FROM THE BRANCH ADVISOR
1. Since the last edition of CHIMO – The CME Personnel Newsletter, the Branch has continued to distinguish itself in support of operations, to demonstrate its capability and pride in supporting the chain of command and to bask in the recognition that comes from doing a great job in difficult circumstances.
2. From my viewpoint as the J3 Engineer, I can only take pride in the work that has been completed in places such as Cambodia, East Timor and Kosovo. The other operational theatres such as Bosnia, Lebanon etc continue to get first-class engineer support on a priority basis. Domestic training and support continues apace. The CME Branch continues to distinguish itself in the face of international competition and in concert with our allied partners. Rare is the commander at any level who is not thoroughly enthusiastic about the quality of engineer support he or she can be reliant upon. As the CME Branch Advisor, I take considerable satisfaction at the early progress being made on a wide range of Branch- related matters from the work being done to develop a single engineer association to the development of matters in support of our impending engineer centenary. In this edition of CHIMO, you will read of many areas where this progress is being made; where Branch members continue to excel; where the Branch is making a difference.
3. It is not to say that we are without challenges. I continue to believe that better plans and structures for the military engineers to develop as a more focussed and single- minded body would lead to more effective support to operations. Recruitment and production of military engineers at the base rank continues to be a challenge and we are working solutions with the chain of command as quickly as possible. The need to provide even more operational support to a continuing need to send CF members overseas will continue to place a burden on members of the Branch and their families. In spite of these challenges, the members of the Canadian Military Engineer family provide a level of support second to none. We have first-class Regular, Reserve and Civilian component engineers; we can only be proud of your individual and collective efforts. I seek you to reflect on our history of success, our heritage of excellence and our promise of a bright future. The CF needs the full and indivisible spectrum of its military engineers; we need your individual contributions to continue to make it all work. We take pride in your excellent work.
4. As we proceed into the summer period, there are several particular messages I would like to leave with you. Please read the following paragraphs which detail many of those in the Branch who have recently distinguished themselves. For those who have been promoted, I congratulate you on behalf of each of us in the CME – as examples of the CME Family as a whole, you have made us all proud - BZ. For those who are posted to new duties, I can only wish you a safe move as well as the satisfaction that comes with assuming a new challenge. For those taking their leave from active duty, we all wish you a richly deserved retirement from the CF; we thank you for that which you have contributed to the CME and we seek you to stay involved in CME Family matters – yes, we need you - no matter what your status is, you will always be a part of the CME Family. Finally, and in the hopeful expectation of a relatively quiet summer, I encourage you to take the fullness of the well- earned break your commanders will encourage you to take. Take it with your families knowing that you have done well and that we appreciate your work in a way that these words cannot hope to convey.
5. The Canadian Military Engineer Family offers congratulations to the following members who have passed significant milestones in their lives since the last newsletter:
- Retirements from the Regular Force:
- Lieutenant-Colonel DW DesLauriers – 32 Brigade Group Headquarters;
- Lieutenant-Colonel EE Fafard - Chief of Staff J3 National Defence Headquarters;
- Lieutenant-Colonel SA Tracey - Canadian Forces Fire Marshall National Defence Headquarters;
- Major DA Brown – Canadian Forces Base Suffield;
- Major AR Carruthers - Defence Research Establishment Suffield;
- Major D Duplisea – Land Force Atlantic Headquarters;
- Captain MTF Tremblay - Director Construction and Property Service Delivery National Defence Headquarters;
- Chief Warrant Officer P Campbell - Director Military Human Resource Requirements National Defence Headquarters;
- Master Warrant Officer F Crane – National Defence Headquarters; and
- Warrant Officer SD Bassett - 2 Combat Engineer Regiment.
