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Major Donald Charles Rodger MMM, CD, CET

                     

 

     Major Don Rodger was born Sept 1, 1936 , in Winnipeg , Manitoba .  He attended school there and in 1948 he began his military service with the Queens Own Cameron Highlanders of Winnipeg army cadets, completing his four years training as a cadet lieutenant. He then served three years with the 6 Field Squadron (Winnipeg) and 25 Field Squadron (Edmonton) Royal Canadian Engineers militia prior to joining the Engineers regular force in Aug 29, 1955 .

    Major Rodger completed his basic and engineer training at camp Chilliwack, British Columbia, and on completion, was posted to 3 Field Squadron, Royal Canadian Engineers at Victoria BC he relocated with 3 Field to Camp Chilliwack in 1957 and was appointed to lance corporal. In 1959 as a Corporal he did a year tour with the United Nations Emergency Force in Egypt . Following two years as an instructor with recruit squadron, Royal Canadian School of Military Engineering, he was posted to 2 Field Squadron Gagetown NB and promoted to Sergeant.

    In 1966 Major Rodger was posted to Regina , Saskatchewan with the Sask District Instructional Staff. In 1970 he was promoted to warrant officer and posted back to 3 Field Squadron as 3 troop warrant officer. During this tour he spent the first 6 months of 1974 with the International Control and Commission Supervision as support NSO Danang, Vietnam . On promotion to master warrant officer in Oct 1974, he was project and administration coordinator, Operation Eagle River bridge 3 Field Squadron. From August 1975 to May 1977 he was the Squadron Sergeant Major of military engineer training squadron, Canadian School of Military Engineering.

    In 1977 Major Rodger was posted to CFB Shilo, Manitoba, in charge of range maintenance and fire fighting in support of the German Army Training Establishment. Lahr, West Germany, was his next tour of duty from 1981 to 1985 with 4 Combat Engineer Regiment. On return to Canada and the School of Military Engineering , he became Squadron Sergeant Major Field Engineering Squadron.

    While with School of Military Engineering, Major Rodger was invested with the Order of Military Merit by the Governor General of Canada .

   Promoted to Chief Warrant Officer in Apr 1986, Major Rodger was posted to 1 Combat Engineer Regiment as the Regimental Sergeant major, remaining there till his retirement from the regular force in Nov 1988.

    After his retirement, he transferred to the reserves as a Chief Warrant Officer on full time service and was employed at the Canadian Forces School of Military Engineering as a standards officer till Aug 31, 1992 . Then on Sept 1, 1992 was commissioned to the rank of Captain and served in Cadet Instructors Cadre. He served 4 years at the Vernon Army Cadet Camp, 1 year as officer in charge pipes and drums and 3 years as officer commanding Band Company.  Promoted to Major on the 26 Jun 2000 as Regional Cadet Music Advisor. He retired on the 31 Aug 2001 in Victoria BC with 49 years service in the reserves and the regular force. Major Rodger continues to work with 1725 army cadet corps and for the regional cadet music adviser as a civilian instructor.