CES Honorary Colonel Visit

Lieutenant-Colonel (retd) Carrie Fortier. Submitted

Lieutenant-Colonel (retd) Carrie Fortier.


Earlier this month, the 4 Construction Engineering Squadron (4 CES) Honorary Colonel (HCol) visited the unit for the first time since the HCol Change of Appointment this past summer.

Lieutenant-Colonel (retd) Carrie Fortier travelled from Ottawa for a two day visit with the Squadron’s (Sqn) members who participated in the unit’s Christmas party. HCol Fortier was a Construction Engineering (CE) Officer prior to her retirement from the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF).

The first day included an introduction to the unit’s staff and briefings about the unit’s operations, training, courses, and sections. She was introduced to the two main courses/exercises that 4 CES runs annually: Airfield Surface Assessment and Reconnaissance (ASAR) and Exercise NORTHERN FLAG. She met with the Operations & Training cell, VCU staff, supply section and maintenance section. During the afternoon, HCol Fortier went on a tour of 4 Wing’s Central Heating Plant, green house, and was introduced to the senior staff of Real Property Operations Unit (West) Detachment Cold Lake and Construction Engineering (CE).

The second days schedule was less packed. In the morning, the unit brought the HCol to the Small Arms Trainer (SAT) range and had a fun shoot using the C7 and 9mm. This was followed by a tour of the 4 Wing Fire Hall and a drive of the airfield in a crash truck. The afternoon involved a tour of the Waste Water Treatment Plant. The last event of the day was the unit’s Christmas party, it was a joy-filled evening celebrated with members and their spouses.

The visit provided the HCol with further insight into the unit’s operations and formed a closer bond between
the two. 4 CES would like to extend our appreciation to HCol Fortier for making the trip to Cold Lake and to the other CE.