Lieutenant-General Jean-Marc Lanthier to become Vice Chief of the Defence Staff amid other senior staff changes

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Article / July 12, 2019 / Project number: 19-0206

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By Lynn Capuano, Army Public Affairs

Ottawa, Ontario — The Commander of the Canadian Army, Lieutenant-General Jean-Marc Lanthier has been appointed Vice Chief of the Defence Staff (VCDS) of the Canadian Armed Forces, effective July 18, 2019. The new Commander of the Canadian Army will be Lieutenant-General Wayne Eyre, effective August 20, 2019.

A ripple effect caused by this prestigious appointment as second in command of the Defence Staff caused changes to the appointments of a number of other senior officers that will be implemented in the near future.

The role of the VCDS is to ensure that Department of National Defence (DND) policy and strategic objectives are met, governing DND Headquarters and all Headquarters activities. The VCDS reports to and supports the Chief of the Defence Staff, General Jonathan Vance.

LGen Lanthier’s new appointment was announced following the retirement of current Vice Chief of the Defence Staff, Lieutenant-General Paul Wynnyk, who has been in the post since July 16, 2018. LGen Wynnyk, who will retire after 38 years of service on August 9, 2019, was Commander Canadian Army from 2016 to 2018.

Career highlights of LGen Lanthier

LGen Lanthier took command of the Canadian Army on July 16, 2018 at the time LGen Wynnyk became VCDS.

LGen Lanthier’s impressive resume includes participation in six international deployments and two domestic operations. He deployed three times with different units to the former Yugoslavia, under the mandate of the United Nations Protection Force and the NATO Stabilization Force.

He commanded the first Canadian Operational Mentoring and Liaison Team in 2006/07 in the province of Kandahar, Afghanistan. He was the Canadian Deputy Commander Joint Task Force Haiti following the earthquake that hit Haiti in January 2010.From 2011 to 2012, he was the International Security Assistance Force Joint Command Director of Afghan National Security Forces Operations, in Kabul, Afghanistan.

New Commander of the Canadian Army takes over August 20

The new Commander of the Canadian Army will be Lieutenant-General Wayne Eyre, who leaves his post of Military Personnel Command, which he assumed in June 2019.

Until the formal Change of Command Ceremony on August 20, Major-General Derek Macaulay, Deputy Commander Canadian Army will take charge of the Army.

MGen Macaulay served on several operational tours including the United Nations Protection Force in Visoko, Bosnia (1994), North Atlantic Treaty Organization Stabilization Force in Zgon, Bosnia (2000).

He also served with the International Stabilization Assistance Force (2004-05), and Operation Inherent Resolve (2015-16) as Chief of Staff of the United States of America led Coalition Joint Force Land Component Command.

He has also held a number of staff appointments, including Chief of Staff Canadian Army Strategy in 2016.

In a tweet, LGen Lanthier applauded the appointment of LGen Eyre, saying, “Congratulations to LGen Wayne Eyre on your appointment as Commander, Canadian Army! Your passion for the Army and your commitment to your soldiers have been evident throughout your career – the Army is in good hands.”

Career highlights of LGen Eyre

LGen Eyre has spent the majority of his career in command or deputy command positions, including commanding 3rd Battalion Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry (PPCLI), 2 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group, 3rd Canadian Division and Joint Task Force (West), Deputy Commanding General – Operations for XVIII (US) Airborne Corps, and as Deputy Commander Military Personnel Command.

Operationally, LGen Eyre has commanded a rifle platoon with the United Nations Force in Cyprus; 2 PPCLI’s Reconnaissance Platoon with the UN Protection Force in Croatia (including the Medak Pocket); a rifle company in Bosnia with NATO’s Stabilization Force; the Canadian Operational Mentor and Liaison Team in Kandahar, Afghanistan advising 1-205 Afghan National Army Brigade in combat; and as the Commanding General of NATO Training Mission – Afghanistan, where he oversaw the force generation, institutional training, and professional development of the Afghan National Security Forces.

Among various domestic operations, he was the military liaison to the Government of Manitoba for the 1997 floods, commanded a company fighting the 1998 British Columbia forest fires, commanded the Task Force that secured the 2010 G8 Summit, and commanded the military response to both the 2015 Saskatchewan wildfires and the 2016 Fort McMurray evacuation.

LGen Eyre has also held a number of staff positions, and with the Royal Winnipeg Rifles, Land Force Western Area Headquarters, in the Directorate of Defence Analysis at NDHQ, and as the J3 (Operations) of Canadian Expeditionary Force Command.

He is a graduate of the US Army Special Forces Qualification Course, the US Marine Corps Command and Staff College, the US Marine Corps School of Advanced Warfighting, the US Army War College, and the US Army’s Combined/Joint Force Land Component Commanders’ Course.

He holds a Bachelor of Science and three Masters degrees (Military Studies, Operational Studies and Strategic Studies), and has been awarded the Meritorious Service Cross, the Commander-in-Chief Unit Commendation, the Chief of Defence Staff Commendation, and the US Legion of Merit.

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