9 Wing commander

Lieutenant-Colonel Jenn Weissenborn

Lieutenant-Colonel JM Weissenborn

Lieutenant-Colonel Jenn Weissenborn began her military career as an Aerospace Engineering Officer and transferred to the pilot occupation shortly after it opened to women. She holds a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering degree and a Master of Defence Studies degree from the Royal Military College of Canada, as well as airline transport pilot and commercial pilot licenses on single and multi-engine helicopters and airplanes. Throughout her career she has accumulated 6500 flying hours.

Upon receiving her Pilot Wings, she was posted to 103 Search and Rescue (SAR) Squadron and then later to 442 Transport and Rescue (T&R) Squadron, where she successively filled training, standards and eventually Operational Training Flight instructor roles.

During the late 1990s, she joined the Reserve Force, becoming a Joint Rescue Coordination Centre SAR controller while also working as a civilian commercial helicopter pilot in the firefighting, forestry and mining exploration sectors in western Canada and the Arctic.

Transferring back to the Regular Force, she became a Mission Control Support Officer at 19 Wing Comox and later returned to SAR operations. LCol Weissenborn attended the initial cadre training on the CH-149 Cormorant helicopter in England and Italy which led to her involvement in the helicopter’s acceptance program as well as the operational transition to the new SAR helicopter.

From 2004-2007 LCol Weissenborn flew with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) and Transport Canada Aircraft Services. As a pilot with the RCMP aircraft services she worked up to the base manager position, and with Transport Canada she had the good fortune to work as a civil aviation inspector within the Commercial Business Aviation and Aerodrome and Air Navigation branches.

Re-enrolling in the CAF in 2007, LCol Weissenborn was posted to 3 Canadian Forces Flying Training School as an instructor and School Flight Safety Officer. Following this tour she was posted back to 442 T&R Squadron as the Operational Training Flight Commander for the CC-115 Buffalo and CH-149 Cormorant fleets. A posting as the Officer in Charge (OIC) of the Joint Rescue Coordination Centre allowed her the opportunity to work closely with SAR professionals in the Canadian Coast Guard.

Today LCol Weissenborn is working at the location of her first operational posting and is honoured to take command of 9 Wing Gander.