1st Canadian Division

1st Canadian Division Canada’s task-tailored, deployable, high readines joint HQ to lead operations throughout the spectrum of conflict to meet national objectives.

The 1st Canadian Division (1st Cdn Div) leads operations for the Canadian Joint Operations Command throughout the full spectrum of conflict to meet national objectives. The 1st Cdn Div provides task-tailored, deployable, joint headquarters at advanced states of readiness to command and control joint, interagency, and multinational forces, at home and abroad.

Operating as usual

On July 8, MGen Misener, Commander 1st Cdn Div, welcomed Lt Gen Sir Edward Smyth-Osbourne, Commander of the NATO Allied ...
07/09/2021

On July 8, MGen Misener, Commander 1st Cdn Div, welcomed Lt Gen Sir Edward Smyth-Osbourne, Commander of the NATO Allied Rapid Reaction Corps (ARRC) located in United Kingdom and VAdm Auchterlonie, Commander Joint Operations Command for a day long visit of presentations and tours.

Lt Gen Sir Smyth-Osbourne’s visit underscores the strong ties 1st Cdn Div have with the ARRC. All CAF expeditionary operations are conducted within a Multinational environment, and most are within a Multinational framework. Headquarters Allied Rapid Reaction Corps (HQ ARRC) provides NATO with a rapidly deployable, flexible HQ that can act as a Joint, Land or Corps HQ for operations and crisis response. Contingency Plan JUPITER, Canada’s contingency plan for an expeditionary operation, mandates 1st Cdn Div to provide a Joint Task Force HQ in the eventuality Canada commits to Full Spectrum Operations within an agreement with NATO to contribute to international peace and security.

NATO Allied Rapid Reaction Corps
Canadian Armed Forces Operations
Canadian Forces Base Kingston / Base des Forces canadiennes de Kingston
Canadian Armed Forces

The 1st Canadian Division (1st Cdn Div) HQ held an Honours and Awards Presentation to recognize the accomplishments of t...
07/09/2021

The 1st Canadian Division (1st Cdn Div) HQ held an Honours and Awards Presentation to recognize the accomplishments of their personnel. The ceremony held on 7 July 2021, highlighted the great work and dedication achieved by some of the members of the 1st Canadian Division HQ. Major General Mark Misener, Commander, 1st Canadian Division, presented the medals and awards to the recipients.

DND/CAF Photo by Corporal Vanessa Cowton

1. LCol Don Saunders promoted to Col.
2. Capt Mo Sultan promoted to Maj.
3. WO Nadia Genlinas-Galaise General Campaign Star South-West Asia and Rotation Bar.
4. Cpl Thomas McCutcheon promoted to MCpl and Operational Service Medal-Expedition.

The 1st Canadian Division (1st Cdn Div) HQ held an Honours and Awards Presentation to recognize the accomplishments of their personnel. The ceremony held on 7 July 2021, highlighted the great work and dedication achieved by some of the members of the 1st Canadian Division HQ. Major General Mark Misener, Commander, 1st Canadian Division, presented the medals and awards to the recipients.

DND/CAF Photo by Corporal Vanessa Cowton

1. LCol Don Saunders promoted to Col.
2. Capt Mo Sultan promoted to Maj.
3. WO Nadia Genlinas-Galaise General Campaign Star South-West Asia and Rotation Bar.
4. Cpl Thomas McCutcheon promoted to MCpl and Operational Service Medal-Expedition.

Maj Christian Gagnon, HQ CO and CWO Adam Taylor, HQ SM of the 1st Canadian Division HQ would like to wish the members of...
07/01/2021

Maj Christian Gagnon, HQ CO and CWO Adam Taylor, HQ SM of the 1st Canadian Division HQ would like to wish the members of 1st Canadian Division a safe and happy Canada Day.

Canada Day is a one of a kind event that brings together Canadians across the country and the world. This year, more than ever, we are encouraged to show empathy and understanding. As CAF members and Canadians we invite you to reflect, reaffirm our commitment to address systemic racism and discrimination, and learn from each other with open hearts and minds.

