Royal Canadian Air Force Aerospace Warfare Centre

Commanding Officer - Colonel Michael Ward, CD

Colonel Michael Ward, CD

After 5 years with the RC Air Cadets, Colonel Michael Ward joined the Canadian Armed Forces in 1985. He graduated from the Royal Military College of Canada (RMC) Kingston, in 1989 and received his pilot’s wings in 1990. Posted to the Tactical Aviation community, he served with 430 Escadron Tactique des Helicoptères in Valcartier, QC, and 427 Tactical Helicopter Squadron/Special Operations Aviation Squadron in Petawawa, ON. Colonel Ward deployed to Somalia with the Canadian Airborne Battle Group, completed a peacekeeping tour in Haiti with the United Nations, and commanded in operations in Afghanistan.

Colonel Ward has held various staff positions at both the tactical and strategic level, including as the Strategic Joint Staff, and Chief of Force Development. He is currently employed as the Foundign Director of the NORAD Forward Element (Ottawa).

Colonel Ward is a graduate of the Joint Command and Staff Program, the Advanced Aerospace Operations Course, and the Land Command and Staff Course. He holds a Bachelor and Master’s degree from the Royal Military College of Canada (RMC) Kingston, and a Master of Arts in International Affairs from the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs at Carleton University. Colonel Ward has extensive international experience working with the Strategic Joint Staff, the Pearson Peacekeeping Center and the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission.

Colonel Ward has over 2500 flying hours, mostly on the CH135 Twin Huey and CH146 Griffon, and has extensive night vision goggle experience as an instructor and in operations. Colonel Ward is fluent in French and Spanish.