Conflict in Afghanistan; Canadian Armed Forces
Major Natasha Skidmore was born in Fredericton, New Brunswick. Her parents, Ret Sgt Robert Skidmore and Yvonne Skidmore still reside in Burton. She joined the Canadian Armed Forces in 2002 and graduated from The Royal Military College of Canada trade qualified in 2006. Posted to 5e RALC, she deployed to Kandahar, Afghanistan, with Roto 4 as a Troop Leader in A Troop, X Battery. The tour remains a career highlight, where she personally fired countless fire missions, many of which were conducted from austere gun locations throughout Kandahar and Maywand Provinces.
Upon her return to Canada she completed her Forward Observation Post Officer Course, was posted to 2 RCHA and completed her Forward Air Controller Course, now known as Joint Terminal Attack Controller (JTAC). She Deployed as a Forward Observer and Forward Air Controller for Rotation 9 to Kandahar, Afghanistan. Another career highlight, she supported a mix of American and Canadian sub-units conducting both mounted and dismounted operations.
In 2011 she was posted to the RCAS and completed the Instructor in Gunnery Course in May of 2012. In September of 2012 she completed the UK Targeting and Collateral Damage Estimation courses. She completed Pres AOC while fulfilling the role as RCAS Operations Officer in 2014-2015. She was promoted to Major in October 2015, and posted to 4th Regt (GS) in 2016 as Headquarters and Services Battery commander and fulfilled a second role as Director of Fires to 1 Canadian Division Headquarters. She attended the Canadian Forces College as a Joint Command and Staff Program candidate in Toronto, ON. She is presently the Career Manager for her trade in Ottawa, ON.
Major Skidmore lives in Haneytown, NB, with her husband, Carlos Einsfeld. They have two children, Owen (6) and Norah (3). They enjoy boating and drinking Tim Hortons Coffee.