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WWII Veteran Elsa Lessard’s Birthday

WWII Veteran Elsa Lessard’s Birthday

Fellow Communicators… I am sure that some of you are familiar with Elsa Lessard. Elsa is about to celebrate her 99th birthday on 2 July 2021. In WW II she served in the Canadian Women's RCN Service as a Telegraphist, Special Operator. She was stationed at secret...

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RETIREMENT – MAJ JAMES D.E. DUQUETTE, CD – 00341 SIGS

RETIREMENT – MAJ JAMES D.E. DUQUETTE, CD – 00341 SIGS

1. ON 2 SEP 2021, MAJOR JAMES D.E. DUQUETTE WILL BE RETIRING FROM THE CAF AFTER 21 YEARS OF LOYAL AND DEDICATED SERVICE, FEW MORE YEARS OF SERVICE, AND THEN FOUR VERY REWARDING YEARS IN AUSTRALIA. 2. MAJOR DUQUETTE FULFILLED A CHILDHOOD DREAM WHEN HE ENROLLED IN THE...

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RETIREMENT – MCPL JONATHON SMITH, CD – 00109 ATIS TECH

RETIREMENT – MCPL JONATHON SMITH, CD – 00109 ATIS TECH

1. MASTER CORPORAL JONATHON SMITH WILL BE RETIRING 17 AUGUST 2021 AFTER 22+ DEDICATED YEARS OF SERVICE TO THE CAF. 2. MCPL SMITH ENROLLED AT THE KINGSTON RECRUITING CENTRE ON 17 MAR 1999. HE WAS INITIALLY RECRUITED AS A MATERIALS TECHNICIAN BUT DUE TO ISSUES WITH THE...

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RETIREMENT – MAJ TYLER D. TIBBEL, CD – 00340 CELE

RETIREMENT – MAJ TYLER D. TIBBEL, CD – 00340 CELE

1. ON 3 JULY 2021, MAJOR TYLER TIBBEL WILL RETIRE AFTER 13 YEARS OF DEDICATED AND LOYAL SERVICE TO THE CANADIAN ARMED FORCES AND THE ROYAL CANADIAN AIR FORCE. 2. MAJ TIBBEL JOINED THE CAF UNDER THE REGULAR OFFICER TRAINING PROGRAM ON 4 JULY 2008 IN HALIFAX, NS, AND...

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RETIREMENT – MCPL ETIENNE GAUDREAULT, CD – 00394 IS TECH

RETIREMENT – MCPL ETIENNE GAUDREAULT, CD – 00394 IS TECH

1. MASTER CORPORAL ETIENNE GAUDREAULT WILL RETIRE ON 15 JULY 2021 AFTER 18 YEARS OF DEDICATED SERVICE TO THE CANADIAN ARMED FORCES AND ROYAL CANADIAN CORPS OF SIGNALS. 2. ETIENNE JOINED THE CANADIAN ARMED FORCES IN APRIL 2003 AT CFRC QUEBEC CITY. AFTER COMPLETING BMQ...

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Veterans Affairs Canada Wants Your Opinion

Veterans Affairs Canada Wants Your Opinion

Good morning, Veterans Affairs Canada’s online consultation on the future of remembrance in Canada has opened on 18 June 2021! We want everyone who has served our country to see themselves in our remembrance and recognition programming. That’s why we’re reaching out...

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RETIREMENT – MCPL CHRIS J.W. PASVEER, CD – 00109 ATIS TECH

RETIREMENT – MCPL CHRIS J.W. PASVEER, CD – 00109 ATIS TECH

1. AFTER 14.5 YEARS OF LOYAL AND DEDICATED SERVICE TO THE CANADIAN ARMED FORCES, MASTER CORPORAL CHRIS J.W. PASVEER RETIRED ON 20 MAY 2021. 2. MCPL PASVEER JOINED THE CAF IN KINGSTON ON THE 02 NOV 2006, AND COMPLETED HIS BASIC TRAINING IN ST-JEAN, QC. UPON GRADUATION...

