NATO Military Committee Chairman visits Canadian Forces College

General Petr Pavel speaks to students of the Joint Command and Staff Programme at the Canadian Forces College.
General Petr Pavel, Chairman of the NATO Military Committee, speaks to students of the Joint Command and Staff Programme at the Canadian Forces College in Toronto, on Friday, March 9, 2018. Photo: MCpl McMillan

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March 8 to 10, Canada’s Chief of the Defence Staff hosted General Petr Pavel, Chairman of the NATO Military Committee.

During his visit, General Pavel addressed the current class of the Canadian Forces College’s (CFC) National Security Programme (NSP), which prepares selected military, public service, international and private-sector leaders for future responsibilities within a complex and ambiguous global security environment.

Rear-Admiral Luc Cassivi, Commander Canadian Defence Academy (CDA), and Brigadier-General Kevin Cotten, Commandant of CFC, received General Pavel on campus in Toronto on March 9.

Gen Pavel, an army officer from the Czech Republic, spoke to the 129 students currently on CFC’s Joint Command and Staff Programme (JCSP), which trains selected senior officers for appointments in national and international settings.

“It was an honour to host the Chairman of the NATO Military Committee. I am pleased he took the time to share his thoughts on strategic command with the Colonels and Navy Captains on the NSP, and  JCSP students,” said RAdm Cassivi.

CFC is Canada’s centre of excellence for joint operational and national strategic level professional military education.

“I am pleased that Gen Pavel could speak to the students of both key programs. His address provided a unique perspective on NATO,” said BGen Cotten. “The opportunity to have leaders like General Pavel address our future leaders is an important part of each student’s learning experience.”

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