Cadets, Reserves, Conflict in Afghanistan, Remembrance
Colonel Randy Brooks completed his formal education in Regina, earning his BA and BEd from the University of Saskatchewan (Regina Campus). Colonel Brooks completed 32 years as a high school teacher at Luther College in Regina before retiring from teaching in 2008.
Colonel Brooks enrolled in the Army Cadets in 1967 and the Army Reserve in the Regina Rifle Regiment in 1969. Commissioned in 1972, he went on to command his Regiment from 1986 to 1989.
Upon handing over command of the Royal Regina Rifles in 1989, he went on to serve twenty more years as commander or staff officer at the provincial and national level.
He accepted an operational posting to Afghanistan from August 2004 to February 2005. There he served as the Coalition Director of Civil-Military Operations, in the American-led three-star headquarters. Afghanistan was the highlight of his forty-years of Army Reserve service.
Colonel Brooks is a recipient of the Canadian Forces Decoration, the Canada 125 Medal, both the Saskatchewan Centennial and Protective Services Medals and during his tour of duty in Afghanistan he was awarded the South-West Asia Service Medal and the American Bronze Star.
Colonel Brooks retired on 17 December 2009. In retirement he continues to serve as the Honorary Lieutenant Colonel of the Royal Regina Rifles and is the past President of the RUSI of Regina, Deputy Chair of the Regina Crime Stoppers Board, Deputy Chair of the Last Post Fund in Saskatchewan and the immediate past CEO of Commissionaires South Saskatchewan.
Randy and his wife Sharon have been married 42 years and have three children, Mackenzie, Kyllo, and Keaton and three grandchildren Ary, Mara, and Jay.