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.
LCol Julien has proudly served the Royal Canadian Engineers for 25 years and will be retiring on 26 June 2015.
LCol Jim Julien considers himself a very lucky man. From humble beginnings working dairy farms in Eastern Ontario to having the opportunity to Command a Combat Engineer Regiment and be the G3 of 3 Cdn Div (much cooler name than an ‘Area’), he has had an incredible journey. Jim’s adventure would not have been possible if it was not for the amazing cast of characters he has come to know and love over the last two and half decades. Relationships were forged at RRMC, CFSME (Chilliwack and Gagetown), 1 CMBG HQ, DCDS/CEFCOM, DLFD, SJS, JCSP, LFWA/3 Cdn Div HQ and of course 1 CER (Chilliwack and Edmonton) where he was lucky enough to Command and deploy on operations at Troop, Squadron and Regimental levels. He was guided by peers, superiors and subordinates at every turn and for that he is truly grateful. To attempt to single out individuals for their support, mentorship and friendship would be an exercise in futility and he would surely fail to mention everyone whose relationship he holds dear. That said, those of you who read this know well the part you have played in Jim’s career – please know he is in your debt. Jim, as many who have left before him, will miss his friends and culture of trust, hard work and humour that characterizes life in the forces. Notwithstanding, Jim is excited to start the next chapter of his life with a smile on his face and his family, thankfully, still by his side. CHIMO.
Jim’s final “tour” will be a yearlong road trip around North America with his wife, Christina and their children; Ben, Alex and Sophia. After a year of adventures in their Fifth Wheel RV, they intend to settle in the Comox valley to enjoy a slower pace of life. Major pursuits for the whole family will include fishing, camping, skiing and sampling the island culture. If you wish to follow the Juliens’ adventure on the road, they will be blogging out at julienfamilyroadtrip.com
There will be a Depart With Dignity stand-up ‘light lunch’ at the Edmonton Garrison Officer’s Mess on 24 Jun 15 starting at 1230hrs. With any luck, the weather will allow the activity to spill out into the outdoor area. Cost should be minor (details still being worked) but the bar will be open which could drive up individual costs…
The OPI of the DWD is Maj Tom St Onge but RSVPs and any anecdotes/well wishes should be sent to the 3 Cdn Div G3 AO, Ms. Michelle Curé, at email@example.com.
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.
CWO Rob C. MacDonald, MMM, CD, will be retiring in Jun 2015 from the Canadian Armed forces after 36 years of loyal and dedicated service to the CAF and the CME Branch.
A retirement luncheon is planned towards end of June (TBD). Congratulatory messages, anecdotes, photos, and farewell wishes can be forwarded to MWO Kevin Clayton at 14 CES Bridgewater Kevin.Clayton@forces.gc.ca
CWO R.C. MacDonald enrolled in the Canadian Armed Forces in April 1979. After recruit training at CFB Cornwallis, his first posting was to CFB Petawawa then he completed his Para Course and posted to 2 CER, Airborne Battle Group CFB Petawawa. While there he deployed to Cyprus, April to Oct 1981.
He was then posted to 1 CEU at CFB Winnipeg in May 1982 where he completed many projects throughout Canada including CFS Alert and CFS Bermuda. During his next posting to CFB Kingston May 1985 he was promoted to MCpl in August 1986 and to Sgt in January 1990 and was employed as the Special Projects Team leader.
A posting to CFB Trenton in July 1990 was next and while there completed many trips to CFS Alert and CFS Eureka. Then posted to CFSME, CFB Chilliwack June 1993 as an instructor in the Structures Cell.
Next was CFB Greenwood in July 1997 where he was promoted to Warrant Officer and assigned as the Airfield Engineer Troop Warrant Officer until 2000. He was then employed in the roles of the Production Officer, Utilities Officer and Operations Officer. while at CFB Greenwood he deployed to the Golan Heights August 1998 to February 1999.
