RCEME Corps 75th Anniversary
Visit our facebook page for the 75th at: RCEME Corps 75th Anniversary
In 2019, the Corps of RCEME will be celebrating its 75th Anniversary! In celebrating this historic occasion, the Corps is conducting a number of projects and activities that will be taking place in RCEME establishments across Canada and around the world. This page informs you, RCEME members and friends, on how the Corps is moving forward and invites you to become involved in the 75th Anniversary Celebrations and render homage to 75 glorious years of existence!
The 75th Anniversary will be marked by three types of celebrations:
- Local Activities. Each base and workshop are encouraged to conduct its own celebrations to highlight this occasion. Any members that want to become involved should speak to their local RCEME representative. Of note, workshops and bases are also encouraged to communicate the details of their celebrations through the Regional Network to de-conflict a very busy calendar in 2019.
- National Activities. In addition to local celebrations, each Region will be conducting an activity that will bring members together from across the country. This includes such activities as Adventure Training, a Nijmegen march, a Recovery Skills competition, etc. To become involved, in these activities, speak to your Regional Representative.
- Commemorative Products. A number of enduring projects have been initiated to highlight the historic nature of the occasion. Various OPIs across the country have begun work publishing a photography book, a 45-minute film, a time capsule, a coin, and other products that will be available for purchase and distribution across the Corps.
What is common to all activities and projects is need for the help of our members… as volunteers, as contributors, and finally, as participants! Additional information about the various activities and products can be found here.
The Regions are organising the following activities that will take place in 2019:
1. Adventure Training [Atlantic]
5 Div will be conducting an Adventure Training Exercise in Gros Morne National Park in Newfoundland, with participants from across the country. We are putting those teams together right now, so contact your RCEME regional representative to submit your name.
2. RCEME Nijmegen March [NCR]
The NCR is putting together a RCEME Team to do the Nijmegen March in 2019, with participants from across the country. We are putting those teams together right now, so contact your RCEME regional representative to submit your name.
3. Mobile Repair Team (MRT) Challenge [Central]
RCEME teams from across the country will design, build and compete as MRT in a trade skills challenge course in Petawawa in May 2019. 3 Div is hosting this challenge. We are putting those teams together right now, so contact your RCEME regional representative to submit your team.
4. Skill-At-Arms Competition [RCEME School]
As part of the RCEME Corps’ 75th Anniversary (May 2019), the RCEME School will host Exercise UNHORSED RIDER, a skill-at-arms competition based on a 35 km patrol competition where soldier-technicians are challenged on a variety of tactical and technical scenarios. The 75th Anniversary marks an important year for all soldiers who participate. This exercise demonstrates the Corps’ continued commitment to delivering effective training to fellow future technicians and Officers, emphasizing the Corps motto “Arte et Marte” (By Skill and By Fighting). Contributions to the 75th Anniversary donation will greatly help this event.
5. Recovery and Repair Challenge [Western]
4 Div will be coordinating a recovery and Repair Challenge. RCEME Teams will travel to Wainwright to compete against each other. We are putting those teams together right now, so contact your RCEME regional representative to submit your name.
For historical background on recovery, check here.
6. Scrap Metal Challenge [Québec]
2 Div will be organizing a machine building competition. RCEME teams from five bases will compete against each other to build a working machine. We are putting those teams together right now, so contact your RCEME regional representative to submit your name.
The main objective of this ingenuity challenge will be to build a machine, using only recycled material, propelled exclusively by the participant’s legs!
Your construction will have to go through a series of difficult obstacles in a set timeframe, and to throw projectiles with precision. Knowing all the technical know-how of our technicians, they will have to include welds and other attachments methods plus electrical systems, propulsion systems, visual arts and more. More information will follow, such as evaluation and design criteria.
OPI : Capt Tommy Geoffroy (668-2943).
7. Army Events
At the 2019 Army Run and the 2019 Army Ball, RCEME will take its place of honour in celebration of its 75 years. So ensure that you’re marking your calendar to participate in these prestigious events!
8. National Sentry Program
RCEME soldiers will hold the prestigious honour of guarding the National War Memorial in downtown Ottawa in 2019. If you would like to be a part of this event, ensure that you are communicating this to your RCEME representatives.
In addition to events, the following projects need a special amount of organisation due to their enduring nature.
1. RCEME Time Capsule
In 2019, in the RCEME Monument in Borden, the Corps of RCEME will set to stone a Time Capsule to records a moment in time, to be opened at its 100th Anniversary in 2044. We are looking for small objects – a series of articles, photos, or some old spare parts… Start thinking about your contribution!
OPI: RCEME School RSM
2. “A Week in the Life of RCEME”
Inspired by Rick Smolan’s Book, “A Day in the Life of Canada”, the Corps of RCEME will be capturing a week in the life of RCEME in photography. Members across the country were encouraged to get out their iPhones and Samsungs and take interesting, dynamic photographs of RCEME in Action! The submission of the photos closed in October 2017.
OPI: MWO Drouin and Capt Doucet-Hebert, 2 Div
3. A 45-Minute Film “The RCEME Soldiers Story, 1994-2019”
With the aim of highlighting our successes and motivating the future of the RCEME Corps, this film will tell the story of the Corps through the last 25 years from the perspective of those who were fixing kit and leading our soldiers both in Canada and abroad during peacetime, natural disasters and combat. This success of this project hinges on contributions from across the RCEME Corps family (serving and retired). We welcome contributions that highlight Corps involvement in expeditionary and domestic operations as well as key events and changes which occurred during this period. Submit your stories, photos and videos. Interviews will be conducted with individuals involved in interesting or significant events throughout this period which highlight Corps pride and values.
OPI: RCEME School Adjt
4. The RCEME Journal, a Special Edition
We will be collecting articles from across the Corps in order to publish a good old-fashioned RCEME Journal in 2019. This commemorative journal will be distributed to all members that contribute to the RCEME Guild. Start putting your articles together!
OPI: Capt M. Nabhani
5. The 75th Anniversary Coin
A fine coin will be available for sale at CANEX to mark the celebration of the 75th anniversary.
OPI: MWO Johnson, DGLEPM
6. RCEME 75th Anniversary Scotch
Glen Fiddich is honouring RCEME by producing a collection of scotch bottles that are dedicated to the 75th anniversary. The Scotch will be for sale in advance of 2019, so that you can receive your bottle by RCEME Day in 2019.
OPI: Maj M.A. Brassard, RCEME School
7. RCEME 75th Anniversary Ring
The ring should be available for ordering through Canex Outlets in Canada beginning in early October 2018. The ring will be available in two sizes. There will be the sporty championship format for men (20 mm X 17.5 mm) and a more delicate format for women (16.25 mm X 13.75 mm). The two available designs LGC1 and LPC1 are offered in two types of materials that are guaranteed for life
– LUSTRIUM, hypoallergenic material with a double gold-colored 23K plating
– LUSTRIUM, hypoallergenic material in silver color
You will also have the option of engraving text inside the ring. The ring is delivered in a small box free and for a few dollars more, you will also have the option to choose a wooden box with personalized plate. It may be delivered to your home address anywhere in Canada, the United States and internationally.
The approximate costs depending on the material chosen will be $ 300 – 340 male format and $ 280 – $ 310 female format. Transport and tax not included. Final prices will be available via the Canex website by October 2018.
OPI: Capt J.P.D. David
8. RCEME T-shirt
A t-shirt commemorating the 75th anniversary will be produced and sold to members across the country.
OPI: Capt J. Desmarais