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After 40 years of service in the Canadian Armed Forces, General Wayne Eyre will retire this summer.

The Canadian Press

Canada's Chief of Defense Staff, Wayne Eyre, will retire this summer after 40 years of service, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's office said.

In a press release, the Prime Minister thanked General Eyre for his many years of service.

The contributions he has made to maintaining the highest standards of professionalism within our armed forces and the leadership he has demonstrated in relief operations […] both domestically and x27;abroad have been invaluable.

A quote from Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada

General Wayne Eyre has held command or deputy command positions for most of his career. He was appointed Commander of the Canadian Army in 2019 and Chief of the Defense Staff in 2021.

The General said he was proud of the work of the Canadian Armed Forces. I had the honor of serving our country as Chief of Defense Staff during a pivotal period in our history, where we faced ongoing crises and challenges. and where the support of the Canadian Armed Forces was requested tirelessly, he said.

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In addition to four assignments in the United States, General Wayne Eyre was deployed to Cyprus, Croatia, Bosnia and twice in Afghanistan, where he oversaw the training of the Afghan National Security Forces. In Canada, he has been at the helm of various relief operations, including the 2015 Saskatchewan wildfires and the 2016 evacuation of Fort McMurray.

A selection process will be launched to designate the next Chief of Defense Staff. General Eyre will continue in his role for the time being, to ensure a smooth transition.

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