The THIS & THAT section is used to post items that
don't seem to fit within any of the other sections (News or Articles).
- Male Athlete of the Year
At a ceremony Saturday October 18, 2004, the Canadian Forces Personnel Support Agency (CFPSA) honoured athletes, coaches, teams and officials at the 16th Annual CF Sports Awards Ceremony.
The honourees included:
Male Athlete of the Year: Sapper Charles Mitchell
Land Force Command Sapper Charles Mitchell's dedication to the sport of Greco-Roman Wrestling is as secure as the holds he places on his opponents. Ranked first at the CF National level and 13th in the world in his weight-class, Spr Mitchell was invited to attend the Team Canada Olympic Qualifier for the 2004 Olympics. Although not selected this year, Spr Mitchell is considered to be a frontrunner for the 2008 team, in spite of his relative youth and inexperience on the international stage. Spr Mitchell has consistently balanced his CF duties with his commitment to both his sport and his team. Both his opponents and teammates feel his sense of teamwork, sportsmanship and leadership far beyond the confines of the wrestling circle.
Sapper Mitchell is with 4 ESR, Gagetown.
Dear Echo 2
From time to time, I receive emails with brief comments about Echo 2
and some of the items posted here. However the following email praises a
former military engineer, who is/was working in the Middle East. With
many former military engineers working to better the lives of others, I
thought this story does a good job representing them.
is a story I have written about a Canadian engineer who worked in
the mine action program in Iraqi Kurdistan for almost 5 years during
which he was an example of a friend to the people, to the
neighbourhood he lived among... And to the staff he supervised, he
was fair, friendly & firm. I'd like to say that even the
children knew him and waved for him whenever they saw him.
him & because of him people have come to a conclusion that
Canadians are good people. As a gratitude & faithfulness to his
friendship and the work he has done, I have written the attached
story. I hope you close an eye to the fact that it has not been
written by a native English speaker. But it contains facts.
Here is the story. (word document)
CHIEF OF THE DEFENCE STAFF COMMENDATION
Captain Nanette Fliesser has been awarded the CDS Commendation for Outstanding
professionalism demonstrated during her involvement in the Canadian Military
Engineers Branch Centennial celebrations during 20002/2003. Well done Nanette.
Governor General invests 46 individuals into the Order of Military
OTTAWA — Her Excellency the Right Honourable Adrienne Clarkson, Governor
General of Canada, recently invested 46 members of the Canadian Regular
and Reserve Forces to the Order of Military Merit. The ceremony took place
at Rideau Hall on Friday, June 11, 2004. Included in the 46 were the following
Lieutenant-Colonel C.T. Whitecross, O.M.M., C.D.
Commanding Officer, 1 Construction Engineering Unit, Moncton
- Engineering Officer, Construction Engineering Section, Canadian
Forces Base Baden-Soellingen, Germany, 1986-1989
- Requirements Officer, 5 Wing Goose Bay, 1992-1995
- Force Engineer and Deputy Force Engineer, United Nations Protection
Force Headquarters, Former Republic of Yugoslavia, 1995-1996
- Base Construction Engineering Officer, 14 Wing Greenwood, 1996-1998
- Commanding Officer, 1 Construction Engineering Unit, Moncton, 2001
Years of Service: 21
Lieutenant-Colonel Whitecross is very active in helping local military communities
through her coaching of national teams, and also through her membership
and chairing of the board of directors of the family resources centre. She
continues to foster children and infants in her home, providing needy children
with a stable home.
Master Warrant Officer K.G. Hodge, M.M.M., C.D.
Squadron Sergeant Major, 18 Administration Squadron, 1 Combat Engineer
- Regimental Training Non-Commissioned Officer, 2 Combat Engineer
Regiment, Petawawa, 1995-1996
- Field Troop Warrant Officer, 1 Combat Engineer Regiment, Chilliwack,
- Platoon Second in Command, Leadership Company, Land Force Western
Training Centre, Wainwright, 1997-1999
- Detachment Master Warrant Officer, Canadian Forces Detachment Dundurn,
- Squadron Sergeant Major, 12 Field Squadron, 3rd Battalion, Princess
Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry Battle Group, Afghanistan 2001-2002
Years of Service: 26
It was an honour and privilege for Master Warrant Officer Hodge to be the
Squadron Sergeant Major of a field squadron during combat operations in
Afghanistan during Operation APOLLO, Canada's campaign against terror in
MWO Hodge has since been promoted to CWO and is presently attending the
US Army Sergeants Major Academy, Fort Bliss, EL Paso Texas. This is a course
for US Army Sgt Majors of Battalion and Regimental level or personnel that
are designated to those positions. The Canadian Army only sends down one MWO/CWO
to this position. They attend as a student and stay as an international instructor
following the course. As far as is known MWO Hodge is the only Engineer ever
to attend. On this course there are about 570 students including 35 International
Students from 24 different countries.
