CFS Yorkton, SK
1 Jan 71 to 31 Dec 71
4 Jan 71
The new CF Record of Service CF490 implemented.
13 Jan 71
FPS-26 Course commenced with 8 personnel attending. 15 personnel successfully completed the fall semester in Grade 12 night classes.
16 Jan 71
Approximately 20 Cub Scouts visited the unit from Yorkton.
25 Jan 71
Exercise Feudal Brave 71-4 (Live).
31 Jan 71
A rink skipped by CWO Craib and composed of Major Sheasby, WO Thom and Cpl. Gerigk won the second event in the Legion bonspiel.
Notes: The station curling rink was progressing towards completion in early Jan. League curling commenced in the second week of Jan.
8-19 Feb 71
Dental Officers visit from Moose Jaw.
9 Feb 71
DM Audit Inspection Team.
10 Feb 71
10 personnel completed one day annual ASF Re-certification Course.
11 Feb 71
8 personnel completed one day ASF Re-certification Course.
16-24 Feb 71
Exercise Snow Time 71-4-6 (Live)
22-24 Feb 71
CGEO and NCO i/c MP attended Security and Operations Conference at CFB Winnipeg.
24-27 Feb 71
Station Carnival - Theme "Saskatchewan Homecoming 71".
25 Feb 71
BPSO from CFB Winnipeg visited unit for Modern Language aptitude testing - 22 personnel tested. DND School - kindergarten to grade 8 held Winter Carnival festivities. Approximately 115 children participated.
25-27 Feb 71
Major Wybou- Staff visit ADC SSOGE-2.
27 Feb 71
Teen Carnival - 46 teens participated.
28 Feb 71
30 personnel tested on language aptitude - 24 French tested, 6 English. 17 personnel began the spring semester in Grade 12 night classes in Yorkton.
Notes: The official opening of the Station Curling Club took place in mid February. Station personnel participated in Yorkton’s 71 Sno-Sho in mid February. An "OOK-PIK", the symbol of the Sno-Sho, located in downtown Yorkton was constructed by Servicemen as this Unit’s contribution to the Carnival.
1-6 Mar 71
Major CJ Campbell Chap (RC) from CFB Cold Lake conducted Staff Visit on behalf of Command Chaplain.
2 Mar 71
Three Canadian Forces representatives from Great Falls gave CFS Yorkton Operations personnel a PACE briefing.
5-7 Mar 71
Two rinks journeyed to CFB Cold Lake to play in the annual 24NR Region Curling Bonspiel. A rink skipped by Sgt. Milne won the C event.
10-12 Mar 71
Colonel Neelin JE ADCHQ conducted Commander’s Annual Inspection.
17 Mar 71
Exercise Amalgam Arrow 71-4 (Live).
22-26 Mar 71
Pilot FPS-26A Supervisors Course completed with 8 personnel graduating.
23 Mar 71
Four unit personnel visited 24 NORAD Region for familiarization training. Three unit personnel sent to Recruiting Centre, Regina for CFR testing.
30 Mar 71
BGen Garten, Deputy Commander 24th Region visited CFS Yorkton.
31 Mar 71
All cadet squadron distribution accounts checked and adjusted by Supply Techs.
Notes: Renovations to WO’s and Sgt.’s Mess were completed and the official opening of the Mess took place the evening of Mar 20th, with Colonel and Mrs. Thorneycroft in attendance as guests of honour. Two Senior NCOs retired. The promotion to full Colonel and pending transfer to Chatham of Colonel KJ Thorneycroft. During March a new 1971 staff car made its appearance on the unit, plus the new wash rack at the MSE section was completed.
7 Apr 71
14 personnel qualified as Hunter Safety Instructors.
14 Apr 71
Two personnel from the SOR attended REMAR briefing at CFB Winnipeg conducted by CFHQ-DMOC. Two men qualified in top grouping for Junior Radar Technicians. Exercise Feudal Brave 71-5.
15 Apr 71
Security Clearance Updating Programme for Regular Service personnel who were security cleared prior to 1966 was completed. Personal History forms on sixty-five persons were completed and forwarded to CFHQ (AU).
15-18 Apr 71
Recreation facilities were utilized by St. Boniface Mohwaks, Manitoba’s representative in the Western Canada Allan Cup playdowns held in Yorkton.
17 Apr 71
Recreation Centre used for Saskatchewan Air Cadet drill competition. Station personnel assisted as Drill Judges, and Range Officers.
19 Apr 71
8 personnel assisted Search & Rescue personnel from CFB Winnipeg as spotters in the search for a downed civilian aircraft in the Kamsack area. The a/c was on route from The Pas, Man. To Yorkton. (Pilot located safe). M&I Tech Audit conducted by Finance Officer from Alsask.
20 Apr 71
Exercise Mow Time 71-5 W/A.
21 Apr 71
8 personnel began FPS-26 Course.
29 Apr 71
Operations Site - TOR and Test Lab interchanged location.
Notes: Mr. W Hansen, DND employee since 1963, retired.