Promoted to Master Warrant Officer July 2002 and posted to the newly formed Canadian Forces Joint Support Group (CFJSG) at CFB Kingston as the PDT Training Officer. Deployed to Dakar, Senegal as part of Op Augural 2005 and to Lebanon as part of Op Lion 2006.
Then posted back to CFB Greenwood July 2007 as the Utilities Officer and deployed to CFS Alert as the Station Warrant Officer from December 2007 to June 2008. Promoted to CWO June 2008 and assumed the duties of CECWO and WLE Branch CWO at CFB Greenwood.
He began the training cycle for Roto 9 July 2009 and deployed to Kandahar, Afghanistan in April 2010 to Dec 2010 as the TF Engr ESS CNS Det Comd. CWO MacDonald was next posted to CFB/ASU Petawawa as the CECWO as of July of 2011. CWO MacDonald assumed the duties of the S CWO 14 CES Bridgewater NS as of July of 2012.
CWO MacDonald is married to Maggie and they have two grown children, Spencer and Megan.
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.
WO Barry Fallon (Ret'd) will retire from DND on 11 Feb 2015, after over 37 years of combined service with the CAF and DND. (see bio attached) Friends and colleagues are welcome to attend the farewell ceremony, which will take place at Richmond Pub in Calgary, on 5 Feb at 1130hrs. Congratulatory messages, anecdotes, pictures and farewell wishes can be forward to WO Jocelyn (Josh) Coulombe firstname.lastname@example.org
Adj Barry Fallon (Retraité) prendra sa retraite du MDN le 11 fév 2015 après plus de 37 années de service combiné avec les FAC et le MDN. (voir bio ci-joint). Une cérémonie pour souligner son départ aura lieu le 5 fév 2015 à 11h30 au Richmond Pub à Calgary. Veuillez acheminer vos messages de félicitations, anecdotes et photos à l'Adj Jocelyn Coulombe email@example.com
Wife of 31years – Manuela
Sons - Bryan, Benjamin, Shane & Lucas
- Born – 11 Feb 1960 in Saint John NB.
- Joined the military in Jul 1978.
- 1978 to 80 - 2 RCR Gagetown.
- 1980 to 84 - 3 RCR Baden Soellingen Germany (Cold War), where he immersed himself in the local culture. Enjoying the beer/bratwurst/schnapps and other European delights.
- Meet his wife (Manuela) and married in Dec of 1983.
- First was born in Germany just before the repatriation of 3RCR to Winnipeg, MB. in 1984. In 1987 his second son was born and he saw the light, LOTR’ing to Structural Tech.
- After completion of QL 3 at CFB Chilliwack was posted to CFB Calgary spending 2 years with Base Engr.
- In 1989 was deployed to the LdSH for the next 3 years as the Unit Carpenter until 1992 during which time son #3 came along in 1990 then back to Base Eng for 6 months followed by a tour in Alert, promoted to MCpl and posted to CFB Kingston in 1993.
- Employed as the 2I/C of the Carpenter Shop, Supervisor PMQ Services Center and Special Projects Team. Son #4 was born in 1995 and upon promotion to Sgt in 1997 was posted to CFB Cold Lake.
- Employed as the I/C Carpenter Shop. Completed a tour in the Golan Heights in 1999. Upon return to Cold Lake was appointed as Construction Maintenance Team Leader (CMT) consisting of Carpenter, Plumbing, Electrical Shops and Roads & Grounds. Promoted in 2000 to WO continuing has CMT Leader and Eng Flight WO until 2001.
- In Apr 2001 post to ASU Calgary as the Eng WO until he retired in Jun 2003.
- After a few months off was contracted by DND as a Consultant for 6 months managing projects and then with PWGSC at the RMCC as the Bldg Operator.
- In 2004 was hire full time by DND as the Project Liaison Officer which was later changed to the current title of Snr Project Manager which is kind of funny as he was the only one. Throughout this time his role/duties changed several times due to loss of staff through cut backs and retirement to included RO, Fin O, Util O, Cont O and all other duties you would find in a large Base Engr Unit.
