RETIREMENT – MWO G.O. WHITE, CD – 00362-05 ACISS-CISTM

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Retirement Date: 25/06/2019
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RETIREMENT OF MWO G.O. WHITE, 26 MARCH 1976 – 25 JUNE 2019

“RCCS DE G.O., LONG MSG K”

1. THIS MESSAGE IS TO INFORM ALL OF THE MANY MEMBERS OF THE RCCS, MEMBERS OF THE ROYAL CANADIAN REGIMENT AND THE NUMEROUS MEMBERS OF THE CAF IN WHICH I HAVE HAD THE PLEASURE TO SERVE WITH AND COME IN CONTACT WITH OVER EXTREMELY LONG AND REWARDING CAREER AS A RESERVE INFANTRYMAN BRAVO COY, 1 BATTALION, ROYAL NEW BRUNSWICK REGIMENT AND A RAD OP 211, ROYAL CANADIAN CORPS OF SIGNALS.

2. IT IS TIME FOR ME TO MOVE ASIDE AND ALLOW OTHERS TO PICK UP THE TORCH AND SOLDIER ON IN BOTH THE RCCS AND THE CAF. THOSE WHO KNOW ME WILL UNDERSTAND.

3. I AM FIERCELY PROUD OF BEING A PART OF AN ORGANIZATION SUCH AS THE ARMED FORCES AND THE SIGNAL CORPS.

4. I HAVE HAD A NUMBER OF POSTINGS OVER MY CAREER, ALL OF THEM EXTREMELY REWARDING, EVEN DURING TIMES OF FRUSTRATION, I WOULD NOT CHANGE A THING.

5. I HAVE HAD THE PLEASURE AN HONOUR OF SERVING WITH AND FOR SO MANY GREAT PEOPLE, I CANNOT BEGIN TO THANK THE ONES WHO HAVE HAD A POSITIVE IMPACT IN MY GROWTH AS A SOLDIER / SIGNALLER. FOR THOSE INDIVIDUALS, YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE AND I THANK YOU FROM THE BOTTOM OF MY HEART. SUFFICE TO SAY, MY LEADERSHIP STYLE, WHICH IS FROM AN OLDER SCHOOL ARMY HAS ENABLED ME THE OPPORTUNITY TO RISE TO THE RANK OF MWO.

6. I WAS ABLE TO FORMULATE MY STYLE FROM A GREAT MANY PEOPLE WHOM I ADMIRE AND RESPECT, IN DOING SO I WAS ABLE TO “CREATE G.O.”.

7. I AM FIERCELY LOYAL, HAVE WORKED HARD, PLAYED HARDER, (JUST ASK A FEW OF MY FORMER OC’S, CO’S AND RSM’S), BUT BELIEVE I WAS ALWAYS FIRM BUT FAIR. TRUTH IS PARAMOUNT, SOMETIMES PEOPLE DO NOT WANT TO HEAR THE TRUTH. IF YOU ASKED ME A QUESTION AND YOU DON’T WANT A TRUTHFUL ANSWER, PLEASE DO NOT ASK ME THE QUESTION. WORK HARD, DO WHAT IS EXPECTED, “NEVER PASS A FAULT”, DO WHAT YOU ARE TOLD AND DO WHAT IS RIGHT, IF YOU CANNOT DO WHAT YOU ARE TOLD, “DO WHAT IS RIGHT” AND MOST IMPORTANTLY “OWN IT”, NO MATTER WHAT THE CONSEQUENCES.

8. OVER THE YEARS I HAVE BEEN SERVED WITH; 1 RNBR MAR 76 TO DEC 78, RECRUIT TRAINING CORNWALLIS, TQ3 RAD-OP CFSCE AND POSTED TO SPECIAL SERVICE FORCE HQ & SIGS SQN SEP 79 – JUL 83, 702 COMM SQN JUL 83 TO JAN 90, 1 CDHSR JAN 90 – JUL 95, 1 RCR JUL 95 – SEP 99, 2 CMBG SIGS SQN SEP 99 – MAR 2002, CFJSR MAR 2002 – JUL 2008, ADMIN J6 COORD, JUL 2008 – JUN 2001, LFWA (NOW 3 DIV HQ) JUN 2001 – JAN 2013, CTC TRG DES SIGS JAN 2013 – APR 2016, 5 LINE SQN APR 2016 – JUN 2018 AND FINALLY WITH 77 LINE REGT HQ, WORKING OUT OF GAGETOWN NB.

