15 Wing once again has a new wing commander.
Col. Paul Goddard officially took over command as wing commander and military director of the NATO Flying Training in Canada (NFTC) program from Col. Marc Bigaouette during the change of command ceremony at 15 Wing on Monday.
“I really want to go through a period of stability here ... I don’t think we’re going to embark on any big projects because everybody is very, very busy,” said Goddard. “It’ll be about monitoring where we’re at and how we’re doing and hopefully after two years, we’re going to be stabilized, up and running and we’ll be proud of what the production numbers are at.”
Goddard was born in Landstuhl, Germany, into a military family. His mother is from Saskatchewan and his father retired from the military in Weyburn. From Grade 8 to Grade 12, Goddard attended the Weyburn Comprehensive High School. He enrolled in the Canadian Forces in 1980.
He earned his pilot wings in Moose Jaw in 1985 where he stayed to serve his first tour. After being posted in a variety of places in Canada and around the world, he was posted in Moose Jaw as the chief of staff responsible for all 15 Wing support functions in 2003. Goddard is married to Annette Bernard and they have three children.
“Coming back to Moose Jaw is like coming home,” said Goddard. “For me and Annette, we have family and friends across Saskatchewan and we look forward to being able to get reacquainted.”