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Retirement Date: 03/10/2024

1. After more than 38 years of loyal and dedicated service to Canada, CWO Stéphane (Steph) Langevin will retire from the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) on October 3rd, 2024.

2. Steph began his journey with the Canadian Armed Forces on April 6th, 1986 as a Reservist with 713 Communication Regiment in Beauport, QC, serving as a Radio and Teletype Operator (RTOP). Recognizing his true calling, he swiftly pursued a Voluntary Occupational Transfer as a Lineman and successfully completed his Line training in the summer of 1987 in Kingston, ON. During his time as a Reservist, Steph embraced the Class B lifestyle, where he had the opportunity to undertake two assignments in Germany, the first in Baden Solingen from October 1989 to March 1990, and the second in Larh from March to April 1991. Additionally, he deployed with the 5th Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group to Longue-Pointe during the Oka Crisis.

3. On March 21st, 1997, he transitioned to the Regular Forces and became a member of 726 Communication Squadron in Halifax, NS. Shortly thereafter, he was transferred to 79 Communication Regiment Detachment (Det) Halifax, and subsequently to the Canadian Forces Joint Signal Regiment (CFJSR) Det Halifax. During this period, he participated in OPERATION RECUPERATION (ICE STORM) in 1998, in the Montérégie region of Quebec. Additionally, he deployed for 10 weeks on a Technical Assistance Visit (TAV) in 2000 to Sarajevo, Bosnia.

4. Promoted to Master Corporal in October 2000, he was posted to Petawawa, ON, with the 2nd Regiment, Royal Canadian Horse Artillery (2 RCHA). During his tenure in Petawawa, he undertook deployments on OP PALLADIUM in Bosnia in 2001 with the 3rd Battalion, The Royal Canadian Regiment. Additionally, he deployed to the United Arab Emirates in 2003 on OP APOLLO which transited to OP ATHENA.

5. In the summer of 2004, Steph left CFB Petawawa for 3 Wing Bagotville, QC. A year later, he was promoted to sergeant, and posted to CFJSR Det Petawawa. This time, Steph returned to Petawawa as a family man, accompanied by the love of his life, Monique, and two daughters, Sonia and Audrey. During his time at the Detachment, he supervised many cable and antenna projects and maintenance tasks. He also deployed with his section to Kandahar, Afghanistan in 2008. Steph and Monique also experienced the joy of expanding their family with the arrival of Xavier and William.

6. Promoted to Warrant Officer (WO) in the summer of 2010, Steph relocated with his family to Borden, ON, where he served as the Base Borden Telecommunications Distribution Network Specialist until the fall of 2012. At that time, he was transferred to the Canadian Forces Shared Services Unit (Centre) as the Det Borden WO. During his tenure in Borden, he deployed for 8 months with the 2nd Canadian Division (2 Cdn Div) on OP ATTENTION in Kabul, Afghanistan.

7. Promoted to Master Warrant Officer in the summer of 2014, Steph moved with his family to the Great Montreal Region as he was posted to the Headquarters of the 2nd Canadian Division / Joint Task Forces (East). There, he held the position of Line Construction Superintendent (LCS) and also served as the 2nd Cdn Div HQ Sergeant-Major. In May 2016, he was attached posted in St-Jean-sur-Richelieu to the newly created 77 Line Regiment as the LCS of 2nd Line Squadron. In the summer of 2018, Steph moved with his family to Kingston, ON, as he was transferred to CFJSR as the Regimental LCS. In January 2020, he deployed as the Sergeant-Major of the Operational Support Hub-West Africa in Dakar, Senegal.

8. In July 2020, Steph was promoted to his current rank and relocated to Germany with his family. There, he embraced the role of Battalion Sergeant-Major of the 1st NATO Signal Battalion (1NSB), a diverse unit with 468 personnel from 11 contributing nations, for which the Commander’s position is held by a Lieutenant Colonel of the German Army and the Deputy Commander by a Major of the British Army.

9. Steph wishes to extend his sincere appreciation to his lovely wife Monique and their four incredible children, Sonia, Audrey, Xavier, and William, for their continuous support and sacrifices that made his journey possible. He would also like to thank all the amazing people whom he served with and express gratitude for the long-lasting friendships forged over his period of service.

10. Upon retirement, Steph and his spouse Monique will be moving back to Ontario, specifically within the Rideau Lakes Township, with their two sons Xavier and William. Steph will be supporting Monique for the remainder of her career as a Training Development Officer while also enjoying quality time with family and friends.

11. Steph has requested to have an informal Depart with Dignity with close friends and family. Best wishes, anecdotes, and congratulatory messages can be emailed to CWO Bruno Thibault. Additional information regarding the DWD will be distributed in the near future.

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Geoffrey Priems
1 month ago

Congratulations Steph!