General Jonathan Vance, CDS
|Born||January 3, 1964(age 58)|
|Place of birth||Kingston, Ontario|
|Years of service||1982–present|
|Battles/wars||War in Afghanistan|
Commander of the Order of Military Merit|
Meritorious Service Cross
Canadian Forces Decoration
Born in Kingston, Ontario, Vance joined the Armed Forces in 1982 and was commissioned upon graduation from Royal Roads Military College in 1986. 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. He went on to be Commander of the Canadian Joint Operations Command in September 2014 and Chief of Defence Staff on 17 July 2015.
Honours and Decorations
Vance has received the following orders and decorations during his military career:
|Order of Military Merit (CMM)||
|Meritorious Service Cross (MSC)||
|General Campaign Star||
|Special Service Medal||
|Canadian Peacekeeping Service Medal|
|Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal||
|Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal||
|Canadian Forces Decoration (CD)||
- General Vance Has Received the Canadian Forces Parachutist Badge.
- By virtue of his position, he serves as an Aide-de-camp to the Governor General of Canada.
- Media Advisory: Governor General to Present 45 Military Decorations at Rideau Hall Marketwire (December 9, 2011).
- "Chief of Defence Staff". http://www.forces.gc.ca/en/about-org-structure/chief-of-defence-staff.page. Retrieved 6 Aug 2015.
- 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.
- "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.
- "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.
- "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.
- "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.
- "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.
- "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.
- "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.
|Chief of the Defence Staff (Canada)
2015 - present
|Commander of the Canadian Joint Operations Command
September 2014 – June 2015
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