It was on the 2 May, 2003 that 14 AES, Bridgewater, NS celebrated the 100th Anniversary of the Canadian Military Engineers (CME). On this occasion, 14 AES Honorary Colonel J. James Kinley (ONS) honoured us with his presence.
The celebrations started early in the morning with a personal development presentation by Capt (Ret'd) Gary Silliker who shared his experiences during his deployment to South West Asia as part of OP Apollo-Roto 1. Capt (Ret'd) Silliker gave a very good description of his experiences and lessons learned as the OC of the 14 AES Flight in charge of the infrastructure maintenance of Camp Mirage. This proved to be a very interesting presentation filled with various humorous episodes.
The 14 AES personnel were then divided into four teams to begin the competition portion of the program. There were various stands that required 'good ol' Military Engineering skills: sawing, nailing, knots and lashings, SCWO relay race, etc. Everyone enjoyed themselves while trying to "outdo" the other team. I am glad to report that there were no broken bones but a few sore muscles!
After the competition, the BBQ's were "fired up" and everyone sat down to a good meal of hamburgers and hot dogs with refreshments. A cake commemorating the CME 100th Anniversary was then cut by HCol J.James Kinley and Private Melanie Oakley, the youngest member of 14 AES. The CO announced that MWO Kevin Clayton's team was the winner of the military engineers skills competition. He provided the winning team with the well deserved "homemade trophy"!
14 AES personnel wish all their Canadian Military Engineering brethren the very best on the occasion of the 100th Anniversary of CME.