SOURCE: The Royal Canadian Legion

The Royal Canadian Legion

September 12, 2014 16:01 ET

Legion Appoints New Chairperson of Defence and Security Committee

OTTAWA, ON--(Marketwired - September 12, 2014) - Tom Eagles, Dominion President of The Royal Canadian Legion appointed retired Major-General Richard Blanchette as the Chairperson for the Legion's Defence and Security Committee.

"Maj.-Gen. (Ret'd) Blanchette's experience in the Canadian Armed Forces and commitment to the health and welfare of those under his command are well known," said Tom Eagles. "His qualities as a leader will be very much appreciated by all members of the Legion as well as those currently in uniform," adds Eagles. During his military service he served in Cyprus, Qatar during the Gulf and Kuwait War, Rwanda, the Winnipeg floods in 1997, the Montreal Ice Storm in 1998 and Afghanistan in 2008 to name a few. For more information on his military service, please see his biography below.

"The Legion has a strong tradition of helping members of the Canadian Armed Forces and I look forward to contributing to that tradition," says Blanchette.

The Defence and Security Committee is responsible for fostering and supporting the care and welfare of the Canadian Armed Forces, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and their family members. It also monitors the development and implementation of Canadian defence and security policy. The committee also fosters interest in defence and security matters among Legion members and the public at large to ensure Canadians are well versed in the capacities and capabilities of those organizations providing protection and security of our national interests.


Maj.-Gen. (Ret'd) Richard V. Blanchette

Major-General (Ret'd) Blanchette enrolled in 1977 and received a First Class Honours Arts degree in Military and Strategic Studies from the Royal Military College of Kingston in Ontario. He also holds a Master of Business Administration from Laval University.

His first posting was with the Royal 22e Régiment where he served as an infantry platoon commander. In 1984, he was sent to Beynes in France as an exchange officer with the 5e Régiment d'infanterie for a two year period. He later served with 1er Commando and the Airborne Regiment for three years. His military service included, among others, deployments to Cyprus, Qatar during the Gulf and Kuwait War, Rwanda, the Winnipeg floods in 1997 and Montreal Ice Storm in 1998, Tampa (FL) and Haiti where he commanded his Battalion.

In 2000, he worked on the Army Reserve restructure at the Land Staff and later gained policy experience as Director Peacekeeping Policy. He was selected to become the Military Assistant to the Chairman of the NATO Military Committee and sent to Brussels for a three year posting in 2005. He was awarded the NATO Meritorious Medal at the end of his mandate. In August 2008, he was appointed as the International Security Assistance Force Spokesperson in Afghanistan where he received from France the National Defence Medal, Gold Echelon. Upon return to Canada, he served as Director General Operations at the Strategic Joint Staff. In 2010, he was Director General - Public Affairs at National Defence Headquarters. He retired from the Canadian Armed Forces in 2012 after serving one year as Senior Advisor to the National Security Advisor to the Prime Minister. As a second career, he has incorporated his own consulting business in the domains of security and management. 

His interests include family activities, jogging (25 full marathons completed), cycling, skiing (alpine and cross-country), hunting, gardening and current events monitoring. He is a member of the Legion Norris Branch # 227 in Gatineau, Qc.

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