WO/Adj K.E. Wilson, CD
After 26 years of loyal and dedicated service to the Canadian Armed Forces and the Canadian Military Engineers, WO Ken Wilson, CD, retired on 21 September 2021. Congratulatory messages and best wishes can be sent to Cpl P.C. Goemans at Peter.Goemans@ecn.forces.gc.ca
Throughout his long career in the CAF, Ken has worked tirelessly and selflessly, often giving more of himself than he should have. He has always been eager to work harder than most, share his knowledge with those around him, and actively mentor those that were subordinate to him. The word “quit” does not appear to be in his vocabulary. As an example of his can-do ethos, he completed 5k on crutches during the 2019 Army Run, after badly injuring his ankle a week earlier.
Ken enrolled in the CAF in the fall of 1995 as an Army Reservist with 3 Field Engineer Squadron, now designated 33 CER, in Ottawa. He completed QL3 in 1996 and QL5 in 1997, both in Chilliwack, BC. He then joined 3 RCR in Petawawa for work-up training in preparation for deployment to Bosnia-Herzegovina.
After this deployment, Ken held a series of Class B positions in Kingston and Ottawa and teaching positions at CFSME in Gagetown, NB. He was promoted to MCpl in 2006, then to Sergeant in 2008.
In 2009, Ken married Melissa and joined 1 RCR in Petawawa for work-up training to deploy to Afghanistan. In 2010, he was deployed to Kandahar, Afghanistan, as a Section 2I/C. During his deployment, Ken had the good fortune to be on the loworder end of an IED but was badly wounded by the attack.
After returning from this deployment, Ken was an incredibly successful recruiter as the Squadron grew into a Regiment. He continued to hold a series of Class B positions, was promoted to Warrant Officer in 2012, and welcomed son, Alexander. With 33 CER, Ken continued to contribute as the Recce Sergeant then Squadron Sergeant Major