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Veterans Affairs Update June 2021

Veterans Affairs Update June 2021

In this edition:  Indigenous Veteran Debbie Eisan to be featured on the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network Honouring the memory of Indigenous Veterans Pride Week: June 8–11 Veterans share experience of applying for disability benefits Help applying for benefits and...

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RETIREMENT – WO NATHALIE GIRARD, CD – 00383 SIG OP

RETIREMENT – WO NATHALIE GIRARD, CD – 00383 SIG OP

1. WARRANT OFFICER NATHALIE GIRARD WILL RETIRE ON 02 JULY 2021 AFTER 27 YEARS OF LOYAL AND DEDICATED SERVICE TO CANADIAN ARMED FORCES AND ROYAL CANADIAN CORPS OF SIGNALS. 2. WO GIRARD JOINED THE CAF IN 1994, COMPLETING THE NES OP QL3 AND THEN RAD OP QL3 IN 1995. WO...

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RETIREMENT – MWO ALAN AITCHISON, CD – 00383 SIG OP

RETIREMENT – MWO ALAN AITCHISON, CD – 00383 SIG OP

1. MASTER WARRANT OFFICER ALAN AITCHISON, CD WILL RETIRE ON 28 JULY 2021 AFTER 37 PLUS YEARS OF SERVICE IN THE CANADIAN ARMED FORCES. 2. ALAN JOINED THE 1ST BATTALION, THE ROYAL NEW BRUNSWICK REGIMENT IN FREDERICTON AS A RESERVE INFANTRYMAN IN NOVEMBER 1983,...

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RETIREMENT – CAPT DAVID HITT, CD – 00341 SIGS

RETIREMENT – CAPT DAVID HITT, CD – 00341 SIGS

1. CAPTAIN DAVID HITT WILL BE RETIRING FROM THE CANADIAN ARMED FORCES AND MOST NOTIBLY THE ROYAL CANADIAN CORP OF SIGNALS ON 1 JULY 2021 AFTER 35+ YEARS OF LOYAL AND DEDICATED SERVICE TO CANADA. 2. ORIGINALLY FROM NOTTINGHAM, ENGLAND HOWEVER GROWING UP IN VANCOUVER,...

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RETIREMENT – SGT DEBORAH BOWKER, CD – 00109 ATIS TECH

RETIREMENT – SGT DEBORAH BOWKER, CD – 00109 ATIS TECH

1. SERGEANT DEB BOWKER, CD WILL RETIRE FROM THE CAF ON 23 AUG 2021 AFTER 14+ YEARS OF LOYAL AND DEDICATED SERVICE TO THE CANADIAN ARMED FORCES AND THE ROYAL CANADIAN AIR FORCE. 2. SGT BOWKER ENROLLED IN THE CAF IN JAN 2007 AS AN ATIS TECH DIRECT ENTRY AFTER COMPLETING...

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RETIREMENT – SGT DANA HOWARD, CD – 00109 ATIS TECH

RETIREMENT – SGT DANA HOWARD, CD – 00109 ATIS TECH

1. ON 14 JUN 2021, SERGEANT DANA HOWARD CD WILL RETIRE AFTER MORE THAN 18 YEARS OF LOYAL AND DEDICATED SERVICE TO THE CANADIAN ARMED FORCES AND THE ROYAL CANADIAN AIR FORCE. 2. AFTER THE COLLAPSE OF THE CANADIAN TELECOM GIANT NORTEL, SGT DANA HOWARD ENROLLED IN OTTAWA...

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eFP Latvia Ball Hockey Tournament

eFP Latvia Ball Hockey Tournament

Having been permitted to play some sports internally at Camp Adazi, Latvia starting on 11 May 21 because of the efficacy time after the 1st vaccination and no COVID cases in weeks, the eFP Battle Group (BG) organized a ball hockey tournament for 22 May 21 named Ex...

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RETIREMENT – CPL IAN I.K. NORWOOD, CD – 00394 IS TECH

RETIREMENT – CPL IAN I.K. NORWOOD, CD – 00394 IS TECH

1. CORPORAL IAN NORWOOD WILL RETIRE ON 28 MAY 2021 AFTER 17 YEARS OF DEDICATED SERVICE TO THE CANADIAN ARMED FORCES AND ROYAL CANADIAN CORPS OF SIGNALS. 2. IAN JOINED THE CANADIAN ARMED FORCES IN APRIL 2004 AT CFRC CALGARY DET EDMONTON. AFTER COMPLETING BMQ IN...

