Commanding Officers

CO History

Since it’s formation in 1942, Chadburn Squadron has only had 11 Commanding Officers (CO). Many have done multiple terms as CO and Lieutenant Colonel Gilbank served an amazing 23 consecutive years as the Commanding Officer.

The cadet system has seen many changes over the years and one of the more noticeable is the rank of the commanding officers. At one point, COs of larger units (90 plus cadets), were promoted to the rank of major and kept their rank when they completed their term as CO. In the early 2000s, this policy changed and unit COs were promoted to an acting (while so employed) rank of Major. This meant that upon the completion of the term as CO, the individual would revert back to the rank of captain. In 2022, the policy changed yet again and cadet unit COs are no longer promoted to the rank of major.

Commanding Officers

Captain Bliss, CD
Major Bliss, CD
(2003-2007, 2012-2017)

Major Bliss is the fifth CO to have also been a cadet with this squadron. He joined 151 Squadron in Feb. 1979. He earned the rank of WO2 and was appointed Squadron Warrant Officer prior to retiring at age 19. After leaving the U.S. Army, he came back to his home with Chadburn Squadron. He continues with the squadron.

Major Brosseau

Major Brosseau joined Chadburn Squadron as a cadet in 1978. In 1983, he was appointed to the position of Squadron Warrant Officer and also received his private pilot’s license.

Returning to Chadburn Squadron as a Civilian Volunteer in 2004 and enrolling in the Cadet Instructor Cadre as an Officer in 2007, he worked in various positions such as Drill Team Officer, Recruit Training Officer, Training Officer, Operations Officer, and finally as Commanding Officer in September 2020.
Under his command, Major Brosseau led the squadron through two years of very challenging COVID-19 pandemic restrictions.

Upon completing his term as Commanding Officer in June 2023, Captain Brosseau transferred to the Cadet Instructor Supplementary Staff List.

Major Weigel

Major Weigel was the first 151 Squadron Warrant Officer to rise to the Commanding Officer’s position. He was instrumental in the formation of the Squadron’s band.

Major Puglisevich

Major Puglisevich started his military career in 1984 as a sea cadet and eventually became an officer with this branch of the service. He decided to broaden his experience and was commissioned as an officer of 151 Squadron in May 1987. He has held many positions including Drill Team Officer, Band Officer, and most recently as Marksmanship Team Officer and DCO. Major Puglisevich moved in 2012 to command the 172 Squadron in Bowmanville before returning to 151 in 2016.

Major Rob Forbes, CD
(1993-1997, 2000-2003)

Major Forbes started his career with 288 Kirkland Lake Squadron and rose to WO2 with 151 Squadron. Under his command, the Squadron established a strong and continuing presence on the Internet.  Major Forbes established the Squadron as a significant presence in community service throughout Durham Region.  The Squadron was the focal point for Lloyd Chadburn Day ceremonies in 1994 and received Freedom of the Region during the 60th Anniversary year.  Major Forbes is the author of Gone is the Angel, the biography of Lloyd Chadburn.

Major Burns

Major Burns, also a 151 SWO, served two terms as Commanding Officer, he also served as CO of 2, 166, 876, 351, 707  Squadrons. Major Burns also served two terms as the Regional/Area Cadet Advisor and worked extensively at the Trenton Air Cadet Summer Training Centre. Major Burns designed the 151 Squadron Crest for the 50th anniversary year.

Major Beaton

Major Beaton joined the Squadron as a Civilian Instructor in 1950. He served the Squadron in every capacity prior to assuming the position of Commanding Officer. Following this service, he finished his military career as Central Area Colonel and CO of Borden Air Cadet Camp.

Major Gilbank

Major Gilbank was the first Commanding Officer to rise from the ranks of the cadets of 151 Squadron. His long service established many of the ideals and traditions currently employed at 151 Squadron. He went on to become the Central Area Colonel. After retiring, Lt Col Gilbank worked as a Civilian Instructor with the Squadron for many years. For more information, please click this link written by Brian Cotter, a proud ex cadet of 151 Chadburn Squadron.

Flight Lieutenant McIlveen

Flight Lieutenant McIlveen was a navigator with the RCAF and joined the ranks of 151 Squadron upon his release from the Regular Force.

Squadron Leader Beal

Squadron Leader Beal commanded the Squadron during the difficult post-war period, Bringing it through to its current leadership, citizenship and flying training focus.

Squadron Leader Percy Jobb

Squadron Leader Percy Jobb was a veteran of World War I, where he was a Captain in the Infantry, 136th Battalion. He was wounded at Passchendaele Belgium in 1917.