- Promotions: see Annex A for a complete listing;
- Captain J Clarke, Officer Commanding 48 Squadron of 4 Engineer Support Regiment, upon award of a Combat Training Centre Commander's Commendation for his work on OPERATION PARASOL in support of the Kosovar refugees at Canadian Forces Base Gagetown. As Officer Commanding the Administrative Squadron in a Regiment seriously depleted by an ongoing deployment to Operation PALLADIUM, Captain Clarke was appointed as Camp Facilities director, and was responsible for the establishment and maintenance of the Camp infrastructure and all associated services (cleaning support, food services, and construction engineering). He was also responsible for the coordination of all works requirements from a wide variety of civilian agencies deployed on the operation, ranging from CIC, Red Cross and Salvation Army, to the Multicultural Association of Fredericton and the Fredericton Islamic Association;
- Warrant Officer CC Grant upon award of the Colonel AC Milroy Memorial Trophy, awarded by the Northern Alberta Branch of the Military Engineer Association of Canada for his efforts while employed in Kosovo. The Milroy Trophy is awarded to an individual through works or deed has brought distinction on himself and the Military Engineers;
- 4 Troop, 1 Combat Engineer Regiment upon award of the Isfeld Memorial Trophy for "their efforts while deployed in Kosovo in contributing to the quality of life of the local population. These efforts included starting the First Kosovo Scout Troop, improvements to the school in Donja Koretica and providing them with a playground. These activities were undertaken outside of normal working hours and were beneficial to the relationship that existed between KFOR and the local population"; and
- 44 Field Engineer Squadron upon award of the Major-General John Peter Mackenzie Trophy. This award is sponsored by the Military Engineers' Association of Canada (MEAC) and recognizes the best engineer unit in Land Forces Western Area. Selection of the winner is based upon results/assessments from completion of the training / evaluation cycle during MTSCs.
- Key Appointments (effective Annual Posting Season 2000):
- Colonel KC McLeod as Commander Canadian Forces Northern Area;
- Lieutenant-Colonel AC Lovett as Canadian Forces Fire Marshall;
- Major CA Fortier as Wing Construction Engineering Officer, 19 Wing Comox;
- Major JT Murray as Commandant, Canadian Forces Fire Academy;
- Chief Warrant Officer JM Côté as School Chief Warrant Officer, Canadian Forces School of Military Engineering;
- Chief Warrant Officer GR Lacroix as Regimental Sergeant-Major Multi-National Divison (South West); and
- Master Warrant Officer T McKimmie as Squadron Sergeant Major, 44 Field Engineer Squadron.
- Major D Gould on his selection to attend Canadian Forces Command and Staff College in Toronto;
- Captain RW Lyonnais upon his acceptance of a commission under the Special Requirement Commissioning Plan; and
- Captain R Chretien upon his acceptance of a commission under the Special Requirement Commissioning Plan.
6. It is with regret that the death of Captain (retired) John (Jack) Lestock Reid is announced. Jack Reid was born and raised in Edmonton, Alberta; he left part way through university to work as a surveyor with the Highways Branch of Alberta Public Works in the early 1930s. Jack remained with the Highways Branch until 1937 when, following formal survey training at Montana State College, he joined the Aviation Division of the Alberta Department of Transport as a land surveyor. In 1941 Jack married Sally Ross, and that same year he joined the Royal Canadian Engineers and received his commission as a 1st Lieutenant.
7. Following officer training, Jack was posted to the Headquarters Staff of MD13 in Calgary where he was involved in the designs and layouts of the new army camps at Wainwright, Wetaskiwin and Lethbridge, Alberta. In 1943 he was put in charge of constructing the Prisoner of War camp at Medicine Hat, including all building layouts, water, sewer and gas. Jack was promoted to captain in late 1943, and in February 1944 he was deployed to the European Theatre where he served as an RCE officer in the 2nd Canadian Corps, involved primarily in the construction of roads and bridges. Jack was wounded during a major Rhine Crossing operation in March 1945 and he spent many months in convalescence prior to returning to Canada where he retired from the army on 9 September 1945.
8. Following his retirement, Jack worked on power line construction in Saskatchewan until 1947 when he began a long career as an engineer with the Alberta Power Commission. In May 1951, following “eight years of engineering experience, the demonstrated ability to practice professional engineering, and the satisfactory completion of an engineering report”, Jack was approved for membership in the Alberta Association of Professional Engineers, Geologists and Geophysicists (APEGGA). In June of that same year he joined the Engineering Institute of Canada (EIC). He later was awarded Life Memberships in both organisations. In the early 1950s, Jack also joined a number of service clubs, including Legion Branch #150, Canukeena Club Outpost #3, the Sappers Club and the Military Engineers Association of Canada, where he served as Northern Alberta Branch President from 1977 to 1979. Jack remained active in all of these service clubs until his passing. In addition to the service clubs Jack was a longtime member of the Elks.
