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April 13, 2018

RETIREMENT – MCPL RANDY FINLAYSON, CD – 00362-02 ACISS-LST

1. AFTER 23 PLUS YEARS OF LOYAL AND DEDICATED SERVICE TO THE CAF, MCPL RANDY FINLAYSON WILL RETIRE ON 15 APRIL 2018.

2. MCPL FINLAYSON STARTED HIS CAREER AS A RESERVIST IN CAPE BRETON (1989) AS A MEMBER OF A COY, 2ND BN NOVA SCOTIA HIGHLANDERS. ON 18 NOV 94 RANDY ENROLLED INTO THE REG FORCE AND WAS IMMEDIATELY SHIPPED TO ST JEAN FOR HIS BASIC TRG. KEEPING TRUE TO HIMSELF HE, WAS THEN POSTED TO 5 CDTC GAGETOWN TO COMPLETE HIS QL3 INFANTRY AND ON 05 JUN 95 HE WAS POSTED TO THE 2ND BN THE ROYAL CANADIAN REGIMENT AS A MEMBER OF GOLF COY, WHERE HE WAS A VERY PROUD MEMBER OF THE “GOLF COY RUNNING TEAM”. MCPL FINLAYSON ALSO SPENT TIME WITH KILO COY MORTAR PL.

3. DURING HIS TIME AT 2 RCR, RANDY DEPLOYED ON OP ALLIANCE FROM 15 JAN – 15 JUL 96 AS A MEMBER OF CCIFOR AND AGAIN FROM 15 JAN – 15 JUL 1999, OP PALLADIUM WITH THE 2 RCR BATTLE GP.
HE COMPLETED NUMEROUS COURSES, ONE BEING THE INF QL4 COMMS, A SIGN OF THINGS TO COME.

4. IN 2000, RANDY VOT’D TO BECOME A 00362-02 LINEMAN AND WAS OFF TO CFSCE 29 JAN 2001 TO START HIS TRG. FROM 01 NOV 2001 TO 12 JUL 2004 RANDY WAS WITH 1 CMBG HQ AND SIG SQN BASED IN CALGARY WORKING HARD AS A LINEMAN. HE RETURNED TO THE EAST COAST IN 2004 WITH A POSTING TO CFJSR DET HALIFAX. DURING HIS TIME IN HALIFAX HE WAS AGAIN DEPLOYED, THIS TIME WITH TF AFGHANISTAN NCE FROM 15 NOV 2007 – 15 MAY 2008. IN 2010 RANDY WAS POSTED TO 5 CDSG SIG SQN GAGETOWN. HE HAS REMAINED IN GAGETOWN AS A LINEMAN THROUGH NUMEROUS UNIT NAME CHANGES TO INCLUDE SSU(A) AND NOW 77 LINE REGT, 5 LINE SQN DET GAGETOWN. HE HAS WORKED IN A NUMBER OF POSITIONS TO INCLUDE: RANGE TRG AREA IC, LINE DET COMD, UNIT TAC LINE DET COMD, 5 LINE SQN DET GAGETOWN 2IC AND STORES.

5. MCPL FINLAYSON, WILL REMAIN IN THE OROMOCTO AREA WITH HIS WIFE NANCY AND DAUGHTER BYDEN FOR THE TIME BEING. HE MAY VERY WELL HEAR THE CAPE BRETON HIGHLANDS CALLING HIM TO RETURN HOME. NANCY, WILL NO DOUBT HAVE A “HONEY DO” LIST AND PROJECTS TO KEEP RANDY BUSY DURING HIS RETIREMENT.

6. THERE WILL BE A RETIREMENT FUNCTION HELD AT DOOLY’S, OROMOCTO MALL, ONADAGA STREET, OROMOCTO NB ON THE 20TH OF APRIL 2018, BEGINNING AT 1400 HRS. FOOD CAN BE PURCHASED AT DOOLY’S. THOSE WISHING TO ATTEND ARE TO REPLY TO MCPL MATT LONDON, LOCAL LINE WORK CENTER GAGETOWN BY EMAIL TO: LONDON MCPL JM@77 LINE REGT 5 LINE SQN@GAGETOWN (JON.LONDON@FORCES.GC.CA) NLT 15 APRIL 2018.

7. ANECDOTES AND PHOTOS CAN BE SENT TO THE DWD COORDINATOR MCPL MATT LONDON AT ABOVE EMAIL.

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