Retirements

Date Retired: 15 Sep 2016
Retirement Description:

After more than 12 years of loyal and dedicated service to the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF), the Canadian Military Engineer Branch and the National Defence Fire Service, MCpl Daniel Labarre, CD(bio attached), will retire 15 Sept 2016. A Depart with Dignity Ceremony will take place at Crabby Joe’s in Angus at 1430 on 16 Sep 2016. Anecdotes may be sent to the OPI by e-mail.

OPI Sgt Bryan Bowden or by phone at 705-424-1200 ext 7157.


MCpl Labarre joined the Canadian Forces on the 29th of July 2004 as a Firefighter where upon completion of basic training in CFB St. Jean in 2004, went on to complete his Firefighter QL 3 level trade course in CFB Borden. His first posting was to 3 Wing Bagotville, 29 April 2005 and his time there was full of medical emergencies, sports, outdoor activities, and his first deployment to Op Athena, Kandahar, Afghanistan from 31 July 2007 to 17 February 2008. He was then posted to CJIRU in July 2008 and served with them for 2 years until he returned to the fire hall in July 2010. He was then promoted to his current rank of MCpl in March 2012 and posted to CFFCA in July 2012 where he taught many students and various courses until his release date of 15 September 2016.

MCpl Labarre will continue to live and volunteer in the area where he hopes to establish roots within the community and start a wonderful life with his girlfriend Carmela as she starts her career as a Kindergarten teacher within the York Region School Board. He thanks everyone who had an impact on his career and the many people whom he worked with and built friendships with, you will be missed but never forgotten.

Date Retired: 29 Nov 2015
Retirement Description:

LCol D.P. Breton, CD will retire from the Canadian Armed Forces on 29 Nov 2015 after more than 28 years of loyal and dedicated service to the CAF and the CME Branch (please see attached bio).

His last day in military dress will be Tue 13 Oct 2015. He will be moving in Alberta and starting a second career as a Superintendent, Facilities and Environmental Services for the Calgary Board of Education. LCol Dany Breton will manage the 227 public schools in the City of Calgary serving over 177,000 students from kinder garden to grade 12.

LCol Breton's DWD ceremony will be held Thurs 8 Oct 15 at the Army Officers' Mess/OP (Third floor) beginning at 1100hrs and will include soup/sandwiches/tea/coffee (user pay). Please confirm your attendance to LCol K.A. Taylor (please cc WO D.F. Whitty) NLT 5 Oct 15.

Congratulatory messages, anecdotes, photos, and farewell wishes can be forwarded to LCol Taylor Allan.Taylor@forces.gc.ca


Lieutenant-Colonel Dany Breton is a native of Chicoutimi, QC. From 1987 to 1992, he attended the Royal Military Colleges in St-Jean, QC and Kingston, ON followed by Military Engineer training in Chilliwack, BC in 1993.

LCol Breton was posted to 3 Wing Bagotville, QC from 1993 to 1997. There, he provided engineer support to Op SAGUENAY, the Canadian Armed Forces response to the 1996 Saguenay floods. From 1997 until 2001, LCol Breton served as Wing Construction Engineering Officer for 9 Wing Gander, NL. Promoted to Major in 2001, he was posted to 1 Canadian Air Division Headquarters where he assumed responsibility for the training development of the nine Construction Engineering occupations In 2004, LCol Breton deployed as the Officer Commanding Engineer Support Unit for Task Force Bosnia- Herzegovina. From Bosnia, he reported to 4 Wing Cold Lake, AB as the Wing Construction Engineering Officer.

Subsequently posted to Ottawa in 2007 as the VCDS Group engineer, he was promoted to his current rank in 2008 and assumed the position of CF Fire Marshal. He was then selected as the Command Engineer for the Canadian Special Operations Forces Command from 2009 to 2012. In 2012, LCol Breton assumed command as Wing Logistics and Engineering Officer for 8 Wing Trenton. Following the illegal annexation of Crimea in 2014, he deployed as a strategic planner for Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe to develop contingency plans for the defence of NATO’s eastern flank.

In 2015, LCol Breton was posted to Ottawa as the Assistant Chief Military Engineer. Upon his release in October 2015, LCol Breton will assume the role of Superintendent, Facilities and Environmental Services for the Calgary Board of Education. LCol Breton holds a Master of Defence Studies, a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering and is a licensed Professional Engineer. An avid runner, LCol Breton has logged over 27,000km since 2001. Most importantly, he and his wife Nancy are the proud parents of a beautiful 7 year old girl named Léa and an inquisitive three year old boy Matis.

 

Date Retired: 15 Aug 2016
Retirement Description:

WO Bernard Emberley, CD retires from the Canadian Armed Forces on the 15th of August 2016 after 26+ years of dedicated service to the CAF and the CME Branch (see bio attached).

Friends and colleagues are welcome to attend his depart with dignity presentation function which will take place at CFSME Gagetown; Bldg J-10, Commandant's Assembly Area on the 28th of July 2015 at 1300hrs. Congratulatory messages or anecdotes can be sent to WO Dale Hickey by the 14th of July 2016

WO Emberley was born in St. John’s, Newfoundland. He joined the military on June 25 1990 in St. John’s (Newfoundland) as a Pres Combat Engineer. As a member of 56 Field Engineer Squadron, he completed Basic, QL3, QL5 and CLC. WO Emberley component transferred to the Reg F January 1996 and was posted to 2 Combat Engineer Regiment (2CER) Petawawa, Ont. In 1998 he remustered to 042 FEE OP and completed his Heavy equipment Op crse, then Grader Op (2001) and Crane Op (2002). As a member of 2CER WO Emberley completed 4 tours - OP Kinetic - Kosovo, OP Palladium - Bosnia and OP Athena - Afghanistan twice. He a achieved the rank Of Sergeant before being posted to The Canadian Forces School of Military Engineering in 2007 where he was employed as a heavy equipment instructor. WO Emberley was posted to 1 Engineer Support Unit, Moncton NB in 2010 and deployed again for a third time to OP Athena. This time as a member of 1 Specialized Engineer Team, at the Provincial Reconstruction Team – Camp Nathen Smith, he worked on various projects but primarily the reconstruction of the Daman District Centre after it was targeted by a VBIED. He also deployed on projects with 1 ESU to Alert, Yellowknife, Haiti, and Israel. WO Emberley was promoted to the rank of Warrant Officer in June 2013 and was then post back to CFSME as the Roads Cell WO in charge of Heavy equipment Plans and OPS delivery and heavy equipment training to core courses. He moved into the position of Admin Sqn Ops WO, then on to his current position of DP3A/OSS STDS Rep. WO Emberley will finish his retirement leave 15 August 2016 and after a short vacation at home in NL with his daughter Alyssa (17), son Jack (9), friends, and family, will attend school in NS in Sept to pursue a career as a crane operator on board ship.

At Jamie’s request, friends and colleagues are welcome to attend his depart with dignity presentation function which will take place at CFSME Gagetown; Bldg. J-10, Staff Lounge on the 28th of July 2016 at 1300hrs. Dress will be dress of the day or civilian casual. Congratulatory messages and anecdotes can be sent to Warrant Officer Dale Hickey. mailto:Dale.Hickey@forces.gc.ca CHIMO!!

