1. AFTER 33 YEARS AND 4 MONTHS OF DISTINGUISHED SERVICE WITH THE ROYAL CANADIAN CORPS OF SIGNALS, MASTER WARRANT OFFICER RODNEY NOBLE WILL BE RETIRING FROM THE CANADIAN ARMED FORCES ON 28 SEPTEMBER 2020.

2. MWO NOBLE BEGAN HIS CAREER WITH THE CANADIAN ARMED FORCES WHEN HE ENROLLED ON 27 MAY 1987 IN VICTORIA BC. AFTER BASIC RECRUIT TRAINING AT CFB CORNWALLIS, HE WAS SENT TO CANADIAN FORCES SCHOOL OF COMMUNICATIONS AND ELECTRONICS (CFSCE) KINGSTON TO ATTEND HIS QL3 TRAINING AS A RADIO OPERATOR. THROUGHOUT HIS CAREER HE WOULD RETURN TO CFSCE ON MANY OCCASIONS TO ATTEND TRADES TRAINING AS HIS CAREER PROGRESSED. UPON COMPLETION OF HIS QL3, HE WAS POSTED TO 1 CANADIAN MECHANIZED BRIGADE GROUP HEADQUARTERS AND SIGNAL SQUADRON, CALGARY IN NOVEMBER 1988. WHILE IN CALGARY HE DEPLOYED ON HIS FIRST OVERSEAS TOUR TO CYPRUS (OPERATION SNOWGOOSE) NOVEMBER 1988 TO FEBRUARY 1991, AND UPON HIS RETURN WAS PROMOTED TO THE RANK OF CORPORAL. IN JULY 1992 HE WAS POSTED TO CFS MILL COVE WHERE HE MET AND LATER ON 19 FEBRUARY 2000 MARRIED HIS WIFE SHEILAGH. IN AUGUST 1994, HE WAS POSTED BACK TO 1 CANADIAN MECHANIZED BRIGADE GROUP HEADQUARTERS AND SIGNAL SQUADRON CALGARY. AFTER A TWO MONTH ATTACHMENT TO 2ND BATTALION PRINCESS PATRICIA’S CANADIAN LIGHT INFANTRY IN SHILO, MANITOBA FROM OCTOBER TO NOVEMBER 1996 FOR THEATER TRAINING, HE THEN DEPLOYED WITH THEM TO TASK FORCE BOSNIA HERZEGOVINA INFANTRY BATTLE GROUP ON OPERATION PALLADIUM FROM JANUARY TO JULY 1997. UPON RETURN, HE WAS PROMOTED TO THE RANK OF MASTER CORPORAL IN AUGUST 1997 AND RETURNED FOR A SHORT STINT BACK TO 1 CANADIAN MECHANIZED BRIGADE GROUP HEADQUARTERS AND SIGNAL SQUADRON THAT WAS NOW LOCATED IN EDMONTON. IN JANUARY 1998 HE WAS POSTED TO 1ST BATTALION PRINCESS PATRICIA’S CANADIAN LIGHT INFANTRY EDMONTON. WHILE THERE, HE WAS THE BATTALION COMMAND POST MASTER CORPORAL DEPLOYING TO KOSOVO AS PART OF TASK FORCE KOSOVO INFANTRY BATTLE GROUP ON OPERATION KINETIC FROM JULY 1999 TO FEBRUARY 2000 AND LATER TO BOSNIA AS PART OF TASK FORCE BOSNIA HERZEGOVINA INFANTRY BATTLE GROUP ON OPERATION PALLADIUM FROM SEPTEMBER 2002 TO APRIL 2003. IT WAS DURING THIS TOUR OF DUTY THAT HE WAS PROMOTED TO THE RANK OF SERGEANT IN DECEMBER 2002. UPON RETURN FROM BOSNIA HE WAS AGAIN POSTED BACK TO 1 CANADIAN MECHANIZED BRIGADE GROUP HEADQUARTERS AND SIGNAL SQUADRON UNTIL APRIL 2005. HE WAS THEN POSTED FOR A SECOND TIME TO 1ST BATTALION PRINCESS PATRICIA’S CANADIAN LIGHT INFANTRY EDMONTON AS THE BATTALION SIGNALS SERGEANT. HE DEPLOYED FOR HIS FIFTH AND FINAL TOUR TO AFGHANISTAN AS PART OF TASK FORCE AFGHANISTAN ROTO 1 OPERATION ATHENA FROM JANUARY TO AUGUST 2006. MWO NOBLE WAS PROMOTED TO THE RANK OF WARRANT OFFICER ON APRIL 2007 AND POSTED TO 742 SIGNAL SQUADRON DETACHMENT WAINWRIGHT ON JULY 2007. AFTER TWO SHORT YEARS IN WAINWRIGHT HE WAS POSTED TO YELLOWKNIFE IN JULY 2009 WITH JOINT TASK FORCE NORTH HEADQUARTERS AS THE TELECOMMUNICATION AND INFORMATION SYSTEMS SECTION WARRANT OFFICER. HE REMAINED IN THE NORTH FOR FIVE YEARS BEFORE BEING PROMOTED TO HIS CURRENT RANK OF MASTER WARRANT OFFICER. UPON PROMOTION HE WAS POSTED TO THE UNITED STATES AS PART OF HEADQUARTERS SUPREME ALLIED COMMAND TRANSFORMATION NORFOLK, VIRGINIA. THERE HE FILLED THE ROLE OF HEADQUARTERS COMMUNICATIONS AND INFORMATION SYSTEMS LIAISON TO THE NATO COMMUNICATIONS AND INFORMATION SYSTEMS AGENCY FROM JULY 2014 TO JULY 2018. AS HIS FINAL POSTING HE VOLUNTEERED TO RETURN BACK TO THE GREAT CANADIAN NORTH TO ONCE AGAIN BE PART OF JOINT TASK FORCE NORTH HEADQUARTERS AS THE CHIEF COMMUNICATIONS OPERATOR IN JULY 2018 UNTIL HIS RETIREMENT, 28 SEPTEMBER 2020.

3. UPON RETIREMENT, MWO NOBLE WILL RETURN HOME TO VANCOUVER ISLAND, BRITISH COLUMBIA. THERE HE AND HIS LOVELY WIFE SHEILAGH PLAN TO FINALLY STAY PUT FOR A CHANGE, AND RELAX, SURROUNDED BY WATER, TREES, MOUNTAINS AND FAMILY, UNTIL THE TRAVEL BUG HITS THEM.

4. DUE TO COVID-19 THERE WILL BE NO LUNCHEON, BUT A SMALL CERTIFICATE AND APPRECIATION CEREMONY WILL BE HELD AT 1430 HRS ON 16 JULY 2020 AT RAVENS NEST MESS, JTFN HQ BUILDING, YELLOWKNIFE. ATTENDANCE AND ANY ANECDOTES CAN BE SENT TO MAJOR COLLIN STOCKWELL, EMAIL COLLIN.STOCKWELL@FORCES.GC.CA OR FAXED TO 867-766-6802. TELEPHONE (867-445-4061).