Commander of the Royal Canadian Air Force

Lieutenant-General A.D. Meinzinger, CMM, MSM, CD

Lieutenant-General Al Meinzinger

Lieutenant-General A.D. Meinzinger, CMM, MSM, CD

Lieutenant-General Al Meinzinger enrolled in the Canadian Armed Forces in 1985 under the Regular Officer Training Plan. He earned a BA Honours in economics and commerce from Royal Military College of Canada (RMC) in Kingston, Ontario, and was awarded the Governor General’s Medal for academic excellence. Following graduation, he attended Queen’s University, earning a Master of Arts in economics in 1990, before obtaining his pilot’s wings in 1992.

During his career he has flown the CH-135 Twin-Huey and CH-146 Griffon helicopters. During the course of four flying tours, he deployed with 408 Tactical Helicopter Squadron as a member of the first contingent in support of the United Nations Mission in Haiti. He served as an instructor pilot and flight commander before assuming command of 403 Helicopter Operational Training Squadron in August 2006.

His staff tours include A3 Tactical Aviation Systems at 1 Canadian Air Division, Executive Assistant to the Chief of the Air Staff, and Chief of Staff for the Canadian NORAD OUTCAN (“Outside Canada”) staff. He attended Land Forces Command and Staff College in Kingston and the Canadian Forces College Command and Staff Course. In 2008, he returned to Canadian Forces College where he attended the inaugural National Security Program, graduating with an MA in security and defence management and policy. In 2011 he deployed to Kandahar, Afghanistan, to command Canada’s Joint Task Force Afghanistan Air Wing, overseeing the final phase of Air Wing support to combat operations. He was promoted to Brigadier-General in June 2012 and was appointed NORAD/NORTHCOM Deputy Director of Strategy, Policy and Plans. In July 2013, he took command of RMC. In May 2015, he was promoted to Major-General and appointed Deputy Commander, Royal Canadian Air Force and, in March 2017, Director of Staff, Strategic Joint Staff.