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.