‘Tis the season for Change of Commands

4 Mission Support Squadron

The Courier

4 MSS saw a change in leadership with the passing of the sword from Lieutenant-Colonel (LCol) Kirsten Dubreuil to LCol Delaina Brown on 30 July 2020.

LCol Dubreil at the ceremony said, “I leave 4 MSS today with so much gratitude and pride in having the opportunity to work with a team of such professionals during my tenure as your Commanding Officer. Chaque jour a apporté une opportunité d’apprentissage et je sais que je n’ai fait qu’effleurer la surface en comprenant les subtilités de toutes les sections de la 4e escadron de soutien de mission. What is accomplished across the Squadron each day is incredible. As I’ve told you all before, you are talented professionals and it was a true privilege to be your Commanding Officer.”

Incoming Commanding Officer (CO), LCol Delaina Brown, enrolled in the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) as a Supply Technician in January 2002 and was posted to Gagetown and Kingston before taking her commission in 2005, becoming an Air Logistics Officer with a specialty in Supply.

LCol Brown’s military career took her to many places such as postings to 14 Wing Greenwood, Edmonton, Ottawa and 22 Wing North Bay. She also has been deployed to Kuwait and Afghanistan.

LCol Brown has a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and is a graduate of the Joint Command and Staff Programme.

4 MSS Change of Command
Outgoing 4 Mission Support Squadron (4 MSS) Commanding Officer, Lieutenant-Colonel Kirsten Dubreuil departs the 4 MSS Change of Command Ceremony in a fire truck on July 30, 2020 at Medley Terminal, 4 Wing, Cold Lake, Alberta. Photo: LS Erica Seymour, 4 Wing Imaging
4 MSS Change of Command
Incoming 4 Mission Support Squadron (4 MSS) Commanding Officer, Lieutenant-Colonel Delaina Brown (right) salutes 4 Wing Commander, Colonel Dave Moar during the 4 MSS Change of Command Ceremony on July 30, 2020 at Medley Terminal, 4 Wing, Cold Lake, Alberta. Photo: LS Erica Seymour, 4 Wing Imaging

1 Air Maintenance Squadron

On 28 July 2020, we said farewell to Lieutenant-Colonel (LCol) Jonathan Pilon as the Commanding Officer (CO) to 1 AMS and welcomed LCol Philippe Gibeau as the new CO.

Lieutenant-Colonel Philippe Gibeau joined the Canadian Forces in 1998 and received a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the Royal Military College of Canada in Kingston, in 2003.

LCol Gibeau is no stranger to Cold Lake, having served here in 2011 as an Aircraft Maintenance Officer at 1 AMS, and then transferred to 409 Tactical Fighter Squadron as the Squadron Aircraft Maintenance Engineering Officer for three years.

Other postings throughout his career have included Mirabel, 3 Wing Bagotville, Ottawa and completion of his master’s degree in Aviation Management with the University of New South Wales, Australia. He has also had opportunities to deploy to Afghanistan and Kuwait.

LCol Pilon remarked at the ceremony, “I will say, this was a very rewarding tour, and also very challenging. There were many things that kept me up at night, but worrying that 1 AMS wasn’t going to deliver on this mission was never one of them. Despite the many challenges, whether it’s not having enough parts, equipment, personnel, adequate infrastructure; the Knights of 1 AMS have continuously met and often exceeded their mandate, and of that I am the most proud of.” Pilon will continue to support the Fighter Fleet in his next posting, taking over as the CF188 Weapon System Manager.

1 AMS COC 2020
Outgoing 1 Air Maintenance Squadron (1 AMS) Commanding Officer (CO), Lieutenant-Colonel (LCol) Johnathan Pilon (left), 4 Wing Commander, Colonel David Moar and Incoming 1 AMS CO, LCol Philippe Gibeau (right), sign the Change of Command certificate at the 1 AMS Change of Command Parade taken in 1 Hangar on July 28, 2020 at 4 Wing, Cold Lake, Alberta. Photo: Avr Brock Curtis, 4 Wing Imaging

42 Radar Squadron

On 31 July 2020, 42 Radar Squadron saw the Change of Command from Lieutenant-Colonel (LCol) Brian Kynaston to Major (Maj) Matthew Jokela.
Joining the Canadian Armed Forces in 2004 under the Regular Officer Training Program, Maj Jokela spent his career in various locations, including Cold Lake within the Fighter Standards and Evaluation Team (FSET), where he occupied the position of Staff Officer Aerospace Standards and Readiness 3 (SO ASR 3) and Fighter Weapons Instructor
Course (FWIC) Aerospace Control Officer.

Maj Jokela holds a Bachelor of Arts from the Royal Military College, a Master of Science from South Eastern Oklahoma State University and is a graduate of the Joint Command and Staff Programme with a Masters in Defence Studies.

At the ceremony, Maj Jokela said,” I am truly honoured to assume Command of 42 Radar Squadron, a unit with a proud history of delivering world class air power in the form of battle management, and command and control to 4 Wing, the RCAF, the CAF and our Allies.”

LCol Kynaston is posted to the Air Staff – Fighter Capability Office where he will be a project officer working from CFB Cold Lake on modernizing Operational Training Infrastructure across the Canadian Armed Forces.
During his time as CO of 42 Radar, he commented, “We lived through an interesting two years, working on a simple philosophy of supporting the member to build the team in order to excel in operations. And excelling in operations is what I’ve personally witnessed over these years.”

He continued with, “We bring a warrior mentality in everything we do and are proud of who we are in providing a meaningful capability set to RCAF operations; whether it be in a smaller incremental role or as a greater capability set… I’m proud to have had the opportunity to have played my part.”

42 Radar COC 2020
Outgoing 42 Radar Squadron Commanding Officer (CO), LCol Lieutenant-Colonel Brian Kynaston (Left), 4 Wing Commander, Colonel David Moar and Incoming 42 Radar Squadron CO, Major Matthew Jokela (right), sign the Change of Command certificate at the 42 Radar Squadron Change of Command Parade taken at the Air Force Museum on July 31, 2020 Cold Lake, Alberta. Photo: Avr Brock Curtis, 4 Wing Imaging

4 Construction Engineering Squadron

4 Construction Engineering Squadron CoC
Incoming 4 Construction Engineering Squadron (4 CES) Commanding Officer Major Sylvain Fournier (left) and Outgoing 4 CES Commanding Officer Major Jason Hartwig salute to the playing of “O Canada”, during the 4 CES Change of Command, at Wing Headquarters, 4 Wing Cold Lake, Alberta, on August 4, 2020. Photo: Cpl Justin Roy, 4 Wing Imaging

Change of Appointment for the
Wing Comptroller

Wing Comptroller Change of Appointment
Incoming Wing Comptroller Major Gabe Gosselin (left), Reviewing Officer Lieutenant Colonel Alain Gagnon, and Acting Outgoing Wing Comptroller Captain Jirasak Makkhuen (right) sign for the Wing Comptroller Change of Appointment, at the Officers’ Mess, 4 Wing Cold Lake, Alberta, on July 27, 2020. Photo: Cpl Justin Roy, 4 Wing Imaging