Joint Personnel Support Unit welcomes new Commanding Officer
April 20, 2017 – Ottawa – National Defence / Canadian Armed Forces
Brigadier-General Shane Brennan assumed command today of the Joint Personnel Support Unit (JPSU), a national unit dedicated to supporting ill and injured Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) members. Lieutenant-General Charles Lamarre, Commander Military Personnel Command, presided over the Change of Command ceremony, which was held in Ottawa.
Brigadier-General Brennan and his team will oversee the restructuring of the current organization and better align it with the CAF`s goal of ensuring service members are provided with the best possible care at all times. This restructuring effort is focused on improving the way transition support is provided to service members and their families, whether it be within the military or as they move to civilian life.
“Having recently returned from deployment to Kuwait, I am keenly aware of the sacrifices our men and women in uniform make in serving our country both at home and abroad. My top priority is our people and ensuring that ill and injured members, as well as their families, receive the highest quality care and support. My goal will be to assist our members to the utmost, whether their journey takes the form of a return to duty or that of a transition to civilian life.”
— Brigadier-General Shane Brennan, JPSU Commanding Officer
The JPSU structure was originally established as a project, in 2008, to care for the influx of visibly ill and injured CAF members from operations in Afghanistan. Over time, the scope of programs, the delivery of services, and the nature of injuries treated has changed considerably.
In 2015, the Chief of the Defence Staff ordered a holistic review of the JPSU which highlighted areas that were working well, and areas that needed improvement to enhance support to our ill and injured personnel.
The JPSU will be restructured to better align it with the CAF`s goal of ensuring service members are provided with the best possible care at all times.
The JPSU and its 24 Integrated Personnel Support Centres and eight Satellites Sites provide services and support to over 1600 members who are posted to the JPSU for a period of six months or more. In addition, the organization directly supports over 4400 walk-in clients on an annual basis.
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