As requested, the following is a BIO the CAF/VAC did up for me for the Veterans' Week talks. Captain Kevin Byrne M.M.M., CD Captain (Capt.) Byrne was born in Sydney Nova Scotia and joined the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) in 1973 as a Teletype Operator (Tel Op). He served with 720 CommDet Summerside, 708 CommSqn Trenton and with United Nations Disengagement Observation Force (UNDOF) Sig Troop in Damascus Syria. In 1980 he remustered to Air Frame Technician. Upon completion of training Capt. Byrne was posted to CFB Shearwater where he served with Base Aircraft Maintenance, 423 Sqn and 443 Sqn working on the Sea King. He also worked with VU32 Utility Squadron on the Twin Huey and T-33 (T-Bird) and with Multinational Force and Observers (MFO) as part of the Rotary Wing Aviation Unit on the Twin Huey helicopters in Sinai Egypt. During his years in Shearwater he served on board Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship (HMCS) Huron, HMCS Skeena, HMCS Athabaskan and HMCS Protecteur. In 1992 he was promoted to Sgt and posted to 402 Sqn in Winnipeg MB working on the Dash 8 and Tutor aircraft. In 1996 he moved to 427 THS Petawawa where he worked on the Twin Huey and Griffon helicopters. He returned to 12 Air Maintenance Squadron (AMS) Shearwater in 1999 where he once again worked on the Sea King. He retired from the CAF in 2001 and worked with Air Canada Jazz and IMP AEROSPACE. He rejoined the CAF in 2007 and returned to 12 AMS as a Master Corporal. From Nov 2009 to Aug 2010 he served with Task Force Afghanistan as part of Task Force Freedom at Kandahar Air Field, Afghanistan, working on the Chinook and Griffon helicopters. While in Afghanistan he was promoted to Sergeant in June 2010. Captain Byrne was promoted to Warrant Officer in June of 2013. Throughout his career Capt.
Byrne has worked with Sea Cadets, Air Cadets and Navy League Cadets. In the summer of 2015 then WO Byrne was appointed the school Master Warrant Officer for the Debert Cadet Flying Training Centre. During the summer of 2016 he was employed at the Greenwood Cadet Training Centre as the Aviation Department Support Officer and in the summer of 2017 he was employed as the Aviation Department Course Officer. He is a Duke of Edinburgh Award Leader and has successfully completed the Nijmegen March in Holland three times. On Oct 7th 2015 Capt. Byrne retired from the Regular Force and was enrolled in the Cadet Instructor Cadre as a Lieutenant on Oct 8th 2015. On September 26, 2016 Capt. Byrne was promoted to his present rank and took command of 18 Dartmouth Lions Royal Canadian Air Cadets.
In October of 2019, after over 40 years of military service, Capt. Byrne retired from the CAF During his military career, Capt. Byrne has been invested as a Member of the Order of Military Merit, as well he has been awarded the General Campaign Star (Afghanistan) with Bar, Canadian Peacekeeping Medal, United Nations Peacekeeping Medal (UNDOF), Multinational Force and Observers Peacekeeping Medal (MFO), Canada 125 Medal, Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal and Canadian Forces Decoration Two (CD2). Capt Byrne is married to Ivy Langille-Byrne and they have one son, Brendan.