Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence

May 25, 2012 13:30 ET

Minister MacKay Announces Additional Canadian Forces Senior Promotions and Appointments

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - May 25, 2012) - The Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence, is pleased to announce additional senior Canadian Forces (CF) promotions and appointments for 2012. These officers lead the CF in defending Canada's values, interests, and sovereignty at home and abroad.

"These promotions and appointments ensure that our Canadian Forces continue to benefit from the strong leadership that they deserve," said Minister MacKay. "The extensive knowledge and experience these General and Flag Officers possess are essential to Canadian Forces operations and effectiveness."

"The men and women of Canadian Forces are fortunate to have these proven and professional leaders appointed to their new posts. I also want to thank Lieutenant-General Walter Semianiw for his service throughout his career and most recently for his leadership as the Commander of Canada Command," said General Walt Natynczyk, Chief of the Defence Staff. "I am proud of all of our senior leaders as they assume their new posts. Equally, I appreciate the sacrifice they and their families make in order to serve Canada."

In addition to those announced in March, the following promotions and appointments for CF senior officers will take place in 2012:

  • Lt.-Gen. S.A. Beare will be appointed Commander Canadian Joint Operations Command, in Ottawa;
  • Maj.-Gen. J.G.J.C. Collin will be appointed Commander 1 Canadian Division, in Kingston, replacing Maj.-Gen. J.R. Ferron;
  • Maj.-Gen. A.J. Howard will be appointed Chief of Transformation Implementation at National Defence Headquarters, in Ottawa;
  • Commodore J.E.T.P. Ellis will be promoted Rear-Admiral and appointed Deputy Commander (Expeditionary) Canadian Joint Operations Command, in Ottawa;
  • Brig.-Gen. R.D. Foster will be promoted Maj.-Gen. and appointed Deputy Commander (Continental) Canadian Joint Operations Command, in Ottawa;
  • Acting Brig.-Gen. J.C.F. Mackay will be appointed Commander Joint Operational Support Group, in Kingston;
  • Brig.-Gen. D.B. Millar will be promoted Maj.-Gen. and remain Military Advisor to the Privy Council Office, in Ottawa;
  • Brig.-Gen. S.P. Noonan will be promoted Maj.-Gen. and appointed Deputy Commander (Operational Support) Canadian Joint Operations Command, in Ottawa;
  • Brig.-Gen. M.K. Overton will be appointed Assistant Chief of Military Personnel, in Ottawa, replacing Brig.-Gen. J.C. Madower;
  • Acting Brig.-Gen. J.B. Ploughman will be appointed Chief of Staff Canadian Joint Operations Command Headquarters, in Ottawa;
  • Col. J.J.R.S. Bernier will be promoted Brig.-Gen. and appointed Surgeon General/Director General Health Services, in Ottawa, replacing Commodore H.W. Jung, who will be retiring;
  • Col. S.A. Brennan will be promoted Brig.-Gen. (acting while so employed) and appointed Director General Capability and Structure Integration, in Ottawa;
  • Col. J.D. Henley will be promoted Brig.-Gen. and appointed Deputy Commander Land Force Atlantic Area, in Halifax, replacing Brig.-Gen. A.T. Stack;
  • Col. D.W. Joyce will be promoted Brig.-Gen. and appointed Military
    Advisor to the National Security Advisor to the Prime Minister, in Ottawa, replacing Maj.-Gen. R.V. Blanchette, who will be retiring; and
  • Col. M.J. Pearson will be promoted Brig.-Gen. (acting while so employed) and appointed Commander Canadian Contingent Operation Proteus, in Jerusalem, Israel.

After distinguished service to the CF and Canada, Lt.-Gen. W. Semianiw will be assigned a special project upon his departure from Canada Command, as the Canadian Joint Operations Command is established. The details of this project will be announced at a later date, following which he will retire.

For more information on senior appointments at the Department of National Defence, please visit: www.cmp-cpm.forces.gc.ca/dsa-dns/index-eng.asp.

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