Date Retired: 16 Apr 2015
Retirement Description:

WO Steven Higginbotham will retire from the Canadian Armed Forces on 16 Apr 2015 after 30 plus years of loyal and dedicated service to the CAF and 5 ½ years to the Public Service. He joined the CAF right out of high school on 1 September 1979, and completed basic training at CFB Cornwallis. After completing his QL3 Medical Assistant training he was posted back to CFB Cornwallis where he spent the next three years working between the hospital and the MIR. As an avid athlete, he spent much of his free time participating on the Base Sports Teams (hockey, broomball, softball and soccer) and in 1983 he remustered to the Physical Education and Recreation Instructor Trade. As a PERI, his dream job, he had postings to: Cornwallis, Gander, Shearwater, Ottawa and Halifax and a 6 month tour in Alert. When the PERI trade was dissolved in 1997, at the rank of Sgt, he chose to remain in the CAF, relinquish his rank, and take an occupational transfer to the WFE trade. Upon completion of his QL3 training in Chilliwack, he was posted to CFB Greenwood and shortly thereafter had his first tour as an engineer, to Kosovo. After two years in Greenwood he was posted to CFSME. In April 2004, at the rank of Sgt, he retired from the CAF for the first time with 24 1/2 yrs of service and joined the Public Service as an employee and the eventual supervisor of the Water Treatment Plant in Gagetown. 5 ½ yrs later, in 2009, he decided to accept a full time Reserve position, at 1ESU Moncton, where he has since re-enrolled in the Regular Force. While with 1 ESU, he was deployed to Jamaica twice and Kuwait twice. In 2013 he was posted to 8 Wing Trenton and has since completed an 8 month tour in Kuwait.

Steven and his wife Sandy will be retiring in the Moncton area where they plan on spending some quality time with family, golfing and travelling.

Friends and colleagues are welcome to attend a departure luncheon which will take place at the Royal Canadian Legion, Trenton Branch 110 on the 9th April beginning at 1200. (Dress: Dress of the day). For planning purposes please confirm your attendance to Lt. Peter Warford at peter.warford@forces.gc.ca NLT 2 Apr 2015. Congratulatory messages, anecdotes, photos, and farewell wishes can also be forwarded.

Date Retired: 08 Aug 2019
Retirement Description:

After 42 years and 36 days of loyal and dedicated service to the Canadian Armed Forces and the Canadian Military Engineer Branch, CWO Louis Myre, CD will retire on 08 August 2019.  A Depart with Dignity ceremony will take place on Friday, 12 July 2019 at the NDHQ Warrant Officers’ & Sergeants’ Mess, 4 Queen Elizabeth Drive, Ottawa, Ontario, at 1100 hrs. Please confirm your participation to the OPI before 05 July 2019. Meals À la carte are available at the Mess Cafeteria, if people wishes, at their own expense. Anecdotes or retirement wishes may be sent to MWO Robert McKendry, at Robert.McKendry@forces.gc.ca, CSN: 997-7709, no later than 05 July 2019.

Chief Warrant Officer (CWO) Louis Myre was born in St-Jérôme, Québec. He completed high school in June 1976 and enlisted in the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) a few months later, on September 15, 1976, in Montréal. After completing his Electrical Generating Systems technician course, he was transferred to Canadian Forces Station (CFS) Lac St-Denis in 1977. During this period, he made his first tour at CFS Alert in 1980. Sometime after he is back, a transfer takes him to Canadian Forces Base (CFB) Bagotville. While in Bagotville, he gets married and have his first child. The young family moved to CFS Moisie in 1982. During his stay on the Côte Nord region, he participated in his first United Nations (UN) tour in the Golan Heights in 1985. Upon his return to Canada, he made a short transfer at CFB Borden, and then returning to Quebec at CFS Mont-Apica in 1987, a few months before deploying for his second tour at CFS Alert, the family expanded to a second child. After the closure of CFS Mont-Apica, he is selected for SFC Bermuda in 1990, from which his third child will be born. Returning to Canada at CFB Ottawa (Uplands) in 1993, he completed his second NU tour with Op Cavalier in Bosnia in 1994. He returned to CFB Chilliwack in 1996, before relocating the Canadian Forces School of Military Engineering. (CFSME) at CFB Gagetown a year later. Then, he was transferred to Moncton in 2000 with 1 Construction Engineering Unit. He made another UN mission to Eritrea in 2000. In 2001, he decided to retire from the CAF, but re-enrolled in 2002.

The CAF returns happened in CFB Goose Bay for a short time, then return with 1 Engineering Support Unit in Moncton in 2004. He returned to Ottawa again in 2006 as the Life Cycle Material Manager for the Canadian Forces for the Heavy Power Generators. And then, another return to CFSME in 2009 as Sergeant Major (SM) of the Construction Engineering Training Squadron. A very brief one-year return to CFB Bagotville in 2011. Subsequently, he was brought back to Ottawa in 2012 with the Assistant Deputy Minister (Materiel) with the Northern Warning System. Then for a few months, once again in the position of manager of the life cycle of the equipment in 2014. Promoted to his current rank, he is then transferred to Montréal in 2015, he becomes the last SM of the Headquarters (HQ) of the Engineering Service and the first HQ SM of the Real Property Operations Unit (Québec). In 2017, he returns to Ottawa for the last time with the Royal Canadian Air Force in the Director Air Personnel Strategy until his retirement on August 08, 2019, after more than 42 years and 36 days of loyal service.

CWO Myre and his lovely wife, Guylaine, will remain in the Gatineau area and will keep a close eye on their three grown-ups and three grandchildren in the family.

Date Retired: 08 Dec 2016
Retirement Description:

After more than 29 years of loyal and dedicated service to the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) and the Canadian Military Engineer Branch, Master Warrant Officer Rick Aucoin, CD (bio attached), will retire 8 December 2016. A Depart with Dignity Ceremony will take place at the WOs & Sgts Annex Mess at a cost of $5.00 per person (Bldg A4) at 5 CDSG Gagetown, on 28 October 2016 13:00 to 15:00. Attendees are requested to advise the OPI of their planned attendance NLT 7 October 2016. Anecdotes or retirement wishes may be sent to the OPI by e-mail.

OPI: MWO Kevin Stanford  or by phone at 506-422-2000 Ext 4496.

MWO Aucoin joined the Reserves in 45 Field Engineer Sqn Sydney NS in 1986. He completed his QL3 in St Johns Newfoundland in the summer of 1987 and his Ql5 in Gagetown the following year. He completed his driver’s course, winter warfare in Gagetown with 22 Field Squadron and a tasking in Chilliwack in the field section. Now newly promoted to corporal he became the full time Squadron Quarter Master. He then completed his PLQ in Aldershot in and his QL6A in Chilliwack. He remained as the full time SQMS for 8 years making it to the rank of Sgt. As a Sgt he completed his rappel masters course with 2RCR in Gagetown, Basic and advance Radiation Safety Officer and Instructor Techniques courses.

In Jan 1997, MWO Aucoin component transferred to the regular force, posted to 2 CER in Petawawa. Only two months in the Reg force Cpl Aucoin attended his combat leader’s course and was the top candidate. He deployed to Bosnia in 1998 OP PALLADIUM and was promoted to MCpl Aug 1999. Promoted to Sgt in Apr 2002, he deployed again to Bosnia in Sep 2003 as a Section Comd. In Feb 2005, he deployed to Kabul as the Op’s Sgt (OP ATHENA). Upon return, he was promoted to WO in Jul 2007 and again deployed to Kandahar in Sep 2008 as the Tp WO on OP ATHENA. @forces.gc.ca>

While in 2 CER MWO Aucoin held the following positions: Section 2IC, RSM’s Driver, Section Comd, Recce, Sqn OP’s, Regimental OP’s and Trg, and TP WO and deployed on two Domestic Operations, the Winnipeg Floods Apr 1997 and the Ice Storm in Jan 1998. He also deployed to NFLD on a Security task for the fires in Goose bay and a Search task for body recovery in Miaramachi while in 4 ESR. @forces.gc.ca>

