How the RCEME Corps stole the show
By: Maj Nick Arseneault, CA HQ
Army Ball 2019 was held on 13 April at the Hilton Lac-Leamy, celebrating the 75th anniversary of the Normandy campaign. The Ball was hosted by the Commander of the Canadian Army and the Army Sergeant-Major with the help of two RCEME Officers as Masters of Ceremony, LCol Angie Lapointe and LCol Daniel Fontaine. It just so happens that this is the RCEME Corps’ 75th anniversary as well. In turn, the Army Ball featured our flags as well as hosted the impressive RCEME School Jiffy Jeep demonstration team.
The ball was inaugurated with the re-enactment of the Juno Beach Landing, with many soldiers and the Jiffy Jeep Team rolling out of a landing craft onto the dance floor. The re-enactment aimed to portray the hard work and critical contribution of the RCEME Corps during the preparation and execution of the landing on Juno, where technicians across the battlefield prepared the vehicles and fixed the equipment as the Canadians were fighting their way through the enemy.
During the event, the Army Commander and the Sergeant-Major feigned vehicle difficulties with their Tactical Armoured Patrol Vehicle (TAPV), the Jiffy Jeep Team was then called in by BGen(R) Peter Holt, or should we say MGen Keller, to execute their demonstration on the dance floor, disassembling and re-assembling the Jeep in just a few minutes. With the help of the Army Command Team, they were able to drive out of the ballroom, in front of the guests who were amazed by their technical expertise and fast and precise execution. This is no easy task for any technician, especially driving the vehicle out of the room with only few millimetres on each side to go through.
The demonstration of the Jiffy Jeep Team and the extraordinary performance of the Masters of Ceremony definitely contributed to the overall success and quality of the Army Ball 2019, reminding everyone again that the RCEME Corps is found everywhere and is critical to the success of the mission of the Army.