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15 Wing Commander Col. Paul Goddard (left), Reviewing Officer Brig.-Gen. Martin Galvin and former 15 Wing Commander Col. Marc Bigaouette prepare to sign the scrolls at the last change of command ceremony at 15 Wing on Aug. 20, 2012.
15 Wing to change commanders Friday
Col. Paul Goddard ascended to the role of commander at 15 Wing on Aug 20, 2012. On Friday, he will be replaced by Col. Alex Day.
Currently posted at 1 Canadian Air Division in Winnipeg, Col. Day will assume the power and authority to run 15 Wing at a parade shortly after 3 p.m.
The bi-annual command change at 15 Wing is expected to have at least 200 guests – VIPs, political dignitaries from all three levels of government and officers from the RCMP and Moose Jaw Police Service.
“It's a busy job to run a wing,” said Cpt. Susan Magill, a public affairs officer for 15 Wing Moose Jaw. “If you've earned all the accolades that come with that, then they'll bring in someone else. It's all part of the learning process in the military.”
In addition to becoming the new wing commander, Col. Day will take over as director of the NATO Flying Training in Canada program.
Although the last 23 months have been a busy time at 15 Wing under Col. Goddard’s leadership, Cpt. Magill referred to it as a “very special time.”
An A1-trained Harvard instructor, Col. Goddard is only one of about a dozen such instructors in Canada with the highest level of Harvard training.
“It was great that we had an opportunity to match up the best skills and instructional levels with the actual aircraft that we are training on. So, he was instrumental in getting a lot of pilots through the training,” Cpt. Magill said of Col. Goddard.
At the end of Friday’s parade, there will also be a small fly over as a salute to Col. Goddard’s service as wing commander at 15 Wing.
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