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Capt Al Beck

 

Born in Vernon in 1949, L Col Beck's early years saw his family travel to Whitehorse, Victoria and
finally when he was eighteen to California where he graduated from Watsonville Joint Union High
School in 1967. Upon returning to Canada that summer to attend the University of Victoria, L Col
Beck, like many young students, needed a part time job. In October 1967, L Col Beck enrolled as a private recruit in the Canadian Scottish Regiment (Princess Mary's) in Victoria. He completed his basic training, obtaining Top Candidate. During the summer of 1968, he completed his infantryman and Junior NCO courses. In the fall, he was promoted to Officer Cadet and spent 16 weeks in Shilo, Manitoba completing his basic officer training under the Reserve Officer University Training Program (ROUTP) and qualified to go into the regular army; but chose to stay with the reserves. Upon his return to the Scottish Regiment, he was promoted to a 21M! Lieutenant and within six month to a Lieutenant. 

Due to school and employment opportunities, L Col Beck has served with a number of units in BC: British Columbia Dragoons (BCOs), Vernon as Troop Leader, Seaforth Highlanders of Canada (SH of C), Vancouver as Company Commander, Royal Westminster Regiment (R Westmr R), New Westminster as the quartermaster, then Adjutant. In the summer of 1983, L Col Beck was appointed the 2IC for the first Militia Summer Training Centre in Vernon. During that same summer, he was able to complete his Major's qualification course. L Col Beck was promoted to major in the fall of 1983 and assumed the duties of the Officer Commanding "HQ" Company in the R Westmr R and later assumed duties of Training Officer. During this time, he obtained Diploma's in Business Administration and Computer Management and Contract Law, Leadership Development, Urban Land Law and many other subjects.

Due to a change in employment, L Col Beck was required to move and in 1991 he joined the 2887 Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corps in 100 Mile House. L Col Beck was took a voluntary reduction in rank to Captain in order to transfer the Cadet Instructor List (now CIC) and took over command of the cadet corps in 1992. During his term as Commanding Officer, L Col Beck, along with his other staff, were instrumental in creating one of the top cadet corps in BC parading 90 cadets. This corps won numerous medals in Biathlon and shooting, both provincially and nationally. They were also competitive in Band and Drill competitions.  

In 1996, at the request of the then Commanding Officer of The Rocky Mountain Rangers, L Col John Feller, L Col Beck returned to the Rocky Mountain Ranger Regiment as a Major and in the position of Operations Officer, commuting from 100 Mile House or Lillooet until October 2000, when he assumed Command of the Rangers. L Col Beck. is married, with two sons and resides in Vernon where he is presently retired from his civilian job as Human Resource, Training & Safety Officer for the Ministry of Forests Kamloops Region.