Logisticians honour 50 years of the CF Logistics Branch


Members deployed on Exercise Sandy Fleece celebrated the Logistics Branch’s 50th birthday at Holloman Air Force Base, Alamogordo, New Mexico with a special birthday cake.
Photo: Cpl Manuela Berger, Wing Imaging

Jeff Gaye

Logisticians across the Canadian Armed Forces celebrated the 50th birthday of the Logistics Branch last week. At 4 Wing, the event was marked with a formal mess dinner.

The Logistics Branch of the Canadian Forces was formed February 1, 1968, coinciding with the unification of the Canadian Forces. The Logistics Branch is comprised of support occupations across the Royal Canadian Navy, the Canadian Army and the Royal Canadian Air Force.

Logistics officers are leaders in Transportation, Supply Chain Management, Financial Management and Human Resource Management. For Logistics Branch NCMs, occupations include Cook, Postal, Supply Technician, Ammunition Technician, Traffic Technician, Mobile Support Equipment Operator, Human Resources Administrator and Financial Services Administrator.

Col Robert Spencer, currently Defence Cooperation Attaché and Chief of Staff at Canadian Defence Liaison Staff in Washington, was the guest of honour at last Thursday’s mess dinner. He had been posted to Cold Lake on two occasions: first as Squadron Logistics Officer for 416 Squadron, and from 2004 to 2006 as 4 Wing Logistics and Engineering Officer.

Col Spencer told the dinner guests that military success depends on excellent planning and execution of logistics. “If we’re not doing our jobs protecting Canada and Canadians, defending our continent, and collaborating to solve global problems, then Canada is left only with words and not action to promote change,” he said.

“Smart people and smart leaders truly understand that there’s nothing we can’t accomplish without solid and unwavering logistics planning and execution. It has been said by many: ‘amateurs talk tactics; professionals talk logistics.’”

The anniversary was observed at similar events across the CAF. Members deployed on Exercise Sandy Fleece with 401 Squadron celebrated with a special birthday cake.