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Canada loans Army officers to Lewis-McChord

Post by Matt Misterek / The News Tribune on May 23, 2011 at 7:33 pm |
May 23, 2011 7:33 pm

A Canadian brigadier general who was assigned to Joint Base Lewis-McChord in an exchange program is headed back to his motherland, while another Canadian officer will replace him.

Brig. Gen. Eric Tremblay was the first general officer from a foreign country to take part in the exchange at Lewis-McChord. Officers and other soldiers will say goodbye to him at a ceremony Tuesday afternoon. Tremblay had been assigned to I Corps since August 2009, deployed with the unit on its Iraq deployment, and moves on to become commandant of the Royal Military College of Canada.

“I think in life there is a time for everything,” Tremblay, who recently served as I Corps chief of staff, said in a press release. “And now it’s time to go back home.”

He will be replaced by Brig. Gen. Jean-Marc Lanthier, another Canadian, who will deploy this summer with I Corps Headquarters to Kabul, Afghanistan. Lanthier previously went to Afghanistan as a commander with a Canadian Army task force in 2006.

There are no I Corps officers serving in Canada.

The international exchange program is done across the entire Army. I Corps officials say they also have an arrangement with Australia in which an officer from Down Under works out of the I Corps plans shop at Lewis-McChord.

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