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RETIREMENT – MWO RODNEY MULLETT, CD – 00384 LINE TECH

RETIREMENT – MWO RODNEY MULLETT, CD – 00384 LINE TECH

1. MASTER WARRANT OFFICER ROD MULLETT WILL BE RETIRING FROM THE CANADIAN ARMED FORCES ON 10 SEPT 2021 WITH 30+ YEARS OF LOYAL AND DEDICATED SERVICE TO CANADA, THE CANADIAN ARMED FORCES, THE ROYAL CANADIAN CORPS OF SIGNALS AND THE LINE TRADE. 2. MWO MULLETT ENROLLED IN...

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RETIREMENT – MCPL RYAN QUINLAN – 00383 SIG OP

RETIREMENT – MCPL RYAN QUINLAN – 00383 SIG OP

1. MCPL RYAN QUINLAN WILL RETIRE ON 06 JUNE 2021 AFTER 11 YEARS OF DEDICATED SERVICE TO THE CANADIAN ARMED FORCES AND ROYAL CANADIAN CORPS OF SIGNALS. 2. RYAN JOINED THE CANADIAN ARMED FORCES IN DECEMBER 2009 AT CFRC DET KINGSTON. AFTER COMPLETING BMQ IN...

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RETIREMENT – CWO TONY DEGRUCHY, CD – 00381 CWO

RETIREMENT – CWO TONY DEGRUCHY, CD – 00381 CWO

1. CHIEF WARRANT OFFICER TONY DEGRUCHY WILL RETIRE FROM THE CANADIAN ARMED FORCES (CAF) ON 4 JUNE 2021 AFTER 32+ YEARS OF LOYAL AND DEDICATED SERVICE TO CANADA, THE CANADIAN ARMED FORCES, THE ROYAL CANADIAN CORPS OF SIGNALS AND MOST RECENTLY THE ROYAL CANADIAN...

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RETIREMENT – WO JAMES JOHN DAVIS, CD – 00109 ATIS TECH

RETIREMENT – WO JAMES JOHN DAVIS, CD – 00109 ATIS TECH

1. AFTER 24 YEARS OF DEDICATED SERVICE, WO JAMES DAVIS’ LAST DAY IN UNIFORM WILL BE 14 JUNE 2021. 2. WO JAMES DAVIS WAS BORN IN OSHAWA, ONTARIO. HE JOINED THE CAF IN JULY 1989 AND WAS SENT TO CFRS CORNWALLIS FOR BASIC TRAINING. UPON COMPLETION OF HIS TRAINING, HE WAS...

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RETIREMENT – PO2 LISA J. BURGESS, CD – 00120 SIGINT SPEC

RETIREMENT – PO2 LISA J. BURGESS, CD – 00120 SIGINT SPEC

1. PETTY OFFICER 2ND CLASS LISA J. BURGESS IS RETIRING ON 20 MAY 2021 AFTER 16 YEARS OF DEDICATED SERVICE TO CANADA. 2. PO2 LISA BURGESS JOINED THE CAF IN OTTAWA ON 20 DEC 2004. SHORTLY AFTERWARDS SHE BEGAN BMQ-C IN ST JEAN, AND CLOSE TO COMPLETION OF BMQ, SHE NEARLY...

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RETIREMENT – CAPT IAN MCEACHERN, CD – 00341 SIGS

RETIREMENT – CAPT IAN MCEACHERN, CD – 00341 SIGS

1. CAPTAIN IAN MCEACHERN WILL RETIRE FROM THE CANADIAN ARMED FORCES ON 16 JUN 2021 AFTER 22+ YEARS OF SERVICE TO QUEEN AND COUNTRY. 2. BORN IN THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO, CAPT MCEACHERN BEGAN HIS MILITARY CAREER BY JOINING THE LAKE SUPERIOR SCOTTISH REGIMENT AS AN...

