RETIREMENT – CPL JUSTIN MCCARTHY, CD – 00120 SIGINT SPEC

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1. AFTER MORE THAN 14 YEARS OF LOYAL SERVICE TO THE CAF, THE ARMY, AND CANADA, CORPORAL JUSTIN MCCARTHY HAS PUSHED ALL BUTTONS, AND ANALYZED ALL DATA AND WILL BE RETIRING FROM THE CANADIAN ARMED FORCES EFFECTIVE 28 MAR 2022.

2. SEEKING A NEW ADVENTURE AND LEAVING CIVILIAN WORK BEHIND, CPL MCCARTHY ENROLLED IN THE CAF AS A SIGINT SPECIALIST ON 26 SEP 2007 IN THE BIG SMOKE – TORONTO, ONTARIO. DURING HIS CAREER, HE SERVED IN SEVERAL POSITIONS AND LOCATIONS INCLUDING BOTH COASTS, THE TOP OF THE WORLD, AND WITH OUR NEIGHBOURS TO THE SOUTH AND OTHER WORLDWIDE PARTNERS: CANADIAN FORCES STATION LEITRIM (X2), CFS ALERT, AND CFIOG OUTCAN HQ DETACHMENT GEORGIA. CPL MCCARTHY ALSO DEPLOYED ON HMCS REGINA AND IS PROUD TO HAVE SEEN 19 COUNTRIES ON HIS DEPLOYMENT IN 199 DAYS AT SEA. HIS SUPPORT TO OPERATIONS HAVE INCLUDED OP ARTEMIS, OP REASSURANCE, AND MOST RECENTLY, OP AEGIS.

3. CPL MCCARTHY IS GRATEFUL FOR ALL THE EXPERIENCE HE HAS GAINED DURING THIS JOURNEY, INCLUDING HIS EARLY DAYS SPENT ON SHIFT IN A VARIETY OF POSITIONS INCLUDING ELINT AND MISSION MANAGEMENT. AFTER HIS TIME ON SHIFT ENDED, HIS LATER YEARS WERE AS AN INCREDIBLY TALENTED ANALYST IN SEVERAL AREAS OF EXPERTISE. HIS GOAL WAS TO SEE THE WORLD AND CHANGE HIS LIFE, AND HE IS CONFIDENT IN SAYING THAT THE CAF HAS DEFINITELY ASSISTED IN DOING JUST THAT. CPL MCCARTHY IS PROUD TO HAVE WORN THE UNIFORM.

4. IN HIS NEXT CHAPTER, CPL MCCARTHY WILL REMAIN IN THE OTTAWA AREA TO PURSUE A CAREER IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR WITH HIS FAMILY BY HIS SIDE. CPL MCCARTHY WOULD LIKE TO THANK EVERYONE HE HAS COME ACROSS IN HIS CAREER, AND WITH HIS EVER-PRESENT HUMOUR, CLAIMS THAT HE IS LEAVING THE SAME WAY HE CAME IN: SCARED, CONFUSED, CLUELESS, AND HIDING IN THE BACK.

5. DUE TO COVID RESTRICTIONS AND KEEPING EVERYONE’S HEALTH IN MIND, CPL MCCARTHY WOULD LIKE TO HAVE AN INFORMAL DEPART WITH DIGNITY EVENT AT A LATER DATE WHEN WE CAN ALL GATHER TO SHARE IN CELEBRATING HIS MOVE BACK TO CIVILIAN LIFE. MEANWHILE, ALL TALL TALES, ALIBIS, ANECDOTES, AND WELL WISHES CAN BE SENT TO THE ATTENTION OF MASTER CORPORAL HEATHER MONTGOMERY ([email protected]) NLT 25 FEBRUARY 2022.

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