SUBJECT: RETIREMENT OF SERGEANT JEFFREY HOGG
1. AFTER MORE THAN 25 YEARS OF SERVICE, SERGEANT JEFFREY HOGG RETIRED FROM THE CANADIAN ARMED FORCES ON 5 JULY 2021.
2. SGT HOGG STARTED HIS CAREER AS A RESERVE INFANTRYMAN IN 1995, SERVING A YEAR WITH THE ROYAL NEWFOUNDLAND REGIMENT BEFORE TRANSFERRING TO THE REGULAR FORCE WITH THE ARMOURED CORPS IN 1996. HE COMPLETED HIS TQ3 IN CFB GAGETOWN WHERE HIS FIRST COMBAT ROLE WOULD BE AS A GUNNER ON THE LEOPARD TANK. LATER THAT SAME YEAR HE WAS POSTED TO CFB PETAWAWA WITH B SQN RCD. HE REMAINED A GUNNER FOR THE NEXT COUPLE OF YEARS PRIOR TO RECEIVING HIS DRIVERS COURSE. JEFF SAID THAT THIS WAS AN AWESOME EXPERIENCE AS THERE WAS NOTHING QUITE LIKE DRIVING A MAIN BATTLE TANK. AFTER 3 YEARS WITH B SQN HE WOULD MOVE TO RECCE SQN SERVING THE NEXT 9 YEARS WITH SOME QUALITY SOLDIERS INITIALLY AS A GUNNER ON THE COYOTE BEFORE ATTAINING SURVEILLANCE OPERATOR AND DRIVERS COURSE. HE WOULD DEPLOY THREE TIMES WITH RECCE SQN, KOSOVO 1999-2000, BOSNIA ROTO 13 IN 2004 AND AFGHANISTAN IN 2006. IN 2007 SGT HOGG WAS POSTED TO THE ARMOURED SCHOOL IN CFB GAGETOWN SERVING ANOTHER YEAR BEFORE HIS OT TO THE RCAF AS AN ACS TECH. UPON COMPLETION OF HIS TRAINING IN BORDEN HE WAS POSTED BACK TO GAGETOWN WITH 403 SQN WORKING ON THE CH146 GRIFFON. IN 2013 JEFF WOULD BE POSTED BACK TO CFB PETAWAWA AT 450 THS TO WORK ON THE CH147F CHINOOKS. JEFF ENJOYED HIS TIME WITH 450 THS AND IS THANKFUL FOR THE MANY EXPERIENCES HE HAD INCLUDING HOVERING OVER STONEHENGE IN ENGLAND, FLYING AROUND CALIFORNIA AND OVER MUSK OX HERDS IN THE ARCTIC. HE ALSO ENJOYED COMPLETING HIS FOURTH AND FINAL TOUR IN MALI, MAYBE EXCEPT FOR THE CAMEL SPIDERS AND SCORPIONS. SGT HOGG CHERISHES HIS TIME SERVED WITH THE CAF AS WELL AS THE MANY FRIENDSHIPS AND BONDS MADE DURING THAT TIME.
3. SGT HOGG AND HIS WIFE SHERRI-LYNN WILL BE RETIRING IN THE ALBERTA AREA WHERE HE WILL START HIS NEW CIVILIAN CAREER.
4. A RETIREMENT FUNCTION WILL BE HELD AT THE REICHWALD WO & SGTS MESS 20 AUG 21 AT 1030 HRS. THE BAR WILL BE OPEN FOR BEVERAGE SALES AND SNACKS WILL BE SERVED.
PLEASE SEND ANY WELL WISHES, MESSAGES OF CONGRATS OR ANECDOTES TO WO JASON DOWNEY WHO IS ATTACHED.
B Sqn - Ex SABOT DRAGOON II
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Exercise SABOT DRAGOON II took place from 10-26 March 2021, during which B Squadron completed their level 2 and 3 Battle Task Standards (BTS) live fire shoots. The primary goal of Exercise SABOT DRAGOON II was to ensure the readiness for the three troops within the Squadron by confirming baseline competencies for crews and commanders in a tactical live fire environment. This was achieved through a well-designed range and tactical scenario that required soldiers and leaders to shoot, move, and communicate.
The three troops of B Squadron were tested on their ability to function as individual crews and as cohesive fighting troops. SHQ and Admin Troop were able to practice their functions in support of the range and tactical scenarios, enabling the overall execution of the live fire range and tactical scenario. The patrols of each troop conducted an advance to contact for their level 2 trace, followed by a dynamic troop level trace by day and night, fighting in adverse conditions as is always the case with the Petawawa weather system.
The focus of the level 2 shoot was static firing and battle runs, with some tactical patrol level movements in day and night scenarios. During patrol level traces, two vehicles executed an advance to contact, engaging and destroying targets as they advanced through the AO. This gave patrol commanders and their junior call signs the chance to practice their Battle Procedure and patrol cohesion. For many of the junior crew commanders, this was their first chance to command their vehicle outside of the Armoured Crew Commander (ACC) course. These level 2 traces were an excellent way for the crew commanders and patrol commanders to boost their confidence and flexibility.
The goal of the level 3 shoots was to validate each troop both day and night. During the day portion of the level 3 shoot, the troops conducted a firebase at the line of departure, destroying enemy forces that were advancing EAST. The troops then executed a troop level advance to contact, identifying and destroying enemies within the area of operations before adopting a screen line. Shortly after adopting the screen, the enemy main axis was identified and B Squadron withdrew from the screen under pressure until the troops had formed up on the WEST side of the kill zone ready to fix the enemy advance and destroy them in place. The level 3 traces introduced more enablers for the troops to utilize. These additional supports included MUAS, TUA, artillery, and close air supporters. The traces also incorporated more aggressive cavalry tactics which allowed the troops to practice more direct methods of engagement and become more comfortable operating as a troop.
B Squadron was joined by two crews from the 2 MP Regiment who completed their level 2 training and live fire with B Squadron. The MPs were eager to train with B Squadron’s fighting troops and took their time to learn and develop their mounted gunnery skills while practicing in the ICGS with 2 Troop. B Squadron also took advantage of working with the MPs and built stronger inter-unit relationships.
Exercise SABOT DRAGOON II provided a valuable learning experience for the troops of B Squadron, as they developed their ability to engage with the enemy in a live fire environment. It was also an extremely effective exercise for all those involved in the planning, preparation, and execution of the range. New crew commanders were able to confirm their knowledge and veteran commanders were able to eagerly exercise skills to which the pandemic had limited their exposure for too long. All soldiers walked away from Exercise SABOT DRAGOON II more confident and capable, and B Squadron proved that they were an effective combat sub-unit with the ability to change their tactics on the fly and function as a cohesive force.