Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence

May 30, 2011 18:10 ET

Canadian Forces Welcome First Female Admiral as Chief Reserves and Cadets

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - May 30, 2011) - Rear-Admiral Jennifer Bennett was appointed as the first female Chief, Reserves and Cadets today, replacing Major-General Dennis Tabbernor upon his retirement from the Canadian Forces. Vice-Admiral Bruce Donaldson, Vice Chief of the Defence Staff, presided over the ceremony at National Defence Headquarters.

The Chief Reserves and Cadets advises the Chief of the Defence Staff and other senior DND/CF officials about matters concerning the 35,000 member strong Reserve Force to help ensure their unique requirements are integrated with Canadian Forces policies and programs. The Reserve Force includes the Primary Reserve, the Cadet Organization Administration and Training Service, and the Supplementary Reserve.

"The history of Canadian service women is an important part of our national military heritage and their achievements contribute to the full and equal inclusion of women in our society and national institutions," said the Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence. "I offer my congratulations to Rear-Admiral Bennett upon her appointment as the first female Canadian Forces Chief Reserves and Cadets and her promotion as the first female Admiral."

"It's a great honour to congratulate Rear-Admiral Bennett on her recent promotion and appointment as Chief, Reserves and Cadets," said General Walt Natynczyk, Chief of the Defence Staff. "I am also pleased to thank Major-General Tabbernor for his remarkable, 43-plus year career with the Canadian Forces and for his distinguished service to Canada."

"I intend to build on my predecessor's work to ensure the Reserve Force remains flexible and responsive to the needs of our nation," said Rear-Admiral Bennett, who is originally from Hamilton, and has served in Kingston, Victoria, Ottawa and Quebec City. "I also look forward to working with Cadets and Junior Canadian Rangers, our leaders of tomorrow."

The Chief Reserves and Cadets also oversees departmental support to the Cadet and the Junior Canadian Rangers programs for over 50,000 Canadian adolescents as well as the Canadian Forces Liaison Council programs aimed at supporting Reservists' availability for training and operational commitments—both in Canada and abroad.

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Additional information about the Chief Reserves and Cadets organization can be found at: http://www.vcds-vcemd.forces.gc.ca/cres-cdts/acr-apc/index-eng.asp

Rear-Admiral Bennet's biography is located at: http://www.cmp-cpm.forces.gc.ca/dsa-dns/sa-ns/ab/sobv-vbos-eng.asp?mAction=View&mBiographyID=297

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