Retirements article coordinated by 3161 Victoria Edwards…
M0418 John B. Page, CD, PLog – (UTPM, #8 St Laurent Sqn, CMR St-Jean 87)
21526 Lieutenant-Commander Lorinda Semeniuk OMM, CD (RMC 1999)
M0418 John B. Page, CD, PLog – (UTPM, #8 St Laurent Sqn, CMR St-Jean 87)
John is retiring from the Regular Force with more than 40 years in the Canadian Armed Forces/Canadian Army, the last 29 as a commissioned Logistics Officer. He is transitioning into a Public Service position (Project Performance Manager) with the Vice-Chief of Defence Staff’s Carling Campus Project (HQ Transformation). His last post was with Assistant Deputy Minister (Materiel) as a Strategic Planner and Government Reporting Offi¬cer. Secondary duties include National Military Co-Chair for the Departmental Advisory Group for Persons with Disabilities. John is married to Maryanna Hemming of Ottawa and they live in Stittsville with their three cats – Kaydee, Lucy and Tally (aka Kitten); and their newest addition “Sammy” the dog (don’t tell him that). John’s Mother (Dorothy), Sister (Carolyn) and Brother (Doug) all live in the Ottawa/ Gatineau area. Dorothy is involved in a few community projects, such as Meals on Wheels, and enjoying time with her Grandchildren. She continues with her computer lessons and according to John (her tutor), has mastered the skill of turning it off and on when it misbe¬haves.
John’s Dad, Ron (1938 – 2013) had service with 2 Tpt Coy, RCASC & RCASC School (Camp Borden); 56 Tpt Coy (Rafah, Egypt); 9 Tpt Coy (Ottawa); 1 Tpt Coy (Soest); 4 S&T Coy (Hemer); CFSAL Tn Trg Coy (CFB Borden); Base Transport, NDHQ/DTRP (Ottawa) and retiring as NCOIC Special Purpose Vehicles (SPV) Section/CFB Rockliffe in 1981. Ron subsequently was employed as an MDO-06 Heavy Equipment Operator until really retiring in 1996. Sadly, Ron left us in 2013…he is missed by all who knew him!
John was born in Barrie, Ontario on 28 September 1959; the first child of Ronald and Dorothy Page. They lived in Angus (Ontario) then Orleans (Ottawa); Soest (West Germany); Hemer (West Germany) and back to Borden/Angus (Ontario). The family’s final posting was Ottawa in 1974.
He grew up in Angus, Orleans, West Germany (Soest & Hemer), Borden and Aylmer/Ottawa area; going to several civilian and DND schools, completing High School (1977) and College (CEGEP 1979) in Hull, Quebec. John was quite familiar with the Army, not only as a De¬pendant Son (D/S) but having served with Army Cadets from November 1971 until January 1976 (starting as Cadet, 2408 Base Borden (CI) Army Cadet Corps; finishing as CSM B Coy, 2870 (Royal Canadian Ordnance Corps/Ottawa Service Battalion) Army Cadet Corps, Ottawa) and joined the militia with 28 (Ottawa) Service Battalion on 6 Jan 76.
While with 28 Service Battalion, John was fortunate enough to cross train and be employed on call-outs as a Weapons Technician (Land) (R421 TQ2/Journeyman) and as a Supply Technician (R911 TQ3/Supervisor). Call outs included CFB Ottawa (North and South); Area Rank and Trades School, Petawawa; Maintenance Company, 2 Svc Bn, Petawawa and Ot¬tawa Militia District’s General Military Training Course in Ottawa as Quartermaster. He trans¬ferred to the Regular Force after completing college and summer training in August 1979.
Following a stint with the Infantry, John remustered as a Supply Technician and was posted to Supply Company, 2 Service Battalion, Petawawa in March 1981. While there he partici¬pated on numerous exercises including RV81, RV83 and Ex Avalanche Express in Norway with the 1 RCR Battle Group’s National Support Element. John received an accelerated promotion to the rank of Cpl in May 83 and was selected for University Training Plan for Men (UTPM) at college militaire Royal in St-Jean, appointed Officer Cadet in May 1984.
Receiving advanced standing at CMR, John started as a Second Year student in Sep¬tember 1984, graduating with an Honours Baccalaureate in Administration (Public and Business) in May 1987 and was concurrently commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the Logistics Branch.
