1. MASTER WARRANT OFFICER CHARLES (CHUCK) FRANCIS WILL RETIRE FROM THE CANADIAN ARMED FORCES (CAF) ON 06 FEBRUARY 2020, AFTER 35 PLUS YEARS OF LOYAL AND DEDICATED SERVICE AS AN ARMY COMMUNICATIONS AND INFORMATION SYSTEMS SPECIALIST (ACISS).

2. CHUCK ENROLLED AS A RADIO AND TELETYPE OPERATOR IN 1984 AND SPENT THE FIRST 11 YEARS OF HIS CAREER POSTED AT 721 COMMUNICATIONS REGIMENT IN HIS HOME PROVINCE OF PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND. HE QUICKLY ROSE UP THE RANKS AND WAS PROMOTED TO SERGEANT IN 1991. IN 1993, HE COMPLETED AN OPERATIONAL TOUR TO SOMALIA IN SUPPORT OF OPERATION DELIVERANCE. (THEN) SGT FRANCIS WAS POSTED TO 72 COMMUNICATIONS GROUP IN 1995 WHERE HE WAS PROMOTED TO WARRANT OFFICER IN 1996. IN 1999, CHUCK WAS POSTED TO ADM (MAT) IN OTTAWA WHERE HE UNDERTOOK NUMEROUS POSITIONS WITHIN HIS THIRTEEN YEAR POSTING AND WAS PROMOTED TO MASTER WARRANT OFFICER IN 2003. DURING HIS LONG STINT AT ADM (MAT) CHUCK WAS INSTRUMENTAL IN DELIVERING TRAINING TO SUPPORT THE LAND COMMAND SUPPORT SYSTEM. IN 2012, HE WAS POSTED TO DIRECTOR LAND EQUIPMENT PROGRAM MANAGEMENT AS WAS EMPLOYED AS THE TRAINING DETACHMENT COMMANDER. IN 2016, CHUCK WAS POSTED TO CFB TRENTON WHERE HE OCCUPIED THE ROLES OF TELECOMMUNICATIONS FLIGHT MWO, MACS OPERATIONS OFFICER AND MANY ACTING ROLES AS THE 8 OPERATIONS SUPPORT SQUADRON CWO.

3. UPON RETIREMENT, CHUCK WILL REMAIN IN THE KINGSTON AREA WITH HIS WIFE SHARON WHERE THEY WILL TAKE TIME TO TRAVEL, RELAX AND SPEND TIME WITH THEIR DAUGHTERS, RACHELLE, KRISTEN, BECCA AND AMANDA.

4. TO COMMEMORATE HIS DEDICATION TO THE CANADIAN ARMED FORCES, A DEPART WITH DIGNITY WILL TAKE PLACE ON WEDNESDAY 05 FEBRUARY 2020, 1200HRS, AT THE PIPER ARMS PUB, 170 NORTH FRONT ST, BELLEVILLE, ON. ANYONE WISHING TO ATTEND ARE REQUESTED TO RSVP TO CAPT JEFF KENNEY NO LATER THAN 17 JANUARY 2020 VIA E-MAIL: JEFFERY.KENNEY@FORCES.GC.CA

5. CONGRATULATORY MESSAGES, BEST WISHES AND FUNNY CAREER ANECDOTES ARE HIGHLY ENCOURAGED. THEY CAN BE FORWARD TO CAPT JEFF KENNEY VIA E-MAIL: JEFFERY.KENNEY@FORCES.GC.CA