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Colonel returns home to take command of 22 Wing

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There’s a new commander at 22 Wing/Canadian Forces Base North Bay. 

Last Friday, Colonel (Col.) Mark Lachapelle relinquished command to Col. Richard Jolette, who was born and raised in North Bay. 

“It has been a great privilege to command 22 Wing,” says Col. Lachapelle. “I am honoured to have worked with some of the most dedicated, creative and hard-working operators and support services personnel. The future of the 22 Wing is in good hands. Col. Jolette brings a wealth of experience to the fight; he will be an excellent fit and I wish him all the best.”

Col. Jolette says he’s grateful for the opportunity to take command of 22 Wing/Canadian Forces Base North Bay. 

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“Both this city and this wing hold a very special place in my heart. North Bay is home to me, and I am thankful to return as wing commander,” he says.  “22 Wing plays a fundamental role in NORAD, as we work closely with our American teammates, ensuring we continue to watch over 10 million square kilometres of Canadian skies. I wish Mark the best of luck at Air War College in Alabama.’’

Col. Jolette was also the former Commanding Officer of 21 Aerospace Control & Warning Squadron at 22 Wing.

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