151 Squadron has had ten different commanding officers since its initial formation in 1942.
Major Brosseau ( September 2020 to present)
Major Brosseau joined Chadburn Squadron on October 23, 1978. In 1983 Major Brosseau attained the Rank of Warrant Officer 1st class and was the promoted to Squadron Warrant Officer. In the same year he earned his private pilot’s license before moving to Smiths Falls Ontario with his family
Major Brosseau returned to Chadburn Sqn as a Civilian Volunteer in 2004 and became an Officer in 2007, working in various positions such as Drill Team Officer, Recruit Officer, and Operations Officer, and finally to Commanding Officer in Sept 2020.
Under his command as CO, Major Brosseau led the squadron through two years of COVID-19 pandemic restrictions while maintaining the high standard and Esprit de Corps that Chadburn Squadron is known for.
In October 2022, Major Brosseau received the Queens Platinum Jubilee Medallion for his contribution to the community through the cadet program.
Major Brosseau’s career outside of the squadron was spent at Canadian Pacific Railway where he worked for 36 years before retiring in January 2020.
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 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 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 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 Rob Forbes CD
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 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 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 became a civilian instructor with the Squadron where he is still very active.
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 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 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.