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Posted:10/18/2019 10:26:46 PM
Farewell Parade for the Chief of Staff Logistics
By Lester Mills

A FUNCTION to bid farewell to Lt Gen Ivan Lemmer, retiring Chief of Staff Logistics, was held at the Army College on 22 March. It was attended by many top ranking officers, including his successor, Lt Gen Ken Pickersgill.

Lt Gen Lemmer, SSAS, SD, SM, was born in Johannesburg and matriculated at the Pretoria Technical College in 1948. He later read for a BSc (Mil) degree at the University of Pretoria where he graduated in 1952.

His first post was as a typist/clerk with the Pretoria Municipality, followed by a position as assistant clerk at the Department of Mining, also in Pretoria.

He joined the then Union Defence Force (now SA Defence Force) as a cadet officer in April 1950. By 1964 he was a Commandant and by 1968 had been promoted to Brigadier at the age of 37.

He became a Major General in August 1974 and a Lieutenant General in December 1979. Lt Gen Lemmer attended scores of military training courses during his 39-year stint with the SA Defence Force, including one at the Regular Royal Engineers Junior Officer Post-Degree School of Military Engineering in Chatham, United Kingdom, in 1957.

For a spell in 1957 he was seconded to an Engineering Squadron of the British Army stationed on the Rhine in West Germany as a troop commander.

He has served variously as Commanding Officer, including Orange Free State Command and Southern Cape Command. On attaining the rank of Major General he was Chief of Army Staff Logistics. He has been Chief of Staff Logistics since August 1978.

Lt Gen Lemmer is married to Linda (nee Knoesen), a teacher. They have two children, Rinal, a dental technologist, and Karin, a dentist.

SOURCE: PARATUS • APRIL 1989

Photo: Lt Gen Ken Pickersgill (right) is congratulated on his appointment, as Chief of Staff Logistics by Lt Gen Ivan Lemmer.




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