General and Flag Officer Senior Appointments Announced

Additional names were added to the list of Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) General and Flag Officer senior appointments and promotions for 2021, as announced by Lieutenant-General Wayne Eyre, acting Chief of the Defence Staff, on June 17, 2021.

According to a press release, the promotions and appointments support recent decisions on military institutional initiatives.

Promotions & Appointments Following Retirements

Acting Chief of the Defence Staff Lieutenant-General Wayne Eyre announced Major-General Sean Friday is retiring from service as is Commodore Richard Feltham.

After Commodore Richard Feltham retires from service, it will result in the following promotion and appointments:

    • Commodore Christopher Robinson will be appointed Commander Canadian Fleet Atlantic, in Halifax, replacing Commodore Richard Feltham
    • Commodore Jason Armstrong will be appointed Director General Naval Force Development, in Ottawa, replacing Commodore Christopher Robinson.

The next set of promotions and appointments arose from new and continuing service requirements:

    • Major-General Patrick Carpentier will be appointed as Director of Operations NORAD Headquarters, in Colorado Springs, replacing Major-General Scott Clancy.
    • Major-General Hercule Gosselin will be appointed in a new position as strategic advisor to Assistant Deputy Minister (Infrastructure and Environment), in Ottawa.
    • Rear-Admiral Rebecca Patterson will be appointed in a new position as Chief of Staff, Chief Professional Conduct and Culture, in Ottawa, resulting in the following promotion and appointment:
    • Colonel Scott Malcolm will be promoted Brigadier-General and appointed Commander Canadian Forces Health Services, in Ottawa, replacing Rear-Admiral Rebecca Patterson.
    • Brigadier-General Andrew Atherton will be appointed Chief of Staff Operations, Military Personnel Command, in Ottawa, replacing Major-General Sylvain Menard.
    • Captain (Navy) Jacques Olivier was promoted Acting While so Employed Commodore and appointed as Director General Professional Military Conduct, in Ottawa, replacing Brigadier-General Andrew Atherton.
    • Colonel Jamie Speiser-Blanchet will be promoted Brigadier-General and appointed Commander National Cadet and Junior Canadian Rangers Support Group Headquarters in Ottawa, replacing Commodore Josée Kurtz.

Included in this list is the General Officers who will retire in 2021 after providing eminent service to Canada and the CAF:

  • Major-General Sean Friday
  • Commodore Richard Feltham

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