1. AFTER 28 YEARS OF SERVICE, LIEUTENANT-COLONEL WALTER GAMBLIN WILL BE RETIRING FROM THE CANADIAN ARMED FORCES ON 2 JULY 2021.

2. EVENTUALLY GRADUATING FROM THE ROYAL MILITARY COLLEGE OF CANADA IN 1999, HE STARTED THE NEW MILLENNIUM WITH AN OCCUPATION TRANSFER FROM THE INFANTRY TO SIGNALS, MOSTLY IN THE HOPES OF HAVING A MORE UNPREDICTABLE MILITARY CAREER PATH AND ALSO BECAUSE HE REALLY LIKED KINGSTON, ON. HIS FORMATIVE TIME AS A JUNIOR OFFICER, WHEN HE KNEW EVERYTHING, WAS SPENT WITH 2 CANADIAN MECHANIZED BRIGADE GROUP HEADQUARTERS AND SIGNAL SQUADRON, 2001-2005, 3RD BATTALION, THE ROYAL CANADIAN REGIMENT, 2004-2005, AND CANADIAN FORCES SUPPORT TRAINING GROUP STANDARDS DETACHMENT – KINGSTON, 2005-2007.

3. ON PROMOTION TO MAJOR IN 2007, HE MANAGED TO REMAIN IN KINGSTON BY SERVING WITH THE LAND FORCE DOCTRINE AND TRAINING SYSTEM HEADQUARTERS IN THE DIRECTORATE OF ARMY TRAINING, 2007-2009, AND THE CANADIAN FORCES JOINT SIGNAL REGIMENT, 2009-2012, BUT AFTER YEARS OF SAYING THAT HE WOULD GO ANYWHERE AND THEN ASKING TO STAY IN-PLACE, HE DID HIS FIRST AND ONLY REAL STINT IN THE NATIONAL CAPITAL REGION WITH CANADIAN ARMY HEADQUARTERS DIRECTORATE OF LAND REQUIREMENTS, 2012-2013.

4. PROMOTED TO LCOL ON COMPLETION OF THE JOINT COMMAND AND STAFF PROGRAMME IN 2014, HE WAS FINALLY DISLODGED FROM KINGSTON BY WHAT WAS THE HIGHLIGHT OF HIS CAREER, SPENDING THREE YEARS WITH THE NATO JOINT WARFARE CENTRE BASED IN STAVANGER, NORWAY, 2014-2017. WHILE THE MOVE AWAY FROM SCANDINAVIA WAS DIFFICULT, IT EVENTUALLY LED TO HIS MOST MEANINGFUL APPOINTMENT AS THE CANADIAN FORCES SCHOOL OF COMMUNICATIONS AND ELECTRONICS AND HOME STATION COMMANDANT, WHILE ALSO SERVING AS THE DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF THE ROYAL CANADIAN CORPS OF SIGNALS, 2019-2021.

5. NEVER GOOD AT HANDOVERS AS HE RARELY TAKES THE TIME TO READ STUFF, HE HAS ONLY DEPLOYED ON MISSION OPENINGS OR FIRST ROTATIONS, NOTABLY OPERATION ATHENA ROTO 0 WITH THE KABUL MULTINATIONAL BRIGADE HEADQUARTERS, 2003-2004, OPERATION MOBILE THEATRE ACTIVATION WITH THE CANADIAN NATIONAL COORDINATION AND SUPPORT ELEMENT, 2011, AND OPERATION IMPACT WITH NATO MISSION IRAQ ROTO 0 AS THE EMBEDDED TRAINING AND ADVISORY TEAM LEAD AT THE IRAQI SCHOOL OF MILITARY COMMUNICATIONS, 2019.

6. LCOL GAMBLIN WILL CHERISH HIS EXPERIENCES IN SERVICE TO CANADA, HOLD IN HIGHEST REGARD THE INCREDIBLE PEOPLE HE HAS BEEN PRIVILEGED TO SERVE WITH, AND FOREVER BE THANKFUL TO THE FRIENDS AND FAMILY WHO HAVE SUPPORTED HIM ALONG THE WAY. ON COMPLETION OF CANADIAN MILITARY SERVICE, WALTER AND HIS PERFECT PARTNER STEFANIE WILL BE STARTING A NEW ADVENTURE AT THE NATO COMMUNICATIONS AND INFORMATION ACADEMY IN OEIRAS, PORTUGAL.

7. NOTWITHSTANDING THAT MOST OF US SHOULD BE JABBED WITH OUR VACCINES IN THE VERY NEAR FUTURE, THERE WILL NOT BE A FORMAL DEPART WITH DIGNITY AS STEFANIE AND WALTER HAVE OPTED TO HOST “MICRO-DWDS” ONCE SET-UP IN PORTUGAL, FOR AS LONG AS THEY CAN KEEP THEIR WINE CELLAR AND GIN CABINET STOCKED. CONGRATULATORY MESSAGES, WELL WISHES, AND PORT TASTING ADVICE MAY BE EMAILED TO MAJOR GINA DECARIE AT [email protected].

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