Episode 037 – Col John Conrad

Col Conrad has a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) and Masters in Defence Studies from the Royal Military College, Kingston, Ontario.  He was commissioned as a Naval Officer (MARS) in May, 1987.

After retraining as an army combat logistics officer he has served in virtually every command billet possible in 1 Service Battalion in Western Canada from platoon commander to Commanding Officer in 2005-2006.  Over half of his career has been spent with the Army of the West in 1 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group.  Subsequent postings have included a year on Atlantic Area Staff (now the 5th Canadian Division) in Halifax, a year at the Canadian Army Doctrine and Training Centre in Kingston as well as the G4 (Principle Staff officer for Logistics) for HQ Land Forces Central Area (now the 4th Canadian Division) in Toronto.

He has served in late 2006 to May 2007 as an instructor at the Canadian Forces Command and Staff College and most recently finished up a two-year tour serving as a Deputy Director and Instructor at the Canadian Forces College in Toronto.

Col Conrad has previous operational experience in Cambodia (March to November, 1993) with UNTAC and North West Bosnia (March to September 2000) with NATO’s Stabilization Force (SFOR). He has completed a tour as the Commanding Officer of the National Support Element, the logistics battalion responsible for sustaining the Canadian Task Force in Southern Afghanistan from February to August 2006 (Operation Archer/US Operation Enduring Freedom).

Col Conrad was decorated with the Meritorious Service Medal for his leadership in Kandahar on this difficult tour.  Colonel Conrad currently commands 41 Canadian Brigade Group in the army reserve and works full time as a senior manager with the Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resources Development.  A published freelance author, his first book, What the Thunder Said, was selected by the Book of the Month Club and was nominated for the 2009 Canadian Writers Trust Award in the Non Fiction category.

He is married to Martha Rutherford Conrad and has four children Aidan, Morgan, Harriet and Grace.

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November 1984, Royal Military College, Kingston. Getting crushed by West Point in Rugby as a member of Royal Roads RFC.

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A vital supply convoy in the Sha Wali Kot District, Northern Kandahar Province in 2006

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Forward Operating Base Martello. Lunch with Captain Chris Wood.

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Signing for the battalion on the Kandahar Airfield March 2006.

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John Conrad is an author with more than 28 years experience in the Canadian Forces and has published “What The Thunder Said” and “Scarce Heard Amid The Guns Below”.

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Col Conrad poses in front of a Universal Carrier, also known as a Bren Gun Carrier.

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Col Conrad assumes command of 41 Canadian Brigade Group on September 7, 2013

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