Terry Chester joined the RCAF in Sept 1964, through the ROTP program, receiving a BA from the U of Sask. He was awarded Navigator/RO Wings in 1968, flying for 3,000 hrs on the Argus Maritime patrol aircraft out of Summerside PEI. In 1972, Terry received his CF pilot’s wings in Cold Lake, AB and spent the next 8 years flying and instructing on the CP 107 Argus in Summerside, PEI and the O.T.U. in Greenwood, NS. He was part of the CP 140 Aurora Team in 1980, that introduced the CP 140 to the CF as the Senior Flight Deck Instructor. Following Staff College in 1982, he spent several years in various staff positions years in Ottawa, and then was assigned as the Senior Staff officer for Pilot Training in Air Command, before command of 407 Maritime Patrol Squadron in Comox in July, 1990. Terry then worked directly for the VCDS in the Executive Secretariat as an analyst, and was seconded to Mogadishu, Somalia for six months as the senior airlift control officer, responsible for the movement of millions of pounds of relief supples in spartan and hostile conditions. On return to Canada in 1993, he was appointed as the Senior Peacekeeping Plans officer, organizing and planning peacekeeping missions in Africa and South America, for two years. In 1994, he was posted to the Career Manager Division in NDHQ, responsible for all air force ranks below Colonel, some 18,000 people. In 1997, Colonel Chester was posted to NATO Air Base, Geilenkirchen Germany as the Commander Operations Wing, Chief Pilot on the AWACS aircraft and the Canadian Component Commander for four years, and had the opportunity to participate in numerous international operations, including the air war in Kosovo. He enrolled in the Primary Reserves in 2001 and spent four years as a special projects staff officer and consultant on air matters. He was the Director of Armed Forces Day 2005 at 19 Wing Comox, was also engaged in Transformation projects for 1 Cdn Air Div and was the Commander of the Canadian Contingent at CENTCOM HQ, McDill AFB, FL. With a career spanning 42 years, some 10,000 flying hours and multi-command tours, he remained active in flying, maintaining a Transport Canada Flight Instructor Qualification and instructed air cadets in the summer. He is a director at the Comox Air Force Museum and a board member of several community associations. He is married to Barbara Jean MacDonald of Port Borden PEI; their daughter Tara, is married to a USAF airman stationed at Luke AFB, CA, and their son, Jeff is a pilot in the CF. Terry & Barb have four grandsons, all of whom will aspire to careers in the air force.
Mr. Darling served for thirty-two years in the Air Force Reserves. He enrolled in the RCAF Primary Reserve (Education Branch) in the rank of Pilot Officer in 1961 and rejoined 592 Squadron as its Supply Officer. Between 1961 and 1974, he occupied various positions, including several terms as Commanding Officer of 592 and 588 (Canadair) Squadrons.
In 1974, Mr. Darling transferred to the Canadian Forces Primary Reserve (Air Reserve) and joined 401 (City of Westmount) Squadron as the Personnel Administration Officer in the rank of Captain. After completing STAR I (Staff Training Air Reserves) at Canadian Forces Staff School, Toronto in 1978, he was promoted Major and was transferred to 1 Air Reserve Wing in 1979 where he took up the duties of Wing Personnel Administration Officer. He returned to Staff School the following two summers as a member of the STAR I directing staff. In 1984, he completed the final phase of the Staff Training Reserves (STAR II) at the Canadian Forces Command and Staff College, Toronto. On returning to his unit, he was promoted Lieutenant-Colonel and appointed Chief Administrative Officer of 1 Wing and concurrently Commanding Officer of 1 Wing Headquarters. Subsequently his position was renamed as Senior Staff Officer Support (SSO SP) in 1 Tactical Aviation Wing. In 1991, he attended the National Security Studies Course at the National Defence College, Kingston. He transferred to the Supplementary Reserve in October 1993.
Mr. Darling has been active with the Air Cadet League of Canada for more than thirty-eight years. Between 1974 and 1988, he was a member of the sponsoring committee of the Canadair Air Cadet Squadrons and for a short period in the late 80s he was the Chairman of 622 (Frontenac) Squadron which was then sponsored by the Air Reserve Officers= Mess at St. Hubert. In 1988, he was elected as a Director (Squadron Advisor) of the Provincial Committee of Québec and the Ottawa Valley of the Air Cadet League of Canada. From 1997 to 2005 he was the Regional Coordinator for the West Island Region, responsible for eight squadrons. He continues to be a squadron advisor in the Québec and Ottawa Valley Provincial Committee.
Mr. Darling has been a member of the Royal Canadian Air Force Association (RCAFA) and the Air Force Association of Canada (AFAC) since 1976. In March 1993, he was appointed Honorary Québec Group President RCAFA. He is the founding President of 394 (West Island) Wing AFAC. In May 1995 he was elected Vice-President of Québec Group, and from May 1997 to April 2005 was Québec Group President. He was elected National President of the Association in October 2009 and in October 2011 became the Immediate Past National President with the biennial election of a new National President. He also served as a trustee of the Royal Canadian Air Force Association Trust for several years.
In 2002, he was awarded the Queen=s Golden Jubilee Medal in recognition of his volunteer work to the Air Force Association and in the same year he received the Air Cadet League of Canada’s Certificate of Merit for meritorious service to the Air Cadet movement. In October 2005 he was awarded the Air Force Association’s Meritorious Service Award. In October 2012, Mr. Darling was awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal.
Mr. Darling is a member of a number of other organizations including the Royal Air Forces Association (RAFA) (London, England); the Canadian Aviation Historical Society (CAHS); the Canadian Aeronautics and Space Institute (CASI); and the Royal Canadian Legion, where is serving on the executive of Pointe-Claire Branch No. 57. He is a Director and 2nd Vice-President of the Lakeshore Legion Housing Association, which oversees the management of the Seniors and Veterans Residence AManoir Cavagnal@ in Hudson, Québec.
In civilian life, Mr. Darling is retired from the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), a specialized agency of the United Nations, where he worked in technical, information technology and administrative positions for 34 years.
He is married to Patricia Wood of Dorval, Québec. They have a married daughter, Karen, and a granddaughter, Abigail, living in Toronto, and a son, Kevin, residing in Pointe-Claire. Mr. Darling and his family have lived in Pointe Claire, Québec since 1967.