English & French
Reserves, Cold War, Remembrance, Air Force
I joined the Canadian Forces in 1972, graduating from College Militaire Royal de Saint-Jean in 1976 with a degree in Business Administration. After completing Navigator training my first operational assignment was with 416 All Weather Fighter squadron in Chatham, New Brunswick. After an exciting four years, for personal reasons, I requested and received a voluntary occupational transfer to the Physical Education and Recreation Officer (PERO) occupation. After four years on staff at College Militaire Royal de Saint-Jean I returned to Winnipeg where my last assignment as PERO was in the Air Command PERO office. In 1988 I returned to the operational world in the Maritime Helicopter community. In my only operational assignment in this community he progressed from second Tactical Coordinator (TACCO) to detachment commander in three years. I completed this assignment at 423 as the Standards and Readiness officer. In 1992 I was assigned as the Executive Assistant to the Associate Deputy Minister Material as liaison related to the Sea King replacement contract. After a late fall election this assignment was short lived. I returned to the coast to see the demise of Maritime Air Group in 1997. This momentous event was followed by an assignment as Liaison Officer at the Atlantic Research Establishment during which I completed a Master of Business Administration Degree at Saint Mary's University. Subsequently, I assumed the position of Officer in Charge of Shearwater Language Centre. I completed my 35 years in the Regular Force in the office of the Air Attache in Washington D. C. Feeling too young to fully retire, I joined the Air Reserve at 12 Wing. Unable to hold a job I went through three positions in three years culminating as Commanding Officer of the HQ and Chief of Staff.
I am graduate of the Defence Distance Learning Joint Command and Staff College.
My family includes wife Margie, son Philippe and daughter Michele.