Sergeant Yves Desfossés, RCAF Reservist of the Year

News Article / September 25, 2020

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By Sergeant Shannon Moses

July 16th, 2020, marked a significant day in the career of Sergeant Yves Desfossés for he was presented the Flight Lieutenant D.M. Grant, Memorial Trophy for Air Reservist of the Year. The Royal Canadian Airforce (RCAF) Association established this award to recognize one individual each year who best represents the Reserve Component of the RCAF.

Sergeant Yves Desfossés has dedicated 33 years to the Royal Canadian Air Force and Canada in both the Regular Force and the Primary Reserves. As a part-time reservist, Sergeant Desfossés serves as the Flight Safety Non Commissioned Member (NCM) for 408 Tactical Helicopter Squadron (THS) in Edmonton. His dedication to 408 THS, and the Flight Safety Program, is unparalleled and has resulted in the unit having a safety culture second to none. While providing mentorship and guidance to 29 different Unit Flight Safety Officers over the years, and with 408 THS continually deploying on overseas missions, Sergeant Desfossés has been the backbone of flight safety operations and has been integral in keeping the flight safety office running smoothly.

As a Class A reservist, Sergeant Desfossés goes above and beyond his normal working hours. Even though his duties often call upon him to stay late at night or during the weekends, he never hesitates to complete the task no matter the time requirements or constraints. His repeated willingness to come into the squadron while off duty to ensure standard operating procedures are adhered to is a testament to his dedication to the RCAF.

As a subject matter expert amongst the Aviation Technicians, and general “go-to” amongst the other trades, Sergeant Desfossés can often be found on the hangar floor instilling professionalism and assisting technicians in day-to-day activities such as flight safety and technical skill-based knowledge through leveraging his vast experience with the fleet.  His reputation for being approachable has allowed technicians to work with him and learn from him no matter the job at hand.

Sergeant Desfossés has paved out a remarkable career in the RCAF and is extremely deserving of this award.

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