60 Seconds with Lieutenant-Colonel David Forster, Commanding Officer, Trenton Cadet Training Centre

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I’m Lieutenant-Colonel David Forster, Commanding Officer of Trenton Cadet Training Centre, and I’m here to take the 60 seconds challenge.

  1. What was the toughest model airplane to build?

For me, as a kid, that was my CF 18 Hornet. That had a lot of parts.

  1. Who are the unsung heroes of your organization?

Well, that’s easy. In the training centre, that would be the support staff and the trainers. They make my job easy.

  1. What do you enjoy most about being reservist?

I like the fact that, as a Canadian, I can give back to my country, especially to the youth organization that helped inspire me, the Canadian Cadet Organizations.

  1. Coffee or tea?


  1. What skills have you gained as a CAF member that you use regularly in your civilian career?

For me, that’s leadership. I use it every day in both my civilian career in Hamilton Fire Department and in the reserve as an officer.

  1. What is the most valuable piece of advice you have ever received?

Well, for me, the best advice I ever received was make sure that you accept all responsibility that goes wrong in your unit and pass on the praise as quickly as possible.

  1. What is the most important part of mentoring a subordinate?

For me, that is listening and engaging with them, cause you gonna help them become a better leader.


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