Jan. 12, 2020
WASHINGTON--Joint Staff Spokesperson Col. Dave Butler provided the following readout:
Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark A. Milley spoke with Canadian Armed Forces Chief of Defence Gen. Jonathan Vance today by video teleconference.
The two leaders discussed areas of mutual concern including global operations. Gen. Milley also recognized and thanked Gen. Vance for his almost 40 years of honorable military service and acknowledged the Canadian military’s tremendous contributions around the world under Gen. Vance’s leadership. Gen. Milley, on behalf of the Secretary of Defense, virtually presented Gen. Vance with the United States military’s Legion of Merit award (Degree of Commander) for his superior service and steadfast partnership.
Gen. Vance introduced Canada’s next Chief of Defence, Vice-Admiral Art McDonald. Gen. Milley congratulated Adm. McDonald on his selection and upcoming promotion, and expressed a desire to continue fostering our strong alliance. The U.S.-Canada bilateral defense relationship is one of the world’s closest, and both leaders remain committed to continuing cooperation and addressing the challenges facing our regional and global partners.
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