- Retirement plan in priority:
- Spend time with family (grandchildren),
- Ride bike often,
- Golf weekly if not more, and
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.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org
Cpl Prest will be retiring from the Canadian Armed Forces, the Royal Canadian Air Force and the Canadian Forces Fire Trade with 34 plus years of dedicated service. Cpl Prest joined the forces on Jul 10th 1973. Upon completion of recruit school at CFB Cornwallis he was posted to CFB Borden for driver training. Once driver training was completed, Pte Prest was off to CFB Moose Jaw for OJT. In the summer of 1974 it was back to Borden for his TQ3. Upon completion of fire trade training, Pte Prest was posted to CFB Summerside. After spending a year in Summerside, Pte Prest opted to get out of the military and upgrade his education.
After completing his high school diploma and working in the woods for a couple of years; on June 30th 1977, Jeff re-engaged as Ordinary Seaman Prest in Her Majesty’s Royal Canadian Navy as a Bos’n. Upon completion of his TQ3, OS Prest was posted to HMCS Nipigon. Having spent two years on a sea going steamer, the fire trade was calling him back and a remuster was in the works. Being back in the Royal Canadian Air Force, he was posted to HMCS Fraser as a firefighter in 1979. Two more years at sea were spent until such time as he was posted to CFB Chatham in 1981. While posted to CFB Chatham Jeff met Darlene, an old friend from his hometown of Margaretsville NS who would soon become his wife. They remained at CFB Chatham until 1987 welcoming the birth of their first son Nathan in 1982 followed up with Justin in 1984. The sea was calling again and Cpl Prest was posted back to HMCS Fraser for a three year stint. With this posting came one more member to the family and Melanie was born in 1988. The Prest family was complete and it was time to settle down close to home, beautiful CFB Greenwood. The Greenwood posting came to an end after two years; with a JLC under his belt, Cpl Prest was posted back to CFB Chatham in 1992. CFB Chatham closed in 1996 and so did Cpl Prest’s career in the fire trade. The Prest family moved to Falmouth NS where Jeff found work as Campus Police at Acadia University and a Special Constable with the town of Windsor’s Police Department.
The mandatory retirement age of 55 was lifted and changed to 60 and with that at the age 47 Cpl Prest was back in uniform for one final run at the fire trade. Cpl Prest was sent to the Canadian Forces Fire Academy at CFB Borden to shake out the cobwebs and get re-certified. Upon successful completion of his QL5, Cpl Prest was posted to 12 Wing Shearwater. Spending two years in the firehall, the seas were calling again for one final shipboard tour onboard HMCS St. John’s. Collectively Cpl Prest spent 880 days steaming at sea. In 2007 Cpl Prest was posted ashore back to 12 Wing Shearwater. In 2009 a final posting was in the cards; 14 Wing Greenwood.
Cpl Prest will continue to conduct a thorough DI on his Ford Ranger and report to his new boss Darlene with plans of enjoying the seasons, fishing and hunting in the backwoods of Nova Scotia.
Cpl Jeffery Prest, will retire on 20 August 2015 after serving 34 plus years of loyal and dedicated service to the CAF, CME Br and the NDFS. - See attached bio. Cpl Prest joined the CAF on 20 July 1973 as a firefighter. His postings included CFB Moose Jaw, Summerside, Chatham, 12 Wing Shearwater, 14 Wing Greenwood and HMCS Nipigon, HMCS Fraser and HMCS St-John's. Jeff and Darlene will retire in the Annapolis Valley in the town of Margaretsville, NS. A small departure presentation will take place at the 14 Wing Greenwood Fire Hall on 13 August 2015 starting at 0800 hrs. POC is Sgt Chris Gervais 902-765-1494 ext. 5070, CSN 568-5070. Messages, anecdotes or photos can be sent to POC Christopher.Gervais2@forces.gc.ca
MWO Francis Létourneau retired on 03 May 2016 after 32+ years of loyal and dedicated service to the Canadian Armed Forces.