After returning from Afghanistan, he was posted to CFSME in July 2009 where he became the Course NCO for the Recce Ops, TP WO and the BEOC 1.2 (Phase 4) Officers Course. @forces.gc.ca>

In July 2012, MWO Aucoin was promoted to his current rank and posted to 4 ESR as the Field Sqn SSM. In Aug 2013, he became the Adm Sqn SSM and remained in that position for two years.@forces.gc.ca>

In July 2015 he was posted to G7 AITA training and design at CTC HQ then JPSU 4 July 2016. Rick is Married to Kim and has Son Brandon (20 living in Pembroke) and a Stepson Trevor (21 also living in Pembroke). They are still deciding whether they are going to remain in Burton or move to Gods country in Cape Breton.@forces.gc.ca>

Chimo@forces.gc.ca>

 

Date Retired: 01 Apr 2016
Retirement Description:

After more than 35 years of service, Chief Warrant Officer Gary Crosby will retire from the Canadian Armed Forces on 01 May 2016. Chief Warrant Officer Crosby joined the Canadian Armed Forces in 1981. He has served on bases across Canada as well as overseas in Europe, Africa, Central America and the Middle-East. His last posting was to the Canadian Army Trials and Evaluation Unit in Gagetown, New Brunswick where he was employed at the unit's Sergeant Major.

Chief Warrant Officer Crosby and his wife Marie intend to stay in Oromocto where he will be employed as an artist for the New Brunswick Art Council. Chief Warrant Officer Crosby's service will be recognized at a private event as requested by the member.  Letters of acknowledgement, anecdoted, jokes, or stories can be sent to Lieutenant V.E. Benotto, Adjutant CATEU Gagetown, New Brunswick at fax (506) 422-1469, telephone (506) 422 2000 EXT 2019 or via emial to VICTORIA.BENOTTO@FORCES.GC.CA.

Throughout his career, Gary has served in a number of engineer units across Canada and overseas, has deployed on operations in Africa, Central America, the Middle-East and on domestic operations. In addition, he has served at the Canadian Forces School of Military Engineering (CFSME), Land Force Central Area Training Centre, Counter-Improvised Explosive Device Task Force (CIED TF) and as Regimental Sergeant Major (RSM) of both the 3rd Canadian Division Training Centre and the Canadian Army Trials and Evaluation Unit. He plans to remain in the Oromocto area with his wife Marie, working as an artist with the New Brunswick Art Council.

Gary was born in Ottawa. He is the son of Capt WM Crosby and was raised on multiple bases across Canada as his father completed a 35-year career.  In 1981, he enrolled as a combat engineer in the CAF, completing his training in Chilliwack, BC before receiving his first posting to 22 Field Sqn in Gagetown, NB as a sapper. In 1985 he was promoted to Cpl and posted to 4 Combat Engineer Regiment (CER) in Lahr, Germany and received a promotion to MCpl two years later in 1987.

Upon return to Canada in 1989, Gary was posted to CFSME, promoted to Sgt in 1990 and employed as a course NCO at the school. Two years later, he was posted to 4 Engineer Support Regiment in Gagetown, NB, during which time he deployed to Kigali City, Rwanda. In 1996, he was posted to 1 Combat Engineer Regiment (1 CER) in Edmonton, AB, deploying to Bosnia, followed by a posting to 2 CER in Petawawa in 1997.

Gary was deployed as the Engineer Troop Warrant when the ice storm hit southern Ontario in 1998 and deployed to Honduras later that year as part of the Disaster Assistance Response Team in the position of Engineer Platoon Warrant. Promoted to Warrant Officer in in 1999, he deployed on a mission to Sierra Leone, West Africa in 2001, for which his service in wartime operations earned him the United Kingdom’s Operational Service Medal. Promoted to MWO in 2002, he deployed a year later to Kabul as the senior Multinational Explosive Ordinance Disposal Advisor for the Kabul Multinational Brigade.

Gary was posted to LFCA TC in Meaford, ON and deployed yet again to Afghanistan in 2007, where he completed missions in Helmond, Qalat, Tarinkowt and Kandahar province. With this experience under his belt, he was posted to the CIED TF in Ottawa in the training cell. In 2010, he was posted to LFDTS in Wainwright. Gary accepted the position of RSM of the 3rd Canadian Division Training Centre in Wainwright, AB in 2011. He was presented the Army Commendation for his work in the CIED TC and the Order of Military Merit in 2013. In 2014, he took a final posting to Gagetown, NB where he has been employed as the Unit Sergeant Major for the past two years.

Date Retired: 17 Apr 2015
Retirement Description:

Major Shawn Groves enrolled in the Canadian Armed Forces in May 1984, and upon completion of Basic Training in Cornwallis and subsequent QL3 training at CFB Chilliwack was posted to 2 Combat Engineer Regiment, as member of 1 Troop, AKA the “other Troop” of 23 Field Sqn. As a Corporal he was posted to 22 Field Squadron, and then upon being promoted Sergeant returned to 1 Troop, 23 Field Squadron as a Section Commander and then as Recce Sergeant, 4 Troop, 24 Field Squadron. Major Groves would finish his time in 2 Combat Engineer Regiment as 2 Troop Warrant Officer before being posted to the Canadian Forces School of Military Engineering, “The School”.

While at “The School” Major Groves was the inaugural Sergeant Major Army Diving in the Army Dive Centre and also Sergeant Major Tactics. It was as SM Tactics that Major Groves was lured to the dark-side and commissioned to the rank of Captain. As Captain Groves, he served as an exchange officer with Royal Engineers. On promotion to Major he had the privilege to command 41 Support Squadron, and subsequently as the Deputy Commanding Officer of 4 Engineer Support Regiment. Major Groves is currently in Kingston as the Commanding Officer 1st Canadian Division Headquarters. Highlights and the ``fondest`` memories of his career are centred around; being a member of Dan Hartford`s section, the Command Post Corporal for Dick Green and Moe Kennedy, the Recce Driver for Chris "Rat" Raymond, Gary Foley and Earl Butt, Section 2ic for Paul Hartinger, a section commander under Bill "Spider" Moore, Kevin Patterson and subsequently John Clarke, 4 Troop Recce Sergeant with Don Hilton and Bud Ellis, Troop WO in then Major "The Dark Lord" McQuillan`s Squadron, Bridging Cell Supervisor for Claude Many, a Squadron Commander under Derek Basinger and then Jim Goodman’s Deputy. Honourable mention to those that shaped and influenced his career also needs to go to Steve Laplante, Jim Wall, Dave McCracken, Steve Mears, Ed Izatt, Joel Dooley, Steve Madore, Jeff Wight, Rod Keller, Al Fitzgerald, Al Poston, Paul Burke, Trevor Webb, Steve Noonan, Mark Misener, Greg Lacroix, Mike Lacharite, Brad Montgomery, Terry Evoy, John Butler, Wayne Ford, Dana Woodworth, Shawn Croucher, Chris Ayotte, Mike Thompson, Roger Dewland, and Willy Williamson….he`s certain there are others but sadly is constrained to one page.

Over the span of his career Major Groves completed several operational tours and deployments, the most unique being a tour in Cambodia as a technical advisor for the Cambodian Mine Action Center. Among several decorations and commendations Major Groves was awarded over his career is a Mention in Dispatches for his actions in Somalia, and a Commander’s Commendation for his role in the Army’s response to hurricane Igor’s impact on Newfoundland. Major Groves was recently inducted into the Order of Military Merit.

Major Groves is seeking and developing opportunities in the private sector, and for the interim he and his wife Christine, and their children, will remain in the Kingston area.

Date Retired: 01 Apr 2016
Retirement Description:

After more than 32 years of loyal and dedicated service to the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) and the Canadian Military Engineer Branch, WO Brent Hudson will be retiring effective 01 April 2016 (please see attached bio).

