Major Jennifer Arsenault, OC 1 Sqn, 36 Sig Regt, Charlottetown, PEI recently returned from her tour in UNMISS (UN Mission in South Sudan). Maj Arsenault was on tour from 19 Apr – 03 Nov, in Juba, South Sudan. She was the Desk Officer in the UNMISS Joint Operations Centre (JOC), as well as the Deputy Task Force Commander for the CAF Contingent.
Maj Arsenault was greeted by her husband Maj Christopher Michaud (of the Prince Edward Island Regiment), members of her unit, and Her Honour, Antoinette Perry, Lt Governor of PEI. Maj Arsenault is also the Aide de Camp to the Lt Governor.
In her own words: “The experience was amazing. Working in a multinational environment has its challenges, including differences in cultural and military norms, but those differences are what made the mission such a great experience. The Joint Operations Centre (JOC) for UNMISS is a combination of military members from seven different nations, as well as Police Officers and civilian members from another five nations. During quiet times we were able to discuss the differences and learn from each other, and during high stress times (while managing information flow for a CASEVAC) we were able to quickly work together to complete our tasks ensuring injured members were looked after. I would highly recommend the experience and would love to complete another tour in the future.”
Maj Arsenault swearing in her son, Pte Caleb Hastey into 3 Sqn, 36 Sig Regt (Halifax) via video call from South Sudan. Caleb completed BMQ and BMQ(L) with 21 EW during the past summer, and is working with 3 Sqn while he completes grade 12 this year.