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CFSU(O) first ex­isted as Com­man­dant, Army Head­quar­ters (AHQ), and on 12 May 1950, it was re­named the No 1 Army Ad­min­is­tra­tive Unit (1AAU). Orig­i­nally lo­cated at the “C” Build­ing in Ot­tawa’s Cartier Square, the unit’s abil­i­ties and func­tions were greatly en­hanced when the of­fice of Pay­mas­ter AHQ was trans­ferred from the Direc­torate of Pay Ser­vices to 1AAU. This meant that the re­spon­si­bil­ity for the ad­min­is­tra­tion of all pay mat­ters, in­so­far as they af­fected Army Head­quar­ters per­son­nel, was trans­ferred to the Com­man­dant of 1AAU. In­ter­est­ingly, one of 1AAU’s first tasks was to help create a spe­cial­ized fight­ing force, when, on 7 Au­gust 1950, Prime Min­is­ter Louis St-Lau­rent an­nounced the plans for the for­ma­tion of the Cana­dian Army Spe­cial Forces. This unit was to form the bulk of the 25th Cana­dian In­fantry Brigade, and 1AAU was tasked to re­cruit for this force in the Ot­tawa area un­til the for­ma­tion of No.13 Per­son­nel De­pot in 1951. 1 AAU’s role would ex­pand in the early 1960s with the amal­ga­ma­tion of the three dis­tinct mil­i­tary ser­vices. In or­der to achieve uni­for­mity and ef­fi­ciency, the head­quar­ters of the three ser­vice branches were in­te­grated to form Cana­dian Forces Head­quar­ters (CFHQ), and the three ex­ist­ing Head­quar­ters’ Ad­min­is­tra­tive Units – 1 AAU, HMCS By­town, and 1 RCAF Ad­min­is­tra­tive Unit – were des­ig­nated “CFHQ Ad­min­is­tra­tive Unit (CFHQ AU)” on 7 De­cem­ber 1964. The newly formed unit had broad­ened ad­min­is­tra­tive re­spon­si­bil­i­ties in four main ar­eas; ad­min­is­tra­tion, of­fice ser­vices, se­cu­rity, and fi­nance. Even af­ter the for­ma­tion of CFHQ AU, the uni­fi­ca­tion process would con­tinue to change the face of the CAF and in­flu­ence the fu­ture CFSU(O). On 1 Fe­bru­ary 1968, Bill C-243, the Cana­dian Forces Re­or­ga­ni­za­tion Act, be­came law, and the three ser­vice branches were com­bined into a sin­gle en­tity. The uni­fi­ca­tion be­came an ex­plo­sive po­lit­i­cal is­sue both within the Armed Forces and in the na­tional pub­lic po­lit­i­cal arena, and it had di­rect con­se­quences on the NCR, as two pre­vi­ously in­di­vid­ual en­ti­ties - RCAF Sta­tion Rock­cliffe and RCAF Sta­tion Up­lands – be­came Cana­dian Forces Bases (CFBs) Rock­cliffe and Up­lands. The in­te­gra­tion of these two bases proved to be a chal­leng­ing un­der­tak­ing as each had its own unique his­tory, tra­di­tions, and spe­cial­ties. CFB cana­di­ennes (BFC) Rock­cliffe et Up­lands, ainsi qu’à la ra­tio­nal­i­sa­tion et à la ré­duc­tion des ef­fec­tifs sur­v­enues dans la ré­gion de la cap­i­tale na­tionale.

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