MWO Francis Létourneau enrolled in the Canadian Armed Forces in Rimouski, QC on 08 August 1983 and attended basic training, at CFB Valcartier, QC. After completing his QL 3 Infantry 031 course on Dec 2nd he was posted to CFB Valcartier, QC. at the 3rd Bn R22eR. After nearly eight years in the Infantry, where he deployed in Cyprus in 1985, and spending more than 4 years in Lahr, Germany, he decided to switch to the blue uniform and become a Firefighter. Francis was transferred to CFB Borden and upon graduation in July 1991; he was posted in Trenton, Ontario. After 2+ years in Trenton, he was transferred to Halifax, N.S. on HMCS Athabascan. During his 4 years + on this ship, he deployed to Kosovo in 1999.
After sailing the Atlantic Coast, Cpl Létourneau was posted on the ground to 3ieme Escadre Bagotville, QC. During his posting in Bagotville, Francis was promoted to the rank of MCpl in 2000 and stayed there three years as Crew Chief and Deputy Platoon Chief before being transferred again to sail the beautiful Pacific Coast. Francis served as MCpl on HMCS Regina for 2 years and was transferred on HMCS Winnipeg where he occupied the Senior Fire Fighter position after being promoted to the rank of Sgt in 2005. In 2006, he returned once again to 3ieme Escadre Bagotville where, after not even a year, he was deployed in Afghanistan as Fire Chief at Camp Nathan Smith. Seven months later, upon his return in March 2008, Francis stayed at the Fire Hall as Platoon Chief on the Green Crew. He then was promoted to the rank of Warrant Officer and transferred to 2 Wing Bagotville to fill the TFFM position for a period of 2+ years. Francis then transferred to CFB Borden at CFFCA as Flight WO (Senior Instructor) until he was promoted to his current rank. In 2012, he left CFFCA to become the RCAF CE Tasker at 1 Canadian Air Division located in Winnipeg Manitoba.
Francis and Céline had foreseen their end date and dream home for retirement. However, it took her many months to convince Francis to finally retire and buy their dream home in Saint-Ferdinand, QC which Céline and Francis will enjoy kayaking on Lac Williams and take care of their 2 x Grand-children.
A Depart with Dignity retirement function was held on 22 April 16. Anecdotes and congratulations message can be sent to CWO Denis Rutherford via email; FAX to (204) 833-2566 or snail mail to: 1 CDN AIR DIV HQ, PO BOX 17000 STN FORCES, WINNIPEG, MB, R3J 3Y5 Attention: CWO Denis Rutherford A4CE FG 4-
Lt Jean-Guy Mayer, CD will retire on 30 Oct 15 after serving 20 years of loyal and dedicated service to the CAF, 3 PPCLI CME Br and NDFS. See attached bio.
A DWD will take place at the Edmonton Garrison Fire Hall (pot luck/BBQ) at 1200 hrs on Sunday 18 Oct 15. Messages, anecdotes or photos can be sent to POC, MWO Will Elliott: William.Elliott@forces.gc.ca
Lt Mayer enlisted into CAF on 1 October, 1995 and will be departing the CAF with dignity after twenty years of loyal service.
After completing Basic Trg and Battle School, he was posted to Edmonton as part of the 3rd Bn PPCLI at Griesbach Barracks. As a member of 3 VP, Lt Mayer completed three deployments: Op PALLADIUM (Velika Kladusa, Bosnia 1997), Op PALLADIUM (Tomislavgrad, Bosnia 2000), and Op APOLLO (Qandahar, Afghansitan 2002). In 2003, he departed the PPCLI as a MCpl to begin his new trade as a FFTR. He remained in Edmonton for another four years as a member of the CFB/ASU Edmonton Fire Department.
