Veterans Affairs Update December 2021

Dec 13, 2021 | 0 comments

In this edition: Take care of your mental health during this season The Veterans Independence Program can help you get through the winter The Education and Training Benefit can help you reach career goals Commemoration: End of the Cold War 80th anniversary of the Defence of Hong Kong Do you know someone who deserves recognition? Veteran Success Story: A man who loves to be busy Veteran releases music album You can help improve accessibility Reminder: Please take part in an online study on chronic pain Season’s Greetings from VAC Programs and services Take care of your mental health during this season The holiday season can be a busy time for people, with events to attend, gatherings to prepare, gifts to buy and often an especially busy period at work. This season can also be a time when many feel isolated and lonely. In short, it’s a time of increased stress that can take a toll on your mental health. There are resources to help you and your loved ones take care of their mental health. The VAC Assistance Service is a free and confidential psychological support line available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Call 1-800-268-7708, or for TDD/TYY, 1-800-567-5803. […]

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Dec 6, 2021 | 0 comments

Dear Members of the Communications and Electronics Branch/The Royal Canadian Corps of Signals: This note is intended to advise our C&E Branch members of the status of one of our genuine heroes – Colonel Don Pruner, OMM, CD.  Colonel Don Pruner has been diagnosed with Acute Leukemia with a very short-term prognosis. Colonel Pruner served honourably in World War II as an infantry soldier in NW Europe in the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders of Canada (Princess Louise’s) and was Wounded in Action and medically evacuated.  After the war, he graduated from the University of Toronto with an Honours degree in the Communications and Electricity option of Engineering Physics. During his fourth year of engineering at university, he re-enlisted in the Canadian Army Regular in the Royal Canadian Corps of Signals.  Col Pruner served in the war in Korea in 1952 as both a battalion signal officer and a signal troop officer at brigade HQ.  During his thirty-four plus years of military service in the Canadian Armed Forces, he was promoted and employed in progressively more responsible positions in operations, management, training and administration, primarily, but not exclusively, in the field of communications and electronics.  In his final appointment, he was […]

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Nov 13, 2021 | 0 comments

Featured Image: Capt Adams receiving CDS Commendation from A/CDS Gen Wayne Eyre. The MND and A/CDS visited this week and we used this as an opportunity to have the CDS present a few CDS Commendations as well as a CWO Scroll. Capt Adams and PO2 Crockett were awarded their commendations due to the response efforts for the RMC Net ransomware attack. In July 2020, Capt Adams, a cyber protection team officer, led the team in resolving the largest cyber ransomware incident in CAF history. Displaying tremendous leadership, his team deployed and resolved the RMC cyber incident, identifying the originating compromise but also further identifying two additional unknown network attacks. Capt Adams’ professionalism and tradecraft ensured continuing education of over 1000 RMC students, limiting disruption to CAF professional development and resulted in valuable Five-Eyes intelligence reporting. In July 2020, then-MS Crockett, a cyber protection team technical lead provided crucial technical analysis and forensic investigation leading to the team resolving the largest cyber ransomware incident in CAF history. His technical acumen and insight ensured the RMC attack was addressed quickly with network operations restored. MS Crockett’s tradecraft was key in maintaining the ongoing education and ensured the continuing availability of professional development […]

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Nov 9, 2021 | 1 comment

We’re at it again. The C&E Association, this year in partnership with the C&E Museum has assembled a dedicated band of Santa’s helpers (thanks to CFSCE) to pack up and send a small package of Branch logo swag to each deployed member. It is a small gesture, but a gesture designed to tell members deployed away from home for the holiday season that the C&E Family is thinking of them and values their service. The photo shows some helpers in action assembling 180 gifts for dispatch via Canada Post. Our thanks go out especially to the folks from the Museum Mercury Shop, CFSCE and CJOC HQ who ensured we reached out to the right people. Merry Christmas and best wishes of the season to all who serve their country with pride. (Pictured here are masked ‘helpers’ AKA: Aviator Verra, Private Blight, Private Hagen, Private Reimer and Private Clark-Caroll. Photo by Mercury Shop) Views: 1

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