Lieutenant-Colonel (Hon) Bernard (Bernie) Ciarroni, OMM, CD
Lieutenant-Colonel Ciarroni enrolled in the Canadian Armed Forces on 10 July 1967. During his military career, he has served as the Regimental Sergeant Major of both the Royal Canadian Hussars (RCH) and the Area Battle School from 1977 to 1981 and later as Commanding Officer of the RCH from 1997 to 2001.
In the spring of 2001 he was asked to become part of the Directing Staff at the Canadian Forces Land Command and Staff College in Kingston, teaching the Military Training and Assistance program. He continued to instruct the Reserve Staff course on weekends until 2005 while serving at the Information Management (IM) Group at National Defence Headquarters in Ottawa.
From the fall of 2001 until 2007, Lieutenant-Colonel Ciarroni served in a number of key posts in Ottawa, notably as Executive Assistant to the ADM (IM) for two years. He was selected to be a member of the Chief of Defence Staff Action Teams and then transferred to Director General Strategic Planning as Chief of Staff where he served until 2007.
He moved to the Army Staff, Land Force Development in 2007 and continued there until his retirement at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in 2011. After forming his company LBC (Learn, Believe, Connect Inc.), he taught and provided consulting services at the Canadian Police College in Ottawa.
Lieutenant-Colonel Ciarroni is a graduate of the Command and Staff College and was appointed an Officer of the Order of Military Merit in 2007. He was also awarded the Queen’s Silver, Golden, and Diamond Jubilee medals.
Lieutenant-Colonel Ciarroni In his civilian career, Lieutenant-Colonel Ciarroni worked for Consolidated Aviation at Dorval Airport for seventeen years. He received an award from Ogden Allied Corporation, the parent company in New York, for excellence in operations and management. As General Manager for the aviation fueling services at both Dorval and Mirabel Airports, he also received awards from Air Canada for overcoming major distribution challenges and establishing the best operations worldwide for services and least delays. He is currently employed by the Department of National Defence as the Deputy Command Senior Safety Officer for the Canadian Army.
In the Montreal area Lieutenant-Colonel Ciarroni served as the Director on the Board of the Montreal Cavalry Institute, and sat on the boards of directors for the Lion’s Club of Montreal and the Canada Sports Cultural Exchange Program. Currently he serves as the past president of the Royal Canadian Armour Corps Association. In Ottawa, Lieutenant-Colonel Ciarroni served as the President and Chair of the Bronson Centre for 9 years. Currently, he is a member of the Army Ball Committee and is the Secretary-Treasurer of the Canadian Army Council of Honorary Colonels.
Lieutenant-Colonel Ciarroni is married to Lynn. They enjoy travelling and spending time with their family, including five sons and seven grandchildren.
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