Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Thursday announced the announcement of General Wayne Eyre as the Chief of the Defence Staff.
As Chief of the Defence Staff, General Eyre will oversee the Canadian Armed Forces’ ongoing operations in Canada and around the world, including the emergency assistance currently being provided to individuals and communities impacted by the floods, landslides, and extreme weather conditions in British Columbia, according to a statement released by Prime Minister’s Office.
He will also keep working toward the full implementation of our national defence policy, Strong, Secure, Engaged, to deliver the standard of service and care Canadians in uniform deserve, and the modernization of the North American Aerospace Defence Command (NORAD).
General Eyre spent the majority of his career in command or deputy command positions.
He was previously deployed to Cyprus, Croatia, and Bosnia, and served in Afghanistan twice – first in the Canadian Operational Mentor and Liaison Team in Kandahar, then as the Commanding General of NATO Training Mission. As Deputy Commander of United Nations Command Korea, he became the most senior Canadian officer ever permanently stationed in the Asia-Pacific region.
General Eyre commanded various disaster relief operations, including the military response to both the 2015 Saskatchewan wildfires and the 2016 Fort McMurray evacuation.
He was appointed Commander of the Canadian Army in August 2019 and was promoted to the rank of General in August 2021.