Vice Chief of the Defence Staff (Canada)

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Vice Chief of the Defence Staff
Vice-Chef D’État-Major de la Défense
Crest of the Vice Chief of the Defence Staff of Canada.jpg
Badge of the Vice Chief of the Defence Staff
Her Majesty's Canadian Forces
Type Commissioned officer
Status Currently constituted
Abbreviation VCDS
Reports to Chief of the Defence Staff
Deputy DG Executive Coordination
Chief of Staff VCDS

The Vice Chief of the Defence Staff (VCDS) (French: Vice-Chef d'état-major de la défense) is the third most senior member of the Canadian Forces, reporting to the Chief of the Defence Staff as well as the Deputy Minister of National Defence. The Directorate General Executive Coordination, the Chief of Staff of the Vice Chief of the Defence Staff, the Canadian Forces Provost Marshal and several other departments report to the VCDS,[1] who is appointed by the Chief of the Defence Staff.[2]

Former Vice Chiefs of the Defence Staff[edit]

Name Rank Year Home Province Appointed by Notes
Geoffrey Walsh Lieutenant-General 1964 - 1965 Ontario ON Frank Miller [3]
Robert Moncel Lieutenant-General 1965 - 1966 Quebec QC Frank Miller [4]
Frederick Sharp Lieutenant-General 1966 - 1969 Saskatchewan SK Jean Allard [5]
Michael Dare Lieutenant-General 1969 - 1972 Quebec QC Frederick Sharp [5]
Chester Hull Lieutenant-General 1972 - 1974 Ontario ON Jacques Dextraze [6]
Robert Falls Vice-Admiral 1974 - 1977 Ontario ON Jacques Dextraze [7]
Ramsey Withers Lieutenant-General 1977 - 1980 Ontario ON Robert Falls [8]
Gérard Thériault Lieutenant-General 1980 - 1983 Quebec QC Ramsey Withers [9]
Daniel Mainguy Vice-Admiral 1983 - 1985 British Columbia BC Gérard Thériault [10]
Jack Vance Lieutenant-General 1985 - 1988 Ontario ON Gérard Thériault [11]
John de Chastelain Lieutenant-General 1988 - 1989 Alberta AB Paul Manson [12]
Charles Thomas Vice-Admiral 1989 - 1991 British Columbia BC John de Chastelain [13]
Fred Sutherland Lieutenant-General 1991 - 1992 Nova Scotia NS John de Chastelain [14]
John Anderson Vice-Admiral 1992 - 1993 British Columbia BC John de Chastelain [15]
Patrick O'Donnell Lieutenant-General 1993 - 1995 John Anderson [16]
Larry Murray Vice-Admiral 1995 - 1997 Ontario ON John de Chastelain [17]
Gary Garnett Vice-Admiral 1997 - 2001 British Columbia BC Maurice Baril [18]
George MacDonald Lieutenant-General 2001 - 2004 Raymond Henault [19]
Ronald Buck Vice-Admiral 2004 - 2006 Quebec QC Raymond Henault [20]
Walter Natynczyk Lieutenant-General 2006 - 2008 Manitoba MB Rick Hillier [21]
Denis Rouleau Vice-Admiral 2008 - 2010 Rick Hillier [22]
Bruce Donaldson Vice-Admiral 2010 - 2013 Walter Natynczyk [23]
Guy Thibault Lieutenant-General 2013–present Thomas Lawson [24]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "VCDS - Organization". Vcds.forces.gc.ca. Retrieved 2012-05-06. 
  2. ^ "National Defence Act". Department of Justice. Retrieved 2012-05-08. 
  3. ^ Army cadet league
  4. ^ Robert Moncel Generals.dk
  5. ^ a b DND Language Reform: Staffing the Bilingualism Programs 1967-1977
  6. ^ 427 Squadron Association
  7. ^ Admiral Robert Hilborn Falls CMM, CD
  8. ^ Ramsey Muir Withers
  9. ^ Gérard-Charles-Édouard Thériault The Canadian Encyclopedia
  10. ^ Vice-Admiral Daniel Nicholas Mainguy, CMM, CD, RCN (Retd)
  11. ^ Lieutenant-General J.E. "Jack" Vance, CMM, CD (Ret'd) Passes Royal Canadian Regiment
  12. ^ General John De Chastelain, OC, CMM, CD, CH, LL.D., BA Army Cadet History
  13. ^ Charles Thomas The Nauticapedia
  14. ^ 8 Wing / CFB Trenton to host leadership seminar The Contact, March 27, 2009
  15. ^ John Rogers Anderson The Nauticapedia
  16. ^ Patrick O'Donnell CFN Consultants
  17. ^ Parliament of Canada Evidence, October 29, 1996
  18. ^ Vice Admiral (Retired) Gary L. Garnett, CMM CD Senate Committee for National Security and Defence
  19. ^ George MacDonald CFN Consultants
  20. ^ "Ron Buck, CMM, CD". Navy League of Canada. Retrieved 2013-02-27. 
  21. ^ "Walter Natynczyk". NATO. Retrieved 10 January 2013. 
  22. ^ Rear-Admiral Denis Rouleau is Announced as Next Vice Chief of the Defence Staff for the Canadian Forces
  23. ^ Vice-Admiral Bruce Donaldson Assumes Role as Vice Chief of the Defence Staff
  24. ^ Lieutenant-General Guy Thibault assumes role as Vice Chief of the Defence Staff