Caption: Pictured is 13551 Guy Thibault (left) presenting Col Stephen Hall with the Canadian Flag. The flag was flown on 22-June 2017 over Vimy Gate in recognition of Col Hall’s 34 year military career.
DWD – Stephen Hall – Director of Applied Military Science and dual hatted to include Deputy Commandant of RMC
Article and feature photo by: 27371 OCdt (IV) Allyssa Millie
On Tuesday, June 27, 2017, I had the opportunity to be the photographer for Col. Stephen Hall’s Departure with Dignity at the end of his 34 years of service.
It was very heartwarming to see all of the family, friends, and coworkers who showed up for the event. Aside from all of the special presentations of the Canadian flag, and different certificates, it was amazing to hear all of the stories that spanned 34 years from all of the people who were so positively affected by Col. Hall’s service.
What I found particularly special about this event was how all of the military members, past and present, understood that this milestone was as much a celebration for Hall’s wife, Marianne, as it was for him.
In the 1980s Col. Hall moved around Kingston, Petawawa and Yellowknife before meeting his future wife, Marianne McGrath. In the 1990s he worked in NDHQ//DLCI; Sigs Regt//OC 1 Sqn; Fort Gordon, Georgia//CA Sigs LO to US Army; and 1 CMBG//CO 1 Sigs. By the 2000s, Hall and Marianne had gotten married and had three children: Michael, Kevin and Elizabeth, each born in different cities, provinces and countries.
In the 21st century, Hall worked in Congo, Africa, Chief LO to Congolese CDS, Heidelberg Germany, and had his first tour in Afghanistan. The Hall family traveled to each of these locations, other than Afghanistan.
In this decade, he returned to both CFSCE (Cmdt) and Afghanistan (for a year as Director of Police Professionalization), he was appointed Canadian Army Director of Signals, D/Comd of CFJOSG, Director of Applied Military Science at RMC and finally dual hatted to include Deputy Commandant of RMC. Between the yearlong tour and the IR in Ottawa, Stephen was mostly away from home for 2.5 years.
Now facing retirement, Stephen and Marianne will be learning how to enjoy life without the military, and without kids in the house, as each of their children will be away at school. Hoping to spend their time building their dream house on a farm, Col. Hall and his wife have a lot of plans in the future.
More photos from the DwD – Here