Maj Jason Hartwig Takes Command of 4 CES
Maj Jason Hartwig assumed command from Maj Megan Harding at 4 Combat Engineering Squadron’s (4 CES) Change of Command ceremony at the 4 Wing Officers’ Mess last week.
4 CES is a unit of 2 Wing Bagotville and a lodger unit at CFB Cold Lake.
Maj Harding became the Commanding Officer of 4 CES in 2014. Since that time, the unit has supported 10 operations, more than 20 exercises, and conducted 11 courses training 130 students.
The unit transferred to 2 Wing command during Maj Harding’s tenure.
Maj Harding spoke of four pledges she made when she assumed command of the unit: to be honest and act with integrity, to take care of the 4 CES family, to provide opportunities for mentorship and development, and “to be dedicated not only to the mission, but to you.”
I am eternally grateful to the members of 4 CES,” she said. “It’s the best place I’ve ever worked.”
2 Wing Commander Col Luc Boucher was the presiding officer at the ceremony. “Every time I talked to Megan, every time I heard from Megan, the number one topic was always ‘my people,’” he said.
He commended Maj Harding on her time in command, saying that 4 CES is “at the forefront of Air Expeditionary Operations.
“You can be proud that your leadership has made the unit what it is today,” he said.
Col Boucher expressed confidence in Maj Hartwig as 4 CES’s new CO. The next three years will include operations in Romania and Africa and support to a G7 meeting in La Malbaie, Quebec. “If 4 CES is not deploying, you will be training our personnel,” he said.
“I have all the confidence in your leadership,” he told Maj Hartwig. “That’s why we picked you. And I have every confidence we will have another excellent three years.”
Maj Hartwig said commanding 4 CES is “a unique opportunity to make a difference to the dedicated members of 4 CES, to grow with the squadron, and to continue to support 2 Wing, 4 Wing and the RCAF.”
He told unit members that he looks forward to celebrating their personal and professional successes.
“Together we will ensure 4 CES is as strong, and better
than ever, when we hand it over to those who follow us.”