Change of command Operation REASSURANCE Land Task Force
February 19, 2016
OTTAWA – The new commander of the Operation REASSURANCE Land Task Force, Major Éric Beauchamp, assumed command from Major Simon Côté today in Warsaw, Poland. Hosted by Canada’s Ambassador to Poland, Stephen de Boer, the ceremony at the Canadian embassy was presided over by Colonel Pascal Demers, Canadian Defence Attaché.
The Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) presence in the region demonstrates Canada’s commitment to work with NATO allies and react rapidly to international crises as part of Allied assurance measures to promote security in Central and Eastern Europe.
“The solidarity demonstrated between the Canadian Armed Forces and our allies demonstrates our commitment to enhancing our collective security and promoting safety and security in the region. I take pride in the skills and excellence the members of the Operation REASSURANCE Land Task Force continue to exhibit while training with our partners in Europe.”
The Honourable Harjit S. Sajjan, Defence Minister
“I am extremely proud of the work accomplished and the level of training attained by all members of Rotation 4 over the past seven months in Europe. As we return to Canada, I am confident that the members of Rotation 5 will continue to enhance interoperability with our NATO allies in the coming months.”
Major Simon Côté, Outgoing Commander, Operation REASSURANCE Land Task Force
“Our soldiers have trained hard for this operation, and are looking forward to working with our military allies in Central and Eastern Europe. Our colleagues from Rotation 4 leave us in a strong position to succeed and we will do our part to help strengthen NATO’s readiness.”
Major Éric Beauchamp, Incoming Commander, Operation REASSURANCE Land Task Force
- The incoming contingent of personnel consists of approximately 220 members predominantly from 1st Battalion, Royal 22e Régiment, which is part of 5 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group (5 CMBG) based at Valcartier Garrison, Que. Several other 5 CMBG and Reserve Force units are also contributing members to the contingent.
- The outgoing Canadian Armed Forces personnel consisted of approximately 220 members predominantly from 3rd Battalion, Royal 22e Régiment, which is also part of 5 CMBG. The soldiers, deployed for seven months, participated in six major exercises and many other training opportunities.
- Operation REASSURANCE refers to the military activities undertaken by the CAF to support NATO assurance measures initiated in May 2014 through the provision of military capabilities for training, exercises, demonstrations and assigned NATO tasks.
- Based in Poland, the Land Task Force conducts exercises alongside NATO counterparts throughout Central and Eastern Europe. Members of the CAF have been in the region since May 2014, and have participated in collective training exercises and partnership engagements with NATO allies in Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Portugal and Romania. The multi-national exercises provide opportunities to strengthen military relationships.