9. I HAVE BEEN ON A FEW TOURS TO INCLUDE:
UNFICYP CYPRUS 254 SIGNAL SQN – NOV 80 – MAY 81, UNDOF DAMASCUS UNDOF HQ DET – DEC 86 – JUN 87, UNIIMOG IRAN 88 SIG SQN IRAN – JUL – NOV 88 – (THE FIGHTING 88), UNTAG NAMIBIA (SOUTH WEST AFRICA), LRCT – MAR 89-SEP 89, UNAMIR RWANDA – JUL 94 – JAN 95, BOSNIA (1 RCR BTL GP) – JAN – JUL 98, TASK FORCE AFGHANISTAN (TFA) (MT-7) – MAY – DEC 07, TFA PRT SIGS WO – DEC 07 – MAR 08, AND TFA, MENTOR FOR AFGHAN NATIONAL POLICE (FOB WALTON) AUG – DEC 10.

10. MY LOVELY WIFE, AND I WILL REMAIN IN THE OROMOCTO AREA WITH OUR TWO DOGS, (NAMES REMOVED 2023 APRIL 20 BY ADMIN). I WILL MOVE ON TO WORKING WITH VALCOM AT EFD AS A CONTRACTOR AND GOLFING AS MUCH AS I CAN THROUGHOUT THE SUMMER. TO LISA I MUST EXPRESS MY UTMOST LOVE, DEVOTION AND RESPECT FOR BEING MY LOVE, PARTNER, FRIEND AND WIFE, YOU ARE MY ROCK DURING THE LAST FIVE YEARS OF MY CAREER.
TO MY BROTHER, KEVIN, THANK YOU FOR BEING THERE FOR ME DURING SOME DARK PERIODS, THE LOSS OF DAD, MOM AND MICHAEL. YOUR LOVE AND FRIENDSHIP IS WHAT ENSURED THE RIGHTING OF THE SHIP DURING FAMILY CRISIS.
TO PAT AND MURRAY DAVIS, I AM SO VERY HAPPY WE HAVE RECONNECTED, ALBEIT A VERY LONG TIME, WE ARE FAMILY AND ALWAYS WILL BE. TO MY SON, JEREMIAH, WIFE EMILY, AADON, AND GRANDSON OWEN, MY DAUGHTER CASSANDRA AND GRANDSON ALEKSEI, I LOVE YOU ALL AND HAVE MISSED SO MUCH OVER THE YEARS. TO MY STEP DAUGHTER HILLARY, HUSBAND JUSTIN, THANK YOU GUYS FOR BEING THE PARAMEDICS YOU ARE AND ALL YOU DO FOR OUR COMMUNITY. TO STEP SON RYAN, FIANCÉ MARCIE AND GRANDSON CEDAR, THANK YOU FOR EVERYTHING.

11. FINALLY I WOULD LIKE TO ACKNOWLEDGE MY FAMILY, FRIENDS AND COMRADES WHO WERE TAKEN FAR TOO EARLY;
DANIEL GRANT WHITE (FATHER AUG 82), DONNA FAYE WHITE (MOTHER – JAN 18), MICHAEL ARTHUR WHITE (BROTHER – NOV 17). FURTHER I WANT TO PERSONALLY ACKNOWLEDGE THE PASSING OF DUSTY CRAWFORD, CRAZY DAVE ADAMS, AND DAVE BENNETT TO NAME A FEW. TO ALL OF OUR COMRADES WE HAVE LOST OVER MY CAREER, NOTABLY DURING THE AFGHAN YEARS, MAY YOU ALL REST IN PEACE, YOU SHALL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN, WHEN THE SUN GOES DOWN YOU SHALL ALWAYS BE REMEMBERED.

