As Deputy Chief of the Defence, LGen David Huddleston oversaw the Canadian Forces involvement in the first Gulf War in 1991 for which he earned the Meritorious Service Cross.
Later, as Commander Air Command, he was responsible for a wide variety of improvements to the AF including the acquisition of "smart weapons" for Canada's Hornet fleet, the acquisition of new strategic airlift and helicopters, the renaming of the AF bases to wings, the evolution of the RCAF Association into the Air Force Association of Canada and the introduction of the Honorary Colonel system to Canada's Air Force as part of a broader plan to expand and strengthen the relationship between military and civilian aviation in Canada.
Later, as a senior executive at Bombardier Aerospace, he was responsible for the concept and introduction of the NFTC program, thus ensuring the preservation of Canada's outstanding expertise in the field of military pilot training.
Born: 1938 Glasgow, Scotland
Awards: CMM, MSC, CD