1. SERGEANT PAUL HAWKINS WILL BE RETIRING FROM THE CAF ON 04 JULY 2019 WITH 22 PLUS YEARS OF LOYAL AND DEDICATED SERVICE TO CANADA, THE CAF, AND THE ROYAL CORPS OF SIGNALS AS A LINEMAN.

2. SGT HAWKINS ENROLLED IN 1993 INTO THE INFANTRY RESERVE. HE SERVED TWO YEARS BEFORE RELEASING. HE RE-ENLISTED BACK IN 1997 WHEN HE COMPLETED HIS BASIC TRAINING AND HIS QL3 INFANTRY TRAINING. HE WAS POSTED TO 2ND BATTALION THE ROYAL CANADIAN REGIMENT GAGETOWN. IN 2001 HE WAS PROMOTED TO CORPORAL. IN 2002 HE SAW THE LIGHT AND HE OCCUPATIONALLY TRANSFERRED TO LINEMAN. HE ATTENDED HIS LINE QL3 AT CANADIAN FORCES SCHOOL OF COMMUNICATIONS AND ELECTRONICS THAT YEAR. IN 2003 HE WAS POSTED TO CANADIAN FORCES JOINT SIGNAL REGIMENT, KINGSTON WHERE HE DEPLOYED ON DOMESTIC AND INTERNATIONAL OPERATIONS. IN 2005 CPL HAWKINS COMPLETED HIS QL5. HE TRANSFERRED TO CANADIAN FORCES BASE COMOX IN 2007 WHERE HE ASSISTED WITH THE IMPROVEMENT OF THE BASE CABLE PLANT. IN 2010 HE WAS PROMOTED TO MASTER CORPORAL AND POSTED TO CANADIAN FORCES JOINT SIGNAL REGIMENT DET EDMONTON. IN 2015 MASTER CORPORAL HAWKINS ATTENDED SECOND LANGUAGE TRAINING AT THE NAVAL TRAINING DEVELOPMENT CENTER IN CFB SHEARWATER. UPON COMPLETION OF HIS TRAINING HE WAS PROMOTED TO SERGEANT AND RE-AFFECTED TO CANADIAN FORCES SCHOOL OF COMMUNICATIONS AND ELECTRONICS AS THE LINE TRAINING COURSE DIRECTOR. ONCE THERE, HE HAD THE GREAT PLEASURE TO TRAIN HUNDREDS OF LINE SPECIALISTS AND TECHNOLOGIST OVER A 3 YEARS SPAN.

3. SGT HAWKINS HAS COMPLETED MULTIPLE TOURS DURING HIS SERVICE. IN 1999 AS AN INFANTRYMAN HE DEPLOYED ON OP PALLADIUM BOSNIA. IN 2003 HE DEPLOYED IN AFGHANISTAN ON OP ATHENA WITH THE TASK FORCE HQ AND ALSO ON OP ARCHER IN 2005 AND FINALLY IN NAPLES, ITALY ON OP MOBILE IN 2011.

4. SGT HAWKINS WILL BE RETIRING HERE IN KINGSTON WITH HIS LOVING WIFE JENNIFER AND THREE AMAZING KIDS JONAH, KORINA AND JERICA. HE HAS BEEN OFFERED A JOB IN THE KINGSTON AREA THAT HE COULDN’T PASS UP AND IS LOOKING FORWARD TO THIS NEW CHAPTER.

5. AT THE REQUEST OF THE MEMBER A SMALL DWD FUNCTION (ON INVITATION) WILL BE HELD TO HONOUR HIS ACCOMPLISHMENTS. EVENT WILL TAKE PLACE ON 24 AUGUST 2019 IN KINGSTON ON.

6. CONGRATULATORY MESSAGES, ANECDOTES, STORIES AND PHOTOS ARE WELCOME AND MAY BE SENT TO MCPL MILLER G.K., GRANT.MILLER2@FORCES.GC.CA BY EMAIL AND THEY WILL BE PRESENTED TO HIM.