Four new regional Commanding Officers highlight ongoing improvements to the JPSU
The Joint Personnel Support Unit (JPSU) welcomed four new regional Commanding Officers (COs) over the past month, with change of command ceremonies held in Gagetown, Petawawa, Valcartier and Winnipeg. Significantly, the rank associated with the positions has been increased, with the new COs holding the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel instead of Major.
Newly appointed COs are as follows:
- LCol Mark Leach, CO New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island Region
- LCol Angie Lapointe, CO Eastern Ontario Region
- LCol Michel Tousignant, CO Quebec Region
- LCol Orin Wing, CO Prairie Region
“The appointment of new COs at the Lieutenant-Colonel rank clearly communicates the priority the Canadian Armed Forces is placing on caring for its ill and injured and better enables these COs to represent both their supported members and the JPSU at the regional level,” said Brigadier-General Mark Misener, Commander JPSU. “It also reflects the level of responsibility that these COs are taking on, providing greater regional oversight and guidance to Integrated Personnel Support Centres (IPSCs) within their Areas of Responsibility. The rank places them on par with COs of local tactical units and will facilitate communication with local Base and Formation Commanders, as well as our partners and other area representatives.”
The change also directly addresses the recommendations highlighted in the Chief of Defence Staff’s Directed Review of Care for the Ill, Injured and Transitioning to officially appoint COs and uprank these positions to allow the delegation of many of the administrative, financial and disciplinary authorities from the CO JPSU to the COs of the regions.
Added Brigadier-General Misener: “This is one more step towards the restructuring of the JPSU and the stand-up of the Canadian Armed Forces Transition Group in November. The goal is to increase the responsiveness of regional headquarters and IPSCs and put the focus on providing more personalized, professional and standardized support to CAF members, better enabling them to either return to duty or transition to a different career inside or outside the Forces.”
The four new COs are the first Lieutenant-Colonels to hold the positions and bring with them a wealth of experience and leadership capacity. Similar changes are underway in the Pacific, Alberta and Northern Canada, Southern Ontario, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland and Labrador, and National Capital regions. Changes of command in these regions will take place over the next two years.
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