RETIREMENT – CHIEF PETTY OFFICER 1ST CLASS JASON HYNES, 00381 – CPO1/CWO

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Retirement Date: 15/09/2023

CPO1 Hynes joined the CAF from the recruiting center in Gander, NL. Not knowing what he was getting himself into he turned the unknown into a 26 yr career with the CAF.

In 2000, he was posted to CFS Leitrim, where he took on the future of shift work…it lasted until 2005, where he would deploy with the CDSE team aboard HMCS Winnipeg. Being from NL, he thought his love for the sea would have him bouncing up and down the flats with pride…those first 12 days of seasickness had other plans. With an amazing crew and interesting port visits it would be one of the highlights of his career.

In 2006, he was posted to Canadian Forces School of Communications and Electronics (CFSCE), as an instructor where he planned to impress upon the new SIGINT’ers of the future. After four years at the school, he left a lasting impact on the occupation and the students.

In 2010, he was posted to 21 Electronic Warfare Regiment, where he was employed as the ECM Advisor. Some say he was never there, as he took to the field with 1 CER, in preparation for his first deployment to Afghanistan. While on EX in Chilliwack with 1 CER the news came that the deployment was cancelled. Following that, there was a request to go to Kandahar on a HLTA backfill to get his boots dirty.  Upon completion of the backfill, he remained in the hopper and returned back to Kabul for two future TAVs where he would eventually receive his posting msg for an OUTCAN position.

In 2012, he was posted to the National Security Agency (NSA) at Ft Meade, MD, USA, employed with the Integrated Broadcast Service Support Office (IBSSO), and with the Navy Information Operations Command (NIOC) Maryland. He made quite the mark on the FVEY partners and left them with a training video that would be published across all out partners – who would’ve thought a Newfie would be picked to create such a publication! Those that know, know.

After a brief stint on second language training, he returned to CFSCE in 2016, as the Squadron Sergeant Major of 4 Sqn. A role in which many of his peers chuckled at, knowing the shenanigans he pulled as a student.

In 2018, he obtained his career goal sooner than expected, posted to Ottawa as the career manager for the Communicator Research and Cyber Operator occupations. A fulfilling job in Admin review and posting plots. In 2019, he was promoted to his current rank and posted to the Canadian Forces Information Operations Group (CFIOG) at CFS Leitrim as the Comm Rsch occupation advisor.

In 2020, CPO1 Hynes was selected as the Regimental Sergeant Major for 21 Electronic Warfare Regiment, the epitome of his career. The first year coming into command with COVID restrictions still booming, it proved to be a challenging year, and to throw into this, the CO and RSM were put forward to command the Command Support Group (CSG) in Edmonton. Thankfully, they had an excellent team back at the unit that filled in for the first few charge parades and PER boards.

CPO1 Hynes wishes to extend a sincere thanks and appreciation to his family, network of friends, and those colleagues with whom he has served. He is extremely grateful for many, long-lasting relationships formed over his career.

There will be a celebration of Jason’s career held at Fine Balance Brewing Company in Kingston, 15 Sep 2023 at 1300. The Otter Creek food truck will be on site if anyone would like food. Please RSVP for the DWD and send any congratulatory messages, pictures, and amusing anecdotes to CWO Bruce Mercer at [email protected] NLT 4 Sep 23, so we can get final numbers to assist staff with serving.

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