CAF get new VCDS

The Vice-Chief of the Defence Staff Ceremony held at Cartier Square Drill Hall in Ottawa, Ontario on 05 August, 2016. Photo credit: Corporal Chase Miller Canadian Forces Support Unit (Ottawa) - Imaging Services ©2016 DND-MDN, Canada

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Vice-Admiral Mark Norman assumed the role of Vice Chief of the Defence Staff (VCDS) on August 5, in Ottawa as Lieutenant-General Guy Thibault has retired from the post.

“Assuming the responsibilities of Vice Chief of the Defence Staff is an exciting and humbling challenge,” said VAdm Norman. “I am truly honoured to have the trust of the department’s senior leadership to carry out this important function. I look forward to working closely with the Chief of the Defence Staff and the Deputy Minister to enable the success of the Department and the Canadian Armed Forces.”

Over more than three decades of dedicated service, VAdm Norman accumulated immense operational and leadership experience. He began his military career in 1980 as a Naval Reservist and joined the Regular Force as a sub-lieutenant in 1985. He became the Chief of the Naval Staff and Commander Royal Canadian Navy in June 2013.

LGen Thibault, who will retire from the Canadian Armed Forces following 38 years of service, served as VCDS since September 2013. During his tenure, LGen Thibault advanced the Defence Renewal agenda, championed the Defence Youth Network, enhanced Defence Security and led the Carling headquarters transformation for Defence.

The VCDS is in charge of the broad VCDS group, which coordinates and directs activities to achieve departmental defence policies and strategic objectives. The VCDS is accountable to both the Chief of the Defence Staff and the Deputy Minister.

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