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LGen AB Leslie OMM, MSC, MSM, CD (1957- )
Andrew Leslie was born in December 1957. He attended schools in Canada, the USA, France, Cyprus, and Switzerland. His family has a tradition of military service. He joined the Army Reserves in 1977 (30th Field Artillery Regiment). While in London, England, as a graduate student, he was attached to the Honourable Artillery Company. In 1980, he attended the International Peace Academy, United Nations (UN) Staff Seminar in Vienna, Austria. In 1981, he transferred to the regular force and served with the 1st Regiment Royal Canadian Horse Artillery (1 RCHA) in Germany. He completed the British Army Troop Commanders course, French Army Commando training, the hand-to-hand combat course and the combat intelligence course.
After a succession of field tours with mechanized and airborne combat units in Germany, Cyprus and Canada and command appointments up to the regimental level, he was promoted to Colonel in early 1995 and sent to the Former Yugoslavia as Chief of Staff Sector South (Brigade Level). He was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal for his actions under fire during the fighting for Knin, in August 1995. He then became Chief of Staff UNCRO (Division level), and finally Chief of Staff of UNPF (Mission level). Following the UN handover to NATO forces, he returned to Western Canada as the Area Chief of Staff in 1996, serving in that capacity during the Manitoba floods of Spring 1997.
In July 1997, he became the Commander of 1 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group (1CMBG), an infantry-heavy formation, where the focus was on live-fire combined arms training. In early 1998, 1CMBG deployed to the South shore of Montreal to assist with ice-storm disaster relief operations, followed by an almost continuous cycle of Battle Group and Brigade exercises. That same year he was awarded the Order of Military Merit. In early 1999, 1CMBG tightened its focus on complex peace support/peacemaking missions in anticipation of deployment to Kosovo.
LGen, The Honourable Roméo A. Dallaire OC, CMM, MSC, CD (Ret’d), BSc (1946-)
Lieutenant-General Roméo A. Dallaire was born in Denekamp, Holland, 25 June 1946. He enrolled in the Canadian Army in 1964, after four years in the Cadets and the Reserves Force. Dallaire attended Collège Militaire Royal de Saint-Jean, Québec. He graduated with a Bachelor of Sciences from Royal Military College in Kingston, Ontario. He also attended the Canadian Land Forces Command and Staff College in Kingston, Ontario, and the United States Marine Corps Command and Staff College in Virginia.
He has held various command, staff and training appointments in Canada and Germany. Including command of the 5e Régiment d’artillerie légère du Canada, Valcartier, Québec, Director of Land Requirements responsible for all operational equipment requirements for the Canadian Land Force and Director of Artillery.
In 1989, he assumed command of the Collège Militaire Royal de Saint-Jean. After studying at the British Higher Command and Staff Course in 1991, he was appointed Commander 5e Groupe-brigade mécanisé du Canada at Valcartier. In 1993, he took command of the United Nations Observer Mission – Uganda and Rwanda (UNOMUR) and the United Nations Assistance Mission for Rwanda (UNAMIR). It is for this mission that he was awarded the Meritorious Service Cross.