15 Wing Commander

Colonel D.P. O’Reilly, CD

Colonel D.P. O’Reilly, CD

Colonel Denis O’Reilly grew up in Moose Jaw and graduated from Vanier Collegiate in 1987.  He enrolled in the Canadian Forces in 1991 after graduating from the University of Saskatchewan with a Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy. Earning his pilot’s wings in 1995, he was subsequently posted to 408 Tactical Helicopter Squadron in Edmonton flying the CH-135 Twin-Huey and later the CH-146 Griffon Helicopter.

From 2000 to 2003, he served in the UK on exchange duties with 664 Squadron Army Air Corps (AAC), flying the Lynx Anti-Tank Helicopter. During this time, his duties included Squadron Operations Officer and Squadron Second-in-Command. Upon promotion to Major in 2003, he was appointed Officer Commanding (OC) 664 Squadron. After returning to Canada in 2003, he was posted to 403 Helicopter Operational Training Squadron serving in various Flight Commander positions, finishing his tour as Deputy Commanding Officer. In 2006, he was posted to the Standing Contingency Task Force Headquarters in Halifax where he served as J5 Air. In 2007, he was posted to 1 Wing Headquarters as A7 Doctrine.

Promoted to Lieutenant-Colonel during Staff College in 2008, he was posted to 1 Wing Headquarters in 2009 as the 1 Wing Operations Officer. From 2010-2012, he had the privilege to serve as Commanding Officer of 403 Helicopter Operational Training Squadron where he also instructed on the CH-146 Griffon.

From 2012 to 2015, Colonel O’Reilly served at 2 Canadian Air Division as the Senior Staff Officer Air Operations Training. During that time, he deployed for seven months as the Deputy Commander Air Task Force Iraq.  Promoted to his current rank in 2015, he was appointed Director Air Force Training until his appointment as Commander of 15 Wing.

Colonel O’Reilly has served on operational deployments to Haiti (1996), Kosovo (1999), and Kuwait (2014). A graduate of the Advanced Aerospace Operations Course and the Joint Command and Staff Program, he holds a Masters of Defence Studies from the Royal Military College of Canada.