Lieutenant-Colonel Mike French

Biography / November 15, 2016

Lieutenant-Colonel (LCol) Mike French is from Langley, British Columbia. After obtaining his glider pilot’s licence in Air Cadets, he joined the Canadian Armed Forces in July 1990. He attended Royal Roads Military College where he graduated in 1994 with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Space Science. Following his pilot wings training in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, LCol French was selected to remain as a qualified flight instructor where he attained an A2 instructor rating. 

In 2000, LCol French was posted to Cold Lake, Alberta to fly the CF-18 Hornet. He was subsequently posted to 441 Tactical Fighter Squadron in Cold Lake where he participated in numerous missions and exercises in a very busy post-9/11 era. In November 2004, LCol French tried out and was selected to 431 Air Demonstration Squadron, the Snowbirds, for the 2005 through 2007 show seasons to fly the Outer Left Wing position. He remained with the Snowbirds in Moose Jaw until the end of the 2009 show seasons serving as a Standards Pilot and completing the 2009 season as an Inner Left Wing Pilot.

In 2009, LCol French was posted back to Cold Lake as the Wing Flight Safety Officer where he regained currency on the CF-188 Hornet and maintained currency on the CT-114 Tutor aircraft serving as a Standards Pilot at the Aerospace Engineering and Test Establishment (AETE). He has accumulated over 5000 hours of flying time in ejection seat aircraft.  In July 2012, LCol French was posted to NORAD-USNORTHCOM HQ in Colorado Springs where he spent the first two years as Deputy Branch Chief Standards, NORAD Operations as well as worked in the Command Center as an Air Domain Chief. He spent the next two years as the Canadian Strategic Planner in the Commander’s front office before becoming Assistant Deputy Chief of Staff. In July 2017 he was posted back to Canada to assume command of 431 Air Demonstration Squadron, Canadian Forces (CF) Snowbirds.    

LCol French is an avid runner, cyclist, kiteboarder, and woodworker.

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