Major (Retired) Eric Wood, CD

Biography / June 1, 2013

Major (Retired) Eric Wood, CD was appointed as Honorary Colonel of 404 Long Range Patrol Training Squadron at 14 Wing Greenwood, NS in August 2013.

Honorary Colonel Wood was born in Montreal QC and enrolled in the Royal Canadian Air Force in 1962. Trained initially as a Mobile Support Equipment Technician, he served at RCAF Station Sylvestre QC and North Bay ON prior to undertaking reclassification to Air Navigator. Following initial training on the DC-3 “Dakota” and operational training on the Neptune and Argus aircraft, he completed flying tours on 415, 449, 405 and 404 Squadrons, as well as a tour at the CF Maritime Warfare School. Honorary Colonel Wood also had the opportunity to serve on an exchange tour with the United States Navy, at Norfolk Virginia and Brunswick Maine as Training Officer for the Atlantic Fleet. He accumulated some 7500 flying hours, serving on his final tour as Chief Aircrew Instructor on 404 Squadron. He retired from the Canadian Armed Forces in 1995, after 33 years of service to Canada.

Honorary Colonel Wood has been a community volunteer throughout and after his military career with organizations such as the Boy Scouts, the Canadian Association for the Mentally Retarded and at the Greenwood Military Aviation Museum. He has served as director of Friendly Neighbours since 1991 which coordinates a Christmas Hamper program, and in 2001, he helped establish the Helping Hearts program at Soldier’s Memorial Hospital in Middleton NS.

Honorary Colonel Wood has five children. Upon his retirement, he and his wife Rachelle, of 50 years chose to reside in Greenwood, NS.

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