Chief Warrant Officer S.G. Mears, M.M.M., C.D.
Regimental Sergeant Major, 2 Combat Engineer Regiment, Petawawa
- Detachment and Troop Warrant, 1 Combat Engineer Regiment, Edmonton,
February 1990-July 1996
- Squadron Sergeant Major, 18 Administration Squadron, 1 Combat Engineer
Regiment, Edmonton, July 1996-1998
- Contingent Sergeant Major and Senior Technician Advisor, Cambodian
Mine Centre, October 1998-April 1999
- Chief Warrant Officer, Engineer Standards, Canadian Forces Base
Gagetown, June 1999-2001
- Regimental Sergeant Major, 2 Combat Engineer Regiment, Petawawa,
June 2001 to present
Years of Service: 24
Chief Warrant Officer Mears was the Regimental Sergeant Major for four international
operations (Pakistan, Croatia, Kuwait, and Cambodia) and one domestic operation
Widow awarded medals
CFB GAGETOWN — On May 18, 1962, Sapper George Grant Thompson, 37, died of
a heart attack while on active service in the United Nations Emergency Force
(UNEF). This force supervised the termination of hostilities and acted as
a buffer between the Egyptian and Israeli forces. Spr Thompson’s widow, Norma
Hitchcock of Perth-Andover, New Brunswick, was presented with four medals
during a ceremony February 26. In recognition of her loss, Mrs. Hitchcock
was awarded the Canadian Memorial Cross and the United Nations Dag Hammarsskjold
Medal. Awarded posthumously were the UNEF Medal and the Canadian Peacekeeping
Service Medal. Spr Thompson is buried in the Gaza War Cemetery in Gaza, Palestine.
Maple Leaf, 7 April 2004.
Top 8 FER Sapper
Sapper Haley Buchanan has been awarded the LCol P.L. Debney
Award for 2003. the LCol P.L. Debney award is presented to the most
outstanding soldier of 8 FER for achieving the highest professional
standard while on course for the year.
Engineers author books
WO Ed Storey, CME, has just published a book on the
Canadian-made Pattern 1937 Web Equipment that his publisher's website describes as follows:
"Finally a complete review of Canadian-made Pattern 1937
Web Equipment. Written by one of Canada's most knowledgeable and respected
collectors. All models are shown with both front and rear photos as
well as the accessories carried in the web. 80 pages, 120 illustrations'
"37 Web - Equipping the Canadian Soldier" not only gives
a brief history of the production of 1937 Pattern Web Equipment in
Canada, but is also an identification guide designed for collectors
of this web pattern. Used extensively throughout the Second
World War and the Korean War, the 1937 Pattern Web soldiered on in use
by the Regular Force of the Canadian Army until replaced by the 1951
Pattern Web Equipment in the late 1950s; and in the Reserves until the
late 1960s. Some specialized pieces of this pattern are
still currently in use by the Canadian Forces, some 60 years after they
WO Storey, a serving member of the Mapping and Charting Establishment
and an avid collector and researcher of Canadian Army Militaria, has
illustrated this book with artifacts from his own extensive collection.
He has also drawn from archival records to produce a book that covers
over 50 of the most common pieces of this pattern which can still be
BGen Dave Edgecombe CME (Ret'd) has just published a book
on Canadian military rifles which his publisher's website describes as follows:
"Defending the Dominion, Canadian Military Rifles 1855-1955",
D. W.Edgecombe. 168pp, 80 IIl., Hard cover, CDN $59.95 The author
has researched the use, acquisition and disposal of every known purchase
of longarms by the Canadian Militia between 1855 and 1955. The dates
were chosen as the logical commencement of Canada's Militia, due in
large part to the Militia Act of that year, while the end date brings
to a close the general issue and use of the Lee-Enfield No.4 rifle.
This 100-year period is unsurpassed for the design and invention of
rifles. The book contains 13 appendices, a bibliography and end-notes.
This is a 'must have' addition for any firearms enthusiasts' bookshelf."
In addition it has been reviewed by a reviewing board of
the Washington, D.C. based Company of Military Historians who state
that it is considered "as a standard reference in North American Military
Order online at: www.Servicepub.com
CME Senior Serving Engineer
With the retirement of MGen KG Penney in Apr 03, the new
CME Senior Serving Engineer is MGen ES Fitch, OMM, MSM, CD.
His current position is Project Manager for the Land Force Reserve
Restructure at National Defence Headquarters in Ottawa.
Canadian Military Engineers Association
- The Canadian Military Engineers Association has been
in operation for several years now. Have the engineers in your area
gotten together to form a local branch? Now is the time to do so.
Get in on the ground floor of a new, exciting association for all
engineers. A visit to the CMEA
web site will answer your questions, and provide contact addresses. Join Today!