17 Wing Commander
Colonel Andy Cook
Colonel Cook joined the Canadian Armed Forces in 1984 as a Cadet Instructor and transferred to the Regular Force in August 1990 after completing Bachelor's degrees in Biochemistry, English, and Education from the Universities of Ottawa and Western Ontario.
He earned his Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) Pilot's Wings in August 1993 and spent his first tour as a flying instructor at 2 Canadian Armed Forces Flying Training School at 15 Wing Moose Jaw, SK. In August 1997, he was posted to 435 Transport & Rescue Squadron, Winnipeg, MB, where he undertook training on the CC-130 Hercules as an air-to-air refueling pilot. He was then posted to 431 Air Demonstration Squadron in Moose Jaw in August 1999 as Team Coordinator for the Snowbirds. He left the Snowbirds after three seasons in December 2002 and was posted to 429 Transport Squadron in Trenton.
He was promoted to Major in May 2003 and served as Deputy Commanding Officer of both 429 and 436 Transport Squadrons prior to a posting to Ottawa as Multi-Engine Pilot Career Manager in August 2006.
Promoted to Lieutenant-Colonel (LCol) while attending the United States Air Force Air Command and Staff College in 2008-2009, he subsequently deployed as Commanding Officer of the Theatre Support Element Camp Mirage in Southwest Asia. Upon his return from that deployment in 2010, he assumed command of 437 Transport Squadron in Trenton, flying the CC-150 Polaris (Airbus A310).
During his tenure as CO 437 Transport Squadron, Colonel Cook commanded several VVIP missions including those in support of the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, the Governor-General, Prime Minister, and the Minister of National Defence. He is equally proud to have crewed several CC-150 missions to the Afghan Theatre, including the final airlift of Canadian Troops from Kandahar.
In 2012, Col Cook was posted to NDHQ Ottawa as a Section Head in the Directorate of Structure Integration. Promoted to his present rank in August 2013, he was appointed Director - Command and Control, Computers, Communications, Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (C4ISR) Requirements within the Chief of Force Development organization.
Col Cook has approximately 5,000 hours of flying experience, including approximately 2,100 hours on the CT-114 Tutor, 1,800 hours on the CC-130 Hercules, 630 hours on the CC-150 Polaris and 500 hours in General Aviation aircraft, with more than 60 sorties in the Afghan Theatre. He is very excited to return to 17 Wing Winnipeg in 2015 as Wing Commander!