6 May 71
Local projectionist course held on unit.
The Command Protestant Chaplain, LCol Maddill, DG, conducted a staff visit at CFS Yorkton.
10 May 71
One man sent to CFB Borden for First Aid Instructors Course.
11-13 May 71
Exercise Feudal Brave 71-6 (Live). Also included during this time period, 10 May, the station conducted an EDP exercise.
15 May 71
The annual Sportsmen Banquet was held in the Recreation Centre with guest speakers from the Yorkton Radio Station CJGX and from the Yorkton Terrier Hockey Club.
17 May 71
Four personnel sent on TD to Great Falls for liaison visit.
17-20 May 71
MGen Lipton, Commander of ADC, and his wife visited our unit while touring Western Canada units.
20-21 May 71
ASF re-certification course held; total of 15 personnel attended.
25-26 May 71
Hunters Safety Course held; total of 7 personnel attended.
28 May 71
Exercise Feudal Indian (Simulated).
Notes: During May the MSE had a total of 7 people, service and civilian, attend a Defensive Driving Course.
3 Jun 71
Mr. O’Hearne from Canada Manpower visited CFS Yorkton and gave a briefing on CEAP.
6 Jun 71
Exercise Feudal Chief 71-1 (Live).
6-7 Jun 71
LCol LR Pierce, Regional Dental Officer and CO of 14 Dental Unit Moose Jaw, visiting CFS Yorkton.
7-11 Jun 71
Ten personnel attended ASF Training Course.
14-17 Jun 71
ADCCE Staff Visit during this period. Team headed by LCol AF MacRury.
14-18 Jun 71
Ten personnel attended ASF training.
15 Jun 71
Exercise Mow Time 71-6-W. FMC (FPS-26 Course graduated).
15-19 Jun 71
ADC SSOSM C&E Team Visit. Team headed by Captain B Leeworthy.
17 Jun 71
Organization and Management Staff Visit by Captain JH Mierau from ADC.
24-25 Jun 71
Eight personnel attended ASF Supervisors Course. Eight personnel attended Defensive Driving Course.
28 Jun 71
Exercise Feudal Chief 71-2.
30 Jun 71
Handing over parade. Colonel KJ Thorneycroft who was transferred to CFB Chatham as Commanding Officer turned over command of CFS Yorkton to LCol RR Massier. LCol Massier came to Yorkton from 4 ATAF Headquarters in Ramstein, Germany.
Notes: Captain (A) WH Welsh - SLogO - posting Devil Program.
2 Jul 71
Captain (A) Mardecchia LF reported from CFB Chatham to assume position of SLogO.
5 Jul 71
The first nine students were hired for the Student Summer Employment Programme.
5-6 Jul 71
Six personnel wrote English language tests.
7-8 Jul 71
Exercise Feudal Brave 72-1.
19 Jul 71
LCol Massier arrived to officially take over command of CFS Yorkton.
20 Jul 71
Two men sent to UTPM in Hamilton, Ont.
Notes: The MSE Section received two ½ ton pick-up trucks. July also saw many old faces transferred out of Yorkton to new assignments and new faces arriving on the station. This continued through the balance of the summer. The change-over on the unit for 1971 was approximately 30%. Two Senior NCOs retired during July.
1 Aug 71
NCA CDJB/GPA - 124 Installation Team arrived from Griffiss AFB, USA.
3 Aug 71
FPS-7 FMC Course commenced with eight personnel attending. NCA Team commenced work on installation of the CD Junction Box and the GPA-124.
11-12 Aug 71
NCA Team completed installation and commenced continuity checks.
13 Aug 71
Exercise Feudal Indian 72-2.
17 Aug 71
LCol Beaupre from Winnipeg AJAG office conducted a legal visit.
19 Aug 71
Exercise Feudal Keynote 72-1.
26 Aug 71
FYQ-47 equipment arrived along with Burroughs representatives.
27 Aug 71
Exercise Feudal Indian 72-3.
29 Aug 71
Personnel from this unit proceeded to 24 NORAD Region, Great Falls, Montana on familiarization visit.
31 Aug 71
Six personnel attended a Hunters Safety Course.
Notes: The end of August the unit received approval for the Guardhouse modification. Project was commenced in early September.
1 Sep 71
Exercise Feudal Jobber - 72-3 SSTM. Installation of FYQ-47 by Burroughs Team commenced with estimated completion date slated for 15 Oct 71.
1-2 Sep 71
Regional staff visit by Major Harmon and Major Harwood - Regional Surgeon TCHQ.
1-3 Sep 71
Exercise Amalgam Arrow 72-1 (Live).
3 Sep 71
DND school opened new school year.
7-8 Sep 71
EDP Instructional Team from CFB North Bay conducted a two day course. 19 personnel attended.
10 Sep 71
17 personnel registered for night school at Yorkton.
11-17 Sep 71
Exercise Amalgam Fairplay 72-1 SSTM.
12-14 Sep 71
SSOTN Staff Visit, 5 team members headed by Major Dragojveich.
