Colonel (Retired) Pat (P@) Stogran, MSC, CD, PEng
Born in LaSarre, Quebec, Colonel Stogran spent his teenage years in Richmond, B.C. before attending Royal Roads Military College in August 1976. He graduated from the Royal Military College of Canada in 1980 with a degree in Electrical Engineering.
Colonel Stogran’s first regimental tour was with the Third Battalion Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry in Victoria in 1980. Over the subsequent six years he served in all the junior command and staff appointments in an infantry battalion. Following a tour with the Canadian Airborne Regiment he served as a mechanized company commander with the First Battalion in Calgary. Colonel Stogran returned to the PPCLI for the last time in 2000 when he assumed command of the same battalion that he first joined exactly 20 years earlier, 3PPCLI.
In 1993, Colonel Stogran was seconded to the United Nations to serve as a Military Observer during the war in Bosnia. He was subsequently awarded a Mentioned-in-Dispatch for courage under fire. In 2002, as the Commanding Officer of 3PPCLI, he deployed to Afghanistan on Operation APOLLO/ENDURING FREEDOM. This marked the first time since the Korean War that Canada deployed ground troops against a declared enemy. For his conspicuous service he was awarded the Meritorious Service Cross and the United States Bronze Star.
Colonel Stogran holds a Master of Strategic Studies from the United States Army War College, and has attended the yearlong British Army Technical Staff Course in Shrivenham, England and the Canadian Forces Command and Staff Course in Toronto. He has served in an instructional capacity at the Australian Army Land Warfare Centre and with the Department of Applied Military Sciences at the Royal Military College in Kingston, Ontario. The Colonel also has extensive experience in the field of project management and the procurement of military equipment, and is a licensed Professional Engineer in the province of Ontario.
Colonel Stogran retired from the Canadian Forces in 2007 to take up the position a Canada’s first Veterans Ombudsman. He served in that capacity until 10 November 2010.
Colonel Stogran now enjoys quality time spent with his family, and pursuing his passions for martial arts, hockey, music, and writing. He shares the majority of his waking hours with Apollo, a Chocolate Labrador Retriever.
To learn more about the Colonel, please visit his personal website at www.PatStogran.com