Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence

August 28, 2012 13:00 ET

Canadian Forces Recruiting Centre Toronto Welcomes New Commanding Officer

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Aug. 28, 2012) - Major Reza Ali Chaudhry was named Commanding Officer (CO) of the Canadian Forces Recruiting Centre Toronto at a ceremony in Toronto this morning.

"I have wanted to command a recruiting centre or region for the last four years, so to be named the CO of the Toronto Recruiting Centre is quite rewarding," said Maj Chaudhry. "I'm looking forward to working with young Canadians and helping them become the next generation of Canadian Forces soldiers and officers."

Major Chaudhry joined the Canadian Forces (CF) in 1992 as an armoured officer and attended Royal Roads Military College in Victoria and the Royal Military College in Kingston, where he received a Bachelor of Economics. In 1998, he transferred to the Logistics Branch. He has held a number of positions over the last 20 years, as well as serving in Kosovo in 2000 and in Afghanistan in 2006.

"The position of Commanding Officer at a Centre is an important one. Major Chaudhry will command 145 people in Southern Ontario and he is ultimately responsible for the screening and processing of approximately 3 500 applicants per year," said Brigadier-General Louis Meloche, Commander of the Canadian Forces Recruiting Group (CFRG). "Major Chaudhry has shown a keen interest in the position and has demonstrated strong leadership abilities, so I am confident he will be a great CO."

In his spare time, Major Chaudhry enjoys writing fiction, trying to play guitar, playing hockey and basketball. He and his wife, Sadaf, also enjoy being new parents to their son, Raheem.

The mission of the CFRG is to support the operational capability of the CF by recruiting Canadian citizens to join the Regular Force and to process the requests of Canadian citizens who wish to join the Primary Reserve or the Cadet Instructors Cadre.

For more information, please contact Lieutenant (Navy) Nicole Murillo, the Canadian Forces Recruiting Group Public Affairs Officer, at 705-424-1200, extension 2313, or Nicole.Murillo@forces.gc.ca.

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