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13240 LCol David M. Last (RRMC RMC ’81) will be retiring from the Canadian Forces after more than 30 years of distinguished service. While he will continue teaching as a Professor at the College, his “final day-in-uniform” will be 19 December.Friends are invited to attend a fare-well function at the Senior Staff Mess (SSM) at 1100 hours, Tuesday, 11 December. Unable to attend? Leave a comment.

11593 Major Jean Robert Gagnon CD (CMR ’77), Logistics Major Jean Robert Gagnon will be retiring from the Canadian Forces on 16 January 2008 after 35 years of loyal and dedicated service to the Logistics Branch and the CF. Major Gagnon joined the CF in January 1973. He graduated from le collège militaire royal de Saint-Jean in 1977, and he served with 2 Svc Bn in Petawawa, 5 Ambulance de campagne and 5 Bns du C in Valacartier, 55 Bns du C in Québec City, FMC HQ St-Hubert. He is presently employed at NDHQ Ottawa, DGLEPM. A Depart with Dignity Ceremony will be held in his honour on Thursday 13 December 2007 at the Canadian Legion, Norris Branch 227, 231 Maloney Blvd West, Gatineau. Guests are requested to arrive by 11h30. The ceremony will start at 11h45. A full course meal will be served at a cost of 20$ to be paid by 6 Decembre. You must confirm your attendance to this ceremony to major Denis Noël at [email protected].

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11593 Major Jean Robert Gagnon, CD (CMR 1977) Logistique Le major Gagnon prendra sa retraite des Forces canadiennes le 16 janvier 2008 après 35 ans de services loyaux et dévoués à la branche logistique et les FC. Le major Gagnon à joint les FC en janvier 1973. Gradué du collège militaire royal de Saint-Jean en 1977, il a servi au 2 Svc Bn à Petawawa, 5 Ambulance de campagne et 5 Bns du C à Valacartier, au 55 Bns du C à Québec, QG de la FMC à St-Hubert et est présentement employé à la DGGPET, QGDN Ottawa. La cérémonie de départ dans la dignité en son honneur se déroulera le jeudi 13 décembre 2007, à la Légion canadienne, filiale Norris 227, au 231 Boulevard Maloney,Ouest à Gatineau. On demande aux invités d’arriver pour 11h30. La cérémonie débutera à 11h45. Un repas complet sera servi au coût de 20$ payable avant le 6 décembre. Les personnes qui désirent assister à cette cérémonie doivent communiquer avec le major Denis Noël à [email protected].

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  • Rohan Maxwell

    November 24, 2007 at 11:01 am

    I would like to extend my best wishes to 13240 LCol David Last on the occasion of his retirement. David was my supervisor when I completed my MA thesis for the War Studies programme: given that I was in Valcartier and he was in Kingston, this was not an easy task but he gave me much valuable advice and encouragement. With his help I was able to complete the programme shortly before leaving for Sarajevo in 2003. That was just as well because as it turns out I’m still there, having retired from the CF in 2005: if David – and my wife! – had not encouraged me to finish the job in 2003 my postgrad would probably still be unfinished business.
    – 15658 Rohan Maxwell (RRMC ’87); Chief, Defence and Security Sector Reform Branch, NATO Headquarters Sarajevo

  • alex morrison, G53

    January 15, 2008 at 2:32 pm

    My congratulations to David Last on his dedicated and professional service in the Canadian Army. I first met David when he transferred from RRMC to RMC and became a member of the Debate Club of which I was the coach. That was a few years ago. Always a no-nonsense fellow, he never hesitated to put me in what he perceived to be my proper place when it came to debating matters. He is quoted by me often as the author of the “Chinese Earth Crust Shifting Theory” (ask him about it).Later, David and I worked together at the Pearson Peacekeeping Centre and we published his book “Theory, Doctrine and Practice of Conflict De-Escalation in Peacekeeping Operations”. Under the auspices of the PPC, he conducted valuable studies in Bosnia that attracted much academic and popular positive comment. Again, and always appreciated by me, David never hesitated to
    let me have his unvarnished views of many matters. He and I differed on sizzle and steak and we probably still hold to those views. I am happy to see he is stayting on at RMC where cadets and staff alike will profit from his teaching and comments. Best wishes, David