At a recent ceremony in Ottawa, Canada, Loreena was appointed to the prestigious position of honorary colonel of the Royal Canadian Air Force. While each air force squadron has its own honorary colonel, Loreena will now be the honorary colonel of the entire Canadian Air Force.
“It is with great humility and privilege that I have now accepted the role of Honourary Colonel of the Royal Canadian Air Force,” says Loreena. “Humility, because I know I am part of a rich heritage of individuals and their families, who have served and continue to serve Canadians and the international community at large, often at great sacrifice to themselves.
As you may recall, Loreena previously served as honorary colonel of 435 Transport and Rescue Squadron, located at 17 Wing Winnipeg, Canada. She will now report directly to the commander of the RCAF, Lieutenant-General Yvan Blondin, at National Defence Headquarters in Ottawa.
“I have known Ms McKennitt since her appointment as honorary colonel in Winnipeg in 2006,” said Lieutenant-General Blondin. “Through the years, I have seen up close the stellar work she has done for the members of 435 Transport and Rescue Squadron. I am extremely proud that she will continue to be part of the RCAF family.”
Honorary colonels are integral members of the Air Force family. They may be former Air Force officers or distinguished Canadian citizens, hailing from a diverse range of backgrounds, including many well-known public and community figures. They are vital to fostering esprit de corps within the family. The rank is “honorary and advisory,” and does not confer authority or command function.
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