Al Merilainen

Canada Air Force Fellow, Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security


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Lieutenant Colonel Merilainen is a staff officer overseeing Doctrine Development and Analysis and Lessons Learned portfolios at the RCAF Aerospace Warfare Centre based at Trenton, Ontario. He is an experienced multi-engine pilot with past assignments including domestic search and rescue, training, air mobility, air-to-air refuelling and VIP transport operations. LCol Merilainen has held several leadership and staff positions, most recently as the Senior Staff Officer, Air Force Standards at 1 Canadian Air Division/Canadian NORAD Region Headquarters in Winnipeg, Manitoba. He has participated in a number of international deployments including Op HESTIA (Haiti), Op UNIFIED PROTECTOR (Libya), and has flown numerous transport missions in support of operations in Afghanistan. LCol Merilainen is a graduate of the Seneca College School of Aviation in Toronto, Ontario and has completed the Joint Command and Staff Programme at the Canadian Forces Command and Staff College