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    Reviewing Officer Chief of Staff Director General Land Equipment Program Management Colonel (Col) Rob Dundon makes his way through the ranks for the parade inspection. (Photo by Patricia Leboeuf, Petawawa Post)

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    During the Corps of Royal Canadian Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (RCEME) 75th-anniversary parade at Garrison Petawawa on May 15, more than 400 current and former members were invited to take part in a time capsule photo. (Photo by Patricia Leboeuf, Petawawa Post)

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    More images from the Corps of Royal Canadian Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (RCEME) 75th anniversary parade on May 15 at Garrison Petawawa. (Photo by Patricia Leboeuf, Petawawa Post)

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    The royal blue berets were once worn by members of the Corps of RCEME. On May 15, they officially began wearing them once again.

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    The new RCEME flag was unveiled during the parade. 4th Canadian Division Support Base Petawawa Operations Services (4 CDSB Ops Svcs) Regimental Sergeant Major Chief Warrant Officer Lindsay Parsons helped place it on the flag pole.

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    The new RCEME flag was unveiled during the parade. 4th Canadian Division Support Base Petawawa Operations Services (4 CDSB Ops Svcs) Regimental Sergeant Major Chief Warrant Officer Lindsay Parsons helped place it on the flag pole.

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    The new RCEME flag was unveiled during the parade. 4th Canadian Division Support Base Petawawa Operations Services (4 CDSB Ops Svcs) Regimental Sergeant Major Chief Warrant Officer Lindsay Parsons helped place it on the flag pole. (Photo by Garrison Petawawa Imaging)


 

 


Corps of RCEME celebrates historic milestone

By Patricia Leboeuf

Posted on Thursday May 23, 2019


For 75 years, the  Corps of Royal Canadian Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (RCEME) in all of their incarnations have been an integral part of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF).

Across the nation, their long legacy of achievements was honoured as the Corps celebrated 75 years of service.

At Garrison Petawawa, a parade was held on May 15, bringing together about 400 personnel at Simmonds Parade Square. In addition to the ceremonies, the soldiers officially switched over to royal blue berets and unveiled the new Corps of RCEME camp flag.

The Corps has a rich and storied past, one that all members can reflect on in pride. They have been active in the CAF since the end of World War II, offering their technical support skills to all the different units.

The tools of the trade have greatly evolved over the decades, and the soldiers have adapted masterfully.

“Tying that 75 years into the future, you can see the differences that have arisen from that 75 years; back then we were still just 20 years past the horse and carriage,” said  Commanding Officer of 4th Canadian Division Support Base Petawawa Technical Services  Lieutenant-Colonel (LCol) Patrick Heebner.

Technology never stops changing and members have stayed at the forefront of it, always ready to augment the CAF’s missions and quietly and dutifully work in the background.

They work hard “to breathe life into the Canadian Army again and again and again,” said Reviewing Officer Chief of Staff Director General Land Equipment Program Management Colonel (Col) Rob Dundon. “And to ensure that the army will remain always well equipped.”

He praised personnel on parade, noting as a whole, they have kept the same strong values and ethics that their forefathers did. They are always willing to go the distance with a can-do positive attitude and an espirit-de-corps that is the envy of the CAF.

Members of the Corps, as well as other selected Corps, will now officially be entitled to wear the CAF blue beret. It is considered a universal pattern beret and soldiers will wear it throughout their career with the Corps. The blue beret was once worn during the period leading up to unification so wearing it will reconnect those historical links.

“Basically in the past five years, we’ve been returning to our traditions,” said LCol Heebner.

The new flag isn’t a former historical design, though it does carry the traditional colours and has the RCEME horse and lighting bolt cap badge symbols. Instead, it was a Corps decision to do something different to recognize the significance of the 75th anniversary.

Exercise MASTER MAINTAINER and Sports Day, also known as RCEME Day, will be held on June 7, when a variety of activities will be held at Garrison Petawawa such as fishing and golfing.

Similar events and parades have been held at Bases, Garrisons and Wings across Canada.