Chief Warrant Officer Martin Colbert, MMM, CD

Chief Warrant Officer Colleen Halpin

VCDS Group Chief Warrant Officer

Chief Warrant Officer (CWO) Colbert was born on May 30, 1966 in Sainte-Foy in the province of Quebec. He joined the Canadian Armed Forces on March 6, 1984 as an artilleryman. He was among the first gunners to serve with Romeo Battery of 5 Canadian Light Artillery Regiment. In 1986, he chose to change trades and joined the infantry and was first assigned to 1 Commando, Canadian Airborne Regiment.

He deployed with the Regiment to Cyprus from September 1986 to March 1987 as an infantryman. On his return home, CWO Colbert took advantage of every opportunity to specialize as a parachutist. While assigned, he completed his jumpmaster and parachute instructor training. He was promoted to Master Corporal in May 1989 and became Machine-gun Section Commander. After five busy years, he was transferred to the Canadian Airborne Centre in Edmonton, Alberta, in July 1991.

He was promoted to Sergeant in December 1992. CWO Colbert continued to build his parachuting experience and became a freefall instructor. As well as teaching the basic courses, he devoted a great deal of his time to teaching freefall and took part several times in demonstrations with the Sky Hawks demonstration team. He was transferred to 3 Battalion, Royal 22 Regiment in 1996 as Section Commander with the Parachute Company.

He was deployed with the Battalion to Haiti in 1997 on OP STABLE. During this deployment, he was part of the team protecting the Haitian president as Commander of the counter-ambush section. His return home was of short duration. In 1999, he deployed under tough conditions on OP TOUCAN, in East Timor, as second in charge of an infantry platoon. In 2001, he deployed to Bosnia as operations Warrant Officer with the Canadian contingent. In 2004, he deployed to Kabul. He was promoted to Master Warrant Officer during this deployment and became Sergeant Major of the Parachute Company on his return home. CWO Colbert clocked up over 688 parachute jumps before being transferred to Royal Military College, Kingston, in 2005, as Sergeant Major of Officer Cadets.

Following this last transfer, he was selected for the Sergeant Major’s course at the US Army’s Warrant Officer Academy at Fort Bliss, Texas. The program ran for ten months, during which CWO Colbert rubbed shoulders with over 650 SM’s from more than 40 different countries. On completion of his training, he was promoted to Chief Warrant Officer and became instructor to the next class. On his return to this country, in 2010, he held the position of Regimental Sergeant Major of the Ottawa Ceremonial Guard. In the course of this assignment, he was tasked with training the departure guard for the visit of Queen Elizabeth II. He was transferred to 3 Battalion, Royal 22 Regiment in 2011 as Regimental Sergeant Major.

CWO Colbert takes every opportunity for parachute jumps, including one with the Ukrainian army during EX RAPID TRIDENT in 2011. In recognition of his duties as RSM of 3 R22R, he was decorated with the Order of Military Merit for career achievement. In October 2012, he was again deployed to Kabul as Sergeant Major of the Canadian contingent on OP ATTENTION. CWO Colbert was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal in recognition of his leadership on this mission.

On returning in July 2013, he became the Formation Sergeant Major at the Canadian Manœuvre Training Centre in Wainwright, Alberta. He held this position until April 2015. On April 24, 2015, he was appointed CWO of the Canadian Forces Health Services Group. In July 2017, he assumed the responsibilities of Military Personnel Command CWO until July 2019.

On July 5th, he became the VCDS CWO.

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