1 Canadian Air Division Commander

Major-General Christian Drouin, OMM, MSC, CD

Major-General Christian Drouin, OMM, MSC, CD

Major-General Christian Drouin grew up in Laval, Que. After joining the Canadian Armed Forces, he earned his Royal Canadian Air Force pilot's wings in March 1989, after which his early postings included: 430 Tactical Helicopter Squadron in Valcartier, Que; 403 Helicopter Operational Training Squadron in Gagetown, N.B.; and 1 Wing Headquarters in Kingston, Ont. He has served as a line pilot, instructor, operations officer and wing standards officer and was appointed to the Strategic Joint Staff, in Ottawa as the Coordinator for Director Current Operations.

He has held multiple command positions, including: 430 Tactical Helicopter Squadron in Valcartier, Que; 427 Special Operations Aviation Squadron in Petawawa, Ont; 1 Wing in Kingston, Ont; and 1 Canadian Air Division/Canadian North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) Region (1 CAD/CANR) in Winnipeg, Man.

Major-General Drouin’s deployments include: Central America as part of the 89th Rotary Wing Aviation Unit; Deputy Commander of the Kosovo Rotary Wing Aviation Unit, and Kabul, Afghanistan as part of the first Strategic Advisory Team. Overseas, he has commanded the Canadian Helicopter Detachment in Bosnia-Herzegovina in 2001, and Joint Task Force -Afghanistan Air Wing – Task Force SILVER DART from November 2009 to September 2010.

As a general officer he has held several positions, including: Deputy Commander Force Generation at 1 Canadian Air Division/Canadian NORAD Region in Winnipeg, Man; and Deputy Director of the Strategy, Policy and Plans Directorate NORAD and United States Northern Command (USNORTHCOM) at Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado. Major-General Drouin was promoted to his current rank on May 24, 2016, and appointed Commander 1 CAD/CANR on June 21, 2016.

Major-General Drouin has completed the Air Force Command and Staff Course in Winnipeg, the Canadian Land Force Command and Staff Course in Kingston, and the Australian Command and Staff College Course. He is an honours graduate of the Royal Military College of Canada with a Bachelor Degree in Military Art and Science; a graduate of the University of Canberra Australia with a Master’s degree in Management and Defence Studies, and the National Strategic Program at the Canadian Forces College in Toronto.

Major-General Drouin has over 4,000 hours of tactical helicopter flying time, mainly on the CH-135 Twin Huey, CH-136 Kiowa, and CH-146 Griffon. He is an Officer of the Order if Military Merit, and has been awarded the Meritorious Service Cross and the USA Legion of Merit (Degree of Officer). An accomplished athlete, Major-General Drouin has completed multiple marathons and triathlons, including Ironman distance triathlons and one World Triathlon Military Championship.