1. IT IS WITH A PROFOUND SENSE OF GRATITUDE THAT PETTY OFFICER 1ST CLASS PETER BOECHLER ANNOUNCES HIS RETIREMENT FROM THE ROYAL CANADIAN NAVY AFTER 31 YEARS. RATHER THAN RAMBLE ON IN DETAIL ABOUT THE PLACES HE HAS VISITED, THE SHIPS, STATIONS AND BASES HE HAS BEEN POSTED TO, FOR HIM IT WAS ALWAYS ABOUT THE PEOPLE ALONG THE WAY. THE CAMARADERIE, THE FRIENDSHIPS FORGED IN THE PLETHORA OF SEA GOING EVOLUTIONS, TIMES CROSSING THE EQUATOR, SOUTHERN CROSSES VIEWED, FOREIGN PORT ANTICS AND COUNTLESS MILES TRAVELED. THESE ADVENTURES WITH FRIENDS WILL FOREVER MAKE UP A LARGE PART OF WHO HE WAS AS A QUOTE COCKY AND ARROGANT ORDINARY SEAMAN (EXERPT FROM HIS QL3 COURSE REPORT) UNQUOTE AND HAVE SHAPED HIM INTO THE PERSON HE HAS BECOME. HOWEVER, FOR THE CURIOUS, TO HIGHLIGHT PLACES WHERE THERE MAY BE MUGSHOTS OF PO1 BOECHLER, HE PROUDLY SERVED FOR 15 YEARS ON HMC SHIPS: YUKON, MACKENZIE, SASKATCHEWAN, REGINA, WINNIPEG AND PROTECTEUR. BASES AND STATIONS INCLUDE ESQUIMALT (FLEET SCHOOL) AND MFRC, NRS ALDERGROVE AND ESQUIMALT WHEN THE RADIO STATION MOVED OVER IN 2001, AND FINALLY THE CRYPTO SUPPORT SQUADRON IN OTTAWA. MEMORABLE OPERATIONS INCLUDE OP ENDURING FREEDOM, APOLLO AND OP FRICTION AND OTHER LENGTHY DEPLOYMENTS IN SUPPORT OF UNITED NATIONS RESOLUTIONS SURROUNDING PIRACY AND TERRORISM.

2. HE WOULD WISH TO BID A FOND FAREWELL ON THE WEST COAST AS WELL BUT IN HIS ABSENCE, PLEASE GATHER AND SHARE A MEMORY WHEREVER YOU MAY BE. A PARTING THOUGHT HE WOULD LIKE TO CONVEY IS THAT THERE WILL ALWAYS BE A GREATER PURPOSE OR MISSION OR DUTY OR FUNCTION TO CARRY OUT BUT OUR GREATEST RESOURCE ARE THOSE THAT WE ASK TO PERFORM IT AND SHOULD BE TREATED AS OUR GREATEST RESOURCE.

3. IF HE COULD OFFER ANY ADVICE TO THOSE OF YOU THAT HAVE MANAGED TO STAY IN TOUCH WITH HIM THROUGHOUT YOUR CAREERS – QUOTE REGRET NOTHING AS YOU ONLY HAVE ONE LIFE TO LIVE, STAY TRUE TO YOURSELF – IT’S YOUR UGLY MUG YOU HAVE TO FACE EVERYDAY IN THE MIRROR SO YOU MAY AS WELL BE PROUD OF IT, WRITE YOUR OWN STORY – WE ALL HAVE WITHIN US THE DESIRE TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE, BE IT PERSONAL OR PROFESSIONAL MAKE YOUR STATEMENT UNQUOTE.

4. PETER, ALONG WITH SHARON, GAVIN, KATHRYN AND SOPHIA, WILL BE REMAINING IN THE OTTAWA AREA. TO ALL OF YOU, HE WISHES YOU THE BEST IN YOUR FUTURES. A SMALL GATHERING OF FRIENDS AND CO-WORKERS WILL BE HELD AT KS ON THE KEYS ON FRIDAY, APRIL 13TH AT 1130. THOSE WISHING TO ATTEND ARE REQUESTED TO CONFIRM THEIR ATTENDANCE TO CAPT CV STRONACH AT [email protected] NO LATER THAN FRIDAY 23 MARCH 18.

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