1. MASTER CORPORAL KAREN WARD (NEE RANKIN) WILL RETIRE FROM THE RESERVE FORCE 20 SEPTEMBER 2018 AFTER 31 PLUS YEARS OF LOYAL AND DEDICATED SERVICE TO THE CANADIAN ARMED FORCES AND TO CANADA.

2. MCPL WARD WAS BORN 20 SEPTEMBER 1958 IN CHATHAM, N.B. SHE ENROLLED IN THE RESERVES FIRST IN 1976 UNTIL 1978. AFTER AN ELEVEN YEAR ABSENCE SHE DECIDED TO JOIN THE REGULAR FORCES ON 11 JANUARY 1989. AFTER COMPLETING BASIC TRAINING IN CORNWALLIS, N.S., SHE WENT ON TO COMPLETE HER TEL OP TRAINING IN KINGSTON, ON. HER FIRST POSTING WAS TO WINNIPEG, MB, WHERE SHE WORKED WITHIN THE COMMUNICATION CENTRE (COMCEN).

3. IN 1993, MCPL WARD WAS POSTED JUST UP THE ROAD TO SHILO, MANITOBA, WHERE SHE WORKED AT TECH SUPPORT WITH THE HELP DESK. WHILE IN SHILO, SHE RECEIVED THE SOLDIER OF THE QUARTER AWARD. HER NEXT STOP WAS A SHORT ONE TO CLOSE OUT GOOSE BAY IN NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR, 1997 TO 1998.

4. IN 1998 MCPL WARD MOVED ON TO TRENTON, ONTARIO WHERE SHE BECAME A SIGNALS OPERATOR AFTER ITS AMALGAMATION. IN 2005 SHE GOT A TOUR TO THE SINAI, EGYPT FOR SIX MONTHS WHERE SHE RECEIVED THE COMMANDER’S COMMENDATION AFTER SURVIVING AN IED EXPLOSION. IN 2006, MCPL WARD WAS POSTED TO 22 WING NORTH BAY, WHERE SHE WAS AGAIN WORKED IN THE COMCEN AS 2 I/C. IN AUGUST 2013 SHE DECIDED TO RETIRED AND MOVED OVER TO THE RESERVES WHERE SHE TOOK HER POSITION AS THE SERVICES DESK I/C UNTIL HER RETIREMENT.

5. MCPL WARD IS THE MOTHER OF FOUR LOVELY CHILDREN; CHRISTOPHER, ANGELA, CYNDI, AND MATTHEW. KAREN AND HER HUSBAND ARE PLANNING TO STAY IN THE AREA OF NORTH BAY, ONTARIO.

6. A RETIREMENT LUNCHEON WILL BE HELD AT THE MOOSE IN NORTH BAY, ON, ON 18 SEPTEMBER 2018 COMMENCING AT 1100 HRS. THOSE WISHING TO ATTEND PLEASE RSVP SGT BYRON GRAHAM, BYRON.GRAHAM (AT) FORCES.GC.CA OR BY PHONE, 705-494-2011 EXT 6062 OR CSN 628-6062 NLT 13 SETPEMBER 2018. ANECDOTES AND CONGRATULATORY MESSAGES MAY BE SENT DIRECTLY TO SGT BYRON GRAHAM AT THE EMAIL ADDRESS OR PHONE NUMBER ABOVE.