/A\ Barrie Weather specialist Bob McIntyre appointed Honorary Colonel of the Air Command Academy

Canada’s Air Force announced yesterday the appointment of well-known /A\ NEWS BARRIE broadcast journalist and weather specialist, Bob McIntyre, as the first Honorary Colonel of the Academy.

An investiture ceremony formalizing the prestigious appointment will be held on Friday, August 20 at 10 a.m. The ceremony takes place at Canadian Forces Base Borden (Building S-136, south side of base, 90 Rafah Cres.). Media are welcome to attend the event.

“It is a great honour for me to serve as an Honorary Colonel to Canada’s Air Force,” said McIntyre. I find it quite ironic that a kid who was kicked out of high school and found refuge in the Air Force has been asked to be the first Honourary Colonel of a school, Base Borden’s Air Command Academy. I know my mom and dad would be very proud of their boy”.

A broadcaster since 1966. McIntyre started in radio at CFJR in Brockville. He moved to Hamilton radio CHAM in 1970, and then became newscaster and news director for Toronto radio station CKFH. McIntyre became CKVR’s news anchor in 1972, followed by news director, manager of news & public affairs of CKVR. In 1983, McIntyre was named Weather Specialist. In 2002, McIntyre received the Dave Rogers Award from Canada’s Radio and Television News Directors’ Association for best feature of the year for “Bob’s Story: Life with Cancer”.

McIntyre has flown with Canada’s Snowbirds five times and is an Honorary Snowbird pilot. He’s been flying since 2005 and while coming late to the game he currently flies a British 1943 Tiger Moth open cockpit bi-plane 82-A for the Edenvale Classic Aircraft Foundation. It has no brakes! The Tiger Moth was the same type of plane Bob’s father flew beginning in 1939. McIntyre’s father was a WWII flight instructor. “Pretty cool to fly a plane that your dad taught hundreds of kids to fly 70 years ago”. said McIntyre.

Within Canada’s Air Force, the tradition of nominating unit honorary colonels goes back to 1970. Honorary colonels come from a diverse range of backgrounds, including many well-known public and community figures. They work behind the scene in an honorary and advisory role, providing a connection between the community and the Canadian Forces.

A unit of 16 Wing Borden, the Air Command Academy provides professional development and general military training to Non-commissioned members by broadening awareness of Air Force heritage and developing general service knowledge and professional attributes.

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