1. DAVID ALBRIGHT, DIRECTOR APPLICATION PORTFOLIO MANAGEMENT IN DGEAS WILL RETIRE ON 4 JULY 2018, AFTER A DISTINGUISHED 35 YEAR CAREER WITH THE CANADIAN ARMED FORCES AND THE DEPARTMENT OF NATIONAL DEFENCE. DAVID JOINED THE AIR FORCE IN 1983, AS A DIRECT ENTRY OFFICER TO THE COMMUNICATIONS AND ELECTRONICS ENGINEERING (CELE) AIR BRANCH AND HAS HAD AN INCREDIBLY INTERESTING AND VARIED CAREER AS A REGULAR FORCE OFFICER, RESERVE FORCE OFFICER AND CIVILIAN MEMBER OF THE DND/CAF.

2. UPON COMPLETION OF HIS BASIC OFFICER TRAINING IN CHILLIWACK BC, DAVID WAS POSTED TO THE SCHOOL OF COMMUNICATIONS AND ELECTRONICS IN KINGSTON FOR HIS CLASSIFICATION TRAINING. GRADUATING AS ONE OF THE TOP STUDENTS IN THE AIR PROGRAM, DAVID WAS GIVEN HIS DREAM POSTING TO CANADIAN NORAD REGION HQ IN NORTH BAY, WORKING IN THE UNDERGROUND COMMAND HEADQUARTERS AND WITH HIS COUNTERPARTS IN THE NORAD CHEYENNE MOUNTAIN COMPLEX. UPON PROMOTION TO CAPTAIN, DAVID WAS POSTED TO FIGHTER GROUP HQ, WHERE HE PROVIDED COMMUNICATIONS SUPPORT TO CF-18S DEPLOYING FOR THE FIRST TIME TO FORWARD OPERATING LOCATIONS IN THE ARCTIC, AS WELL AS ACTING AS A KEY MEMBER OF THE NORAD OPERATIONS EVALUATION TEAM. IN 1987, DAVID WAS POSTED AS THE OPERATIONS OFFICER TO 764 COMMUNICATIONS SQUADRON OTTAWA, THE LARGEST COMMUNICATIONS SQUADRON IN THE CAF AT THE TIME, WITH OVER 140 PERSONNEL.

3. UPON PROMOTION TO MAJOR IN 1989, DAVID WAS POSTED TO THE POSITION OF PROJECT DIRECTOR FOR A $32M SATELLITE COMMUNICATIONS PROJECT AND THEN MOVED IN LATE 1990 TO A STAFF POSITION IN THE DIRECTORATE OF COMMUNICATIONS ELECTRONICS OPERATIONS AND TRAINING, WHERE HE ALSO ACTED AS THE CANADIAN REPRESENTATIVE TO THE NATO ALLIED TACTICAL COMMUNICATIONS AGENCY, WORKING CLOSELY WITH ALLIED FORCES ON SECURE COMMUNICATIONS CAPABILITIES DURING THE FIRST GULF WAR. IN 1993, DAVID MARRIED HIS WIFE (COLONEL) HEATHER THORNE-ALBRIGHT AND WAS SUBSEQUENTLY POSTED TO 17 WING WINNIPEG AS THE CO OF 733 COMMUNICATIONS SQUADRON AND THE WING TELECOM AND INFORMATION SYSTEMS OFFICER. IN 1995, DAVID WAS POSTED TO THE COMMAND AND STAFF COLLEGE IN TORONTO AND UPON COMPLETION OF THE COURSE, SUBSEQUENTLY BACK TO OTTAWA WHERE HE ASSUMED A STAFF POSITION AS A SENIOR IT POLICY ANALYST IN DISO.

