1st Canadian Division DSM retires after 37 and half years of service

July 20, 2021 - Defence Stories

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1st Canadian Division Sergeant Major Chief Warrant Officer Robert Beaudry C7 Ranges at Canadian Forces Base Kingston, 21 May 2021. DND/CAF Photo by Sergeant Faye Worthy.

Kingston - On 31 August 2021, after passing the appointment of 1st Canadian Division Sergeant Major to Chief Warrant Officer (CWO) Jeffrey Aman a few weeks prior, CWO Robert J. Beaudry will hang up his uniform for the last time. Retiring after 37 and half years of loyal and distinguished service to Canada, the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) and The Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery (RCA).

Born in Cheticamp, N.S. CWO Beaudry enrolled in the CAF in March 1984. CWO Beaudry had a fulfilling career that any young soldier would enviously admire. CWO Beaudry is viewed by his peers as an incredibly positive influence on CAF members.

After completing basic training at Canadian Forces Recruit School Cornwallis and attending RCA battle school training at CFB Shilo, CWO Beaudry was posted to B Battery, 1 RCHA in, Lahr, Germany in August 1984 where he would remain for next seven years. In 1985, he made the life changing decision to volunteer for his first of six Nijmegen Marches in the Netherlands. It was a life changing decision because that is where he met his wife Henny, with whom he has been happily married for 32 years.

Reaching the rank of CWO is an achievement on its own but the diversity and the experiences lived by CWO Beaudry are inspirational to all Canadians. After moving from Germany to Canada, CWO Beaudry was posted to CFB Petawawa, Kingston, Ottawa, Valcartier, Gagetown and Halifax. He deployed on seven operational tours including Cyprus (1991), Bosnia (1994-95, 1996, 2001), Afghanistan (2003-04, 2010) and Sinai, Egypt (2017-2018). Operations can’t be brought up without mentioning the domestic operations that CWO Beaudry participated: Avalanche Control in the Rocky Mountains; the Ice Storm of Quebec and Ontario; fighting Forest Fires; floods in Ontario and Quebec, more recently, OPERATION LASER the CAF’s Response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Even after listing all his accomplishments, hearing CWO Beaudry addresses to troops, we would argue his greatest pride is his family.

When asked about his career and to highlight his most memorable memories, CWO Beaudry quickly answer “soldiering with all the great women and men of Canada that I’ve met along the way.” 

CWO Beaudry is thankful for the exceptional opportunities he has been afforded throughout his military career but above all else, he is thankful for the friends and colleagues that he has had the privilege to meet and soldier with over the years.

As CWO Beaudry reflects on his 37 years of services he offers these words to current and future CAF member. “The CAF is much more than a job, it is a profession and a lifestyle. Its greatest asset are its sailors, soldiers, aviators and special operators which we need to protect, train, mentor, and coach. I urge you all to treat each other with dignity and respect, and to act swiftly when others around us are straying form that path”.

CWO Beaudry's biography.

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