1 Canadian Air Division Commander
Major-General Christian Drouin, OMM, MSC, CD
Following the awarding of pilot's wings in March 1989, Major-General (MGen) Drouin was successively posted to 430 Tactical Helicopter Squadron (430 ETAH) in Valcartier, Québec, as a line pilot. He was then posted to 403 Helicopter Operational Training Squadron in Gagetown, New Brunswick, as an Instructor Pilot. He was also part of the Griffon helicopter fielding and implementation team to include the fielding of the CH-146 Griffon Flight Simulator.
In 1990, MGen Drouin deployed to Central America as part of the 89th Rotary Wing Aviation Unit to assist in the demobilization of the Contras in Nicaragua (ONUCA). In 1997, he was promoted to Major and posted to 1 Wing Headquarters (HQ) in Kingston where he assumed the Wing Standards Officer position. From 1999 to 2003, he was posted back to 430 ETAH where he served as the Operations Officer. Then from December 1999 to June 2000 he was the Deputy Commander of the Kosovo Rotary Wing Aviation Unit. In 2001, he commanded the Canadian Helicopter Detachment in Bosnia-Herzegovina. In 2002, for six months, he was also privileged to assume command of 430 ETAH. In 2005-2006, he was deployed to Kabul, Afghanistan as part of the first Strategic Advisory Team. From 2006 to 2008, MGen Drouin had the honour and privilege of commanding 427 Special Operations Aviation Squadron out of Petawawa, Ontario.
He then served as a member of the Strategic Joint Staff as the Coordinator for Director Current Operations. MGen Drouin commanded JTF-Afghanistan Air Wing – TF SILVER DART from November 2009 to September 2010 and then immediately assumed Command of 1 Wing (AVN BDE).
MGen Drouin completed the Air Force Command and Staff Course in Winnipeg in 1996, the Canadian Land Force Command and Staff Course in Kingston in 1997, and the Australian Command and Staff College Course in 2004. He is an honour graduate of the Royal Military College of Canada with a Bachelor Degree in Military Art and Science. He is also a graduate of the University of Canberra Australia with a Master’s degree in Management and Defence Studies and a 2013 graduate of the National Strategic Program at the Canadian Forces College in Toronto.
In Aug 2013, he was promoted to Brigadier General and became the Deputy Commander Force Generation at 1 CAD/CANR in Winnipeg. In June 2015, he was posted as the Deputy Director of the Strategy, Policy and Plans Directorate North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) and United States Northern Command (USNORTHCOM), Peterson AFB, Colorado. MGen Drouin was promoted to his current rank on May 24th, 2016, and appointed Commander 1 Canadian Air Division/Canadian NORAD Region on June 21st, 2016.
MGen Drouin has over 4000hrs Tac Hel flying time mainly on the CH-135 Twin Huey, the CH-136 Kiowa, and the CH-146 Griffon.