RETIREMENT – CWO PATRICK WIGGINS, CD – 00381 CWO

by | Jul 18, 2021 | Retirements | 16 comments

1. CHIEF WARRANT OFFICER PATRICK WIGGINS, CD WILL RETIRE ON 6 AUGUST 2021 AFTER 39 YEARS PLUS OF SERVICE IN THE CANADIAN ARMED FORCES.

2. PAT REALIZED DURING HIS 5 YEARS IN CADETS THAT THE CANADIAN FORCES WAS THE FUTURE HE WANTED. IN 1981 HE JOINED 722 COMMUNICATIONS SQUADRON IN SAINT JOHN, NB UNDER THE SUMMER YOUTH EMPLOYMENT PROGRAM (SYEP) AND ONCE HE GRADUATED FROM HIGH SCHOOL IN 1982, HE JOINED THE REGULAR FORCE. UPON COMPLETION OF BASIC MILITARY QUALIFICATION AT CFLRS CORNWALLIS HE COMPLETED THE PERFORMANCE ORIENTATED ELECTRONICS TRAINING (POET) AT CANADIAN FORCES SCHOOL OF COMMUNICATIONS AND ELECTRONICS (CFSCE) AND WAS DESIGNATED AS A RADIO TECHNICIAN 221 IN 1983. HIS CAREER HAS BEEN SATISFYING, EXCITING AND CHALLENGING.

3. AS A RADIO TECHNICIAN, THE DIVERSE OCCUPATION TOOK HIM TO AMAZING POSTINGS INCLUDING BASE MAINTENANCE IN GAGETOWN, NB SUPPORTING CTC (1983-1989), 733 COMMUNICATIONS SQUADRON IN WINNIPEG, MB SUPPORTING AIR COMMAND (1989-1993), SECOND LANGUAGE TRAINING (1993-1994) AND 1 COMBAT ENGINEER REGIMENT, CHILLIWACK, MB (1994-1996). POSTINGS BECAME MORE RESTRICTIVE ONCE THE TRADE CHANGED TO LAND COMMUNICATION AND INFORMATION SYSTEMS TECHNICIAN BUT HE ENJOYED FURTHER GREAT POSTINGS AT 79 COMMUNICATIONS REGIMENT KINGSTON (1996-2000), CANADIAN FORCES JOINT SIGNAL REGIMENT (CFJSR) KINGSTON (2000-2006), CANSOFCOM HQ (2006-2012, 2013-2016), CJOC HQ OTTAWA (2016-2019) AND ADM (MAT) (2012-2013) AND DIRECTOR LAND COMMAND SYSTEMS PROGRAM MANAGEMENT (DLCSPM) GATINEAU (2019-2021).

4. PAT HAS FILLED VARIOUS POSITIONS WHILE SERVING INCLUDING PERFORMING ESSENTIAL WORK ON THE BENCH, MAINTAINING DEPLOYED SYSTEMS, INSTRUCTING NETWORK DESIGN, PLANNING COMMUNICATION CAPABILITIES, SUPPORTING DEPLOYED OPERATIONS AND ADVISORY ROLES. HE HAS OCCUPIED THE ROLES OF RADIO TECHNICIAN (1ST AND 2ND LINE), NATIONAL COMMAND CONTROL AND INFORMATION SYSTEMS (NCCIS) TECHNICIAN, NCCIS FOREMAN OF SIGNALS (F OF S), CFJSR ASST/F OF S, CANSOFCOM HQ F OF S, CJOC SR CIS ADVISOR AND DLCSPM SR LCMM/CWO/SM.

5. DURING HIS CAREER, HE DEPLOYED TO OP PALLADIUM (1997-1998, 1999-2000), OP APOLLO (2002-2003) AND TF AFGHANISTAN (2011) AS WELL AS TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE VISITS (TAVS) TO DIFFERENT REGIONS.

6. PAT PLANS TO REMAIN IN THE OTTAWA AREA WITH HIS WIFE LINDA WHERE THEY WILL TRY TO RELAX AND ENJOY LIFE. THIS MAY BE CHALLENGING BUT THEY ARE UP TO IT. DUE TO THE CURRENT PANDEMIC AND RESTRICTIONS, THERE WILL BE NO FORMAL DEPART WITH DIGNITY (DWD) AT THIS TIME. CONGRATULATORY NOTES AND COMMENTS MAY BE SENT TO MWO FREDERIC LECLERC AT [email protected].

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Douglas Mac Donald
7 months ago

I can’t believe that this day has come
Congratulations and best wishes for your future, thank you for all your work and effort to make me a better Tech while we were in JSR and CANSOF together. You have an amazing wealth of knowledge and very eager to help those like me to get better at our jobs.
Thank you for everything and hopefully meet up with you again in the future

Mike Richards
11 months ago

Congrats Pat,

All the best, try to slow down and relax!

Mike

Leighton Hardy
1 year ago

Congrats Pat,

All the best in your retirement, it was a pleasure working with you over the years, a true testimony to your skill and professionalism is that you managed to teach Purdy and I the TCP/IP crse. Chive On

Leighton Hardy
1 year ago

Pat, congrats on your retirement and enjoy, it was a pleasure working with you over the years and a testimony to your skill can always be that you managed to teach Purdy and I the TCP/IP crse.

Bill Graham
1 year ago

One of the greatest technicians of this era! Congrats on your retirement.

Michel Pilon
1 year ago

Félicitations Pat! We have to get in touch for a coffee or a beer. By email or via Claire’s Facebook. Maybe we can grab a meal at Red Lobster! Michel

Tim Lyttle
1 year ago

Pat A.K.A “Osama Bin Wiggins”,

Thanks for all of your mentorship throughout the years, will not forget our times together at 79 Comm Regt and CFJSR.
Wish you all the best in the next chapter, take care.

Tim

White G.O.
1 year ago

Pat
Congratulations on your long and illustrious career.
It was my pleat to serve with you in the CFJSR.
Wishing you all the best in retirement.
You comrade in arms, G.O.

Jacques Boucher
1 year ago

Finally made the move, I guess you are more than ready now !!! Enjoy your retirement and let you wife be the chief !

KEN,ALENA FERRAR
1 year ago

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE PAT GOOD LUCK ON YOUR RETIREMENT HOPE TO SEE YOU SOME TIME YOUR MORE THEN WELCOME HERE

Dave Meace
1 year ago

Pat, congratulations on your retirement, for the many years I have known you, you are a man to be respected my friend. It was an absolute pleasure to work with you. I wish you many healthy and happy years to collect that well earned pension.

Ros Sinclair
1 year ago

Congrats Pat! Happy retirement! All the best!

Tom Haining
1 year ago

Congratulations Pat on your retirement.

Pat it was a pleasure serving with you in Winnipeg, Kingston and in Ottawa

Enjoy your retirement well deserved

Sid Clink
1 year ago

Congratulations Pat! Enjoy your retirement.

Doug Eagles
1 year ago

Congratulations Pat on a exemplary career and for your service to your country and the communities which you were posted. Hard to believe it all started with a cadet career with 527 Simonds Squadron so many years ago. Thank you for your friendship, I am proud to have been fortunate to call you my friend. Enjoy your retirement brother, wishing you good health and happiness in your golden years!

BGen Pascal Godbout
1 year ago

Thank you for your service and enjoy your well deserved retirement!