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MGen (Ret’d) Paul R. HUSSEY, OMM, CD
Major-General (ret’d) Hussey was born in St. John's, Newfoundland. He joined the Canadian Forces in 1969, attended the Collège militaire royal (CMR) in Saint-Jean, Quebec until 1972 and RMC in Kingston, graduating in 1974.
After a short tour at the Rescue Coordination Centre in Trenton, he completed air traffic control training at Borden in 1975. Following tours at Goose Bay and Trenton as air controller, Major-General Hussey was posted to NDHQ as an operations adviser for a major equipment and systems modernization programme for air traffic control in the Canadian Forces. In 1982, he was posted to CFB Shearwater as Base Air Traffic Control Officer, and later served as Deputy Base Operations Officer.
Promoted Lieutenant-Colonel in April 1986, he assumed command of the Canadian Forces Air Traffic Control Training Unit in Cornwall, a unit responsible for initial and ongoing training of all military air traffic controllers. In July 1989, he was posted to Air Command Headquarters (AIRCOM) in Winnipeg as Senior Staff Officer Air Traffic Control.
Major-General Hussey was promoted Colonel in July 1991 and became Director of Air Regulations and Traffic Services NDHQ. In July 1992, Major-General Hussey moved the Directorate to AIRCOM Headquarters in Winnipeg where he became Deputy Chief of Staff Support Operations.
In July 1995, Major-General Hussey became Command Director, Charlie Crew, in NORAD/USSPACECOM Command Center, Cheyenne Mountain, Colorado. He served as the CINCNORAD/USCINCSPACE on-duty representative and action officer for worldwide and theatre missile attack warning, space defence, control and surveillance, and air sovereignty of North America. In October 1996, Major-General Hussey was appointed Chief of Training Division, NORAD/USSPACECOM, Cheyenne Mountain Operations Center, Cheyenne Mountain. Major-General Hussey also served as Chief of Staff for the Canadian Forces in Colorado. On 11 July 1997, Major-General Hussey assumed command of 22 Wing North Bay and became Commander Canadian Air Defence Sector NORAD. Promoted to Brigadier General in 2000, General Hussey became Director General Reserves and Cadets at NDHQ. In 2002, he became Director General Military Careers. Upon promotion to Major-General he took command of the Canadian Defence Academy in Kingston in July 2004 where he served until his retirement in Sept 2007. In May 2009, he was appointed as Colonel-Commandant of the Cadet Instructors Cadre. He and his wife Nicole are now living in Kingston, ON.
Major-General Hussey was inducted into the Order of Military Merit at the grade of officer in 1994 and was awarded the US Meritorious Service Medal in 1997.