4 CES welcomes new Honorary Colonel

Outgoing HCol Ajaz Quraishi
Photo by Cpl Justin Roy, 4 Wing

Jeff Gaye

After three years as Honorary Colonel of 4 Construction Engineering Squadron (4CES), Ajaz Quraishi relinquished that position to LCol (retired) Carrie Fortier last week.

HCol Quraishi recently moved to Montreal after 50 years as a pillar of the community in Cold Lake. He said in recent years he has gone through some personal challenges, including the loss of his wife, and has moved to be closer to his daughter.

“My military family has supported me every step of the way,” he said. “How can I thank you enough?”

4 CES Commanding Officer Maj Jason Hartwig said HCol Quraishi provided grounding and guidance to 4 CES during his tenure as Honorary Colonel.

“I don’t think there has ever been an Honorary Colonel that has been prouder of his appointment and who worked as tirelessly to ensure everyone he met knew about 4 CES and what we do,” he said.

“I truly thank you for your dedication to the office of Honorary Colonel and your genuine pride for 4 CES and its members.”

Maj Hartwig congratulated HCol Fortier and welcomed her to 4 CES. “Your wisdom and experience will provide a steady hand as we move into the future and projects such as AFEC (Air Force Expeditionary Capability) are delivered during your tenure,” he said. “I look forward to getting to know you and having you become part of the 4 CES family.”

HCol Fortier served in the Military Engineering Branch beginning in 1983 and continued to serve with DND since retiring form the military.

She said 4 CES is the RCAF’s centre of expertise for construction engineering and is critical to mission success. “Your op tempo is incredible,” she said.

“You definitely live up to the motto of your unit badge: ‘Global Response.’ I’m excited to be spending the next couple of years with you.”

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