Atlantic Region News / March 27, 2017

NEPTUNE TRIDENT Role: Maritime Forces Atlantic Headquarters (MARLANT) Lead Planner for Exercise NEPTUNE TRIDENT 17-01 and Liaison Officer at the Regional Maritime Operations Centre (MOC) located in Accra, Ghana for the actual exercise in the Gulf of Guinea.

Previous Deployments: Operation FOUNDATION as the Liaison Officer in 2015.

Day job: I work as an Exercise and Expeditionary Plans Staff Officer for Maritime Forces Atlantic Headquarters (MARLANT). For this current exercise in West Africa, I participated in the Main Planning Conference in Dakar, Senegal in September 2016 and the Final Planning Conference in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire in January 2017 to incorporate the two ships, four MOC Liaison Officers and eight Maritime Tactical Operations Group Trainers/Evaluators into the NEPTUNE TRIDENT Exercise.

Why did you join the CAF: I joined the Canadian Armed Forces because I was seeking a career where I would have the opportunity for adventure, travel, physical fitness, good benefits and camaraderie.

Why you have stayed in the CAF: I have stayed in the Canadian Armed Forces because it has enabled me to have experiences beyond my wildest expectations. I was presented with opportunities to travel the globe and to be challenged with demanding career opportunities that change every few years.

Quote (General): My time in the Canadian Armed Forces has been outstanding; I have been continuously challenged by interesting postings and wonderful opportunities; for me, it was a great choice as a rewarding, memorable career!

Quote (NEPTUNE TRIDENT) Experience: As an Air Force Officer, I never thought that I would be coordinating with the Sierra Leone Navy to arrange naval training in a Gulf of Guinea exercise! Being born and raised in Halifax, Nova Scotia, the link between Nova Scotia and Sierra Leone’s history made coordinating the NEPTUNE TRIDENT exercise extra special.