Retired colonel John Boileau served in the Royal Canadian Armoured Corps (RCAC) for 37 years and commanded Lord Strathcona’s Horse (Royal Canadians). In retirement, he was honorary colonel of the Halifax Rifles (RCAC) for 10 years. He is an author and a media commentator who specializes in military history and has written 600 articles and 14 books. Boileau was founding chair of the Halifax Military Heritage Preservation Society and chair of the National Council of Honorary Colonels. He is a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, a Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia Vice-Regal Commendation and a Commander Canadian Army Commendation.