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22 Wing has new Honorary Commander

'His leadership in the city and with CFB North Bay makes him a perfect fit as the next US Detachment Honorary Commander'
2019 brad gavan honourary commander
Brad Gavan (centre) appointed as US Detachment 2, First Air Force’s Honorary Commander. Colonel Mark Roberts, 22 Wing Commander, and Lieutenant-Colonel Rye Whitehead, US Detachment 2, First Air Force Commander, presided over the ceremony. The occasion was witnessed by members of 22 Wing, Canadians and Americans alike.Photo credit: Corporal Robert Ouellette, Imagery Technician, 22 Wing. Image by: Cpl Rob Ouellette 22 Wing North Bay, North Bay ON © 2019 DND-MDN Canada

At a ceremony on June 27, United States Detachment 2, First Air Force appointed Brad Gavan as its new Honorary Commander. 

Gavan is a business graduate of Canadore College and Nipissing University and is currently the Director of the Canadore College Foundation and of the college’s Office of Corporate, Community, and Alumni Partnership.

He routinely strategizes with local companies, government funding agencies and the North Bay Chamber of Commerce, and the City of North Bay to attract new business, and develop jobs and infrastructure to enhance regional economic growth says a news release issued today.

“We are excited to have Honorary Commander Brad Gavan join the US Detachment, First Air Force and 22 Wing team," said Lt Col Rye Whitehead, "His leadership in the city and with CFB North Bay makes him a perfect fit as the next US Detachment Honorary Commander."

“My role is 'honorary and advisory' and over the next few years I will listen, learn and laugh with the personnel of US Detachment 2, First Air Force while telling their stories and welcoming them to our community," said Gavan.”

A United States Air Force Honorary Commander is a civilian member of the local community. The appointment serves to develop and strengthen the ties between military elements and their local communities’ businesses, industries, and labor.

Administrative involvement ranges from helping with housing, education, medical, and even spousal employment needs of military members, as well as helping to promote their units organized events and fundraising.