1. MASTER WARRANT OFFICER JOHN BEARD WILL BE RETIRING 12 JANUARY 2020 AFTER 32+ YEARS OF SERVICE.

2. MWO BEARD JOINED THE CAF AS A RADIO TECHNICIAN IN 1987. UPON COMPLETION OF TRAINING IN KINGSTON HE WAS POSTED TO EDMONTON, WHERE HE MET HIS WIFE JACQUELINE, ALSO A RADIO TECHNICIAN. IN 1992 THEIR FIRST SON JACOB WAS BORN. IN 1996 THEY WERE POSTED TO TRENTON. IN 1997, THEIR SECOND SON TRAVIS WAS BORN. JOHN SPENT MANY DAYS AWAY FROM HOME WITH THE INSTALLATION CREW, WHICH EARNED HIM A PROMOTION TO MCPL. IN 2006, THEY WERE POSTED TO GREENWOOD, WHERE JOHN WAS PROMOTED TO SGT. IN 2007 JOHN WAS DEPLOYED WITH OP ATHENA. UPON HIS RETURN JOHN STARTED ACTING WITH A LOCAL THEATER GROUP WHICH HE STILL ENJOYS TODAY. IN 2008 THE BEARDS WERE POSTED TO COLD LAKE AND JOHN WAS EMPLOYED WITH THE AEROSPACE ENGINEERING TEST ESTABLISHMENT. IN 2011 THEY WERE AGAIN POSTED EAST TO HALIFAX AND SHEARWATER RESPECTIVELY. IN 2012 JOHN WAS PROMOTED TO WO AND ASSUMED THE ROLE OF THE TECHNICAL SERVICES WO, MARLANT HQ, HALIFAX. IN 2013 JOHN DEPLOYED WITH OP ATTENTION. IN 2015 JOHN WAS POSTED TO SHEARWATER AND PROMOTED TO MWO. IN 2016 JOHN WAS PLACED ON THE YEAR LONG FRENCH COURSE AND JACQUELINE WAS POSTED TO COLD LAKE. UPON THE SUCCESSFUL COMPLETION OF THE COURSE IN 2017, JOHN WAS REUNITED WITH JACQUELINE IN COLD LAKE AND WAS EMPLOYED AS THE TELECOM FLIGHT MWO.

3. JOHN WILL NOT RETIRE GRACEFULLY, AS HE WILL IMMEDIATELY TAKE A POSITION WITH SSC, UNTIL JACQUELINE IS READY TO RETIRE. THEY WILL REMAIN IN THE COLD LAKE AREA TO BE WITH THEIR SON JACOB’S FAMILY, WHICH INCLUDES THEIR THREE GRAND-KIDS FOR THE FORESEEABLE FUTURE. THEY WILL CONTINUE TO TRAVEL TO BOTH COASTS, TO VISIT FAMILY AND THEIR SON TRAVIS IN DARTMOUTH, NS.

4. A DEPART WITH DIGNITY CELEBRATION FOR JOHN WILL BE HELD FRIDAY, 6 DEC 2019, 1130 TO 1600 HOURS AT THE MUSTER POINT BAR & GRILL, 5411 55 ST., COLD LAKE, AB. PLEASE FORWARD CONFIRMATION OF ATTENDANCE TO WO FRANK BERGOGNE (FRANCOIS.BERGOGNE@FORCES.GC.CA).

5. ANECDOTES ARE TO BE SENT TO WO FRANK BERGOGNE (FRANCOIS.BERGOGNE@FORCES.GC.CA).