1. MASTER WARRANT OFFICER JOSEPH WILFRID EDWIN GERARD JANISSE WILL BE RETIRING FROM THE CANADIAN ARMED FORCES ON 28 FEB 2020, AFTER 42 PLUS YEARS OF LOYAL AND DEDICATED SERVICE TO CANADA AND THE COMMUNICATIONS AND ELECTRONICS BRANCH.

2. MWO JANISSE ENROLLED IN THE CAF ON 13 SEPT 1977. AFTER COMPLETING BASIC TRAINING IN CORNWALLIS, HE WAS SENT TO CFSCE, KINGSTON TO COMPLETE HIS POET AND QL3 TRAINING AS A RADIO TECH.

HIS FIRST POSTING WAS TO THE 22 RADAR & CONTROL WING IN NORTH BAY, MAINTAINING THE MASSIVE UNDERGROUND SAGE COMPUTER SYSTEM. TO ENSURE QUALITY TQ4 TRAINING, HE WAS THEN TRANSFERRED TOPSIDE TO THE CFB NORTH BAY TELECOM SECTION. HE WAS PROMOTED TO CPL IN 1981, COMPLETED HIS QL5 IN CFSCE, KINGSTON IN 1982, AND AS AN AVID ADVENTURER, JUMPED ON THE OPPORTUNITY TO DEPLOY TO CFS ALERT IN 1984.

RIGHT AFTER COMPLETING HIS JLC COURSE IN SUMMERSIDE, PEI IN 1985, HE WAS TRANSFERRED TO CFB COLD LAKE WHERE HE WORKED AS A TELECOM TECH UNTIL HE WAS PROMOTED TO MCPL IN 1989. HE SPENT THE REMAINING 2 YEARS AS THE 42 RADAR GATR SUPERVISOR.

TO HIS DISMAY, IN 1991, A POTENTIAL POSTING TO COMOX WAS CANCELLED AND HE FOUND HIMSELF BACK IN NORTH BAY WHERE HE SPENT THE NEXT 3 YEARS DOING SHIFTWORK IN THE MAINTENANCE CONTROL CENTER.

IN 1994, HE FOUND HIMSELF IN THE GREAT FRENCH COMMUNITY OF SHEARWATER, NOVA SCOTIA WHILE ATTENDING THE YEAR LONG FRENCH LANGUAGE TRAINING COURSE.

IN 1995, HIS PROMOTION TO SGT AT THE END OF HIS FRENCH LANGUAGE COURSE RUINED HIS EXPECTED POSTING TO BAGOTVILE (PHEW!) AND LANDED HIM IN, YOU’LL NEVER GUESS, NORTH BAY FOR THE THIRD TIME. HE SPENT THE NEXT 5 YEARS AS A CREW CHIEF AND DAY STAFF SUPERVISOR UNTIL HE WAS PROMOTED TO WO IN 2000. FOR THE NEXT 3 YEARS HE WAS THE IT SYSTEMS SUPERVISOR.

IN 2003 MWO JANISSE WAS PROMOTED TO HIS CURRENT RANK AND POSTED TO 1CAD. AFTER SPENDING 4 YEARS IN A6 RCS AS THE COMMS MWO AND RCAF FREQ MANAGER, HE RETIRED FROM THE REG FORCE IN 2007 AFTER ALMOST 30 YEARS OF SERVICE AND TRANSFERRED DIRECTLY OVER TO THE RESERVES. MWO JANISSE SPENT HIS LAST 12 PLUS YEARS WORKING IN A6 OPS AS THE RCAF FREQ MANAGER, CAT AND BATTLE STAFF TRAINER AND RCAF ATIS TASKER.

3. MWO JANISSE HAS BEEN MARRIED TO HIS LOVING WIFE DOROTHY (DOT) FOR 39 YEARS AND TOGETHER THEY HAVE TWO CHILDREN, CYNTHIA AND ANDREW. JOE AND DOT WILL STAY IN WINNIPEG FOR THE FORESEEABLE FUTURE AND PLAN TO ENJOY THEIR SUMMER OASIS AND EARNED TIME TOGETHER.

4. A LUNCHEON WILL BE HELD AT SILVER HEIGHTS RESTAURANT, 2169 PORTAGE AVE, WINNIPEG AT 1200 HRS ON 27 FEB 2020. IF YOU WISH TO ATTEND, PLEASE CONTACT CAPT AH-KANE VIA EMAIL FRANCK.AH-KANE@FORCES.GC.CA OR AT 204-833-2500 EXT 4657.

5. FRIENDS AND COLLEAGUES ARE INVITED TO SEND THEIR CONGRATULATORY MESSAGES, ANECDOTES OR TO SAY THEIR GOODBYES BY EMAILING FRANCK.AH-KANE@FORCES.GC.CA.