RETIREMENT – CWO J. CAMERON WINTERS, MMM, CD – 00381-04 CWO

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1. AFTER MORE THAN 32 YEARS OF LOYAL AND DEDICATED SERVICE TO HER MAJESTY THE QUEEN,
THE COUNTRY, AND TO THE MEN AND WOMEN OF THE CANADIAN ARMED FORCES (CAF), CHIEF WARRANT
OFFICER CAMERON WINTERS HAS DECIDED TO TAKE OFF THE UNIFORM AND TRANSITION OVER TO A
JOB WITH THE PUBLIC SERVICE OF CANADA.

2. CAM WAS BORN AND RAISED IN LIVERPOOL, NOVA SCOTIA. HE JOINED THE CANADIAN FORCES
IN FEBRUARY 1987 AS A PERFORMANCE ORIENTED ELECTRONICS TECHNICIAN (POET); ALTHOUGH
PERHAPS NOT AS SKILLED A POET AS SHAKESPEARE, HE WAS EQUALLY AS GIFTED AT HIS TRADE.
HE LATER GRADUATED FROM THE CANADIAN FORCES SCHOOL OF COMMUNICATIONS AND ELECTRONICS
AS A RADIO TECHNICIAN. HIS FIRST POSTING, IN 1988, WAS TO 708 COMMUNICATIONS SQUADRON
AT CANADIAN FORCES BASE (CFB) TRENTON, WHERE HE WORKED AT THE MILITARY AERONAUTICAL
COMMUNICATIONS SYSTEM TRANSMITTER AND RECEIVER SITES.

3. IN 1995, CAM WAS PROMOTED TO MASTER CORPORAL (MCPL), AND WAS POSTED TO 8 AIR
COMMUNICATIONS AND CONTROL SQUADRON (8 ACCS) IN THE HIGH-FREQUENCY TACTICAL
COMMUNICATIONS CELL. IMMEDIATELY UPON ARRIVAL AT 8 ACCS, MCPL WINTERS WAS DEPLOYED
FOR SIX MONTHS TO PORT-AU-PRINCE, HAITI, FOR THE UNITED NATIONS MISSION IN HAITI
(UNMIH) OP PIVOT. DURING HIS FOUR YEARS AT 8 ACCS, MCPL WINTERS ALSO DEPLOYED TO
KUWAIT FOR OP DETERMINATION, AND ITALY FOR OP BISON, AS WELL AS MANY OTHER
LOCATIONS IN CANADA AND AROUND THE GLOBE.

4. IN 1999, AFTER 11 YEARS IN TRENTON, MCPL WINTERS WAS POSTED TO WORK WITH THE NAVY
(N6) IN HALIFAX, AND WAS PROMOTED TO SERGEANT IN 2001. PROMOTED AGAIN IN 2004, WARRANT
OFFICER WINTERS RECEIVED AN OUT-OF-COUNTRY POSTING TO THE UNITED STATES AIR FORCE (USAF)
BASE ELMENDORF IN ANCHORAGE, ALASKA, AND FLEW ON THE E3, AIRBORNE WARNING AND CONTROL
SYSTEM (AWACS), AS AN AIRBORNE RADAR TECHNICIAN (ART). HE WAS PROMOTED TO MASTER WARRANT
OFFICER (MWO) IN 2007, AND WAS THEN POSTED TO 22 WING NORTH BAY IN THE SUMMER OF 2008.
WHILE AT 22 WING, HE HELD NUMEROUS POSTS, INCLUDING AIR DEFENCE SYSTEMS MWO;
WING TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND INFORMATION SERVICES SQUADRON WARRANT OFFICER (WTIS SWO);
AND FINALLY, ACTING WING ADMINISTRATION AND TECHNICAL SERVICES CHIEF WARRANT OFFICER
(A/WATS CWO).

5. MWO WINTERS WAS INVESTED IN THE ORDER OF MILITARY MERIT IN FEBRUARY 2011, AND WAS
POSTED TO THE YEAR-LONG FRENCH-LANGUAGE TRAINING AT CFB BORDEN FROM NOVEMBER 2011
UNTIL THE SUMMER OF 2012. PROMOTED TO HIS CURRENT RANK IN JULY 2012, CWO WINTERS WAS
THEN POSTED TO 19 WING COMOX AS THE WING OPERATIONS CWO. IN 2015, CWO WINTERS WAS
OFFERED A KEY POSITION AS THE CANADIAN FORCES AEROSPACE WARFARE CENTRE (CFAWC) CHIEF
AND RETURNED TO TRENTON, ONTARIO. THEN IN THE SUMMER OF 2017, HE WAS SELECTED TO ASSUME
THE CANADIAN ARMED FORCES LIAISON CWO TO VETERANS AFFAIRS CANADA (VAC), AND MOVED TO
BEAUTIFUL CHARLOTTETOWN, PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND, WHERE HE HAS HAD THE DISTINCT PRIVILEGE
OF ASSISTING THOSE WHO HELP OUR VETERANS GET THE SERVICES THEY NEED AND DESERVE.

