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Siegecraft II: No Fortress Impregnable
Feb. 24, 2022
Harold Aage Skaarup
Digital: Non-fiction: General
It has been said that the taking of a fortress depends primarily on the making of a good plan to take it, and the proper implementation and application of the resources to make the plan work. Long before a fortress has been besieged and conquered, it has to have been out thought before it can be outfought.
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Born in Woodstock, New Brunswick in 1951, Harold (Hal) Skaarup was privileged to serve 40 years with the Canadian Forces. He initially enrolled with the 56 Field Squadron, Royal Canadian Engineers, based in St. John's, Newfoundland in Feb 1971 and served with several Reserve units before transferring to the Regular Force in 1982. He is an experienced parachutist and skydiver, having served with the Canadian Forces Parachute Team (CFPT), the SkyHawks, based in Edmonton, Alberta from 1977-1979. His overseas service began with a Class C Reserve deployment as an Intelligence Officer at HQ Canadian Forces Europe, CFB Lahr, Germany, 1981-1983.

In July1983, he transferred to the Regular Force Intelligence Branch and attended the Basic Intelligence Officer Course (BIOC) at the Canadian Forces School of Intelligence and Security (CFSIS), CFB Borden, Ontario. On graduation, he was retained at CFSIS as an instructor, until he was posted to Ottawa in 1984 where he trained CF Attachés and worked as Intelligence Analyst. His parachute experience caught up with him again when he was called to serve with the Canadian Airborne Regiment (CAR), at CFB Petawawa, Ontario from 1986 to 1989. He was immediately deployed to Cyprus, serving with the United Nations (UN) until Feb 1987. He graduated from the Canadian Forces Staff School (CFSS) in Toronto and the Canadian Land Forces Command and Staff College (CLFCSC) in Kingston, Ontario, and completed a number of military courses during his service. The courses provided unexpected golden opportunities, and in June 1989 he won the lottery, with a second posting to CFB Lahr, this time with the HQ and Signals Squadron, 4 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group (4 CMBG), where he served as the Deputy Intelligence Officer.
Rotating back to Canada in 1992, he returned to CFSIS, where he served as an instructor, and on promotion to Major a year later, took charge of the Intelligence Training Company. In 1994, he was posted to the Tactics School at the Combat Training Centre (CTC), based at CFB Gagetown, New Brunswick, where he served as the Intelligence Directing Staff officer. In support of his interest in continuing education, and with the assistance of the CF education program, he graduated with a Master’s degree in War Studies at the Royal Military College (RMC), Kingston, Ontario in May 1997. A month later, he deployed to Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina, where he served as the Commanding Officer (CO) of the Canadian National Intelligence Centre (CANIC) with the NATO-led Peace Stabilization Force (SFOR) until Dec 1997 .
On his return to CFB Gagetown, the Army again sent him back to school, this time to attend the Land Forces Technical Staff Officer’s Course at RMC in Kingston. There are always surprises when you have an extra check mark in one’s military service tool box, and this course led to an immediate posting to North American Aerospace Defence (NORAD) HQ, at Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station, Colorado Springs, Colorado, from 1999 to 2003. The 9/11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Towers and the Pentagon took place in the middle of this tour – a most interesting time to be part of NORAD, to say the least.
Although posted to Land Forces Atlantic Area (LFAA) in Halifax, Nova Scotia, as the Area Intelligence Officer, the direct effect of 9/11 on the Major and his family, came in the form of a tasking to serve as the Deputy Intelligence and Chief Assessments Officer, with the Kabul Multinational Brigade (KMNB), in Kabul, Afghanistan, from Jan to Aug 2004. He returned to Gagetown (now 5 Canadian Division Support Base Gagetown (5 CDSB)) in 2006, where he served as the Deputy Operations Officer (DCO) and Commander’s Intelligence Advisor.
Harold is married to Faye (nee Jenkins). Their son Jonathan and his wife Jocelyn have provided grandchildren Cole and Ashley and their son Sean and his wife Melyse have provided granddaughters Owen and Auli and grandson Bauer. Harold and Faye live in Fredericton, New Brunswick.
Harold is active as a member of the Friends of the New Brunswick Military History Museum (NBMHM) at 5 CDSB Gagetown, providing guided tours to visitors and historical lectures on New Brunswick Military History. He is also a member of the Board of Directors for the Fredericton Region Museum (FRM). He is the author of several books including four volumes of “Out of Darkness - Light, a History of Canadian Military Intelligence”, and continues to write with a focus on military history.
On 1 Feb 2015 Harold was appointed Honorary Lieutenant-Colonel for 3 Intelligence Company, Halifax, Nova Scotia, serving until 1 Feb 2018. He is immensely proud of this unit.
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