5 Wing Commander

Lieutenant-Colonel Stéphane Racle

Lieutenant-Colonel Stéphane Racle

Born in Ottawa, Lieutenant-Colonel Stéphane Racle joined the Canadian Armed Forces as an Aerospace Engineer in 1996. His diverse career has taken him across Canada and overseas in a variety of operational and technical roles. He holds a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering from the Royal Military College of Canada, master’s degrees in Business Administration and in Defence Studies, and is a graduate of the Empire Test Pilots’ School in Boscombe Down, United Kingdom.

Serving nearly five years as a Flight Test Engineer at the Aerospace Engineering Test Establishment in Cold Lake, Alberta, Lieutenant-Colonel Racle has flight tested over 25 aircraft types, mainly helicopters, and his work with the CU161 Sperwer Unmanned Aircraft System took him to Afghanistan in 2008. His experience includes postings to 14 Air Maintenance Squadron in Greenwood, Nova Scotia, leading maintenance operations for the CP140 Aurora long-range patrol aircraft, and to the Canadian Joint Operations Command Headquarters in Ottawa, Ontario, where he coordinated support planning activities for both operational deployments and exercises.

More recently, Lieutenant-Colonel Racle was a staff officer at 1 Canadian Air Division Headquarters in Winnipeg, Manitoba, where he fulfilled a wide range of responsibilities related to aircraft maintenance, before returning to the CP140 fleet, heading the in-service support program as the Weapon System Manager and Senior Design Engineer.

He is an avid squash and competitive dodgeball player, and also likes board games, cats, and old computers.