1. CORPORAL THOMAS OAKES RETIRED FROM THE CANADIAN ARMED FORCES (CAF) ON 19 MAY 2020, AFTER 13+ YEARS OF LOYAL AND DEDICATED SERVICE.

2. TOM ENROLLED IN THE CAF ON 21 SEPTEMBER 2006 IN LONDON ON AS A COMMUNICATIONS RESEARCH. DURING HIS CAREER AS COMM RSCH, HE WAS POSTED TO THE CANADIAN ARMED FORCES STATION (CFS) LEITRIM (2X) AND THE CANADIAN FORCES ELECTRONIC WARFARE CENTRE (CFEWC) WHERE HE WAS EMPLOYED AS AN ELINT ANALYST WITH THE JOINT ELINT ANALYSIS CELL (JEAC).

3. TOM COMPLETED ONE TOUR ON BOARD OF HMCS ST JOHN’S FOR OP REASSURANCE FROM JANUARY TO JULY 2017 AND ALSO ONE TOUR ON BOARD OF HMCS REGINA FROM FEBRUARY TO JUNE 2019.

4. TOM WOULD LIKE TO THANK ALL MEMBERS THAT HE SERVED WITH AND HE IS GRATEFUL FOR THE YEARS IN THE CAF.

5. TOM AND HIS FAMILY WILL BE STAYING IN THE CITY OF PRESCOTT ON, WHERE THEY WILL ENJOY THEIR HOME. HE ACCEPTED A CIVILIAN POSITION AS A NETWORK ADMINISTRATOR WITH DND.

6. THOSE WISHING TO PASS ON CONGRATULATORY MESSAGES, ANECDOTES, AND STORIES MAY E-MAIL SGT GUILLERMO GARZA-RISUENO AT GUILLERMO.GARZA-RISUENO@FORCES.GC.CA. A DEPART WITH DIGNITY EVENT MAY BE ORGANISED ON FUTURE DATE, IF POSSIBLE.