1. AFTER 34 YEARS OF SERVICE, WARRANT OFFICER JOSEPH CLAUDE FRANÇOIS BERGOGNE WILL BE RETIRING FROM THE CANADIAN ARMED FORCES ON 15 NOVEMBER 2021.

2. WO BERGOGNE JOINED THE CAF AS POET 490 ON 15 NOVEMBER 1987. HE WENT TO CFB ST-JEAN AND WAS THERE FOR ALMOST TWO YEARS, GOING THROUGH RECRUIT SCHOOL, LANGUAGE SCHOOL AND FINALLY THE POET COURSE. HE WAS SELECTED IN JULY 1989 TO BECOME AN IE TECH IN BORDEN. IN APRIL 1990, ONCE TRAINING WAS COMPLETED, HE WAS POSTED FOR THE FIRST TIME TO COLD LAKE AT ‘THE BEST SQUADRON’, 419 SQN ON THE CF-5.

3. WO BERGOGNE SPENT THE NEXT FIVE YEARS AT 419 SQN UNTIL THE CLOSURE OF THE SQN IN JUNE 1995. POSTED TO 10FTTS FROM 1995 TO 1997, HE WORKED ON THE NEW CF-18 TRAINING PROGRAM ASSISTING WITH DESIGN AND DATA ENTRY OF NEW SOFTWARE. IN 1997, WO BERGOGNE WAS POSTED TO 433 SQN IN BAGOTVILLE TO WORK ON THE CF-18 AS AN AVN TECH.

4. IN 2000, WO BERGOGNE DECIDED TO CHANGE TRADE AND BECOME AN ATIS TECH, BEST DECISION HE EVER MADE. UPON COMPLETION OF ATIS QL3 IN KINGSTON IN 2001, HE WAS POSTED TO CFB NORTHBAY WHERE HE BECAME A MUSHROOM FOR SIX YEARS.

5. PROMOTION TO MCPL CAME IN 2007, THEN A SECOND POSTING TO COLD LAKE AT 42 RADAR TO WORK ON THE TPS-70. DURING THIS TIME, HE HELPED DEPLOY ALL THE EQUIPMENT REQUIRED FOR AIRSPACE PROTECTION DURING THE 2010 WINTER OLYMPICS IN VANCOUVER. HE ALSO TOOK THE OPPORTUNITY TO DEPLOY IN SUPPORT OF OP JAGUAR, JAMAICA, FROM AUG-NOV 2011 AS AN OPS DESK SUPERVISOR WHICH HE ENJOYED TREMENDOUSLY BUT WOULD NEVER ADMIT IT.

6. PROMOTED TO SGT IN JAN 2012, WO BERGOGNE WAS POSTED TO WTIS, COLD LAKE, WHERE POSITIONS INCLUDED: WTIS OPS SGT, COMSEC SUPERVISOR AND FINALLY, FOLLOWING PROMOTION IN JULY 2016 TO RCS MAINTENANCE WO UNTIL RETIREMENT.

7. WO BERGOGNE HAS BEEN MARRIED TO THE GREATEST WOMAN IN THE WORLD, NATHALIE, FOR THE PAST 10 YEARS AND HAS A DAUGHTER (SÉRYNNA). PLANS ARE TO STAY IN COLD LAKE UNTIL FULL RETIREMENT. HE WOULD LIKE TO THANK EVERYONE HE EVER WORKED WITH DURING HIS CAREER, BUT WOULD ALSO LIKE TO GIVE A SPECIAL MENTION TO WO WALKER. “IF IT WASN’T FOR HIM, I WOULDN’T BE THE PERSON I AM TODAY. THANK YOU RUEL.”

8. A DEPARTURE WITH DIGNITY CEREMONY WILL BE HELD LATER IN OCTOBER WHEN CONDITIONS PERMIT AN INFORMAL GATHERING WITH CLOSE FRIENDS AND COLLEAGUES. PLEASE SEND ANY CONGRATULARY MESSAGES OR HUMOROUS ANECDOTES TO MWO PUGH BY EMAIL: [email protected]

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