CWO Phil Otis CD

There is no greater satisfaction in life than serving your country. Chief Warrant Officer (ret’d) Phil Otis has done this for thirty seven years. He enlisted in the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) in September 1965. After basic training, he was stationed in Summerside, PEI as an Air Traffic Controller. Subsequently, he served in just about all provinces and territories in Canada and two tours in Europe. His greatest passion was as a precision approach controller (GCA) landing aircraft during severe weather conditions and emergencies.CWO Otis was awarded the Canadian Forces Decoration (CD) and the Special Service Medal (SSM). Additionally, he received many awards for professionalism and outstanding service. He also enjoyed his work with ATCCU (mobile air traffic control unit) opening air fields for providing humanitarian relief.

CWO Otis rounded out his career spending five years as the School Chief for Air Traffic Control in Cornwall, Ontario. Subsequently, he was transferred to One Canadian Air Division (1CAD), Winnipeg, Manitoba overseeing Standards and Training for the occupation. He was also appointed Senior Occupation Advisor for Non Commission Member’s (NCM’s). Phil served his country with passion and distinction.

After retirement in September 2003, CWO Otis became heavily involved with the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 100 Charleswood. He served on many executive positions before becoming President. He is now the District Commander for Legions in Manitoba. Also, he remains as its Service Officer supporting veterans and their families. This is his way of saying “Thank you” in appreciation of veterans that he has served with during his career.

Phil is now focused on “Remembrance” and “Adversity Through The Stars”. Per Ardua Astra.

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