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Major Rob Thompson
Major Robert Thompson was born in Listowel, Ontario. He was a cadet with 769 Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron attaining the Rank of Sergeant and attending several summer camps at CFB Trenton Ontario. At the age of 16 he became a Cadet with 1943 Royal Canadian Army Cadets Corp. attaining the rank of Cadet Lieutenant and attending summer training courses at CFB Borden Ontario.
The Canadian Armed forces employed Major Thompson as an instructor and MSE OPS driver at CFB Borden from 1976 until 1979 attaining the acting rank of Master Corporal. He was employed in a number of roles including several aspects of the training of Cadet Instructor List officers, a driver for the training School and as an instructor for the cadet summer training school pipes and drum band.
Following his release from the Canadian Forces, Major Thompson attended College and graduated with a diploma in Business Management. His career led him to management positions in a number companies and locations.
In 1992 Major Thompson and his family moved to North Vancouver. Major Thompson started working with 2573 RCACC 6 Field Engineer Squadron as a civilian instructor in 1992 and later joined the Canadian Armed Forces Reserves in early 1994 as a member of the Cadet Instructor Cadre. He received his commission as a Second Lieutenant in November 1994.
Major Thompson was promoted to the rank of Captain and became the commanding officer of 2573 RCACC in 1997. During his tenure as commanding officer he worked in forming 2277 RCACC in Squamish BC. During this time he also assisted in forming the JP Fell Pipe Band in North Vancouver. The pipe band currently has over 30 performing members, is the Official Pipe Band of all the Vancouver North Shore communities and is also the official Pipe Band of the 6 Field Engineer Squadron. Major Thompson was a contributing supporter of the 6 Field Engineer Squadron Museum and was made a lifetime member in recognition for his work in helping raise funds for the museum and itís many projects.
After moving to his current Home in Langley BC, Major Thompson transferred to 2812 RCACC Seaforth Highlanders of Canada in Surrey as the Administration officer in 2002. Major Thompson was appointed Acting Commanding officer with 2812 RCACC in September of 2003 and became the current Commanding officer in September 2005.
Major Thompson has three children, is currently employed by TELUS and continues to volunteer his time in support of the JP Fell Pipes and Drums, the 6 Field Engineer Squadron Museum Association and Officers Mess and as a referee with the Langley Minor Lacrosse association.