Maj Christian Gagnon, HQ CO and CWO Adam Taylor, HQ SM of the 1st Canadian Division HQ would like to wish the members of 1st Canadian Division a safe and happy Canada Day.

Canada Day is a one of a kind event that brings together Canadians across the country and the world. This year, more than ever, we are encouraged to show empathy and understanding. As CAF members and Canadians we invite you to reflect, reaffirm our commitment to address systemic racism and discrimination, and learn from each other with open hearts and minds.

With Public Health Guidelines, offering more possibilities, J7 branch gather up outside for a quick work out session, se...
07/01/2021

With Public Health Guidelines, offering more possibilities, J7 branch gather up outside for a quick work out session, setting the example to inspire the other branches to maintain a healthy life style.

With Public Health Guidelines, offering more possibilities, J7 branch gather up outside for a quick work out session, setting the example to inspire the other branches to maintain a healthy life style.

As we begin the summer leave period and annual posting season, 1st Cdn Div HQ held a farewell BBQ to recognize the membe...
06/29/2021

As we begin the summer leave period and annual posting season, 1st Cdn Div HQ held a farewell BBQ to recognize the members leaving 1st Cdn Div HQ in the following weeks. Some will retire after fulfilling careers, most going to their next position, all moving forward with future endeavours.

To all the members departing the Division thank you for your hard work and dedication to the 1 Cdn Div HQ. Good luck in your next challenge. We wish you a smooth move and transition to your new locations across Canada and abroad.

***COVID-19 Public Health Guide Lines were followed. ***

As we begin the summer leave period and annual posting season, 1st Cdn Div HQ held a farewell BBQ to recognize the members leaving 1st Cdn Div HQ in the following weeks. Some will retire after fulfilling careers, most going to their next position, all moving forward with future endeavours.

To all the members departing the Division thank you for your hard work and dedication to the 1 Cdn Div HQ. Good luck in your next challenge. We wish you a smooth move and transition to your new locations across Canada and abroad.

***COVID-19 Public Health Guide Lines were followed. ***

06/22/2021
The 1st Canadian Division (1st Cdn Div) HQ held an Honours and Awards Presentation to recognize the accomplishments of t...
06/21/2021

The 1st Canadian Division (1st Cdn Div) HQ held an Honours and Awards Presentation to recognize the accomplishments of their personnel. The ceremony held on 18 June 2021, highlighted the great work and dedication achieved by some of the members of the 1st Canadian Division HQ. Major General Mark Misener, 1st Canadian Division Commander presented the medals and awards to the recipients.

DND/CAF Photo by Master Bombardier Sophy Chainey

1. MWO John Moreno, 1st Cdn Div Commander’s
Commendation
2. LCdr Stephen Scriver, Operational Service Medal- Humanitas
3. MCpl Cece Shaw, General Service Medal Expedition 1st Bar
4. Maj Mike Plaunt, 1st Cdn Div Departure scroll

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Canadian Forces Base Kingston / Base des Forces canadiennes de Kingston

The 1st Canadian Division (1st Cdn Div) HQ held an Honours and Awards Presentation to recognize the accomplishments of their personnel. The ceremony held on 18 June 2021, highlighted the great work and dedication achieved by some of the members of the 1st Canadian Division HQ. Major General Mark Misener, 1st Canadian Division Commander presented the medals and awards to the recipients.

DND/CAF Photo by Master Bombardier Sophy Chainey

1. MWO John Moreno, 1st Cdn Div Commander’s
Commendation
2. LCdr Stephen Scriver, Operational Service Medal- Humanitas
3. MCpl Cece Shaw, General Service Medal Expedition 1st Bar
4. Maj Mike Plaunt, 1st Cdn Div Departure scroll

#agileversatileready
#1stcdndivhq

Canadian Forces Base Kingston / Base des Forces canadiennes de Kingston

06/18/2021

New Commander - Canadian Joint Operations Command

Vice-Admiral Bob Auchterlonie was appointed today as the Commander, Canadian Joint Operations Command (CJOC). Vice-Admiral Auchterlonie assumed the leadership of CJOC from the Acting Commander, Major-General Bill Seymour. Vice-Admiral Auchterlonie was promoted to his new position after serving as the Commander Maritime Forces Pacific / Joint Task Force Pacific in Esquimalt, B.C.

