Vice-Admiral Haydn Edmundson assumed command of Military Personnel Command from Lieutenant-General Wayne Eyre during a ceremony held last Thursday at National Defence Headquarters (Carling) in Ottawa. General Jonathan H. Vance, chief of the defence staff, presided over the ceremony.
“As Lieutenant-General Eyre moves on to lead the Canadian Army, I want to thank him for approaching his new role with the resolve and adaptability he has demonstrated throughout his career. With Vice-Admiral Edmundson at the helm of Military Personnel Command, I know we have the right Commander to lead the team charged with caring for the Canadian Armed Forces’ greatest source of strength: our people,” stated General Vance in a press release.
The Commander of Military Personnel Command oversees approximately 14,000 military and civilian personnel who are responsible for the overall personnel management of the Canadian Armed Forces.
Personnel management covers a wide spectrum, including recruitment, training and education, benefits, health services, honours and history, and corporate and personnel support.
Vice-Admiral Edmundson has extensive experience within Military Personnel Command as Director Senior Appointments, Director General Military Careers, Director General Military Personnel Support Services and Chief of Staff to the Commander, and most recently as Deputy Commander.
“It is with great honour that I’m taking over as Commander of Military Personnel Command. I’ve had the chance to work here for several mandates and I’ve seen how important our work is and how it can have a major impact on our people and their families. Members of the Canadian Armed Forces are our most valuable asset, and their well-being is my priority,” stated Vice-Admiral Edmundson in a press release.
Following a brief command of Military Personnel Command, Lieutenant-General Eyre now serves as the Commander of the Canadian Army.
Previously, he served as Deputy Commander of United Nations Command Korea since 2018 and as Deputy Commander of Military Personnel Command from 2016-2018.
“Military Personnel Command is in good hands. With his extensive experience, Vice-Admiral Edmundson knows the organization and the value of its service and support to our military members and their families,” stated Lieutenant-General Eyre.