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|Col S.G. Friday, CD
Colonel Sean Friday joined the Canadian Forces in 1985. After graduation from the Royal Military College in 1989 and Air Navigator wings training, Colonel Friday served with 429 Transport Squadron in Trenton where he flew as an Advanced Tactical Airlift Navigator and as a Formation Lead Navigator on the CC-130 Hercules. He later joined 435 Transport and Rescue Squadron in Winnipeg, conducting strategic airlift and tactical air-to-air refueling missions during the Gulf War, Operation Airbridge (Bosnia-Hercegovina), and Operation Determination in Kuwait.
Colonel Friday’s staff appointments include an exchange posting at the United States Air Force Personnel Centre and tours at National Defence Headquarters in Directorate of Human Resources Information Management and Directorate of Aerospace Requirements.
From July 2006 until May 2008, Colonel Friday was appointed as Commanding Officer of 435 Transport and Rescue Squadron. During this tour the unit was awarded the coveted Mynarski Trophy as Canada's top search and rescue squadron and was later recognized with the Canadian Forces Unit Commendation. Prior to his current appointment, Colonel Friday was Deputy Chief of Staff – Plans and Strategy at Canada Command Headquarters.
From June to December 2008 Colonel Friday was deployed to Joint Task Force Afghanistan as Commanding Officer of the Theatre Support Element - Camp Mirage. He has also carried out several humanitarian airlift operations including deployments to Djibouti/Ethiopia, Kenya/Somalia and Uganda. In Canada, Colonel Friday has flown air-to-air refueling operations protecting Canadian sovereign airspace, conducted air mobility operations from coast to coast and to the farthest reaches in the North, and has led planning for Operation PODIUM (Vancouver 2010 Olympics) and Operation CADENCE (2010 G8 Summit).
Colonel Friday is a graduate of the Belgian Cours Supérieur d'État- Major and the Air Force's Aerospace Systems Course. He holds a bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering from RMC and an Executive MBA from Queen's University. He is an avid sports enthusiast, golfing and skiing whenever he can, running whenever he must and putting the puck in the net whenever providence smiles.
Colonel Friday assumed Command of 8 Wing / CFB Trenton on August 11th 2011.