CJOC is responsible for deployed military operations in Canada, North America and around the world.

As we quickly approach Summer Leave and Annual Posting Season, 1st Cdn Div took the time out of their busy schedule to p...
06/18/2021

As we quickly approach Summer Leave and Annual Posting Season, 1st Cdn Div took the time out of their busy schedule to partake in a clean-up day to ensure a smooth transition upon their return from vacations and to welcome new members to the Division next month.

As we quickly approach Summer Leave and Annual Posting Season, 1st Cdn Div took the time out of their busy schedule to partake in a clean-up day to ensure a smooth transition upon their return from vacations and to welcome new members to the Division next month.

During Pride celebrations, we are reminded that Canadians have fought for and will continue to work hard to ensure that ...
06/15/2021

During Pride celebrations, we are reminded that Canadians have fought for and will continue to work hard to ensure that LGBTQ2+ people can live without fear of violence and persecution. We have all come a long way and while there is always more to do, we can be proud of what we have accomplished so far.

At 1st Canadian Division, we consider LGBTQ2+ concerns by bringing the collective experiences of all people into the dialog. Open and honest discussion will enable us to better understand what it means to be Canadian and to help to build a better CAF.

Challenge yourself. Discover something new about Canadian LGBTQ2+ communities and their celebrations.

Be Proud!

RED DEVILS!

#PrideSeason

During Pride celebrations, we are reminded that Canadians have fought for and will continue to work hard to ensure that LGBTQ2+ people can live without fear of violence and persecution. We have all come a long way and while there is always more to do, we can be proud of what we have accomplished so far.

At 1st Canadian Division, we consider LGBTQ2+ concerns by bringing the collective experiences of all people into the dialog. Open and honest discussion will enable us to better understand what it means to be Canadian and to help to build a better CAF.

Challenge yourself. Discover something new about Canadian LGBTQ2+ communities and their celebrations.

Be Proud!

RED DEVILS!

#PrideSeason

The 1st Canadian Division Headquarters (1st Cdn Div HQ) Chief Joint Effects brought together the Branch Heads and other ...
06/11/2021

The 1st Canadian Division Headquarters (1st Cdn Div HQ) Chief Joint Effects brought together the Branch Heads and other selected CAF members to participate in Exercise COLLABORATIVE DEVIL 21. This year’s event took place in Kingston, Ontario over 8 and 9 June and examined ways for the Division to leverage other CAF military resources to enhance our ability to conduct operations.

As the Division prepares for operational tasks and exercises STEADFAST LEDA and UNIFIED RESOLVE, there is a requirement to learn how to integrate multiple CAF capabilities that could be used in large scale combat operations.

The 1st Cdn Div HQ stands ready to support CAF operations.

The 1st Canadian Division Headquarters (1st Cdn Div HQ) Chief Joint Effects brought together the Branch Heads and other selected CAF members to participate in Exercise COLLABORATIVE DEVIL 21. This year’s event took place in Kingston, Ontario over 8 and 9 June and examined ways for the Division to leverage other CAF military resources to enhance our ability to conduct operations.

As the Division prepares for operational tasks and exercises STEADFAST LEDA and UNIFIED RESOLVE, there is a requirement to learn how to integrate multiple CAF capabilities that could be used in large scale combat operations.

The 1st Cdn Div HQ stands ready to support CAF operations.

Photos from Canadian Army's post
06/06/2021

Photos from Canadian Army's post

The 1st Canadian Division HQ held a Promotion Presentation to recognize the accomplishments of their personnel. The cere...
06/04/2021

The 1st Canadian Division HQ held a Promotion Presentation to recognize the accomplishments of their personnel. The ceremony held on 28 May 2021, highlighted the great work and dedication achieved by three of the members of the 1st Canadian Division HQ. Major General Mark Misener, 1st Canadian Division Commander presented the promotions to the recipients.

