1. LIEUTENANT-COLONEL MARTYN TURCOTTE WILL RETIRE FROM THE CANADIAN ARMED FORCES ON 3 DECEMBER 2018 AFTER 25 YEARS OF LOYAL SERVICE TO CANADA, THE CANADIAN ARMED FORCES, THE CANADIAN ARMY, THE COMMUNICATIONS AND ELECTRONICS BRANCH AND THE ROYAL CANADIAN CORPS OF SIGNALS.

2. LIEUTENANT-COLONEL TURCOTTE JOINED THE CANADIAN ARMED FORCES ON 6 OCTOBER 1993 AS A RADIO OPERATOR. AFTER COMPLETING HIS BASIC TRAINING, HE SERVED WITH THE 1ST CANADIAN SIGNAL REGIMENT IN KINGSTON UNTIL HE WAS ACCEPTED IN THE UTPNCM IN 2000. GRADUATING FROM UNIVERSITÉ DE MONCTON IN 2004 WITH A BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN COMPUTER SYSTEM AND AFTER COMPLETING HIS SIGNAL OFFICER TRAINING, LIEUTENANT-COLONEL TURCOTTE WAS POSTED TO DIRECTORATE LAND COMMAND SYSTEMS PROGRAM MANAGEMENT IN 2005 AS IN SERVICE SUPPORT ENGINEERING OFFICER. AFTER GRADUATING FROM UNIVERSITÉ LAVAL IN 2008 WITH A MASTER IN BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION HE WAS POSTED TO DIRECTORATE LAND REQUIREMENT AS PROJECT DIRECTOR. IN 2012, LIEUTENANT-COLONEL TURCOTTE WAS POSTED TO THE NATO COMMUNICATIONS AND INFORMATION AGENCY IN BRUSSELS AS SENIOR ANALYST WITHIN THE EXECUTIVE MANAGEMENT GROUP. UPON HIS RETURN TO CANADA IN 2015, LIEUTENANT-COLONEL TURCOTTE WAS APPOINTED OFFICER COMMANDING 1 SQUADRON AT CANADIAN FORCES STATION LEITRIM UNTIL 2017 AT WHICH POINT HE BECAME THE DEPUTY COMMANDING OFFICER OF THE UNIT. PROMOTED TO THE RANK OF LIEUTENANT-COLONEL IN JUNE 2018, HE WAS THEN POSTED TO CANADIAN FORCES INTELLIGENCE COMMAND AS THE J2 SIGINT.

3. OPERATIONALLY, LIEUTENANT-COLONEL TURCOTTE DEPLOYED WITH THE UNITED NATIONS MISSION IN THE CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC IN 1998 AS A RADIO OPERATOR AT THE UNITED NATIONS HEADQUARTER IN BANGUI, DEPLOYED WITH THE UNITED NATIONS DISENGAGEMENT OBSERVER FORCE IN THE GOLAN HEIGHTS IN 1999 AS THE SERVICE DESK MANAGER AND FINALLY DEPLOYED IN KABUL IN 2014 AS THE AFGHAN MISSION NETWORK SERVICES MANAGER.

4. LIEUTENANT-COLONEL TURCOTTE, HIS SPOUSE, CYNTHIA, AND THEIR THREE DAUGTERS: GABRIELLE, CHLOÉ AND CORALIE ARE PLANNING TO
REMAIN IN THE GATINEAU AREA. LIEUTENANT-COLONEL TURCOTTE HAS ACCEPTED EMPLOYMENT WITH THE FEDERAL PUBLIC SERVICE AS A CS-04 WITHIN DND.

5. A DEPART WITH DIGNITY FUNCTION (BEER CALL FORMAT) WILL BE HELD IN LIEUTENANT-COLONEL TURCOTTE`S HONOUR AT THE LEITRIM ALL RANK MESS (3454 LEITRIM RD, OTTAWA, ONTARIO) STARTING AT 1300 HRS ON 30 NOVEMBER 2018. THERE IS NO COST TO ATTEND THE FUNCTION. PLEASE INFORM MAJOR HANS LA PIERRE (HANS.LAPIERRE@FORCES.GC.CA) OF YOUR ATTENDANCE.