I enrolled as a Private in the Regular Force in 1970. Following basic training at CFB Cornwallis, he completed Communicator Research trades training at CFS Gloucester in Ottawa. JP was then posted to CFS Gander, Echo Squadron, Canadian Forces School of Communications and Electronics as a trades instructor, 770 Communication Research Squadron in Gander Newfoundland, CFS Bermuda, and finally to Corner Brook, Newfoundland in 1983 where he was employed as a recruiter. JP was attached-posted to CFS Alert, Northwest Territories for six month operational tours in 1972, 1976, 1980 and 1985.
In 1986, I was commissioned from the rank of Warrant Officer. Following Communications and Electronics Engineering Air training at CFB Kingston, I was posted to CFB Gander as the Base Telecommunications Officer, then to 764 Communication Squadron in Ottawa as the Technical Maintenance Officer. In 1991, I was posted to Communication Squadron Lahr as the Deputy Commanding Officer, followed by a posting to the Canadian Forces Naval Engineering School in Halifax, as Staff Officer Information Technology Systems and finally took over as Staff Officer Information Resources Management at Canadian Forces Recruiting, Education and Training Systems Headquarters at CFB Borden.
I retired from the Canadian Forces in 1999 and was employed as a Strategic Planning Analyst – Emergency Management Coordinator with the Ministry of the Attorney General and Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services for the Province of Ontario until 2007.
Upon retirement from the regular force, I transferred to the Communications Reserve and was appointed Deputy Commanding Officer 700 (Borden) Communications Squadron at CFB Borden, and was promoted to Major and appointed Commanding Officer in 2002. In 2008, he transferred to 72 Comm Gp in Halifax where he was appointed Deputy Commander, responsible for all Communication Reserve units in Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, and New Brunswick. I retired in 2010 after 42 years of service.
Marcel LeBlanc VE9ML
Retired Canada Post inside worker.
First licensed as VE1MJL.
Dedicated to the memory of Scott Nichols, VE1OP (sk)