RETIREMENT – COL G BLAIS-PARENT, CD – 00341 SIGS

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1. ON 9 JUNE 2018, AFTER 30 YEARS OF LOYAL AND DEDICATED SERVICE TO CANADA, COL G BLAIS-PARENT WILL RETIRE FROM THE CANADIAN ARMED FORCES (CAF), THE COMMUNICATIONS & ELECTRONICS BRANCH AND THE ROYAL CANADIAN CORPS OF SIGNALS.

2. COL BLAIS-PARENT JOINED THE CAF IN 1988. HE BEGAN HIS STUDIES AT THE ROYAL MILITARY COLLEGE SAINT-JEAN AND COMPLETED THEM AT THE ROYAL MILITARY COLLEGE OF CANADA KINGSTON, EARNING A BACHELOR’S DEGREE IN MECHANICAL ENGINEERING. IN 1994, FOLLOWING HIS TRAINING AS A SIGNALS OFFICER, HE WAS TRANSFERRED TO 5 CANADIAN MECHANIZED BRIGADE GROUP. OVER THE NEXT 24 YEARS, HE WAS POSTED TO 5 AREA SUPPORT GROUP, CANADIAN FORCES TRANSFORMATION TEAM, DIRECTOR LAND COMMAND INFORMATION, SECRETARY OF LAND STAFF AND DIRECTOR LAND COMMAND SYSTEMS PROGRAM MANAGEMENT. COL BLAIS-PARENT DEPLOYED TO HAITI WITH OPERATION CONSTABLE (AS SIGNALS OFFICER) AND AFGHANISTAN WITH OPERATION ATHENA (AS TASK FORCE J6) AND OPERATION ATTENTION (AS THE SIGNALS TRAINING ADVISORY TEAM COMD).

3. THERE ARE TOO MANY FRIENDSHIPS AND POSITIVE MOMENTS TO SHARE IN THIS MESSAGE. NONETHELESS COL BLAIS-PARENT WISHES TO HIGHLIGHT THAT COMMANDING QGET 5 GBMC, SERVICE DES TRANSMISSIONS, A MULTINATIONAL TEAM IN AN OPERATIONAL THEATRE AND FINALLY DLCPSM WERE LIFE EXPERIENCES HE’LL NEVER FORGET. WHATEVER SUCCESSES HE HAS ENJOYED WERE ABSOLUTELY DUE TO THE OUTSTANDING SUBORDINATES THAT EDUCATED HIM, PEERS WILLING TO COLLABORATE AND SUPERVISORS THAT TRUSTED HIM AND ALLOWED HIM TO INNOVATE FREELY.

4. COL BLAIS-PARENT AND HIS WIFE WILL CONTINUE TO RESIDE IN OTTAWA WITH THEIR EIGHT YEAR OLD TWINS. COLONEL BLAIS-PARENT WILL BE UNDERTAKING NEW CHALLENGES WITHIN THE DEPARTMENT AS A PUBLIC SERVANT.

5. A DEPART WITH DIGNITY LUNCHEON WILL BE HELD AT THE CFS LEITRIM MESS STARTING AT 11:30 ON 11 JUNE 2018. THE COST WILL BE $40 PER PERSON. ANECDOTES, STORIES, PHOTOGRAPHS, AND CONGRATULATORY MESSAGES ARE WELCOMED. PLEASE RSVP BY 1 JUNE TO: (CONTACT REMOVED 2023 APR 20 BY ADMIN. SEND INQUIRIES HERE: https://cmcen-rcmce.ca/contact/).

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