RETIREMENT – SERGEANT J. BEZANSON, 00109 – ATIS TECH

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Retirement Date: 05/06/2023

 

  1. SGT J. BEZANSON WILL BE RETIRING FROM THE CANADIAN ARMED FORCES ON 5 JUNE 2023.

 

  1. SGT J. BEZANSON JOINED THE CANADIAN ARMED FORCES IN HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA AS A PRIVATE AT THE AGE OF 26. AFTER COMPLETING BASIC MILITARY QUALIFICATION (BMQ) IN SAINT-JEAN, QUEBEC, WAS PROMOTED TO CORPORAL AND POSTED TO HIS HOMETOWN IN CFB GREENWOOD, NOVA SCOTIA.

SGT BEZANSON GRADUATED FROM WEST KINGS HIGH SCHOOL IN 1996 AND PURSUED POST-SECONDARY EDUCATION AT KINGSTEC VOCATIONAL SCHOOL, RECEIVING A DIPLOMA IN ELECTRONIC ENGINEERING TECHNICIAN IN 1998. DURING THIS TIME, HE TRAVELED ACROSS EASTERN CANADA AS A NATIONAL WRESTLING REFEREE, COACHING HIGH SCHOOL WRESTLING AND WORKED AS A SHORT-ORDER CHINESE COOK. AFTER COMPLETING HIS POST-SECONDARY EDUCATION, HE STARTED WORKING AT A LOCAL COMPUTER REPAIR SHOP AND GAINED FULL CUSTODY OF HIS FIRST CHILD, WHO WAS 3 YEARS OF AGE THEN.

SGT BEZANSON LEFT THE CHINESE RESTAURANT TO WORK AS A COOK AT THE LOCAL PIZZA DELIGHT RESTAURANT WHERE HE MET THE MOTHER OF HIS SECOND CHILD. SGT BEZANSON QUICKLY MOVED IN TO THE KITCHEN SUPERVISOR POSITION AND WOULD ASSIST THE OWNER WITH OPENING A NEW STORE IN YARMOUTH, NOVA SCOTIA.

SGT BEZANSON WAS GIVEN THE OPPORTUNITY TO RUN A CARPET AND AIR DUCT CLEANING COMPANY. HE RAN THE COMPANY FOR 2 YEARS PRIOR TO BECOMING A CONSULTANT FOR PIZZA DELIGHT TO ASSIST WITH STORES THAT WERE HAVING DIFFICULTIES IN THEIR KITCHENS MAKING THEM EFFICIENT, AND TO COMPLY WITH THEIR FOOD PREPARATION PROCESSES. SGT BEZANSON APPLIED TO THE CANADIAN ARMED FORCES AND WAS PUT ON A WAIT LIST FOR THE AEROSPACE TELECOMMUNICATION AND INFORMATION SYSTEMS (ATIS) TECHNICIAN TRADE TO OPEN SO HE WENT BACK TO WORK AT THE CHINESE RESTAURANT. AFTER WAITING 2 YEARS FOR THE CAF TO ACCEPT HIM, HE WAS GIVEN THE OPPORTUNITY TO PURCHASE THE RESTAURANT. AT THIS TIME THE CAF FINALLY HAD A POSITION FOR HIM AND STARTED HIS CAREER AS AN ATIS TECH.

FOR OVER 19 YEARS OF SERVICE, HE SERVED AT MULTIPLE UNITS: IN 14 WING GREENWOOD WTIS AS A RADIO TECHNICIAN, AT 8 WING TRENTON WITH ATESS AS AN AIR FIELD INSTALLATION TECHNICIAN WHERE HE WAS PROMOTED TO MASTER CORPORAL, IN CFB KINGSTON WITH CANADIAN FORCES JOINT SIGNALS REGIMENT (CFJSR) AS A SATELLITE TECHNICIAN AND PRIVATE BRANCH EXCHANGE (PBX) INSTRUCTOR WHERE HE WAS PROMOTED TO SERGEANT, AT CFS LEITRIM WITH CANADIAN FORCES NETWORK OPERATIONS CENTRE (CFNOC) AS A TECHNICAL SECURITY INSPECTION (TSIT) MEMBER, AND CURRENTLY POSTED AT 4 WING COLD LAKE AT 4 OPERATIONS SUPPORT SQUADRON (OSS) COMMUNICATION AND INFORMATION SYSTEMS FLIGHT (CIS FLT) WHERE HE FILLED IN MULTIPLE SUPERVISORY POSITIONS.

SGT BEZANSON HAD BEEN TO MULTIPLE TOURS THROUGHOUT HIS CAREER: CFS ALERT FOR 6 MONTHS, OP REASSURANCE 4 ½ MONTHS (ROTO 3 IN POLAND) WHERE HE RECEIVED THE 3 ROYAL CANADIAN REGIMENT (RCR) COMMANDER’S COIN, OP UNIFIER (TAV) FOR 3 WEEKS AND MANY EXERCISES THROUGHOUT CANADA.

DURING SGT BEZANSON’S POSTING IN 4 WING COLD LAKE, HE STARTED AS THE MISSION SYSTEMS SUPERVISOR WHERE HE SPENT 10 MONTHS AS THE A/WO FOR C4 SYSTEMS AND IS CURRENTLY THE CIS FLT OPERATIONS AND TRAINING SUPERVISOR. THROUGHOUT HIS POSTING IN 4 OSS CIS FLT, HE HAD THE FOLLOWING SECONDARY DUTIES: FLT VEHICLE REP, TCI COORDINATOR, RADIATION HAZARD SAFETY REP AND 4 OSS D/USS.

 

  1. SGT BEZANSON IS CURRENTLY THE OWNER AND OPERATOR OF GROUND TO CEILING HANDYMAN IN COLD LAKE, ALBERTA. HE HAS TWO GROWN BOYS THAT HAVE MOVED AWAY AND ON THEIR OWN AND RECENTLY TAKEN ON THE ROLE AS STEP-FATHER OF A 13 YEAR OLD BOY AND 15 YEAR OLD GIRL.

 

  1. A DWD WAS HELD ON 2 JUNE 2023. ANY WELL WISHES CAN BE PASSED TO CAPT X. CALAMBA AT XIAM(DOT)CALAMBA(AT)FORCES(DOT)GC(DOT)CA

 

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