1. MASTER WARRANT OFFICER HUGH L. MCKINNON WILL BE RETIRING FROM THE CANADIAN ARMED FORCES ON 3 JUNE 2019, AFTER 25 PLUS YEARS OF LOYAL AND DEDICATED SERVICE TO CANADA, THE CANADIAN ARMED FORCES AND THE COMMUNICATION AND ELECTRONICS BRANCH. HE ENROLLED IN THE CANADIAN ARMED FORCES ON 3 SEPTEMBER 1993 AS A RADIO OPERATOR. AFTER COMPLETING BASIC TRAINING IN CORNWALLIS, NS HE WAS POSTED TO CFSCE IN KINGSTON, ON, WHERE HE COMPLETED HIS APPRENTICE TRAINING AS A RADIO OPERATOR.

2. FROM 1994 TO 1998 MWO MCKINNON WAS POSTED TO 1CDHSR KINGSTON WHERE IS WAS EMPLOYED AS A TROOP COMDS DRIVER, AND A CP OPERATOR. HE DEPLOYED TO THE GOLAN HEIGHTS IN 1996 FOR 6 MONTHS. UPON HIS RETURN HE WAS TRANSFERRED INTO DELTA TROOP TO BE BEGIN HIS GEEK TRAINING AND IT CAREER. HE WOULD LATER BE SWITCHED INTO SQN HQ TO BECOME THE OC’S DRIVER FOR 1 SQN.

3. IN 1998 MWO MCKINNON WAS POSTED TO 79 COMM REGIMENT WHERE HE JOINED THE HF RADIO DET AS AN OPERATOR. HE LATER MOVED INTO THE RDS SQN TO BECOME A JC2IS HELP DESK OPERATOR. IN JAN 2000 HE DEPLOYED TO BOSNIA AS A TITAN SYSTEMS SUPPORT ADMINISTRATOR. IN MAY OF 2000 THE TWO SIGNALS REGIMENTS COMBINED TO BECOME CANADIAN FORCES JOINT SIGNAL REGIMENT. MWO MCKINNON WOULD RETURN TO KINGSTON AND CFJSR TO BECOME A HELPDESK OPERATOR AT 1 CDN DIV HQ DET.

4. PROMOTED TO MCPL IN JAN 2003 HE TRANSFERRED INTO THE DWAN HELPDESK AS THE IC. IN JUL 2003 HE WAS POSTED TO 3 ASG SIGNAL SQUADRON IN GAGETOWN AS A CP DET COMD AND TITAN IC. IN NOV OF 2007 HE WAS ATTACHED POSTED TO 2RCR AND WAS PROMOTED TO SGT IN JUL 08 PRIOR TO DEPLOYING TO AFGHANISTAN WITH TASK FORCE 3-08 FROM SEP 2008 TO APR 2009. AFTER RETURNING TO GAGETOWN HE RETURNED TO THE SIG SQN AS THE CHIEF COMM OP AND OPS SGT.

5. PROMOTED TO WARRANT OFFICER IN JUL OF 2013 HE WAS POSTED TO THE MAPPING AND CHARTING ESTABLISHMENT IN OTTAWA IN CHARGE OF THE GEOSPATIAL SYSTEMS FOR MCE. PROMOTED TO HIS CURRENT RANK IN JUL OF 2017 MWO MCKINNON WAS POSTED TO D IM SECURE OTTAWA TO TEACH IT SECURITY TRAINING AND AWARENESS AND IN JUL OF 2018 WAS POSTED TO ARMY HQ/DLCI G6 AS THE FOREMAN OF INFORMATION SYSTEMS FOR THE ARMY.

6. MASTER WARRANT OFFICER MCKINNON AND HIS FIANCE COLLEEN GAGNON WILL BE MARRIED IN JULY 2019 AND WILL REMAIN IN THE OTTAWA AREA, WHERE MWO MCKINNON HAS ACCEPTED A POSITION WITHIN DND AS AN IM/IT SECURITY OFFICER.

7. MASTER WARRANT OFFICER MCKINNON’S RETIREMENT CEREMONY WILL BE HELD ON 14 JUN 2019 AT THE CENTRAL BIERHAUS, 650 KANATA AVE, KANATA. GUESTS ARE REQUESTED TO CONFIRM THEIR ATTENDANCE WITH MWO STEVE HUDON BY 7 JUN 2019 AT STEVE.HUDON@FORCES.GC.CA

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