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A Successful Investigation

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A Successful Investigation

In 2003 I went back for a fourth brief tour to investigate a radiological incident and the problem was that when we were destroying the arms that had been turned over to us, some of the weapons had radioactive paint in the sights and if you cut through that paint with an oxy-acetylene torch you release the radioactive agents which you can then inhale and we were concerned that this was going to cause long term effects. Happily it turned out that of all the people who were involved in the destruction of weapons only two came up to half of what the allowable dose is for a general member of the public so it was a very successful investigation and it used not only my engineering expertise but also my operational expertise in terms of being able to understand how different things went together. Actually went so far as to recreate experimental conditions from which we took data to prove that, in fact, no one was at risk.

Returning to Bosnia for the fourth time, Major Mac Culloch describes more of the varied tasks he encountered.

Wayne Mac Culloch

Wayne Mac Culloch was born in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, in 1953 and grew up in Quebec. He began his studies at the Royal Military College in Kingston, Ontario, at the age of 18 and would serve as a military engineer in the Canadian Armed Forces for more than 40 years. During his long and varied career, Mr. Mac Culloch served across Canada and took part in three overseas deployments to the Balkans and one to Haiti before being medically discharged with the rank of major. Still having a passion to serve, he went on to work as a civilian employee with the Department of National Defence. Since 2004, Mr. Mac Culloch has volunteered his time and talents to help deliver the “Peace Module” during the Historica Encounters with Canada program in Ottawa. Week after week, he has engaged with youth from coast to coast and educated them about the sacrifices and achievements of Canadians who have served in uniform over the years.

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Veterans Affairs Canada
November 9, 2016
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Wayne Mac Culloch
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Canadian Armed Forces
Canadian Armed Forces

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