Navy, Air Force, Conflict in Afghanistan, Innovations, Careers, Technology, Operation
I joined the Naval Reserve in 2000 as a Maritime Surface (MARS) Officer at HMCS Prevost in London, Ontario. After completing university studies and MARS training in 2004, I was posted to HMCS BRANDON as Deck Officer until 2007, when I completed a Component Transfer to the RCAF as an Air Combat Systems Officer (ACSO). Receiving my wings in 2009, I was posted to 407 Long Range Patrol (LRP) Squadron in Comox, BC. During that posting, I deployed to Kandahar, Afghanistan for Operation ATHENA with the Canadian Heron Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) Detachment in 2010. In 2012, I was seconded to the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) as a UAV sensor operator and was deployed again to Afghanistan in 2012-2013 with Operation SLIPPER, the Australian Defence Force's contribution to the coalition mission. Returning to Canada in 2015, I was posted again to 407 LRP Squadron and participated in Operation IMPACT over Iraq and Syria in 2016-2017. Some topics I would like to discuss include technology in the modern battlefield (especially UAVs and hopefully debunking some myths of that type of aircraft), opportunities for personal and professional development in the Canadian Armed Forces, and experience being a Canadian military member embedded with another military organization.