9. It is with regret that the passing of two members of the 5th Field Company Royal Canadian Engineers Veterans is announced. Sapper Harry Tudhope passed away suddenly at home on February 27, 2000. He was in his 81st year. Sapper Percy Spears passed away on May 3, 1000 due to heart problems at the age of 831/2.
10. It is with regret that the death of Captain George Robert Cowan, former fire fighter in the Canadian Military Engineers, is announced. He passed away 1 July 2000 at the age of 65.
11. The Directorate of Military Engineering will be moving from under the umbrella of the Chief of Staff DCDS to that of the Chief of Staff J3 in National Defence Headquarters effective 17 July 2000. At that time, the designation 'Director of Military Engineering' will be replaced by 'J3 Engineer'. Attached at Annex B is an organisational chart reflecting the changes.
CME 2003 - Centennial Activities in Review
(See PDF Version for tables and images)
12. Awareness Raising Phase (today - April 2001). We are presently in a period of building our constituency base during which lines of communication are being laid between military engineer units of the Canadian Forces, the numerous CME associations, the Cadets, and associates. It is the CME 2003 intent that wherever possible disparate elements of the Family come together to jointly venture activities. To this end, the stimulation and facilitation capabilities of the National Organising Committee are being actively engaged. The period marks the commencement of three years of assisting the Trans Canada Trail to build bridges. It also signals the beginning of a National Fundraising Campaign.
13. Activities Development Phase (April 2001 – April 2002). Commencing with the first of a series of launches of CME 2003 memorabilia products on 29 April 2001, the countdown to the Centennial will begin in earnest. Bridge building is expected to be in full swing and fundraising goals should be nearly achieved. The planning for a broad array of nation-wide activities is expected to be well advanced.
14. Celebration Phase (April 2002 – April 2004). 29 April 2002 will be marched in with the release of a music and oral traditions CD, and a second launch of CME 2003 memorabilia. During the year three units will celebrate centennials and another its 60th anniversary. Towards Christmas Centennial wines will be readied for distribution and a commemorative book will be published. As well, 2002-2003 will bring additional bridging opportunities, including perhaps one special undertaking. 29 April 2003 will see concurrent celebrations across the country. In Ottawa, Her Majesty the Queen will be invited to review her troops on Parliament Hill. The autumn will see an international educational symposium.
15. Finale (29 April 2004). 29 April 2004 will signal the completion of Centennial celebrations. It is possible that a video and/or publications will be released at that time to chronicle activities and events that had their beginning today in 2000.
16. Webmaster JP Campbell and IT Manager Steve Hamilton report that our Internet and DND Intranet sites are now in their seventh month of operation. The sites host most data prepared by the CME 2003 History and Heritage Research and Writing Team - led by Vic Johnson, and as such are knowledge catalysts for other communication initiatives. In English and French, the sites attempt to keep visitors abreast of current plans and unfolding events. The "What’s New" section provides a forum for visitors to bulletin their own Centennial activities. www.cme-2003-gmc.ca
Activities Under Development
17. Royal Visit. Her Majesty, the Canadian Military Engineer Branch Colonel-in-Chief, will be invited to attend ceremonies on Parliament Hill on 29 April 2003. Should she accept and time is available, it is hoped that she would be able to schedule appearances at other Centennial venues elsewhere in Canada.
18. CME 2003 “Bridges for Canada”. “Bridges” is a more focussed outgrowth of an earlier activity that had envisioned a variety of projects in support of the Trans Canada Trail. Seven bridges have been built to date, the most recent being at Bracebridge Ontario by 2 Field Engineer Regiment, Cole Harbour Nova Scotia by Naval Construction Troop Halifax, and trestle upgrades in Nova Scotia by 14 Airfield Engineer Squadron. The current vision is to assist communities along the Trail to construct bridges between now and the end of 2003 such that closure can be achieved that year. The desire is to contribute in each Region, Province and/or Territory. In so doing, the CME Family will continue its highly regarded legacy of nation building. Interested individuals are encouraged to contact local CME association leaders and/or the National and Regional teams of facilitators (Bridges National: Lieutenant-Colonel Boyd Foster, Major Gary MacDonald, Lisa Headly, and Lieutenant-Colonel Dave Eagles; Bridges West: Captain John Rose and Lieutenant-Colonel Doug Wright; Bridges North: Lieutenant-Colonel Christine Whitecross; Bridges Central: Lieutenant-Colonel Dan Godbout; and Bridges Atlantic: Lieutenant-Colonel Bruce Parks.).
