1. AFTER 36 YEARS, 4 MONTHS AND 18 DAYS OF DEDICATED AND LOYAL SERVICE TO CANADA (35+ YEARS IN THE REGULAR FORCE AND 1+ YEAR IN THE RESERVES), LIEUTENANT-COLONEL BRIAN MARANTA WILL BE RETIRING FROM THE CANADIAN ARMED FORCES ON 14 AUGUST 2020.

2. LCOL MARANTA ENLISTED WITH THE STORMONT, DUNDAS AND GLENGARRY HIGHLANDERS IN MARCH OF 1984, RISING TO THE ESTEEMED RANK OF CORPORAL BEFORE TRANSFERRING TO THE REGULAR FORCES IN JUNE OF 1985. HE GRADUATED FROM THE ROYAL MILITARY COLLEGE OF CANADA IN 1989 AND COMPLETED SIGNAL OFFICER TRAINING AT THE CANADIAN FORCES SCHOOL OF COMMUNICATIONS AND ELECTRONICS.

3. HE ENJOYED FIELD POSTINGS WITH THE SPECIAL SERVICE FORCE HEADQUARTERS AND SIGNAL SQUADRON, THE THIRD BATTALION PRINCESS PATRICIA’S CANADIAN LIGHT INFANTRY AND THE JOINT SIGNAL REGIMENT. HIS STAFF TOURS HAVE INCLUDED THE PROJECT MANAGEMENT OFFICE FOR THE TACTICAL COMMAND, CONTROL AND COMMUNICATION SYSTEM PROJECT, THE CANADIAN FORCES SCHOOL OF COMMUNICATIONS AND ELECTRONICS, THE DIRECTORATE FOR LAND COMMAND SYSTEMS AND PROGRAM MANAGEMENT, CANADIAN JOINT OPERATIONS COMMAND AND THE INFORMATION MANAGEMENT GROUP.

4. HE COMPLETED OPERATIONAL TOURS WITH THE UNITED NATIONS PROTECTION FORCE IN CROATIA AS THE SIGNAL OFFICER FOR THE CANADIAN INFANTRY BATTLE GROUP IN 1992 (OP HARMONY ROTO 1), AND WITH THE NATO TRAINING MISSION IN AFGHANISTAN AS THE CHIEF OF TRAINING OPERATIONS FOR THE AFGHAN NATIONAL POLICE IN 2013 (OP ATTENTION ROTO 3).

5. LCOL MARANTA IS GRATEFUL FOR ALL THE FANTASTIC PEOPLE HE HAS WORKED FOR, WORKED WITH AND, ESPECIALLY, LED THROUGHOUT HIS CAREER. HE IS ALSO VERY GRATEFUL FOR THE ONGOING SUPPORT OF HIS FAMILY; HIS WIFE JEN, HIS DAUGHTERS HEATHER, LISA AND KIRA, AND HIS STEP-DAUGHTER KERA.

6. POST RETIREMENT, HE WILL CONTINUE TO SERVE THE CANADIAN ARMED FORCES AS A PUBLIC SERVANT WITH DGIMPD, WHILE ALSO FINISHING THE RENOVATIONS TO HIS HOUSE IN CONSTANCE BAY AND DEVELOPING HIS POKER SKILLS.

7. A DWD IS PLANNED (PANDEMIC PERMITTING) FOR THURSDAY 13 AUGUST 2020 AT THE ALL RANKS MESS AT CFS LEITRIM. RSVPS AS WELL AS BEST WISHES, ANECDOTES AND CONGRATULATORY MESSAGES CAN BE EMAILED TO MAJOR SEAN MARAJ AT SEAN.MARAJ@ECN.FORCES.GC.CA.

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