1 Wing Commander
Colonel Jeannot Boucher, MSM, CD
Colonel Jeannot Boucher joined the Canadian Armed Forces in 1992. In 1997 he completed his studies at the Royal Military College of Canada (RMCC) in Kingston and obtained his pilot wings the following year. His first posting was with 439 Combat Support Squadron in Bagotville. In 2002 he was posted to 403 Helicopter Operational Training Squadron in Gagetown as an instructor. Promoted to the rank of Major in 2005, Colonel Boucher was posted to NDHQ as an analyst in the Vice Chief of Defence Staff organization. In July 2008, he was posted to 430 Escadron Tactique d’Hélicoptères (ETAH) in Valcartier, as the Operations Officer as they prepared for their first deployment to Afghanistan. He eventually deployed as the Operations Officer and Deputy Commanding Officer for CHF(A) to Afghanistan in 2009. Promoted to the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel in 2010, he furthered his education at the United States Air Force Air Command and Staff College in Alabama and then remained for an additional two years on faculty as a member of the Department of International Security Studies. In 2013, he was appointed as Commanding Officer of 430 ETAH. In summer 2015, he was once again posted to NDHQ as Executive-Assistant to the Commander of the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF). Promoted to Colonel in June 2016, he took over as the 1 Wing Commander in July 2016.
Colonel Boucher has accumulated over 2800 flying hours in his career. He has a bachelor degree in Politics and Economics and a Masters in Warfare Studies, both from RMCC and a Masters in Operational Art and Science from USAF Air University; he is also a graduate of the Air War College Distance Learning Program.