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 55)
Kingston, Ontario
Allegiance Canada
Service/branch Canadian Army
Years of service1982–present
RankCanadian Army OF-9.svg General
Commands held
Battles/warsWar in Afghanistan
Military intervention against ISIL
AwardsCommander 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 (right) and Hulusi Akar (left), 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 Canadian Armed Forces in 1982 and was commissioned as an infantry officer 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 July 17, 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, Jack Vance, was a Canadian Lieutenant-General who had been the Vice Chief of Defence Staff in 1985.[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

Honours and decorations
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
  • December 13, 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. "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