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RETIREMENT – MWO NEIL D. FORSYTH, CD – 00383 SIG OP

RETIREMENT – MWO NEIL D. FORSYTH, CD – 00383 SIG OP

1. AFTER 30 YEARS OF RESERVE AND REGULAR FORCE SERVICE TO THE QUEEN AND CANADA, MASTER WARRANT OFFICER NEIL FORSYTH WILL RETIRE FROM THE CANADIAN ARMED FORCES ON 20 SEPT 2021. 2.  MWO FORSYTH ENROLLED ON 2 JULY 1991 JOINING 736 (THUNDER BAY) COMMUNICATION SQUADRON AS...

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Veterans Affairs Update May 2021

Veterans Affairs Update May 2021

In this edition: Budget 2021 highlights for Veterans and families Results are in: 2020 VAC National Client Survey Commemorating the 20th anniversary of Canada’s peacekeeping mission to Timor-Leste Commemorating Canadians of Asian heritage Veteran success story:...

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RETIREMENT – MCPL DARREN LOWE – 00394 IS TECH

RETIREMENT – MCPL DARREN LOWE – 00394 IS TECH

1. ON 14 JUNE 2021, MASTER CORPORAL DARREN LOWE WILL RETIRE FROM THE CANADIAN ARMED FORCES AFTER MORE THAN 12 YEARS OF LOYAL AND DEDICATED SERVICE TO CANADA. 2. MCPL LOWE JOINED IN HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA ON 25 FEB 2009 AS A LCIS TECH. AFTER COMPLETION OF HIS QL3 COURSE,...

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RETIREMENT – MCPL MARK PELTON, CD – 00384 LINE TECH

RETIREMENT – MCPL MARK PELTON, CD – 00384 LINE TECH

1. AFTER 19.5 YEARS OF EXEMPLARY SERVICE TO THE CANADIAN ARMED FORCES (CAF) AND THE ROYAL CANADIAN CORPS OF SIGNALS, MASTER CORPORAL MARK PELTON WILL RETIRE ON 17 MAY 2021. 2. BORN AND RAISED IN WATERVILLE N.S., MARK JOINED THE CAF ON 12 SEPTEMBER 2001 AS A LINEMAN....

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Op REASSURANCE Newsletter

Op REASSURANCE Newsletter

TFL Alert Exercise – eFP Sig Sqn Authors: Lt A.C. Mosnier and WO G.J.F. Limbert The enhanced Forward Presence Signal Squadron (eFP Sig Sqn) is one of three units within Task Force Latvia (TFL) deployed on Op REASSURANCE. eFP Sig Sqn ROTO 15 is in theatre from 12...

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Army Run

Army Run

Members of the C&E Branch currently stationed outside of Canada have teamed up to compete in the Canada Army Run, which will take place virtually from September 10 to 19, 2021. In 2020, the Canada Army Run launched a virtual event. In virtual races, you can run or...

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RETIREMENT – MWO MATTHEW MCCORMACK, CD – 00109 ATIS TECH

RETIREMENT – MWO MATTHEW MCCORMACK, CD – 00109 ATIS TECH

1. AFTER ALMOST, BUT NOT QUITE 25 YEARS OF SERVICE TO CANADA, MASTER WARRANT OFFICER MATTHEW MCCORMACK WILL BE RETIRING FROM THE CAF ON 31 MAY 2021. 2. MATT ENROLLED IN THE CAF IN 1996 AS AN INFANTRY SOLDIER. AFTER COMPLETING BASIC TRAINING AND RCR BATTLE SCHOOL IN...

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Veterans Services Update

Veterans Services Update

Attention Veterans! Check out the NCVA site for the latest news including the impact of the recent Federal budget. https://www.ncva-cnaac.ca AND A new link has been added to the Veterans’ Services Dashboard, a page in the C&E Association Menu, to the dialogue and...

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RETIREMENT – LCOL WALTER GAMBLIN, CD – 00341 SIGS

RETIREMENT – LCOL WALTER GAMBLIN, CD – 00341 SIGS

1. AFTER 28 YEARS OF SERVICE, LIEUTENANT-COLONEL WALTER GAMBLIN WILL BE RETIRING FROM THE CANADIAN ARMED FORCES ON 2 JULY 2021. 2. EVENTUALLY GRADUATING FROM THE ROYAL MILITARY COLLEGE OF CANADA IN 1999, HE STARTED THE NEW MILLENNIUM WITH AN OCCUPATION TRANSFER FROM...

