The following is a list of the Regimental Commanders of the Airborne Regiment
from its inception in 1968 until the disbandment in 1995. In 1992, the title
changed to the Commanding Officer Canadian Airborne Regiment.

Col D.H. Rochester, OBE, CD 1968 – 1969
Col R.G. Therriault, CD 1969 – 1971
Col H.C Pitts, MC, CD 1971 – 1973
Col G.H. Lessard, CMM, MB, O St J, CD 1973 – 1975
Col I.S. Fraser, OMM, CD 1975 – 1977
Col J.J. Painchaud, CD 1977 – 1978
Col K.R. Foster, OMM, CD 1978 – 1980
Col R.L. Cowling, CD 1980 – 1982
Col I.C. Douglas, CD 1982 – 1985
Col J.M.R. Gaudreau, CD 1985 – 1987
Col M.J.R. Houghton, CD 1987 – 1990
Col W.M Holmes 1990 – 1992
LCol P.R. Morneault 1992
LCol J.C.A Mathieu 1992 – 1993
LCol P. Kenward 1993 – 1995

The following officers served as Deputy Commanders of the Airborne Regiment.
Once again, in 1992 the title changed to Deputy Commanding Officer of the Canadian
Airborne Regiment

LCol R. Michaud 1968 – 1970
LCol H.C. Taylor 1970 – 1971
LCol G.R.J. Bellavance 1971 – 1973
LCol D.S. Manuel 1973 – 1974
LCol G.R. Hirter 1974 – 1976
LCol J.G. Francoeur 1976 – 1977
LCol R.M. Macintosh 1977 – 1978
LCol R.P. Alden 1978 – 1979
LCol J.U.J. Labrie 1979 – 1980
LCol J.P. Thompson 1980 – 1981
LCol J.D. Harries 1981 – 1983
LCol W.A. Brocklehurst 1983 – 1984
LCol R.M. Gray 1984 – 1985
LCol D.S. Martin 1985 – 1988
LCol J.C.A Mathieu 1988 – 1991
LCol P.R. Morneault 1991 – 1992
Maj R.D. Mackay 1992 – 1994
Maj J. Pollock 1994 – 1995

7 Responses to “Airborne Regimental Commanders”

  1. on 21 Aug 2007 at 9:40 amMartin

    Does anyone know where I can find a list of the past RSMs of the CAR?

  2. on 21 Aug 2007 at 7:12 pmRob

    If you find a list, send it in and I will include it on the site.

  3. on 05 Sep 2007 at 9:10 pmMartin

    Found one on the Association website.

    CWO R.J. BUXTON 1968-71
    CWO L.J. VALLEE 1971-73
    CWO G.M. OLMSTEAD 1973-76
    CWO D.B. REEKIE 1976-77
    CWO A.L. THOMKINS 1977-79
    CWO E.K. WITT 1979-80
    CWO J.L. BISSON 1980-82
    CWO E.J. BAKER 1982-84
    CWO W.D. COLLIER 1984-87
    CWO J.P.G. TANGUAY 1987-90
    CWO C.L. JARDINE 1990-93
    CWO G.J. STEVENS 1993-95

  4. on 17 Nov 2008 at 5:21 pmVince Fowler

    Does anyone know where Col. Peter Kenward is these days?

  5. on 27 Oct 2013 at 8:19 pmdaryl evans

    served under col rochester in 69. was great times and a
    good memory. posted there from airborn sigs in petawawa
    with wo mullins, sig blas and many others. does anyone know of these people?

  6. on 02 Mar 2017 at 9:17 pmI Urquhart

    What is the name of the Colonel , commandant of the airborne training centre in Edmonton (Greisback), 1981 to 1984? I enrolled his daughter in ROTP (1983?) I am researching an incident at RRMC which I quashed at the time.

  7. on 12 Jun 2017 at 3:33 pmliz rhomberg

    Excellent website. Could someone explain to me if Three Mechanized Commando did parachuting. (as a civilian hard to know who did what!) thanks

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