Private Ryan Halmich
Sailor Profile / March 22, 2016
From February 22 to March 4, 2016, Private Ryan Halmich served as a Tactical Weather Specialist on board Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship (HMCS) Ottawa. Pte Halmich shared the responsibility of ensuring that the ship’s Commanding Officer, Commander Sylvain Belair, was well-informed and up-to-date on the weather patterns that affect the safety and stability of the ship.
Now that his time with HMCS Ottawa is complete, Pte Halmich has returned to shore to do the same job for the Commander of Maritime Forces Pacific, Rear-Admiral Gilles Couturier.
“I always wanted to be in a role where my position was respected and the information I provided was valued,” said Pte Halmich. “That is definitely the case now that I am a Tactical Weather Specialist. I’ve been involved with operations where crucial decisions were based directly on the weather impacting the operational assets deployed.”
Pte Halmich joined the Canadian Armed Forces in September 2012, but long before that he was already involved with the aviation industry. After graduating high school in 2010, Halmich went to work at the Vancouver International Airport as a handler in cargo operations; he hoped that some immersion would contribute to a future career working with aircraft. Even before graduating, Pte Halmich had already expressed a keen interest in the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF), having served as an Air Cadet at 754 Phoenix Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron in Port Moody, B.C.
“I recognized that joining the RCAF was something of great interest to me down the line, and I thought working with aircraft would be a good place to jump-start a career,” he explained. “I wouldn’t have told you five years ago that I saw myself as a Tactical Weather Specialist, but that’s the beauty of the Canadian Armed Forces: there are more opportunities than you can ever imagine. You can serve with the army, air force and navy in a diverse assortment of places with a variety of equipment. I am happy to be posted to a unit where all three elements have the opportunity to work in unison.”
The opportunities continue to grow for Pte Halmich. In addition to his primary job, he also had the opportunity to stand as a cenotaph guard at the B.C. Legislative Grounds in Victoria during the 2014 Remembrance Day ceremonies, and has supported multiple ships and aircraft from the Royal Canadian Navy, the RCAF, and the Canadian Coast Guard.
Pte Halmich is hoping to go on his Forecasting Course within the next year, which will qualify him for a promotion to corporal along with new assignments and responsibilities.
“I had no doubts or uncertainties; I wanted to be part of a well-organized team in a capacity that would allow me to help people, and I am very proud of what I have accomplished and continue to accomplish,” Pte Halmich said.
If you want to learn more about Meteorological Technicians and what they do in the military, please go to: http://www.forces.ca/en/job/meteorologicaltechnician-10