6. AS THE VETERANS AFFAIRS LIAISON CWO, CAM HAS BEEN INSTRUMENTAL IN PROVIDING ADVICE
AND ASSISTANCE TO VARIOUS VAC AND CAF AGENCIES IN ORDER TO HELP THE TWO ORGANIZATIONS
ASSIST OUR VETERANS. THE POSITION WAS QUITE CHALLENGING YET VERY REWARDING, AS THERE IS
AMPLE OPPORTUNITY TO MAKE A VERY REAL AND TANGIBLE DIFFERENCE FOR MANY OF OUR DESERVING
VETERANS.

7. CAM HAS DECIDED TO TAKE OFF THE UNIFORM PERMANENTLY, AND TO TAKE A PUBLIC SERVICE
JOB WORKING WITH VAC WHERE HE WILL CONTINUE TO IMPACT OTHERS, AND LOOKS FORWARD TO
SERVING OUR COUNTRY’S VETERANS. HE AND HIS LOVELY WIFE CARRIE EAGERLY AWAIT FINALLY
PLANTING ROOTS CLOSER TO BOTH THEIR FAMILIES AND ENJOYING ISLAND LIFE FOR MANY YEARS
TO COME, AND ALL OF THE WONDERFUL ACTIVITIES AND ATTRACTIONS PEI HAS TO OFFER.
CAM AND CARRIE SHARE THEIR LOVE WITH THEIR TWO WONDERFUL LITTLE DOGS “FUR KIDS”,
BELLA AND RILEY WHO, MUCH TO CAM AND CARRIE’S CHAGRIN, SEEM TO LOVE THE RED MUD
HERE ON THIS BEAUTIFUL ISLAND (REMEMBER THOSE “RED DIRT SHIRTS”).

8. THERE WILL BE A DEPART WITH DIGNITY (DWD) CEREMONY TO CELEBRATE CAM’S DISTINGUISHED
32 YEAR CAREER ON FRIDAY, 23 AUG 2019.THE EVENT WILL BE CASUAL AND WILL TAKE PLACE AT
PEAKE’S QUAY, CHARLOTTETOWN AT 14:00 HRS FOR REFRESHMENTS, WITH THE PRESENTATIONS
TAKING PLACE AT APPROX. 14:30 HRS. ALL ARE WELCOME TO ATTEND, AND WELL WISHES AND/OR
ANECDOTES ADDRESSED TO CAM AND CARRIE ARE MOST WELCOME AND CAN BE SENT TO LCOL
TREVOR CAMPBELL AT [email protected] OR
[email protected], OR YOU CAN PHONE TREVOR AT (902) 566-7914.

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Cathy Blue
4 years ago

CWO Winters (Cam),

708 Comm Sqn does not seem all that long ago…but alas time does fly. Thank you for you smiles and advice those many years ago! It was a pleasure to have connected again back in Trenton. Thank You for your service to Canada and to the Communications and Electronics Branch!

Welcome to your retirement on the Island. I wish you and Carrie all the best and I hope that our paths can cross again soon – perhaps over a beverage or two on Victoria Row!

Cam
4 years ago
Reply to  Cathy Blue

Thanks Cathy! The pleasure was all mine and we look fwd to connecting again anytime you’re our way!

Mark Winters
4 years ago

We’re so proud of you brother. You and Carrie have sacrificed so much to serve your country for so many distinguished years. You’ve both been an inspiration to me and to all those you’ve been around all these many, many years. I hope your military career was rewarding and the great memories out-weigh the difficult ones. I know your experiences will be invaluable in helping those who come after in making the transition you’re making now. Your service continues.

Thank you for your service. Thank you for being a great “Big” brother. And thank you especially for the advice that started me on the right path in my career. If you remember, it went something like “Mark, join the Air Force. Officer.” Period. Full-stop. You saved my butt there bro. Thanks!

Gord MacDonald
4 years ago

Thank you Cam for your service to this great county. If it wasnt for you and all the men and woman that have become our veterans we would not enjoy the freedoms we have in this country or in our neighbours to the south. A huge thank you to all our veterans for our freedoms. May God bless you and your family in your days ahead as you continue to help our veterans.

Terr and Gloria Ashcroft
4 years ago

Thank you, Cam for your years of service to Canada and it’s people. May your next endeavour be equally successful and rewarding.