WO Hudson has requested that there be no formal DwD ceremony or luncheon, however, an informal gathering will be held at the RMC Coggins Club at a date/ time TBA. Anyone wishing to send well wishes, anecdotes or other memorable stories can send them by email to MWO Troy Merrick (troy.merrick@forces.gc.ca) @forces.gc.ca>

WO JB (Brent) Hudson is retiring from the RCAF on 1 Apr 16 after 32 years and 306 days of loyal and dedicated service. WO Hudson enrolled in the CAF in May 1983. After completing basic training he was posted to CFB Winnipeg to the 2nd Battalion PPCLI. After only six months in Winnipeg he was posted from Winnipeg to Baden Baden Solingen West Germany, where he spent the next 4 years. During this time, WO Hudson married his wife Lee Ann and their son was born. The battalion rotated back to Winnipeg in 1988 and WO Hudson completed a peace keeping tour in Cyprus in 1990. This was also the year that his daughter was born.@forces.gc.ca>

In 1992, he saw the light and remustered to Refrigeration Technician, and after completing his training, he was posted to CFB North Bay, where he would spend the next 10 years. During this time, he completed 6-month tours to CFS Alert and Golan Heights. In 2002, he finally left North Bay for Greenwood, Nova Scotia, and shortly after arriving, he completed a tour in the UAE. 2006 brought another posting to 1 ESU in Moncton, where he would complete 2 tours of duty in Afghanistan. In 2010 another posting: this time to CFB Kingston to the CE Section on base. Here he worked in the engineering section, contracts, and RM Shop until 2015, when he was posted to his present position as the Maintenance Services WO at RMC.@forces.gc.ca>

WO Hudson plans on staying on in the Kingston area and enjoying his retirement. WO Hudson has requested no formal DWD ceremony or luncheon. However, an informal gathering will be held at the RMC Coggins Club at a date/time TBA. Anyone wishing to send well wishes, anecdotes, or other memorable stories, can email MWO Troy Merrick: troy.merrick@forces.gc.ca @forces.gc.ca>

Date Retired: 12 Jul 2019
Retirement Description:

After 42+ years of loyal and dedicated service to the Canadian Armed Forces and the Canadian Military Engineer Branch, Cpl Yvon Paradis, CD will retire on 12 July 2019.  A Depart with Dignity ceremony will take place on Friday, 05 July 2019 at the Kitty Hawk room (Sgt’s and WO’s Mess) CFB Bagotville, at 1100 hrs. Please confirm your participation to the OPI before 05 July 2019. Those who wish to attend, please contact Sgt Shawn Eddison (shawn.eddison2@forces.gc.ca) for further information. Anecdotes or retirement wishes may be sent to Sgt Shawn Eddison (shawn.eddison2@forces.gc.ca).

Cpl Paradis was born on July 13, 1959 in Montreal QC. His family of 4 consisted of his mother, sister and his father, who was a veteran of the 2nd World War with the Mount Royal Rifle Regiment, located in Montreal, QC. He was married in 1981 from whom he has 2 children, Gabriel who is a mechanic (RCEME) with 12 RBC, CFB Valcartier, and Méranny who is a veterinary secretary. After 39 years of marriage, he still loves it every day and would like to make it known that he is very proud of both his son and daughter.

Cpl Paradis joined the CAF in Montreal on August 11, 1976 as a terminal technician. 11 days after, on 22 of August, 1976, he entered the recruit school in St-Jean. After his recruit training he attended the language school in CFB Borden in Nov 1976 and his TQ1 Technical school in electronics from April 1977-July 1977. In July of 1977, Cpl Paradis received his OT to the Combat Engineers where he was posted to CFSME Chilliwack to complete his TQ1. Upon completion in 1978, 5e RGC became his home.

In March of 1981, Cpl Paradis received his last OT to his current trade, where he was once again posted to CFSME, Chilliwack to complete, yet another TQ1. After leaving CFSME, he has had numerous postings (Montreal (Long Point Detachment) 1981 – 1984, CFS Moisie 1984 – 1987, 12 RBC 1987 – 1990, CFB Bagotville 1990 – 1999 and 5e RGC 1999 – 2001), as well as numerous deployments (CFS Alert Dec 1992 – June 1993, Haiti 1996, Haiti 1997, Macedonia Dec 1998 – Apr 1999).

In January 2001, after more than 24 years of service in the regular force, Cpl Paradis retired, for the first time, and joined the Reserves in Bagotville. Since April 2004, Cpl Paradis has occupied his current position of Locksmith for 3 ESM and RP OPS.

Finishing his 42 years and 11 months on July 12, 2019, he will regretfully leave the uniform and military engineer family to retire from the CAF. Cpl Paradis hopes to return to his same position as a civilian.

Good luck Yvon, you have been a great asset to the CAF and military engineers for a long time. Both you and the experience you bring will be greatly missed. Good luck in the future. 

Date Retired: 19 Jul 2016
Retirement Description:

After more than 35 years of loyal and dedicated service to the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) and the Canadian Military Engineer Branch, Master Warrant Officer Neil Dodsworth, CD (bio attached), will retire 19 July 2016. A Depart with Dignity Ceremony will take place at the WOs & Sgts Annex Mess (Bldg A4) at 5 CDSG Gagetown, on 15 July 2016 13:00 to 15:00. Attendees are requested to advise the OPI of their planned attendance NLT 17 June 2016. Anecdotes or retirement wishes may be sent to the OPI by e-mail.

OPI: MWO Todd Smith, email at MWO Todd Smith or by phone at 506-422-2000 Ext 7943.

MWO Dodsworth joined the Canadian Armed Forces in July of 1981 and attended recruit training at Canadian Force Recruit School Cornwallis. Upon graduation from Cornwallis he attended 041 Field Engineer trade training at CFB Chilliwack and was subsequently posted to 2 Combat Engineer Regiment (2 CER) at CFB Petawawa. While posted at 2 CER MWO Dodsworth completed the Combat Stores-man, Driver Wheeled, 5 Ton Dump, and 041 QL 5A Courses. These courses were a solid foundation and Neil’s new skills were tested on the “Rendez-Vous” exercises held in 1983 and 1985.@forces.gc.ca>

In July of 1986 MWO Dodsworth was posted to 4 CER in Lahr, West Germany, where he was employed as a driver in Resources Troop. During this period Neil “saw the light” and requested to change his Military Occupation Code to the newly developed 042 Field Engineer Equipment Operator trade (FEE OP). His request was accepted and he completed the FEE OP conversion course. Then later on, in 1987, MWO Dodsworth was posted to the newly developed Airfield Damage Repair (ADR) Squadron (Sqn) in Lahr. While posted to the ADR he completed the Combat Leadership Course. @forces.gc.ca>

In 1990 MWO Dodsworth was posted back to 2 CER and was employed in the Heavy Equipment Troop (HET). During this posting he completed the Grader, Crane, Leopard 1 D&M, AVLB and AEV courses. He was also promoted to the rank of MCpl and he deployed to Somalia as part of Op Deliverance.@forces.gc.ca>

In 1995 MWO Dodsworth completed the 042 6A Course, was promoted to Sgt, and posted to the Armoured Engineer Troop (AET) at 4 ESR. While in the AET MWO Dodsworth deployed to the Winnipeg Floods and completed the Engr NCO Course at the European NATO Training Engineer Centre (ENTEC) in Munich, Germany. MWO Dodsworth then moved from the AET to the HET and was employed as the Recce NCO. During his time in HET MWO Dodsworth was tasked as an instructor at both the Infantry School for a Junior Leadership Course, and at CFSME for a Heavy Equipment Course. In January of 1999 MWO Dodsworth deployed on Op Palladium Roto 4 as the Sqn Recce NCO.@forces.gc.ca>

