Gen. Tom Lawson now Canada's top soldier

OTTAWA, Oct. 29 (UPI) -- Gen. Tom Lawson became Canada's top soldier Monday, replacing Gen. Walter Natynczyk as chief of the Joint Defense Staff, officials said.

Canadian military shakeup to save costs

OTTAWA, May 24 (UPI) -- A planned shakeup in the command structure of Canada's 68,000-strong armed forces will save costs and also respond to criticism of government performance over the planned Canadian acquisition of the Joint Strike Fighter program.

Canada overhauls army command

OTTAWA, May 14 (UPI) -- Canada is going ahead with a military shake-up that will mean a leaner armed forces infrastructure and implications for future procurements from defense industries.

Canadian Defense Department tightens belt

OTTAWA, Oct. 24 (UPI) -- Canada says it will shut facilities, sell properties and freeze the size of its permanent military forces as part of its fiscal belt-tightening.
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Canadian military reeling over arrest

TRENTON, Ontario, Feb. 11 (UPI) -- Some Canadian soldiers are reluctant to wear their uniforms in public after a base-commanding colonel was charged with two homicides in Ontario, officials say.

Canadian military to focus on suicides

OTTAWA, Nov. 13 (UPI) -- The Canadian military is forming a special group of mental health workers to stem the growing number of suicides among forces, officials said.

Natynczyk: Afghan mission ends in 2011

OTTAWA, Nov. 10 (UPI) -- Canada's top military commander says the country's military mission in Afghanistan ends in 2011 and that's when he will pull the country's troops out.

Canada starts Afghan withdrawal planning

OTTAWA, Nov. 6 (UPI) -- The Canadian military has been ordered to start making plans for withdrawing from its combat role in the NATO mission in Afghanistan, officials said.
Canada's PM Harper visits Afghanistan

Canada's PM Harper visits Afghanistan

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan, May 7 (UPI) -- Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his chief of defense made a surprise visit to Afghanistan Thursday to brief combat troops about coming changes.

Canada names new chief of defense

OTTAWA, June 6 (UPI) -- An international veteran with the Canadian military was named chief of defense staff in Ottawa Friday by the Conservative government.

General Walter J. Natynczyk (pronounced /nəˈtɪn.t͡ʃək/, na-tin-check), CMM, MSC, CD is the Chief of the Defence Staff of the Canadian Forces.

Born in Winnipeg in 1958, Natynczyk is the son of a Polish father and German mother. He and his two sisters grew up in Winnipeg's inner city. He worked odd jobs as a Winnipeg Free Press paperboy and a hamburger flipper at a fast food establishment before embarking on his military career.

Natynczyk is a father of three, all of whom are in the military.

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