Soldiers look around for the enemy as they deliver much-needed supplies during the delivery point demonstration. This showed off some of their capabilities during the 50th Anniversary celebrations. (Photos by Patricia Leboeuf, Petawawa Post)
2 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group (2 CMBG) Commander Colonel Jason Adair inspects 2 Service Battalion (2 Svc Bn) personnel as they stand proudly on parade on Oct. 3. It was a very important day for the unit as it was 50 years ago that they were stood up after the amalgamation of several other support units.(Photos by Patricia Leboeuf, Petawawa Post)
Acting Commanding Officer Major Trevor Bourgeois assumes command of the parade. (Photos by Patricia Leboeuf, Petawawa Post)
Members of 2 Service Battalion march onto Worthington Parade Square. The 50th anniversary ceremony and parade on Oct. 3 involved nearly all the members that weren’t currently serving abroad. (Photos by Patricia Leboeuf, Petawawa Post)
The bulk of the celebratory ceremonies ended with a traditional march past, lead by Acting Commanding Officer Major Trevor Bourgeois. (Photos by Patricia Leboeuf, Petawawa Post)
At the start of the parade, 2 Service Battalion held a delivery point demonstration to show some of their capabilities.(Photos by Patricia Leboeuf, Petawawa Post)
After their delivery point demonstration, members of 2 Service Battalion stood by the sidelines, watching the ceremony unfold. (Photos by Patricia Leboeuf, Petawawa Post)
2 Service Battalion celebrates 50 years
By Patricia Leboeuf
Posted on Thursday October 11, 2018
Fifty years ago, 2 Service Battalion (2 Svc Bn) was formed, and since its inception, it has been one of the busiest units at Garrison Petawawa, continuously providing support and transportation, supply, and maintenance to others during domestic and overseas operations. “I know that no operation is successful without the support of committed and innovative warrior supporters,” said 2 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group (2 CMBG) Commander Colonel (Col) Jason Adair. “Let’s make no mistake, though you support warriors, I view you all as warriors.”
Their indisputable importance was highlighted during the 50th Anniversary ceremony held on Worthington Parade Square on Oct. 3. Their professionalism, hard-working dedication, commitment to excellence and their unwavering support has helped Garrison Petawawa thrive as a whole. “The members of this unit work tirelessly day in and day out, supporting the Brigade and the Garrison,” said 2 Svc Bn Acting Commanding Officer Major (Maj) Trevor Bourgeois. “Here we are today, fifty years later, celebrating our significant anniversary.”
The current Commanding Officer Lieutenant-Colonel (LCol) Kieran Kennedy was unable to share his pride in person as he and many of his troops are in Latvia on Operation Reassurance. “You have continuously surpassed expectation,” said LCol Kennedy in a written statement. “The unit continues to be a team composed of people from many different trades, focused on a common aim: supporting the warrior. “2 Service will always be there to meet the needs of Canadians,” he added.
In 1968 when the Ministry of National Defence approved the creation of 2 Svc Bn, there was some contention as most of the support units of 2 Combat Group, now known as 2 CMBG, were amalgamated into one unit. These were long-standing, well-recognized units, with many that had been in service since World War II.
Despite initial apprehension, 2 Svc Bn has proven itself time and time again.
“What I see today is a spirited, dependable, and flexible service battalion,” said Col Adair.
He knows first-hand the importance the support chain is to the wellbeing of soldiers on the front line. He recalled a time in Afghanistan when his group was running low on ammunition and water, and the sheer relief to see support trucks ride to their aid, providing much needed and life-saving supplies.
“From the moment you were formed, your influence has been unambiguous. You’ve enabled operations at home and abroad, quietly and consistently, never seeking fame but always getting the job done,” said Col Adair.”
They’ve done this despite the pressures, and 2 CMBG would be unable to function without their support.
Before the official parade on Worthington Parade Square, select members put on a delivery point demonstration, showing the crowd exactly how integral they are to maintaining military operations.
Their distinguished service was also noted through the presentation of honours and medals, which saw many members receive medals and commendations for their work nationally and abroad.
“No one needs to look beyond 2 Svc Bn to see a determined and combat focus service support organization,” said Col Adair. “It has been that way for the past 50 years and I am certain it will continue to be as such.”