19. War Museum Exhibit and Display. Recently the War Museum announced plans to relocate to a new facility in 2004. Because of the need to prepare for the move, it is possible that an interior exhibit will not be feasible. Meanwhile the Museum has confirmed the availability of General Motors Court for an exterior dynamic display. Major Al Brooks advises that the Military Engineer Museum Advisory Committee (MEMAC) will play a lead role as part of its CME 2003 Outreach Program.
20. Speakers’ Forum. The CME message is best conveyed by word of mouth. As an important aspect of communication strategy and fundraising a national roster of speakers is being developed and multi-media presentation aides are being prepared. Major Jean- Francois Legault and the National Organising Committee are keen on receiving suggestions for possible candidates, topics, and venues.
21. Commemorative Book. The results from Ken Holmes' December survey reveal a preference for a coffee table book that is well illustrated and of moderate cost. Work will begin this year provided that bridge-financing arrangements can be found. Ken and the History and Heritage Research and Writing Team welcome content ideas.
22. Postage Stamp(s). The Minister of National Defence has submitted a request-for-consideration to Canada Post. Additional lobby efforts are being fostered. Committee Chair Chief Warrant Officer Pierre Lepage encourages every Military Engineer to write Canada Post at:
Chairman of the Stamp Advisory Committee
Canada Post Corporation
2701 Riverside Drive, Suite N0421
Ottawa ON K1A 0B1
23. Centennial Coin. Chief Warrant Officer Pierre Lepage and the National Organising Committee are pursuing the minting of a coin by the Canadian Mint that will bear reference to CME 2003.
24. Commemorative CD. Planning has commenced to have Captain Gary Silliker produce music and oral traditions CD/cassette recordings to be launched on 29 April 2002.
25. Engineer Readiness Challenge. Originally conceived as a stand-alone event or series of events, Keith Worrall advises that the Challenge has been re-scoped for consideration as one or more of the annual military unit competitions sponsored by the Engineer Association.
26. Commemorative Video(s). One or two bilingual videos are being considered for media release prior to 2003. The first is envisioned as a presentation of Canadian Military Engineering as a profession of the modern era. The second would honour the CME heritage. A third option might be an audio-visual chronology of the CME 2003 Centennial.
27. CD ROMs. Under consideration is the preparation of educational CD ROMs using content gleaned from the writing of the commemorative book, contributions to the CME 2003 web sites, and the production of videos.
28. International Military Engineering Symposium. Stan Britton and the Ontario Region of the Engineer Association propose to host a major professional development symposium in autumn 2003. This event is a follow-on to the Defence Infrastructure Symposium being held in April 2001.
29. CME Peacekeepers' Book of Remembrance. This book proposes to honour Canadian Military Engineers who have fallen in the service of Canada during peacekeeping operations. It is planned that it rest in St Paul's Cathedral in London alongside that recently placed for the Korean Conflict.
30. Important Unit Anniversaries. Preplanning has commenced to celebrate a number of CME unit anniversaries:
- a. 2 Field Engineer Regiment (Toronto) - centennial in 2002;
- b. 3 Régiment Génie de Campaign (Montreal) - centennial in 2002;
- c. 3 Field Engineer Squadron (Ottawa) - centennial in 2002;
- d. Defence Geomatics - centennial in 2003; and
- e. 1 Construction Engineering Unit (Moncton) - 60th anniversary in 2002.
31. Under the able leadership of Brigadier-General Chris Ford, Senator William Kelly (Honourary Lieutenant-Colonel of 2 Field Engineer Regiment), Sylvie Lemieux (Campaign Administrator) and Stew Weatherbee (Comptroller), our $1 million CME 2003 National Fundraising Campaign will be launched later this summer. Look to the 2003 web site for details. The Campaign will selectively target large national and regional corporate/foundation donors and is scheduled early in the Centennial countdown. This timing will permit the financing of "Bridges for Canada" projects, the development and implementation of the CME 2003 Core Activities, and later, assistance for local activities sponsored by others but which have a significant national interest. It will leave to local CME 2003 organisations the field of community fundraising.
