Colonel (Ret) Michael Boomer spent over 35 years in the Canadian Forces as an Air Force Supply Officer. He held a series of line and staff officer posts in various Bases, Wing and Headquarters in the Canadian Forces during that time. In addition he also held the position of Chairman of the NATO Airborne Early Warning and Control Programme’s Legal, Contracts and Finance Committee. His command appointments included the National Support Squadron for Canada’s OP Pivot mission in Haiti where he also acted as the Contingent Chief of Staff and Commander, Camp Mirage, as part of Canada’s OP Apollo mission in Afghanistan and the Arabian Gulf
In his final appointment in the Canadian Forces he held the position of Chief of Operational Support Transformation in the new Canadian Operational Support Command. There he conceived and delivered a number of initiatives such as the Global Reach – Hub and Spoke Concept which will provide Canada an enhanced means to support deployed forces throughout the world. Another of his projects was the Northern Lines of Communication (NorLOC) concept designed to support the Canada First Defence Strategy aims for a strengthened presence in the Canadian Arctic. He also assembled and led a team from NATO, the United Kingdom, the United States, the Netherlands, Australia and Canada that conceived, designed and then delivered, in situ, a method for these nations to schedule and share their fixed wing intra-theatre airlift in Afghanistan.