Chief Warrant Officer Gary Falardeau- 408 Tactical Helicopter Squadron
CWO Falardeau enrolled in the Canadian Forces in 1986 at Rouyn, Que. as a Performance Orientated Electronics Training. After basic training in Cornwallis, N.S. he completed his POET and trade training in Kingston and Borden Ont. and was posted to Aerospace Engineering Test Establishment in Cold Lake, Alta. in January 1988 as an Air Weapons Systems technician.
Promoted to the rank of MCpl in 1994, CWO Falardeau was transferred to 441 Tactical Fighter Squadron (TFS) in Cold Lake, Alta. He participated in multiple exercises including Rim Pac and eventually deployed to Italy as part of Task Force Aviano with the Balkan Rats, where he served for six months. Promoted to Sgt in 2000, he participated in the CANZEX exchange with New Zealand Air Force. Posted to 408 Tactical Helicopter Squadron (THS) in 2002 as a Sgt, CWO Falardeau deployed with the unit to Bosnia and received a Commander’s Commendation during his tour. Promoted to WO in 2005 he was posted back to 441 TFS, where he was involved in the amalgamation of 441 and 416 TFS Sqns to the newly re-commissioned 409 TFS, and assumed the Senior Aircraft Maintenance Supervisor position. Promoted to MWO in 2008, he was posted to Director General Military Careers in Ottawa as a career manager.
Promoted to his current rank in 2012, CWO Falardeau was appointed SCWO of 408 THS.
CWO Falardeau is married to Tracey Falardeau and together they have two children, Skylar and Raven. In his spare time CWO Falardeau is an avid reader and enjoys soccer and badminton with his children.