1 Canadian Air Division Chief Warrant Officer

Chief Warrant Officer J-C Parent

Chief Warrant Officer J-C Parent

Chief Warrant Officer J-C Parent

Chief Warrant Officer J-C Parent enrolled in the Canadian Armed Forces in 1985 as an Air Frame Technician. Following his technical training, he began his career at 410 Squadron in Cold Lake, AB, working on the newly acquired CF-188 fighter aircraft. Transferred to the renewed 441 Squadron in May 1987, he participated in multiple deployments in Northern Canada and the United States in support of Canadian border security operations and fighter training. His next transfer was to 439 Tiger Squadron in Baden Germany in 1991. Upon base closure in 1993, he transferred to 425 Squadron Alouettes in Bagotville, Quebec. CWO Parent participated in several high-profile events during his time at 425 Squadron to include the 2000 CF-18 air show season as the maintenance crew chief, and two William Tell aerial gunnery competitions in Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida. Promoted to Sergeant in 2002, CWO Parent was transferred to the Air Command Professional Development training center in Borden, serving as the Directing Staff (Leadership instructor) and standard officer supporting the Primary Leadership Qualification. 

Promoted to Warrant Officer in June 2005, CWO Parent transferred to 8 Air Maintenance Squadron (AMS) in Trenton as the Deputy Air Maintenance Support Officer. He took part in Op Athena in December 2006 to West Asia where he was responsible for CC-130 Hercules maintenance in support of the Kandahar mission in Afghanistan. Upon returning from his tour, he continued serving 8 AMS as a crew Chief, leading a first line maintenance crew. Promoted to the rank of Master Warrant Officer in 2008, CWO Parent took on the responsibilities of the Squadron Warrant Officer at 431 Air Demonstration Squadron in Moose Jaw, SK. 

Following his appointment with the Snowbirds, WO Parent transferred to the National Defence Head Quarters in Ottawa in 2011, serving the Royal Canadian Air Force Chief Warrant Officer as his executive assistant until promoted to his present rank. In 2012, he took part in the Non-Commissioned Member (NCM) Executive Professional Development Program at the Royal Military College of Canada in Kingston On, obtaining a certificate in military studies.  Following his studies, CWO Parent came back to Ottawa to serve as a career manager for the Air Maintenance Superintendent branch. CWO Parent was transferred to 19 Wing as the Wing Chief Warrant Officer in Comox, BC, where he served from May 2014 to June 2018.

CWO Parent is a recipient of the Order of Military Merit. He attended the US Air Force Senior NCO Academy at Maxwell-Gunter Air Force Base in Montgomery Alabama and is a graduate of the Keystone program from the National Defence University in Washington, DC. CWO Parent also took part in the Executive Leadership Program and Canadian Security Studies Programme from the Canadian Forces College in Toronto.