Logistics officer takes over as CFB Esquimalt’s new Base Commander

Navy News / July 10, 2019

By Acting Sub-Lieutenant Michelle Scott

Canadian Forces Base (CFB) Esquimalt, B.C., has made history, welcoming its first logistics officer to the position of Base Commander in a ceremony held June 27.

In the Logistics Branch’s 51-year history, Captain(Navy) (Capt(N)) Sam Sader is the first to take the helm as Base Commander of CFB Esquimalt, a position typically bestowed upon naval warfare officers.

“I am honoured to have been appointed by the Admiralty and I assume this command with a great sense of pride and responsibility,” he said.

Despite this auspicious appointment, Capt(N) Sader remains humble.

“I believe every incoming Base Commander strives to enable the best support to the fleet and formation, regardless of their professional background,” he explained.

He leaves his most recent position as the Commanding Officer of Base Logistics, where he oversaw the installation of the first Vertical Lift System (VLS) on a Canadian base.  The VLS project took a mere 15 months from inception to installation, and transformed the supply chain process through digitization.

Capt(N) Sader has held a variety of positions throughout his years in the Canadian Armed Forces. These include serving aboard Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship (HMCS) Ottawa, where he led the forward logistics site team and was seconded to the Naval Boarding Team; serving as the logistics officer for Maritime Operations Group 4; and supporting numerous Operation CARIBBE and Rim of the Pacific deployments, as well as HMCS Victoria’s first operational deployment. He was also a section head within the Directorate of Naval Logistics in Ottawa. All positions and experiences he feels will enable him to fulfill his duties as Base Commander.

“Naval logistics is a multi-disciplinary field that aims to optimize resource use to deliver the most effective support to operations, and that is very similar to the base’s mission,” he explained.

Outgoing Base Commander, Capt(N) Jason Boyd, is confident that Capt(N) Sader will move into his role seamlessly.

“During his time as Base Logistics Officer, I found Capt(N) Sader to be both an outstanding leader and a trusted advisor,” said Capt(N) Boyd. “He worked tirelessly to improve efficiency through innovation and was able to manage great change while also taking care and boosting the morale of the people under his command. His thoughtfulness, dedication and hard work leave me with no doubt that Sam will make a tremendous commander of CFB Esquimalt.”

Taking the watch, Capt(N) Sader plans to get his fix on the chart before making any major changes to the way the base does business.

“My command priorities will be aligned with those of the Commander of the Royal Canadian Navy and the Commander of Maritime Forces Pacific. Specifically, I will always strive to empower the Base Defence Team, enable excellence in operational support, evolve the modernization of base business, and engage with our community partners.”

At least one thing that will remain the same through the transfer of base commanders, is the desire to put people first.

“Capt(N) Boyd’s first advice to me was to take care of people, which I fully intend to do. I believe that when you take care of people, they take care of the RCN business.”