5-Sep-2012 Source: Royal Canadian Air Force
Defence Minister Peter McKay has announced the senior appointments for the Royal Canadian Air Force, including the selection of Major-General (soon to be promoted to lieutenant-general) Yvan Blondin as the new commander of the RCAF. He will assume command of the RCAF, succeeding LGen AndrÃ© Deschamps who will retire, at a change of command ceremony later this fall.
â€œThese promotions and appointments ensure that our men and women of the Canadian Forces continue to benefit from the strong leadership and support that they deserve,â€ said Minister MacKay.
â€œThe men and women of the Canadian Forces will be well-served by these proven and accomplished senior officers. To each of them I send my sincere congratulations and encouragement as they assume their new posts and responsibilities,â€ said General Walt Natynczyk, Chief of the Defence Staff. â€œTo my fellow retiring general officers, I thank you for your service, counsel and comradeship. We have been privileged to serve Canada and it has been my honour to be your Chief of the Defence Staff.â€
Among the other senior appointments: