19 Wing Commander

Lieutenant Colonel Rhonda Stevens

Lieutenant Colonel Rhonda Stevens

Born and raised in North Harbour Newfoundland, Lieutenant Colonel (LCol) Stevens enrolled in the Canadian Forces in 1993, six days after graduating high school. She attended both College militaire Royale de Saint-Jean and Royal Military College of Canada in Kingston Ontario where she graduated with her Bachelors degree in 1998.

Upon receiving her Air Navigator wings from the Canadian Forces Air Navigation School (CFANS) in 1999, she was selected to navigate the CC-115 Buffalo aircraft at 442 Search and Rescue (SAR) Squadron in Comox, BC. In 2004, she was posted back to CFANS in Winnipeg as an instructor on the CT-142 Dash 8 aircraft. In 2008, she assumed the position of Executive Assistant (EA) to the 17 Wing Commander (WComd) Winnipeg and in 2009 accepted a posting to Greenwood NS where she was EA for 10 months, reducing the geographical gap with her service spouse.

Promoted to Major in 2010, LCol Stevens graciously accepted a posting offer back to 442 Squadron in Comox as the Squadron Operations Officer and Navigator on the Buffalo. In 2014, she was appointed Officer in Charge of the Joint Rescue Coordination Centre in Halifax NS, a centre that prosecutes more than 2,500 search and rescue cases annually. She was posted to Toronto in August 2017 where she completed the Joint Command Staff Program and her Masters in Defence Studies.

In July 2018, LCol Stevens was posted to Ottawa as the Canadian Joint Operations Command SAR Advisor for one year and was subsequently appointed as Commanding Officer of 442 Search and Rescue Squadron in Comox, BC, fulfilling a career dream. Upon completion of her command tour at 442 Squadron in August 2021, LCol Stevens was appointed as the Chair of the Fixed Wing SAR (FWSAR) Secretariat responsible for facilitating the advancement of the FWSAR CC-295 project.