14 Wing Commander

Colonel Brendan Cook, MSM, CD

Colonel Brendan Cook

Colonel Brendan Cook joined the Royal Canadian Air Force in 1991. He attended Royal Roads Military College (RRMC) Victoria, graduating in the last class of Royal Rodents in 1995 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Oceanography and Earth Observational Science. After earning his Air Navigator Wings in 1996, he was posted to 407 Maritime Patrol Squadron in Comox, BC and served as an Acoustic Sensor Operator.

On completion of his first operational tour in 2000, Colonel Cook attended Royal Military College of Canada (RMC) Kingston, from 2000-02 and subsequently completed his Master of Physics in Underwater Acoustics and was later posted to the Acoustic Data Analysis Centre (Pacific) in Victoria, where he assumed the position of Acoustics Research Officer. During his time as ADAC (P) Acoustic Research Officer, he participated in the fielding of the Fast Time Analysis System, the Block III Aurora acoustic ground-based replay and analysis system, and oversaw the analysis for the first acoustic survey of the Victoria Class submarine.

In 2005, he was posted to the Maritime Proving and Evaluation Unit where he served in various capacities. As the Acoustics Project officer he oversaw the testing, evaluation and procedures development for Block III Aurora acoustic system. As a Test Director and Flight Commander he contributed to the development and testing of the Overland Equipment Mission Suite and also participated in the testing and procedures development of the Heron UAV system in Afghanistan in 2009. He completed his tour with MPEU as the DCO in 2010. He subsequently attended the Joint Command and Staff Program at the Canadian Forces College in Toronto.

In 2011, Colonel Cook was posted to the Strategic Joint Staff (SJS) at NDHQ Ottawa. During his time at the SJS he worked in Western Hemisphere Operations, J3 Coordination and later as EA Director of Staff SJS, where he participated in the planning and conduction of operations at the strategic level.

He assumed command of 405 Squadron in June 2014 and later deployed in Command of the Long Range Patrol Detachment Op IMPACT Roto 0. Colonel Cook was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal for leading the training, deployment, activation and execution of overland Aurora combat missions that provided intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities over Iraq. Throughout his Command, 405 Squadron was in a constant state of surge, conducting overland operations in Iraq, disaster relief operations in Manitoba, counter-drug operations in Latin America, Northern Sovereignty patrols and Maritime surface and subsurface surveillance missions at an unprecedented rate.

Following his command tour Colonel Cook assumed duties as Director of Air Requirements 3, responsible for managing Maritime Air Requirements for RCAF until his promotion to his current rank in April 2018.  He then attended the United States Air Force Air War College in Montgomery, Alabama.

Colonel Cook assumed command of 14 Wing Greenwood on 30 July 2019.