Honorary Colonel Brigadier-General (Retired) Robert J. Chekan

Biography / January 13, 2014

Brigadier-General (Retired) Bob Chekan was appointed as Honorary Colonel of the Canadian Forces School of Aerospace Control Operations, Cornwall, ON in December 2013.

Honorary Colonel Chekan joined the Canadian Armed Forces in 1977, qualifying as an Air Weapons Controller and was employed within the air defence and space communities throughout his distinguished career. Amongst his assignments, he held command posts and served in operations and staff appointments in Canada, Europe (NATO) and in the United States as part of Canada’s role in NORAD.

Honorary Colonel Chekan commanded 51 Aerospace Control and Warning Squadron in North Bay and the Canadian Forces Experimentation Centre in Ottawa. His operational experience included tours at 22 NORAD Region in North Bay, 42 Radar Squadron in Cold Lake, Alberta, Cheyenne Mountain Colorado Springs as a Command Centre Director and the NATO Airborne Early Warning component in Geilenkirchen, Germany. Staff duties for Honorary Colonel Chekan included tours at National Defence Headquarters in Ottawa, the USAF Space Command in Colorado Springs and Fighter Group Headquarters in North Bay.

Honorary Colonel Chekan holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Carleton University and Master of Science in Space Operations from the USAF Institute of Technology in Dayton Ohio. He is a distinguished graduate of the CF Command and Staff College, an Ancien of the NATO Staff College in Rome and a graduate of the National Security Studies Course.

Honorary Colonel Chekan retired from the Canadian Armed Forces in September 2012 after 35 years of service and resides in Ottawa. He is currently writing a book on Leadership.

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