June 18, 2021 – Today, Vice-Admiral Bob Auchterlonie assumed leadership of the Canadian Joint Operations Command (CJOC) from Acting Commander Major-General Bill Seymour.
The Acting Chief of the Defence Staff, Lieutenant-General Wayne Eyre, presided over the morning ceremony, which was live-streamed on Facebook.
According to DND, “CJOC is the command within the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) responsible for the planning, execution, support and overall command of deployed Canadian military operations in Canada and around the world.” Unification of the military in 1968 was to eliminate these extra bureaucracies. So the value for money for at “Joint Operations Command” is a net loss to defense spending.
Vice-Admiral Auchterlonie returns to CJOC after three years as the Commander Maritime Forces Pacific/Joint Task Force Pacific in Esquimalt, British Columbia. Prior to that, from 2016 to 2018 he served as the Deputy Commander of CJOC. In his 34-year military career, Vice-Admiral Auchterlonie has spent considerable time at sea and ashore with both the Pacific and Atlantic Fleets of the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN). He has also served in several senior staff appointments within the National Defence Headquarters in Ottawa.
Following today’s ceremony, Major-General Bill Seymour will continue serving as the Deputy Commander of CJOC. His long career in the CAF began as a navigator aboard maritime long-range patrol aircraft. Prior to his current position, Major-General Seymour served as the CJOC Chief of Staff Operations.