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New Commander Named At CFB Trenton To Replace Accused Murderer Col. Williams

A replacement has been appointed to take over as commander of CFB Trenton, Ont., after Col. Russell Williams was charged this week with murder and sexual assault.

Lt.-Col. Dave Cochrane was been selected to take command of the base as of Friday, when he was promoted to the rank of colonel. The announcement came from Lt.-Gen. Andre Deschamps, the chief of air staff.

Cochrane takes over from Lt.-Col. David Murphy, who was designated acting commander on Monday, after Williams was charged with first-degree murder in the deaths of two eastern Ontario woman and the sexual assaults of two others.

Cochrane grew up in Toronto and enrolled in the Canadian Forces in 1982.

He was first posted to Trenton in 1988 and has also served overseas and in other Canadian locations since then.

“I believe Col. Cochrane has the exceptional leadership qualities necessary to lead 8 Wing Trenton at this challenging and critical time, as the Canadian Forces are experiencing an unprecedented operational tempo,” said Deschamps in a statement.

“He is a highly experienced, trustworthy and capable commander who is well known in the local community, as are his wife and children. He is a respected member of the air mobility community and has my utmost confidence.”