CME Centennial Wines
32. The CME 2003 National Organising Committee is pleased to announce that orders are now being taken for Centennial wines for delivery for Christmas 2002. 31 Combat Engineer Regiment (The Elgins) Unit Fund is the official purveyor of Centennial wines. By special arrangement with Quai du Vin Wineries of St. Thomas, Ontario, reds and whites will be sold to military engineer units and CME associations on a cost plus delivery basis. The cost includes all applicable taxes.
33. The Elgins are able to guarantee a price of $108.00 per case of 12 bottles ($9.00 bottle) for orders received prior to December 2000. Orders thereafter will be priced at current market values. Upon request cases may be configured to include both reds and whites. The wines are:
- Dechaunac (Red - 0)
- Vidal (White - 1)
34. Wine may be ordered through Captain Carrie Riddell at:
40 Wilson Avenue
St. Thomas ON N5Y 4T7
Telephone: (519) 631-3316 ext. 2211
Facsimile: (519) 631-5758
14 Airfield Engineer Squadron
35. From 28 April to 5 May 2000, 32 members from 14 Airfield Engineer Squadron and 14 Wing Greenwood participated in Readiness Challenge VII at Tyndall Air Force Base Florida. Readiness Challenge is a biennial Air Force international competition that tests and hones leadership, teamwork and wartime skills under field conditions. There were 21 competition events developed from a list of 42 potential events. Participation included a team from every Major Command of the United States Air Force and one team from the Air National Guard, as well one from the United Kingdom. Japan and Norway sent partial teams; Greece, the Republic of Korea, Australia, France and Israel sent observers. The Canadian Team performed admirably and were cheered on by the CME Colonel Commandant, Brigadier-General AC Brown; CME Branch Chief Warrant Officer, Chief Warrant Officer P Lepage; A4 Airfield Engineer, Colonel D Gosselin; Senior Serving Engineer, Major-General K Penney; Commander 1 Canadian Air Division, Major-General
Campbell; and Commandant of the Canadian Forces School of Military Engineering, Lieutenant-Colonel J Tattersall.
Canadian Forces Base Esquimalt
36. All you have to do is take about 100 military and civilian engineers from all over western Canada, add some ice, give them all a stick and voila the Pacific Beaver Cup. The events commenced Monday night, 27 March 2000, with a meet and greet hosted at the Pacific Fleet Club. Following an evening of fellowship and reminiscing it was off to Cedar Hills golf course for 18 holes of golf as a warm up prior to the hockey tournament.
37. As seen below, Ross Nicholls, President of Defense Construction Canada (DCC), was on hand presiding over the official face off, and play began. Fans were in for a real treat: six teams… with players from as far away as Ontario, three days of hockey with each team playing four games, followed by playoffs. In keeping with the spirit of participation and good sportsmanship, two points were awarded for the winner of each period, two points for the winner of the game, and two points for the least penalized team, for a total of eight possible points per game. All teams made the playoffs, total points determining position in a single round elimination.
38. After two days of tournament play the stage was set for the playoffs, paring the CFB Esquimalt Firefighter “Lounge Lizards” against the Defense Construction Canada “Beaver Bashers” for the Beaver Cup. The runner-up game featured the CFB Comox Firefighter “Smoke Eaters” and the CFB Edmonton Base Construction Engineering (BCE) “Spoilers”. The consolation game featured the CFB Esquimalt BCE “F Troop” and the CFB Esquimalt BCE “Cripplers”. In the end the DCC “Beaver Bashers” proved to be the boss beavers and won the Beaver Cup by outscoring the “Lounge Lizards” 4 to 1. The “Spoilers” and “Smoke Eaters” battled to a final of 3 to 1 with the “Spoilers” claiming the bragging rites. In the consolation game it was “F Troop” over the “Cripplers” with a final score of 5 to 1. The Colonel Commandant of the Canadian Military Engineer Branch, Brigadier-General AC Brown, was on hand to pass the coveted Beaver Cup to the DCC “Beaver Bashers”.
