Joined the RCAF in 1961 and attended Royal Roads and the Royal Military College graduating in 1965 with a Bsc. Degree.
Received his pilot wings at Portage La Prairie in 1966.
Short stay at Air Navigation School in Winnipeg and than a tour as a C130 Hercules pilot with 436(T) Squadron based at Uplands,Ontario.
Posted to Air Transport Command Headquarters in Trenton, Ont. as Staff Officer Personnel (Officers) in 1970.
1973 returned to flying this time as a member of VP 415 Summerside, PEI where he held the position of Flight Commander.
1977 selected to join the CP 140 Aurora Program in Burbank, CA. Involved in prime mission vehicle software development, aircrew training material updates and as a back-up pilot for the Flight Test Team.
1981 CO of 415 Squadron, CFB Greenwood, NS
1983 attended the Air War College in Montgomery, Alabama where he also completed his Masters in Public Administration from Auburn University.
1984 Senior Staff Officer Fixed Wing. Maritime Air Group Headquarters, Halifax NS
1987 Posted to Brussels as a Staff Analyst, Arms Control and Disarmament Branch, International Military Staff. NATO
1990 Short year at Maritime Headquarters, Halifax
1991 Wing Administration Officer, CFB Comox, BC
GERRIT VAN BOESCHOTEN
COMMANDING OFFICER – July 1981 to July 1983
415 Squadron Association