Lieutenant-General Michael J. Hood, CMM, CD
Commander, Royal Canadian Air Force
About Lieutenant-General Hood
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 CC130 Hercules, as well as a tour as an Electronic Warfare Officer on the T-33 and CC-144 Challenger.
Lieutenant-General Hood was previously the Commanding Officer of both 429 and 436 Tactical Airlift Squadrons and served as the Commander of 8 Wing Trenton from 2007-2009.
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 general officer assignments in Ottawa as Director General Air Force Development, Deputy Director General of International Security Policy, Deputy Commander of the Royal Canadian Air Force and then Director of Staff, Strategic Joint Staff, he was promoted to his current rank of Lieutenant-General and took Command of the RCAF on 9 July 2015. He 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, and an undergrad from the Royal Military College of Canada.
In his spare time, he is a keen, if uninspiring golfer and also a middle-of-the-pack age-grouper in triathlon.