A year ago, Sgt. Mike O’Rourke joined the Comox Air Force Museum Team as our Deputy Director. Mike works closely with our Director and with our Programme Manager & Volunteer Coordinator; he also works with all the Museum’s volunteers to support the work we do. He brings many experiences to share with us and is a valued member of our Museum Team. Since Mike’s been here, we’re all learning to appreciate fire trucks!
We thought you might enjoy knowing a bit about Mike ~ where he’s been and how he got here:
“As a fourth generation military member I first joined the Royal Newfoundland Regiment at age 17. After 3 years in the infantry militia I joined the Canadian Armed Forces as a firefighter. During my 25 years in the regular forces I served with NATO Europe including a deployment to the Gulf and Kuwait War 1990-91. On return to Canada with posting from coast to coast I completed deployments to CFS Alert, Gulf of Oman (OP Apollo) and OP Danica Golan Heights. After 25 years in the regular forces I transferred to the reserves as a firefighter for another 7 years.
When the opportunity opened for an air reservist position at the Comox Air Force Museum I felt this was this was the ideal place for me. With my interest in military history and background of deployments and postings I knew I could contribute to the museum experience. After 1 year at the Comox Air Force Museum I have had the privilege of helping to create a number of displays and improvements. Working with an outstanding group of staff and volunteers has made coming to work a real pleasure.”
When you next visit our Museum, be sure to have a look at a wonderful exhibit Mike helped create: The Aleutians Campaign!