A well rounded career gives perspective to Captain Carl Homer
Growing up in Scarborough, Ontario, Captain Carl Homer’s military exposure was limited to what he saw in Hollywood blockbuster films. He did not consider the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) as a career option until his friends looked into joining the local part-time Reserve unit. He was intrigued by the communications field because he was “always interested in being the one with the radio on his back that could call on helicopters or artillery.” He signed up to become a Reserve member, but was initially worried that he would not measure up to military standard during basic training. He learned though, that the CAF provides encouragement and support through all levels of career training. “All you need to do is show up with an attitude to learn and realize you are part of a team, not just an individual.”
As Carl’s career progressed, he decided to join full-time in the Regular Force as a Private Radio Operator, then took advantage of a career program offered by the CAF to become a Signals Officer. The signals field has provided him with many interesting opportunities to deploy. “I have been lucky to deploy to the Middle East, Africa, Bosnia and Afghanistan, each more than once.” Carl’s work in his current Regiment, the Canadian Forces Joint Signal Regiment (CFJSR), has been the most rewarding of his career. In this role he provides the communications and information systems and connectivity required for reliable, secure communications within the theatre of operations, and between the theatre of operations and their higher headquarters.“By working with the CFJSR you really are plugged in to the Forces as a whole, and I am always impressed by the skills, resourcefulness and work ethic of the Signallers and supporters of that unit.”
Carl’s time in the Forces has truly shaped every aspect of his life including his cultural understanding and values. He has made lifelong friends, and has been able to travel the world, meeting people from a variety of cultures and backgrounds and learning from their varying points of view. “Without exaggeration, I can say that joining the Canadian Armed Forces has been the biggest and most rewarding decision I have ever made.”
Carl continues to experience fun and excitement in his current posting at North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) Headquarters in Colorado Springs. The enthusiasm he has for his career as a Signals Officer is a refreshing reminder of the many opportunities available in the Forces. “Just in case it needs to be mentioned, the weapons, communications equipment, vehicles, and getting to work by helicopter or parachute never gets boring!”
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