Logisticians skydive with SkyHawks to mark branch jubilee
By Master Corporal Annie-Claude Venne – Western Sentinel
A part of the celebrations surrounding the 50th Anniversary of the Logistics Branch is a flag relay to highlight the contribution to the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) by Logisticians. Last fall, the journey brought the flag to Trenton where members of the CAF Parachute Demonstration Team, The Skyhawks, took it for a skydive from 6 000 feet.
“The SkyHawks’ Team Warrant Officer, WO Steve Ouimet, informed me about the flag relay. His wife, Sergeant Isabelle Dufour, is a Logistician, and they thought that this would be a good opportunity to show that riggers are also Logisticians,” said Master Corporal Jeremy Canfield, a supply technician and parachute rigger.
Parachute riggers are supply technicians by trade. There are around 50 who are currently qualified to rig parachutes in the CAF. They are mainly located in Trenton, but can also be posted with Search and Rescue squadrons and other units with parachutists. It takes three years of training to qualify as a parachute rigger.
“Perfection” is the word MCpl Canfield uses to describe a parachute rigger’s job. “It has to be perfect every time,” he says.
Corporal Jason Bent, a parachute rigger, had the privilege of carrying the official 50th Anniversary Logistic Branch flag during the dive. MCpl Canfield, who has more experience with doing camera work, took the lead with imagery.
Cpl Bent describes the event as a good opportunity to show pride in the Logistics Branch. “It feels special to be part of the only few people that will have the opportunity to jump with this specific flag,” he said.
MCpl Canfield explained that they did a quick rehearsal, what the SkyHawks call a “dirt dive”. “This jump is a good opportunity for us to show what we can do, not only as Logisticians, but also show the rest of the community what we can achieve.”
Logisticians are the backbone of military operations, and the flag relay helps get the word out about the 50th Anniversary of the Logistics Branch. “It is important, we have been around for 50 years,” MCpl Canfield said. “Especially within my unit, this place couldn’t run without Logisticians.”
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