1. MWO Adam Taylor, Promoted to CWO
2. Lt David Fyfe, Promoted to Capt
3. Maj Scott McCarthy, Promoted to LCol

The 1st Canadian Division HQ held a Promotion Presentation to recognize the accomplishments of their personnel. The ceremony held on 28 May 2021, highlighted the great work and dedication achieved by three of the members of the 1st Canadian Division HQ. Major General Mark Misener, 1st Canadian Division Commander presented the promotions to the recipients.

1. MWO Adam Taylor, Promoted to CWO
2. Lt David Fyfe, Promoted to Capt
3. Maj Scott McCarthy, Promoted to LCol

Today, members of the 1st Canadian Division HQ witnessed the HQ Change of Command ceremony where Major Christian Gagnon ...
05/28/2021

Today, members of the 1st Canadian Division HQ witnessed the HQ Change of Command ceremony where Major Christian Gagnon assumed command of the HQ from Major Islam Elkorazati in a virtual ceremony presided over by MGen Mark Misener, 1st Cdn Div Commander.

Canadian Forces Base Kingston / Base des Forces canadiennes de Kingston

Today, members of the 1st Canadian Division HQ witnessed the HQ Change of Command ceremony where Major Christian Gagnon assumed command of the HQ from Major Islam Elkorazati in a virtual ceremony presided over by MGen Mark Misener, 1st Cdn Div Commander.

Canadian Forces Base Kingston / Base des Forces canadiennes de Kingston

05/27/2021

As promised yesterday, here is the video showing the 1st Cdn Div Gunners raising the RCA Standard and performing a Gun Salute. In the video, LCol Andy Wood, 1st Cdn Div Chief Joint Effects, RCA Deputy Regimental Colonel with CWO Robert Beaudry Master Gunner and 1st Cdn Div Sergeant Major address the gunners from coast to coast noting the importance of Fort Henry in The Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery history. DSM Beaudry had the unique opportunity to fire the Fort Henry 6-pound Armstrong Field Gun.

Fort Henry Canadian Armed Forces Canadian Army Canadian Forces Base Kingston / Base des Forces canadiennes de Kingston St. Lawrence Parks CommissionSt. Lawrence Parks Commission RCAA - AARC - Artillery

The Gunners of the 1st Canadian Division took the time on Artillery Day to recognize the history of The Royal Regiment o...
05/26/2021

The Gunners of the 1st Canadian Division took the time on Artillery Day to recognize the history of The Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery (RCA). They contributed to UBIQUE 150 year-long celebration to commemorate the many accomplishments of The Royal Regiment in a modest but meaningful way, by raising the RCA Standard at Fort Henry and by performing a gun salute courtesy of St. Lawrence Parks’ staff.

Fort Henry notes its importance in the history of artillery from the General Militia Ordinance No. 24 of October 20, 1871, which authorized the formation of “A” and “B” Batteries as garrison artillery and schools of gunnery at Kingston and Quebec City respectively. Their formation marked a turning point in Canadian military history.

The field artillery piece fired today is the Fort Henry 6-pound Armstrong Field Gun, which loads from the breech (rear). In 1858 Sir William Armstrong patented and began construction of an entirely new type of rifled breech-loading ordnance that bears his name.

UBIQUE 150 is an initiative recognized under the Operation TRIBUTE/DISTINCTION umbrella. For more information please visit: UBIQUE 150 – Introduction – rca-arc.org (rca-arc.org)

The Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery
RCAA - AARC - Artillery

Canadian Forces Base Kingston / Base des Forces canadiennes de Kingston Fort Henry Canadian Armed Forces Canadian Army
St. Lawrence Parks Commission

05/13/2021

On behalf of 1st Canadian Division Headquarters, Major Islam Elkorazati, would like to wish our Muslim community Eid Mubarak on the occasion of Eid at the end of Ramadan.

Photos from Canadian Armed Forces's post
05/08/2021

Photos from Canadian Armed Forces's post

05/04/2021
LANDCOM EVALUATES STAR WARS

Happy #MayTheFourth and #maythe4th!
Select members of NATO Allied Land Command, the land advocate for the NATO Alliance, #react to major military events throughout the #starwars saga.

