RETIREMENT – MAJOR JEFFERY KENNEY – 00340, CELE

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Retirement Date: 29/11/2023

AFTER 25 YEARS OF LOYAL AND DEDICATED SERVICE, MAJOR JEFF KENNEY WILL RETIRE FROM THE CAF ON 29 NOVEMBER 2023.

MAJOR KENNEY ENROLLED IN THE CAF ON 01 OCTOBER 1998 IN HALIFAX, N.S. AS A SIGINT SPECIALIST WHERE HE SPENT THE FIRST 19 YEARS OF HIS CAREER. DURING THAT TIME, HE WAS POSTED TO CFS LEITRIM (X2), NSA DET TEXAS, AND HMCS ATHABASKAN. MAJOR KENNEY WAS EMPLOYED IN A VARIETY OF SIGINT POSITIONS AND THROROUGHLY ENJOYED HIS TIME IN THE TRADE. THE MOST REWARDING POSITION CULMINATED IN HIS APPOINTMENT AS THE CFS LEITRIM 5 SQN SSM.

IN 2017, (THEN CPO2 KENNEY) WAS SELECTED FOR THE COMISSIONING FROM THE RANKS PROGRAM AND BECAME A CELE OFFICER. UPON RECEIVING HIS COMMISSION, MAJOR KENNEY WAS POSTED TO 8 WING TRENTON AT 8 CIS FLIGHT. DURING HIS 4 YEAR POSTING AT CIS FLIGHT, HE WAS EMPLOYED IN ALL OF THE SECTION OFFICER ROLES, BUT WAS PREDOMINATELY EMPLOYED AS THE DEPUTY OFFICER COMMANDING.

IN 2021, (THEN CAPT KENNEY) WAS PROMOTED TO MAJOR, AND WAS POSTED TO THE RCAF AEROSPACE WARFARE CENTRE AS THE HQ A6. IN 2022, HE WAS POSTED TO DIRECTOR GENERAL INFORMATION CAPABILITIES FORCE DEVELOPMENT (DGICFD) IN OTTAWA, WHERE HE WAS EMPLOYED AS PROJECT DIRECTOR, FOR BOTH MINOR AND MAJOR CAPITAL IT PROJECTS.

THROUGHOUT HIS CAREER, MAJOR KENNEY ALWAYS ANSWERED THE CALL WHEN ASKED TO DEPLOY. HIS OPERATIONAL TOURS CONSISTED OF TWO FULL LENGTH TOURS AND TWO TAV’S TO AFGHANISTAN, OP HESTIA (HAITI) AND OP REASSURANCE (LATVIA). WHILE POSTED ABOARD HMCS ATHABASKAN, HE ACCUMLATED 288 DAYS AT SEA.

MAJOR KENNEY HAS ACCEPTED A POSITION WITHIN DND AT DGICFD. HE LOOKS FORWARD TO SUPPORTING THE WIDER DEFENCE TEAM IN HIS NEW ROLE AS A PUBLIC SERVANT. MORE IMPORTANTLY, HE LOOKS FORWARD TO CONTINUING THIS NEXT CHAPTER WITH THE LOVE OF HIS LIFE, HIS WIFE DANIELLE, AND THEIR AMAZING TEENAGED BOYS, ETHAN AND ELI.

IN TYPICAL JEFF FASHION, HE HAS REQUESTED A VERY INFORMAL DWD, WHICH WILL OCCUR ON THURSDAY, 26 OCTOBER AT THE ROUNDEL GLEN GOLF COURSE (CFB TRENTON). 9 HOLES OF GOLF WILL START AROUND 1030HRS, FOLLOWED BY A BEER CALL DWD IN THE LOUNGE AT 1330HRS. THOSE WANTING TO SEND A CONGRATULATORY MESSAGE OR ATTEND THE DWD CAN RSVP TO CAPTAIN SHAWN SHARPE AT [email protected]. THOSE WANTING TO PLAY GOLF PRIOR TO THE DWD ARE TO CONTACT MAJOR MIKE RICHARDS (NLT 20 OCTOBER) AT [email protected].

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