Colonel Dan Constable joined the Canadian Forces in 1980 and graduated from Royal Roads Military College (RRMC) in 1984. Prior to undergoing pilot training, he served six years as an Air Weapons Controller with postings to: the Canadian Air Defence Sector, North Bay; the Aerospace Engineering Test Establishment's Primrose Lake Evaluation Range, Cold Lake; and, the Directorate of Aerospace Requirements, National Defence Headquarters (HQ), Ottawa.
After earning his wings in 1992, he returned to Cold Lake and flew the CF-18 operationally for four years on 441 Tactical Fighter Squadron, finishing his tour as the Deputy Squadron Operations Officer. From 1998 to 2001, he served on an exchange tour with the Royal Air Force (RAF) flying the Air Defence Tornado F-3 on 43 Squadron, RAF Leuchars, Scotland.
Upon his return to Canada in 2001, Colonel Constable was employed at 1 Canadian Air Division/Canadian North American Aerospace Defence (NORAD) Region HQ, Winnipeg. He held positions as A3 Fighter Systems and A3 Fighter, primarily working on CF-18 Modernisation projects and NORAD operations and plans in the aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Following his 2006 to 2008 command tour of 410 Tactical Fighter (Operational Training) Squadron, he served as the N-NC/J53 Vice Chief Aerospace Plans at NORAD/USNorthern Command HQ, Colorado Springs, USA.
In 2010, Colonel Constable was posted to Allied Joint Force Command (JFC) HQ, Naples, Italy serving as the Executive Assistant (EA) to the Deputy Commander JFC Naples. Colonel Constable assumed his current appointment as Deputy Commander Alaskan NORAD Region, Anchorage, Alaska on 1 September, 2011.
In addition to multiple NORAD missions, his operational flying experience includes two Tornado F-3 deployments to Al Kharj, Saudi Arabia as part of Operation BOLTON, the UK's contribution to Operation SOUTHERN WATCH, patrolling the no fly zone over Southern Iraq and for which he earned the UK's Air Operations Iraq medal. His other operational deployments include: a December 2009 to July 2010 tour in Afghanistan, serving as the Deputy Chief of the Air Operations Centre in the International Security Assistance Force Joint Command HQ, Kabul; and, an April to July 2011 tour as the EA to the Commander Combined Joint Task Force HQ for NATO's Operation UNIFIED PROTECTOR, enforcing the Libya no fly zone and air and maritime arms embargo.
Colonel Constable has over 2,000 flying hours on numerous aircraft types, including the Musketeer, Tutor, CF-5, Tucano (RAF) and Hawk (RAF), culminating in over 1,200 hours on the CF-18 and 500 hours on the Tornado F-3 (RAF). He is a graduate of the Aerospace Systems Course and the Canadian Forces Command and Staff College, Toronto. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Physics and Computer Science from RRMC and a Master of Defence Studies from Royal Military College.