Captain C.J. Gerbrandt, CD
Captain Chris Gerbrandt was born in Ottawa, Ontario. He attended high school in CFB Petawawa, Ontario.
Captain Chris Gerbrandt was a member of 2642 Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corps in Petawawa, from 1983 to 1987. He retired from cadets at the rank of CWO to enroll in the Canadian Armed Forces in February of 1987. As a member of the CF, Captain Gerbrandt was employed as both a Marine Engineer and Combat Engineer before leaving the CF to pursue higher education.
Captain Gerbrandt enrolled in Mount Royal College, Calgary and completed his diploma in Child and Youth Care in 1991. While attending college he worked with 1292 Lord Strathcona Horse (RC) cadet corps in Calgary , before transferring to the Primary reserve with 14 Svc Bn. Captain Gerbrandt served as a Mobile Support Equipment Operator with 14 Svc Bn until 1997.
After leaving the Canadian Forces for a couple of years, Captain Gerbrandt returned and was enrolled as an officer in the CIC in May of 2000. He worked as the Operations and Training Officer for 2509 Signals RCACC in Calgary until December 2004, when Captain Gerbrandt took command of 3125 Chestermere RCACC Calgary Highlanders. He established the cadet corps and has within two years turned the corps into a contender for top corps in the province of Alberta. In 2006 the corps was awarded the Special Activities Shield for the Most Active Cadet Corps in Alberta . In Aug 2006 Capt Gerbrandt was awarded his Canadian Forces Decoration. He took over command of 2313 SALH RCACC (Kiwanis) Medicine Hat on October 15th, 2008.
Captain Gerbrandt worked for the Province of Alberta as a Sheriff and is married to Kimberly, he has two sons one of which is a member of his cadet corps. They reside in Medicine Hat.
Captain Gerbrandt was tragically killed in a motor vehicle accident on 12 Dec 2015.