Better know a Canadian institution: the Armed Forces Council

The Armed Forces Council (a.k.a. the Defence Staff) is the official assemblage of top military brass who call the shots in Canada’s military. It is the equivalent of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in America.

The Council consists of the following 11 people:

1. The Chief of the Defence Staff (Gen. Thomas J. Lawson CMM CD)

2. The Vice Chief of the Defence Staff (Lt.-Gen. Guy R. Thibault CMM MSC CD)

3. The Commander of the Canadian Army (Lt.-Gen. Marquis Hainse CMM MSC CD)

4. The Commander of the Royal Canadian Navy (Vice-Adm. Mark Norman CMM CD)

5. The Commander of the Royal Canadian Air Force (Lt.-Gen. Yvan Blondin CMM CD)

6. The Commander, Canadian Joint Operations Command, who oversees all the Forces’ missions (Lt.-Gen. Stu Beare CMM MSM CD)

7. The Chief of Military Personnel (Lt.-Gen. David Millar OMM CD)

8. The Chief of Reserves and Cadets (Rear-Adm. J.J. Bennett OMM CD)

9. The Judge Advocate General, head of the Forces’ legal department (Maj.-Gen. Blaise Cathcart OMM CD)

10. The Chief of Defence Intelligence (Maj.-Gen. J.M.C. Rousseau CD)

11. The Canadian Forces Chief Warrant Officer, the top-ranking non-commissioned soldier in the Canadian Forces (CWO Kevin C. West MMM MSM CD)

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