12. THIS IS NOT GOOD BYE, IT IS THE BEGINNING OF ANOTHER CHAPTER AND THE REFLECTION TO ALL OF YOU OUT THERE WHO HAVE HAD AN IMPACT IN MY CAREER AND MY LIFE, THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH, FOR MENTORSHIP AND MUCH NEEDED GUIDANCE TO ALLOW ME TO BE WHO I AM AND THE ABILITY TO HOLD MY HEAD HIGH AND BE PROUD OF WHAT HAS BEEN ACCOMPLISHED.

GOD SPEED, GOOD HEALTH AND PROSPERITY TO YOU ALL.

MY FINAL MESSAGE TO THE RCCS:

“RCCS DE G.O. INT ZKJ”

G.O. DE RCCS, ZKJ NOW, K

G.O. R, AFTER 43 PLUS YRS, ZKJ AR

13. A DWD IN HIS HONOUR WILL BE HELD AT THE GAGE GOLF AND CURLING CLUB ON 21 JUNE. FOR THOSE WHO WISH TO BE PRESENT, OR WISH TO SEND A MESSAGE, PLEASE CONTACT: (CONTACT REMOVED 2023 APR 20 BY ADMIN. SEND INQUIRIES HERE: https://cmcen-rcmce.ca/contact/).

HUMBLY

G.O.

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Kirk Janssen
5 years ago

Have you seen my Rifle ?

Neil McKenna
5 years ago

G.O….the Great White Shark, Gary….whatever alias you are using to protect yourself these days!! Am I EVER happy to have come across this posting on your retirement. Over a long career, you often think about those guys who made an impact both on their profession and on those with whom they have served. Brother, I will NEVER forget you. From the time we met on the LRCT/IMRCT training in Rochester (where, if I remember correctly, you were incredibly envious of my fashion knowledge/wardrobe, and where I had to have your back in some bar we had happened to wander into…..I think I am remembering this correctly, but I may have left out a couple of details). We next ran into each other in Pet, where I can guarantee you never left myself, as the DCO, nor the RSM bored. Buddy, give me a dozen of you and a mission and I know it will happen in spectacular fashion. Yeah, G.O., like I said, I remember you will, will never forget you, and wish you all the best in retirement. I hope our paths cross again in the future real soon. Take care brother, enjoy retirement, you’ve earned and deserve every minute of it.

William Graham
5 years ago

Simply put, a good man and a great soldier during the busiest time in this Dept since Korea, as demonstrated by his deployments away from home!
Well done G.O.

Gordon Nichol
5 years ago

Bravo Zulu on a well deserved retirement G.O. You made a few of our years interesting and unforgetable. I hope Ottawa does not shred your Pers file, it was always a good read…vvv

Rod Sturge
5 years ago

Gary,

I am grateful that I had the opportunity to work for and learn from you. You had a remarkable and distinguished career. Your dedication to your troops was unwavering and I know you saved me from the CoC’s wrath more than once. I am looking forward to your DWD and laughing about some of them GO stories that we have all heard and/or witnessed. All the best.

5 years ago

G.O., I think I lost the pool of when you would release, I had next year! – but good on you old man – I remember first meeting you way back in 83 (now I feel old) – you taught me many things back then, both good and bad – but it has been a pleasure and honor serving and knowing you. No matter where one went, from coast to coast to coast – in a conversation – someone always had a story of G.O. White. I hope our paths cross again sometime – all the best to you and your family.

Mobe

Steve Saulnier
5 years ago

We didn’t always agree, but I could always count on you for the unvarnished truth. Good luck and Godspeed.

Mike Beyer
5 years ago

Congrats Gary, all the best in retirement.

Dan kirkham
5 years ago

BZ.. always admired the way you worked. Go was always known. Great working with over my short 20 year career. Happy golfing….

Rick Bradley
5 years ago

Thanks for your dedication, your service, and your mentorship Gary, all the best!

Candice Price
5 years ago

Congrats Gary! Enjoy the next chapter!

Kim Mason
5 years ago

Congratulations Gary enjoy and relax.

Chris Bailey
5 years ago

Bravo Zulu on a successful career, Gary. First time I met you was looking down from the balcony in Iran, in ’88. If I recall correctly, we had problems there with a “phantom”. Go get yourself a fishing rod and enjoy your retirement. You deserve it.
VVV
Chris