Le­gion Ap­points New Chair­per­son of De­fence and Se­cu­rity Com­mit­tee

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Tom Ea­gles, Do­min­ion Pres­i­dent of The Royal Cana­dian Le­gion, ap­pointed re­tired Ma­jor-Gen­eral Richard Blanchette as the Chair­per­son for the Le­gion’s De­fence and Se­cu­rity Com­mit­tee.

“Maj.-Gen. (Ret’d) Blanchette’s ex­pe­ri­ence in the Cana­dian Armed Forces and com­mit­ment to the health and wel­fare of those un­der his com­mand are well known,” said Tom Ea­gles. “His qual­i­ties as a leader will be very much ap­pre­ci­ated by all mem­bers of the Le­gion as well as those cur­rently in uni­form,” adds Ea­gles. Dur­ing his mil­i­tary ser­vice he served in Cyprus, Qatar dur­ing the Gulf and Kuwait War, Rwanda, the Win­nipeg floods in 1997, the Mon­treal Ice Storm in 1998 and Afghanistan in 2008 to name a few.

The De­fence and Se­cu­rity Com­mit­tee is re­spon­si­ble for fos­ter­ing and sup­port­ing the care and wel­fare of the Cana­dian Armed Forces, the Royal Cana­dian Mounted Po­lice and their fam­ily mem­bers. It also mon­i­tors the de­vel­op­ment and im­ple­men­ta­tion of Cana­dian de­fence and se­cu­rity pol­icy. The com­mit­tee also fosters in­ter­est in de­fence and se­cu­rity mat­ters among Le­gion mem­bers and the pub­lic at large to en­sure Cana­di­ans are well versed in the ca­pac­i­ties and ca­pa­bil­i­ties of those or­ga­ni­za­tions pro­vid­ing pro­tec­tion and se­cu­rity of our na­tional in­ter­ests.

Blanchette re­tired from the Cana­dian Armed Forces in 2012 after serv­ing one year as Se­nior Ad­vi­sor to the Na­tional Se­cu­rity Ad­vi­sor to the Prime Min­is­ter. As a sec­ond ca­reer, he has in­cor­po­rated his own con­sult­ing business in the do­mains of se­cu­rity and man­age­ment.

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