1 Canadian Air Division / Canadian NORAD Region Commander

Major-General E.J Kenny, MSC, MSM, CD

Major-General E.J Kenny, MSC, MSM, CD

Major-General Eric Kenny joined the Canadian Armed Forces in 1989 and graduated from the Royal Military College (RMC) of Canada Kingston with a degree in Computer Engineering. He completed pilot training at 15 Wing Moose Jaw in 1995 and was selected to fly the CF18.

Following graduation, he served as a CF18 line and instructor pilot at 433 and 410 Tactical Fighter Squadrons (TFS) in 3 Wing Bagotville and 4 Wing Cold Lake. Throughout that period he filled the positions of Squadron Operations Officer, Squadron Standards and Training Officer, Officer Commanding (OC) Fighter Weapons Instructor Course (FWIC) and OC Fighter Operational Test and Evaluation.

Major-General Kenny held a number of command positions including Commanding Officer of 409 TFS in Cold Lake and 4 Wing Commander Cold Lake. His staff tours consist of Deputy Wing Operations Officer in Cold Lake, A3 Fighter at 1 Canadian Air Division Headquarters (1 CAD HQ) in Winnipeg, Director Air Force Readiness in the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) HQ in Ottawa, and Deputy Director J7 at NORAD-USNORTHCOM HQ in Colorado. As a Brigadier-General, he held the positions of Deputy Commander Force Generation at 1 CAD HQ in Winnipeg, and subsequently as Director General Air Readiness at RCAF HQ in Ottawa.

Major-General Kenny has deployed numerous times and participated in multiple operations. He deployed to Aviano, Italy twice to participate in Operation ECHO (Bosnia) and Operation ALLIED FORCE (Kosovo) where he took part in combat missions, and he was the Deputy Director of the Air Operations Control Centre at the International Security Assistance Force HQ in Afghanistan. His deployed command tours include: Task Force Commander for Operation IGNITION in Iceland; Detachment Commander of the CF18s and C130HT/C150Ts in Trapani, Italy where he took part in combat missions for Operation MOBILE (Libya); Commander Air Component Coordination Element in Poggio-Renatico, Italy, also for Operation MOBILE; and, Commander of ROTO 0 Air Task Force – Iraq for Operation IMPACT.

In July 2020, he was promoted to Major-General and appointed Commander 1 Canadian Air Division/Canadian NORAD Region.Throughout his career Major-General Kenny has accumulated 2,900 flying hours, 2,200 of them in the CF18. He is a graduate of the NATO Tactical Leadership Program, FWIC, Canadian Forces Command and Staff Program, USAF Air War College, USAF Combined Force Air Component Commander course, US CAPSTONE course, and has a Master of Defence Studies from RMC.