In August of 2000 MWO Dodsworth was posted back to 2 CER and employed as the HET Recce NCO and the Support Sqn Operations (Ops) & Training NCO. With the 042 QL 6B Course complete, MWO Dodsworth was promoted to the rank of WO and became the HET Tp WO. He also completed the Soils Analysis Course in Fort Leonard Woods, Missouri and the Senior Leadership Course (SLC). MWO Dodsworth was then employed as the Sqn Ops WO for 24 FD Sqn and deployed to Kabul on Op ATHENA Roto 0. On returning to Canada he finished his time in 2 CER as the 25 Support Sqn Quartermaster and the Regimental Ops WO. @forces.gc.ca>

In 2005 MWO Dodsworth was posted to CFSME as the Field Engineer Training Sqn (FETS) Ops WO. During this time MWO Dodsworth achieved another significant milestone when he completed a GED and obtained his High School Diploma. This posting was short and in July of 2007 he was posted to LFWA HQ in the position of Area Chief Standards Warrant Officer. His stay in LFWA HQ was also short as he was promoted to MWO and posted to Canadian Forces Joint Support Group Headquarters (CFJSG HQ) in Kingston, ON in 2008. While at CFJSG MWO Dodsworth deployed on Op Hestia (Haiti) as the Sergeant Major (SM) of the Intermediate Staging Base and in 2011 was deployed on Op ATTENTION Roto 0 in Kabul as the Task Force Engineer SM.@forces.gc.ca>

In 2012 MWO Dodsworth was posted to CFSME where he filled several positions including at the CFSME Center of Excellence, Tactics Sqn SM and CFSME Ops MWO. In 2014 MWO Dodsworth was posted to Canadian Army Trials and Evaluation Unit as an Engineer Trials Officer. @forces.gc.ca>

Neil is married to Roxanne (one rank higher) and has a son Jared (16 years old going on 30). They plan on staying in the Oromocto area and working on some more memories. Chimo!@forces.gc.ca>

Date Retired: 06 Sep 2015
Retirement Description:

MWO Fernand Desjardins, CD will be retiring from the Canadian Armed Forces on the 6th of September 2015 after 39+ years of dedicated service to the CAF and the CME Branch. He has kindly declined a departure with dignity event. Congratulatory messages can be sent to Capt Sharon Ong at Sharon.Ong@forces.gc.ca.@forces.gc.ca>

Adjum Fernand Desjardins, CD prendra sa retraite des FAC le 6 Septembre 2015 après plus que 39 années de services qu'il a consacré comme membre du CAF et de la branche du GMFC. Il a refusé avec humilité un départ avec dignité. Si vous avez des messages de félicitation vous pouvez les envoyer au Capt Sharon Ong à Sharon.Ong@forces.gc.ca. @forces.gc.ca>


MWO Fernand Desjardins’ military career started in 1976, when he joined the Reserves in Quebec City with 10 Field Engineer Squadron. He transferred to the Regular Force in 1986 and was posted to 5 Regiment du Genie de Combat (RGC) in Valcartier, Quebec. He occupied the entire job spectrum from Corporal to Sergeant in a Field troop during that stay. During that posting, in 1987, he went to Cyprus as a Field Section Second in Command where he then was promoted Sergeant at the end of the tour.

In 1990, he was posted to The Canadian Forces School of Military Engineering at CFB Chilliwack as a Bridging and Watermanship instructor for three years. He was also employed as an instructor for the Basic Officer Training Course in the summer of 1993. After this, he was moved to Standards where he was promoted to Warrant Officer in 1994, and posted to 5 RGC as a Troop Warrant Officer that same year. During that posting he was deployed to Bosnia as the Engineer Squadron Operations Warrant Officer. In 1996, he was posted to 34 Field Engineer Regiment in Montreal Quebec as the Regular Force Support Staff. During that posting he deployed for a second time in Bosnia as part of the Regional Engineer Office in Multi National Sector South West. This deployment is so far the high-light of his career as it exposed him to a multitude of challenges.

In 2000, he was posted back to 5 RGC as a Warrant Officer, and in 2001, to Combat Training Centre (CTC) Gagetown, New-Brunswick as the Subject Matter Expert for the Infantry School Pioneer Cell. In 2002, he was moved to the Headquarters CTC as part of Army Individual Training Authority Engineer. He was very involved with Writing Boards for both Qualification Standards and Training Plan.

In 2006, he was posted to the Fort Garry Horse (FGH) in Winnipeg, Manitoba as the unit was designated to grow engineer capability within 38 Brigade. In June 2008, he retired from the Regular Force and stayed in Winnipeg with the FGH. Upon promotion to MWO in the November 2008, he was appointed Regimental Sergeant Major (RSM) of the FHG until November 2011. From November 2011 to April 2013 he occupied various staff positions overseeing the growth and stand-up of 38 Combat Engineer Regiment. When 38 CER officially stood up in April 2013 MWO Desjardins was appointed as the first RSM of the Regiment. Along with working in 38 CER he has held the camp RSM position at the Penhold Air Cadet Summer Training Centre in the summers of 2013, 2014 and lastly in the summer of 2015 before he retires in September 6, 2015.

 

 

 

Date Retired: 31 Jul 2016
Retirement Description:

Open Invitation to Depart with Dignity Ceremony for Brigadier-General A.T. Stack

Ma'ams, Sirs, Ladies & Gentlemen,

As Commander of Canadian Army Doctrine and Training Centre, I wish to invite you to the Depart with Dignity Ceremony for Brigadier-General A.T. Stack. After 38 years of service to the Canadian Armed Forces, Brigadier-General A.T. Stack retired on 31 July 2016. Retiring from the military in St. John's Newfoundland, he has enjoyed pursuing his long lasting position as Senior Education Officer with Eastern School District.

Below, is a summary of his outstanding military career:

Brigadier-General A.T. Stack joined the Canadian Forces Army Reserve in 1978. He served as the Commanding Officer of 56 Field Engineer Squadron, G3 Newfoundland District, G9 Land Force Atlantic Area Headquarters, Commander of 37 Canadian Brigade Group, as well as Deputy Commander and Commander of Land Force Atlantic Area. His last appointment was as Reserve Advisor to Canadian Army Doctrine and Training Centre from 2012 to 2016.

In 2004, Brigadier-General A.T. Stack served as the Chief of Civil Military Cooperation Operations for the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force in Kabul, Afghanistan. In the fall of 2010 he served as Commander Joint Task Force (NL) during OP LAMA, a Canadian Forces domestic humanitarian relief effort, providing assistance to the province of Newfoundland and Labrador in the wake of Hurricane IGOR.

The Depart with Dignity Ceremony will take place on Saturday, 15 October 2016 at 1600 hours, at the Surgeon Lieutenant-Commander W. Anthony Paddon Building Officers' Mess in St. John's, Newfoundland (115 The Boulevard). Presided by Colonel H.G. Coombs, the ceremony will last until approximately 1700 hours. There is no fee to attend, and a cash bar will be available. All current serving or retired members, their respective spouses, wishing to attend are welcome. Dress is appropriate civilian dress (mess relaxed dress.) Due to the current Treasury Board guidelines, attendees are not authorized to travel at public expense.

Commanding Officer of 37 Combat Engineer Regiment, Lieutenant-Colonel J.T. Penney, is extending an invitation to his Unit's Dinner to be held at the same location, following the Depart with Dignity Ceremony. The cost for this activity is $25 per person, dress is also appropriate civilian dress (mess relaxed dress).

