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General Wayne Eyre appointed Chief of Defence Staff: Trudeau

Prime Minister Trudeau has announced the appointment of General Wayne Eyre as Canada’s new Chief of Defence Staff. Photo: @CanadianForces

Ottawa (Canada), Nov 26 (MNN) Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has announced that General Wayne Eyre has been appointed as Chief of Defence Staff.

General Eyre spent a majority of his career in command or deputy command positions, including serving in Afghanistan twice.

He was previously deployed to Cyprus, Croatia, and Bosnia, and in Afghanistan twice – first in the Canadian Operational Mentor and Liaison Team in Kandahar, then as the Commanding General of NATO Training Mission.

As Deputy Commander of United Nations Command Korea, he became the most senior Canadian officer ever permanently stationed in the Asia-Pacific region.

Back home, he commanded various disaster relief operations, including the military response to both the 2015 Saskatchewan wildfires and the 2016 Fort McMurray evacuation.

He was appointed Commander of the Canadian Army in August 2019 and was promoted to the rank of General in August 2021.

As Chief of the Defence Staff, General Eyre will oversee the Canadian Armed Forces’ ongoing operations in Canada and around the world, including the emergency assistance currently being provided to individuals and communities impacted by the floods, landslides, and extreme weather conditions in British Columbia.

He will also keep working toward the full implementation of our national defence policy, Strong, Secure, Engaged, to deliver the standard of service and care Canadians in uniform deserve, and the modernisation of the North American Aerospace Defence Command (NORAD).

Minister of National Defence, Anita Anand, extended her congratulations to General Eyre as he officially assumes command as Chief of the Defence Staff, continuing the work he began in an acting role in February.

“This is a critical time for Canada and the Canadian Armed Forces. Canada has always striven to be a force of stability around the globe, and our armed forces have consistently played a key role in this mission. We know that there is currently a crisis of culture, and of confidence, in our Canadian Armed Forces, which has resulted in broken trust. Rebuilding that trust is crucial.”

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