Frank retired from the Canadian Armed Forces in December 2002 for medical reasons after serving for over 22 years as a highly decorated professional soldier and administrator and operations specialist. His assignments included tours in Moose Jaw in support of organizations such as 2 Canadian Forces Flight Training School and the Snowbirds. In 1986 he was assigned to CFB Petawawa and worked in support of the Canadian Forces Special Service Force with assignments at 8th Canadian Hussars, Royal Canadian Dragoons and 427 Tactical Helicopter Squadron. In 1990 just prior to the first Gulf War, he was posted to NORAD’s Northwest Air Defence Sector at McChord AFB. Upon return to Canada in 1994 Frank served in several positions within National Defence Headquarters with his final assignment being Executive Assistant to the Director General Nuclear Safety.
Among other accomplishments Frank is a graduate from the Officer Professional Development Program in 1993. During his career, Frank was recognized for his team building and natural leadership skills, his business planning and decision making abilities and excellent project management and coordinating abilities. In the latter part of his military career, he was highly sought after for his mentoring, coaching, facilitating and mediation skills. He was the architect of the Department of National Defence Document Management Control System (DMCS) as well as the Business Planning and Management System. As a result of his efforts and leadership in the creation of DMCS, Frank received many awards and accolades including the prestigious Silver Medal in the Government Technology Distinction Awards, Unique Individual Achievement in 2001 – a first of its kind for the Canadian Forces.
Frank was recognized and decorated many times during his military career for his contributions to Canada. For example in 1992 he received the Commemorative Medal for the 125th Anniversary of the Confederation of Canada Medal, in June 1994 he received a Commander-In-Chief NORAD Citation for his “significant contributions toward Canadian/American relations.” In October 2002, as a result of his conspicuous merit and exceptional service to Canada he was appointed to the Order of the Military Merit by the Governor General of Canada on behalf of the Sovereign, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
Over the years Frank has been an active member of his community lending his leadership skills to many community groups and activities. He holds a certification from Sanford University to teach and mentor persons with Chronic Pain and other related conditions. He is currently the President-Elect of the Rotary Club of Perth and member of several Boards and Committees that mostly support and serve communities, veterans and persons with PTSD. He is the author of “Frank’s Five Plus One”.