Honoring Our Heroes
This area is dedicated to our alumni that have served or are serving in our armed forces!
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Honored Military Alumni
Garey Gabriel Class of 1967
Air Force, 20+ Years Trained as an Instrument and Electrical Technician. Worked on CC115 Buffalo, Twin Otter, Voyageur helicopters, Argus sea patrol and CF-18 Tactical fighter. Served 32 years and retired as a Chief Warrant Officer Air. Had one United Nations tour for 6 months in Egypt and is a Gulf War Veteran. Served with NATO in Germany 1985-1988 and 1990-1992. Presently work as a CF-18 Instrument and Electrical Systems Integration Specialist in NDHQ Ottawa.
Garey Gabriel, CWO RCAF (Ret'd) Class of 1967
Air Force, 20+ Years Garey Gabriel was born in the small town of New Germany, Nova Scotia. He enrolled in the RCAF in May 1967 and graduated from the Radar and Communications School in Clinton, ON in 1968 and then Canadian Forces School of Aerospace Ordinance and Engineering at CFB Borden, ON in 1969, in the first graduating class of Instrument Electrical Technicians. His first posting was 429 Tac (T) Sqn, St. Hubert, P.Q. There he received training on the Single Otter as well as the CC115 Buffalo aircraft. When the Sqn. folded in 1970, he was posted to 424 Sqn, Trenton and continued to work on the Buffalo, Twin Otter, Voyageur and one day each on the Caribou and Dakota a/c. After a 6 month United Nations tour with 116 Air Transport Unit in Ismalia, Egypt where he was appointed M/Cpl WSE, he returned to Trenton and spent a year in labs and engine bay working on Hercules, Buffalo and Boeing 707 engines, props and APU's. After completing the CC130 Hercules and Boeing 707 instrument courses back to back in Jan 1977, he was posted to CFB Summerside to work on the Argus, as well as being promoted to M/Cpl outright. While in Summerside he also worked yet again on the Buffalo and Voyageur in 413 Search and Rescue Sqn. Upon promotion to Sgt in 1981, he was posted to CFB Cold Lake as the NCO i/c of the Instrument Electrical Labs. While here, he received all the required CF18 Instrument Electrical First Line courses and upon promotion to WO in 1985 was posted to 409 Tac (F) Sqn Baden-Sollingen as a line servicing WO. While here he applied for and earned the title as a Certified Engineering Technician with the Ontario Association of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologists. In 1988 he was promoted to MWO at 409 Sqn and transferred to CFSATE Borden as a QL 6A and 6B Instructor Supervisor in AERE Sqn where he served as the AERE Sqn MWO and the Base Fluid Services Officer. Two years later in 1990, he was again posted to 409 Sqn Baden, to lead the advanced maintenance party of CF18 aircraft to Qatar in the Persian Gulf in aid of Canada’s commitment to the Gulf War. Upon return to CFB Baden, he was appointed to the Squadron MWO position in 421 Tac (F) Sqn. In 1991 he was promoted to CWO and oversaw the closeout of this unit and worked with 439 Tac (F) Sqn when they disbanded. He was then posted to NDHQ Ottawa in 1992 to what was known then as DASP, Directorate of Avionics Simulators and Photography as an LCMM Supervisor. When DASP was disbanded in 1994, he was posted to the Tutor and T-Bird Cell as an LCMM Supervisor and LCMM. In 1996 the CWO position was deleted and he was re-assigned as the CC130 Instrument and Electrical LCMM and (TH) CWO. In late 1998 he decided to retire from the CAF with 31 years and 222 days total service. In Jan 1999 he accepted a job in the CF18 Instrument Electrical Integration Centre of Excellence as Instrument and electrical Integration Manager and has adapted quite nicely to civilian life. He has been active in private life, running a small appliance repair business and refurbishing laptop computers and batteries. His most valuable and obvious attributes are his friendly and cooperative demeanour and caring manner towards his co-workers and friends. Garey and his wife, Gale, live in Orleans and have a son who lives with his wife, their 10-year-old daughter and 8 year old twins in Calgary.
John S Trethewey Class of 1974
Air Force, 19 Years Joined the Military in Nov of 1974 Did basic Training at CFB Cornwallis Nova Scotia Did basic electronics training at CFB Kingston in 1975 Aircraft electronics training at CFB Borden 1975 Cfb Chatham working on CF101 VooDoo Fire Control Radar and various other radar systems Dec 1975 to June 1980 1st Canadian Air Group CFB Baden Solingen West Germany working on Radar Systems, gyro stabilized gun sights and Electronic warning systems on the CF104 Star fighter July 1980 till Aug 1984 CFB Shearwater working on Doppler radar and airborne Sonar Systems on the CH124 Sea King 1984 till 1988 CFB Moose Jaw working on the CT114 Tudor including the Snowbirds aerial demo teams aircraft on navigation and radio systems 1990 -1994. Radar Systems Technician
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