Maj Luc Frenette joined the CAF on September 1986 and completed his basic officer training in April 1987. As a junior officer, he served with 5e Regiment D’Artillerie Legere du Canada (RALC) in various capacities, include OPCR, adjutant and operations officer.
Following his first regimental tour, he was employed as an instructor with the Canadian Forces Officer Candidate School (CFOCS) in Chilliwack BC from 1992 to 1995.
After completing the Instructor-in-Gunnery course in 1996, he served as an instructor with the Royal Canadian Artillery School from 1996 to 2000. While serving at the RCAS, he completed the Canadian Land Forces Command and Staff College from January to May 1998.
During his second regimental tour in Valcartier, Maj Frenette deployed in the former Yugoslavia and on return was posted to 2 Canadian Division Training Centre where he served as the Operations Officer for two years. Despite being an active second regimental tour, he managed to complete a bachelor degree Military Arts and Science from RMC in his spare time.
Promoted to his current rank in 2006, he was employed with Army Training detachment Ottawa, coordinating the international collective training with other NATO countries.
In January 2010, he took over as the second Canada Army Run Director, overseeing two serials that tool the run to a new level, from 7000 to over 20,000 participants.
In 2012 Maj Frenette was sent to the Canadian Defense Liaison Staff in Washington, DC where he served with the military attaché section for two years.
In July 2015, he was posted to Edmonton and was appointed as the Commanding Officer of JPSU Alberta and Northern Canada Region, responsible for four support centres across the province. After what he considered the two most challenging years of his career, Maj Frenette left his command to return to Ottawa, where he served as a Senior Watchkeeping Officer with the Canadian Forces Integrated Command Centre until retirement.
After 33 plus years of service, Maj Frenette will cease to be a CAF member on 15 February 2020 with the satisfaction of having accomplished more than he signed for at the very beginning.
Already established in Aylmer, Quebec, Luc and Judy intend to remain in the Ottawa Region and enjoy his new life with family and friends.
An Informal Departure with Dignity (DWD) ceremony will take place at the Lone Star Texas Grill 1211 Lemieux St, Ottawa on 7 February 2020, at 1200hrs. Please make your reservations with CPO2 Olejnik at Romuald.Olejnik@forces.gc.ca
Anyone who would like to congratulate Luc or send any anecdotes should contact CPO2 Olejnik at Romuald.Olejnik@forces.gc.ca