OTTAWA | The-general Jonathan Vance will be leaving his position of chief of staff of the defence in the course of the next few months, announced the federal government Thursday.
In post since July 2015, the general Vance is the one who remained longest at the head of the general staff of the country’s history.
“During his five years as chief of staff of defence, general Vance served with distinction during a difficult period. He led the canadian armed Forces while they served the country and around the world, from Mali to Ukraine through Iraq. He has also worked with the Forces to make them more inclusive and more representative of the country that they defend and Canadians that they protect,” said the prime minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau, by issuing a press release.
The recruitment of a replacement has been initiated by the prime minister, but in the meantime the general Vance will remain in place until the arrival of his successor.
“The chief of the defence staff is responsible for command, control and administration of the canadian armed Forces as well as the strategy, plans and military requirements,” said the prime minister’s office.
With nearly 40 years of service, Jonathan Vance has commanded at all levels of Forces, from platoon commander to brigade commander, whether it be for a operations of peace-keeping or combat.
He was awarded the meritorious service Cross two times, in addition to having been chosen as the Commander of the Order of military merit.