Legion Appoints New Chairperson of Defence and Security Committee
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.