WO Jack Robinson, CD

    • WO Jack Robinson, CD

    After more than 39 plus years of loyal and dedicated service to the Canadian Armed Forces, WO Jack Robinson, CD, will retire 6 June 2019. Everyone is welcome to attend his DWD ceremony, which will take place on 24 May 2019, at 1400 hrs at 413 Wing RCAF Association, 230 North Murray St., Trenton, ON. Please confirm your participation to the OPI before 20 May 19. There will be a nominal fee of $10 per person for pizza. Bring your darts as WO Robinson is an avid player. Anecdotes or retirement wishes may be sent to the OPI by email.

    OPI:  MWO Rodney Boskovitch, email at Rodney.Boskovitch@forces.gc.ca.

    Après plus de 39 années de services loyaux et dévoués envers les Forces armées canadiennes, Adj Jack Robinson, CD, prendra sa retraite le 6 juin 2019. Vous êtes tous invité pour un dîner lors de sa cérémonie de départ dans la dignité, qui aura lieu le 21 juin 2019 à 14h00, au 413 Wing RCAF Association, 230 North Murray St., Trenton, ON.Prière de confirmer votre présence au BPR avant le 20 mai 19. IL y aura des frais de 10$ par personne pour la pizza. Apportez vos darts,  ‎Adj Robinson est un joueur avide. Des anecdotes ou des souhaits de départ à la retraite peuvent être envoyés au BPR par courrier électronique.

    BPR : Adjum Rodney Boskovitch, courriel Rodney.Boskovitch@forces.gc.ca.

    WO Robinson was born and raised in Toronto, Ontario. He first joined the military in Nov 1978, went through basic training in CFB Cornwallis N.S., graduated after his 12 weeks but decided to get out after his basic (which was legal and allowed in the small print that he happen to read on his contract, this surprised his NCO’s because nobody reads the small print!). So after being out for a year and a half he felt that he had to go back and complete what he had started, so he went down to the recruiting office and joined back up, because he had completed Cornwallis, he was sent to CFB Wainwright Alberta this time to the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry (PPCLI) on the 12 November 1980. After graduating from the P.P.C.L.I. battle school in April 1981 he was posted to the 3rd Battalion in Victoria B.C.

    He was stationed in the 3rd Battalion until he came across the opportunity to try out for the Jump course, so along with 60 other members of the battalion they went down to the track and ran through the PT test and came out placing first. They were only sending three members from the battalion so he earned himself a spot and was on his jump course in June 1982. He went and passed his course, came back to the battalion and was selected to be posted to 2 Airborne Commando in the Canadian Airborne Regiment in July 1982. After serving five years with Canada’s elite unit they decided it was time to send him back to the PPCLI ​for a while so in July 1987 he was posted back to the 3rd Battalion. After being in the Airborne Regiment and now back in the battalion he didn’t feel complete, he felt he was missing something so he made a decision to either get out of the forces or try something else. He decided he would try something else first and changed over to become a Firefighter in Jan 1990

    On Jan 1990 he started his new career as a TQ3 in CFB Borden. Once graduating his course he was then posted to CFB Ottawa in May 1990. He remained there until July 1994 and was then posted to CFB Trenton. Then in July 1999, he was posted to Halifax N.S. on HMCS Preserver. In July 2002 he was posted back to CFB Trenton until July 2005 where he was then posted to CFB Comox until July 2007 where he was then posted to CFB North Bay as the Fire Chief. Then in July 2011, he was posted back to CFB Trenton where he is currently and will be retiring.

    During his career he has been on numerous tours to places such as Cyprus twice; Golan Heights; Macedonia; Dubai in the UAE; Afghanistan; CFS Alert and was on the first deployment while on ship when 911 happened which has earned him 10 medals making him the most decorated Firefighter in the Canadian Armed Forces at this time.

    After 14 years of service he met his wife Debbie, they got married in 1994, they had a daughter Lindsay in 1995 and a son Jesse in 1998. His son Jesse has joined the Canadian Armed Forces and will be graduating his Structural Construction Tech course on 6 June 2019 the day WO Robinson retires. So you can look at it this way, the Canadian Armed Forces are not losing a Robinson, they’re just trading in an old one for a newer one!

    WO Robinson will be remaining in the area with his wife.