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Fred Sutherland
Place of birth Halifax, Nova Scotia
Allegiance  Canada
Service/branch Royal Canadian Air Force ensign.svg Royal Canadian Air Force / Canadian Forces
Years of service 1960 - 1992
Rank Lieutenant-General
Commands held 439 Tactical Fighter Squadron
CFB Cold Lake
Air Command
Awards Commander of the Order of Military Merit
Canadian Forces Decoration

Lieutenant-General Fred Sutherland CMM, CD (born February 1942) is a retired Canadian air force general who was Commander, Air Command from 1989 to 1991 and Vice Chief of the Defence Staff from 1991 to 1992.


Sutherland joined the Canadian Air Force in 1960[1] and, after graduating from the Royal Military College of Canada, trained as a fighter pilot.[2] He became Commanding Officer of 439 Tactical Fighter Squadron at CFB Baden-Soellingen in 1976, Executive Assistant to the Commander, Air Command in 1978 and Director of Air Operations, Training and Nuclear Weapons at the National Defence Headquarters in 1980.[2] He went on to be Commander of CFB Cold Lake in July 1982, was seconded to the Privy Council Office in July 1984 and became Chief of Personnel Development at the National Defence Headquarters in July 1986.[2] His last appointments were as Commander, Air Command in August 1989 and Vice Chief of the Defence Staff in August 1991 before retiring in June 1992.[2]

In retirement he became Deputy Minister of Industry, Trade and Tourism for the Province of Manitoba and then Corporate Vice-President Human Resources with McCain Foods.[1]


Military offices
Preceded by
L A Ashley
Commander, Air Command
1989 - 1991
Succeeded by
D Huddleston
Preceded by
C M W Thomas
Vice Chief of the Defence Staff
Succeeded by
J R Anderson

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