Change to the senior ranks of the Canadian Armed Forces

News release

July 9, 2019 – Ottawa, Ontario – National Defence / Canadian Armed Forces

Lieutenant-General Paul Wynnyk, Vice Chief of the Defence Staff of the Canadian Armed Forces, announced his retirement today after more than 38 years of loyal and dedicated service to Canada. Lt.-Gen. Wynnyk’s retirement will be effective as of 9 August, 2019. The selection of his successor in the critical position as the second in command of the CAF will be announced in the near future.


 “I am leaving the Canadian Armed Forces after an incredible career that took me farther, and challenged me more deeply, than I could ever have imagined. I have been considering this decision for the past few months and Marianne and I have decided that the time to reunite with my family is now.

“I would like to thank the Chief of the Defence Staff, General Jon Vance, for the confidence he showed in me when he appointed me as the Vice Chief and for his leadership of the CAF during what have been challenging times recently. I would also like to give a shout out to the many admirals and generals who lead the CAF with such professionalism every day and who will stay the course we are on in this time of great change. You are on the right track!

“Lastly, I would like to thank all of the individual soldiers, sailors, and aviators of all ranks with whom I have had the privilege to serve over these many years and are far too numerous to name. Your courage and sacrifice continue to make the CAF an incredible institution all Canadians can be proud of.”

Lt.-Gen. Paul Wynnyk, Vice-Chief of the Defence Staff.

“On behalf of the entire Canadian Armed Forces family, I would like to sincerely thank Paul for his tireless contribution and sacrifice to our country.  He has been an exceptional leader and an even better friend.  He will be deeply missed.”

General Jonathan Vance, Chief of the Defence Staff

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