Canada Command

Canada Command
Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence

May 13, 2009 12:21 ET

Change of Command at Canada Command

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - May 13, 2009) - General Walt Natynczyk, Chief of the Defence Staff, today presided over the formal change of command ceremony for Canada Command, held here at the Cartier Square Drill Hall. Vice-Admiral Bruce Donaldson assumed the duties of Commander Canada Command from Vice-Admiral Dean McFadden, who will become Chief of the Maritime Staff later this summer. Vice-Admiral Donaldson was recently promoted after serving as the Director of Staff for the Strategic Joint Staff here at National Defence Headquarters.

"Vice-Admiral McFadden has described Canada Command as a 'bit of a youngster' in terms of our nation's defence and security institutions. But under his leadership Canada Command has matured and further established itself as a cornerstone of Canada's renewed security architecture, ready for the challenges of the 21st century," said General Natynczyk. "With his outstanding combination of headquarters and operational experience, Vice-Admiral Donaldson is the right choice at the right time for the next commander of Canada Command, especially as the Canadian Forces prepare to support the RCMP with security operations for the 2010 Olympic Games in Vancouver-our number one domestic priority next winter."

"I would like to recognize the substantial accomplishments of Vice-Admiral McFadden at Canada Command, particularly his efforts to enhance the institutional ties between the Canadian Forces and its key partners, like Public Safety Canada and the RCMP," said Vice-Admiral Donaldson. "I intend to continue this great work and will be focussed on security preparations for next year's events and continuing to enhance our abilities to operate and react throughout Canada. I look forward to working with the thousands of Canadian Forces personnel who stand ready to defend Canada, to assist Canadians in need, and to help our neighbours in times of need."

"Every day my team at Canada Command contributed directly to the safety and security of Canadians here at home, working closely with our many partners at the federal, regional, and local levels," said Vice-Admiral McFadden. "Being a part of our efforts here on the home front to strengthen Canada's ability to respond to threats in the world's new security environment was a highly rewarding experience and one I will always cherish."

At the same ceremony, Chief Warrant-Officer Michel Ouellet assumed the duties of Canada Command Chief Warrant-Officer from Chief Warrant-Officer Eric Christensen, who is deploying to Egypt. CWO Ouellet last served as the National Defence Headquarters Chief Warrant Officer.

Canada Command is the lead organization responsible for the conduct of routine and contingency Canadian Forces domestic and continental operations. Its six regional commands continuously monitor developments across Canada and stand ready to assist Canadians in need, including search and rescue response.

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