1. WARRANT OFFICER TANYA BOUDREAU-MATUSHESKIE IS RETIRING FROM CANADIAN ARMED FORCES ON 14 NOVEMBER 2020 AFTER 28+ YEARS OF LOYAL AND DEDICATED SERVICE TO CANADA AND ROYAL CANADIAN CORPS OF SIGNALS.

2. TANYA’S FIRST TASTE OF ARMY LIFE STARTED IN JUNE 1992 WHEN SHE ENROLLED IN THE RESERVES AS A RADIO TELETYPE OPERATOR IN HALIFAX. AFTER A BRIEF HIATUS FROM THE RESERVE FORCE, TANYA QUICKLY REALIZED THAT THE ARMY WAS A BETTER FIT AND ENROLLED IN THE REGULAR FORCE AS A RADIO OPERATOR ON 21 AUGUST 1997.

3. IN SEPTEMBER 1997, TANYA COMMENCED HER QL3 TRAINING AT THE CANADIAN FORCES SCHOOL OF COMMUNICATIONS AND ELECTRONICS IN KINGSTON, ON. UPON COMPLETION OF HER TRAINING, SHE REMAINED IN KINGSTON FOR FIVE YEARS WHILE SHUFFLING BETWEEN POSTINGS FROM 1 CANADIAN DIVISION HEADQUARTERS & SIGNAL REGIMENT TO 79 COMMUNICATIONS REGIMENT AND THEN ONTO CANADIAN FORCES JOINT SIGNAL REGIMENT.

4. WHILE IN KINGSTON, SIGNALLER BOUDREAU EXPERIENCED HER FIRST MILITARY OPERATION. WITHIN DAYS OF REPORTING TO HER FIRST UNIT SHE WAS SENT TO MONTREAL ON OP RECUPERATION FOR THE HISTORICAL 1998 ICE STORM OF QUEBEC. TWO YEARS LATER, TANYA ONCE AGAIN DEPLOYED ON OP PALLADIUM – BOSNIA WHERE SHE WORKED IN THE NATIONAL COMMAND AND CONTROL INFORMATION SYSTEMS (NCCIS) DETACHMENT.

5. AFTER FIVE YEARS IN KINGSTON TANYA FOUND HERSELF POSTED TO PETAWAWA, ON IN 2002. THERE SHE SPENT 7 YEARS FILLING NUMEROUS POSITIONS AT 2 CANADIAN MECHANIZED BRIGADE GROUP HEADQUARTERS & SIGNAL SQUADRON. DURING THIS PERIOD TANYA’S GARRISON LIFE WAS ONCE AGAIN INTERRUPTED IN 2003 WITH A DEPLOYMENT TO OP ATHENA – AFGHANISTAN, WHERE SHE WAS EMPLOYED IN THE KABUL MULTINATIONAL BRIGADE. PROMOTED TO MASTER CORPORAL UPON HER RETURN TO PETAWAWA FROM AFGHANISTAN, TANYA REMAINED IN PETAWAWA UNTIL 2009.

6. UPON PROMOTION TO SERGEANT IN THE SUMMER OF 2009, TANYA WAS ONCE AGAIN POSTED, THIS TIME TO THE COMBAT TRAINING CENTRE HEADQUARTERS IN GAGETOWN. IN 2012 SHE MOVED OVER TO THE 4TH AIR DEFENCE REGIMENT AND THEN ON TO THE 5TH CANADIAN DIVISION SUPPORT GROUP SIGNAL SQUADRON, WHERE SHE IS COMPLETING HER CAREER AS WARRANT OFFICER FOR THE SERVICE MANAGEMENT CENTER (SMC). WHILE IN GAGETOWN, TANYA WAS BUSY FULFILLING HER MILITARY AND FAMILY OBLIGATIONS, BUT SHE STILL FOUND TIME IN 2016 TO OBTAIN A CERTIFICATE IN OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH AND SAFETY FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF NEW BRUNSWICK.

7. TANYA IS MARRIED TO CLINT MATUSHESKIE, WHO IS AN AVIATION TECHNICIAN AT 403 OPERATIONAL TRAINING SQUADRON. TANYA AND CLINT PLAN ON REMAINING IN THE AREA. WHILE CLINT IS STILL SERVING, TANYA PLANS ON SPENDING HER SPARE TIME RECONNOITERING AND EXPLORING WARM COUNTRIES FOR A SPOT SO THEY CAN BECOME SNOW BIRDS IN THEIR RETIREMENT YEARS.

8. CONGRATULATORY MESSAGES, ANECDOTES, STORIES AND PHOTOS ARE WELCOME AND MAY BE SENT TO MR GREG JAMES BY EMAIL (GREGORY.JAMES@FORCES.GC.CA).

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