Today, the Division Acting Commander, Colonel (Col) Travis Morehen returned the 1st Canadian Division command to Major G...
05/03/2021

Today, the Division Acting Commander, Colonel (Col) Travis Morehen returned the 1st Canadian Division command to Major General (MGen) Mark Misener. Col Morehen has been the acting commander since December 2020 when MGen Misener was employed as the Acting Chief of Staff at CJOC HQ.

On Behalf of the 1st Cdn Div, MGen Misener, welcome back Sir!

Today, the Division Acting Commander, Colonel (Col) Travis Morehen returned the 1st Canadian Division command to Major General (MGen) Mark Misener. Col Morehen has been the acting commander since December 2020 when MGen Misener was employed as the Acting Chief of Staff at CJOC HQ.

On Behalf of the 1st Cdn Div, MGen Misener, welcome back Sir!

The 29th of April marks the 118th birthday of the Canadian Military Engineers.  Today, let’s join 1st Cdn Div Joint Engi...
04/29/2021

The 29th of April marks the 118th birthday of the Canadian Military Engineers. Today, let’s join 1st Cdn Div Joint Engineers and pause for a moment and consider the service that the Canadian Military Engineers have provided through Canadian History. As their Motto UBIQUE state Engineers are EVERYWHERE.

CHIMO!

The 29th of April marks the 118th birthday of the Canadian Military Engineers. Today, let’s join 1st Cdn Div Joint Engineers and pause for a moment and consider the service that the Canadian Military Engineers have provided through Canadian History. As their Motto UBIQUE state Engineers are EVERYWHERE.

CHIMO!

04/29/2021

Please join us Thursday at 1:20 p.m. Atlantic / 12: 20 p.m. Eastern for a video memorial to those CAF members lost in the 2020 accident involving a CH-148 Cyclone.

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04/27/2021

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Today, members of the 1st Canadian Division took part in the COVID-19 vaccination campaign, reducing the risks to its me...
04/27/2021

Today, members of the 1st Canadian Division took part in the COVID-19 vaccination campaign, reducing the risks to its members and enhancing operational readiness.

The 1st Canadian Division provides essential support to critical capabilities of the Canadian Armed Forces and high readiness functions such as Immediate Response Units, Humanitarian Assistance, and operations to evacuate non-combatants. Also included are CAF members who contribute to NORAD, NATO and UN operations, those who work directly with different levels of government, as well as other international partners.

#COVID19 #CAFcine

Canadian Forces Base Kingston / Base des Forces canadiennes de Kingston

Today, members of the 1st Canadian Division took part in the COVID-19 vaccination campaign, reducing the risks to its members and enhancing operational readiness.

The 1st Canadian Division provides essential support to critical capabilities of the Canadian Armed Forces and high readiness functions such as Immediate Response Units, Humanitarian Assistance, and operations to evacuate non-combatants. Also included are CAF members who contribute to NORAD, NATO and UN operations, those who work directly with different levels of government, as well as other international partners.

#COVID19 #CAFcine

Canadian Forces Base Kingston / Base des Forces canadiennes de Kingston

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BZ gentlemen! DM, (Sigs)CSR.Ret.
Merry Christmas from Baghdad from 1st Cdn Div members deployed on NATO Mission Iraq! What better way to start Christmas Day than a 5km run.
Thank-you for your service all past and presently serving! Big Love to you at Christmas time! ❤️
I am looking for information on a soldier named George Yente or Yentes, or it could be Lente/Lentes. I got the name from my uncle's war letters (my uncle did not survive the war) - I believe this soldier was in 1st Canadian Division and was in Italy in 1943 and 44. I believe he survived the war and he was from Toronto. His family would have been friends with my mother's family, the Christophersons. If anyone knows of him, or knows of where I can see a list of names of 1st Cdn Division in Italy, please let me know. FYI, I am posting my uncle's letters here -
Hello all! Just wondering if my Grandfather's old regiment went by a different name? He served as a gunner during WWII in the 1st Canadian Division, 2nd Medium Artillery regiment. He was a great man, who opened up to me about his wartime experiences.
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