Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence
Canada Command

Canada Command

May 12, 2009 08:30 ET

Media Advisory: Canada Command Change of Command Ceremony

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - May 12, 2009) - Media are invited to attend a Change of Command Ceremony on May 13, 2009, between Vice-Admiral Bruce Donaldson and Vice-Admiral Dean McFadden. Vice-Admiral Donaldson, previously Director of Staff for the Strategic Joint Staff, will replace Vice-Admiral McFadden as Commander Canada Command. Vice-Admiral McFadden will assume the duties of Chief of the Maritime Staff later this summer. The Chief of the Defence Staff, General Walt Natynczyk, will preside over the ceremony. Details of the ceremony are as follows:



- When: Wednesday, May 13 at 10:45 a.m.

- Where: Cartier Square Drill Hall, 2 Queen Elizabeth Drive, Ottawa


Canada Command has lead responsibility for routine and contingency Canadian Forces operations in Canada and continental North America. On any given day under Canada Command, thousands of sailors, soldiers, and air force personnel stand ready to defend Canadian sovereignty, to assist Canadians in need and to help our neighbours to the south.

Note to editors: Vice-Admiral Donaldson will be available for questions following the ceremony. To ensure access to the Drill Hall, media are requested to arrive no later than 10:15 a.m. Proper media credentials will be required and advance registration is requested by contacting Lieutenant Noel Paine at 613-943-7193 by 3 p.m., Tuesday, May 12, 2009. For more information contact Lieutenant Noel Paine at 613-943-7193 or Lieutenant-Commander Diane Grover at 613-944-8258, Canada Command, Public Affairs.

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