1. MASTER WARRANT OFFICER BILL THERIAULT RETIRED FROM THE CANADIAN ARMED FORCES ON 11 NOVEMBER 2020 AFTER SERVING 25+ YEARS OF DEDICATED SERVICE TO THE CANADIAN ARMED FORCES.

2. BILL JOINED THE CANADIAN ARMY IN MAY 1995 AS A RADIO OPERATOR AND UPON COMPLETION OF HIS TQ3 COURSE HE WAS POSTED TO HQ & SIGNAL SQUADRON IN PETAWAWA. HE DEPLOYED TO BOSNIA IN 1996 AS PART OF THE NATIONAL REAR LINK. IN 1998 HE WENT BACK TO BOSNIA, THIS TIME HE DEPLOYED WITH 3 RCR AS PART THE HQ COMMAND POST AND THEN IN THE LAST HALF OF THE ROTO HE WAS EMPLOYED AS THE PARA COY SIGNALLER. IN 1999 BILL DEPLOYED TO KOSOVO WITH 1 RCR AS THE BRAVO COMPANY SIGNALLER.

3. BILL JOINED JOINT TASK FORCE TWO IN 2002 WHERE HE REMAINED FOR THE NEXT 13 YEARS OF HIS CAREER AND WAS DEPLOYED ANOTHER 8 TIMES INCLUDING 4 TIMES TO AFGHANISTAN. THESE YEARS LAID THE FOUNDATION OF HIS UNDERSTANDING OF HOW TO WORK IN A MULTI-NATIONAL/MULTI-AGENCY ENVIRONMENT. BILL WAS EMPLOYED IN A WIDE VARIETY OF ROLES REPRESENTING THE SIGNALS BRANCH WITHIN JTF2. HE WAS INITIALLY EMPLOYED AS A SQUADRON SIGNALLER AND ONCE HE WAS PROMOTED, HE BECAME THE COMMAND POST SERGEANT. THIS ROLE ALLOWED HIM TO FOCUS ON TRAINING AND PREPARING THE NEXT GENERATION OF SQUADRON SIGNALLERS. ONCE HE WAS PROMOTED TO WARRANT OFFICER HE BECAME THE TROOP/RECCE WO AND FINALLY DURING HIS LAST YEAR AT JTF2 HE WAS EMPLOYED AS THE TACTICAL COMMUNICATIONS TROOP COMMANDER. IN 2015 BILL MOVED BACK TO PETAWAWA THIS TIME AS PART OF THE CANADIAN SPECIAL OPERATIONS TRAINING CENTRE (CSOTC) WHERE HE WAS THE COURSE WARRANT OFFICER FOR THE SPECIAL OPERATIONS SIGNALS COURSE. IN 2016 HE WAS PROMOTED TO HIS CURRENT RANK AND BECAME THE SIGNAL COMPANY SERGEANT MAJOR AT THE CANADIAN SPECIAL OPERATIONS REGIMENT (CSOR) WHERE HE REMAINED FOR THE NEXT THREE YEARS. IN 2019 HE TRANSITIONED BACK TO CSOTC UNTIL HIS RETIREMENT IN 2020.

4. BILL IS EXTREMELY HONOURED AND HUMBLED TO HAVE HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO WORK WITH TRUE PROFESSIONALS WITHIN THE SIGNALS BRANCH, THE SOF COMMUNITY AND THE GREATER CAF. FINALLY, BILL IS EXTREMELY THANKFUL FOR THE HARD WORK AND LOVING SUPPORT PROVIDED BY HIS FAMILY WHO ENDURED MANY SHORT NOTICE DEPLOYMENTS. HE WAS ALWAYS ABLE TO FOCUS ON HIS JOB KNOWING THAT HIS FAMILY WAS BEING TAKEN CARE OF ON THE HOME FRONT BY HIS STRONG AND INDEPENDENT WIFE HEATHER. SHE WAS THE CONTINUITY AS THEY RAISED THEIR 3 CHILDREN TOGETHER. AFTER RETIREMENT BILL PLANS TO ENJOY THE OUTDOORS WITH HIS WIFE, KIDS AND GRANDKIDS IN THE OTTAWA VALLEY AREA.

5. THERE WILL NOT BE A DWD FUNCTION, HOWEVER, BEST WISHES AND CONGRATULATORY NOTES MAY BE SENT TO [email protected].

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