1. CHIEF WARRANT OFFICER MIINA PIIR WILL BE RETIRING FROM THE CANADIAN ARMED FORCES ON 26 MARCH 2021, AFTER 35 PLUS YEARS OF LOYAL AND DEDICATED SERVICE TO CANADA.

2. CWO PIIR JOINED THE CANADIAN ARMED FORCES IN VANCOUVER, BC, IN 1983, ONLY KNOWING SHE WAS GOING TO BE A POET. UPON GRADUATION FROM BASIC TRAINING IN CORNWALLIS NOVA SCOTIA SHE WAS OFF TO CFB KINGSTON TO COMPLETE HER ELECTRONICS TRAINING AND GO ON TO BECOME A TERMINAL EQUIPMENT TECHNICIAN. WITH TRADE AMALGAMATIONS SHE BECAME AN AEROSPACE TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND INFORMATION SYSTEMS TECHNICIAN IN 2000.

3. POSTINGS HAVE INCLUDED EDMONTON, WITH MUCH OF THE TIME SPENT IN WAINWRIGHT, PENHOLD, VANCOUVER, BORDEN, NAPLES ITALY, OTTAWA, COMOX, AND WINNIPEG. OVERSEAS TOURS HAVE INCLUDED DOHA QATAR DURING THE GULF WAR, BEING PART OF THE UNITED NATIONS PROTECTION FORCE IN THE FORMER YUGOSLAVIA, AND PART OF THE CANADIAN CONTINGENT SUPPORTING THE EUROPEAN MISSION, OP ALTHEA, IN BOSNIA.

4. SHE RETIRED FROM THE REGULAR FORCE IN 2014 ONLY TO JOIN THE AIR RESERVES FULL TIME. IT IS AS AN AIR RESERVIST SHE RECEIVED HER PROMOTION TO CWO TAKING ON THE RESPONSIBILITY FOR PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT OF THE RCAF NON-COMMISSIONED MEMBERS.

5. HIGHLIGHTS OF HER CAREER INCLUDE: PARTICIPATING IN NIJMEGEN; A POSTING TO ITALY; PARTICIPATING IN THE INTERNATIONAL MILITARY PILGRIMAGE TO LOURDES; AND BEING SELECTED AS THE FIRST NCM TO COMPLETE THE AEROSPACE SYSTEMS COURSE, WHICH GAVE HER THE OPPORTUNITY TO COMPLETE A MASTER OF PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION.

6. MIINA WOULD LIKE TO THANK ALL THOSE WHO SHE HAS HAD THE PLEASURE AND PRIVILEGE TO SERVE WITH THROUGHOUT HER CAREER, IN PARTICULAR ALL THOSE WHO HAD THE PATIENCE TO ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS ASKED WHEN SHE CAME TO AN OFFICE OR SECTION LOOKING FOR INFORMATION. SHE WOULD ALSO LIKE TO THANK ALL THOSE WHO ENABLED HER TO SUCCESSFULLY ORGANIZE THE JUNIOR ENLISTED LEADERSHIP FORUM, A FORUM FILLED WITH INTERNATIONAL PARTICIPANTS, HELD IN WINNIPEG IN 2019, AND A FINAL HIGHLIGHT IN A LONG CAREER.

7. DUE TO LOCAL AND PROVINCIAL COVID RESTRICTIONS PLANNING FOR A RETIREMENT GATHERING IS PENDING.

8. THOSE WISHING TO PASS ON CONGRATULATORY MESSAGES, AND ANECDOTES MAY EMAIL SGT MITSCHKE AT [email protected].

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