MWO/Adjum P.J. Griffin, CD
After more than 24 years of loyal and dedicated service to the Canadian Armed Forces and the Canadian Military Engineers Branch, MWO Patrick Griffin, CD, will retire on 24 June 2022. Anecdotes and retirement wishes may be sent directly to MWO P.J. Griffin at Patrick.Griffin@forces.gc.ca.
Born and raised in New Waterford, Cape Breton Island, NS, Master Warrant Officer Patrick Griffin joined the Canadian Armed Forces in February 1998 as a Reserve Field Engineer with 45 Field Squadron in Sydney, NS, and then joined the Regular Force as an Electrical Generating Systems Technician in 2002.
During his career, MWO Griffin has held positions within 45 Fd Engr Sqn, Sydney, NS; 4 ESR and CFSME, Gagetown, NB; CFB Greenwood, NS; CFB Cold Lake, AB; 1 ESU and RPOG(O), Kingston, ON; and finally as the Detachment Sergeant-Major for RPOG(O) Det Trenton.
MWO Griffin assisted with Op Persistence in Peggy’s Cove in 1998, refugees at Camp Argonaut in Gagetown in 1999, CFS Alert as a power plant operator for six months in 2005 and again in the summer of 2007, and for nine months in 2007- 2008. He completed ten months of work-up training in Edmonton with TF 3-09 and then deployed to Afghanistan from Oct 2009 to May 2010. He traveled to all Forward Operation Locations in Canada’s north, namely Inuvik, Yellowknife, Rankin Inlet, and Iqaluit to conduct surveys of backup generators and infrastructure. Twice in 2016, he travelled to Op Impact Camp Kuwait, conducting a power grid survey to address many power quality issues.
MWO Griffin has completed numerous training exercises including Ex Stallworth Sapper and Ex Nihilo Sapper in Gagetown, NB, Maple Resolve in Wainwright, AB, and Maple Guardian in Cold Lake, AB, as well as exchanges to Kingston, Jamaica, for Ex Tropical Hammer and to Tucson, Arizona.
In 2015, MWO Griffin was awarded a Canadian Joint Operations Commander’s Commendation for his study into improving electrical connections in deployed camps, making the system safer.
MWO Griffin has been married for over eleven years to Tina, his truly supportive and dedicated partner. She is already enjoying her life as a retired service member and he cannot wait to join her. So, after more than 24 years in the CAF and the Engineer family, Patrick and Tina will retire in Kingston. They will enjoy more time together and continue helping the local CMEA chapter which he has served for more than nine years.