JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. – Soldiers and leaders of I Corps will say farewell to Canadian BGen. Eric Tremblay and welcome his replacement, BGen. Jean-Marc Lanthier, during an honor ceremony Tuesday, May 24 at 3:45 p.m. in front of the I Corps Headquarters. BGen. Tremblay will leave Joint Base Lewis-McChord to become the commandant of the Royal Military College of Canada.
BGen. Tremblay came to JBLM in August of 2009 and has worked under three different commanding generals. He served most recently as the I Corps Chief of Staff, and played a central role in establishing the infrastructure necessary to reintegrate 18,000 troops who returned from Iraq and Afghanistan last summer and fall. He was the first general officer on exchange at JBLM.
“You feel honored to be part of the team. But also, it’s a great professional experience,” Tremblay said of his time at I Corps. “I think in life there is a time for everything. And now it’s time to go back home.”
BGen. Lanthier will deploy with I Corps Headquarters to Kabul, as part of ISAF Joint Command this summer.
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Brigadier-General Eric Tremblay graduated from Le Collège militaire royal in 1985 and began his career with the Royal Canadian Artillery with 5e Régiment d’artillerie légère du Canada (5e RALC).
He has commanded at the Battery, Regimental and Brigade levels. His duty assignments included: 5e RALC, 4 Air Defence Regiment, the Royal Canadian Air Defense Artillery School, the Royal Canadian Artillery School, and 5e Groupe-brigade mécanisée du Canada.
He has served in joint positions within Force Mobile Command, the Vice-Chief of Defense Staff Group, the Deputy Chief of Defense Staff Group, the Strategic Joint Staff and I (US) Corps. His operational deployments include Cyprus (1987), Bosnia-Herzegovina (1996) and Afghanistan (2004 and 2009).
BGen. Tremblay holds a BA in Business Administration and a Master’s degree in War Studies from the Royal Military College of Canada.
Brigadier-General Lanthier was posted to 12e Régiment blindé du Canada, the armoured regiment of 5th Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group, located at Canadian Forces Base Valcartier, Québec, upon completion of his occupational training as an armoured officer. His regimental employment covered a variety of staff appointments at the unit and he has commanded at all levels within the unit, culminating with the command of 12e Régiment blindé du Canada from 2005 to 2007. In 2009, he was appointed Commander, 5th Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group.
He deployed to the former Yugoslavia in 1992 with the 2nd Battalion Royal Canadian Regiment Battle Group as the liaison officer to warring factions. In 1993, he redeployed to Bosnia-Herzegovina as the senior liaison officer with the 12e Régiment blindé du Canada Battle Group. He was the regimental Operations Officer during the 1998 Ice Storm, deploying in the Montérégie area, near Montréal, Québec.
During Operation PALLADIUM, under the SFOR mandate, he commanded the reconnaissance squadron of 3rd Battalion Royal 22e Regiment Battle Group in 2001/2002. He was appointed the Commanding Officer of the Operational Mentoring and Liaison Team in June 2006 and deployed to Kandahar with Task Force 3-06. He was the Canadian Deputy Commander Joint Task Force Haiti for two months following the earthquake that hit Port-au-Prince on January 12, 2010.
His extra-regimental employment includes postings to the Armour School as an instructor and staff officer, the Combat Training Centre Headquarters as the Executive Assistant to the Commander, the National Defence Headquarters as a staff officer in the Human Resources division, and to 5th¬ Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group, as Chief of Staff. He assumed the duties of Director Land Requirements from 2007 to 2009, responsible for the definition of all Army equipment requirements and the direction of Army equipment procurement projects.