Lieutenant-Colonel David Buchanan was commissioned into the Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery in 1991. He had the glorious opportunity to serve with 3 of the 4 Regular Force’s Artillery units in various staff and command positions from Gun Position Officer to Battery Commander in the frozen tundra of Manitoba, the wilderness of Northern Ontario, and the wet marshy bogs of New Brunswick. Additionally, in support of the Royal Regiment he spent several years on duty at the Royal Canadian Artillery School in instructional, standards as well as command functions.
During his 27 years of Regular Force service he attended several key professional development opportunities such as French as a second language, Gunnery Staff Course – Depth Fire at the Royal School of Artillery in Larkhill, United Kingdom and the Canadian Army and Canadian Forces Command and Staffs courses. He holds Bachelor and Master Degrees from the Royal Military College of Canada as well as a Master of Arts in Management from American Military University. He in addition had the magnificent occasion to deploy on international operations on five different occasions – Cyprus in 1993, Bosnia in 2000 and Afghanistan in 2004, 2006, and 2012.
Since his promotion to Lieutenant-Colonel in late 2011, his employment consisted of a tour as a Commanding Officer in Afghanistan, two plus years as Director Professional Development at the Canadian Defence Academy and, prior to his Regular Force retirement in February 2017, 18 months as the Canadian Liaison Officer to the British Army.
Lieutenant-Colonel Buchanan works for Department of National Defence as a Research Officer and resides in Odessa, Ontario with his wife, Shelley, of 22 plus glorious years. He also has two adult age children, David and Emily.