17 Wing Commander

Colonel J.G.P. Proteau, CD

Colonel Proteau was born in Forestville, Quebec. He joined the Canadian Forces in June 1987 and studied at the College Militaire Royal de St- Jean (CMR), where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree. Upon graduation in the summer of 1992, Col Proteau attended the Canadian Forces Air Navigator School (CFANS) where he earned his Air Navigator wings in June 1993. Col was then posted to Comox, BC where he flew on the CP-140 Aurora, first as an Acoustic Sensor Operator (ASO) then as a Tactical Navigator (TacNav).

In September 1998, Col Proteau was posted back to CFANS where instructed Officer Development and Tactics. He was posted to 17 Wing in 2001 and worked as Executive Assistant to the Wing Commander for a period of two year before being transferred to 405 Squadron in Greenwood, Nova Scotia in the spring of 2003 to start his second Operational tour flying on the CP-140 Aurora. From 2003 to 2005, he worked as Lead Navigator on crew and participated in many anti-submarine exercises and operational missions. After his promotion to Major in June 2005, he was posted to the Canadian Forces School of Survival and Aeromedical Training (CFSSAT) as Commandant. Following his first command appointment, he returned to CFANS (now 1 CFFTS) as flight commander and subsequently deployed to Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, where he worked as the Deputy J5 Plans for a period of 7 months.

Upon his return from Afghanistan, he attended the Canadian Forces College where he earned a Master’s Degree in Defence Studies, graduating in the summer of 2011. He was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel in June 2011 and moved back to Winnipeg to work at 1 Canadian Air Division as the A3 UAV for 1 year, followed by an appointment as the Deputy Director Fleet Readiness until his appointment as the Commanding Officer of 404 Sqn in summer 2013. Following his latest Command appointment, he was given the unique opportunity to represent Canada in a diplomatic capacity as the Assistant Air Attaché at the Canadian Embassy in Washington DC. He was promoted to his current rank in July 2016 took over as the Deputy Commander of the National Cadet and Canadian Junior Rangers Support Group in Ottawa. He was subsequently posted to Winnipeg in summer 2017 where he held the position of CAOC Director for 3 years. On 30 July 2020, Colonel Proteau was bestowed the great privilege to assume Command of Canadian Forces Base Winnipeg / 17 Wing Winnipeg.

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