In 2007, Lt Mayer was posted to Formation Augmentation (Pacific) where he sailed onboard HMC Ships VAN, OTT, CAL, WIN, and PRO. Once promoted to Sgt in 2010, Lt Mayer was posted to Personnel Coordination Centre (West), MARPAC as the FFTR coordinator.
After completing four years in Esquimalt, Lt Mayer was posted to 19 Wing Comox as a DPC and (L)USAR team leader. In 2013, Lt Mayer was selected for the CFR Program and appointed to his current rank.
Once he successfully completed CEOC 1.1 & 1.2 at CFSME in 5 CDSB Gagetown, Lt Mayer was posted to 3 CDSB Edmonton as the Fire Chief. While employed there, he managed the Fire Dept, re-established the relationship with Sturgeon County Emergency Services, and transitioned the Fire Dept from CE to B Ops. None of this could have been accomplished without the mentorship, guidance and advice from the NDFS Leadership, OC Engr Svcs Maj John Geen, DFC MWO William Elliott, and all of the FFTRs. Despite the short time frame, he would also like to thank LCol Mike Lane, Maj Scott Shrubb, and CWO Kevin Lewis for their mentorship; they provided sound guidance throughout the CE/Ops transition as well as valuable leadership mentorship.
He would also like to extend a great appreciation to Maj Neil Anderson, Capt (Ret’d) John Paradis and CWO Denis Rutherford for their amazing support over the past years in helping him achieve his NDFS Fire Chief goal.
Lt Mayer has accepted the position of Fire Chief in the Town of Coaldale, AB (everyone asks: 20 kms EAST of Lethbridge) and will begin his new chapter in life on 2 November, 2015. His beautiful wife Jennifer and amazing children, Emma and Jonah, will be joining him there once the school year has been completed. Lt Mayer wishes to express his pride and honour of being the FC in Edmonton and wishes everyone success and happiness – keep “owning the FH!”
MWO Craig Tucker is retiring from the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) on 01 January 2017 after 33+ years of dedicated service. See bio attached.
MWO Tucker will be retiring his uniform, however he will be continuing to work at CFHA for his vol rehab until 1 Jan 2017. His DwD will be held in Gagetown on 15 Jun 2016. Messages, anecdotes or photos can be sent to WO RK MacNeil
MWO Craig Tucker was born in St. John’s Newfoundland. He enrolled in the Canadian Armed Forces in 1983; however his military pathway started much earlier than that. In 1976 as a young boy Craig joined the Army Cadets, “Engineers”. Some of his highlights while in cadets were his trip to England where he worked with the 3rd battalion of the Royal Anglian Regiment; he also took his “Basic Para course” in Edmonton Alberta and went to Germany on a REFORGER exercise for a month with 3 RCR. Needless to say those experiences gave him a great foundation for his future career in the CAF.
During his CAF adventure, Craig has had a very colourful career; he started out as a 291er ”Communications Research” in Kingston, ON, and after a quick 6 week trip to Alert NWT decided enough of that, and changed trades to 031 Infantry. He spent 6 ½ years with 1 PPCLI in Calgary Alberta and obtained the rank of MCpl in 1987. During his time with the 1 PPCLI he spent much of his time in Wainwright Alberta and even went to Wainwright Alaska, USA for a winter exercise (There is no getting away from Wainwright). While in the PPCLI he performed various jobs from AVGP (Grizzly) driver, stores man, OCs driver, Section commander, TOW gunner and Range Control 2 I /c etc…. He provided security for the commonwealth conference in Kelowna BC and instructed an Infantry QL3 course. Craig is very proud and grateful to have served with the PPCLI, as much of these experiences served him well throughout his career.
In 1989 Craig was once again on a different career path, he relinquished his rank in the infantry and remustered to 621 RM Tech, at which time he was sent to Chilliwack BC to learn a new trade. Upon completion of his trades training Craig was posted to Shearwater, NS, where he completed his QL-5s, and participated in Engineer exchange programs in Gulfport Mississippi and Pittsburgh Pennsylvania USA. He also completed his first UN tour to the former Yugoslavia 92/93 (Croatia) and provided security for the G7 Summit in Halifax in 1995.
