RETIREMENT – MAJ T WALLACE, MMM, CD – 00341 SIGS

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1. AFTER MORE THAN 43 YEARS OF LOYAL AND DISTINGUISHED SERVICE WITH THE CANADIAN ARMED FORCES AND THE ROYAL CANADIAN CORPS OF SIGNALS, MAJ WALLACE WILL RETIRE ON 28 NOV 18.

2. MAJ WALLACE ENROLLED IN THE CANADIAN FORCES COMMUNICATION RESERVE IN 1975 AS A LINEMAN WITH 746 (CALGARY) COMMUNICATION SQUADRON. HE SUBSEQUENTLY CROSS-TRAINED AS A RADIO/TELETYPE OPERATOR, AND A RADIO TECHNICIAN, ATTAINING A 6B QUALIFICATION AS BOTH A LINEMAN AND AN OPERATOR. DURING HIS TIME IN THE SIGNAL RESERVES HE WORKED ON NUMEROUS CALLOUTS WITH 1 HEADQUARTERS AND SIGNAL SQN, REGIONAL LINE SECTION EDMONTON, LINE ASSISTANCE CFS MASSET, 1 LINE TROOP OF 1 CANADIAN SIGNAL REGIMENT, TRANSMITTER SITE PENHOLD, SYEP COURSE WO, MUTABLE MILCONS, INSTRUCTOR COMMUNICATION RESERVE NATIONAL SCHOOL, AND ATTENDING HF RADIO AND SATELLITE DETACHMENT EXERCISES IN THE ARCTIC. MAJOR WALLACE HAS WORKED IN EVERY PROVINCE AND TERRITORY IN CANADA EXCEPT PEI.

3. MAJOR WALLACE ROSE THROUGH THE RANKS WORKING IN EVERY UNIT POSITION, PROMOTED TO MASTER WARRANT OFFICER 1994, BECOMING THE SQUADRON SERGEANT MAJOR OF 746 (CALGARY) COMMUNICATION SQUADRON IN 1995. MWO WALLACE WAS INDUCTED INTO THE MOST VENERABLE ORDER OF ST. JOHN OF JERUSALEM (SERVING BROTHER) IN OTTAWA IN 1996. IN 2000, HE WAS INDUCTED AS A MEMBER OF MILITARY MERIT BY THE GOVERNOR GENERAL AND SUBSEQUENTLY RECEIVED HIS COMMISSION AS A SIGNAL OFFICER, BEING PROMOTED TO CAPTAIN.

3. IN 2004 CAPTAIN WALLACE DEPLOYED TO BOSNIA AS THE COMMUNICATION AND INFORMATION SYSTEMS COORDINATOR FOR OPERATION PALLADIUM WHERE HE WAS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE PLANNING AND COORDINATING THE CLOSE-OUT OF ALL CANADIAN COMMUNICATION SYSTEMS IN CROATIA AND BOSNIA AND ADVISING THE TASK FORCE COMMANDER ON COMMUNICATION ISSUES. CAPTAIN WALLACE RECEIVED THE CANADIAN PEACE KEEPING SERVICE MEDAL AND THE NATO NON-ARTICLE 5 (BALKANS) MEDAL. IN 2010 CAPTAIN WALLACE TOOK OVER AS OFFICER COMMANDING 746 (CALGARY) COMMUNICATION SQUADRON BEING THE FIRST PERSON IN THE 100 YEAR HISTORY TO RISE FROM PRIVATE SOLDIER TO SQUADRON SERGEANT MAJOR AND THEN TAKING COMMAND OF THE UNIT. HE WAS PROMOTED TO HIS CURRENT RANK OF MAJOR IN 2012.

4. MAJOR WALLACE RECEIVED THE QUEEN ELIZABETH II GOLDEN JUBILEE MEDAL, THE CANADIAN FORCES DECORATION (CD3) FOR 42 YEARS OF SERVICE AND THE ALBERTA CENTENNIAL MEDAL. MAJOR WALLACE HAS BEEN ACTIVE IN THE CANADIAN SKI PATROL SYSTEM SINCE 1989 AND HAS BEEN RECOGNIZED FOR HIS CONTRIBUTIONS MOST NOTABLE BY RECEIVING THE FORTRESS MOUNTAIN MOST VALUABLE PATROLLER 1996 AND 2003, BRIAN WEIGHTMAN MOST VALUABLE PATROLLER FOR THE CALGARY ZONE IN 2001, AND THE NATIONAL BRAVERY AWARD IN 2002 FOR AN AVALANCHE RESCUE AT FORTRESS MOUNTAIN.

5. MAJOR WALLACE PLANS TO SPEND HIS RETIREMENT BY CONTINUING TO VOLUNTEER WITH SKI PATROLLING AT NORQUAY, THE ALBERTA SIGNALS ASSOCIATION, SCOUTS CANADA, AND INSTRUCTING FIRST AID. WHEN NOT VOLUNTEERING, MAJ WALLACE SHALL BE RIDING HIS MOTORCYCLES AND SPENDING SUMMERS AT THE LAKE IN SALMON ARM WITH HIS WIFE AND SON (NAMES REMOVED 2023 APRIL 20 BY ADMIN)..

6. A DEPART WITH DIGNITY CEREMONY WILL BE HELD IN CALGARY TO HONOUR MAJOR WALLACE FOR HIS SERVICE ON 08 DECEMBER AT THE HMCS TECUMSEH WARDROOM, 1820 24TH ST SW. THE RECEPTION BEGINS AT 1900 HRS AND HORS DOEUVRES SHALL BE PROVIDED. ANECDOTES, STORIES, PHOTOGRAPHS, AND CONGRATULATORY MESSAGES FOR MAJ WALLACE ARE WELCOMED. FOR THOSE WISHING TO ATTEND, PLEASE CONFIRM YOUR ATTENDANCE TO: : (CONTACT REMOVED 2023 APR 20 BY ADMIN. SEND INQUIRIES HERE: https://cmcen-rcmce.ca/contact/).

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