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Military Resume

I joined the Canadian navy while already attending university in 1972 by way of the Regular Officer Training Plan (ROTP) and subsequently served my four year commitment in the Maritime Surface & Sub-Surface Operations branch (MARS), before joining the federal public service at National Defence Headquarters in 1978. 

Other than the photo on my Bio page and a few other snapshots left over from my earliest naval days which you can find here, I have no other surviving pictures of myself in the navy that I know of, but I do have a few from my later army reserve years. I actually served an additional 7 years after transferring from the Supplementary Reserve List to the Primary Reserves in 1989, several of which were on full-time call-out. After appropriate retraining, I became a fully-qualified Logistics (Transport) officer, Combat Service Support Officer, and a graduate of the Militia Command & Staff Course (MCSC) at Fort Frontenac (Kingston ON). I tried to hang on as long as possible, but I had to abandon all that a year short of earning the CD long service medal because of advancing renal failure.

Among other things, I had occasion to command companies in garrison and in the field as well as several major field exercise advance parties, was aide-de-camp to a provincial Lieutenant Governor, member of the Directing Staff on several junior officer staff courses, member of a Reserve Officer Selection Board, a team captain and frequent competitor in military shooting competitions, brigade public information spokesman, staff officer in a brigade HQ (G3 Logistics, G4 Transport, G4 Plans and G4 Operations), regimental liaison officer embedded with an Emergency Measures Organization headqarters and PMC of a combined regular and reserve garrison officers' mess. In the course of my duties as a full-time staff officer, I was the sole logistics planner and exercise writer for the first ever division level summer reserve concentration that combined field deployment with a computer-assisted operational scenario in 1997. I'm also fortunate enough to have been to such places as the Japanese Naval Academy at Etajima, the Ecole Militaire in Paris, Whitehall in London, NATO HQ in Brussels, and many other places in the course of normal duties from coast to coast in Canada as well as abroad.

None of that is of any use to me today whatsoever.

 

Me as Officer Commanding Transport Company, 32 (Moncton) Service Battalion, 1991.

 

Member of the Directing Staff, Militia officer staff course held at Land Forces Atlantic Area Headquarters in Halifax, circa 1991. I'm in the middle of the front row.

 

 

Another Militia Officer Staff Course, held at Camp Aldershot (Nova Scotia) circa 1992. That's me at the right in the front row. I commanded the advance party and then was an instructor and syndicate leader.