Shortly after his UN tour in 1995, Craig found himself back in his home province of Newfoundland, to CFS Gander, which he found to be a great place to work and to hone his trade skills on the variety of old and new equipment. While in Gander, Craig found himself maintaining and operating the Aircraft Arrestor systems (AAS) and mechanical radar maintenance on the Canadian Coastal Radar. He as well became a volunteer Fire Fighter and Hazmat co-ordinator. In 97/98, Craig went on his second UN tour, this time to the Golan Heights in Israeli occupied Syria. In 1998 Craig was once again promoted to MCpl and in 2000, he yet again moved, this time to 86 ASU in Trenton, to work on the AAS.
86 ASU was a very busy place; Craig not only did the AAS overhauls and installations he also was deployed to support numerous Air Shows each year across Canada and the USA for Op CONNECTION and Inuvik for Canadian Sovereignty deployments. While at 86 ASU Craig also completed his third UN Tour in the Golan Heights (01/02) and also went to Camp Mirage (03/04) to work on his tan. While at 86 ASU, MWO Tucker received multiple promotions, and it is here that he carved his way from MCpl to MWO.
In 2007, now MWO Tucker took another posting, this time to ASU London as CE QA looking after the Armouries in SW Ontario. This posting lasted 10 months as in 2008, 1 CAD called upon his serviced to be the 641 RM Tech Snr Trade Advisor and AAS LCMM. Craig is particularly proud of his time spent at 1 CAD where he was very busy conducting inspections on AAS, Radar and Halocarbon systems and with the AAS Modernization project. He spent about 85% of his time on the road racking up approximately 50 000 miles every year.
In 2012 MWO Tucker was posted to CFSME, as CEMS SSM, where he worked with talented and dedicated people. While at CFSME, he along with the CEMS instructors spent time trying to mold young Officers into future leaders. While in Gagetown MWO Tucker was the President of the Gagetown Chapter of the CMEA where he recruited approx. 1500 new Engineers into the association and brought the Gagetown chapter from 72 members to over 400.
As Craig winds-down his military career in the Fredericton area, he plans on conducting home inspections in his spare leisure time. He and his wife Yvonne; who has supported him throughout his adventures, now plan on spend quality time together while putting many miles on their ATV and spending quality time with their family and friends
Ken MacKenzie, will retire on 4 Nov 15 after serving 35 years of loyal and dedicated service to the Federal Public Service and within the CME Branch (see bio attached). A luncheon will take place on 4 Nov 15 at 19 Wing Comox, Officer's Mess at 11:30. RSVP to Ms. Kaitha Binney at mailto:Kaitha.Binney@forces.gc.ca before 23 Oct 15. Any well wishes, stories or anecdotes can be sent to Ms. Dianne Engebretson at mailto:Dianne.Engebretson@forces.gc.ca
Ken MacKenzie started his Public Service career in Holberg in October of 1979 where he spent 10 years in various positions in Wing Construction Engineering. Starting as a labourer, then advancing to a trades helper and finally a painter for his final 7 years. During his time in Holberg he actively volunteered at the fire hall as a Fire Fighter, Deputy Auxiliary Fire Chief and the Auxiliary Fire Chief. Throughout Ken’s career he has always been the guy to get things done or put his hand up when no one else would. As a result Ken was acknowledged for his efforts on several occasions receiving three Commanding Officer Certificates of Appreciation for his volunteer contributions for organizing community events. It was in Holberg where he met and married his wife Juanita. Ken closed out CFS Holberg and moved on to CFB Chilliwack where he filled a painter’s position within the CE section from 1989 to 1995. Ken received his Paint Trade Qualifications in 1991 the same year his son Manning was born. Aptly referred to as the “Black Cloud” of base closures, Ken closed out Chilliwack and deployed to CFB Comox in September of 1995 as a painter in the structural shop. It was in 2009 that Ken changed gears and was promoted into his current position as Operations Planner for WCE. Ken’s work in Comox did not go unnoticed as he received several letters of appreciation and was awarded Civilian of the Quarter. His volunteer contributions to hockey are extensive as well. He has been a coach, mentor and organizer and was recognition by the BC Minor Hockey Association with an award for his outstanding service to Vancouver Island for his devoted volunteer efforts to minor hockey. Despite his record from his previous posts, we are happy to report that Comox is thriving with no talks of closures.
