With over 42 years of service, Captain R.T. Montague will be retiring from the Canadian Armed Forces on 28 Jan 2016.
Captain Richard Thomas (Dick) Montague joined the Canadian Armed Forces Primary Reserve (Militia) in 1970 (with a wink and a nod), at the age of 14. He initially enrolled with the Royal Canadian Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (RCEME), but the allure of the guns drew him to the Artillery in 1972, where he completed his trade qualification and became a Gunner at 30th Field Artillery Regiment, Royal Canadian Artillery (RCA). On 2 October 1972 Dick transferred to the Regular Force, his first posting was with 2nd Regiment, Royal Canadian Horse Artillery (2 RCHA) in Petawawa where served the guns as an Airborne Gunner. Demonstrating a particular keenness and natural talent for all things Artillery, he was made a Detachment Commander and by 1982 had made the rank of Sergeant. In 1983, then Sergeant Montague was posted to 1 RCHA in Lahr, Germany, where he served with C Bty until returning to Canada in 1985 as a Warrant Officer.
Warrant Officer Montague became an Assistant Instructor in Gunnery in 1986 and spent the next several years in Chatham, NB, turning regular men and women into Artillery Officers and Non-Commissioned Members. He demonstrated an exceptional degree of leadership and mastery of his trade which resulted in his promotion to Master Warrant Officer in 1988 and his being awarded the qualification of Master Gunner in 1989. He served as Troop Sergeant Major (TSM) and Battery Sergeant Major (BSM) in 119 Air Defence (AD) Battery, prior to being appointed Senior Master Instructor-in-Gunnery – AD Arty School. He was then posted to the Royal 22e Régiment Tactical School in Valcartier, QC. He was then posted to Land Force Command Head Quarters (G3 Arty) as the Army Master Gunner. In 1995 he reached the rank of Chief Warrant Officer. It was in that same year that CWO Montague transferred to the Supplementary Reserve to pursue a career as a Correctional Officer in Ontario.
CWO Montague returned to the Regular Force in 1998 as an instructor as the Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery School in Gagetown. That same year he was assigned to Land Force Trials and Evaluation Unit as the Arty Master Gunner. In 2000 he was posted to the Land Force Doctrine and Training HQ (as it was then called), also located in New Brunswick. In December of 2001, CWO Dick Montague took a commission as an Artillery Officer assuming the rank of Captain.
Captain Dick Montague would leave New Brunswick for the last time in July of 2002 and would spend the next seven years in a variety of postings in Ottawa including positions at the Chief of Land Staff, Canadian Operation Support Command, Judge Advocate General, and Director General Canadian Forces Grievance Authority.
Captain Montague transferred back to the Primary Reserve in September of 2009. Ever seeking opportunities to serve Canada, he deployed to Afghanistan in May 2010, returning to Canada in December of the same year. Immediately after returning from Afghanistan, Capt Montague decided that, after having spent over 35 years away from 30th Field Artillery Regiment, RCA, and serving Canada with distinction both at home and abroad, it was time to be re-united with the Bytown Gunners. Capt Montague’s years of experience, knowledge, and accomplishment immediately made him an attractive candidate for key positions at 30th Field Artillery Regiment, RCA. In 2011, Capt Montague was appointed Battery Commander of 1 Battery, 30th Field Artillery Regiment, RCA’s training battery. In 2013, he was appointed Battery Commander of 2 Battery, 30th Field Artillery Regiment, RCA’s operational battery. From June 2011 to July 2015 he also served as the Adjutant for Joint Personnel Support Unit Headquarters, ensuring the administrative needs of ill and injured soldier from across the country were met. It is on 26 January 2016 that Captain Dick Montague is set to retire from the Canadian Armed Forces after a long and highly distinguished career in service to Canada.
Capt Dick Montague is married to Cindy Montague. They have two children Cassandra, and Samantha, and will become grandparents in February 2016. His plans after retirement include finishing his ongoing cabinet maker’s program at Algonquin College, and fishing.