17 Wing Commander

Colonel Eric Charron

Colonel Eric Charron

Colonel Eric Charron was born in Val D'Or, QC. Son of an officer, he enrolled in 1988 in Winnipeg.

He attended the Royal Military College in Kingston, graduating as Electrical Engineer and was posted to the School of Communication and Electronics to complete his training as a Communications and Electronics officer.

He progressed with a number of technical and leadership jobs, starting at a Communication Squadron in Borden (ON) as a troop officer responsible for the maintenance, then operations of the military strategic communication node, then became the Operations Officer for the Metropolitan Area Network in Ottawa during its initial construction, including preparing preventive measures against any Y2K bugs.

Promoted Major in 1999 and posted to the Directorate of Intelligence, Security and Operations Automation as manager of all military intelligence information systems, while completing a MBA at U of Ottawa.

In 2000, Maj Charron is posted to the Netherlands as chief systems engineer for the NATO Military Intelligence network. 

In 2003, the Charron family goes to Kingston, where Maj Charron rejoined the School of Communications and Electronics, as Squadron Commander for Air Force Communications and Army Signals officers’ training and then Squadron Commander for support functions covered by over thirteen military occupations at the Joint Signals Regiment.

In January 2007, he is selected for German Staff College in Hamburg after a crash course in German, and the whole family moves back to Europe. In 2009, Lieutenant-Colonel Charron returns to Ottawa to assume the role of Life Cycle Manager for various strategic communications systems. He deploys to Kabul in 2010 as Deputy CJ6 and commanding officer of the so-called “Kabul 100”. On return in 2011, he becomes the Operations & Plans Officer of the Information Management Group in Ottawa. In 2012, he assumes the A6 position at 1 Canadian Air Division in Winnipeg and is promoted to his current rank in 2014.  He remains in Winnipeg but is reassigned to 2 Canadian Air Division as Director Air Force Training, responsible for all RCAF Individual Training.  In July 2015, he returns to Ottawa to assume the functions of Director Strategic Communication Services.

In August 2016, Colonel Charron was selected for the year-long National Security Program at CFC Toronto before returning to 1 Canadian Air Division in Winnipeg as Chief Planner for all RCAF Operations and Collective Training.