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By Ken Holmes
The Canadian Military Engineer Association and its predecessor, the Military Engineer Association of Canada (MEAC) have a long history of recognizing the sacrifices of those members of the Canadian Military Engineer Family who have given their lives in the Service of Canada.
Four Royal Canadian Engineer and Canadian Military Engineer Books of Remembrance record the names of Canadian Military Engineers who lost their lives on active service during the First and Second World Wars, the Korean War, and in the post-WWII era. The originals or copies of these books are on permanent display in the Canadian Military Engineer Remembrance Lane at the Canadian Forces School of Military Engineering (CFSME) in specially constructed display cases. The pages are turned monthly, but the Museum Staff is always available to show a particular name.
Par Ken Holmes
L'Association du génie militaire canadien (AGMC) et son prédécesseur, l'Association canadienne du Génie militaire (ACGM), reconnaissent depuis fort longtemps le sacrifice des membres de la famille du Génie militaire canadien qui ont donné leur vie au service du Canada.
Quatre Livres du souvenir du Génie royal canadien et du Génie militaire canadien consignent les noms des membres du génie canadien qui ont perdu la vie en service actif pendant la Première et la Seconde Guerre mondiale, la guerre de Corée et la période qui a suivi la Deuxième Guerre mondiale. Les originaux de ces livres ou des copies de ceux-ci sont exposés de manière permanente dans le corridor du Souvenir du Génie militaire canadien à l'École du génie militaire des Forces canadiennes (EGMFC), dans des présentoirs construits spécialement. Une fois par mois, on en tourne les pages. Le personnel du musée est cependant toujours prêt à montrer un nom en particulier.
Originally posted by CBC News, May 27, 2017
Soldiers at CFB Gagetown will once again be driving over a bridge named after the first Canadian to die serving during the United Nation's peacekeeping operation in Croatia.
The Sergeant Ralph Bridge reopened recently during a ceremony at the New Brunswick base's training area. The structure honours Sgt. Cornelius Michael Ralph, a combat engineer who died in 1992 while serving during the civil war in former Yugoslavia.
His widow, Lorraine Ralph, known to friends as "Charlie," said the bridge will teach a lesson to future combat engineers.
These photos show the progress of a 500-man RTC* built on the outer perimeter of Latvian Military Camp Kadaga as part of the EFP* Latvia Theater Opening (TO). As of April 25, 2017, 4 ESR has deployed a Squadron to the Joint Task Force Support Component TO team including Field Engineers and Tradesman. The TO deployment to Latvia marks 4 ESR's 25th deployment of a troop or more in 25 years of existence as a Regiment.
Pictured here with the Minister of National Defence, Harjit Singh Sajjan, and the Commandant of the Royal Military College, Brigadier-General Sean Friday, is Chief Warrant Officer Mike Thompson displaying his newly granted degree. CWO Thompson completed his degree under Non-Commissioned Members Professional Development (NCMPD) program and is assigned the letter "E" to precede his college number.
CWO Thompson will replace CWO Gary Leblanc and Combat Engineer Career Manager this summer.
Sur la photo nous voyons le Ministre de la Défense nationale, Harjit Singh Sajjan, le Commandant du Collège militaire royal, le Brigadier-général Sean Vendredi et l'adjudant-chef Mike Thompson qui reçoit son diplôme.
Adjuc Thompson a complété son diplôme dans le cadre du programme de perfectionnement professionnel des membres du rang et reçoit la lettre «E» pour précéder son numéro de collège.
Adjuc Mike Thompson remplacera cet été l'Adjuc Gary Leblanc comme le nouveau gestionnaire de carrières pour les sapeurs de combat.
Centre for International & Defence Policy
12th Annual Kingston Conference on International Security: Developing the Superior Soldier, Enhancing Military Performance
Offered by CDA associate member The Centre for International & Defence Policy
Queens University, Kingston
June 12-14, 2017
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The federal government will no longer tax deployed military and police personnel, regardless of their mission's risk, under changes proposed by Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan.
The measure is part of the coming defence review and is retroactive to Jan. 1. It will apply to all of the approximately 1,450 personnel currently on international operations.
Until now, military and police deployed on high- and moderate-risk missions were given tax relief only for the periods over which the missions maintained their risk assessment. Those serving on low-risk missions were not eligible for tax relief.
The Chronicle Herald
The cap badge says it all, UBIQUE, which is a Latin word that means "Everywhere" and that is certainly what the Canadian Military Engineers have accomplished since their official inception 114 years ago. April 29 is generally the accepted birthday of the Canadian Military Engineers which has members in all branches of the Canadian Military serving in different areas of operation.
Lunenburg County's most famous military engineer was the late Ralph Hebb, who served with the Canadian Army during the Second World War and was a member of the famous "Storm Boat Kings," whose work was instrumental with the rescue of more than 2,500 British and Polish paratroopers trapped behind German lines after the failed Operation Market Garden in September, 1944.
A small family Bible recently arrived in the mail at Keith Brown's home in South Bar, N.S.
His late father carried it during the Second World War, but only 73 years later had it finally made its return to Cape Breton.
"I had been doing family research and been writing the family story," Brown said. "Now, there's a whole new chapter of the story."
That story starts in June 1944 with Leslie Wade, who was serving with a special Australian naval unit and found the Bible in an encampment in England. Wade, now 99 years old, kept it.
The British national emigrated to Australia after the war, and over the years had tried a couple of times to find the Bible's owner, but with little luck.
Sapper R.M. Brown.
After years of waiting, LGBTQ former members of Canada's Armed Forces are expected to receive an apology for the treatment they received during their time in the service.
Between the 1950s and 1990s, LGBTQ soldiers were routinely pushed out of jobs in both the government and the military. Others said they were the subject of harassment that forced them to cut their military careers short.
In November, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau appointed MP Randy Boissonnault as a special adviser on LGBTQ issues. Included in his mandate was addressing discrimination in the armed forces.
It's fair to say that there is enough British firepower here to invade a good chunk of Western Canada before we could have any chance of stopping them.
Twenty-two battle tanks. About 350 armoured vehicles. More than 1,000 support vehicles. And during this particular exercise, about 1,250 British troops armed with everything from submachine guns to anti-aircraft missiles.
But the British remain our friends, of course, and this just happens to be the British Army's quadrennial mission of sending a battle group to invade a remote chunk of Alberta.
Vernon Morning Star
Christmas came early for Francois Arsenault.
The Vernon resident is the volunteer museum curator at the Vernon Cadet Training Centre (Vernon Army Camp) as well as the volunteer historian for the Army Cadet League of Canada.
On a recent trip to Ottawa for the Army Cadet League's annual general meeting, Arsenault discovered a box of 16mm film. The markings on the films were vague but two of the reels said "Vernon in 1956."
"The hair on my neck stood up," said Arsenault, 54, a documentary cameraman who attended the Vernon Army Camp as a teenager. "The footage was a major surprise to me. We know the majority of it is shot at the army camp. It is absolutely the most amazing footage."
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