Crystal pursued her education through high school and into university, where she began an undergraduate degree in Psychology. With only a year remaining in her degree program, she left university when offered employment with the Canadian Armed Forces. Here, she began a career in the Infantry. Following Crystal’s enrolment, she became the second female in Canadian Armed Forces history with the Royal Canadian Regiment (RCR) to successfully complete this physically and mentally gruelling training.” Seeking greater professional challenges, she applied for and was selected through a competitive process for employment as a Traffic Technician.
As a “Traffic Tech” she received, among other things, specialty training in the movement of personnel, equipment and materiel. In the course of her duties, she has enabled Government of Canada policy through the movement of soldiers and equipment in support of domestic and expeditionary operations via Land, Sea, Rail and Air modes of transportation. Over the course of her 16+ years military career Crystal has conducted freight management, shipping, receiving and warehouse supervisory duties both throughout Canada and while deployed in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Afghanistan, and Kuwait. She has gained extensive skills in personnel management, leadership, and exceptional decision making. Her niche area in the movements sector is shipping oversized freight by ground transportation.
Tammy joined the Canadian Armed Forces directly into the “Traffic Tech” community. Starting her career at CFB Cold Lake AB, where she supported the Royal Canadian Air Force F-18 Squadrons with several North American training missions. Here she was involved in the planning, customs paperwork, physical loading and execution to destination for road and air transportation moves. While posted to Halifax, NS, to support the Atlantic Fleet, she conducted shipping and receiving operations gaining great knowledge of warehouse operations. Posted to 2 Air Movements Squadron in Trenton, ON, she supported Air Mobility operations through supervisory duties in a Training and Standards cell, enabling new members to have a “hands-on” role in loading/unloading cargo from aircraft.
Her tradecraft evolved when she became a Loadmaster, a specialty sub-occupation within the Traffic Tech trade. Her duties in this role included supervising crewmembers, completing weight and balance forms, enforcing load plans during the loading/offload of freight from aircraft, and freight management while airborne. Tammy has travelled extensively in her 11+ year military career, supporting several domestic operations in Canada’s far north and from Coast to Coast. Her foreign deployments include locations such as Afghanistan, Kuwait, Italy in support of Libya.
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