The Canadian Forces Detachment at the Rome-based Eastern Air Defense Sector changed commanders in a ceremony Monday, according to an EADS announcement.
Lt. Col. Josh Klemen assumed command from Lt. Col. Bruce MacLean, who finished his three-year tour of duty as Canadian Detachment Commanding Officer.
Klemen’s responsibilities will include leading the 15-member Canadian Detachment and serving as part of the EADS staff. MacLean is transferring to Ottawa, Quebec, where he will attend a year-long French language course.
“Canadian Forces personnel are a critical part of EADS’ daily operations and play an essential role in protecting the North American airspace,” said Col. Emil Filkorn, EADS Commander. “On behalf of the unit, I want to welcome Lt. Col. Klemen and his family to EADS. I also want to thank Lt. Col. MacLean for his service and wish him the best in his new assignment.”
Presiding over the change-of-command ceremony was Col. Kyle Paul, the Canadian Element Chief of Staff at North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) headquarters in Colorado Springs, Colo., and a former EADS Canadian Detachment commander.
Klemen, a 20-year Royal Canadian Air Force veteran, comes to EADS from the 1st Canadian Air Division (CAD) headquarters in Winnipeg, Manitoba. At 1st CAD, he served as a staff officer and deployed to Afghanistan in July 2018 as Deputy Director of the 609th Air Operations Center; it was the second deployment for Klemen, who previously served in Afghanistan from October 2010-July 2011.
Klemen, a graduate of the Royal Military College of Canada in Kingston, Ontario, has a master’s degree from Air Command and Staff College at Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala., and is a graduate of Air War College and the U.S. Marine Corps Weapons and Tactics Instructor Course.
EADS, a headquarters element of the U.S. Continental North American Aerospace Defense Command Region, is responsible for air defense of the eastern U.S. Besides the Canadian Forces detachment, it is staffed by active-duty New York Air National Guardsmen, joint service liaison officers and federal civilians.