RETIREMENT – SGT WILLIAM (BILL) WHITEHEAD, CD – 00362-02 LST

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1. AFTER 29 YEARS OF LOYAL AND DEDICATED SERVICE TO THE CANADIAN ARMED FORCES, ROYAL CANADIAN AIR FORCE, AND TO THE CANADIAN ARMY, SGT W.C. (BILL) WHITEHEAD WILL RETIRE ON 12 JUNE 2018.

2. ON 21 JUNE 1989, BILL ENROLLED IN THE CANADIAN ARMED FORCES PRIMARY RESERVE AS A RADIO TELETYPE OPERATOR AND QUICKLY RETRAINED AS A COMMUNICATIONS LINEMAN. IN 1997 BILL TRANSFERRED TO THE REGULAR FORCE WITH POSTINGS TO 76 COMM GP AND 1 LINE SQN AND, IN 2007 HE RE-MUSTERED TO THE AIRBORNE ELECTRONIC SENSOR OPERATOR (AES OP) TRADE.

3. IN 2003 BILL PARTICIPATED IN OP DANACA AS A LINEMAN IN THE GOLAN HEIGHTS WHERE HE RECEIVED THE CDN PEACEKEEPING AND THE UN DISENG OBS FORCE MEDALS. ADDITIONALLY, BILL RECEIVED THE GENERAL CAMPAIGN STAR IN 2006 AFTER HIS FIRST TOUR IN AFGHANISTAN.

4. AFTER RECEIVING HIS WINGS IN OCTOBER 2008 BILL WAS POSTED TO 423 SQUADRON AND COMPLETED HIS SEA KING COURSE IN OCTOBER 2009. VERY SHORTLY AFTER RECEIVING THIS QUALIFICATION IN JANUARY 2010, HE WAS SENT ON OP HESTIA TO HELP THE RELIEF EFFORT AFTER THE EARTHQUAKE IN HAITI ABOARD HMCS ATHABASKAN. HE RECEIVED THE OSM-HUMANITAS FOR HIS EFFORTS.

5. THE AFTERMATH OF HURRICANE IGOR LATE IN 2010 REQUIRED ASSISTANCE FROM THE CANADIAN ARMED FORCES AND BILL WAS THERE ONCE AGAIN ABOARD HMCS ATHABASKAN TO GIVE AID TO THOSE AFFECTED IN NEWFOUNDLAND.

6. 2011 WAS A BUSY YEAR FOR BILL, HE WAS PROMOTED TO HIS CURRENT RANK AND UNDERWENT TRAINING FOR THE RPA HERON AND SUBSEQUENTLY SENT TO AFGHANISTAN AS A PAYLOAD OPERATOR DURING OP EREBUS.

7. AFTER A VERY BUSY OPERATIONAL TOUR BILL WAS POSTED TO 1 CFFTS AS AN INSTRUCTOR TO MOLD THE MINDS OF FUTURE AES OPS AS THEY PASSED THROUGH 17 WING BEFORE BEING SENT TO THEIR OPERATIONAL UNITS. TWO SHORT YEARS LATER SAW BILL POSTED TO CFEWC IN OTTAWA WHERE HIS EXPERIENCE AND LEADERSHIP IMPACTED ALL ASPECTS OF THE UNIT.

8. ON 01 JUNE 2018 @ 1330 THERE WILL BE A LUNCHEON HELD AT GABRIEL’S PIZZA LOCATED AT 62 STONEHAVEN DRIVE IN KANATA, ON TO CELEBRATE BILLS CAREER. IT IS REQUESTED THAT ANY ANECDOTES, STORIES, PHOTOGRAPHS, CONGRATULATORY MESSAGES, AND R.S.V.P. BE SENT TO SGT JASON ZEHR AT JASON.ZEHR(AT)FORCES.GC.CA.

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