Speaker Bio:
Major (Retired) Brian Crosier

Speaks:

English

Speaking Topics:

Canadian Armed Forces; Air Forces Operation 1988 - present

Born in Oakville ON, Maj Crosier joined the Canadian Armed Forces in July 1983 and received his Navigator Wings in February 1988.  His first posting was to 437 (T) Squadron in Trenton where he flew on the CC137, AKA “The Boeing.” Life at 437 meant a lot of time in Lahr Germany, flying missions all around the world, including VVIP and Air to Air Refuelling (AAR) operations. His experiences including participating in the Persian Gulf War. In July 1991, Maj Crosier returned to Winnipeg for a year of second language training, then three years as an instructor at the Canadian Forces Air Navigation School. In March 1995, he was posted to 436 Transport Squadron, where he flew on the CC130 Hercules, spending a significant amount of time flying in the Arctic and throughout Europe and Central Africa.

 

After three flying tours, he started an eight year run in ground jobs, including three years at 8 Wing Operations, one year on the Advanced Training List, finishing a degree at Royal Military College, then four years as a Military Career Councillor and Production Officer at CFRC Hamilton.  In April 2005, Maj Crosier returned to 436 Transport Squadron as Deputy Nav Leader, where he deployed multiple times on Op ATHENA (Afghanistan) including two +60 day rotations.  Promoted to his present rank in June 2008, he was posted to Canadian Expeditionary Force Command (Ottawa) first as a Duty Watch Officer, then as the J3.5 Implementation Officer.  As such, he played a significant role in multiple operations including, Op HESTIA,(Haiti relief) and Op IGNITION (Iceland) as well as assisting in drafting CONPLAN RENAISSANCE (Disaster Relief).

 

In July 2010 Maj Crosier returned to 437 Transport Squadron as the Squadron Air to Air Refuelling Officer and Flight Refuelling Specialist Leader.  While at 437 Transport Squadron, he deployed twice on Op MOBILE (Libya) and then Op IGNITION, as well as to RIMPAC 2012(Hawaii).   In May, he returned to 8 Wing Operations as the Plans O and deployed to South Korea in August of that year on Ex ULICHI GUARDIAN.  In October 2014, he deployed for six months as part of Op IMPACT (Iraq), acting as the AAR LNO and AdminO for the Canadian Control team at the combined air operations centre at Al Udeid Air Base in Qatar.  In July 2015, Maj Crosier assumed the position of Standards Evaluator Coordinator at TRSET in Trenton.  In addition, he has acted as the RCAF Air to Air Refuelling Liaison Officer to NATO, and again deployed on Op IMPACT.  After 33 years in the Regular Force, while remaining at Transport and Rescue Standardization and Evaluation Team, Maj Crosier transferred to the Primary Reserves in July 2017. He retired from the reserves and the CAF on 17 June 2018 after 34 years of service.

 

Maj Crosier has been married to his wife Cathy since May of 1984.  They have three grown children and four grandchildren.

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