Please RSVP for the Depart with Dignity Ceremony to Ms. C. St-Georges and indicate if you will to attend the 37 Combat Engineer Regiment Dinner, by COB Friday, 7 October 2016

If you are unable to attend, but would like to pass a note or card with best wishes to Brigadier-General A.T. Stack, please forward  this to Ms. C. St-Georges.

Hoping to see you there in great numbers.

Sincerely,

Major-General J.M. Lanthier

Date Retired: 30 Jun 2016
Retirement Description:

Sgt Robert Read, CD will retire from the Canadian Armed Forces on the 30th of June 2016 after 18+ years of dedicated service to the CAF and the CME Branch. Friends and colleagues are welcome to attend his depart with dignity presentation function which will take place at CFSME Gagetown; Bldg J-10, Commandant’s Assembly Area on the 24th of June 2016 at 1300hrs. Congratulatory messages or anecdotes can be sent to Sgt Mathew Allen by the 15th of June 2016.

Sgt Read was born in Lahr, Germany on the 4 November 1972. He joined the military on 12 January 1998 in Kingston, Ontario as a Field Engineer. After completing Field Engineer QL3 in October of 1999, Sgt Read was posted to 4 Engineer Support Regiment (4ESR) in Gagetown, NB. In 2001 he re-mustered to 042 FEE OP and completed his FEE Op 042 QL5A course (2001), then Excavator Op (2002) and Crane Op (2003). As a member of 4ESR Sgt Read completed two deployments - OP PLATEAU (2005) – Pakistan as a Heavy Equipment Operator. Prior to deployment on OP ATHENA (2007) – Afghanistan as a Heavy Equipment Section Commander, he was promoted to the rank of MCpl. Sgt Read was posted to the Canadian Forces School of Military Engineering in July 2008, where he was promoted to Sgt and employed as a DP1 Instructor (14 July - 18 May 2010), Heavy Equipment Instructor (25 June 2010 - 22 March 2011), Roads Instructor (23 March 2011 - 18 March 2013) and FETS SQ (26 August 2013 - 28 October 2015). He and his wife, Antonia Read have a son, Liam Read (14). Sgt Read is currently on VOC Rehab with Eastern Roadway Consulting and Training (ERCT) as the Training Supervisor. Sgt Read plans to provide professional training nationally on heavy equipment operations and water course management.

At Robert’s request, friends and colleagues are welcome to attend his Depart with Dignity presentation function which will take place at CFSME Gagetown; Bldg. J-10, Staff Lounge on the 24 June 2016 at 1300hrs. Dress will be dress of the day or civilian casual. Congratulatory messages and anecdotes can be sent to Sergeant Mathew Allen Mathew.Allen@forces.gc.ca

CHIMO!!

Date Retired: 14 May 2016
Retirement Description:

Cpl Joshua Lalonde - Const Tech will be releasing on 14 May 2016 after 10+ years of loyal and dedicated service to the CAF and the CME Branch, please see the attached bio. Please send all congratulatory msg, embarrassing stories (true or otherwise), humorous anecdotes and well wishes to the OPI, prior to 14 May 2016 to WO Michael Baumann or by fax 780 842-1848.

A departure luncheon for Cpl Lalonde will be held at B-199 Jr. Ranks Mess Edmonton on 27 May 17 at 1200 hrs.

Cpl Lalonde retired from the CF on May 14th 2016 after 10+ years of loyal and dedicated service to Canada, the Canadian Armed Forces and the Canadian Military Engineers.

Cpl Lalonde was born in Calgary Alberta in 1985 and has seen most of Canada at a young age due to his father being in the military.

In July of 2005 Cpl Lalonde joined the forces as a Construction Technician, during his time in the forces he’s been posted to Edmonton, Gagetown, Winnipeg, and here in Wainwright.

After basic training he requested to be sent to Edmonton for some OJT while awaiting his construction course to be fully loaded. While his time in Edmonton was short, he was still able to be part of a great project for Habitat for Humanity building a Four-plex.

After completing his QL3s for carpentry, he was posted to Winnipeg, where he worked on various projects on base, as well as many of the Armouries. He also had the opportunity to work on an Air National Guard (ANG) work exchange project where he was the OPI for the major renovations that took place at the Minto Armouries. (For anyone who doesn’t know what an ANG project is, it’s where Canadian Construction Engineering technicians exchange projects with the U.S. ANG every two years. The projects help the technicians see how our neighbors to the South work and vice versa.

In 2011 Cpl Lalonde was posted Wainwright where he has had the opportunity to work on many projects around the base big and small. From changing toilet paper dispensers (and I mean a lot), to helping build the Indoor Shoot House. He was also deployed to Resolute Bay near the Arctic Circle, working with other trades and completing various projects around the base, such as readying a weapons vault.

Coming to such a small base here in Wainwright, Cpl Lalonde wore many hats at CE, not only was he a Carpenter, he was also the Sports Rep, the IT rep, a Locksmith, the Safety Rep/UGSO(for a stint) and near the end he was also part of the Rec club.

Josh, his wife Stephanie, and their two daughters will be moving to Edmonton, where Josh plans on pursuing a new career in Health and Safety.

 

Date Retired: 25 May 2016
Retirement Description:

After more than 14 +years of loyal and dedicated service to the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) and the Canadian Military Engineer Branch, Corporal David Pollock, CD (bio attached), will retire 25 May 2016. A Depart with Dignity Ceremony will take place at the CFB Trenton Jr. Ranks Mess Snake Pit on 28 April, 2016 from 11:00 to 13:00. Attendees are requested to advise the OPI of their planned attendance NLT 24 April, 2016. Anecdotes or retirement wishes may be sent to the OPI by e-mail.

OPI: WO Patrick King, email at WO Patrick King

Corporal David Pollock CD, will be retiring from the CAF on 25 May 2016 after 14+ years of loyal and dedicated service to Canada, and the Canadian Armed Forces.

Corporal David Pollock was born in Fredericton, New Brunswick to a military family. He joined the military on 27 February 2002, in Oromocto (New Brunswick) as an Infantryman but switched over to Combat Engineer with 4 Engineering Services Regiment.

After Basic training in St. Jean Sur Richelieu, Quebec, he continued with the Canadian Forces School of Military Engineering in CFB Gagetown, New Brunswick. Upon graduating in 2003, he served with 4 ESR, for three years, which included DART deployments from March to August 2004 in Haiti and Sept, 2005 in Biloxi, Mississippi as part of the Hurricane Katrina clean-up. He re-mustered to a Refrigeration & Mechanical Techician in 2008 and remained with 4 ESR. He completed his QL5A in May, 2010 and was deployed to JTF Afghanistan from Nov 2010 to Jul 2011. In 2012, he was posted to 8 Wing Construction Engineering, 86 Airfield Support Unit at CFB Trenton. @forces.gc.ca>

Cpl Pollock has been posted to CFB Gagetown in 2002-2011, 4 ESR. CFB Trenton in 2012 to present day, 8 WCE, 86 ASU.@forces.gc.ca>

Over his 14+ year career Cpl Pollock received a number of awards, including the Canadian Forces Decoration, General Campaign Star - South West Asia, the Canadian Peacekeeping Service Medal, and the Operational Service Medal – Humanitas. @forces.gc.ca>

After his retirement, David plans to go back to school to complete various courses in preparation for a 2nd career and settle down with his wife, Kelly. @forces.gc.ca>

A Depart with Dignity Ceremony will take place at the CFB Trenton Jr. Ranks Mess Snake Pit on 28 April, 2016 from 11:00 to 13:00. Attendees are requested to advise the OPI of their planned attendance NLT 22 April, 2016. Anecdotes or retirement wishes may be sent to the OPI by e-mail. @forces.gc.ca>

OPI: WO Patrick King, email at Patrick.King2@forces.gc.ca or by phone at 613-392-2811, ext. 3922.@forces.gc.ca>

Date Retired: 14 Jun 2016
Retirement Description:

WO Réjean Verreault, CD, will retire, 14 June 2016 after 41+ years of loyal and dedicated service to the CAF, CME Branch and the NDFS. - See attached bio.

