Speaker Bio:
Eric Hjalmarson

Speaks:

English

Speaking Topics:

Army, Careers, Operation, Peacekeeping

I am 68 years old and retired. I joined the CAF in 1995 as a CIC officer and received my commission in Oct 1996. In 1999 I relinquished my commission and joined the regular forces army in 2000. I served with the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry first Battalion in Edmonton AB until retirement in 2011. I am the oldest member to graduate the PPCLI Battle School at the age of 50. I completed four overseas deployments one in Bosnia in 2002 and three in Afghanistan 2004, 2006 and 2009. On a 2006 tour, our LAV III was blown up by an IED and thankfully everyone survived with minor injuries. Topics I can discuss are: What it is like to serve and why I served. What it’s like to deploy overseas. Why it is important for people to serve. Why we need to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice. Why we wear the poppy. Basically I could talk on any topic you would like some I would need some background on an help to put it together but I have no problem talking on anything.

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