Episode 019 CWO Carl Deroche

This week’s guest is CWO Deroche who enlisted in the Canadian Armed Forces in July 1980, initially serving with the 2nd Battalion of the Royal Canadian Regiment in Gagetown. After completing the Basic Para Course at CFB Edmonton in 1981 he was posted to the Canadian Airborne Regiment in Petawawa.  He served with the Airborne Regiment for a total of eight years and is the youngest person to successfully completed the demanding Patrol Pathfinder Course. He subsequently served extensively in both 1 RCR and 3 RCR, participating in many overseas operational tours including Cyprus, the Gulf War, Croatia, Bosnia, Kosovo and Afghanistan.

CWO Deroche’s final posting within the Forces was with the Chief of Force Development within the Directorate General of Capability and Structural Integration (DGCSI) as a structure integration analyst.

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Private Carl Deroche, entering the Airborne World as a new paratrooper.


At 19 years old, Trooper Carl Deroche receives the Partol Pathfinder Torch.


Sergeant Deroche on Quarter Guard duty in Cyprus.


Sgt Deroche deployed as a Section Commander in the 1st Gulf War.



Graduation day for the Mountain Warfare Instructor Course in 1990.


Keeping watch over learners on the rappel tower in London, Ontario.

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Master Warrant Officer Deroche is the Company Sergeant-Major of the Combat Support Company during Roto 0 in Afghanistan.



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