So in April of 2009, I started work as a full-time Reservist in the Wing Operations section at 19 Wing Comox. My main responsibility at the time was helping plan logistic support for any units deploying to Comox in support of the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. I was also a Plans Officer and that meant similar type duties for any visiting units and just general all-round Planning responsibilities within Wing Operations. It was a great job with great people and it made me enjoy being in the military again.
For both Regular Force and Reserve Force personnel, compulsory retirement age is 60 and this past week, I reached CRA as it is called and retired for the second time, this time from the Reserves. So my military career started in September 1974 and ended November 10th, 2015, basically 41 + years of service. I do have possibilities of future employment with the Air Cadets, but that remains to be seen and sorted. But if I manage to get some part-time employment with them, I believe I can work until 65. But we'll see about that.
Let me tell it this way. We drove into the garage, let the dogs out (Barkie 1 and Barkie 2) and they proceeded to run into the house, howling like banshees. I followed them in, shouting at them to be quiet (or words to that effect) and followed them to the front door. I was very surprised to see it was open a crack and that somebody was hunching down by the door. I thought maybe we had been broken into, but no, it was something much worse (OK, I'm kidding, it was something very nice), my daughter Jennifer. Jo had arranged the surprise, some months ago when she knew my retirement and 60th birthday were coming up and booked flights for Jennifer to come out from Ottawa. It definitely made a nice day become a wonderful day and week, as Jenn stayed until Wednesday.
|Down at the Spit|
Anyway, today is a lovely sunny day, it's unfortunate the missus is still feeling poorly. I think she's at the worst stage of her cold, headache, chest cough, so I'm going to take the puppies for their noon walk and feed them and see what else to do.
Oh, as a final few thoughts, these were the books I bought with the gift certificate the guys at work gave me and also the book that Jennifer and Martin gave me as my birthday present. I can't leave a post without a few words on books, eh?
From Jennifer and Martin
From The Laughing Oyster
I have to thank Cookie and the other guys in Wing Ops for this; the perfect retirement gift. These were the books I purchased with my gift certificate
So there you have it, thoughts on my retirement and birthday parties and about my new retirement lifestyle and more about books. I hope you enjoyed. Have a great Sunday.