Major-General (MGen) Wheeler joined the Canadian Armed Forces in October 1984 following the completion of a Bachelor of Education degree from the University of New Brunswick. He underwent pilot training and was posted to 3 CFFTS Portage la Prairie, where he instructed Primary Flying Training, and also taught at the Flying Instructor School (FIS).
MGen Wheeler commenced fighter pilot training in 1989 and has accumulated over 4,000 hours, with more than half of those flown on fighter aircraft. During that time he conducted operational tours in CFB Baden Soellingen and 4 Wing Cold Lake, and was a proud member of 421, 439 and 410 Sqns.
MGen Wheeler graduated from Air Command and Staff College in Montgomery, Alabama where he also completed a Masters in Public Administration from Auburn University. He also attended the Advanced Military Studies Programme and the National Securities Programme, both at Canadian Force College Toronto.
He has conducted command tours as Chief of Staff and Deputy Commanding Officer of Canadian Forces Northern Area, Commanding Officer of 410 Tactical Fighter Operational Training Squadron, and as Wing Commander in 4 Wing Cold Lake.
He put this experience to good use during an ISAF tour in Kabul, Afghanistan, where he was the Deputy Director of the Air Operations Control Centre and recently returned from a tour as Director of the Combined Air Operations Centre for Op FOUNDATION.
MGen Wheeler has conducted staff tours in the Operational Requirements cell of the NATO Flying Training in Canada (NFTC) Program, in the Directorate of Air Strategy and Plans, and also as the Lead of the Commander's Advisory Group in the Air Staff. He has served as the Deputy Commander, 1 Canadian Air Division for the past year. MGen Wheeler was promoted to his current rank on 7 July 2014 and appointed Commander 1 Canadian Air Division/Canadian NORAD Region on l6 July 2014.