That's it! Several months after the Defence Minister has announced a major change in the command structure of the Canadian Forces, the thing has been formalized.
At a ceremony in Ottawa, Peter MacKay officially announced the start of the Canadian Joint Operations Command (COIC).
"This new command allows managers to allocate resources where the needs are greatest and to support national and international operations quickly and without interruption, said Minister MacKay took the opportunity to thank the General Natynczyk . It must leave his place of Chief of Defence Staff at the end of the month.
The new structure unifies and replaces several commands: Command of the Canadian Expeditionary Force Command (CEFCOM), Canada Command (CANCOM) and Operational Support Command (CANOSCOM).
The new unified command manages the Canadian Forces operations in Canada, the North American continent and the world. It is directly under the control of the Chief of Defence Staff and is commanded by Lieutenant-General Stuart Beare.
"I look forward to working with my new colleagues and pursue long-term relationships, said Lieutenant-General Beare. COIC's predecessors have served Canada well, and my job is to ensure that their work will continue without interruption while we are a united team. '
CEFCOM commander since September 1, 2011, Lieutenant-General Beare was deployed to Afghanistan in 2010-2011 as Deputy Commander - Police in the training mission of NATO.
At his side, he will be assisted by Major-General Foster to the position of Deputy Commander for continental operations, the cons-Admiral Ellis to the position of deputy commander expeditionary operations and Major General Noonan the position of Deputy Commander in operational support.