RETIREMENT – MASTER WARRANT OFFICER ALLAN C. (CHRIS) BECKINGHAM, CD – SIG TECH – 00385

by | Sep 9, 2022 | News, Retirements | 2 comments

 

1. AFTER MORE THAN 37 YEARS OF LOYAL AND DEDICATED SERVICE WITH THE CANADIAN ARMED FORCES, THE COMMUNICATIONS AND ELECTRONICS BRANCH, AND THE ROYAL CANADIAN CORPS OF SIGNALS, MASTER WARRANT OFFICER CHRIS BECKINGHAM WILL RETIRE FROM THE CAF ON 29 SEPTEMBER 2022.

2. MWO BECKINGHAM ENROLLED IN SAINT JOHN, NEW BRUNSWICK ON 17 JUNE 1985, UNDER THE SUMMER YOUTH EMPLOYMENT PLAN, WITH 3 FIELD REGIMENT 115 BTY (RCA), AS AN ARTILLERYMAN. TRANSFERRING TO THE REG F ON 5 JAN 1987, HE FIRST SERVED AS PART OF THE ROYAL CANADIAN ARMOUR CORP, AND THEN TRANSFERRED TO THE COMMUNICATIONS AND ELECTRONICS BRANCH AS A RADIO TECHNICIAN IN 1989. HE COMPLETED HIS POET AND RAD TECH QL3 IN JUNE 1991 AND WAS POSTED TO COMM SQN LAHR UNTIL ITS CLOSURE IN 1994. POSTED TO PETAWAWA IN 1994, HE SERVED AT 2RCHA AND THEN 2FD AMB UNTIL 1999 WHEN HE WAS POSTED TO 2RCR. UPON PROMOTION TO MCPL IN 2002, HE WAS POSTED TO CFSCE WHERE HE SERVED AS PART OF POET TP. PROMOTED TO SGT IN 2006, HE SERVED AS THE LCIS DET COMD FOR 4AD REGT. PROMOTED TO WO IN 2009, HE BRIEFLY SERVED AS THE TELS MAINT PL COMD WITH BASE MAINTENANCE BEFORE MOVING TO 5CDSG COMM SQN AS A TP WO AND ASSISTANT FOREMAN OF SIGNALS. FOLLOWING A 9-MONTH DEPLOYMENT TO KABUL, AFGHANISTAN WITH OP ATTENTION ROTO 1, MWO BECKINGHAM WAS PROMOTED TO HIS CURRENT RANK IN 2013 AND POSTED TO 4 CAN DIV AS THE DIVISION FORMAN OF SIGNALS. FOLLOWING HIS 4 YEARS IN TORONTO, HE WAS POSTED TO CFJOSG, WHERE HE DEPLOYED TO RIMPAC18 AS THE CAMP SERGEANT-MAJOR FOR B COY R22R AND THEN BAGHDAD, IRAQ FOR A 7-MONTH TOUR AS THE OPS MWO AND CANADIAN CONTINGENT SERGEANT-MAJOR FOR NATO MISSION IRAQ.

3. MWO BECKINGHAM WOULD LIKE TO THANK THE MANY PEOPLE HE HAS WORKED WITH. THE PAST 37 YEARS HAVE GONE BY IN WHAT SEEMS LIKE A BLINK OF AN EYE, AND HE WILL MISS ALL THE WONDERFUL PEOPLE, GOOD FRIENDS, AND GREAT EXPERIENCES THAT HAVE MADE IT AN OUTSTANDING ADVENTURE. MWO BECKINGHAM, HIS WIFE, SGT (RET) KAREN BECKINGHAM, DAUGHTER EMMA, AND SON NOAH WILL BE STAYING IN THE MARITIMES FOR THE IMMEDIATE FUTURE AND INVITES ALL FRIENDS TO STOP IN AND SAY HELLO IF THEY ARE ANYWHERE NEARBY.

4. MWO BECKINGHAM HAS OPTED NOT TO HAVE A DWD, BUT ANYONE WISHING TO SEND CONGRATULATORY MESSAGES, PICTURES, AND AMUSING ANECDOTES IS WELCOME TO CONTACT HIM DIRECTLY AT [email protected].

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Michael Parent LS, Mar Eng
16 days ago

What a fantastic career MWO Beckingham. I first served with Chris in 1977 when we were the only 2 members of the GI Joe club which Jeff London started in our elementary school in East Daint John, NB. Later we went to High School together. 37 years is a long career in Government which shows 2 things 1. It was a rewarding job and 2. You must have loved it.

Those are things people hope for in lifes works.

Congratulations.

Darlene
16 days ago

It’s amazing how fast time goes by and a distinguished career of 37 years is a testament to your dedication! Congratulations on your retirement Chris. You bet we will be dropping by to congratulate you in person! Thank you for your service 🇨🇦❣️