4. IN 1997, DAVID TOOK HIS RELEASE FROM THE CAF AND ACCEPTED A POSITION AS A SENIOR SECURITY ANALYST AND THEN DEPUTY DIRECTOR AT CGI GROUP IN OTTAWA, WORKING ON SECURITY FOR THE CANADIAN FORCES SUPPLY SYSTEM AND OTHER PROJECTS. IN 2001, DAVID COMPLETED A YEAR WITH SUN MICROSYSTEMS OTTAWA BUT HIS LOVE FOR DND PULLED HIM BACK TO THE IM GROUP, PUTTING HIS UNIFORM BACK ON AS A LIEUTENANT-COLONEL RESERVIST IN THE DIRECTORATE OF IM REQUIREMENTS. IN 2003, DAVID ACCEPTED A CIVILIAN POSITION IN DIMR, PROJECT DIRECTOR FOR THE DISB PROJECT AND IN 2007, AS ACTING DIRECTOR OF THE NEWLY FORMED IM GROUP CLIENT RELATIONS TEAM. UPON SUCCESSFUL COMPLETION OF LANGUAGE TRAINING IN 2008, DAVID ACCEPTED THE POSITION OF DIRECTOR ENTERPRISE APPLICATIONS AND MAINTENANCE, LEADING THE FMAS TEAM THROUGH THE SUCCESSFUL INTEGRATION WITH MASIS, TO FORM THE NEW DRMIS TEAM THAT WE KNOW AND LOVE TODAY. AT THE SAME TIME, DAVID COMPLETED HIS BMASC DEGREE AT THE ROYAL MILITARY COLLEGE, FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF HIS WIFE AND MANY COLLEAGUES AS AN RMC GRADUATE. IN 2010, DAVID WAS APPOINTED AS THE DIRECTOR OF ENTERPRISE IM SERVICES (DEIMS) IN DGEAS, WORKING DILIGENTLY ON THE EXPANSION AND CRITICAL IN-SERVICE SUPPORT NEEDED TO GROW AND ENHANCE OUR ENTERPRISE SHAREPOINT, E-SEARCH, WEB CONTENT MANAGEMENT (WIM), RDIMS/GCDOCS, CF HEALTH INFORMATION SERVICES AND SAMPIS SYSTEMS. DUE TO HIS DEDICATION WITH HIS SECTIONS IN DEIMS, DAVID WAS AWARDED THE SILVER JUBILEE MEDAL AND MOST RECENTLY, THE IM GROUP LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD.

5. THIS PAST YEAR, DAVID ACCEPTED A NEW CHALLENGE AS THE DIRECTOR OF APPLICATION PORTFOLIO MANAGEMENT IN DGEAS, ENHANCING THE ARCHITECTURE AND BUSINESS INTAKE CAPABILITIES IN DGEAS, ALONG WITH CRITICAL ECAB CAPABILITIES AND FUNCTIONS.

6. AFTER A BRIEF SABBATICAL AND SOME TRAVEL, DAVID WILL BE WORKING IN THE IT SECTOR HERE IN OTTAWA, WHILE CONTINUING TO TRAVEL AND ENJOY LIFE WITH HIS WIFE HEATHER AND HIS CHILDREN, LAUREN, CASSIE AND MASON.

7. SO IT IS WITH GREAT APPRECIATION AND GOOD WISHES THAT DAVID’S STAFF, COLLEAGUES AND FRIENDS IN ADM (IM) AND THE RCAF CONGRATULATE DAVID AND WISH HIM WELL IN ALL HIS FUTURE ENDEAVOURS!

8. A CELEBRATORY RECEPTION WILL BE HELD FOR DAVID AT THE ASTRA LOUNGE AT THE ROYAL CANADIAN AIR FORCE MESS AT 158 GLOUCESTER ST, OTTAWA, ON THURSDAY 21 JUNE BETWEEN 1330 TO 1530 HOURS. PLEASE CONTACT DOMINIQUE LAVALLEE (DOMINIQUE.LAVALLEE@FORCES.GC.CA) FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TO CONFIRM YOUR ATTENDANCE.