Military Personnel Command welcomes new commander

News release

August 22, 2019 – Ottawa – National Defence / Canadian Armed Forces

Vice-Admiral Haydn Edmundson assumed command of Military Personnel Command from Lieutenant-General Wayne Eyre during a ceremony held today at National Defence Headquarters (Carling) in Ottawa. General Jonathan H. Vance, Chief of the Defence Staff, presided over the ceremony.

The Commander of Military Personnel Command oversees approximately 14,000 military and civilian personnel who are responsible for the overall personnel management of the Canadian Armed Forces. Personnel management covers a wide spectrum, including recruitment, training and education, benefits, health services, honours and history, and corporate and personnel support.

Vice-Admiral Haydn Edmundson has extensive experience within Military Personnel Command as Director Senior Appointments, Director General Military Careers, Director General Military Personnel Support Services and Chief of Staff to the Commander, and most recently as Deputy Commander.

Following a brief command of Military Personnel Command, Lieutenant-General Eyre now serves as the Commander of the Canadian Army. Previously, he served as Deputy Commander of United Nations Command Korea since 2018 and as Deputy Commander of Military Personnel Command from 2016-2018.

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Vice-Admiral Haydn Edmundson
Vice-Admiral Haydn Edmundson took over from Lieutenant-General Wayne Eyre at the Military Personnel Command Change of Command Ceremony on August 22, 2019 at National Defence Headquarters (Carling) in Ottawa.
Change of Command Ceremony
The Change of Command Ceremony for Military Personnel Command took place at National Defence Headquarters (Carling) in Ottawa, August 22, 2019.

Quotes

“As Lieutenant-General Eyre moves on to lead the Canadian Army, I want to thank him for approaching his new role with the resolve and adaptability he has demonstrated throughout his career. With Vice-Admiral Edmundson at the helm of Military Personnel Command, I know we have the right Commander to lead the team charged with caring for the Canadian Armed Forces’ greatest source of strength: our people.”

General Jonathan H. Vance, Chief of the Defence Staff

“It is with great honour that I’m taking over as Commander of Military Personnel Command. I’ve had the chance to work here for several mandates and I’ve seen how important our work is and how it can have a major impact on our people  and their families. Members of the Canadian Armed Forces are our most valuable asset and their well-being is my priority.”

Vice-Admiral Haydn Edmundson, incoming Commander of Military Personnel Command

“Military Personnel Command is in good hands. With his extensive experience, Vice-Admiral Edmundson knows the organization and the value of its service and support to our military members and their families.”

Lieutenant-General Wayne Eyre, outgoing Commander of Military Personnel Command

Quick facts

  • On behalf of the Chief of the Defence Staff, Military Personnel Command provides functional direction and guidance to the Canadian Armed Forces on all matters pertaining to the management of military personnel. Key tasks include:

    • To recruit, train and educate, prepare, support, honour and recognize military personnel and their families for service to Canada.
    • To develop and implement strategies, policies and programs that foster and maintain the profession of arms as an honourable and desirable career.
    • To monitor compliance with Canadian Armed Forces personnel management policies and be accountable for the Canadian Armed Forces personnel system.
    • To eliminate harmful and inappropriate behaviour in the Canadian Armed Forces.
    • To increase diversity by focusing on recruiting and retaining under-represented populations within the Canadian Armed Forces including women, Indigenous peoples and members of visible minorities.
    • To continue to provide fully engaged, personalized and guided support to all Canadian Armed Forces members to seamlessly transition to post-military life.

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Contacts

Media Relations
Department of National Defence
Phone: 613-996-2353
Email: mlo-blm@forces.gc.ca

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