39. The week was an incredible success culminating with a banquet hosted at Albert Head Cadet Camp. The Victoria weatherman was on his best behavior providing mostly sunny skies allowing the players and fans to enjoy the all day outdoor BBQ hosted by the BCEO. Practical jokes were prevalent as usual when the “F Troop” returned to their dressing room after a game to find all their equipment had been removed and found another team dressing. The Base Construction Engineering staff did a flawless job of hosting the tournament this year due to the tremendous efforts of all volunteers doing a variety of behind the scenes jobs ensuring overall success of the 2000 Beaver Cup. Chimo…….see you next year in CFB Comox!
Canadian Forces Fire Academy (CFFA)
40. The 00/01 fiscal year at CFFA has a brought a dramatic increase in training. CFFA’s cumulative student training day production this year is a 63 percent increase over last year. This is the busiest year at CFFA since 1992. It is a welcome change as the staff are just coming off a two-year period of rewriting almost every course offered and are now finally getting a chance to teach the new courses.
41. The spring has seen the start of this year’s Aircraft Rescue Fire Fighting (ARFF) recertification program. In accordance with NATO Standardization Agreement 7052, all crash fire rescue personnel must participate in live aircraft crash fire training. This includes at least one exercise per fire fighter annually during the hours of darkness. Twenty-three serials are scheduled over the year with six already completed. Over 180 fire fighters will be re-certified this year.
42. To accomplish this training CFFA is equipped with three environmentally safe ARFF mockups consisting of a transport aircraft, a fighter and a helicopter. CFFA is one of only a few ARFF training areas in the world that use liquid petroleum, providing the best training available.
43. CFFA recently saw the graduation of MOC 651 Fire Fighter Qualification Level 3 Course 0001. All 21 students were successful and are now members of Fire Departments across the country. The recipient of the Top Student Award was Corporal Heyens, now a member of the 8 Wing Trenton Fire Department. The recipient of the CFFA Chief Warrant Officer Shield, awarded for outstanding display of firefightership, teamwork, leadership and dress and deportment, was Corporal Buckingdale, now a member of the 12 Wing Shearwater Fire Department.
44. CFFA was recently approached by the Toronto Fire Services to provide Hazardous Materials Technician training for members of their Special Operations Division. They were attracted to CFFA by the excellent reputation CFFA holds among all Fire Services across Canada. Being the most accredited fire fighting training institute in Canada, as recognized by the International Fire Services Accreditation Congress, certainly adds to this well- earned reputation. A small number of Toronto Fire Services instructors will be trained in August with the bulk of training starting next fiscal year.
2 Combat Engineer Regiment
Excerpt as originally written by Lisa Buckingham
45. Their cap badges may be different, but a small group of soldiers pouring concrete footings, roughing out walls and securing plumbing fixtures and electrical wiring are working cooperatively towards the same goal. Their cooperation will serve to improve the quality of life for the Royal Canadian Dragoons (RCD) for years to come. The 2 Combat Engineer Regiment's Area Construction Troop (ACT), the RCDs and Base Construction Engineers (BCE) are working together to complete a new Men's Assembly Area for the RCD, "a win-win situation that benefits all parties involved", said BCE Close Support Team Leader Bob De Wolfe. De Wolfe explained the RCD was in desperate need of an assembly building, but didn't have the money to both buy supplies and hire a contractor. <Base> Construction Engineers didn't have the <resources> to do the job.
46. So, in the true spirit of teamwork, ACT was contracted to provide the labour (critical training for Combat Engineer personnel), the RCD provided the materials and labourers, and BCE is overseeing the entire project. "It's the first major project of its kind in years, an all-trades undertaking", said De Wolfe, "although ACT has done other ventures on base, including the construction of Jubilee Lodge, Juliet and Delta Towers, and exterior renovations on General Panet High School".
47. Formerly a part of BCE, ACT was absorbed by the engineer regiment, as part of the 25 Support Squadron and made into a troop of its own in 1996. Consisting of about 30 personnel at Canadian Forces Base Petawawa, ACT is composed of Construction Technicians, Electrical Generating Systems Technicians, WFE (Water, Fuels and Environmental) Technicians, Plumbers, Carpenters, Superintendents and Electricians. For a project of this scope, each member has the opportunity for on the job training. The 40 metre by 10 metre building will include washrooms, a kit shop, a bar area, wheelchair access, and both heating and cooling systems. A washroom in a neighbouring building is also being brought up to standards. "This is what we do overseas," said Project Supervisor, 2CER's Sergeant Conrad Passant. "We're still responsible for our duties as soldiers, but when we set up camp, this is what we do."
