|Lieutenant-Colonel Thomas (Tom) Sand was born in Edmonton Alberta and joined the Canadian Forces in 1974 under the Regular Officer Training Plan. He graduated from the University of Alberta in 1977 with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and Physics. After five years in the Navy he transferred to the Air Force and earned his Navigator wings in 1979. He is a graduate of the Canadian Forces Aerospace Systems Course, the Canadian Forces Command and Staff Course and Canadian Forces Language School.|
He has logged over 6200 flight hours as a Maritime Patrol Navigator on the Argus, Aurora, and Nimrod aircraft as Acoustic Sensor Officer, Navigator Communicator, Tactical Navigator and Crew Commander with 405 and 415 Maritime Patrol Squadron at Greenwood Nova Scotia and as an Airborne Electronics Officer on exchange duties with 42 Squadron Royal Air Force at RAF Station St Mawgan in Cornwall, UK. He has also served as Deputy Commanding Officer of 404 Maritime Patrol and Training Squadron, Officer Commanding the Maritime Patrol Standardization and Evaluation Team, Commanding Officer of 14 Software Engineering Squadron and 14 Wing Operations Officer all at Canadian Forces Base Greenwood, Nova Scotia. He has also completed a tour as the Aurora Detachment Commander during Operation Sharpe Guard (the United Nations embargo during the break-up of Yugoslavia) in Sigonella, Italy, a tour as the Chief of Plans for Kandahar Airfield in Afghanistan and the Director of Operations at the 1 Canadian Air Division HQ Detachment Regional Air Coordination Element Atlantic in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
He has held staff positions with Maritime Air Group Headquarters in Halifax as a Staff Officer Evaluations and Requirements responsible for airborne acoustic sensors with Air Command Headquarters in Ottawa on the Air Staff as a Staff Officer in the Concepts and Doctrine section of the Directorate of Strategic Plans and as the Deputy Commanding Officer of the Canadian Forces Maritime Warfare Centre in Halifax.
After 35 years of military service in the Regular Force he transferred to the Reserves and returned to Alberta and took a position with the Government of Alberta as the manager of Learning Development with the Alberta Emergency Management Agency. In 2018 he accepted a position with Transport Canada in the Office of Incident Management. He volunteers his time with the Canadian Aeronautical Preservation Association, The Air Cadet Museum and Archives and the Alberta Provincial Committee of the Air Cadet League of Canada. In his spare moments he enjoys driving his 1964 Plymouth Fury. He is married to Barbara (nee Van Nes) and they have two adult children.