22 Wing Commander

Colonel Mark Lachapelle, CD

Colonel Mark Lachapelle, CD

Colonel Lachapelle enrolled in the Canadian Armed Forces in North Bay on June 18, 1998 and thereafter attended the Royal Military College of Canada (RMC) in Kingston, Ontario. In October 2002, he commenced his Aerospace Controller (AEC) training at the Canadian Forces School of Aerospace Control Operations (CFSACO) and then proceeded to 22 Wing North Bay to complete the final phase of his training with 51 Aerospace Control & Warning (Operational Training) Squadron. Once qualified, he was posted to 21 Aerospace Control & Warning Squadron (21 AC&W Sqn) at 22 Wing as both a Weapons Director (WD) and a Senior Director (SD). In 2005, he moved to Geilenkirchen, Germany, to serve with both 1 Squadron and 2 Squadron at the NATO Airborne Early Warning and Control (AWACS) Force E3A Component. During that time he was upgraded to instructor and evaluator gaining over 1200 hours of flying time.

Col Lachapelle returned to Canada in 2009 and was posted to the Canadian Operational Support Command (CANOSCOM) as the Aide-de-Camp to the Commander. Upon promotion to Major, in 2010, he was selected to attend the Joint Command and Staff Programme at the Canadian Forces College in Toronto. After completing Staff College in 2011, he commanded 12 Radar Squadron at 3 Wing Bagotville for two years. In 2013, he was posted to Ottawa where he served as the executive assistant to the Deputy Commander of the RCAF and was subsequently promoted to LCol in June 2014 serving in the Directorate of Air Force Readiness and Plans within the Air Staff. On July 7th, 2016, he assumed command of 21 AC&W Sqn as both the Sqn Commander and Director of Operations for the Canadian Air Defence Sector (CADS). He was posted to the Chief of Force Development in the summer of 2018 as the RCAF Representative to the Targeting Capability Implementation Team (TCIT) as was promoted to his current rank of Col in June 2019.  

On July 12, 2019, Col Lachapelle assumed Command of 22 Wing/Canadian Forces Base North Bay.

Col Lachapelle has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Economics as well as a Masters of Defence Studies from the Royal Military College of Canada. He is a graduate of the Canadian Forces Land Command and Staff College in Kingston, and the Joint Command and Staff Programme at the Canadian Forces College in Toronto.

He is a hockey enthusiast and an avid golfer.  He also enjoys travelling the world.