Military Corps Marks 75 Years With Monument, Time Capsule & Skills Competition

The 75th anniversary of the group representing many of the military's mechanics, engineers and other key skilled trades is being marked at Garrison Petawawa this week.  

On Thursday, the Royal Canadian Electrical and Mechanical Engineers Corps (RCEME) unveiled a time capsule and dedicated a monument preserving one of vehicles.  

Lieutenant Colonel Patrick Heebner says it marks not only 75 years of history but looks forward to their century of service 25 years from now.

"The imagery, the personnel, the names, are all in that time capsule, along with memorabilia from the units - all captured in there, to be opened in 25 years which will be the 100th anniversary", LCol Heebner told Pure Country 96.7.

Vehicle Competition

Today, the skills of the Corps will be on full display with a competition using two man vehicles built from the ground up in an event called “Exercise Master Maintainer”. 

Essentially, it's a competition using two-man vehicles they made from scratch.

"It is what we're used to: working in the uknown, and using our ingenuity", LCol Heebner said.

"You're going to see that in the competition for sure.  It should be something to see", he added.

The competition will test the vehicles' abilities to endure inclines, water, armament (paintball) and nature, as well as trade challenges.

The competition itself runs from 8:00 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. at a site just west of the Montgomery gate, near the Highway 17 overpass.