Speaker Bio:
Cpl (Ret) Donald Hookey

Speaks:

English

Speaking Topics:

Afghanistan

I joined the CF in 1993 out of St. John's, NL and went to basic training at CFRS Cornwallis. When I first joined there were no openings in any of the Army trades, just Navy trades. So I joined and became a Naval Radio Operator. I served on HMCS Provider, HMCS Preserver, and HMCS Charlottetown. I was onboard HMCS Preserver during the recovery operation of the Swiss Air Flight 111 crash of 2 September, 1998. I did my first major tour onboard HMCS Charlottetown in the Persian Gulf in 2001. In 2004 I decided that I would remuster into an Army trade and in April of that year I became an MSE Op (Mobile Support Equipment Operator - or trucker). My final tour was 7 months in 2006. It was in Afghanistan driving through the desert and mountain sides with a multitude of supplies and ammunition. In 2009 I was medically released from the CF for different medical reasons (including that of PTSD).

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