Episode 050 – Sgt Sean Wickett & Cpl Allan Wickett

Sgt Sean Wickett joined The Grey & Simcoe Foresters in 2002, at the age of 18, after serving as a youth in the Royal Canadian Army Cadets.  In the past 14 years, Sean has deployed to Afghanistan as part of Roto 3-08, deployed to the Middle East on Op Proteus as well as the Arctic and sub-arctic with the 4th Canadian Division’s Arctic Response Company Group as well as on Operation Nanook. In the summer of 2015, Sgt Wickett led a team of Grey & Simcoe Foresters on an International Skill-at-Arms Competition where the team placed First, internationally and Fourth overall. Sgt Wickett is currently undergoing training to become an Infantry Warrant Officer and Platoon 2iC.

Cpl Allan Wickett initially enrolled in the Hastings and Prince Edward Regiment in the City of Belleville, Ontario, in 1954, at the age of 15, following in the footsteps of his father and grandfather. After a lengthy absence from the Canadian Forces, Al re enrolled in the Princes of Wales Own Regiment in Sept 1993 to participate in competitive shooting as a service member. After relocating with his family due to work, Cpl Wickett transferred to the Gray & Simcoe Foresters in 1998, where he changed trades to Vehicle Technician. He applied the skills of his new trade at the 3rd Canadian Ranger Patrol Group at CFB Borden.  Cpl Wickett had the opportunity to deploy on a Technical Assistance Visit to Afghanistan to conduct required upgrades and maintenance on the LAV-3 and the T-LAV (formerly the M-113) in 2008. Al retired from the Canadian Armed Forces in June of 2014. He has been awarded the Afghanistan Star, the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal and the Canadian Forces’ Decoration.

 

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Cpl Wickett takes Sean to the range to fire the FNC1 Sub-caliber insert at the Princess of Wales Own Regiment rifle range.  Father and Son, Shooter and Spotter.

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Sean and Al attend a dinner together for the first time at the Grey and Simcoe Foresters in 2008.

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Cpl Al Wickett visits Afghanistan in 2008.

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MCpl Wickett visits his father at the maintenance shop in Afghanistan.

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Cpl Wickett poses with a baby polar bear while in the Arctic with the 3rd Canadian Range Patrol Group.

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MCpl Wickett patrols the areas in Afghanistan.

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Sean poses in front of his RG-31 in Afghanistan.

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Three Foresters enjoying some down time in Afghanistan.

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