15 Wing's "unsung heroes" get recognition

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15 Wing Logistics personnel wait patiently while (L-R) Major Joanne Ubell, Chief Warrant Officer Deborah Matthews and Wing Commander Colonel Paul Goddard prepare the celebration cake.

Logistics Branch of Canadian Armed Forces turns 46

There wouldn’t be much of a military without the Logistics Branch.

“A modern 15 Wing without these people? Well, operations would actually, in most cases, cease,” said Deborah Matthews, Chief Warrant Officer at 15 Wing Moose Jaw.

The support branch of the Canadian Armed Forces recently celebrated its 46th anniversary.

“If you don’t have anybody to man the clothing stores counter, then no one’s going to be able to have flight suits and/or the appropriate safety equipment to be able to go up and fly and do their jobs,” Matthews said.

“Logistics is really vital to any operation.”

On Feb. 1, 1968, a few different corps were merged in to the one Logistics Branch.

To celebrate 46 years of the Logistics Branch, 15 Wing logistics personnel celebrated the day with an informal presentation and cake.

Matthews said it’s important to recognize the branch’s contributions to the base.

“A lot of times they are the unsung heroes,” Matthews said. “Nobody thinks about logistics until it’s too late.”

There are 35 logistics employees at 15 Wing, but there are people behind the scenes in Canada’s army, navy and air force that handle essential tasks.

Matthews said it’s a lot of work done by a relatively small group of people.

“And they do it well,” she added.

Logistics employees are responsible for transportation, resource management support, supply, ammunition and mobile support. Cooking and mail services are also done by logistics officers.

“All those types of logistics functions are carried out, in some cases, by one person,” Matthews said. “We’re very busy here.”

Matthews said it’s because of her time with Logistics Branch that she’s in the position of Chief Warrant Officer.

“I got to spend 12 years with the navy. I sailed all over the world in the capacity of senior storeman on some of our war ships,” Matthews said. “It’s been a great opportunity. Because of those jobs, it’s paved the way for me to able to become a Wing Chief Warrant Officer.”

Austin M. Davis can be reached at 306-691-1258 or follow him on Twitter @theAustinX.

Organizations: Canadian Armed Forces, Logistics Branch

Geographic location: Canada

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