Brig. Gen. Simon C. Hetherington
Deputy Commanding General, Operations
XVIII Airborne Corps and Fort Bragg
BG Simon Hetherington was born and raised in Oakville, Ontario and joined the Canadian Army as an officer in the Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery in 1983. He has served on regimental duty with airborne, light and mechanized artillery units in Germany and across Canada. As a Field Artillery Instructor-In-Gunnery, BG Hetherington taught at the Royal Canadian Artillery School and at the Jamaican Junior Command and Staff College. He holds a bachelor's degree in political science and a master’s degree in strategic studies.
BG Hetherington's operational experience includes UN peacekeeping in Cyprus, multiple tours of duty in Bosnia, and three deployments to Afghanistan in various staff and command appointments. He has also participated in several domestic response operations in Canada. He has commanded at every level from platoon to brigade, his most recent command appointment being that of Commander, 2nd Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group in Petawawa, Ontario from 2011-2013. Staff assignments include Executive Assistant to the Commander, Land Force Central Area (since renamed 4th Canadian Division), Army Director of the Canadian Forces Transformation Team at National Defense Headquarters and Executive Assistant to the Commander of the Canadian Army.
In June 2013, BG Hetherington and his family moved to Carlisle, Pennsylvania where he attended the US Army War College as an International Fellow. After graduation from the War College, he was promoted to his current rank and appointed the Deputy Commanding General – Operations of the XVIII Airborne Corps and Fort Bragg. He was privileged to immediately join the Corps during their 2014 deployment to Afghanistan. Throughout his career, BG Hetherington has been supported by his patient wife Kim, who herself spent many years dedicated to military families while working in the field of Military Family Support. They are fortunate to have active, resilient twin teenage daughters, both of whom are competitive swimmers. When not trying to keep up with his busy family, BG Hetherington enjoys playing guitar (albeit not very well) and attempting to relive his youth by playing in bands that tolerate his mediocre talent. BG Hetherington is an Officer in the Order of Military Merit and is the recipient of the Canadian Meritorious Service Cross with bar.