Commanding Officer, 2 Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry
Born and raised in Southern Ontario, Lieutenant-Colonel Wright joined the Canadian Forces in 1990 and graduated from the Royal Military College in Kingston in 1994 with a honours degree in History and Political Science. His first posting was to 2 PPCLI in Winnipeg, where from 1994 to 1999 he served as a rifle and anti-armour platoon commander and rifle company second-in-command, deploying with the unit as a platoon commander in A Company on Roto 0 of Op PALLADIUM in Bosnia in 1997. He served three years in Quebec City and Valcartier with 2e R22eR, completing a second tour in Bosnia in 2002 as a rifle company second-in-command. Posted to the Canadian Forces Joint Headquarters in Kingston from 2002 to 2004, he deployed to Afghanistan as the J3 Operations for the stand-up of Op ATHENA in Kabul in the summer of 2003.
LCol Wright returned to the Second Battalion as the unit moved to Shilo in 2004. Over the next four years, he served in staff positions as Adjutant and Operations Officer and commanded A Company and the Battalion’s Task Force 1-08 Rear Party. He was awarded the Medal of Military Valour and the Meritorious Service Medal following his tour as Officer Commanding A Company with Task Force 3-06 (First Battalion The Royal Canadian Regiment) Battle Group in Kandahar Province in 2006-2007. In 2009, he graduated from the Joint Command Staff Programme at the Canadian Forces College in Toronto, where he also received a Masters of Defence Studies from RMC. In July 2009, he was posted to Headquarters 1 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group in Edmonton, where he served as G3 and, upon promotion to Lieutenant-Colonel in May 2010, the Brigade Chief of Staff.
Lieutenant-Colonel Wright, his wife Hilary, and sons Henry (8) and Jonas (7) will be residing in Brandon.