48. Between every day taskings, deployments and base projects, Passant added ACT is a "well used commodity. This offers us a chance to hone our skills and RCD the opportunity to have a main gathering area - there has been no lack of cooperation." And he anticipates there will be more cooperative efforts in the future. "I can see us bidding on every potential job we could have a shot at", he added. "It saves money and improves training." The construction project is expected to be completed, before the RCD Recce Squadron returns home this summer from six months in Kosovo.
Peace Support Training Centre
49. The Mine Awareness Training Area of the Peace Support Training Centre in Kingston Ontario was dedicated 26 May 2000 to Sergeant Ivan Stark. Sergeant Ivan Leithbridge Stark was born 9 April 1928 in Ocean Falls British Columbia. Sergeant Stark joined the Canadian Armed Forces on 5 February 1945 in London Ontario. He served in Canada, and had volunteered for the Pacific Theatre, but the war ended before he could be sent. He was honorably discharged 19 October 1945 in London Ontario at the rank of Private. He received the Canadian Volunteer Medal and the 1939-45 Medal. Ivan Stark had left school at the age of 15 with only his grade 8 education and in trying to find employment after the war completed a vocational course in draughting. During this time, he met his wife, Marie Yvette; they were married 14 August 1946 in a small catholic wedding.
50. Ivan Stark decided to return to military life 21 January 1952 as a member of the Royal Canadian Engineers. His position was that of Bricklayer in 57 Field Squadron RCE. On 29 January 1952, Ivan Stark was transferred to the 23 Field Squadron RCE. He worked his way up through the rank of corporal and upon completion of his Small Arms Course 15 February 1957, was promoted to the rank of sergeant. Sergeant Stark embarked for Egypt 20 September 1957 and was killed seven days later when the jeep he was in struck an anti-tank mine. He was in the passenger seat listening to Sergeant Talyor (the person he was taking over for) explain about mine field locations. The jeep hit the mine along the edge of the road, which was known to be cleared. It was believed that a Bedouin may have placed the mine there for United Nations troops to pick up. Sergeant Stark was killed instantly. Although Sergeant Talyor was thrown from the jeep with few physical injuries; the blast knocked him unconscious. A Bedouin stayed with Taylor until help arrived. Sergeant Stark became the first Canadian killed by a mine after World War II. Sergeant Stark's body rests in Plot 16, Row B, Grave 5, Moarscar Military Cemetery, Ismalia, Egypt.
51. Among many others, the dedication ceremony was attended by the Stark family: Mrs Yvette Stark (seen in the photo below), Robert Stark, Ronald Stark, Larry Stark, Jean Lund and Linda Stark; Master Warrant Officer (R) Bob Taylor (the driver of the jeep in which Sergeant Stark was killed); Major-Generals Arp and Jefferies; Mayor Bennet of Kingston; and Colonels Simpson and Appleton. On behalf of the CME Branch, Colonel Simpson presented Mrs. Stark with a suitably marked, framed portrait of the cairn erected in memory of her husband. After the dedication ceremony, the attendees received a brief about the operation of the Mine Awareness Training Area (MATA), and were conducted through the various training stands that make up the MATA.
44 Field Engineer Squadron
excerpt from the Trail Daily Times
52. Saturday's naming and dedication ceremony at the Trail armoury was all about celebrating history, heroes and heritage, said visiting dignitary Colonel Jim Simpson. Colonel Simpson flew in from Ottawa for the prestigious occasion and told members of the 44th Field Engineer Squadron that everyone can be proud of the Canadian Armed Forces and Kootenay soldiers like Lieutenant-Colonel AHG Kemball, a local hero that the armoury has been named after. "We continue to have Canadians following the tradition that Lieutenant-Colonel Kemball and many others set," he said. "It is an honour to be with people like yourselves and the leadership you have in this unit."
53. The official naming of the Trail armoury had been in the planning for over a year, said local Captain Jim Smee, and was part of the 44th Field Engineers' 50th anniversary celebrations. "This is a special day for the unit. By giving the building a name and commemorating the name with First World War history and a person of honour from this area, we are preserving our history."
