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