RETIREMENT – WARRANT OFFICER JAMES JN PEERENBOOM, CD1 – 00109, ATIS TECH

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Retirement Date: 26/07/2024

1. WO JAMES PEERENBOOM JOINED THE CANADIAN ARMED FORCES IN VANCOUVER BC, ON THE 28TH OF JAN 1999 AS A COMBAT ENGINEER. AFTER COMPLETING BASIC TRAINING, HE WAS THEN SENT TO CFB BORDEN TO COMPLETE THE BASIC DRIVER WHEEL COURSE BEFORE PROCEEDING TO CFB PETAWAWA FOR THE ENGINEER QL3 COURSE.

2. UPON SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETING ENGINEER TRAINING HE WOULD THEN BE POSTED TO 1 CER AT CFB EDMONTON. WHILE WITH 1 CER HE WAS DEPLOYED TO AFGHANISTAN ON OP APOLLO ROTO 0 IN 2002. IT WAS HERE THAT HE WAS ADVANCE PROMOTED TO THE RANK OF CPL.

3. FOLLOWING HIS RETURN FROM DEPLOYMENT HE FOUND HIMSELF AT CFB GAGETOWN TO COMPLETE HIS ENGINEER QL5AS, ASSISTING AN ENGINEER PHASE 3 OFFICER COURSE AND A BRIDGE INSPECTOR COURSE. THROUGHOUT THE YEARS THAT FOLLOWED HE BECAME KNOWN MORE AND MORE AS “THE RADIO GUY” AND WORKED CLOSELY WITH THE LCIS TECHS IN THE UNIT. AFTER REALIZING HIS TALENTS TRANSLATED VERY WELL TO TECHNICAL WORK, HE MADE THE DECISION TO MAKE THE MOVE TO A TECH TRADE, AND BECAME A MEMBER OF THE ATIS FAMILY.

4. THUS, IN JAN 2006 HE TRADED IN HIS GREEN UNIFORM FOR A BLUE ONE AND AFTER A SHORT STINT AT THE MACS SITE IN EDMONTON HE WAS OFF TO KINGSTON TO LEARN THE FINER POINTS OF ELECTRON HERDING AT CFSCE ON HIS POET AND ATIS QL3’S. AFTER WHICH HE WAS THEN POSTED TO CFB COLD LAKE FOR HIS OJT WHERE HIS ABILITY AS A TECH AND ALREADY BEING A CPL, CAMOUFLAGED HIS STATUS AS AN OJT SO WELL, THEY FORGOT HE WASN’T QUALIFIED FOR ALMOST A YEAR. HAVING COMPLETED HIS OJT, HE WAS THEN SENT OFF TO THE DESERT ONCE AGAIN THIS TIME ON OP ATHENA IN 2007. THIS WOULD TURN OUT TO BE HIS FINAL DEPLOYMENT AS ON HIS RETURN HE WAS MOVED TO THE AIRFIELD MAINTENANCE SECTION AND TRAINED AS A NAVAIDS TECH ON THE AN/FPN-504 RADAR. QUICKLY DEVELOPING AN APTITUDE FOR THE SYSTEM AND OFTEN BEING THE ONLY QUALIFIED TECH ON THE SYSTEM.

5. COME 2012 HE COULD NO LONGER AVOID PROMOTION AND WAS PROMOTED TO MCPL BEFORE BEING POSTED TO CFB COMOX, WHERE HE NOW TOOK UP THE MANTLE OF NAVAIDS IC AND SENT BACK TO CFB BORDEN FOR THE SECOND TIME IN HIS CAREER, THIS TIME FOR HIS PLQ. AFTER OF FEW MORE YEARS OF MAINTAINING THE 504, HE WAS THEN SENT TO GERMANY TO LEARN HOW TO MAINTAIN THE NEW AN/FPN-507. ON HIS RETURN FOLLOWING THE COURSE HE WAS THE POC FOR THE COMOX INSTALLATION OF THE SYSTEM. HE CLEVERLY SUBSTANTIATED SWITCHING THE NATIONAL INSTALLATION ORDER OF THE NEW SYSTEM BY STEALING COLD LAKE’S RADAR TO GET COMOX’S INSTALLED SECOND AND THEN APPROVED FOR USE AHEAD OF TRENTON’S.

6. AFTER A JOB WELL DONE, HE WAS THEN PROMOTED TO SGT AND POSTED TO ATESS IN 2017 AS THE IC OF INSTALLS CREW 3. AFTER A QUICK REORG AND A BRIEF VISIT TO KINGSTON FOR HIS QL6AS, HE WAS PUT IN CHARGE OF STANDING UP THE NEW CMST TO SUPPORT THE AN/FPN-507. A COUPLE OF YEARS LATER HE MOVED TO ASSIST INSTALLS ONCE AGAIN AS A CREW IC BEFORE FILLING A GAP IN THE TACAN SECT AS IC. HIS ADAPTIVE FLEXIBILITY WAS NOTED AS A CLEAR INDICATOR THAT HE WAS READY FOR PROMOTION, SO ON HIS BIRTHDAY IN 2023 HE WAS PROMOTED TO THE RANK OF WO AND GIVEN THE JOB OF INSTALLS WO.

7. WO PEERENBOOM IS RETIRING FROM THE CAF WITH 25 YEARS AND 4 MONTHS OF SERVICE. HE WILL CONTINUE HIS FINE WORK AT ATESS IN THE ROLE OF A PUBLIC SERVANT WITHIN ENGINEERING/CMST.

8. HIS WIFE, KAREN, IS LOOKING FORWARD TO THE STABILITY THAT COMES WITH THIS CAREER MOVE. WITH THEIR FATHER HAVING MORE TIME NEAR HOME, THEIR THREE CHILDREN TYLER, BRANDON AND LILI WILL NOW HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO CELEBRATE A GREAT MIX OF NEW AND CLASSIC DAD JOKES.

9. PLEASE JOIN US FOR JAMES’ DEPART WITH DIGNITY (DWD), WHICH WILL OCCUR ON 26-JUL-2024 AT 11:30-15:00, AT THE EARL OF BESSBOROUGH, 106 YUKON ANNEX, 8 WING TRENTON. FOR THOSE WHO WOULD LIKE TO ATTEND, SEND CONGRATULATORY MESSAGES, PICTURES, AND ANECDOTES, PLEASE FORWARD YOUR NAME AND DETAILS TO LT FRANCIS DIAZ.

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Nelson Hatch CD
14 days ago

James,

Enjoyed my time working with you in Comox and meeting up with you in Germany while you were on course. I would like to wish you all the best in your retirement from the CAF and all your future endeavors. Cheers.