1988 ~ 2020 (age 31)
It is with great sadness that we announce the accidental sudden passing of Kelly Ann Mckiel at the Saint John Regional Hospital on Sunday May 3rd, 2020. She was born in Saint John to Davina Hill McKiel and James McKiel on September 17th, 1988. Kelly, in her 31 years lived her life to the fullest. A free and outgoing spirit who loved life, her toys, friends and Saturday afternoon gatherings with the Hill family. She was also so proud of her artistic talents and endeavours.
She started her Military career at the age of 12 with the 1691 Saint John Army Cadets where she served until the age of 17. She then was a Corporal in the Canadian Armed Forces based in Ottawa from 2006- 2013 as a Communications and Intelligence Research Operator. She successfully completed 3 tours of service for her country.
Kelly is survived by her Father James McKiel, Mother Davina Hill (Kevin), loving sister’s Jamie McKiel (Tony), Krista Flloyd, Her beloved Grandmother Marylin Hill, Aunt Joanne Hill London, Uncles Mark Hill, Steven Hill (Judy), Matt Steward, Cousins Kirstie London, Scott Steward (Erica), Terri Beyea (John), Adam McKiel (Tanya), Taylor McKiel, Kaylie Ness (Mike),
and many great nieces and nephews and a countless number of friends from all over the world..
Kelly was predeceased by her beloved Grandfather David Hill, Grandmother Nettie Mckiel and her Aunt Kimberly Hill Steward.
Fundy Funeral Home, 230 Westmorland Road (646-2424) have been entrusted with the arrangements. Due to the current global pandemic
crisis, there will only be a public visitation and funeral service at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, Memorial donations in memory of Kelly Ann may be
made to Salvation Army and Red Cross, Thank you.
18-Jul-1953 – 01-Mar-2020
Rick was born in Winnipeg Manitoba.
He was an Air Cadet from 1967 – 1968. He served in the Canadian Armed Forces from Jan. 1972 to Dec 1982. This included postings to Masset (BC), Kingston (ON), Ottawa (ON) and three tours in Alert (NWT), for which he received The Special Service Medal. He was hired by the Canadian Security Establishment in 1993 as an incinerator operator and gradually, through RCMP and US Locksmith Security Institute became a valued High-Security Locksmith. Upon retirement in 2014 (after a total of 33 years service) he moved to Victoria BC, where he joined the Juan de Fuca Sr. Centre. Over the next five years, he became an accomplished wood-worker, artist, teacher and valued member of the Woodshop.
From Terry Buist (Norm’s Youngest Son)
At this time Don and his family would like to thank the staff at the Ladysmith Hospital for their great care from September thru to the middle of November. Thanks to Dr. Morris and a huge thanks to Dr. Kennedy who’s care far exceeded our expectations. We would also like to thank the Palliative Care Unit in Nanaimo, especially the Palliative Care Nurses; they all were incredible. Last but not least thanks to the Home Care Support Team who came every morning to help us with dad for the past 5 weeks. The health care system helped us look after dad at home, which is what he wanted. Without your care his wish would have been even more difficult.
A celebration of life will be held for Don on Saturday, February 29th at the Cedar Community Hall from 1 pm to 4 pm.
291 Birthday Oct 1, 2011
1 October 2011 marked the Birthday of the Communicator Research (Comm Rsch) occupation and 45 Years of excellence in SIGINT operations.
1966 Integration and Unification
July 19, 1966 – Integration and Unification, creation of the Canadian Forces Supplementary Radio System (CFSRS). Stations previously controlled independently, by the three services would now be directed by a Commander headquartered at HMCS Gloucester.
October 1, 1966 – Military Occupation (MOC) 291 (Communicator Research Operator) was created. RCN Radioman Special (RS) trade, along with the Radio Telegraphic Operators (R&TG) of the Royal Canadian Signal Corps and the Royal Canadian Air Force Communications (Comm Op) began their duties as 291’rs.
Now, the Comm Rsch occupation is not only involved with SIGINT operations but with EW and Network Operations as well.
Also this year, the 1 October 2011 marks the official stand-up of the new Army Communication and Information Systems Specialist (ACISS) which is the new Signals Military Employment Structure which regroup the former Lineman (Lmn); Signal Operator (Sig Op); and Land Communications & Information Systems Technician (LCIS Tech) occupations. Happy Belated Birthday to those two occupations!
Michel C. Boislard
CWO | Adjc
CFIOG CWO | Adjudant-chef du GOIFC
MOC 291 Passes Into History
From Tom Jenkins
The CF no longer has Military Occupation Codes (MOC) and therefore MOC 291 no longer exists. The MOC has been replaced with the Military Occupational Structure Identifications Codes (MOSID). They are a five digit code, and 291ers have been awarded MOSID 00120.
As for the name of the trade, nothing has changed there. We are still Communicator Research, though it is often printed in error as Communications vice Communicator.
That being said, I do believe we will continue to refer to ourselves as 291ers for a long time yet. Somehow “00120ers” doesn’t have the same ring to it!
Have a good one.