Yvan Blondin

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Yvan Blondin
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J. Yvan Blondin
Born Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Allegiance Canada Canada
Service/branch  Royal Canadian Air Force
Years of service 1980 – Present
Rank Lieutenant-General
Commands held 425 Tactical Fighter Squadron
3 Wing Bagotville
1 Canadian Air Division / Canadian NORAD Region
Royal Canadian Air Force
Battles/wars War in Afghanistan
Awards Commander of the Order of Military Merit
Canadian Forces Decoration

Lieutenant-General Joseph Aimé Jean Yvan Blondin CMM, CD, usually given as J Y Blondin or Yvan Blondin, is Commander of the Royal Canadian Air Force. He was appointed to the position on September 27, 2012.

Early and family life[edit]

Yvan Blondin grew up in Aylmer, Quebec.[1] He is married to Jinny Lamoureux.[2]


Blondin joined the Canadian Forces in 1980 and undertook flight training on Lockheed T-33 jet trainers.[3] He became Commanding Officer of 425 Tactical Fighter Squadron at Bagotville in 2000 (in which role he supported NATO forces in the former Yugoslavia), a member of the Canadian staff in NORAD Headquarters in 2002 and Commander of 3 Wing Bagotville in 2004.[3] He was deployed to Afghanistan, as Director of Staff in ISAF Headquarters, in 2006 and then assigned as Deputy Commander Force Generation at 1 Canadian Air Division in Winnipeg in 2007.[3] He attended the Space Operations Course for senior leaders at the National Security Space Institute in January 2008[4] and served as the Commander of 1 Canadian Air Division / Canadian NORAD Region from July 2009[5] to July 2011 when he was appointed Assistant Chief of the Air Staff.[6] He became Commander of the Royal Canadian Air Force on September 27, 2012.[7]


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Military offices
Preceded by
J M Duval
Commander of the 1 Canadian Air Division / Canadian NORAD Region
9 July 2009 - July 2011
Succeeded by
J A J Parent
Preceded by
T J Lawson
Assistant Chief of the Air Staff
July 2011 - September 2012
Succeeded by
M J Hood
As Deputy Commander RCAF
Preceded by
J P A Deschamps
Commander of the Royal Canadian Air Force
September 2012 - present