July 23rd, 2024

Change-of-command ceremony for new defence chief set for July 18

By The Canadian Press on June 27, 2024.

Chief of the Defence Staff Wayne Eyre responds to a question during a news conference concerning the situation in Israel, Wednesday, October 11, 2023 in Ottawa. A change of command ceremony for the country's top military commander has been set for July 18, the defence chief's office says. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

OTTAWA – The defence chief’s office says a change-of-command ceremony for the country’s top military commander is set for July 18.

Gen. Wayne Eyre announced plans last January to retire from the post.

At the time, Eyre said he asked for his successor to be identified as soon as possible to allow for an orderly handover.

The defence chief is appointed by the federal cabinet, but the prime minister has not announced who will be taking over.

The Armed Forces’ second-in-command is also retiring this year.

The vice-chief of the defence staff, Lt.-Gen. Frances Allen, will be replaced in an early August ceremony.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published June 27, 2024.

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