Captain Ivan S. Abolit

1960–1971: Ivan began his military service in August of 1960 when he enrolled and RCAF trained as both a non-commissioned and commissioned (1968) Air Traffic Controller. Ivan worked in many locations during this time including Gimli MB, Camp Borden, Fort Churchill, Bagotville, HMCS Venture, Baden-Soellingen, Germany, Cold Lake AB, Chatham NB, and Comox BC. It was during his time in Comox he met his wife Janice on Vancouver Island in 1968. The same year he achieved the rank of Lieutenant.

1971–1972 – Comox BC: Ivan was reclassified from ATC to AWC (Nuclear Defence). Here his first daughter, Denine, was born.

1972–1977 – Chatham, NB: Ivan became a Base Radiation Safety Officer as Nuclear Accident Response personnel developing and coordinating training exercises and disposal of radioactive waste material. Here Ivan achieved his rank of Captain. His second daughter, Lia, was born during this station.

1977–1982 – Malmstrom AFB, Montana: Ivan moved on to a Nuclear, Biological and Chemical (NBC) Reports Officer developing plans and policies for reporting NBC events to NORAD Headquarters and national command authorities. He supervised CF and USAF personnel analyzing event information as well as controlling a global system for real-time NBC attack warnings to national authorities. Here Ivan received a Letter of Appreciation for exemplary performance from his Senior Lieutenant Colonel.

1982–1991 – Air Command Headquarters, Winnipeg, MB: Ivan returned to Canada as NBC Staff Officer developing and implementing concepts, plans and directives relating to Air Command’s NBC defensive measures and nuclear emergency response procedures writing manuals, publications and orders. Ivan enjoyed participating and evaluating in numerous Air Command OPEVALS earning his nickname ‘Ranger Rick’ and many letters of appreciation for his work.

1991–1993 – Air Reserve Group Headquarters, Winnipeg, MB: Ivan joined the Reserves after his retirement as a Special Projects Officer coordinating and planning individual occupational and leadership training for the Air Reserves.

1993 –1995 – Air Command Headquarters, Winnipeg, MB: Ivan became a Staff Administration Officer where he interpreted and applied regulations for the CF Honours and Awards System.

Ivan’s father, Dennis. M. Abolit, served as a Warrant Officer First Class (WO1) from 1935–1958 and treated Ivan to many wonderful adventures throughout his career including his childhood in Orillia ON, Whitehorse YK and Richmond BC.

Per Ardua Ad Astra. Thanks for everything Dad. We miss you.

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