Chief of Defence Staff General Jonathan Vance Retiring


Photo By Sgt. James K. McCann

Chief of the Defence Staff General Jonathan Vance has announced his retirement.


Vance has been in the role for five years.


He informed the Governor General, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan of his decision.


Until a new Chief of the Defence Staff is announced, he will stay in the role.


Vance joined the Canadian Armed Forces in 1982 and was commissioned as an infantry officer upon graduation from Royal Roads Military College in 1986.


He served as deputy commander of the Allied Joint Force Command Naples, and Commander of the Canadian Task Force in Kandahar, Afghanistan in 2009 and 2010.


He went on to be Commander of the Canadian Joint Operations Command in September 2014 and Chief of Defence Staff on July 17, 2015.


Vance holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Military and Strategic Studies from Royal Roads Military College, and a Master of Arts degree in War Studies from the Royal Military College of Canada.

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