1. CWO MARTEL WILL RETIRE ON 15 APR 2020 AFTER MORE THAN 35 YEARS OF LOYAL AND DEDICATED SERVICE TO THE CAF, THE ROYAL CANADIAN CORPS OF SIGNALS AND THE LINE TRADE.

2. CWO MARTEL JOINED THE CAF FAMILY IN 1984 WITH THE SHERBROOKE HUSSARS. HE ENJOYED IT SO MUCH THAT A YEAR LATER HE TRANSFERRED TO THE REG FORCE. AFTER A YEAR-LONG STINT WITH THE NAVY, CWO MARTEL REALIZED THAT HE BELONGED IN THE ARMY. FOLLOWING HIS LINEMAN QL3, HE WAS POSTED TO PETAWAWA, LEARNING THE SKILL OF HIS TRADE WITH SSF HQ AND SIGS AND 702 COMM SQN. IN 1992 CWO MARTEL MOVED TO VALCARTIER, SERVING WITH 711 COMM SQN, QGET, 5 BNS AND DEPLOYED TO HAITI WITH 5 RALC. HE WAS POSTED TO CFSCE IN 2000 WORKING INITIALLY WITH THE STANDARD CELL AND THEN AS A LINE INSTRUCTOR. PROMOTED TO WO IN 2004, CWO MARTEL SPENT A BUSY YEAR WITH 1 LINE SQN BEFORE RETURNING TO VALCARTIER AS THE BRIGADE LCF. IN 2007 HE WAS PROMOTED TO MWO AND SERVED AS 5 BDE LCS, AND SSM WITH SIGS SQN – VALCARTIER. MOVING TO OTTAWA IN 2008, HE BECAME CANSOFCOM HQ LCS.

3. PROMOTED CWO IN 2009, HE ASSUMED THE DUTIES OF RSM OF HQ AND SIGS VALCARTIER AND DEPLOYED AGAIN TO HAITI, FOLLOWING THE 2010 EARTHQUAKE. RETURNING TO OTTAWA IN 2012, CWO MARTEL WAS SELECTED FOR A NUMBER OF POSITIONS: MPMCT PROJECT CWO, MILITARY FAMILY SERVICES CWO AND MORAL AND WELFARE CWO. IN 2016, HE WAS APPOINTED AS FORMATION CWO CFJOSG IN KINGSTON WHERE HE REMAINED UNTIL HIS TRANSFER TO TRANSITION CENTRE KINGSTON IN 2018.

4. CWO MARTEL AND HIS WIFE GUYLAINE ARE PLANNING TO STAY IN THE KINGSTON AREA.

5. A CASUAL DWD WILL BE HELD AT THE WO AND SGT MESS IN KINGSTON, ON, PANJWAI ROOM ON 29 MAY 20, AT 1300HRS. FINGER FOOD WILL BE SERVED THROUGHOUT THE AFTERNOON.

6. RSVP, WELL WISHES, ANECDOTES, MESSAGES AND PICTURES TO BE SHARED AT THE FUNCTION MAY BE SENT VIA E-MAIL TO MWO (RET) GUYLAINE LAMOUREUX (MMGLAMOUREUX@GMAIL.COM).