Jonathan Vance

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Jonathan Vance
New Task Force Kandahar Commander Optimistic About Upcoming Year 100909-A-+++++-071.jpg
Jonathan Vance in 2010
Born (1964-01-03) January 3, 1964 (age 54)
Kingston, Ontario
Allegiance Canada
Service/branch Canadian Army
Years of service 1982–present
Rank General
Commands held
Battles/wars War in Afghanistan
Military intervention against ISIL
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)[2] is a Canadian Army general who serves as Chief of the Defence Staff of the Canadian Armed Forces.

Military career[edit]

Vance and Hulusi Akar, Chief of the Defense Staff of the Turkish Armed Forces, at the Halifax International Security Forum 2017

Born in Kingston, Ontario,[3] Vance joined the Armed Forces in 1982 and was commissioned upon graduation from Royal Roads Military College in 1986.[4][5] 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.[6][7] He went on to be Commander of the Canadian Joint Operations Command in September 2014 and Chief of Defence Staff on 17 July 2015.[6]

Vance holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Military and Strategic Studies from Royal Roads Military College, and a Master of Arts Degree in War Studies from the Royal Military College of Canada.[8]

Family[edit]

His father was Canadian General Jack Vance.[9]

Honours and Decorations[edit]

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

CAN Order of Military Merit Commander and Officer.pngCAN Meritorious Service Cross with bar.pngCAN General Campaign Star SWA two bars (390 days).png
Special Service Medal Ribbon.pngCPSM Ribbon.pngUNPROFOR.PNGUK MID 1920-94.svg
Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal ribbon.pngQEII Diamond Jubilee Medal ribbon.pngCD-ribbon and 2 bars.png

Ribbon Description Notes
CAN Order of Military Merit Commander and Officer.png Order of Military Merit (CMM)
  • Commander 26 September 2013
  • Officer 28 November 2008
  • [10]
CAN Meritorious Service Cross with bar.png Meritorious Service Cross (MSC)
  • With Bar
  • 13 December 2011
  • [11]
CAN General Campaign Star SWA two bars (390 days).png General Campaign Star
  • Southwest Asia
  • With two rotation bars
Special Service Medal Ribbon.png Special Service Medal
  • With "NATO" Bar
CPSM Ribbon.png Canadian Peacekeeping Service Medal
UNPROFOR MID.png UNPROFOR
Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal ribbon.png Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal
  • 2002
  • Canadian Version of this Medal
  • [13]
QEII Diamond Jubilee Medal ribbon.png Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal
  • 2012
  • Canadian Version of this Medal
  • [14]
CD-ribbon and 2 bars.png Canadian Forces Decoration (CD)
  • With 2 Clasps

References[edit]

  1. ^ Media Advisory: Governor General to Present 45 Military Decorations at Rideau Hall Marketwire (December 9, 2011).
  2. ^ "General Jonathan Vance". NATO. Retrieved 19 February 2018. 
  3. ^ "Chief of Defence Staff". Retrieved 6 Aug 2015. 
  4. ^ Lee Berthiaume, Ottawa Citizen More Lee Berthiaume, Ottawa Citizen. "All eyes on new commander as military faces significant challenges". Ottawa Citizen. Retrieved 20 July 2015. 
  5. ^ "Lt.-Gen. Jonathan Vance appointed next chief of defence staff". cbc.ca. 27 April 2015. Retrieved 20 July 2015. 
  6. ^ a b "Afghan vet Jonathan Vance eyed for top general post". thestar.com. 2 April 2015. Retrieved 20 July 2015. 
  7. ^ "Gen. Jonathan Vance becomes chief of defence staff, vows to tackle harassment". cbc.ca. 17 July 2015. Retrieved 20 July 2015. 
  8. ^ "Chief of the Defence Staff". Government of Canada. Retrieved 14 March 2017. 
  9. ^ "Jonathan Vance: 6 Facts About Canada's Next Defence Chief". Huffington Post. 27 April 2015. Retrieved 14 March 2017. 
  10. ^ "The Governor General of Canada > Find a Recipient". gg.ca. Retrieved 23 July 2015. 
  11. ^ "The Governor General of Canada > Find a Recipient". gg.ca. Retrieved 23 July 2015. 
  12. ^ "Mention in Dispatches". Governor General of Canada. Retrieved 28 September 2015. 
  13. ^ "The Governor General of Canada > Find a Recipient". gg.ca. Retrieved 23 July 2015. 
  14. ^ "The Governor General of Canada > Find a Recipient". gg.ca. Retrieved 23 July 2015. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Jonathan Vance at Wikimedia Commons

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