1. ON 17 MAY 2019, LCOL DARREN L. HARPER, OMM, CD RETIRED FROM THE
CANADIAN ARMED FORCES AFTER 36 YEARS OF LOYAL AND DEDICATED SERVICE.

2. DARREN STARTED HIS CAREER WITH THE CAMERON HIGHLANDERS OF OTTAWA
AS A RESERVIST. IN MAR 1989 HE TRANSFERRED TO THE REGULAR FORCE AND
SERVED AS A CELE OFFICER FOR 28 YEARS. DURING THE LAST TWO YEARS HE
RETURNED TO THE RESERVES IN THE AIR STAFF AS A STRATEGIC CYBER
OFFICER. DARREN HAS SERVED IN NUMEROUS POSITIONS IN NORTH BAY AND
THE NCR. HIS TOUR AS THE 22 WING/CADS WTISO AND THE OUTSTANDING TEAM
EFFORT IN MOVING OPERATIONS FROM THE HOLE WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN.
OVER THE YEARS DARREN HAS HAD TWO GREAT POSTINGS TO THE UNITED
STATES OF AMERICA THAT INCLUDED ESC HANSCOM AFB, MA AND NSAUSCC FT
MEADE, MD AND TWO OPERATIONAL DEPLOYMENTS INCLUDING BOSNIA AND
AFGHANISTAN. HIS TIME AS THE COMMANDING OFFICER OF CFS LEITRIM FROM
2013 – 2015 WILL AWAYS BE REMEMBERED AS A HIGHLIGHT OF HIS TIME IN
UNIFORM. HE IS VERY PROUD TO HAVE HAD THE PRIVILEGE TO SERVE WITH
VERY PROFESSIONAL AND DEDICATED MEMBERS OF THE CANADIAN DEFENCE
TEAM.

3. DARREN IS PLANNING TO REMAIN IN THE OTTAWA AREA WITH HIS FAMILY,
WHERE HE WILL CONTINUE TO SERVE OUR GREAT COUNTRY AS A CIVILIAN
ANALYST IN CYBER MISSION ASSURANCE. ADDITIONALLY, DARREN LOOKS
FORWARD TO FINALLY FINISHING THAT CEDAR STRIP CANOE AND ENJOYING
WEEKENDS TOURING THE MANY WATERWAYS IN ONTARIO WITH HIS WIFE HEATHER
AND TWO GREAT KIDS, MEAGAN AND COLLEEN. MAYBE SHORT VACATIONS TO
WARMER WEATHER LOCATIONS WILL BE ON THE AGENDA.

4. DARREN THANKS ALL THOSE WHO ARRANGED AND ATTENDED HIS DEPARTURE
EVENT FROM THE REGULAR FORCE TWO YEARS AGO. DARREN INTENDS TO
CELEBRATE HIS RETIREMENT DURING THE UPCOMING DWD EVENT ON 3 OCT
2019. FRIENDS AND COLLEAGUES ARE INVITED TO SEND CONGRATULATORY
NOTES TO CWO SHAWN MAILER AT SHAWN.MAILER@FORCES.GC.CA.