Colonel Bryn Elliott assumed command of 19 Wing Comox from Colonel Dany Poitras on April 22, with the ceremony presided over virtually by Major-General Eric Kenny, Commander of 1 Canadian Air Division.
Col Elliott enrolled in the Canadian Armed Forces in 2000 under the Direct Entry Officer program. An experienced Air Combat Systems Officer (ACSO), Colonel Elliott has accumulated more than 2,000 flying hours in North and South America, Europe, and the Middle East.
The new 19 Wing Commander’s postings include at 436 Transport Squadron (8 Wing Trenton), flying the CC-130J Hercules; at 435 Transport and Rescue Squadron (17 Wing Winnipeg), flying the CC-130H Hercules, before returning as the deputy commanding officer; at 1 Canadian Air Division (Winnipeg), first as the executive assistant to the deputy commander, Force Generation, before returning as the senior staff officer – search and rescue at Canadian Joint Operations Command (Ottawa); at 442 Transport and Rescue Squadron, as commanding officer; and most recently, at United States Central Command (USCENTCOM), Qatar, as Deputy Director Air Mobility Division.
Col Elliott has participated in various international operations and missions, including: OPERATION ARCHER – Afghanistan support (2003); OPERATION SAFARI – UN Mission Sudan (2009-2010); OPERATION MOBILE – NATO Mission Libya (2011); Air Task Force Commander, major search and rescue in Kelowna (2017); OPERATIONS INHERENT RESOLVE, RESOLUTE SUPPORT through USCENTCOM missions Iraq, Syria, and Afghanistan (2020-2021).
Colonel Elliott is a graduate of the University of Saskatchewan (Bachelor of Science), and the Royal Military College of Canada (RMC) Kingston, (Masters of Defence Studies).
19 Wing Comox Quick Facts
19 Wing Comox has been the Royal Canadian Air Force’s primary installation on Canada’s Pacific Coast since May 1, 1943.
- 19 Wing Comox employs approximately 1,100 military personnel, and 300 civilian staff.
- The 19 Wing Commander oversees three operational squadrons (407 Long Range Patrol, 435 Transport and Rescue, and 442 Transport and Rescue) as well as 418 Search and Rescue Operational Training Squadron, the Canadian Forces School of Search and Rescue, three support squadrons (19 Air Maintenance Squadron,19 Operations Support Squadron, and 19 Mission Support Squadron), Deputy Wing Commander branch, and 10 lodger units.
- 19 Wing supports aeronautical and marine search and rescue over a region spanning from 600 nautical miles off the west coast of Canada to approximately the Manitoba-Ontario border, and includes the provinces of Manitoba, Alberta, and British Columbia; northwestern Ontario; and the territories of Yukon, Nunavut and the North West Territories.