FORA.tv Speaker - Walter Natynczyk
General Walter Natynczyk joined the Canadian Forces in August 1975. He attended Royal Roads Military College and College Militaire Royal de Saint-Jean, graduating in 1979 with a degree in business administration. In 1983, General Natynczyk assumed duties as a squadron commander at the Royal Military College of Canada in Kingston, Ontario. In May 1994, he embarked upon a year-long tour with the United Nations in the former Yugoslavia as sector south-west chief of operations in Bosnia and Herzegovina and then as chief of land operations. In June 1995, General Natynczyk was assigned to the vice chief of the defence staff within National Defence headquarters in Ottawa. He returned to Bosnia in 1998 as the Canadian contingent commander. He attended the U.S. Army War College, and in January 2004, he deployed with III Corps to Baghdad, Iraq, serving first as the deputy director of strategy, policy, and plans, and subsequently, as the deputy commanding general of the multi-national corps during Operation Iraqi Freedom. General Natynczyk was promoted to lieutenant general and assumed the responsibilities of the vice chief of the defence staff on June 28, 2006. On June 6, 2008, the government of Canada named General Natynczyk as the next chief of the defence staff. He was promoted to general, and installed as chief of defence staff on July 2, 2008.
11.21.09 | 01:23:02 min
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