer of 2276 PPCLI Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corps:
Captain Gregg Nicoll, CD has been a longstanding member of 2276 Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corps in Fort St. John.
Captain Nicoll began his affiliation with 2276 Royal Canadian Army Cadets in 1969 when he was 13 years old. He learned about the cadet program in Fort St. John from his father, who was a cadet in his youth. Captain Nicoll immediately took interest in our marksmanship program with competitive target rifle shooting.
At the age of 17, Captain Nicoll was selected to represent Canadian Army Cadets on our National Cadet Rifle Team. He went to Bisley, England, where he competed in the individual class and on a team at the imperial meeting.
He had to end his cadet career when he moved with his family to the Queen Charlottes.
Captain Nicoll eventually moved back to Fort St. John where he had a 31 year career as a firefighter with the Fort St. John Fire Department. He retired from the department as a captain and was responsible for fire prevention and investigations. He was presented with the Fire Service Medal for putting himself in harm’s way, the British Columbia Fore Service Act Medal for long service, and he received the Office of the Fire Commissioner Commendation in Recognition for the actions of himself and his team’s actions at a fire that saved the life of the occupant on April 13, 2002.
Captain Nicoll raised his family in Fort St. John and his children went on to join cadets when they were youths. In 1999, Captain Nicoll returned to 2276 Royal Canadian Army Cadets as a Civilian Volunteer. He applied to the Canadian Armed Forces shortly thereafter to become an officer with the Cadet Instructor Cadre.
On May 26, 2001, Captain Nicoll was sworn into the Canadian Armed Forces as an officer cadet.
Captain Nicoll went on to have an 18 year career with the Cadet Instructor Cadre where he held various positions at 2276 Royal Canadian Army Cadets including Commanding Officer.
During his career with 2276 Royal Canadian Army Cadets, Captain Nicoll continued with his passion in marksmanship. He certified as a Range Safety Officer and became our marksmanship coach. He went on to train cadets in the discipline of marksmanship, who have gone on to win Northern Zone competitions in Prince George year after year, as well as Provincial Competitions in British Columbia. Several of our cadets have gone on to become Air Rifle Instructors at various Cadet Summer Training Centres across Canada, and some have earned spots to compete for our national rifle team.
He was honoured with the Canadian Decoration (CD) medal, which is presented to members of the Canadian Armed Forces who have completed 12 years of honourable service.
This year, his grandchild has joined 2276 Royal Canadian Army Cadets resulting in four generations of local family members who have been cadets with our corps here in Fort St. John.
Captain Nicoll will be departing the Canadian Armed Forces with dignity in November of this year as he reaches the mandatory retirement age for members.
On Saturday, May 26, 2018, 2276 Royal Canadian Army Cadets will be participating in our 72nd Annual Ceremonial Review at the Fort St. John Curling Club where we will be honouring Captain Nicoll for his years of dedicated service with our corps.
We would like to congratulate Captain Gregg Nicoll, CD, on his retirement from the Canadian Armed Forces. During his time as a cadet, a fireman, and a Canadian Armed Forces member, he has thoughtlessly given back to his community. Captain Nicoll has been an exemplary role model who promotes citizenship to hundreds of our local youth.
Captain Nicoll does not intend to end his affiliation upon his retirement. He intends on returning to the corps as a civilian volunteer and assisting with the corps marksmanship program.
For further information on Captain Nicoll and the Royal Canadian Army Cadets, visit www.2276armycadets.ca.
- Geoff Bough