Lieutenant-Colonel Fraser Auld joined the Canadian Armed Forces in 1990 as a Private in the Militia with the Lorne Scots in Brampton, Ontario. In 1992, he transferred to the Royal Military College in Kingston and completed a Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical), taking a release upon graduation to pursue employment opportunities in the aerospace and defence industry. Working for AlliedSignal Aerospace as a Power Engineer, he achieved registration as a Professional Engineer (P.Eng) in Ontario but missed the esprit and challenge of military life. In 1998, he re-enrolled in the Canadian Army as an Armour Officer under the Direct Entry Officer program.
A proud member of Canada’s senior serving armour regiment since 1999, Lieutenant-Colonel Auld has held a range of positions with the Dragoons, including Reconnaissance Troop Leader, Adjutant, Reconnaissance Squadron Commander, and Headquarters Squadron Commander. His extra-Regimental postings have included tank and recce Tactics Instructor at the Armour School, Task Force Kandahar Tactical Plans Officer in Afghanistan, Base Operations Officer in Petawawa, Executive Assistant to the Deputy Commanding General of the NATO Training Mission in Afghanistan, and Director of Army Staff 2 at Canadian Army Headquarters.
Lieutenant-Colonel Auld has deployed on four operational tours: in 2001 as a Reconnaissance Troop Leader in Bosnia-Herzegovina; in 2005 as the Second-in-Command of the Reconnaissance Squadron assigned to NATO’s Kabul Multi-National Brigade; in 2008-09 with Task Force Kandahar; and, in 2012-13 with the NATO Training Mission in Afghanistan.
Alongside his spouse, Ms. Tammy Richard, Lieutenant-Colonel Auld enjoys physical fitness training, travelling, golf, and trying to cook (and then, of course, eating).