2 Service Battalion - History

Our History

On 1 October 1968, most of the support units of 2 Combat Group were combined into a single combat service support unit, called 2 Service Battalion (2 Svc Bn). Incorporating long-standing, honourable and well-recognized units, many of whom had seen service in the Second World War and Korea, 2 Service Battalion was able to build upon a proud history.

The following units joined to form three of the current functioning companies in the Battalion:Supply Company Ancestry 42 Camp Ordnance Railhead, Royal Canadian Ordnance Corps 2 Ordnance Field Park, Royal Canadian Ordnance CorpsTransportation Company Ancestry 2 Transportation Company- Royal Canadian Army Service CorpsMaintenance Company Ancestry 209 Workshop, Royal Canadian Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (RCEME) 2 Field Workshop, RCEMEThe organization of 2 Service Battalion has continued to develop and evolve in response to the demands made upon it. The demands made upon the Battalion in its first few years by 2 Combat Group were minimal and the Battalion drifted towards the Base side of its dual role.

The year 1977 was one of great change in the Battalion. 2 Combat Group was disbanded and a new airborne, air transportable formation, the Special Service Force was created. The Role of the Battalion did not change considerably but the potential tasks of the Special Service Force created the need for a flexibility of mind and broadness of scope that was not previously required. The creation of this new force reinforced the requirement for constant combat readiness, which is necessary in all land force field units. The personnel of the Battalion are soldiers first and technicians second, prepared at all times to move and fight, as well as carry out their task to provide combat support.As the demands of the Battalion increased, further organizational changes were made to allow it to provide more effective support. A Logistics Operations Centre (Log Ops) – the Battalion Command Post – was created in Battalion Headquarters to provide the centralized coordination and planning functions for support to the Special Service Force. Concurrently, Administration Company was created to provide the first-line support to the Battalion itself, improving the field deployment capabilities of the Battalion.In 1995, the Special Service Force was disbanded and 2 Service Battalion came under the command of 2 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group (2CMBG). Under this role, the Battalion was tasked with providing support to all Brigade dependencies for the exercises and deployments while being expected to concurrently fulfill its Base-side functions, which was no small challenge.

In the year 2000, 2 Service Battalion was divided in two, to form 2 General Support (GS) Service Battalion and Close Support (CS) Service Battalion. This situation prevailed until 2006, when 2 GS and 2 CS Battalions were reunited. As one entity the Battalion provides second-line support to all units falling under 2ASG, 2 CMBG, Reserve Bdes, Cadets and the lodger units of CFB Petawawa with the first-line support provided to the Battalion.The Battalion has grown to a total of five Companies; Supply, Transportation, Maintenance, Administration, and QL4 Training. Additionally, the Battalion retains the ability to force generate a Forward Support Group (FSG) for international operations on order.

Through the years, 2 Service Battalion has been involved in numerous major operational deployments and several minor operations worldwide. These deployments include but no limited to, the 1976 Montreal Olympics, 1988 Calgary Olympics, the Persian Gulf, the former Yugoslavia (Op PALLADIUM), and the Manitoba floods of 1997 (Op ASSISTANCE), the Ice Storms of Eastern Canada in 1998 (Op RECUPERATION), Haiti (Op HESTIA) and Afghanistan (Op ATHENA and Op ATTENTION). It is a credit to the Battalion that is has been able to effectively meet its deployed operations responsibilities while maintaining its institutional and base-side obligations.

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