Since December 2019, Corporal (Cpl) Adam Michael Comeau, a native of Sarnia, has been deployed to Kuwait as part of Operation IMPACT, the Canadian Armed Forces’ (CAF) training and capacity-building mission in the Middle East.
As a member of Operation IMPACT’s Military Police Unit (MPU), Cpl Comeau’s role is to help protect CAF personnel abroad, conduct police investigations and escort VIPs.
“It has been a challenge to work in a fast-paced environment like this,” says Cpl Comeau. “You learn quickly that your training makes you very adaptable as circumstances arise and you also learn from your colleagues.”
Operation IMPACT was launched in 2014 as part of the CAF’s contribution to the fight against Daesh, also known as ISIS. In recent years, the mission has shifted toward building partners’ capacity in several countries including Lebanon, Iraq and Jordan. By working with partners, the CAF is contributing to stability in the Middle East.
The mission is headquartered in Kuwait and, with up to 850 personnel, it is currently the largest deployed Canadian operation.
After receiving education in protection, security and investigations at Lambton College, Cpl Comeau wanted to put his knowledge to use. He joined the military in 2017.
“I still have a business on the side and my previous private-sector security experience has actually helped me a lot in my military career,” says Cpl Comeau.
The Operation IMPACT MPU has helped provide security for a number of high-ranking Canadian officials in recent months, including Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Minister of National Defence Harjit Sajjan, Chief of the Defence Staff General Jonathan Vance and the Commander of Canadian Joint Operations Command, Lieutenant-General Mike Rouleau.
Cpl Comeau is currently posted to Esquimalt, B.C. with his wife Gabriela, and will return to Canada from his tour in July. He visits Sarnia as often as he can to catch up with family and friends, and go for bridge fries.