HISTORY OF CFB BORDEN
In 1916, the government acquired the Sandy Plains to train the Canadian Expeditionary Force for overseas duty. The new facility could accommodate 30,000 personnel. The first Air Force Station in Canada came soon after in 1917. Its mission was to train pilots for the Royal Naval Air Service and the Royal Flying Corps Canada.
In 1924, Borden became the largest air station in Canada.
During the 1930s, Borden was made a permanent Army training base. Signals, armour, infantry, service corps, medical, dental, provost, intelligence, and nuclear, biological and chemical schools were all established in the years that followed.
In 1940, the Royal Canadian Air Force established what is now Canadian Forces Ammunition Depot Dundurn – Detachment Angus. It also continued to train World War II
pilots and aircrews. Borden continued to be used as a flight centre until the onset of the jet age, when the only training to be conducted here, with respect to the Air Force, was that of air maintenance crews.
In 1966, Borden became an integrated training base and the following schools were formed:
- Canadian Forces School of Administration and Logistics (CFSAL)
- Canadian Forces School of Aerospace and Ordnance Engineering (CFSAOE)
- Canadian Forces Medical Service School (CFMSS)
- Canadian Forces Dental Services School (CFDSS)
- Canadian Forces School of Intelligence and Security (CFSIS)
- Canadian Forces Nuclear, Biological and Chemical School (CFNBCS)
- Canadian Forces School of Physical Education and Recreation (CFSPER)
- Canadian Forces School of Instructional Technique (CFSIT)
- Combat Arms School (CAS)
In 1970, the armour and infantry schools moved to Gagetown and the Language Training School was formed. The Canadian Forces School of Instructional Technique was renamed the Canadian Forces Training Development Centre (CFTDC).
In 1985, the school of Aerospace and Ordnance Engineering was split to form the Canadian Forces
School of Electrical and Mechanical Engineering (CFSEME), the Canadian Forces Fire Academy (CFFA) and finally, the Canadian Forces School of Aerospace Technology and Engineering (CFSATE).
In 1995, the Canadian Forces Recruiting, Education and Training System (CFRETS) moved from Trenton to Borden. The move was made to centralize headquarters staff functions. In 1997, the Commander Training Schools (CTS) was formed, consolidating the Deputy Chief of Staff occupational training staff and the CFB Borden staff.
In1999, the CTS reorganized and became the Canadian Forces Support Training Group (CFSTG).
In 2002, as part of the ongoing process of refining training, CFRETS was disbanded. As a result of the disbandment, CFSTG became a Level 2 formation reporting directly to the Assistant Deputy Minister (Human Resources – Military) (ADM(HR-Mil)), now Chief of Military Personnel (CMP), in Ottawa. At a time when most government departments are being asked to do more with less, the Canadian Forces and CFB Borden are no exception.
The restructuring taking place at CFB Borden is in keeping with the CFSTG vision of transforming training delivery functions to meet the operational training needs of today’s Army, Navy and Air Force.
CANADIAN FORCES BASE BORDEN / CANADIAN FORCES SUPPORT TRAINING GROUP HEADQUARTERS
- Base Administration
- Technical Services
- Operations, Training & Standards
- Civilian Human Resources
CANADIAN FORCES SUPPORT TRAINING GROUP
- Canadian Forces School of Administration and Logistics
- Canadian Forces Chaplain School and Centre
- Canadian Forces Training Development Centre
- Canadian Forces Fire and CBRN Academy
- Canadian Forces School of Military Intelligence (Kingston)
- Canadian Forces School of Meteorology (Winnipeg)
LODGER UNITS AND SCHOOLS
- Canadian Forces Recruiting Group HQ
- 16 Wing HQ
- Canadian Forces School of Aerospace technology & Engineering
- Air Command Academy
- Regional Cadet Support Unit (Central)
- Canadian Forces Health Services Training Centre
- Canadian Forces School of Electrical and Mechanical Engineering
- Canadian Forces Military Police Academy
- Canadian Forces Languages School Detachment Borden
- Naval Reserve Training Division (NRTD)
- Central Region Cadet Instructor School
- Canadian Forces Ammunition Depot (CFAD) Dundurn Detachment Borden
- 31 Canadian Forces Health Services Centre
- 1 Dental Unit Borden Detachment
- Canadian Forces Personnel Support Agency Training Centre Borden
- Dispute Resolution Centre
- Canadian Forces Housing Agency
- Borden Learning and Career Centre
- 400 Tactical Helicopter Squadron
- 700 Communications Squadron
- 3 Canadian Ranger Patrol Group
- 2408 Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corps
- 102 Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron
- 2919 Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corps
- 53 Royal Canadian Sea Cadet Corps
- 714 Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron
- 734 Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron