PIERRE LACHAINE

Ottawa, colder than Moscow but warmer than Ulaanbaatar

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 a few snapshots left over from my earliest naval days which you can find here, I don't have any other surviving pictures of myself in the navy that I know of, but I do have a few from my army reserve years. Long story, but I actually served an additional 7 years after transferring from the Supplementary Reserve List to the Primary Reserves in 1989. 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, 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 during the largest aid to the civil power operation ever mounted by the Canadian Forces, 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 real and exercise logistics planner 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 on government/military business to such places as 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.

And in the fun department, I could drive every wheeled vehicle in the army inventory during the 80s and 90s, fire every handheld weapon and should the occasion have arisen, I was even trained to blow things up.

None of the above 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.