Defence Minister Harjit S. Sajjan visited Garrison Petawawa Dec. 1 to open a new Tactical Armoured Patrol Vehicle (TAPV) facility, and tour the future site of the new Canadian Special Operations Regiment (CSOR) complex. Taking part in the official ribbon cutting ceremony are (second from left, left to right) Defence Construction Canada President and CEO James Paul, 4th Canadian Division Support Group (4 CDSG) Formation Sergeant Major Chief Warrant Officer (CWO) Tom Verner, 4 CDSG Commander Colonel Louis Lapointe, Minister Sajjan, 2 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group (2 CMBG) Commander Colonel Michael Wright, Renfrew-Nipissing-Pembroke MP Cheryl Gallant, Petawawa Mayor Bob Sweet and 2 CMBG Sergeant Major CWO Shawn Mercer. (Photo by Lisa Brazeau, Petawawa Post)
Standing with an artistic rendering of the new Canadian Special Operations Regiment (CSOR) complex are (left to right) Canadian Special Operations Forces Command (CANSOFCOM) Command Sergeant Major Chief Warrant Officer (CWO) Dan Legault, Defence Construction Canada President and CEO James Paul, CANSOFCOM Commander Major General Mike Rouleau, Defence Minister Harjit S. Sajjan, CSOR Acting Commanding Officer Major Mike Laplante, CSOR Regimental Sergeant Major Chief Warrant Officer Mario Cote, 4th Canadian Division Support Group (4 CDSG) Commander Colonel Louis Lapointe, and 4 CDSG Formation Sergeant Major CWO Tom Verner. (Photo by Lisa Brazeau, Petawawa Post)
Defence Minister visits Grn Petawawa, opens TAPV facility
By Lisa Brazeau
Posted on Thursday, December 7, 2017
Minister of National Defence Harjit S. Sajjan highlighted infrastructure investments at Garrison Petawawa on Friday, Dec. 1 with a ribbon-cutting for a new Tactical Armoured Patrol Vehicle (TAPV) facility, and a visit to the future site of a new Canadian Special Operations Regiment (CSOR) complex.
“From it’s humble beginnings as Camp Petawawa at the turn of the 20th Century, Garrison Petawawa has grown into a modern hub for the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) that it is today,” the Defence Minister said to those gathered in the new 6,721 square metre building. “Now the base is growing again to meet our military’s evolving needs, making sure that our men and women in uniform have the tools and resources they need to do their job.”
n addition to Garrison personnel, special guests attending the morning ceremony included Canadian Special Operations Forces Command (CANSOFCOM) Commander Major General Mike Rouleau, CANSOFCOM Command Sergeant Major Chief Warrant Officer Dan Legault, Defence Construction Canada President and CEO James Paul, Renfrew-Nipissing-Pembroke MP Cheryl Gallant, and Town of Petawawa Mayor Bob Sweet.
The $26-million TAPV facility project will house 59 TAPVs, 11 maintenance bays for vehicles and equipment, as well as classrooms. In total, 113 TAPVs will be operated at the garrison. They will be used for a variety of tasks on the battlefield, including reconnaissance and surveillance, security, command and control, and transporting cargo and personnel, as well as on domestic operations. TAPVs were first deployed this year to assist communities impacted by the flooding in Quebec, and contributed to the flood relief efforts.
As laid out in Canada’s defence policy, Strong, Secure, Engaged, the federal government is committed to supporting CAF personnel with modern facilities that enhance military capability and readiness, explained Minister Sajjan.
policy commits to building and maintaining critical defence infrastructure that gives Canadian Armed Forces personnel space to train and operate effectively,” hr said. “The two projects here at Garrison Petawawa are all about meeting that commitment.
“As a former soldier, I can tell you that having the right support facilities is critical to any mission success,” he added. “With the defence construction investments being made here today, we’re making sure that our people in uniform have what they need to continue their excellent service to Canada.”
The $319-million 10-building CSOR complex will bring previously dispersed CSOR units together, allowing for increased collaboration and efficiency while providing the regiment with modern operational space, training facilities, vehicle maintenance areas, warehouses and medical facilities.
“Since its inception, CSOR has continued to provide the Canadian Special Operations Forces Command with a versatile, multi-mission force, tactical to strategic-level special operational outcomes,” said CSOR’s Acting Commanding Officer Major Mike Laplante. “Having our personnel all under one roof in a modern facility will definitely increase our effectiveness, coordination and the morale of our personnel. We’re really looking forward to moving into our new home.”
The visit marked the first to the Garrison for Sajjan in his current capacity as Minister of National Defence.
“We were extremely pleased to have this opportunity to host him,” said 4th Canadian Division Support Group Commander Colonel Louis Lapointe. “The Minister had previously visited the Garrison while he was a serving member of the Canadian Armed Forces and was very happy to return to see how much the Garrison has grown and praised the fantastic relations that exist between the Garrison, its soldiers and the Ottawa Valley community.”
Both projects are also significant local economic drivers, he noted; the TAPV facility project, awarded to M. Sullivan & Sons of Pembroke, created approximately 120 jobs during construction. More than 80 sub-contracts will be tendered through the CSOR complex project, awarded to SNC Lavalin Inc. and PCL Constructors Canada Inc., creating an estimated 1,300 jobs during the construction phase.
“The announcements made represent a major contribution to our troops, to the Garrison and to the community,” Col Lapointe added.