OTTAWA, ONTARIO -- (Marketwire) -- 02/06/13 -- The Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence, is pleased to announce this year's initial list of senior Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) promotions, and appointments. These officers lead the CAF in defending Canada's values, interests, and sovereignty at home and abroad.
"These General and Flag Officers possess the extensive knowledge and skills needed to ensure the continued operational success of our Canadian Armed Forces," said Minister MacKay. "I am confident that the men and women under their command will greatly benefit from their leadership."
"It is my privilege to congratulate those General and Flag Officers who have recently been selected for promotions and senior appointments. I am certain the Canadian Armed Forces will be well served by their knowledge, experience and professionalism," said General Tom Lawson, Chief of the Defence Staff. "To those senior leaders who are retiring, I thank you for your service, counsel and comradeship. I also thank you and your families for all of the sacrifices you have made in the service of your country."
The following General and Flag Officer retirements, promotions and appointments will occur in 2013:
Vice-Admiral A.B. Donaldson will retire from service, resulting in the following appointment:
-- Lieutenant-General G.R. Thibault will be appointed Vice Chief of Defence Staff at National Defence Headquarters (NDHQ), in Ottawa, replacing Vice-Admiral A.B. Donaldson;
Vice-Admiral P.A. Maddison will retire from service, resulting in the following promotions and appointments:
-- Rear-Admiral M.A.G. Norman will be promoted Vice-Admiral and appointed Commander of the Royal Canadian Navy at NDHQ, in Ottawa, replacing Vice- Admiral P.A. Maddison;-- Rear-Admiral J.E.T.P. Ellis will be appointed Deputy Commander of the Royal Canadian Navy at NDHQ, in Ottawa, replacing Rear-Admiral M.A.G. Norman;-- Rear-Admiral M.F.R. Lloyd will be appointed Deputy Commander (Expeditionary) Canadian Joint Operations Command, in Ottawa, replacing Rear-Admiral J.E.T.P. Ellis;-- Major-General M.D. Day will be appointed Chief of Force Development at NDHQ, in Ottawa, replacing Rear-Admiral M.F.R. Lloyd;-- Rear-Admiral D.C. Gardam will be appointed Director General International Security Policy, at NDHQ, in Ottawa, replacing Major- General M.D. Day;-- Commodore J.F. Newton will be promoted Rear-Admiral and appointed Commander Maritime Forces Atlantic/Joint Task Force Atlantic, in Halifax, replacing Rear-Admiral D.C. Gardam; and-- Captain (Navy) B.W.N. Santarpia will be promoted Commodore and appointed Director General Navy Personnel, at NDHQ, in Ottawa, replacing Commodore J.F. Newton.
Lieutenant-General P.J. Devlin will retire from service, resulting in the following promotions and appointments:
-- Lieutenant-General J.M.M. Hainse will be appointed Commander of the Canadian Army, in Ottawa, replacing Lieutenant-General P.J. Devlin;-- Major-General J.H. Vance will be promoted Lieutenant-General and appointed Deputy Commander Allied Joint Force Command, in Naples, Italy, replacing Lieutenant-General J.M.M. Hainse;-- Major-General M.J. Hood will be appointed Director of Staff, Strategic Joint Staff, at NDHQ, in Ottawa, replacing Major-General J.H. Vance;-- Major-General R.D. Foster will be appointed Deputy Commander of the Royal Canadian Air Force, at NDHQ, in Ottawa, replacing Major-General M.J. Hood;-- Brigadier-General C.J. Coates will be promoted Major-General and appointed Deputy Commander (Continental) Canadian Joint Operations Command, in Ottawa, replacing Major-General R.D. Foster; and-- Colonel J.P.A. Pelletier will be promoted Brigadier-General and appointed Deputy Commander Continental NORAD Region at Tyndall Air Force Base, in Florida, replacing Brigadier-General C.J. Coates.