WO Stephane Boucher, CD
WO Officer Boucher will be retiring from the Forces after 20 plus years of loyal and dedicated service. WO Boucher joined the Forces in November 1988 and was sent to StJean QC for basic training. After his basic training, he went to Chilliwack to complete his QL3 training as a Combat Engineer. He was then posted to 4 CER in Lahr, Germany in August 1989. In 1992 he went back to Chilliwack for his QL5 training and was promoted to Cpl that same year. He stayed in Germany until April 1993, where he spent the last winter as a skiing instructor for other CF members. He was then posted to 5 RGC in Valcartier QC in April 1993. That same summer, he re-mustered to 042 FEE OP and returned to sunny Chilliwack to complete his heavy equipment training. In 1994 he completed a three month tour in Croatia as a heavy equipment operator. Upon his return from Croatia, he released from the CF in September 1994.
After tasting the grass on the other side of the fence, he realized it had the same taste. He re-enrolled in April 1997 and was posted back to 5 RGC. He deployed to the ice storm in January 1998 as a HESV driver transporting various equipment and supplies needed on the south shore of Montreal. He completed 2 tours in Bosnia. The first was from July 1999 to February 2000. He was then promoted to MCpl in December 2001. He returned to Bosnia for yet another seven month tour from April to October 2002. He was promoted to Sgt in June 2004 and posted to CFSME as a Heavy Equipment Operator Instructor at Lauvina Wood, AKA ‘The Hill’. In July 2007 he was posted to 1 ESU in Moncton, as a member of 1 Specialist Engineering Team (SET) and deployed to the KPRT Camp Nathan Smith in Afghanistan from February to September 2008. WO Boucher was promoted to his current rank in December 2009.
WO Boucher will be releasing from the regular force on 6 July 2011. He will be re-locating to Edmundston, NB with his wife Sylvie and his two sons Christopher and Frédérick. He will then fully dedicate his time to his logging business and will join the club of double dippers.