Army; Peacekeeping; Conflict in Afghanistan; Careers
Retired Major Harold (Hal) Aage Skaarup, BFA, MA, CD, had been an Army Intelligence Officer for most of his 40 years service in the Canadian Forces from Feb 1971 to Aug 2011. He served with the Canadian Forces Parachute Team, the Sky Hawks (1977- 1980) in Edmonton and was the Regimental Intelligence Officer for the Canadian Airborne Regiment (1986-1989). He served overseas in Cyprus with the United Nations in 1986, in Bosnia-Herzegovina with the Peace Stabilization Force (SFOR (1997), and in Germany with HQ CFE (1981-1983) and with 4 CMBG (1989-1992), at the Intelligence School in Borden and with NORAD in Colorado (1999-2003.) He served as the G2 in Halifax and from January to July 2004, he was the Deputy G2 and Chief of Intelligence Assessments on the staff of the Kabul Multinational Brigade (KMNB), as part of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), in Kabul, Afghanistan. In 2006 he was posted to 3 Area Support Group (3ASG), CFB Gagetown, where he served as the Deputy G3 Operations until his retirement on 8 August 2011. On 1 Feb 2015 he was appointed the Honorary Lieutenant-Colonel for 3 Intelligence Company, Halifax. Hal is married to Faye and they have two sons, Jonathan and Sean. Jonathan and his wife Jocelyn have added grandson Cole and granddaughter Ashley to the family. Sean and his wife Melyse recently added granddaughters Owen and Aulie to the family. Hal and Faye live in Fredericton, New Brunswick, where he continues to write military history and works as a volunteer tour guide at the New Brunswick Military History Museum at 5 Canadian Division Support Base Gagetown and with the Fredericton Region Museum.