Ken and his wife Juanita plan to stay in the Comox Valley and appreciate all that the valley has to offer. The CME family would like to wish Ken and his family a happy retirement fully knowing that he will leave a void that will be difficult to fill. There will be a retirement celebration held at the Officer’s Mess in Comox B.C on November 4th at 11:30. RSVP to Ms. Kaitha Binney at mailto:Kaitha.Binney@forces.gc.ca before 23 Oct
After more than 42 years of loyal and dedicated service to the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) and the Canadian Military Engineer Branch, MCpl Bennie Desbiens, CD (bio attached), will retire 03 November 2016. A Depart with Dignity Ceremony will take place at the AYR Mess ROCC Lounge at 22 Wing North Bay, on 14 Oct 2016 from 1300 to 1600. Attendees are requested to advise the OPI of their planned attendance NLT 16 SEP 2016. Anecdotes or retirement wishes may be sent to the OPI by e-mail.
OPI: Sgt Jamie McCreight
MCpl (Ben) Desbiens decided to join the Canadian Armed Forces and signed the dotted line on the 13th of September 1974 at the young age of 17 in Rimouski Quebec. He then started his Basic Training on the 23rd of September where is successfully completed and graduated without any difficulties. After his basic training he continued on to English School to perfect his second language while waiting for his QL3 Firefighter course to commence.
After more than 28 years of loyal and dedicated service to the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) and the Canadian Military Engineer Branch, Warrant Officer Kelvin Wilson, CD (bio attached), will retire 30 August 2017. A Depart with Dignity Ceremony will take place at the WOs & Sgts Mess in Shilo, on 25 Aug 2017. Attendees are requested to advise the OPI of their planned attendance NLT 23 Aug 2017 Anecdotes or retirement wishes may be sent to the OPI by e-mail. OPI: MWO Dave Keast, email at David.Keast@Forces.gc.ca<mailto:David.Keast@Forces.gc.ca> or by phone at 204-765-3000 ext 3253.
Après plus de 28 ans de bons et loyaux services au sein des Forces armées canadiennes (FAC) et la Branche du Génie militaire canadien, l'adjudant Kelvin Wilson, CD (veuillez voir la bio ci-jointe), prendra sa retraite le 30 août 2017. Une cérémonie de départ dans la dignité aura lieu au Mess des Adjs & Sgts à Shilo, le 25 août 2017. Les participants sont priés d'informer le BPR de leur participation prévue APTL 23 août 2017. Les anecdotes ou souhaits de retraite peuvent être envoyés au BPR par courriel. BPR : l'adjum Dave Keast, courriel David.Keast@Forces.gc.ca<mailto:David.Keast@Forces.gc.ca> ou par téléphone au 204-765-3000 ext 3253.
WO Kelvin (Kelly) Wilson enrolled in the CAF on 16 March 1989 with B Squadron, the 8th Canadian Hussars in Sussex, NB. After 7 years with the Reserves, Kelly decided to join the Regular Force in April 1996 as an Electrical Generating Systems Technician. Upon completion of QL3 in Chilliwack, Kelly headed back east to Halifax to work in the EGS Shop. While in Halifax he deployed on OP PALLADIUM and also deployed on 3 TAVS, 2 for OP Palladium, and 1 for OP ECLIPSE.
