Major-General A.D. Meinzinger, OMM, MSM, CD - Biography

Major-General A.D. Meinzinger

Director of Staff, Strategic Joint Staff

Major-General Meinzinger enrolled in the Canadian Forces in 1985 under the Regular Officer Training Plan. He earned a BA Honours in Economics and Commerce from Royal Military College of Canada (RMC) Kingston, and was awarded the Governor General's Medal for academic excellence. Immediately following graduation, he attended Queen's University, earning an MA in Economics in 1990, before obtaining his pilot's wings in 1992.

He has flown the CH135 Twin-Huey and CH-146 Griffon during his flying career. In the course of four flying tours, he deployed with 408 Tactical Helicopter Squadron as a member of the first contingent in support of the United Nations Mission in Haiti, served as an instructor pilot and Flight Commander, before assuming command of 403 (Helicopter) Operational Training Squadron in August 2006.

His staff tours include A3 Tactical Aviation Systems at 1 Canadian Air Division, Executive Assistant to the Chief of the Air Staff, and Chief of Staff for the Canadian NORAD OUTCAN staff. He attended Land Forces Command and Staff College in Kingston, and the Canadian Forces College Command and Staff Course. In 2008, he returned to Canadian Forces College where he attended the inaugural National Security Programme, graduating with an MA in Security and Defence Management and Policy.

In 2011 he deployed to Kandahar, Afghanistan to command Canada's Joint Task Force Afghanistan Air Wing during which he oversaw the final phase of Air Wing support to combat operations. He was promoted to Brigadier-General in June 2012 and he was appointed NORAD/NORTHCOM Deputy Director of Strategy, Policy and Plans, and in July 2013, he took command of the Royal Military College of Canada (RMC) Kingston. Upon his promotion Major-General in May 2015, he was appointed Deputy Commander Royal Canadian Air Force.

In March 2017, Major-General Meinzinger was appointed to his current position as Director of Staff, Strategic Joint Staff.

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