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Warrant Officer Richard Nolan

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Warrant Officer Richard Nolan

Warrant Officer Richard Francis Nolan CD, was born in St John’s Newfoundland, on 27 July 1967. He enrolled in the Canadian Forces on 12 February 1987 and following infantry training joined the Second Battalion The Royal Canadian Regiment on 19 November of that same year. Rick also served with the Third Battalion before assignment to the First Battalion on 15 December of 2000.

He was a qualified Advanced Reconnaissance Patrolman, Assault Pioneer, Parachutist, and LAV III crew commander. Rick has completed five operational tours including deployments to Croatia, two tours Bosnia and Herzegovina, and one previous tour to Afghanistan prior to his latest deployment. Most recently, Rick was a rifle platoon second in command serving in C Company as part of Operation Archer in Kandahar, Afghanistan.

Rick was a dedicated soldier, an exceptional leader with huge potential for the future. A meticulous professional with a great sense of humour, Rick was known for his willingness to help anyone in need. He was very well liked and respected by his men, his peers, and superiors.

Rick was described as an adventurous soul who enjoyed riding bulls, and had a strong belief in family values. He was described as a ‘genuine soul’ who took the most pleasure in spending hours playing outside with his three school-aged sons and teenaged stepdaughter.

Rick is survived by his wife Kelly, three loving sons, and a step-daughter.

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