16 Wing Commander
Colonel Fleming enrolled in the Canadian Forces in 1986 during his Mechanical Engineering studies at the University of Toronto. His early postings were with the Material Group. In Ottawa, as a Deputy Aircraft Engineering Officer, he managed the engineering and logistics support programs for the DASH 8 aircraft fleet. During two tours at the Aerospace Engineering Test Establishment in Cold Lake, he was an aerodynamicist, armament systems engineer, flight test engineer, project manager and section head.
Subsequently, he moved to 423 Maritime Helicopter Squadron, where he supported Sea King operations as the Squadron Aircraft Maintenance and Engineering Officer. Later he was an executive assistant at National Defence Headquarters, first to the Deputy Chief of Defence Staff and then to the Director of the Strategic Joint Staff.
Colonel Fleming returned to the Aerospace Engineering Test Establishment in 2008 where he served as the Officer Commanding Evaluation Support before being appointed Wing Commander 5 Wing Goose Bay in 2010. Promoted in 2013, Colonel Fleming is currently the Program Manager for the Medium to Heavy Lift Helicopter Project and has also been the project’s Systems Engineering Manager.
Colonel Fleming holds a Master of Science in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Tennessee and a Master of Business Administration from Queen’s University. He is a graduate of United States Naval Test Pilot School and the Canadian Forces College Joint Command and Staff Program, and is a licensed Professional Engineer. In July 2013 he was promoted to his current rank and assumed formation command of the Air Force Training Center. Colonel Fleming is honoured to now be appointed as Commander 16 Wing.