54. Also attending the ceremony was Colonel Kemball's surviving grandson, Andrew Jukes, and great-grandson Ian Kemball Douglas, who drove from Vancouver for the occasion. "The ceremony was just beautiful," said Jukes. "It brought back a lot of memories for me." Jukes, who was never able to meet his grandfather, said he was born three years after his grandfather died. On March 1, 1917, Colonel Kemball was killed while leading the 54th Kootenay Battalion in a disasterous gas attack at the Vimy Front. On March 3, a temporary truce was called to recover the 200 soldiers who fell in the raid. Recognizing Colonel Kemball's devotion to duty, the Germans returned his body with great respect and later it was buried in Villers Station Cemetary within sight of the Vimy Memorial.
55. "I was always told what a wonderful man he was," said Jukes. "He was always my hero." And now that the armoury has been officially named the Lieutenant-Colonel Arnold Henry Grant Kemball, CB, DSO Armoury, Jukes said Kemball's history can be remembered by more than just his immediate family. "His history is something we can all be proud of," said 44th Field Engineer padre, Captain Gavin Robertson. "Colonel Kemball represents service to country, high ideals, and willingness to serve. For our unit, that's something we can all look to and strive for."
56. Local commanding officer Major Brent Warne said naming the armoury was
something that was long overdue. "We have our history displayed around our walls so the soldiers can see what the history of the unit is. By naming the armoury after a notable soldier from the region we can provide an inspiration for our soldiers to strive for his example of self-sacrifice and devotion to duty."
57. In the course of the ceremonies, Colonel Simpson joined in to graduate the most recent Field Engineer Qualification Level 2 course and presented the top student award. Well Done.
Atlantic Retired Sappers
58. The Atlantic Retired Sappers (ARS) was formed at 22 Field Squadron, Canadian Forces Base Gagetown in April 1988 as a way to keep serving and retired sappers in contact and to hold reunions together. The concern for the welfare of retired sappers is the accepted philosophy.
59. Membership is open to all retired sappers and to serving members of the Canadian Military Engineers with over 20 years of service in the Regular Forces and/or the Militia. Fees are $150.00 for a life membership and $10.00 for a yearly membership.
60. The Atlantic Retired Sappers hold monthly meetings and also hold a 3-day reunion every year on the last weekend of April. The yearly reunions are always a success and retired sappers come from as far as Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, Ontario and Quebec. At least 60 or more couples attend each year and reminisce about the old days as well as renew old friendships.
61. A quarterly Newsletter called "Holdfast News" is produced to aid in distribution of information to all Atlantic Retired Sappers. The ARS mailing list is over 325 strong and we mail an abridged version of "Holdfast News" to all once a year and a full version on a quarterly basis to our regular membership, which varies at around 125 (+/-). 4 ESR supports all the activities of the Atlantic Retired Sappers. The ARS is planning to have it's own Homepage on the Internet soon. We will keep you posted.
Branch Fund Bursary Program
62. The policy governing the Branch Fund Bursary Program may be found at Annex C. As this is the first year of its reinstatement, applications will be accepted until 15 August 2000. The selection board shall sit no later than 31 August 200.
63. Have you noticed that we are trying to improve the newsletter? Have you seen that we are trying to recognize our people as best we can? Perhaps you have seen your name … this means we are getting info from your unit. Maybe you have accomplished something significant and wondered why we missed you … sometimes this results from us not knowing.
64. We are trying to strengthen the morale of Branch members. Your unit can assist by keeping us informed on what is going on; what is the good news! We very much encourage each CME unit to nominate a unit information officer or point of contact. Once selected, the name or email address should be sent to the CME Adjutant at (613) 945- 7704, or by email at Capt.D.Quinn@issc.debbs.ndhq.dnd.ca, with information copies to the chain of command. Chimo is published 31 March, 30 June, 30 September, and 31 December. Information should reach the CME Adjutant two weeks prior to publication. Help us to give the recognition our members deserve.
JK Simpson Colonel
Canadian Military Engineer Branch Advisor
Annex B - J3 Engineer Organisational Chart
Annex C - Canadian Military Engineer Branch Interim Policy #03/00 Branch Fund Bursary Program