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RETIREMENT – MWO BRADLEY MCCAUGHEY, CD – 00385 SIG TECH

RETIREMENT – MWO BRADLEY MCCAUGHEY, CD – 00385 SIG TECH

1. MASTER WARRANT OFFICER BRAD MCCAUGHEY WILL RETIRE FROM THE CANADIAN ARMED FORCES ON 15 JUN 2021 AFTER 25+ YEARS OF SERVICE TO QUEEN AND COUNTRY. 2. BORN IN FERGUS, ONTARIO, MWO MCCAUGHEY BEGAN HIS MILITARY CAREER BY ATTENDING CFLRS ST. JEAN IN JANUARY 1995. UPON...

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RETIREMENT- WO GUY GIRARDEAU, CD – 00109 ATIS TECH

RETIREMENT- WO GUY GIRARDEAU, CD – 00109 ATIS TECH

1. AFTER MORE THAN 34 YEARS OF DEDICATED SERVICE, WARRANT OFFICER GUY GIRARDEAU WILL RETIRE ON 15 AUG 2021 FROM THE RCAF. 2. WO GUY GIRARDEAU ENROLLED IN THE CAF ON 21 JAN 1987.  UPON COMPLETING HIS POET COURSE IN KINGSTION, HE CONTINUED HIS EDUCATION IN BORDEN AS AN...

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RETIREMENT – CWO SCOTT TANNER, CD – 00381 CWO

RETIREMENT – CWO SCOTT TANNER, CD – 00381 CWO

1. CHIEF WARRANT OFFICER SCOTT TANNER WILL RETIRE FROM THE CANADIAN ARMED FORCES ON 18 JUN 2021 AFTER 31+ YEARS OF SERVICE TO QUEEN AND COUNTRY. 2. BORN AT A VERY YOUNG AGE IN LUNENBURG, NOVA SCOTIA, CWO TANNER BEGAN HIS MILITARY CAREER BY ATTENDING CF RECRUIT SCHOOL...

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Museum Anniversary Greetings

Museum Anniversary Greetings

25th Museum Anniversary Greetings from Branch Leader, Colonel Commandant and Commandant CFSCE The Military Communications and Electronics Museum has been a Branch Institution for 60 years. It exists to commemorate the dedication and commitment of our soldiers who...

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RETIREMENT – CAPT DAN ANECA, CD – 00341 SIGS

RETIREMENT – CAPT DAN ANECA, CD – 00341 SIGS

1. CAPTAIN DAN ANECA WILL RETIRE FROM THE CAF ON MAY 3, 2021 AFTER 30 + YEARS OF LOYAL AND DEDICATED SERVICE TO THE CAF, CANADIAN ARMY AND THE RCCS. 2. DAN JOINED THE CAF AS AN NCM IN TORONTO IN MARCH 1991 AS A POET. AFTER COMPLETING BASIC TRAINING IN CORNWALLIS, HE...

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Sgt Bickerstaffe – TFL Commander’s Commendation

Sgt Bickerstaffe – TFL Commander’s Commendation

Sgt Bickerstaffe went above and beyond in his support of the Sig Sqn throughout his deployment. His work ethic, determination, and problem-solving made an incredible impact on mission success. Notably, he assisted in demonstrating joint communication interoperability...

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Sgt Smith – TFL Commander’s Commendation

Sgt Smith – TFL Commander’s Commendation

Sgt Smith displayed outstanding technical prowess and advised on matters relating to various networks. On numerous occasions, he advised the Spanish S6 on signal pathways throughout A Compound and Camp Adazi. As a result, he enabled the Spanish contingent to plan the...

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RETIREMENT – LCOL ROD STERLING, CD – 00341 SIGS

RETIREMENT – LCOL ROD STERLING, CD – 00341 SIGS

1. AFTER 43 YEARS OF DEDICATED SERVICE TO CANADA, LIEUTENANT COLONEL ROD STERLING WILL RETIRE FROM THE CANADIAN ARMED FORCES ON 31 MAY 2021. THIS SERVICE INCLUDED 13 YEARS AS A MEMBER OF THE PRIMARY RESERVE, DIVIDED ON BOTH ENDS OF HIS 30 YEARS IN THE REGULAR FORCE....

