FROM THE COMMANDING OFFICER
I would like to take the
opportunity in this, the first edition of "THE SCHWARZWÄLDER",
to express my sincere thanks and congratulations to those
whose ingenuity, determination and industry have made possible
a weekIy newspaper for our Wing. The numerous proposals from
members of our community suggest that interest is sufficiently
high that the newspaper stands an excellent chance of being
an immediate success. However, you will recognize that pro-duction
of a weekly newspaper is an under-taking of some magnitude.
I have no doubt that our publication will experience some
growing pains in its attempt to satisfy the particular needs
of our community, as well as to provide articles which will
be both interesting and of educational value to readers of
"THE SCHWARZWÄLDER". The Editor and his staff are volunteers
and I know that they stand ready to do all in' their power
to make our newspaper the finest in Ser-vice circles. They
need our confidence and total support let's prove to them
that they can count on us!
I would, of course,
be remiss if I neglected to express on behalf of all 4 Wingers
a sincere thank you to the Recreation Centre staff and the
host of individuals who supported them in publishing the 4
Wing Information Sheet. Stated very simply, "Well done, and
thank you for all the efforts you have extended in providing
a wonderful service to our community''.
Finally, on receipt
of this issue of "THE SCHWARZWÄLDER", you will be in the midst
of preparing for Christmas and, in turn, the New Year's festivities.
At this time I look back with much pride and satisfaction
on the achievements of this Wing during the past twelve months.
We have continued to uphold our pre-eminent position within
the Air Division and NATO. Needless to say, such outstanding
achievement is the sum total of the combined and joint efforts
of every "4 Winger" civilian as well as military. I wish to
express my deep appreciation and to say thank you for this
The widespread generosity
of funds, material and personal effort devoted to the many
and varied "causes" throughout the area speaks volumes for
the Christian spirit and compassion of the Wing. I am indeed
grateful to all of you for your contributions towards an ever
better relationship with our neighbours and allies
Kaufman and my family join me in wishing each and every one
- service, civilian and dependent - A Very Merry Christmas
and much success and hap-piness in 1970.
Division Headquarters personnel staff have released, to 1 and
4 Wings, the names of 487 personnel who will be repatriated
to Canada as a result of the reorganiza-tion of Canadian Forces
Personnel, whose names are on the latest repa-triation list,
will be informed through official channels.
The latest repat notices, forwarded to 1 and 4 Wings on December
9th include per-sonnel of all ranks from pri-vate to chief warrant
officer in thirteen trades, mainly tho-se associated with aircraft
maintenance. On the list are 292 personnel at 1 Wing Lahr and
195 at 4 Wing Ba-den-Soellingen. Many of the CF-lO4 jet pilots,
who will be staying in Europe, have also been informed. The
na-mes of sixty, Starfighter pi-lots, who will be remaining
in Germany, were released to both 1 and 4 Wings late Monday
By mid-Summer, 1970, these
pilots will be with the three Starfighter Squadrons which
will be based at Baden-Soellingen. The three Squadrons will
be 421 Red Indian, 439 Tiger and 441 Silver Fox. The Squadrons
will form 1 Ca-nadian Air Group which will have its Headquarters
in the Canadian Caserne at Lahr. They will be opera-tionally
responsible to NATO's Fourth Allied Tactical Air Force.
What Is It?
The mast-head of "THE SCHWARZWÄLDER", our new Base Newspa-per,
is balanced on each end with the insignia from our official
CAF 4 Wing crest The dark-coloured circle is symbolic of the
Black Forest, with the Rhine River (usually in blue) flowing
across it. The three Squadrons on the Base are presented by
the three erect banner-staves.
above is a command and reconnaissance vehicle which visited
4 Wing last week on the Annual Christmas PX run. The crew,
shown here parked out-side the PX, were somewhat dismayed
to learn that the previous day had been an American holiday,
the reason the facility was in no condition to accommodate
PLEASE EXCUSE! ! !
Your answer to our call
for articles and reports to be published in this, the first
Edition of the 4 Wing "SCHWARZWÄLDER", was overwhelming. How-ever,
shortage of time, electric copier, inexperience in this field,
and an abundance of material have left us exposed to many
errors or omissions. We can only ask you to excuse this, and
to bear with us, when in future editions these problems will
be cor-rected. The Staff of "THE SCHWARZWÄLDER, ex-tends a
hearty "thanks" for your response in help-to get your new
newspaper on its way.
NEXT EDITION OF "THE
The next Edition
of your 4 Wing Newspaper will "hit the stands" on Thursday,
January 8th, 1970. All articles and copy for publication should
be received at the newspaper office prior to January 5th.
THE SCHWARZWÄLDER STAFF
EXTENDS TO YOU THE BEST WISHES FOR A JOYOUS YULETIDE AND A
PROSPEROUS NEW YEAR.
New CO for
Colonel Gorden H. Sellars, 46,
of Calgary, Alberta, has been named Command Authority of the Lahr-Soellingen
Complex, Canadian Forces Base, Europe and will commence when F.F.B.
Europe is formed officially next summer. In the meantime, he will
be involved in planning of the new C.F. Base Concept. Both 1 and
4 Wing organizations, now commanded respectively by Colonel A. ].
Pudsey and Colonel F. J. Kaufman, will continue until CFB Europe
is formed officially.
Headquarters of CFB Europe
will be at the Canadian Caserne in Lahr, and will have some jurisdiction
over Canadian Forces at both Lahr and Baden-Soellingen. The new
CFB Europe will house units of the 5,000-man Canadian Forces Europe
being formed in 1970 to replace the present NATO-assigned Canadian
1 Air Division and 4 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group.
A graduate of the Royal
Military College of Canada, Kingston, Ontario, he was commissioned
in the Calgary Highlanders and as a liaison officer with Headquarters,
5th Canadian Infantry Brigade. After his return to Canada in July,
1945, he served on the staff of Headquarters Western Command in
Edmonton. In 1947 he was posted to the 1st Battalion, Princess Patricia's
Canadian Light Infantry, and in 1950 to its 3rd Battalion.
In 1951 he served with
the 25th Canadian Infantry Brigade Reinforcement Group in Tacoma,
Washington, and Camp Wainwright, Alberta. In 1952 he was posted
to the 2nd Canadian Highland Battalion, and promoted major.
completed a course at the Canadian Army Staff College, Kingston,
Ontario, in December of 1953 and was posted to Korea as a Company
Commander with the 2nd Battalion, The Black Watch (RHR) of Canada.
After returning to Canada a year later, he held various staff appointments
until 1959 when he was posted to Britain as an Exchange Officer
at the British War Office in London. In 1961 he went to Ghana as
a member of the Canadian Military Training Team.
He was promoted Lieutenant-Colonel
and appointed Commanding Officer of the 1st Battalion, the Black
Watch, at Camp Gagetown, New Brunswick, in April of 1963. In September
of 1966 he was appointed to the Directorate of Training and in May,
1967, was promoted Colonel and appointed Director of Officer Cadets.
He attended the National Defence College, Kingston, from September
of 1968 until July of 1969. In August, 1969, he became Commander,
Canadian Forces Base, Soest, with Headquarters at Soest, Germany.