1. SERGEANT KARL HAMILTON WILL RELEASE FROM THE CAF ON 14 SEPTEMBER 2020, AFTER 35 YEARS OF LOYAL AND DEDICATED SERVICE TO CANADA AND THE BRANCH OF COMMUNICATIONS AND ELECTRONICS.
  1. SGT HAMILTON FIRST JOINED THE CAF AS A RESERVE INFANTRYMAN WITH LES VOLTIGEURS DE QUEBEC IN 1983. UPON HIS TRANSFER TO REGULAR FORCES IN JULY 85 AS A RADIO OPERATOR, HE COMPLETED HIS QL3 AT CFSCE KINGSTON AND WAS POSTED TO HQ & SIGS 5 CMBG VALCARTIER IN JUL 86. SOMEHOW IN JUL 88 HE THOUGHT THE GRASS WAS GREENER ON THE CIVILIAN SIDE AND LEFT THE CAF ONLY TO JOIN AGAIN IN NOV 89 AND WAS POSTED TO THE DATA CENTER, FMCHQ ST-HUBERT. HE THEN SERVED AT 1 CMBG HQ & SIGS FROM JUL 94 – JUL 97 AND CTC GAGETOWN SIG SQN FROM JUL 97- JUL 03. HE WAS PROMOTED TO MCPL IN JUL 03 AND WENT TO CFSCE KINGSTON AS QL3 INSTR, CFSTG BORDEN ATT KINGSTON AS STANDARDS WRITER FROM JUL 05 – JUL 07 AND 2 CMBG HQ & SIGS FROM JUL 07 – JUL 08. THAT SUMMER SGT HAMILTON GOT LUCKY AND WENT FLYING AS A FLIGHT ATTENDANT WITH 437 T SQN AT CFB TRENTON FROM JUL 08 – JUL11. AFTER A QUICK RETURN TO HIS TRADE AS INSTR ACISS DP2 AT CFSCE KINGSTON FROM JUL11 – JUL 12, HE WENT BACK FLYING AGAIN FROM JUL 12 – JUL15 WITH 437 T SQN CFB TRENTON. UPON PROMOTION TO HIS CURRENT RANK. HE CAME TO THE MOTHERSHIP AT CFJSR KINGSTON WHERE HE DEPLOYED ON OP IMPACT FROM JUL16 – MAR 17. SINCE HIS LAST MISSION, HE HAS BEEN EMPLOYED IN MANY POSITIONS WITHIN THE REGT.
  1. KARL‘S IMMEDIATE PLANS ARE TO STAY IN KINGSTON AND ENJOY SOME TIME OFF AND THINK ABOUT WHY, WHEN, WHERE AND WHAT TO DO NEXT. SPEND MOST OF TIME LEARNING HOW TO FINALLY COOK AND WAIT FOR HIS WIFE CAROLINE TO GET BACK FROM WORK. KARL’S SCARCASM, INTELLIGENCE, CALM DEMEANOR, AND GOOD HUMOUR WILL BE MISSED BY ALL WHO SERVED WITH HIM.
  1. A DEPART WITH DIGNITY WILL TAKE PLACE AT THE RAXX BAR & GRILL, 665 DEVELOPMENT DR, KINGSTON, ON, K7M 4W6 AT 12:00 ON 11 SEPT 2020. DINNER WILL BE FOLLOWED BY A GET TOGETHER TO REMEMBER GOOD TIME. IF DUE TO THE CURRENT SITUATION THE DATE AND LOCATION CHANGE, ALL WILL BE NOTIFIED.
  1. YOUR STORIES, ANECDOTES AND/OR WELL WISHES CAN BE SENT BY EMAIL TO ERIC.BORDELEAU@FORCES.GC.CA BEFORE 10 SEPT 2020.