Q&A with Col. Iain Huddleston
Colonel Iain Huddleston is settling into his new role as Commanding Officer of 14 Wing Greenwood. - Nancy Kelly, www.kingscountynews.ca
By Nancy Kelly
Colonel Iain Huddleston assumed command of 14 Wing Greenwood in July, bringing him full circle, back to the base where he began his career.
The 41-year-old father of two was posted to the 415 Squadron as a pilot in 1995.
He sat down recently to share some details of his life, new job and experiences in the Canadian Forces.
Were you raised in a military family?
Yes, I was born in Landstuhl, Germany during one of my father’s postings and lived all over Canada and Europe growing up.
When did you join the Canadian Forces?
I joined the Regular Officers Training Program in 1989 and studied three years in St. Jean, Quebec and two years at the Royal Military College in Kingston, graduating in 1994.
What were your two most recent postings?
In Ottawa, as a member of the Defence Renewal Team, and in Trenton, where I served as Commanding Officer of the 429 Transport Squadron, with the Canadian Air Warfare Centre and completed a six-month tour in Afghanistan.
What has been one of your favourite postings in your career?
Between 2006 and 2008, when I worked as Aide-de-camp for General Rick Hillier. I travelled extensively with the General, including seven trips to Afghanistan.
Tell me about your family
I am married to Amanda Miller, who grew up in the Valley and attended Middleton Regional High School. We have a six-year-old daughter and a four-year-old son.
In your spare time do you have any hobbies or activities you like to pursue?
I enjoy cycling and am restoring a Datsun 240Z.
What is your first impression of 14 Wing?
I have been very impressed with the positive outlook and can-do attitude of everyone here.
Do you have any specific goals or targets for your two-year tenure as Greenwood’s Commanding Officer?
To continue addressing the serviceability issues of the Aurora and Hercules aircraft, Search and Rescue service and supporting the Wing’s surveillance capabilities. I also want to continue providing support for 14 Wing’s military families.
Can you characterize your role as Wing Commander?
To be a good community partner and a champion of the Royal Canadian Airforce in the Valley and Nova Scotia.
What are your thoughts on the Wing’s relationship with the greater Greenwood community?
We need to be responsible to our neighbours in all that entails. That means environmentally, by participating in shared projects and being welcoming and inclusive to the civilian community.