Major-General Pierre St-Amand assumed command of 1 Canadian Air Division Headquarters at a formal ceremony held at 17 Wing, Winnipeg, Man Friday.
The outgoing commander, Lieutenant-General Alain Parent, was promoted earlier this week and is posted to Colorado Springs, Colorado, where he will take over as deputy commander of the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD).
“As I reflect on the past few years, I can say that the RCAF is on a roll,” said LGen Andre Deschamps, commander of the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF), who presided over the ceremony.
“We have succeeded in our operations, we’ve looked after our people, and we’ve made progress on equipment acquisitions. I’m confident that we will continue to serve Canada and Canadian interests to the best of our abilities wherever we may be called to do so.”
MGen St-Amand leaves his former position of deputy commander of 1 Canadian Air Division Headquarters in which he conceptualized a more effective command and control structure, and enhanced the RCAF’s approach to readiness.
Moving forward as commander, MGen St-Amand intends to build on the RCAF vision of ‘Flying in Formation’ while focusing on the people.
“My way ahead is very simple,” he said. “Continue to work, learn and train as a team so that we can operate as a team and deliver these incredibly complex initiatives and operations which make up the character of a modern military organization.”
As part of the responsibilities that come with his new role, MGen St-Amand also took over as commander of Canadian NORAD Region (CANR) during a ceremony on Sept. 4 at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs, Colorado. CANR is one of three North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) regions responsible for aerospace surveillance, identification, control and warning for the defence of North America.