17 Sep 71
LCol Beaupre from Winnipeg conducted AJAG legal visit.
19 Sep 71
The Battle of Britain Parade was held in the Recreation Centre. A total of 150 servicemen and dependants attended.
20-22 Sep 71
CFS Yorkton had the honor of a visit by the Chief of Defence Staff, General FR Sharp, OFC CD. The General was accompanied by his wife and Mr. & Mrs. HB Robinson, Deputy Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development. During the visit Mrs. Sharp and Mrs. Robinson attended a tea social in the WO’s & Sgt.’s Mess with the officers and Senior NCO’s wives present. The General inspected all sections on the unit. The windup of the visit was a Social Dining-In evening and dance in the Officer’s Mess. The General and his party departed the morning of the 22nd of Sep for Cambridge Bay, the next stopover on his Northern tour.
21 Sep 71
The FPS-27 FMC Course graduated and certificates were presented to the graduates by the CDS, General FR Sharp.
27 Sep 71
Sgt. Peterson and Cpl. Dow on TD to CFB Chilliwack for CFR training.
Notes: During Sep the new sign at the entrance of the station was completed. Also, the CE Section installed a number of Danfoss Valves in various offices.
4-7 Oct 71
FMC FPS-26 Supervisors Course commenced - 8 personnel attending.
5 Oct 71
Site centered EDP.
6 Oct 71
FYQ-47 installation completed. Burroughs crew departed unit.
6-18 Oct 71
A total of 30 personnel attended 3 ASF courses given on dates shown.
12-13 Oct 71
Exercise Feathered Hunt 72-1.
13 Oct 71
FMC FPS-26 Course commenced with 8 personnel attending.
15 Oct 71
The RCMP held their annual Fall Ball in the Recreation Centre; it was a big success.
16 Oct 71
A tour of 40 Brownies from Yorkton visited the unit.
19-21 Oct 71
A team headed by Captain Pollard conducted an ADHQ Supply Evaluation visit.
21-23 Oct 71
Four officers attended the 24 NR Commanders Conference at Gypsumville.
23 Oct 71
The annual Provincial Committee of the Air Cadet league of Canada was held at this unit with approximately 185 persons attending from the Province of Saskatchewan.
Notes: Oct saw a project commence to improve the heating in the DND school. Towards the end of Oct the project to relocate the Post Office in the Headquarters building commenced.
1 Nov 71
Seven personnel completed a Hunter’s Safety Course.
1-4 Nov 71
ADCHQ - Accounts Audit - Team headed by Captain Kalaybaba SOFM/ADCHQ.
4 Nov 71
Approximately 65 wives of the Saskatchewan Power Corporation delegates visited CFS Yorkton and spent the morning touring the unit. Major Pitts headed a team from ADCHQ which gave the unit its annual Command EDP test.
5 Nov 71
Seven dependants completed a Hunter’s Safety Course.
15 Nov 71
The first funds for Federal Winter Intensive Program were received.
15-16 Nov 71
10 personnel completed ASF Supervisors course.
15-17 Nov 71
Exercise Feudal Brave 72-2.
22-25 Nov 71
Seven personnel sent to 24 NR Great Falls for liaison visit.
23 Nov 71
Seven personnel completed a 16mm projectionist course.
25-26 Nov 71
Two personnel sent to Calibration Centre Winnipeg for cross training.
27 Nov-3 Dec 71
Exercise Amalgam Fairplay 72-2.
30 Nov-3 Dec 71
Captain Rutledge, ADCHQ SSO Security, conducted a Security Visit.
Notes: During Nov seven personnel completed a Defensive Driving Course. Nov also saw the new 40 passenger bus arrive and 23 drivers were trained on it.
1 Dec 71
The new Post Office was completed and opened on this date at 0900 hours. Eight personnel graduated from FMC FPS-26 Course.
1-7 Dec 71
MSE Section promoted Safe Driving Week at CFS Yorkton where 1971 was accident free with a total of 173,563 miles completed.
2 Dec 71
The Federal Winter Works Programme commenced.
3 Dec 71
10 students from Yorkton Regional High School visited the unit.
16 Dec 71
CFR Lts. Peterson and Dow return from CFS Chilliwack where they graduated from the CFR Course.
17 Dec 71
Exercise Feudal Indian 72-6.
20 Dec 71
A total of 90 Air Cadets from Moosomin visited the unit.
Notes: During the first week of Dec the Guardhouse renovations were finished. The heating project in the DND school was completed in early December. There were four personnel who attended a Defensive Driving Instructors Course.
ANNEX "A" to
Dated 1 Feb 72
Officers as of 31 Dec 71
LCol RR Massier
Major PJH Sheasby
Captain GW Depottie
Captain EM Fedorak
Captain LF Nardecchia
Captain BL Rebeyka
Captain MC Sweeney
Lt. RHJ Boisjoli
Lt. GTW Pachal
Lt. LA Dow
Lt. JE Peterson
Other Ranks as of 31 Dec 71