His first posting was to 4 Service Battalion, Lahr, West Germany where he was employed for one year as the Assistant Adjutant in Battalion Headquarters and two years as Supply Pla¬toon Commander in S&T Company. In August 1990 John had to pay his penance and was posted as Regular Support Staff to Northern Ontario Militia District Headquarters, in Sault Ste Marie, Ontario for three years. This was followed by a posting to 1 Service Battalion, Calgary as 2IC Supply Company, then employment as the G1 at Headquarters, Canadian Contingent, United Nations Protection Force in Zagreb, Croatia from April to November 1994. Returning to Canada, John was posted to Headquarters, 1 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group as the G4 Supply (Brigade Ordnance Officer) in January 1995 and after completing the Army Command and Staff Course in December 1995, was appointed Bri¬gade G4 Operations; a position he maintained through the move to Edmonton; Forest Fires, Floods, Ice Storms, and Mounting Battle Groups into Haiti, Bosnia and Kosovo; until pro¬motion to the rank of Major in April 1999.
John assumed command of Base Supply, CFB Edmonton as Base Supply Officer and with¬in six months had formed Supply Company, 1 General Support Battalion (1 GS Bn) and moved the Company from the old Base Ordnance Depot lines in Griesbach to new quarters in a section of 7 Canadian Forces Supply Depot on Steele Barracks. The battalion formed the nucleus of Task Force Bosnia-Herzegovina’s National Support Element for Roto 7, the first deployment of contracted civilian support services under ATCO-Frontec and Canadian Forces Personnel Support Agency. For this deployment, John was the Deputy Command¬ing Officer and directly responsible for the working relationship between military and civilian components of the unit. Following the deployment, John was posted to Headquarters 1 Area Support Group, Edmonton as the G3/Operations Officer on time for 9/11 and the de¬ployment of 3 PPCLI Battle Group by air into Kandahar and the concurrent formation and deployment of the first ever Strategic Line of Communication Unit based in Doha, Qatar. The next major event was planning and conducting Operation GRIZZLY: Canadian Forces support to the G8 Summit, Kananaskis, in July 2002.
John was selected to be the Deputy Task Force Commander for Task Force Golan and concurrently employed as the Deputy Commanding Officer of the United Nations Disen¬gagement Observer Force Logistics Battalion (UNDOF LOGBATT), a joint Japanese and Canadian unit, deploying from June 2003 until June 2004. John remained outside Canada, selected to be the first Canadian NATO Logistics Staff Officer posted into the Headquarters, Joint Logistics and Support Command of the Hungarian Armed Forces in Budapest from August 2004 until August 2007. While in Budapest, John closed the Hungarian Transport Platoon that was attached to the Canadian NSE in Velika-Kladusa, Bosnia; conducted the Logistics planning and coordination for the Hungarian contingent of the NATO Reaction Force (NRF); and, opened and operated the Canadian Airhead in Budapest supporting the Middle East and Afghanistan. Returning to Canada on Queen Mary II, John was posted to Canadian Operational Support Command (CANOSCOM) in Ottawa and employed on the NATO support and Force Planning portfolio of the Operational Support Transformation Directorate.
In 2009 John received a late posting to CFB Wainwright as Deputy Base Commander and stayed there until transformation into a Garrison of 3 Canadian Division Support Base, Ed¬monton and the elimination of the Base Command positions. John, Maryanna and the three cats returned to Ottawa in July of 2012. John will officially retire from the Regular Force in April of 2016.
John is involved in a number of Associations, such as the Ottawa Service Battalion Associ¬ation (President), Canadian Forces Logistics Association (Director of Reserve and Cadets) and is a member in good standing of the Royal Canadian Legion (Stittsville). He also plans to transfer to the Cadet Operations, Administration and Training Staff (COATS) in the near future.
Lorinda joined the CAF in the summer of 1995 from Peace River, Alberta. She enrolled as a MARE, and later became an MS Eng. She attended the Royal Military College in Kingston Ontario (class of 1999), graduating with a degree in mechanical engineering. She later returned to RMC for post graduate studies, receiving a Master of Applied Science in Electrical Engineering in 2006.
Over the years Lorinda enjoyed many notable postings, including HMCS Vancouver (Op Apollo), NDQAR Victoria, DMSS 3 (IPMS project), MSEO of HMCS Protecteur (what an amazing team), Canfltpac deputy FTO, and finally platform systems manager for the Canadian Surface Combatant Project. She is retiring filled with memories of excellent adventures, hard fought triumphs, and the most wonderful coworkers, teammates and mentors she could have wished for.
Upon retirement, Lorinda will remain in the Ottawa area and is looking forward to a new career in the private sector with BMT Fleet Technology Ltd. An informal send off was held for Lorinda at 1330 hrs 18 mar 16 in the Crows nest of the HMCS Bytown Wardroom.