WO Verreault joined the CAF as Fire Fighter in March 1975. His postings included CFB Chatham, HMCS Nipigon, 3 Wg Bagotville. Réjean and his wife Maureen will reside in Bagotville where they plan to fully enjoy retirement spending their summers at their cottage at Mont Valin, Quebec.

At the request of Réjean all are invited to a DWD (BBQ), at 3 Wg Bagotville Fire Service, 26 May 2016, 1200 hrs. Please RSVP NLT 24 May to MWO Yvon Roy 418-677-4000 ext. 7733, CSN 661-7733 or email. Messages, anecdotes or photos can be sent to MWO Yvon Roy

WO Verreault joined the CAF in March 1975 as a Fire Fighter. After completing his recruit course #7515 at CFB St-Jean QC, he took an English course there and a driving course at CFB Borden before his QL 3 Fire fighter course # 7605 at CFSAOE/FFC Borden. In January 1977 upon completing his QL3 he received his first posting to CFB Chatham Fire Department NB. In April 1979 he was transferred to the HMCS Nipigon, Halifax, NS, transferred back to CFB Chatham in July 1981, promoted to MCpl in July 1986 and transferred to CFB Bagotville in June 1987. Promoted to Sgt July 1992 qualified QL6B in October 1993. He released from the Regular Forces in February 1998 to join 3 Wing Air Reserve until May 2011. Back to the Regular Armed Forces, posted to 2 ERC (Expeditionary Readiness Center) until April 2014 and returned to 3 Wing Fire Department to terminate his career. Without any deployment, he participated in many exercises as Exercise Amalgam Chief 86-2 Frobisher Bay, NWT, Exercise Quick Talk 86 at CFB Portage, BOX TOP III- 88 at CFS Alert, Exercise Amalgam Warrior 93 and 94 Iqaluit, Arctic winter games 2002 at Iqaluit, Exercise Op Nanook 2008 at Iqaluit, 3 Exercises to Wainwright with 2 Wing and Inuvik Op Northern Denial 14/15.

He was employed as a Platoon Chief for the fire department during his last years of service in Bagotville. He married Maureen in July 1982 in Miramichi, NB with two children – Stephanie and Matthew Verreault. Réjean and his wife Maureen plan to fully enjoy retirement spending their summers at their cottage at Mont Valin, Quebec. He will always remember and treasure the many years that he worked for the National Defence Fire Service.

Date Retired: 30 May 2016
Retirement Description:

WO Al Charland, CD will retire on 30 May 2016 after 27+ years of loyal and dedicated service to the CAF, CME Branch and the NDFS. Please see attached bio.

WO Charland joined the CAF as a Fire Fighter on 18 Jan 1989. His postings included CFB Moose Jaw, HMCS Regina, CFB Winnipeg, CFB Borden (CFFCA), HMCS Ottawa, HMCS Vancouver, HMCS Winnipeg, and CFB Edmonton. He was also deployed on two 6 month deployments to the Persian Gulf in 1997 and 1999. WO Al Charland has accepted a new job as a fire prevention specialist with the Public Works and Government Services of Canada in Edmonton Alberta. He will be residing in Morinville Alberta with his wife Debbie and their three children Bianca, Brooke, and Renaud. At the request of Al, all are invited to his DWD at the CFB Edmonton Golf and Curling Club on 27 May 2016 at 1700 hrs. Please RSVP NLT 25 May to Sgt Gerrior 1-780-973-4011 Ext: 4434, 1-902-293-9999, or via email. Messages, anecdotes or photos can be sent to Sgt Chris Gerrior

WO Charland joined the Canadian Armed Forces on Jan 18th 1989 as a fire fighter. After completing his recruit course at the Canadian Forces Base St-Jean QC, he proceeded to Canadian Forces Base Borden Ontario for his QL3 fire fighter course at the Canadian Forces Fire Academy. In December 1990, upon completing his QL3 fire fighter course, he received his first posting to Canadian Forces Base Moose Jaw Fire Department in Saskatchewan where he met his supportive loving wife Debbie Charland. While in Moose Jaw he was also deployed to Haiti for one month. In July 1996 he was transferred to HMCS Regina, Esquimalt BC, where he spent four years sailing on various tasking’s and exercises. During this time Warrant Officer Charland was also deployed on two six month deployments to the Persian Gulf with his first one being in 1997 and his second deployment in 1999. On July 10th 2000, he was transferred to Canadian Forces Base Winnipeg for four years and then sent to the Canadian Forces Fire Academy in Borden Ontario where he spent approximately four years as an instructor and was promoted to Master Corporal on June 27 2005, and then Sergeant on Jan 1st 2008. Due to his promotion to Sergeant, it was time for him to go back to sea. He was posted to HMCS Ottawa on July 21st 2008 as the senior fire fighter and spent 4 years in Esquimalt BC where sailed onboard various ships such as HMCS Vancouver, HMCS Regina, and HMCS Winnipeg. On July 16th 2012 he was transferred to CFB Edmonton Fire Department where he assumed the duties as Deputy Platoon Chief until July 14th 2014 where he was promoted to Warrant Officer and employed as the Platoon Chief for red crew. Warrant Officer Charland has decided to retire on May 30th 2016 and take a job with the Public Works and Government Services of Canada in Edmonton Alberta as a fire prevention specialist. He will be residing in Morinville Alberta with his wife Debbie and their three children Bianca, Brooke, and Renaud. WO Charland will always remember and treasure the many memories and friends he made throughout the 27+ years he has worked for the National Defence Fire Service.

Date Retired: 21 Jun 2016
Retirement Description:

CWO John L'Heureux, CD will be retiring from the Canadian Armed Forces on the 21st of June, 2016 after 43 years of dedicated service to the CAF and the CME Branch. See bio attached.

Friends and colleagues are welcome to attend his depart with dignity presentation function which will take place at the LCol Philip L. Debney Armoury, Combined Mess located at 8403 Roper Road, Edmonton, AB on the 7th of May 2016 at 1300hrs. Dress will be dress of the day or civilian casual. Congratulatory messages and anecdotes can be sent to Master Warrant Officer Lauren Skibinsky 

CWO L’Heureux enrolled in the Canadian Armed Forces (Reserves) in September 1972 and completed his basic training in Victoria Park, Sydney, Nova Scotia. Upon completion of initial training he became a member of a field section in 45 Field Squadron. The following summer he completed his trade course in CFSME in Chilliwack. He also completed his JLC the following year in Aldershot N.S. and attended summer concentration in Aldershot the next two summers.

In the summer of 1974 he completed an occupational transfer to the regular force, and attended recruit training in CFB Cornwallis in August 1974. Upon completion of basic training he was posted to CFSME in Chilliwack to complete his TQ3 Field Engineer Course. Upon completion in early 1975 he was posted to 1 Fd. Sqn. Petawawa, Ontario. While in Petawawa, he participated in unit and Bde exercises and deployed with the Navy in CORK 75 in Kingston and deployed for the Summer Olympics in 1976 in Kingston as well with the Navy. After the Olympics he completed his Combat Divers Course in FDU (P). The following winter he completed his TQ5 in CFSME and was promoted to Cpl while on course. In 1978 he was posted to 4 CER Lahr W Germany.

