2 Wing has a New Com­man­der

Le Vortex de Bagotville - - NEWS -

Co­lo­nel Luc Guillette be­came the third com­man­der of 2 Wing Ba­got­ville, suc­cee­ding Co­lo­nel Luc Bou­cher who held the po­si­tion for two years.

The Change of Com­mand ce­re­mo­ny was held on Ju­ly 26th, 2017 at Ca­na­dian Forces Base Ba­got­ville in Han­gar 7. The troops pa­ra­ded with wea­pons and swords be­fore the re­vie­wing of­fi­cer, Ma­jorGe­ne­ral Ch­ris­tian Drouin, Com­man­der of 1 Ca­na­dian Air Di­vi­sion.

For his last speech, Co­lo­nel Bou­cher took care to thank the mi­li­ta­ry for their work and sa­cri­fices. "I was im­pres­sed with the de­ter­mi­na­tion and lea­der­ship that the mem­bers of 2 Wing de­mons­tra­ted," he said. "Thanks to them, 2 Wing has contri­bu­ted to more than a do­zen mis­sions and exer­cises in Ca­na­da and el­sew­here in the past year alone."

Des­pite the fact that 2 Wing was crea­ted main­ly to sup­port ex­pe­di­tio­na­ry air ope­ra­tions abroad, do­mes­tic ope­ra­tions are now part of its re­per­toire. 2 Wing co­or­di­na­ted air ope­ra­tions du­ring the floods in Que- bec last May and is cur­rent­ly al­so doing so in Bri­tish Co­lum­bia to help fight fo­rest fires.

Re­tur­ning from a mis­sion where he com­man­ded the Ca­na­dian Air Force du­ring Ope­ra­tion IM­PACT, Col Guillette said: "I am confi­dent in the abi­li­ties of the mem­bers of 2 Wing to conti­nue to sup­port air mis­sions, as they have done for my own mis­sion in the past. My mis­sion now is to di­rect them to bring 2 Wing to an even hi­gher le­vel of rea­di­ness so they can conti­nue to pro­ject the po­wer of the Royal Ca­na­dian Air Force in­to the world."

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