426 Transport Training Squadron welcomes new Honorary Colonel

News Article / April 11, 2018

From National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces

Members of 426 Transport Training Squadron welcomed newly appointed Honorary Colonel Ann Marie Vaughan, Ed. D., during a ceremony at 8 Wing Trenton, Ontario, on April 11, 2018.

Honorary Colonel Vaughan has served more than 25 years as an educator at a number of universities around the world and throughout Canada, including Memorial University of Newfoundland and College of the North Atlantic. She has also held positions at the National Research Council of Canada, the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency and Service Canada. In 2016, she was appointed President and CEO of Loyalist College. 

“Through my career in higher education,” Honorary Colonel Vaughan said, “I share a considerable bond with the members of 426 Transport Training Squadron, who strive to develop professional and resilient aircrew and technicians who are able to meet the challenges of providing air power throughout the world in support of Canadian Armed Forces operations.”

A resident of Belleville, Ontario, since November 2017, she is also a member of the 2018 Quinte Rotary Music Festival Planning Committee. 

“We welcome Honorary Colonel Vaughan to 426 Transport Training Squadron and look forward to working with her as an experienced instructor, manager and leader, while also showing her how we train and teach at the squadron,” said the squadron's commanding officer, Lieutenant-Colonel Brent Hoddinott. “We must remain adaptable and innovative as we prepare aircrew and technicians for the future, and I expect our relationship with Honorary Colonel Vaughan will be mutually beneficial in this regard.”

The responsibilities of honorary appointees include fostering esprit de corps; developing, promoting and sustaining strong community support for the unit; establishing and maintaining liaison with unit charities and associations; establishing and maintaining a liaison with the commander as well as with other persons with honorary appointments; participating in parades and official functions in which the unit takes part; and advising the unit’s commander.

Quick Facts

  • 426 Transport Training Squadron carries out between 80 and 125 serials for 25 different courses every year to generate operationally effective Air Mobility aircrew and technicians in support of Canadian Armed Forces operations.
  • Members of 426 Transport Training Squadron work at the Air Mobility Training Centre located at 8 Wing Trenton. The facility was designed and built to accommodate the latest in aircrew and technician simulation, making it one of the most advanced training facilities in the world.
  • Members of 426 Transport Training Squadron train and prepare aircrew, technicians and aeromedical personnel to serve on the CC-130 Hercules (H and J) and CC-150 Polaris aircraft.
  • The honorary rank is “honorary and advisory,” and honorary rank does not confer authority or command function. Honoraries can provide continuity within the unit on matters of community events and activities, unit traditions, etc. Honorary Colonels play an important role in speaking to new recruits and young officers about unit history and traditions.
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