CAF Story | “One of the fastest CAF-Men on the Planet” – Major Serge Faucher

Video / May 21, 2021


The guys I race are very good. Some of them are extremely good. I need to cover all my basis.

I am Maj Serge Faucher, I work with the Fighter Capability Office within the Air staff. I joined the Forces, I was 17 years old. Pretty young. It was back in 1982, 23rd of March 1982. So, I'll be starting my 40th year pretty soon. I've been an Aerospace Engineering Officer for the last 16 years. Apart from this, I was an Integral Systems Technician, follow this with Avionics Technician, so working on different platforms from the CF-18 to Tutors to the Dash-8. A lot of years, I've done interesting jobs like teaching soldering under a microscope to teaching all kinds of different subjects such as air weapon safety, explosive safety, aerospace engineering, all kinds of things so it's been quite a career.

I'm a sprinter. I'm what you call a long sprinter. I do the 2 and 4. I trained for the 400 metres, but I dabble anywhere from 60 to 600. Track and field requires an awful amount of discipline and drive. You need mental discipline, mental toughness to keep grinding and you need this. What we do in the Armed Forces, the discipline. Everything you do is discipline, right? Showing up on time, doing all these things. And the track helps you for your military as well because it makes you a more resilient soldier, a more resilient person and vice versa. Basically, you have to show patience. It's a wonderful sport and it's a very varied sport.

In high school, you might have been the quickest kid on the block, right? That means you had a good ratio of fast twitch to slow twitch fibres in your muscles. There are still there today. So, maybe at age 45, age 50, you want to start again. Be patient. Baby steps, you start slow. You may end up being a fast sprinter because if you were back then you can be again. It's about staying strong. At my age, I'm gonna be 57 in a few months, I'm still pushing pretty much as hard in a gym as I was in my 20s and 30s. I'll keep doing this forever.

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