Retired supply technician has huge effect on Logistics Branch 50th anniversary

News Article / May 25, 2018

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By Lieutenant-Colonel Douglas Martin

When Mike Deschamps , a retired supply technician and current chief clerk of 8 Mission Support Squadron Replenishment Flight at 8 Wing Trenton, Ontario, wrote “LOGGIE FIVE – 0” in the Logistics Branch 50th Anniversary Flag Relay logbook back in September 2017, he had no idea that it would become the inspiration of something huge.

That’s what happened when nearly 350 Canadian Armed Forces Logisticians gathered together at Canadian Forces Base Borden on May 2, 2018, to celebrate the Canadian Forces Logistics Branch 50th Anniversary.

To mark the occasion, the students and staff of Borden’s Canadian Forces Logistics Training Centre formed up to create the words “LOGGIE FIVE – O.” More than 250 Logistics students, including 24 cadets from the Royal Military College in Kingston, Ontario, formed the 7.9-metre-high letters while 80 school staff members formed a line under the words.

“When I saw Mike Deschamps’ comment in the logbook, my imagination immediately took me to the vision of designing a gigantic image using as many Logisticians as possible,” said RCAF Chief Warrant Officer Paul Flowers, the Flag Relay organizer. “My hope is to transpose this image on a T-shirt for sale as a souvenir.”

The Logistics Branch 50th Anniversary Flag and Pennant are making their way across Canada after having visited 11 countries around the world. The dash in LOGGIE FIVE – O was formed using the Flag and Pennant, held by Chief Warrant Officer Flowers, his second-in-command, Petty Officer 2nd Class Sonja Chisholm, and three SkyHawks parachute riggers.

Mike Deschamps, who enjoyed 22 years in the CAF before becoming a public servant in 2009, says he remembers the day he signed the logbook vividly. “My father, Major John Deschamps was a trucker who always used the word ‘Loggie’. So I just wrote the first thing that came into my head: ‘LOGGIE  FIVE – O’.”

Postscript: Both “Loggies”—Chief Warrant Officer Flowers and Corporal Mike Deschamps (retired)—were born the year the Canadian Forces Logistics Branch was founded: 1968. Coincidence? They don’t think so.

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