26787 Hamza Qayyum: Quick learning curve for Class of ’17 grad

Quick learning curve for Class of ’17 grad

Article by 27476 OCdt Danielle Fielding

Danielle Fielding

26787 Hamza Qayyum enrolled in the Canadian Armed Forces as an Aerospace Engineering Officer in 2012 at the age of 18. He spent his first year at Collège Militaire Royal de Saint-Jean, in Saint Jean-Sur-Richelieu, Québec.

In 2017, Qayyum graduated from the Royal Military College of Canada with a degree in Computer Science.  Since his graduation, the Markham, ON native has successfully completed multiple phases of training, including a nine month course called Aerospace Officer Basic Course (AOBC), in Borden, Ontario.

During his second phase of training, Qayyum was heavily engaged with 429 Transport Squadron, operating out of 8 Wing Trenton, Ontario. During this time he learned the importance of balancing “Technical Airworthiness” requirements with Operational demands. While at the squadron, Qayyum had the opportunity to be part of a replenishing mission with the CC177 Globemaster III. The mission was to provide necessary cargo for the sustainment of OP IMPACT based out of Kuwait.

When reminiscing about important lessons he had learned while at RMC, he explained the importance of getting involved as well as being able to taking a pause.  “I know, they are contradicting” he said “but getting involved is important; you’re going to be here for at least four years, so you might as well make friends and create memories. The best way, I have learned, is to get involved, join different clubs, try a new sport, take a leadership role, etc. It is important to be involved”. He also explained the importance of taking a timeout. “Life at RMC is very structured and fast-paced, there is always something going on. It is important to take time throughout the week to rekindle and refocus, this way you don’t burn yourself out.” Since Qayyum graduation, he mentioned that these are life lessons that he learned and still use to this day. “Getting involved allows me to build a network, which is an important skill for my classification, but it is equally important for me to take the time to pause, it allows me to come back and continue to perform.”

Upon completion of the AOBC course, Qayyum was awarded his classification badge and promoted to his current rank as Lieutenant. He is currently posted with the CC177 Weapon System Management in Gatineau, Quebec.

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