In 2002, as a fresh new MCpl, Kelly was off to CFSME in Gagetown to try his hand at teaching on various EGS courses. He was promoted to Sgt in 2004 and completed his 6A while at the school.
In 2007, after 5 years at CFSME, Kelly was off to WCE in Cold Lake. While at CE, Kelly completed a tour at the PRT in Afghanistan. Kelly was promoted to his current rank in 2008, and remained employed at CE as the Contracts WO. In 2013, he was posted to 4 CES in the horizontal construction section.
Finally, after 9 years in Cold Lake, Kelly was posted to RPOU (West) Detachment Shilo and employed as the Contracts Officer. He has decided to call it quits on 30 August 2017 after a fulfilling 28+ year career in the CAF.
WO Wilson will be starting his retirement in the Saint John NB area, waiting for his pension cheques to start rolling in. After that he plans to be moving to Thailand in the near future.
After more than 24 years of loyal and dedicated service to the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) and the Canadian Military Engineer Branch, Sgt J.P.Y Fortin, CD (bio attached), will retire 07 Nov 2015. A Depart with Dignity Ceremony will take place at the WOs & Sgts Mess in Edmonton, on 30 Oct 15 at 1500hrs. Attendees are requested to advise the OPI of their planned attendance NLT 23 Oct 2015. Anecdotes or retirement wishes may be sent to the OPI by e-mail. OPI: MWO Terence Wolaniuk, email at email@example.com
After almost 16 years of loyal and dedicated service to the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) and the Canadian Military Engineer Branch, Cpl Eric Richer, CD (bio attached), retired 11 April, 2016. A Depart with Dignity Ceremony will take place at the 1 Combat Engineer Regiment (Patton) Building in Edmonton, on 17 1300 Jun 2016. Attendees are requested to advise the OPI of their planned attendance NLT 10 June 2016. Anecdotes or retirement wishes may be sent to the OPI by e-mail. OPI: WO Ryan MacArthur or by phone at 780-265-2337.
Born in St-Catherines, Ontario on the 31st of October 1980 he moved to Sudbury, Ontario the following year. Having been born on Halloween, it should come as no surprise his love of candy. Eric remained an only child surrounded by a large and loving extended family. After joining the 2915 Royal Canadian Irish Regiment army cadets in 1993 he found his future path. After graduating from L’École Secondaire Catholique L’Horison he officially joined the military on the 29th of June 2000 in Sudbury, Ontario as a 041 Field Engineer.
After more than 31+years of loyal and dedicated service to the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) and the Canadian Military Engineer Branch, CWO Daniel Aubertin, CD (bio attached), will retire 23 Mar 2016. A Depart with Dignity ceremony will take place at the WO & Sgt Mess in 4 Wing Cold Lake on 03 Dec 2015 from 11:30 to 14:00hrs. Attendees are requested to advise the OPI of their planned attendance NLT 18 Nov 2015. Anecdotes or retirement wishes may be sent to the OPI by e-mail. OPI: CWO Rob Brassington, email at: Robert.Brassington@forces.gc.ca
Maj Rick Dunning, CD will retire on 07 Sept 2016 after serving 35 plus years of loyal and dedicated service to the CAF, CME Branch and the NDFS. - See attached bio.
A DWD ceremony will take place on 03 June 2016 at the HMCS Bytown Wardroom, 78 Lisgar Street, Ottawa. Start time 1200 hrs. Attendees are requested to advise the OPI of their planned attendance NLT 27 May. Cost for luncheon will be sent soon. MTF OPI: Capt Ovidiu Anca by email
Sgt Louis-Philippe Jean retired on 16 Oct 2015 after more than 32 year of loyal and dedicated service to the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) and the Canadian Military Engineer Branch (see French bio attached). A DWD was held last Friday 16 Oct at Valcartier. Messages and anecdotes may be sent to Sgt Sylvain Frederic.firstname.lastname@example.org