424 Transport and Rescue Squadron welcomes new commanding officer

LCol Jean-Paul Landry assumed command of 424 Transport and Rescue (T&R) Squadron, from LCol Philip Marcus, during a change of command ceremony held at 8 Wing Trenton.

LCol Jean-Paul Landry, right, is joined by Col Ryan Deming, centre, 8 Wing commander, as he takes command of 424 Transport and Rescue Squadron from LCol Philip Marcus, left, during a signing ceremony at 8 Wing Trenton on July 23, 2020. RCAF Photo
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Landry joined the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) in 2000 and graduated from the Royal Military College in 2004. After receiving his air navigator wings, he became a search and rescue (SAR) navigator on the CC-130H Hercules at 424 T&R Squadron in Trenton flying various missions across Canada, the United States and Europe. His next posting was to 426 Transport Sqn as a CC-130H SAR air combat systems officer instructor. During this time he deployed on Operation Podium in support of the 2010 Olympics and then to Afghanistan as part of Operation Athena. He then completed a staff tour in Ottawa before returning to 426 Sqn to continue his role as an instructor.

He was promoted to rank of major in 2014 and posted back to 424 Sqn as Hercules flight commander and then deputy commanding officer. After a year at the Canadian Forces College in Toronto, he was posted to 19 Wing Comox as the commanding officer of the Canadian Forces School of Search and Rescue. He was promoted to his current rank in July 2020 and has been posted back to 424 Sqn for a third time, now as the commanding officer.

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Landry is a graduate of the Joint Command and Staff Program and holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and a master’s degree in defence studies from the Royal Military College of Canada.

“I am excited to be returning home to the ‘Tiger’ Squadron. It is rewarding to be entrusted to have the responsibility of such a dedicated team and knowing that every day 424 Sqn members are risking their lives to save Canadians.” said Landry.

“It was a privilege and an honour to command such a professional and dedicated team. More than 300 search and rescue missions were flown, many lives were saved and our efforts were driven by team work and passion. Jean-Paul, I’m sure you will lead the ‘Tigers’ successfully,” added Marcus.

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