Lieutenant-General Alain J. Parent,
Canadian Air Force
Lieutenant-General Alain J. Parent is the Deputy Commander, Allied Joint Force Command Naples in Naples, Italy.
After serving as an Air Cadet, Lieutenant-General Alain Parent enrolled in the Canadian Air Force in 1979 to study at the Collège militaire royal in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu. Commissioned in 1984, he completed pilot training in 1985.
LGen Parent flew the CH-136 Kiowa, the CH-135 Twin Huey, and the CH-146 Griffon helicopters amassing over 4900 flying hours. He served with 403 Helicopter Operational Training Squadron in Gagetown and with 430 Tactical Helicopter Squadron, in Valcartier. He had the privilege to command: 403 Squadron; 1 Wing Kingston; and 1 Canadian Air Division and Canadian NORAD Region, responsible for the generation and employment of the operational arm of the Royal Canadian Air Force.
All of LGen Parent's staff appointments were in operations and plans at the tactical, operational and strategic levels: as SO Ops at 10 Tactical Air Group Headquarters; as Missile Warning Crew Commander and International Military-Political Affairs Officer in the J5 (Plans) staff at North American Aerospace Defence (NORAD) Command Headquarters; as A3 Plans and Air Operations Centre Director at 1 Canadian Air Division/Canadian NORAD Region Headquarters; and as Director Air Strategic Plans at National Defence Headquarters. Promoted to BGen in 2008, he was assigned to CEFCOM Headquarters as Chief of Staff, and in 2010 he was promoted to MGen and appointed Deputy Commander CEFCOM. Prior to his current assignment, upon promotion to LGen, he assumed the appointment of NORAD Deputy Commander and Commander Canadian Element NORAD from September 2012 until July 2015.
LGen Parent has a bachelor's degree in business administration. He earned a master's degree in strategic studies from the USAF Air War College, Air University at Maxwell-Gunter Air Force Base, Montgomery, Alabama. He is also a graduate of the Canadian Land Force Command and Staff College, the Canadian Forces College, and the USAF Combined Force Air Component Commander (CFACC) course.
LGen Parent assumed the function of Deputy Commander, Allied Joint Force Command, Naples on 24 July 2015.