RETIREMENT – CAPT MICHAEL COADY, CD – 00341 SIGS

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1. CAPTAIN MICHAEL COADY WILL RETIRE FROM THE CAF ON 1 OCT 2020 AFTER A COMBINED 38 + YEARS OF DISTINGUISHED SERVICE TO THE CAF, CANADIAN ARMY AND THE RCCS.

2. MIKE JOINED THE CAF THROUGH THE SUMMER YOUTH EMPLOYMENT PROGRAM IN THE SUMMER OF 1982 AT 744 COMM REGT VANCOUVER, AS AN RTOP. HE LATER TRANSFERRED TO 763 COMM REGT OTTAWA, WHERE HE COMPLETED A 6 MONTH CALL-OUT AT CFS CARP. IN AUGUST 1984 HE JOINED THE REGULAR FORCE AS A RADIO OPERATOR (MOC 211). AFTER COMPLETING DRIVER TRAINING IN BORDEN AND HIS INITIAL SIGNALS TRAINING ON THE FIRST AIRBORNE DESIGNATED SERIAL AT CFSCE, HE WAS POSTED TO THE CANADIAN AIRBORNE REGT. THIS WAS FOLLOWED BY POSTINGS TO 3 PPCLI VICTORIA, 1 CMBG HQ & SIGS SQN CALGARY, THEN EDMONTON, LDSH(RC) EDMONTON, 79 COMM REGT KINGSTON, CFJSR KINGSTON, LDSH(RC) EDMONTON, 1 CMBG HQ & SIGS SQN EDMONTON, AND CFSCE KINGSTON. UPON BEING COMMISSIONED AS A SIGNALS OFFICER IN 2010, HE WAS POSTED TO LFDTS HQ KINGSTON, SSU (DET) KINGSTON AND FINALLY BACK TO CFSCE IN KINGSTON.

MIKE COMPLETED 7 OPERATIONAL DEPLOYMENTS DURING HIS CAREER: CYPRUS WITH THE CANADIAN AIRBORNE REGIMENT, GOLAN HEIGHTS WHILE POSTED WITH 3 PPCLI, CROATIA WITH 1 PPCLI, BOSNIA WITH 2 PPCLI, ETHIOPIA/ERITREA AND CAMP MIRAGE WHILE AT CFJSR, AND FINALLY AFGHANISTAN WITH 1 CMBG HQ & SIGS SQN.

DURING HIS TIME AS AN NCM HE WORKED IN TACTICAL RADIO, LAND TACTICAL AREA COMMUNICATION SYSTEMS AND MOBILE TRANSPORTABLE SATELLITE GROUND TERMINALS, AND SAW THE FIELDING OF TCCIS. MIKE WAS EMPLOYED AS A DISPATCH DRIVER, COMMANDO SIGNALLER, RRB DET COMD, BN COMD SIGNALLER, MCV DET COMD, BDE COMD SIGNALLER, NODE SUPERVISOR, MTSGT DET COMD, BG CP SGT, OPS SGT, CRYPTO CUSTODIAN, SIGNAL PL WO, SIGNALS TP WO AND A SQN SERGEANT-MAJOR.

AS A COMMISSIONED OFFICER, HE CARRIED OUT DUTIES AS A STAFF OFFICER AT DAT COLLECTIVE TRAINING, OC SSU (DET) KINGSTON AND FINALLY 2IC 3 SQN AT CFSCE.

3. MIKE WOULD LIKE TO THANK ALL THOSE THAT HE HAS SERVED WITH, AND THANK ALL THOSE INDIVIDUALS WHO HAD A POSITIVE IMPACT ON HIS MILITARY CAREER. THE LIST OF MENTORS, ROLE MODELS AND FRIENDS IS FAR TOO LONG FOR THIS MESSAGE.

4. MIKE AND HIS WIFE TRACY WILL REMAIN IN THE KINGSTON AREA, WHERE THEY WILL ENJOY CAMPING AND VOLUNTEERING WITH THE LOCAL SKATE CLUB. HE WILL POSSIBLY TRY SOME PART TIME WORK ONCE THE COUNTRY GETS BACK TO THE NEW NORMAL.

5. DUE TO COVID-19, A DWD FUNCTION WILL BE SCHEDULED AT A LATER DATE.

6. PLEASE SEND ANECDOTES OR MESSAGES TO RFC LT PALMATEER, [email protected] NLT 15 AUG 2020 TO ALLOW TIME FOR COMPILATION PRIOR TO MIKE’S LAST DAY OF WORK.

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Leighton Hardy
3 years ago

Congratulations Mike, you have always made a significant impact throughout your career on all the soldiers that have had the privilege to serve with you. I wish you and Tracy all the best, and I will see you around the rink.

Bill Sanford
3 years ago

Enjoy retirement and thanks for the great assistance trough the years. Have some different fun

Steve Seltenrich
3 years ago

Congratulations Mike!! Enjoy life on the “civi” side

Lyle Read
3 years ago

Congratulations on a long and fruitful career. As an NCM you had a profound influence on many of our younger soldiers career. It was always a pleasure working with you. All the best to you and Tracy in this the next great adventure. I’m in the area so stay in touch… VVV

Trish Skerry
3 years ago

Wow Mike, that is so awesome & so well deserved!, Such an amazing career with all those postings, I know your Dad would be so totally impressed! All the best to you, Tracy & your family, sending much love, Trish, Pat & boys

Jody Johnson
3 years ago

Sir,

Congrats on a stellar career. I wish you and Tracy the best in this next chapter of your lives. Soft winds and safe landings my friend.

MWO
JJ Johnson
RCCS

Mcpl Irene Teeple (Scott)
3 years ago

I don’t know you but thank you is never enough for what you soldiers have done for our country over the years. I personally want to thank you for your hard word and dedication congratulations mike your #1 in my books

Doug Ware
3 years ago

Well Mike• Since I was the 1st albeit most likely not the best Sgt in your long distinguished career all I want to say is you done good!

Keen Mullins
3 years ago

Congratulations Mike! It was a pleasure and an honor to have served with you in A Tp at 1 CMBG HQ & Sig Sqn. It was great having you as a troop WO and a mentor. I wish you and Tracy all the best in your next chapter.

Don Willis
3 years ago

Congratulations Mike on a long and distinguished career! Enjoy your well earned retirement