Kent Foster

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Kent Foster
Born 1937/1938 (age 79–80)
Coleman, Alberta
Allegiance  Canada
Service/branch Canadian Army/Canadian Forces
Rank Lieutenant General
Commands held Commander Mobile Command
Awards Commander of the Order of Military Merit
Canadian Forces Decoration

Lieutenant General Kent Richard Foster CMM, CD (born c. 1938) was the Commander Mobile Command of the Canadian Forces.[1]

Military career[edit]

Foster graduated from the Royal Military College of Canada in 1960.[2] He served with the Canadian Airborne Regiment[3] and rose through the Officer ranks to become Commander, Mobile Command in 1989.[4] In that role, during the Oka Crisis in 1990, John de Chastelain, Chief of Defence Staff instructed him to take charge in a crisis over barricades placed by members of the Mohawk nation in a land dispute.[5] Foster also deployed Canadian troops during the Gulf War.[6]

In retirement he became an Assistant Deputy Minister for Health[7] and a Governor of Royal Roads University.[8]


  1. ^ Chief of army leaps at chance for ceremony: [Final Edition] BOB GILMOUR Journal Staff Writer. Edmonton Journal [Edmonton, Alta] 06 June 1990: B15.
  2. ^ Royal Military College of Canada
  3. ^ Airborne Regiment Association of Canada – 1st Annual Airborne Memorial
  4. ^ Letter to General Rick Hillier
  5. ^ 3,000 troops ready to face massive counterattack by Mohawks Daily Gazette, 29 August 1990
  6. ^ Operation Broadsword, 4 Canadian Mechanized Brigade and the Gulf War, 1990–1991 The Army Doctrine and Training Bulletin, Volume 5, No.1, Page 24, Spring 2002
  7. ^ Standing Committee on National Defence and Veterans Affairs 29 January 1998
  8. ^ Royal Roads University
Military offices
Preceded by
Jim Fox
Commander, Mobile Command
Succeeded by
Jim Gervais