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Jonathan Vance
General Jonathan Vance, CDS
Born January 3, 1964(1964-01-03) (age 58)
Place of birth Kingston, Ontario
Allegiance  Canada
Service/branch  Canadian Army
Years of service 1982–present
Rank General
Commands held
Battles/wars War in Afghanistan
Awards Commander of the Order of Military Merit
Meritorious Service Cross
Canadian Forces Decoration

Jonathan Holbert "Jon" Vance CMM MSC CD[1] (born January 3, 1964) is a Canadian Army general who serves as Chief of the Defence Staff of the Canadian Armed Forces.

Military career

Born in Kingston, Ontario,[2] Vance joined the Armed Forces in 1982 and was commissioned upon graduation from Royal Roads Military College in 1986.[3][4] He served as deputy commander of the Allied Joint Force Command Naples, and commander of the Canadian task force in Kandahar, Afghanistan in 2009 and 2010.[5][6] He went on to be Commander of the Canadian Joint Operations Command in September 2014 and Chief of Defence Staff on 17 July 2015.[5]

Honours and Decorations

Vance has received the following orders and decorations during his military career:

Order of Military Merit (Canada) ribbon (CMM).jpg MSC ribbon-military.png General Campaign Star Ribbon.png
Special Service Medal Ribbon.png CPSM Ribbon.png ONZ Medal w Służbie Pokoju UNPROFOR BAR.svg
Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal ribbon.png QEII Diamond Jubilee Medal ribbon.png CD-ribbon.png

Ribbon Description Notes
Order of Military Merit (Canada) ribbon (CMM).jpg Order of Military Merit (CMM)
  • Commander 26 September 2013
  • Officer 28 November 2008
  • [7]
MSC ribbon-military.png Meritorious Service Cross (MSC)
  • With Bar
  • 13 December 2011
  • [8]
General Campaign Star Ribbon.png General Campaign Star
  • South West Asia
  • With ISAF Bar
  • With "ALLIED FORCE" Bar
Special Service Medal Ribbon.png Special Service Medal
  • With "NATO" Bar
CPSM Ribbon.png Canadian Peacekeeping Service Medal
ONZ Medal w Służbie Pokoju UNPROFOR BAR.svg UNPROFOR
  • With MID Oakleaf
Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal ribbon.png Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal
  • 2002
  • Canadian Version of this Medal
  • [9]
QEII Diamond Jubilee Medal ribbon.png Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal
  • 2012
  • Canadian Version of this Medal
  • [10]
CD-ribbon.png Canadian Forces Decoration (CD)
  • With 2 Clasps

References

  1. Media Advisory: Governor General to Present 45 Military Decorations at Rideau Hall Marketwire (December 9, 2011).
  2. "Chief of Defence Staff". http://www.forces.gc.ca/en/about-org-structure/chief-of-defence-staff.page. Retrieved 6 Aug 2015. 
  3. Lee Berthiaume, Ottawa Citizen More Lee Berthiaume, Ottawa Citizen. "All eyes on new commander as military faces significant challenges". Ottawa Citizen. http://ottawacitizen.com/news/politics/all-eyes-on-new-commander-as-military-faces-significant-challenges. Retrieved 20 July 2015. 
  4. "Lt.-Gen. Jonathan Vance appointed next chief of defence staff". cbc.ca. 27 April 2015. http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/lt-gen-jonathan-vance-appointed-next-chief-of-defence-staff-1.3050238. Retrieved 20 July 2015. 
  5. 5.0 5.1 "Afghan vet Jonathan Vance eyed for top general post". thestar.com. 2 April 2015. http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2015/04/02/afghan-vet-jonathan-vance-eyed-for-top-general-post.html. Retrieved 20 July 2015. 
  6. "Gen. Jonathan Vance becomes chief of defence staff, vows to tackle harassment". cbc.ca. 17 July 2015. http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/gen-jonathan-vance-becomes-chief-of-defence-staff-vows-to-tackle-harassment-1.3156520. Retrieved 20 July 2015. 
  7. "The Governor General of Canada > Find a Recipient". gg.ca. http://www.gg.ca/honour.aspx?id=3873&t=11&ln=Vance. Retrieved 23 July 2015. 
  8. "The Governor General of Canada > Find a Recipient". gg.ca. http://www.gg.ca/honour.aspx?id=744&t=16&ln=Vance. Retrieved 23 July 2015. 
  9. "The Governor General of Canada > Find a Recipient". gg.ca. http://www.gg.ca/honour.aspx?id=9518&t=6&ln=Vance. Retrieved 23 July 2015. 
  10. "The Governor General of Canada > Find a Recipient". gg.ca. http://www.gg.ca/honour.aspx?id=208064&t=13&ln=Vance. Retrieved 23 July 2015. 
Military offices
Preceded by
Tom Lawson
Chief of the Defence Staff (Canada)
2015 - present
Succeeded by
Incumbent
Preceded by
Stuart Beare
Commander of the Canadian Joint Operations Command
September 2014 – June 2015
Succeeded by
Stephen Bowes


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