MCpl Michael “Mike” Rust, CD
We regret to advise of the death of Master Corporal Michael “Mike” Rust, CD of Chilliwack BC, suddenly on Sunday, 30 August 2020 at age 31. Mike served with the Canadian Military Engineers for 15 years.
Mike enrolled in the Primary Reserves of the Canadian Armed Forces in June 2005 and started his career with the Canadian Military Engineers with 39 Combat Engineer Regiment in Chilliwack BC. He was attached to Joint Task Force Afghanistan (Roto 8) as a Husky Operator in September 2009. Upon returning from Afghanistan in April 2010, he applied for a transfer to the Regular Force and was posted to 1 Combat Engineer Regiment in Edmonton AB in October of the following year. In June 2013, while with 1 CER, he was tasked on Operation LENTUS to assist in the battle with the floods in the Province of Alberta. Mike then went on to complete his Primary Leadership Qualification in Shilo, MB in April 2014 and he was promoted to Master Corporal in July.
Mike transferred back to the Primary Reserves in October 2015 and returned home to Chilliwack where he served in the roles of Section Second in Command and Section Commander in 54 Engineer Squadron. Mike led by example, was always keen to learn and went on to complete his Heavy Equipment Course. Soldiering was only one of Mike’s passions and he recently graduated with his Power Engineer ticket from the British Columbia Institute of Technology. He took his new-found skills to Beaver Plastics, where he was employed most recently.
There will be an online Memorial Service for MCpl Mike Rust on 11 September 2020 13:00 Vancouver Time
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A GO FUND ME has been set up to assist Kayla and her young children as they go through this transitional period. Donations can be made via GO FUND ME gofundme[.]com/f/support-for-the-family-of-mike-rust