Kanada — New Commander For The Canadian Army

OTTAWA – Lieu­tenant-Gen­er­al Peter Devlin assumed com­mand today of Canada’s Army from Lieu­tenant-Gen­er­al Andrew Leslie in an offi­cial cer­e­mo­ny at the Cana­di­an War Muse­um.

The cer­e­mo­ny was attend­ed by the Hon­ourable Peter MacK­ay, Min­is­ter of Nation­al Defence, and presided over by Gen­er­al Wal­ter Natynczyk, Chief of the Defence Staff.

“The Army proud­ly rep­re­sents Cana­da and pro­tects Cana­di­an inter­ests at home and around the world. Cana­di­ans are extreme­ly grate­ful to our sol­diers for all that they do on behalf of Cana­da,” said Min­is­ter MacK­ay. “I’m thank­ful to Lt.-Gen. Leslie for his efforts as Army Com­man­der and offer my sin­cere con­grat­u­la­tions and sup­port to Lt.-Gen. Devlin in his role as Chief of the Land Staff.”

“Lt.-Gen. Devlin is a high­ly expe­ri­enced and knowl­edge­able offi­cer,” said Gen. Natynczyk. “I have com­plete con­fi­dence in his abil­i­ty to con­tin­ue to pro­vide the Army with the excel­lent lead­er­ship it has enjoyed under the com­mand of Lt.-Gen. Leslie.”

“Cana­da has one of the finest Armies in the world and our sol­diers are sec­ond to none,” said Lt.-Gen. Devlin. “I am hon­oured to accept this com­mand and thank Lt.-Gen. Leslie for his out­stand­ing efforts over the past four years and wish him the best of luck.”

“It has been my priv­i­lege to com­mand Canada’s Army for the past four years,” said Lt.-Gen. Leslie. “Rest assured that the Army will be in excel­lent hands in the years to come with Lt.-Gen. Devlin as the new com­man­der.”

Lt.-Gen. Devlin was com­mis­sioned into the Roy­al Cana­di­an Reg­i­ment in 1978 and has held numer­ous oper­a­tional and com­mand appoint­ments includ­ing recent tours in Afghanistan and Iraq. He comes to the Land Staff from Cana­di­an Expe­di­tionary Force Com­mand where he served as Deputy Com­man­der.

Lt.-Gen. Leslie will assume the duties and respon­si­bil­i­ties of the Cana­di­an Forces Chief of Trans­for­ma­tion.

Depart­ment of Nation­al Defence, Kana­da