Captain Savio Fernandes joined the Reserve Force in September, 2001. Initially looking for a way to support his university education, he felt compelled to contribute to his country after the devastating attacks that took place on September 11th in the United States. He was initially intimidated by the thought of joining, having little awareness of what a military career would entail, but took advantage of the subsidized education program and studied Electrical and Computer Engineering at Ryerson University in Toronto.
Serving part-time as a Supply Technician in the Reserve Force, he deployed to Afghanistan in 2006 as part of Operation ATHENA. Upon his return, Savio was surrounded by encouraging and supportive leaders in the Forces and decided to transition from serving part-time as a Reservist to serving full-time as a member of the Regular Force. “I very much enjoyed my time in the CAF Reserves. I had an amazing Chain of Command that mentored, supported and advised me. They were instrumental in my transition to the Regular Force.” In his current role as a Signals Officer, Savio delivers telecommunications services to the Forces, especially the Army and command units. A Signals Officer is responsible for the operation and maintenance of all communications systems that are not built into aircraft, or ships and can work in different fields such as policy development, project management, systems engineering and network operation.
Although Savio currently serves in Kingston, Ontario, he spent the majority of his time as a Signals Officer in Petawawa, Ontario, where he was involved in local community activities and even participated in an Ironman. “My fondest memory is crossing the finish line of the 2012 Petawawa Ironman with my 6 month old son. I guess it was a moment where I got to enjoy and share the experience both with my family and my work family.” He credits his family for supporting him and his career goals, “My family has been there for me throughout my career. My wife, my kids and I have grown a lot over the years. We are looking forward to many more happy years ahead.”
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