1. MAJ TOM SUDSBEAR WILL BE RETIRING FROM THE CANADIAN ARMED FORCES ON 22 DEC 2018.

2. MAJ SUDSBEAR JOINED THE RESERVE ARMY IN 1978, COMPLETING HIS BASIC TRAINING AND TRADES TRAINING AS A RADIO OPERATOR, RECEIVING THE TOP CANDIDATE AWARD AND THE SIGNALLER OF THE YEAR. FOLLOWING, HE ATTENDED BASIC OFFICER TRAINING AT CHILLIWACK, BRITISH COLUMBIA, RECEIVING THE BRONZE MEDAL FOR ORIENTEERING AND GRADUATING IN 1981. HE WAS THEN COMMISSIONED AS AN ACTING SUB-LIEUTENANT IN THE RCN AND SERVED FOR THREE YEARS AS A MARS OFFICER IN BEAUTIFUL ESQUIMALT, BC. HE WAS ON THE NAVAL GUN RUN AS A MEMBER OF THE WEST COAST TEAM, THE ADMIRALS CUTTER CREW AND SAILED ON HMCS QU’APPELLE (WHICH IS NOW A MAN-MADE REEF) TO SAN FRANCISCO, SAN DIEGO AND HAWAII. HE WAS NEVER SO THIN AS HE LIVED ON GRAVOL AND SODA CRACKERS AS HE WAS CONSTANTLY SEA SICK!

3. IN 1983, HE TRANSFERRED TO THE ARTILLERY AND COMPLETED HIS ARTILLERY OFFICER TRAINING IN CFB SHILO, MANITOBA. HE TRANSFERRED BACK TO SIGNALS IN 1987 AND IN FEBRUARY 1988 HAD HIS FIRST POSTING TO OTTAWA WITH THE BASE ADP PROJECT AS A PROJECT OFFICER.

4. MAJ SUDSBEAR SERVED PRIMARILY IN ATLANTIC CANADA, SPECIFICALLY IN HALIFAX AND SAINT JOHN AND AS THE BRIGADE G6 AT 37 BRIGADE GROUP IN MONCTON.

5. HE ATTENDED SECOND LANGUAGE TRAINING IN ST. JEAN IN 1999. ST. JEAN WAS JUST A MERE 1,000 KM DRIVE TO MONCTON, AND HE DROVE BACK AND FORTH EVERY WEEKEND. HIS LANGUAGE TRAINING WAS CUT SHORT HOWEVER, AS HE WAS EXPEDITED TO GAGETOWN TO STAND UP THE PRODUCTION LINE FOR THE TCCCS PROJECT. AND YES, HE STILL DOES NOT SPEAK FRENCH. BUT ON A BETTER NOTE, THE TCCCS SITE IN GAGETOWN WAS THE MOST “SUCCESSFUL” OF ALL THE SITES ACROSS THE COUNTRY. FOLLOWING THAT, HE WAS THE PROJECT DIRECTOR FOR THE AITIS PROJECT (DOCUMENTUM), AND THEN ACTING G6 FOR THE COMBAT TRAINING CENTRE (CTC).

6. IN 2007, HE WAS POSTED TO THE YEAR LONG LAND FORCES TECHNICAL STAFF PROGRAM AT RMC IN KINGSTON, ONTARIO. ON IR, AGAIN, HE DROVE HOME TO OROMOCTO (JUST OVER 1000 KMS EACH WAY) ALMOST EVERY WEEKEND. UPON COMPLETION IN 2008, HE WAS POSTED TO 3 ASG SIGNAL SQUADRON AS THE SPECIAL PROJECTS OFFICER.

7. IN 2009, MAJ SUDSBEAR WAS POSTED TO THE RAPID EFFECTS PROJECT OR SCTF WITH THE CANADIAN MARITIME WARFARE CENTRE IN HALIFAX AS THE COMMUNICATIONS ANALYST. THIS IS THE UNIT THAT WAS FEATURED IN THE BRAD PITT MOVIE “INGLORIOUS BASTERDS”.

8. IN APRIL 2011, HE WAS POSTED TO THE SIGNALS SQUADRON IN SAINT JOHN, NB AS THE OC OF THE SQUADRON AND IN AUGUST, 2012, HE WAS MOVED TO 3 ASG HQ WORKING WITH THE G3 AS A SPECIAL PROJECTS OFFICER UNTIL A DECISION COULD BE MADE ON A COMPASSIONATE POSTING TO GAGETOWN. IT WAS REFUSED AND HE CAME TO OTTAWA IN OCTOBER, INITIALLY POSTED TO THE CRYPTO UPGRADE PROJECT, BUT HORSE-TRADED TO THE JIIFC PROJECT.

9. ON IR AGAIN, HE DROVE BACK TO OROMOCTO EVERY WEEKEND, (ALSO JUST OVER 1000 KMS EACH WAY – A MERE 10½ HOUR DRIVE, ON A GOOD DAY) RETURNING SUNDAY NIGHT FOR 3 YEARS. HE WAS POSTED TO DIMCBM IN JULY 2015. HIS DF&E MOVED UP TO OTTAWA IN SEPT 2015.

10. MAJ SUDSBEAR AND HIS WIFE SHARON HAVE THREE GREAT KIDS, VICTORIA WHO IS MARRIED TO RYAN GRAHAM AND LIVES IN EDMONTON; GRANT WHO LIVES IN CALGARY AND CATHERINE, WHO LIVES IN HALIFAX. VICKY HAS BLESSED THEM WITH THEIR FIRST GRANDCHILD, NORA, LAST NOVEMBER!

11. AS THE MONTH OF DECEMBER, MAJ SUDSBEAR WILL BE HALFWAY THROUGH HIS TRAINING AS A PERMANENT DEACON WITH THE CATHOLIC CHURCH. HE IS PRAYING TO FINISH HIS TRAINING; GET ORDAINED AND BE OF SERVICE. WHERE HE ENDS UP IS STILL UNKNOWN, BUT HE IS CONFIDENT, AS USUAL, THAT IT IS NOT HIS PLAN.

12. A DEPART WITH DIGNITY LUNCHEON WILL TAKE PLACE AT MANDARIN BUFFET IN KANATA ON 21 DEC 2018, AT 1200HRS. RSVP, CONGRATULATORY MESSAGES AND ANECDOTES CAN BE FORWARDED TO CYNTHIA AZZI CYNTHIA.AZZI@FORCES.GC.CA NLT 14 DEC 2018.