BGen. Shane Brennan assumed command of the Joint Personnel Support Unit (JPSU) last week and is now set to oversee the restructuring of the organization that is dedicated to supporting the ill and injured of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF).
“Having recently returned from a deployment to Kuwait, I am keenly aware of the sacrifices our men and women in uniform make in serving our country both at home and abroad. My top priority is our people and ensuring that ill and injured members, as well as their families, receive the highest quality care and support. My goal will be to assist our members to the utmost, whether their journey takes the form of a return to duty or that of a transition to civilian life,” said the incoming JPSU Commanding Officer.
In 2015, the Chief of the Defence Staff ordered a review to determine where there is a need for improvement in JPSU. As a result, the restructuring of JPSU will better align the organization with the CAF’s goals of ensuring service members are provided with the best possible care and is focused on improving the way transition support is provided to service members and their families.
Launched in 2008 because of the increasing number of ill and injured CAF members returning home from Afghanistan, JPSU, its 24 Integrated Personnel Support Centres and eight Satellites Sites supports more than 1,600 members posted to JPSU for a six-month period or more. Additionally, they see to the needs of more than 4,400 walk-in clients each year.
An official Change of Command Ceremony was presided over by LGen. Charles Lamarre, Commander Military Personnel Command, to welcome in BGen. Brennan in Ottawa Wednesday.