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RETIREMENT – MCPL RICHARD ROUSSEL, CD – 00383 SIG OP

RETIREMENT – MCPL RICHARD ROUSSEL, CD – 00383 SIG OP

MASTER CORPORAL RICHARD ROUSSEL IS RETIRING FROM THE CANADIAN ARMED FORCES ON 3 MAY 2021 AFTER 19 YEARS OF SERVICE TO CANADA AND THE CAF. HE ENROLLED ON 28 SEPTEMBER 2001. 2. MCPL ROUSSEL PROUDLY SERVED AS A SIGNALER THROUGHOUT HIS ENTIRE CAREER. MCPL ROUSSEL STARTED...

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RETIREMENT – SGT JOHN PATRICK BANGS, CD – 00109 ATIS TECH

RETIREMENT – SGT JOHN PATRICK BANGS, CD – 00109 ATIS TECH

1. AFTER MORE THAN 20 YEARS OF LOYAL AND DEDICATED SERVICE, SERGEANT JOHNNY BANGS WILL RETIRE FROM THE RCAF ON 30 APRIL 2020. 2. SGT BANGS ENROLLED IN THE CAF IN JULY 2000 AS AN INFANTRYMAN WITH THE 1ST BATTALION OF THE ROYAL CANADIAN REGIMENT, WHERE HE WAS TRAINED AS...

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Veterans Affairs Update April 2021

Veterans Affairs Update April 2021

Please share this e-mail magazine with your friends and contacts, and encourage them to register by visiting letstalkveterans.ca to keep up on issues that matter to Veterans and their families. Let us know what you think about the new Salute! by...

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Heritage Awards

Heritage Awards

Do You Know Someone Who Should Be Recognized? As part of the Communications & Electronics Association’s Awards and Recognition Program, the Heritage Awards supplement other forms of recognition in our community such as Branch commendations and the Foundation’s...

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RETIREMENT – CWO SCOTT EDWARDS, CD – 00381 CWO

RETIREMENT – CWO SCOTT EDWARDS, CD – 00381 CWO

1.  AFTER 33 + YEARS OF REGULAR FORCE SERVICE TO THE QUEEN AND CANADA, CHIEF WARRANT OFFICER SCOTT EDWARDS WILL RETIRE FROM THE CANADIAN ARMED FORCES ON 31 AUG 2021. 2.  CWO EDWARDS ENROLLED ON 10 JUNE 1988 UNDER THE POET PROGRAM IN CORNER BROOK, NL.  UPON COMPLETION...

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RETIREMENT – CPL BRIAN TROTTIER-GAGNON – 00383 SIG OP

RETIREMENT – CPL BRIAN TROTTIER-GAGNON – 00383 SIG OP

1. AFTER MORE THAN SEVEN YEARS OF LOYAL SERVICE WITH THE CANADIAN ARMED FORCES (CAF) AND THE ROYAL CANADIAN CORPS OF SIGNALS, CORPORAL BRIAN TROTTIER-GAGNON WILL RETIRE ON 21 APRIL 2021. 2. BRIAN ENROLLED IN THE CAF IN THE FALL OF 2013 AS A SIGNAL OPERATOR AND WAS...

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RETIREMENT – SGT JOHN B.E. MICHAUD, CD – 00120 SIGINT SPEC

RETIREMENT – SGT JOHN B.E. MICHAUD, CD – 00120 SIGINT SPEC

AFTER 33+ YEARS OF LOYAL AND DEDICATED SERVICE TO THE CANADIAN ARMED FORCES, SERGEANT JOHN B.E. MICHAUD IS RETIRING ON 10 MARCH 2021.  SGT MICHAUD JOINED THE CAF IN KINGSTON ON 21 JULY 1987, AND COMPLETED HIS BASIC TRAINING IN CORNWALLIS. UPON GRADUATION FROM BASIC,...

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