Major Richard was born in Edmonton, Alberta in 1976. As a rural kid, he played the mandatory minor hockey until age 14 when he joined the Air Cadets and became hooked. He joined the Canadian Armed Forces as an Artillery Officer in 1994 under the Regular Officer Training Plan. He completed a degree in mechanical engineering at the University of Alberta, while training at various military bases during the summer months.
His first posting (1998) was to 1st Regiment Royal Canadian Horse Artillery in Shilo, Manitoba. Over the course of nearly four years, he advanced from Troop Leader through to Battery Captain, working in both light and medium artillery batteries. One particular highlight was a peacekeeping tour in Bosnia-Herzegovina (OPERATION PALLADIUM) in 2000.
In 2001, Major Richard transferred into the Air Force as an Aerospace Engineering Officer. He subsequently worked in Edmonton and Ottawa, managing and participating in a number of projects related to unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs, or ‘drones’) and helicopters. In 2006, he deployed to Afghanistan as part of OPERATION APOLLO.
In 2011, Major Richard became the Officer Commanding Maintenance Flight / Squadron Aircraft Maintenance Engineering Officer at 408 Tactical Helicopter Squadron in Edmonton. In 2014, he was selected to undertake the Joint Command and Staff and Masters of Defence Studies Programmes in Toronto, where he currently works.
Major Richard visited us here at Crestwood in March 2015, along with 3 other officers from the CFC.
- 1. Joining the Forces.mp4
- 2. Basic Training and Physical Requirements.mp4
- 3. Becoming a Major.mp4
- 4. The Bosnia Mission.mp4
- 5. Personal Experiences in Bosnia; International Cooperation.mp4
- 6. Translators and Language.mp4
- 7. Interactions with Civilians.mp4
- 8. The Launch of the Afghan Mission.mp4
- 9. The Afghan Mission.mp4
- 10. UAVs; Morale.mp4
- 11. Public Support for Canada's Forces.mp4
- 12. ISIS.mp4
- 13. Fighting ISIS.mp4
- 14. Personal Views on ISIS.mp4
- 15. Readjustment.mp4
- 16. Fighting PTSD.mp4
- 17. The Future of Drones; A Career in the Military.mp4