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Members of 8 Air Maintenance Squadron (8 AMS) welcomed their new commanding officer, LCol Adam Emond during a unique ceremony held at 8 Wing Trenton on July 15.
Emond replaces LCol Brian Tang, who had commanded the squadron for the past two years. No stranger to 8 Wing, Emond served at 8 AMS from 2007 to 2010 within first line maintenance on the CC-130E/H Hercules, including deploying to Camp Mirage and Kandahar Airfield with the Tactical Airlift Unit in 2009.
Emond brings with him experience from the Aerospace Engineering and Test Establishment (AETE), as flight test engineer, experimental aircraft maintenance engineering officer, and the senior test engineer. He also occupied staff positions at 1 Canadian Air Division Headquarters/Canadian NORAD Region Headquarters and the Royal Canadian Air Force Aerospace Warfare Centre Headquarters.
Emond was raised in Mississauga, Ont. Emond holds a bachelor of mathematics from the University of Waterloo and a master of defence studies from the Royal Military College of Canada. He is a graduate of the National Test Pilot School and the Canadian Armed Forces Joint Command and Staff Program. He holds a project management professional (PMP) designation.
“I am excited to be returning home to the Sleipnir family, but humbled to walk in the footsteps of giants. I look forward to supporting our unit’s exceptional human talent and leveraging our combined strength to focus on the mission, strive for excellence, and nurture the future of 8 AMS in order to continue to produce worldwide reach for our warfighters,” said Emond.
“I am so proud and inspired by what the dedicated 8 AMS airmen and airwomen have accomplished by working together as a team and successfully achieving our objectives enabling RCAF operations worldwide. My tenure at 8 AMS in the last year was filled with pride. I feel extremely blessed for the opportunity to have worked alongside members of 8 AMS and 8 Wing who have demonstrated exemplary work ethics, dedication and professionalism while serving the RCAF and helping Canadians,” added Tang.