While in Germany he participated in all the unit and Bde exercises and NATO Ex Autumn Forge Ex’s. While in 4 CER he served in 2 Tp as section member, section driver and section 2 i/c. and completed his driver track and APC Dozer courses as well as his Combat Leaders Course. After promoted to M/Cpl he became the unit’s Diving Section Storeman and 2 i/c of Water Supply Section. He also completed exchange tours with the German Pioneer Divers in Munich and with the French Navy divers in Toulon France. In 1981 he was posted back to Canada as 2 i/c of Range Maintenance and Demolitions Section in CFB Gagetown N.B. That fall he went back to CFSME to complete his TQ6A. With only Gagetown being a short stopover he was posted to CFSME in 1982. While in CFSME, he mentored and trained soldiers in RAWA, GMT and MWD Troops at the TQ3, 5 and 6A levels, as well as PH II, PH III Officer levels, Power Boat crses, Advanced water Supply crses, Basic EOD crses and finally Demolitions All Arms Crses. While in CFSME he was promoted to Sgt in 1985 and completed EOD Basic and EOD-IED, and Power Boat Op crse and Adv Water Supply Crse. In 1988 he remustered to Plumber Gas Fitter. Upon completion of his QL3 he was posted to CFB Edmonton CE Section.

While in CE he completed his normal scope of duties within CE with stints in recently closed CFS Beaverlodge, and the CF Survival School in Jarvis Lake outside of Hinton AB. He completed his PG Ftr QL5A in 1990 and in 1991 was posted to UNFICYP in Nicosia Cyprus, attached to separate infantry battalions first with 2 RCR and then with 2 R22R. While in Cyprus he was promoted to MCpl. The following two summers were spent attached to 1 CEU in CFS Alert. In the fall of 1992 he was a member of the CF Task Force deployed to Miami in response to Hurricane Andrew who was awarded the Air Command Commanders Commendation for their humanitarian efforts. In 1993 he returned to CFSME to complete his QL6A crse. In 1995 he was posted to Croatia/Bosnia part of UNPROFOR. The following year he was posted to northern Bosnia for the surge of IFOR . Upon return to Canada he acquired his Alberta Plumbing Ticket, and Interprovincial Plumber Red Seal and Alberta Class A Gas Ticket. With a force reduction being offered in 1996 MCpl L’Heureux took his release from the RegF and was convinced by an old mentor then LCol Dennis Dwyer that my knowledge would be beneficial if I would think of joining the Reserves. In the fall of 1996 now Sgt L’Heureux joined 8 FER. While in the Reserves he attended unit exercises, Bde exercises and progressed through the ranks after attending his QL6B and SLC to eventually becoming the RSM of 41 CER (Edmonton 25 Fd Sqn & Calgary 33 Fd Sqn) in 2009 till 2013. After his appointment as RSM he continued to stay on with 41 CER on loan from the PRL with 3 Cdn Div HQ till his upcoming retirement in June 2016 after completion of 43 yrs of service to the CAF and Engineer Branch.

While as a reservist CWO L’Heureux’s day time occupation upon release he was employed as a plumber gas fitter in the Edmonton area till 2002 when he was hired by DND and worked in CFB Edmonton Engr Svc’s Coy as a plumber gas fitter till 2014 when changed jobs and started working as a Plumber for Edmonton Regional Airport Authority where in intends on staying till his retirement, where then they plan on settling in Kelowna BC. In his spare time he and his wife Bozena are enjoying travelling the Caribbean and Europe.

CHIMO!

Date Retired: 22 Jul 2016
Retirement Description:

MWO Al J. Plume, CD will be retiring from the Canadian Armed Forces on 22 July 2016 after 35 plus years of loyal and dedicated service to the CAF and the CME Branch (please see attached bio).

A retirement ceremony will be held in his honour on the 3rd of June, 2016, from 11:30 to 13:00, at The Royal Canadian Legion Branch 110, 19 Quinte St., Trenton, ON. Congratulatory messages, anecdotes, and farewell wishes can be forwarded to Sgt Shaun Postma . Please contact Sgt Postma (shaun.postma@forces.gc.ca, CSN - 827-4441) if you wish to attend. A luncheon featuring cold cuts and salad will be available for $7.00 per person. Please provide a response by May 26th to ensure we have the correct numbers for the meal. Thank you. @forces.gc.ca>

MWO Al Plume was born in Brockville, Ontario. After growing up in the Cold War Era, Al Plume was eager to serve his beloved country and joined the CAF fresh out of high school in July of 1981. Initially enlisting as an Infantryman, he conquered Basic Training in Cornwallis that summer, and was shipped to Wainwright to test his might with the PPCLI. Successful in his QL3 and Winter Warfare training courses, Pte Plume was posted to Winnipeg, Manitoba, to serve with the PPCLI 2. During this posting he completed his first six-month overseas tour in Cyprus. @forces.gc.ca>@forces.gc.ca>

During his next posting in Gagetown, Cpl Plume saw the light and remustered to join the Canadian Military Engineer family as a Drafting Technician. He was whisked away to Chilliwack in Beautiful BC in December of 1986 to complete his QL3 training for his new found trade. He went on to complete his Junior Leadership Course and QL5 before a posting to North Bay in 1991. Near the end of this posting, Cpl Plume was deployed to Bosnia for six months in 1998. Shortly after returning home, he was posted to 1 CEU in Moncton, New Brunswick. @forces.gc.ca>@forces.gc.ca>

During his early years with 1 CEU, Cpl Plume deployed for three months to East Timor in late 1999. After surviving the Decade of Darkness, and the near technological apocalypse of Y2K, Al was promoted to Master Corporal in December of 2000. Returning home from a three month stay in Eritrea early 2001, MCpl Plume went on to complete his QL6A course, paid a nostalgic visit to Bosnia for a few months, and soon afterwards received his promotion to the rank of Sergeant in 2003. @forces.gc.ca>@forces.gc.ca>

Still knees-deep with this posting to 1 CEU, freshly promoted Sgt Plume continued to travel the world, serving diligently overseas, except now he was only allowed to do so in Afghanistan for reasons unknown. He made two visits to Kabul in 2003 and 2004, and then travelled to Kandahar in 2005. A posting to Trenton in 2006 seemed like a nice break from the hectic pace in Moncton, but that was not to be. @forces.gc.ca>@forces.gc.ca>

Shortly after moving to Trenton, Sgt Plume was sent to Kandahar again in 2006-2007, returning home to be promoted to the rank of Warrant Officer and completed has Intermediate Leadership Qualification. His reward for all of his hard work was another, and finally his last, six-month tour overseas in 2009-2010, once again of course to Kandahar. Now that WO Plume had spent enough time in Afghanistan to declare citizenship, he was posted to Toronto, Ontario, receiving his promotion to Master Warrant Officer in July of 2010. MWO Plume returned to WCE in Trenton in 2012 as Ops Supt, lent his expertise to the Deployment Readiness Training Standardization and Evaluation Team for a year, and completed his Advanced Leadership Program in 2014. Al was then moved back to CE as Ops Supt. @forces.gc.ca>@forces.gc.ca>

Now in 2016, MWO Plume has seen the light once again. Always calm under pressure, MWO Plume has served our country through thick and thin, and after three and one-half decades of honourable service, Al is finally preparing for his next life as a civilian, ready to enjoy the freedom he has truly fought for. The same worldly freedom all Canadians have today to enjoy, which we pay thank-you for, thanks to the dedicated service from our men and women in uniform like Master Warrant Officer Al Plume, CD. @forces.gc.ca>@forces.gc.ca>

The Canadian Military Engineer family wish Al and his wife Charlene, who has spent the last 28 of her years supporting Al at home and abroad, all the best in your retirement years.@forces.gc.ca>@forces.gc.ca>

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