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 34 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 a commander or staff officer at the provincial, regional and national levels.
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, the Commissionaires Long Service Medal, 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 from service on 17 December 2009. In retirement, he continues with voluntary service as the Honorary Colonel of the Royal Regina Rifles and is a past President of the RUSI of Regina, past President of the Regina Crime Stoppers Board, VP West of the Last Post Fund, a member of the Canadian Forces Liaison Council, Vice Chairman of the Saskatchewan War Memorial Committee, the immediate past CEO of Commissionaires South Saskatchewan and now a member of their Board of Directors.
Randy and his wife Sharon have been married 46 years and have three children, Mackenzie, Kyllo, and Keaton and four grandchildren Ary, Mara, Jay and Levi.