Three generations and a father’s pride

March 25, 2022 - Royal Canadian Air Force

Emily Lindahl, D Air PA

Within the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF), there are families where being a member of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) is a tradition carried on from generation to generation. Whether being a part of the Regular Force, or as a reservist, serving their country is a point of pride.

Sharing a personal highlight of his career, Major Dave Treanor talks about his opportunity to welcome his daughter Patricia to the RCAF:

“I recently had the honour to conduct an enrolment ceremony for my daughter, Aviator Patricia Brown. Patricia is enrolled with 403 Helicopter (Operational Training) Squadron as a Financial Services Administrator, and is scheduled to attend the upcoming Basic Military Qualification course in March. She was supported by her husband, Corporal Peter Brown, a Flight Engineer with 403 Squadron, and their three children. Also in attendance were the Squadron Commanding Officer, Lieutenant Colonel Frederic Guenette, and Acting Squadron Warrant Officer (SWO), Master Warrant Officer Jenifer Taylor.

“Patricia is the third generation of my family to serve with the CAF Reserves. The first was my father, Captain Warden Treanor, who served overseas during WWII. He joined the Canadian Army Reserve during the Korean conflict, serving in London, Ontario. I am the second generation, coming up on my fifth year with the RCAF Reserve, after serving 38 years with Regular Force. And now my youngest daughter is the third generation.

“Patricia’s sister, Anita, is the third generation of my family to serve in the Regular Force. I was also lucky enough to swear Anita into the Canadian Armed Forces, 19 years ago.”

A military family

Newly enrolled RCAF reservist, Aviator Patricia Brown (back row centre) stands with her father, Major Dave Treanor (back row left), her husband, Corporal Peter Brown (back row right) and their three young children (front row). Photo: Corporal Anthony Bond, Image Tech

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A military family

LCol Frederic Guenette, CO 403 Hel (OT) Sqn, Maj Dave Treanor, Director Air Reserve 5-3, Avr Patricia Brown and MWO Jenifer Taylor, Acting SWO 403 Hel (OT) Sqn. Photo: Corporal Anthony Bond, Image Technician, 403 Service Support Flight

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Major Dave Treanor conducts the enrolment ceremony for his youngest daughter, Aviator Patricia Brown. Photo: Corporal Anthony Bond, Image Tech

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Aviator Patricia Brown signs on the dotted line, becoming the third generation of her family to serve in the Reserves. Photo: Corporal Anthony Bond, Image Tech


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