Lieutenant-General Mike Hood, Commander, Royal Canadian Air Force
Lieutenant-General Michael Hood began his military career in the infantry as a guardsman with the Canadian Grenadier Guards before enrolling in the Regular Force and receiving his air combat systems officer wings in 1988.
Most of his subsequent flying career was spent in the tactical airlift role on the mighty CC-130 Hercules, as well as a tour as an electronic warfare officer on the T-33 Silver Star and CE-144 Challenger (the electronic warfare version of the Challenger).
Lieutenant-General Hood was previously the Commanding Officer of both 429 and 436 Transport Squadrons; he served as the commander of 8 Wing Trenton from 2007 to 2009.
His staff tours include aide-de-camp to the Governor General, a member of the directing staff at the United States Air Force Command and Staff College, desk officer within J3 International in the Deputy Chief of the Defence Staff Group, as well as the J5 Plans upon the stand-up of Canadian Expeditionary Force Command Headquarters in January 2006.
Following assignments as Director General Air Force Development and Deputy Director General of International Security Policy, he was appointed Deputy Commander of the Royal Canadian Air Force in September 2012. In June 2013 he was appointed Director of Staff, Strategic Joint Staff. He became Commander of the Royal Canadian Air Force on July 9, 2015.
Lieutenant-General Hood is a graduate of Canada’s National Security Program as well as the United States Air Force Command and Staff College, and holds a Masters Degree in International Relations from Auburn University in Alabama.
In his spare time, he plods along as a middle-of-the-pack age-grouper in triathlon.