19 Wing Commander
Colonel M.C. (Mike) Atkins, CD
Colonel Mike Atkins enrolled in the Canadian Armed Forces in 1985, attending the Collège Militaire Royale in St-Jean, QC before graduating with a Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Royal Military College, Kingston, ON in 1990.
Following pilot training, Colonel Atkins was posted to 423 Maritime Helicopter Squadron in Shearwater, NS, serving on several of Her Majesty’s Canadian Ships and deploying twice to Europe before making the jump to the Search and Rescue (SAR) community. Subsequent postings to 424 Transport and Rescue (T&R) Squadron Trenton as a SAR pilot, Joint Rescue Coordination Centre (JRCC) Halifax as an Air Coordinator, 1 Canadian Air Division Winnipeg as A3 SAR Readiness and 413 (T&R) Squadron Greenwood as Cormorant Flight Commander ultimately prepared him for his appointment as the Commanding Officer, 413 (T&R) Squadron.
Following command Colonel Atkins was posted to the Air Staff Readiness section in Ottawa. He then deployed to the NATO Training Mission in Afghanistan, serving initially as the Director of Plans and subsequently as the Chief of Staff to the Deputy Commander Police, Ministerial Advisory Group. Upon return he was posted to the Strategic Joint Staff at NDHQ as the Director Strategic Engagement.
Colonel Atkins is a graduate of the National Security Program at the Canadian Forces College in Toronto. He previously attended the Joint Services Command and Staff College, Shrivenham, UK, where he completed the Advanced Command and Staff Course and earned a Master of Arts in Defence Studies from King’s College London. In addition, he holds a Masters in Business Administration from Saint Mary’s University, Halifax, NS.